Enhancements on SharePointUpdates.com

I’ve added a few new enhancements on SharePointUpdates.com. SharePoint Updates now has 481 entries as of February 2016 (technically 491, if you count the ‘base’ products) and covers FAST Search Server 2010, SharePoint 2010, 2013, Office Web Apps 2010, 2013, and as of a week ago, Workflow Manager 1.0!

There have been a couple usability and performance issues I’ve had to tackle with this dataset (even though it is small). The first performance issue came up once there were a couple of hundred records. Out of the box, DataTables is a client side solution – that is, every time you visited the Patches page, it would pull down every record. This made sorting and searching (or really, filtering) quite quick, but that initial load took way too long, especially on deprecated browsers like IE. So that was step one, to move the queries into code, but by doing so, we lost some of the native search functionality. What this update from today provides is a way to filter not only globally (the Search box), but also by product and/or patch type. This should help narrow down what you’re looking for and make it much easier to use, especially for those who are using older products like SharePoint 2010 which do not bubble up to the top of the table.

SharePointUpdatesFilters

Hopefully this helps you discover the SharePoint patches for your platform. New patches are posted the same day Microsoft releases them. Any feedback is appreciated, let me know how it works for you!

Trevor Seward is a Microsoft Office Apps and Services MVP who specializes in SharePoint Server administration, hybrid scenarios, and SharePoint Online. He has been working with SharePoint for 16 years from SharePoint 2003 on up, managing environments with terabytes of content for 150,000+ user organizations. Trevor is an author of Deploying SharePoint 2016 and Deploying SharePoint 2019. You can find him on Twitter and in /r/sharepoint.