I was recently cruising the ‘net in search of random Sharepoint ideas. I’d been tasked with finding solutions to a variety of customization and web part development issues, and was theoretically looking for a good map of the object model. I came across Jan Tielens’ blog, who has some really great tips and ideas relating to Sharepoint. Not suprising, since he’s an MVP for SPS, but I digress. One of the solutions he and his pals have dreamed up is the SmartPart, a web part that will host any user control. The great thing about the SmartPart is that now you can use all the VS.NET designer tools for developing web parts, instead of having to code all the visual elements by hand. Great! Here comes the problem though: Jan is a ‘foreign national’ (From Belgium too, my mother would be so proud). I work for a government agency. Soooo…we can’t use any products created outside the US.
Whatever. How lame is that?