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Developing GIS WebParts in SharePoint. Presented by: Marianne Cardwell, Woolpert, Inc. Cheryl Spencer, City of Indianapolis February 17, 2009. Overview. Introduction to WebParts WebParts in SharePoint SharePoint development environment ESRI options Microsoft Virtual Earth.

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Developing gis webparts in sharepoint

Developing GIS WebParts in SharePoint

Presented by:

Marianne Cardwell, Woolpert, Inc.

Cheryl Spencer, City of Indianapolis

February 17, 2009



  • Introduction to WebParts

  • WebParts in SharePoint

  • SharePoint development environment

  • ESRI options

  • Microsoft Virtual Earth

Introduction to webparts

Introduction to WebParts

What is a web part

What is a Web Part?

  • According to Microsoft, ASP.NET Web Parts controls are an integrated set of controls for creating Web sites that enable end users to modify the content, appearance, and behavior of Web pages directly in a browser.

  • Why use a Web Part?

    • Consistent look and feel

    • Ease of use and reuse

From a developer s perspective what is a web part

From a Developer’s Perspective:What is a Web Part?

  • Server-side control running inside context of Web Part pages within ASP.NET application or Windows SharePoint Services site.

  • 2 types of Web Parts:

    • ASP.NET 2.0:

      • Built on top of the ASP.NET Web Part infrastructure

      • Have a dependency on System.Web.dll

      • Can be used in SharePoint and other types of web sites, making them much more flexible

    • SharePoint:

      • Older and have a dependency on Microsoft.SharePoint.dll

      • Can only be used in SharePoint web sites

Web part attributes

Web Part Attributes

  • A Web Part-based page allows users to:

    • Add/remove Web Parts from page.

    • Move Web Parts on page.

  • Personalization requires database. Default is SQL Server Express 2005, but a different database can be specified in configuration file.

Web part demos

Web Part Demos

  • Web Parts in ASP.NET web site

  • Web Parts in SharePoint

Web parts in sharepoint

Web Parts inSharePoint

Sharepoint webparts

SharePoint WebParts

  • In WSS3.0, Web Parts based on ASP.NET 2.0 Web Part infrastructure.

  • In most cases, should develop Web Parts inheriting from System.Web.UI.WebControls.WebParts.WebPart.

  • Microsoft.SharePoint.WebPartPages.WebPart provides the following features:

    • Cross page connections

    • Connections between Web Parts outside of a zone.

    • Client-side connections (Web Part Page Services Component)

    • Data caching infrastructure, including ability to cache database

Sharepoint development environment

SharePointDevelopment Environment

Operating system

Operating System

  • No easy way to develop on Windows XP.

  • Free Virtual Hard Drive downloadable from Microsoft at

  • Includes WSS 3.0 SP1 and VS 2008.

  • Expires Sept 20, 2009.

  • About 1.8GB.

Wss 3 0 tools vs 2008 extensions

WSS 3.0 Tools – VS 2008 Extensions

  • Contains VS project templates for Web Parts, site definitions, and SP solution.

  • Available for download from

  • F5 builds and deploys solution, then opens IE.

  • Provides ability to debug code.

Sharepoint project templates

SharePoint Project Templates

Sharepoint item templates

SharePoint Item Templates

Esri options

ESRI Options



  • Possible to create WebADF Web Parts.

  • ArcGIS Server blog provides samples for both 9.2 ( and 9.3 (

  • Limitations:

    • 64-bit MOSS 2007 requires IIS application pools to run in pure 64-bit mode, which means that 32-bit applications, including the WebADF, will not work. (Rex Hansen, ESRI,

    • Potential for additional ArcGIS Server license depending on network set-up.

Webadf web part

WebAdf Web Part

ESRI 9.3 sample from

Arcgis server js api

ArcGIS Server JS API

  • Surprisingly powerful and relatively easy to use in SharePoint.

  • Keep in mind:

    • Potential for multiple web parts, including identical web parts, on a single web page. Affects element names.

    • Use the _spBodyOnLoadFunctionNames array to add JS functions to the window.onload event.


    • JS & CSS can be added in different ways. Make sure you test to see if files already exist.

Web part demos1

Web Part Demos

  • JS API SharePoint Web Part

Virtual earth

Virtual Earth

Virtual earth api

Virtual Earth API

  • Similar logic to using the ArcGIS Server JS API.

  • Can use the ArcGIS JavaScript™ Extension for Microsoft Virtual Earth™.

Web part demos2

Web Part Demos

  • Virtual Earth SharePoint Web Part

    • Shows the use of a Web Control within a Web Part



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