CodePlex- Managed Metadata focused solutions-Part 1

From past some months, I have been wondering that if there any other site from where i can find out the great amount of work done by community in the Code Plex (www.codeplex.com) .  For all of you guys who don’t know about Code Plex, CodePlex is an open source project hosting website from Microsoft. It allows shared development of open source software.

As i have been working on SharePoint for quite a while now so i guess its a right time to look into these contribution.

All i wanted to blog on each of the modules / pillars of SharePoint to find out that how much work is been done for that particular product on CodePlex. Plus i will elaborate on those solutions which are there solely for that modules / pillars.

Let me start with Managed Metadata, as i have blogged previously, there are tons of resource where you can read in details. In a nutshell, it is central place where you manage tags for the list items.

For preparing this blog i browsed to CodePlex site, and searched with “SharePoint 2010 Managed Metadata”, you will find atleast 27 search results,

To be specific, it is 6-7 solutions which are directly addressing Managed Metadata, let me tell you that i am not degrading other work, but those remain out of scope. Hopefully i will cover those on my other posts.

let discuss them one by one, in this post i will cover only one solution, but i will cover other in my following posts.

Following are the relevant solutions from the Search results on the codeplex.

Let starts with the simple but powerful tool for creating navigation kinda feature for Managed Meta Term. First of all, thumbs up for all of guys who took their time out to make this tool or webpart.

Problem statement.

I have a Document Library (for example, HumanResource) which have the managed metadata field (DocumentType). Let suppose that i have 1000’s of items in that Document Library. Now then if i have to see that how many items attached to particular term.

Is there any way?

Solution

Yeah. You can use this webpart to show that how many items is linked to term, and it shows in the proper term kinda structure navigation. Just deploy the solution and follow the instruction given on the site, you will have this kinda navigation. You can alter the look by writing you own xsl for this webpart.

Deep Dive in the Code:

The best part with open source, yes you have the code. If you look into this webpart code, you can easily identify how it is using the API to find out the managed metadata field and its number of occurrence.

If you really learn and play around with this code, click here to browse the code.

Hopefully i will try to write some code, to get the this kind of navigation for all of the lists available in the SharePoint site. Wish me good luck.

Will evaluate other solutions in my next blogs.

Till then Happy winter and Happy SharePointing.

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