Sunday, 25 January 2015

Auditing in SharePoint 2013

Overview: SharePoint provides excellent logging capabilities, to retrieve the auditing logs Site Settings > Site Collection Administration > Audit log reports.
  • By default auditing is enabled in SharePoint.  PB: I think this statement if false, all the farms I review are not logging information in the audit logs.
  • Auditing is done at a Site Collection level.
  • Audit logs are kept for 30 days by default and can be change via the UI in the site collection and the clean up is controlled by CA.
  • Audit logs are stored within the content database, so watch the size of auditing logs.  They can take up considerable space in the content database so don't just audit everything and keep the logs endlessly.
  • Permissions changes, check-in/check-out, search queries, edits, document views (not SPO), ... can be audited.
  • Various reports can be downloaded into excel for slice and dice such as the Security settings audit log report.
  • Each logged event roughly takes up 2k. Calculating content database storage reqs:

Audit logs can be shipped to a central storage area and removed from the Content Database, this is ensential for large CDB's that require full auditing and performance is suffering.  AvePoint and Metalogix offer tools as part of their products that perform the audit log storage & removal from the CDB.  Also see Varonis.

Centralised Auditing Product:
LepideAuditor Suite – SharePoint
LogBinder SP

Sunday, 18 January 2015

What are SharePoints Competitor Products

Overview:  SharePoint does not stack up against any single COTS product easily due to the size and functionality offered.  This post is my opinion, and I am not an expert in any of the competing products.

Updated: 2018/06/13

A few years back I wrote a post that is still somewhat relevant form SP 2010 competitors.

This post aims to list competitor products in a broad sense and tries to highlight the areas that where the product and SharePoint perform a similar function.
  • Atlassian Confluence
  • Alfresco
  • Documentum
  • eRooms
  • Lotus Notes
  • EMC’s Center Stage
  • Google docs
  • Slack - Very similar to Teams from MS
  • ClickUp - project management but has chat, stores docs, calendars, time tracking, links, similar to MS Teams and Slack but from a project management focus. Update: 25/06/2022
Beehive from Oracle lines up to Lync, Exchange/Outlook and SharePoint
OpenText, lines up some of SP's functionality such as blogs, Wikis and document collaboration.
Search competitors:
  • Endeca (Oracle)
  • Autonomy (HP)
  • Google Search Appliance or Google mini
  • Coveo
  • Solr (check this out)
CMS Competitors
  • Sitecore
  • Umbraco
  • Drupal
OneDrive: Dropbox, Drop, Google docs
Skype: Zoom
Planner: Trello

More Info:
If anyone has further information, please reply as this is not an exhaustive set of lists.  My experience with rival products is relatively limited.

Sunday, 11 January 2015

Minification Tooling

Overview: Minification is the process of combining multiple css or js files, removing whitespaces and comments to improve web site performance.

YUI Compressor(Yahoo)
Web Essentials(Microsoft)
Google Code Compress (Google)

I'd always go for 1 of the Microsoft tools: Web Essentials or Mavention as the plug into Visual Studio, as a SharePoint guy this would be my preferred option.  Both the MS tools appear to use the same engine as the compression appears identical, work out to roughly 60% on both CSS and JS compression.

Thursday, 1 January 2015

UI and Framework Notes

Assumed/Common Framework:
Knockout vs Angular vs Backbone -
Modenrizr.js - detect browser capability
underscore - utility functions for arrays and collections.  Feels like LINQ queries
toastr - toast notifications

Data Access Modules:
1.> data.js - manage OData client access for JavaScript (supports caching & batch operations)
2.> Breeze.js - entity modelling and querying (ORM for JS.  Backend transformed to a data object i.e. 3 related customer tables becomes the customer object). Looks like LINQ queries.  Data.js is inside of breeze.

Presentation / App Pattern:
Knockout.js - (MVVM), declarative binding and dependency tracking.  Matches data to front end, then track changes and update.   Easy to use and understand.
Angular.js - MVC data binding,routing (url controls pages).
Compare: Knockout (good for SPAs) for more complex application whereas knockout is more light weight.

Responsive Web Design (RWD):
LESS - Minimises css, makes it simple to read not repeating attributes.
Bootstrap.js / Zurb Foundation 4 - Media queries to style for the device based on 12 column layouts.
Framework for cross cutting concerns (logging, caching,)....

Progressive Web Apps (PWA):
"Progressive Web Apps allow what you build to be installed by anyone, anywhere, on any device with a single codebase"

Created by Google that uses DART .  Build once and HTML deploy for browser UI needs to be responsive.  Separate deployable code for Android and iOS, so PWA compliant.

PWA/RWD UI 3 break points:
  • Desktop: 1024+ 
  • Tablet: 600-1023
  • Mobile: 320-599

Useful JS modules:
JS Mapping module: