Sharepoint: Failed to read from or write to database when working with Managed Metadata Service Termstores

During my time developing a import/export MMS script for a client I came across a very detailed and informative error: Failed to read from or write to database. Refresh and try again. If the problem persists, please contact the administrator After I finished rolling my eyes I started with permissions.  I checked the application service permissions, made sure I was running my code with administrative rights,  checked the database owners.... View Article

August 3, 2015 | No Comments

SharePoint: Why you might have irremovable orphaned terms

Not long ago I was working away with the term store though Powershell. I had to remove all of a particular group’s termsets and to do this I ended up calling the Group’s delete function. It appeared to work just fine, until I later found that I was unable to import terms with GUID’s used previously. This is somewhat of a common problem that developers will come across if they... View Article

August 3, 2015 | No Comments

How to Uniformly Scale a UIView and All Subviews using Xcode — Even Text!

While further developing an iOS app, one of the issues I had was the fact that I needed a view containing several components to be scalable by the user. There are a few approaches. We all know about auto-layout, and the older springs and struts approach. But these will not always work, or may not be a good fit. This article is geared towards a scaling approach provided you know... View Article

June 21, 2015 | No Comments

Knowing when a UIPageViewController has Changed View Controllers

This article covers how to give View Controllers managed by a Page View Controller the ability to know when they are being ‘left’ or ‘entered’ by the page controller. Protocol To start off I made PageVieWTransitionCallback.h to create a protocol: #import <Foundation/Foundation.h> Implement protocol as above in your view controllers With that done implement this within any view controllers that you will be using in the page view controller that... View Article

June 9, 2015 | No Comments

How to use UIPageViewController to Page Through UIViewControllers

I had no trouble finding code elsewhere to use UIPageViewController’s however I found that there was little for paging through actual view controllers. On top of that, the examples that did exist had a lot of added on code instead of the barebones approach which I prefer. While not a tutorial this is more of a dump of my barebones controller some added description. This code uses iOS 8 however... View Article

June 9, 2015 | No Comments

How to Safely Convert an NSString to a Number

A common issue: parsing user input that may need to be recognized as a number in code. This is done relatively easily using NSScanner and will not cause a crash should invalid data be entered, leaving a way to easily alert a user of the problem. By Example To understand how this works I’ve posted an example of how one would validate a GPS coordinate (comprises of two doubles, latitude and... View Article

April 21, 2015 | No Comments

Fix: SharePoint Modal Dialog Loses Scroll Position (Scrolls to Top) when Resized

While working with SharePoint 2013’s modal dialog there were a few cases where the dialog lost its scroll bar position and jumped back to the top whenever a resize ocurred. For those who may have stumbled here looking for the resize code it begins as follows: If the user has scrolled down to activate a part of the form that may expand its always handy to try to get the... View Article

April 1, 2015 | No Comments

SharePoint Search Display Templates: Linking to Display Form (Dispform) Rather than Document itself

Problem: You have a custom search display template however when a document library item shows up, which by default links directly to the document itself, you’d rather have a clickable link to the display properties form (dispform) or edit properties form (editform). This is troublesome because as far as I know search results do not provide any properties that link to the display form for the item. The Ideal Solution... View Article

March 29, 2015 | No Comments

Powershell: Adding Forms Based Authentication (FBA) Users in Bulk Format To Sites

Adding users to SharePoint sites that are Active Directory users is a common task, however I couldn’t find much when I needed to get claims based FBA users added. I found out that the trick is to prefix users with the membership provider name. i.e. corporate/admin may become i:0#.f|myMembership|admin Putting Powershell to use I was able to loop through all site collections, add the user, then assign the user to... View Article

March 26, 2015 | No Comments

Powershell: Reactivating feature Across All SharePoint Sites

This script may save the day if you have a feature that is activated across many site collections and there happens to be an update to the feature requiring re-activation to have updates occur. The below script will loop through all sites within a web application and will reactivate (feature must already be turned on) the feature with matching ID. Credit for feature activation check goes to Raevean Note: Code... View Article

March 26, 2015 | No Comments