Using SharePoint Search to Develop Custom Solutions

Session from Mirjam van Olst.

There are some options to work with the search and to extend this search by

  • configuration
  • Extend with APIs / Designer
  • Create your own

Creating your own will be the most complex kind of work here.

You have to keep in mind, that you can configure the content source (e.g. external content types) and scopes or even federated search for example content sources which supporting OpenSearch Federation (Youtube, Bing, Wikipedia).

If you like to extend, you jsut can use the Search Object Model on which all webparts are based (SharedQuery Manager class).

If you like to extend the coreresultWebpart you just have to override

  • Initi() -> Change the Scope
  • Render() -> Change the HTML Output
  • PreRender() -> Change the Query

Mirjam demonstrated 2 easy example to develop search webparts and the possibilities to use it. That seems really easy. Thank you Mirjam.

The Search UI seems highly customizable.

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Karsten Pohnke About Karsten Pohnke
He is Consultant for SharePoint Solutions for collaboration, communication and business processes. He provides his customers applications based on standard features as well as development or combining the power of several microsoft tools like Dynamics CRM. In his free time he tries to collect tipps and worthy experience in this blog.

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