SharePoint 2013 Client Browser: Now support for Taxonomy and User Profiles

It’s been around 2 months since the last release of the SharePoint 2o13 Client Browser but work has progressed! Today I updated the tool with two new features.

  • Taxonomy support by showing the hierarchy of Term Store, Groups, Term Sets and Terms.
  • Limited support for User Profiles by showing the User Profile of the current user with the related properties and peers.

Download the SharePoint 2013 Client Browser here!


By using the Microsoft.SharePoint.Client.Taxonomy namespace it’s possible to get the complete hierarchy of the Term Store and even manipulate it.

SharePoint 2013 Client Browser showing the Taxonomy

User Profiles

Next to the Taxonomy SharePoint 2013 client object model is extended with the Microsoft.SharePoint.Client.UserProfiles namespace for interaction with the User Profiles. For now I only included the current user profile. Future releases will be extended with other properties and showing more user profiles of other users within the environment.

SharePoint 2013 Client Browser showing the User Profile of the current user


SharePoint Client Browser (preview) released

Last Saturday I introduced the SharePoint 2013 Client Browser (preview) tool during my session on SharePoint Saturday Holland 2013. I’ve got some enthusiastic feedback and now it’s time to finally release the preview version!

Remote SharePoint development is getting more important. Especially with SharePoint Apps. To speed up development, find hidden lists/items/documents, discover the structure or specific artifact properties use the SharePoint Client Browser which supports both SharePoint 2010 and SharePoint 2013.
This WinForm tool does not need installation but simply unzip the download and start the EXE file. Next step, connect to your on-premise or Office 365 site collection.

More information and download:

SharePoint 2013 Client Browser

Integrate Beyond Compare with Visual Studio Source Control

Like everyone else, I have my own preferences to configure my development environment. One of the tools I’m using is Beyond Compare. Besides the main features of the tool, I like the integration with Visual Studio and Visual Studio Team Foundation (TFS) the best and it’s really simple! But I always forget the command and arguments to use. This is why I’m writing this post.

Configure Beyond Compare as version history compare tool for Visual Studio 2010:

  1. Open Visual Studio
  2. Open Tools » Options…
  3. In the tree on the left go to Source Control » Visual Studio Team Foundation
  4. Click Configure User Tools…
  5. Click Add…
  6. Set the following fields
    1. Extention: *
    2. Operation: Compare
    3. Command: C:\Program Files (x86)\Beyond Compare 3\BComp.exe
    4. Arguments: %1 %2 /readonly /lefttitle=%6 /righttitle=%7

The arguments allow you to control the behavior of Beyond Compare. Labels to use:

  • %1: Original file
  • %2: Modified file
  • %5: Diff command-line options
  • %6: Original file label
  • %7: Modified file label