Mikael Svenson

Computer literate and search enthusiast with an interest for sharepoint, coding, and life in general :)

How to “spy” the data in a custom pipeline extensibility stage with FS4SP

In the old FAST a much used stage during development is the “Spy” stage. What this stage does is dump out a log file of all current attributes and the values assigned to them at that point in the content processing pipeline. Fortunately for us, this stage still exists in FS4SP, and it might help [...]

Will your FAST Search Server for SharePoint work in a year?

That depends on what you are doing with your certificates. If you followed the installation instructions you are most likely using a self-signed certificate created during installation which is only valid for a year. Fast forward one year from your installation date, and your users will start complaining for sure. Your options are either to [...]

How To: Debug and log FAST Search pipeline extensibility stages in Visual Studio

One of the most powerful features with FS4SP is the ability to do work on the indexed data before it’s made searchable. This can include extracting location names from the documents being indexed or enriching the data from external sources by adding financial data to a customers CRM record based on a lookup key. Only [...]

Doing blended search results in SharePoint–Part 2: The Custom CoreResultsWebPart Way

(Part 1: The Hackish Way) In Part 1 I used two Search Core Results Web Parts and a bit of jQuery magic to achive the look of blended search results This time we will create our own CoreResultsWebPart and inject the blended results into the result xml before it is transformed into html. In addition [...]

Doing blended results in SharePoint – Part 1: The Hackish Way

(This post is cross posted from Tech and Me) A comment from a colleague on my previous blog post, “XSLT creation revisited for SharePoint 2010 Search and a small search tip”, asked how I would do blended search results in SharePoint Search. I have come up with three ways of doing this, where I will [...]

Increasing the summary length in FS4SP

In the settings for the Core Result Web Part you have the possibility to set the length of your hit summary. The default is 185 characters, and the upper limit seems to be somewhere around 400 when running against FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint. As an example I have indexed a page on our [...]

XSLT creation revisited for SharePoint 2010 Search and a small search tip

Search tip If you search with only a hash “#”, then you will do an empty search and all results are returned. When modifying the xslt for the Core Search Result Webpart it’s nice to know what data is actually included in the xml. SharePoint 2010 has a section called “How to: View Search Results [...]

Why the Enterprise Search Web Parts are sealed

I can’t claim to know the real political reasons behind this, which according to Corey Roth’s blog post last December is because “it’s by design”. In my mind “by design” is not a real reason. For non .Net programmers, a sealed web part means that you cannot inherit from it, doing your own customizations. So, [...]


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