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as some of you may recall...i had a web part which was the first navigational web part developed by a third party.  since then several others have come out with varying results and features.  i was quite disappointed that i couldn't distribute my enhanced navigational component, but for various reasons i simply couldn't.  i've had a version that has been “laying in wait” since september of last year (see screenshot below).  i also have been holding onto (and already talked about it) a document library explorer...just been procrastonating in releasing!

one thing that most have neglected in the navigational components have been security and being able to render a complete tree both up and down (as well as integration with portal and/or wss in one common web part).

what i'm curious about is if people are interested?  there seem to be a lot out there now (or maybe not a lot, but enought that do the same thing).  i hate to seem like i'm following the crowd because now i'd be able to distribute an enhanced version of what i'd already created as the first component/web part.  even today, there was an SPTrees (see below) sample released on gotdotnet.com.

anyhow, feel free to chime in.

recent gotdotnet downloads for sharepoint (some are re-hashes of samples in the SDK):

Asynchronous Web Part
Custom ToolPane Web Part
Simple Web Part

screenshot of workspace navigation (you might have known it as workspace explorer):

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i've been doing some testing lately, but was hoping others could help me out...

if you know of “odd” rss feeds (foreign languages with special characters, old rss formats, etc.) can you send them to me?  using the contact form or a direct email would be fine.

i appreciate it.

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here's a decent article helping to sort out the technologies microsoft has (and had) regarding collaboration:

sorting out microsoft's collaboration technologies

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sick of remembering all the parameters for stsadm.exe?

i just checked the ms webpart library and found the stsadm gui tool

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a recent kbarticle (kb835162) outlines the reason for receiving the “incompatible spreadsheet format“ message when using the import from spreadsheet function in lists.

a few of my clients have seen this, so in case you are experiencing it, here is some reasoning.