Content Roll-up options Part V – Bamboo's List Roll-up Web Part

And the final content roll-up web part I examined is Bamboo Solutions List Roll-up Web Part.

This web part is a little strange; indeed, I’m not sure how to describe it. As I understand it, basically it’s a web part to generate a data-view web part, and add it to the page. Sound strange? Well, it is a little bit. Let’s have a look:

Web Part for generating other web parts

As you can see, this is a big web part on page. It’s user interface is much more complicated than the Lightning Conductor. I couldn’t help but notice that to do filtering by metadata column values appears to require writing CAML – which really is a bit much for many users.

This web part then generates an output Dataview Web Part:

Generated Dataview Web Part

(In that example, it’s only aggregating from one list – ‘cos I forgot that gave my lists different names, and then told the view to roll-up by list name).

So, it’s advantages:

  • Can consolidate across Multiple Site Collections (which isn’t possible through the Out-of-box options)
  • Can consolidate a single site collection, a site and it’s subsites or a specific list.
  • Can also consolidate sibling sites – which isn’t something I’ve seen elsewhere.
  • Can filter by list type
  • Can filter by content type or meta data fields
  • Can Group results
  • Has user definable sorting
  • Has Pagination of results
  • Fine control over caching

And it’s disadvantages:

  • More complex to use
  • More complex user interface
  • Probably requires writing CAML
  • Costs money (though I think is still a bargain compared to developer time)
  • Could be a tough sell to customers (“But SharePoint already has the Content Query Web Part“)

In short: Probably the most powerful and feature rich of the web parts, but not as easy to use as some of the others. Really, more of a developer tool than a user tool.

So, on to the conclusions…

| Introduction | Content Query Web Part | Data View Web Part |

| Lightning Conductor Web Part | Bamboo’s List Roll-Up Web Part | Conclusions |

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Content Roll-up options Part V – Bamboo's List Roll-up Web Part

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