Category Archives: SharePoint 2010

Speaking at SharePoint Techday [December, 5th]

Egypt SharePoint User Group is pleased to announce its co-operation with DotNetWork User Group in putting together a full day about SharePoint 2010.



TechDays is a new type of .network’s gatherings. It consists of 2+ sessions talking about a specific technology from the basic to advanced levels going in sequence to expose audience to different areas of that technology.

I’m pleased to be presenting there with Marwan Tarek and Mohamed Yehia, please find below the event details :

Date: Saturday, December 5th 2009
Time: 10:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Place: Dar El Deyafa – Ain Shams University – Isis Hall – first floor, El khaleefa el Mamoon – EL Abbasia– Cairo
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM SharePoint 2010, Getting Ready! Marwan Tarek
12:30 PM – 02:00 PM Developers’ tools for SharePoint 2010 Mohamed Yehia
02:30 PM – 04:00 PM Creating No-Code SharePoint Designer Solutions for SharePoint2010 Ayman ElHattab
The ticket to attend the event is 15 L.E.

Hope to see you all there!

In SharePoint Designer 2010 : XSLT List View Web Part = List View Web Part + XSLT Data View Web Part

XSLT Data View Web Parts have been and still remain to be one of the most powerful web parts in SharePoint , some people call it “The Swiss Army Knife of SharePoint Web Parts” , the only problem that I can see with the Data View Web Part that once you add it to a web part page, the end users cannot further manipulate it, they have to come back to SPD Designer to modify it or directly edit the XSLT from the browser which is not an easy task (All data is retrieved as XML and manipulated using XSLT which is a very flexible way of transforming and presenting your data). Otherwise, the XSLT Data View Web Part is a wonderful web part, you can aggregate data from a variety of sources and present them in an awesome way.

In SharePoint 2007, we also had List View Web Part, which could be used to show a list content in a page but you cannot customize it that much in SPD 2007, you have to convert it to XSLT Data View Web part in order to customize or extend it.

In SPD 2010, there is a new web part called XSLT List View Web Part which is a combination of both :

XSLT List View Web Part = List View Web Part + XSLT Data View Web Part



You can customize it directly through SPD 2010 and once it’s added to a page, end users can still customize it using the browser by adding views and doing anything that was possible using List View Web Part.

Ah, by the way the Swiss Army Knife of SharePoint Web Parts still exists in SharePoint Designer 2010 with a much better designer surface using the new Ribbons interface 🙂


Introducing SharePoint 2010 – Egypt SharePoint User Group – November 2009

Today Microsoft Egypt hosted the first event introducing SharePoint Server 2010 by EGYSUG . Despite the fact that it was early on Saturday morning, I was extremely happy to see that the attendance was quite reasonable and the facilities worked out really well.

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We are planning to deliver another session very soon in co-operation with DotNetWork User Group ,Clickhere to join EGYSUG and be the first to know about our plans, sessions and workshops.

Restricting SharePoint Designer 2010

As a farm administrator, you will definitely need to restrict SharePoint Designer usage in many cases.

For example , you might need to totally prevent users from connecting to SharePoint sites using SharePoint Designer 2010, you might also need to disallow pages unghosting and in many cases you will need to prevents end users from managing the web site URL structure.

Fortunately, in SharePoint 2010, farm administrators can manage SharePoint Designer settings at the Web Application level from the central administration as shown beneath. This way, the farm administrator will restrict all site collection administrators and revoke some privileges from them.





Also, there is a similar screen at the site collection level, from which site collection administrators can restrict other users.

For example as a farm administrator, I have disabled Managing the URL structure at the web application level. Now, when site collection administrators check the SharePoint Designer settings at the site collection level, they will get the screen below.


Hope this helps 🙂


Egypt SharePoint User Group – November 09 Meeting

Egypt SharePoint User Group is glad to invite you to its November 2009 gathering.
We are  proud to be the first user group in Egypt to present what’s new in SharePoint 2010

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Date: Saturday 21st November 2009
Time: 11:30 AM till 1:30 PM
Venue: Microsoft Egypt Smart Village – Explorer 2 room

11:30 AM till 12:15 PM  -> What’s new in SharePoint 2010 –> BY : Marwan Tarek
12:15 PM till 12:30 PM  -> Coffee break
12:30 PM till 1:15         -> What’s new in SharePoint 2010 Development –> BY : Mohamed Yehia

For registration please Click here.

For me, I’ll be speaking next meeting ( December 09 ), I’ll let you all know as soon as everything is settled.