SharePoint and CSOM – Useful links

It’s been a busy couple of weeks, with my head down working on some SharePoint madness which will form at least a couple of articles to come. It involved getting SP2007 to talk to SP2013, by way of the SP2010 client dlls. It’s been as fun as it sounds

I’ve had to some serious Googling, which has generally been my friend . SO here is another list of links that I’ve found invaluable and will be returning to again and again.

Complete basic operations using SharePoint 2013 client library code

SharePoint 2010 – Using the Client Object Model (good CAML resources)

SharePoint 2010 – How to retrieve list items using the COM

CAML queries and the Client Object Model (this is a really excellent resource!)


Server 2003 needs hotfixes for SHA2 256 or higher encryption, or X.509 certificates

Are you still running Windows Server 2003? For shame!

Have you been keeping up with the hotfixes? Hmmm…

Well, you’re in good company. Forgetting for a moment that Microsoft ends support for Server 2003 on 16 July 2015, sometimes it’s easier to just let it keep running.

Beware what happened to us though. Our website stopped serving up a page in an iFrame from a secure site. We spoke to the company, who said the certificate had been updated and to just grab the new one. I had no problem on my local machine going directly to the page, but couldn’t do it via the website.

The company had updated their certificate to a version which our Server 2003 could no longer communicate with:

Windows Server 2003 and Windows XP clients cannot obtain certificates from a Windows Server 2008-based certification authority (CA) if the CA is configured to use SHA2 256 or higher encryption

Applications that use the Cryptography API cannot validate an X.509 certificate in Windows Server 2003

Not to mention that the server had IE6 on there. But thanks to Hotfixes and a swift restart, our 2003 Server machine lives to fight another day, until we finally put it out of its misery. Soon I hope.

The basics

These are my favourite links for the basics. I love making sauces and there are patterns to learn:

Guide to Aromatics of the World


The five basic sauces

And six more t’boot

Guide to using Herbs with different meals, by an Irish Builders Merchants for some reason

Obligatory First Post

Hello World, and indeed, Greetings Universe.

The human brain cannot stand the unfinished thing. It’s the cause of earworms, which burrow in and eat away at the brain until you finish the song in your head or listen to it in its entirety.

I’ve always wanted to get started with a blog, full of all the things that I’ve found out and will need again.

Starting is the scariest thing, so I’m just going to do it.

Best links that I’ve found recently:

A list of sites with free stock photography

Transform your lists

Quick palette generator

Programming Languages ABC for Kids (and Adults!) My daughter is fascinated by me being a programmer, so I know she’d love this

So it begins.