Accessing Active Directory from an InfoPath Form

The embedded video below highlights how to load user details from Active Directory into your InfoPath form. The solution highlighted uses the LDAP Webservice found on codeplex to make the LDAP connection. The best thing about this approach is that the search method included in the service pretty much takes care of returning around 90% of the data you might need to get back from your AD.   Once again big shout out to the guys at Camtasia for making this so easy to record

How to calculate the number of days between 2 dates in InfoPath

Recently while helping some people via the Newsgroups I’ve found it easier to build a video of how to solve a problem rather than type pages and pages of instructions. In addition to giving a big call out to Camtasia studio as an editing platform and the Silverlight Hosting from live I thought it would be useful to also post my videos here. This solution specifically deals with how to calculate the number of days between 2 selected dates. How to Calculate the Number of Days between to dates in InfoPath

Office SP2 to release next week

Officially the second service pack for the Office suite will release next week, and while I’m sure there are a whole swag of features, additions and security improvements that will not be immediately visible to the naked eye. There are a couple of things that peaked my interest when reading through the summary of updates on the “Microsoft Update Product Team Blog” The first piece of information that caught my eye was the addition of a new STSADM command for assessing how ready your SharePoint server is for upgrade to O14, and also provides best practice feedback for your current … Continue reading Office SP2 to release next week

Presenting at Office DevCon

Looks like my first week of work at my new employer just got busy, in my first week it looks like I’ll be heading up to Sydney to present at the 2008 Office DevCon. This is a great event that I’ve wanted to get to last year but was unable to, “Office DevCon is an annual community-driven conference that allows Microsoft Office developers and power users to come together in one location to hear expert speakers present on a wide range of Microsoft Office-related topics.” As is expected I’ll be presenting some InfoPath based content, for more info including a … Continue reading Presenting at Office DevCon

TechEd Demo Woes

Last week Sydney was host to TechEd 2008, it also found me struggling with issues in my Windows 2008 MOSS Demo environment, the long and short of my issue was that an InfoPath form that worked quite successfully on my local machine was failing to submit once deployed to the server with a very nondescript error of “There is an unclosed literal string. Line 114, position 778 “. Now while I didn’t find out what was causing the issue under the covers, I did manage to track down a hotfix from Microsoft that was released back in March that directly … Continue reading TechEd Demo Woes

I’m still here!

Wow just had a look at my blog and it’s been nearly 2 months since I posted, were does the time go? First a quick catch up on what’s been happening over the past couple of months Been busy with preps for my new son who’s due in the next couple of months, currently he’s kicking away like a champ and making sure he keeps mum awake all night long :o) I’ve been getting ready for TechEd 2008 which I’m lucky enough to be presenting 2 sessions at this year.  Due to point 1 I’ve been attempting to clean out … Continue reading I’m still here!

Filtered Drop Down Lists 101 Part 2

Now for the long awaited second half of my post on working with Filtered Drop down lists. In my first post I showed you how to created filtered drop down lists using the InfoPath rich client. In this post I will show you how to achieve the same functionality in a web based form. The biggest draw back about creating this functionality in a web based form is that filtered fields are not supported in web based forms. So we need to create another means to filter our data, an external data source like a web service for example provides … Continue reading Filtered Drop Down Lists 101 Part 2

Filtered Drop Down Lists 101

A couple of weeks ago I received an email from Dominic asking for help with creating filtered drop down lists in InfoPath. So I thought I would put together a couple of posts on how to achieve this functionality in both InfoPath 2003 and InfoPath 2007. For this post I’m going to look at how to filter drop down data while using the InfoPath client, as filtering of data is not supported in browser based forms I will cover this in a separate post. The first thing we are going to need is some data to filter, at the end of … Continue reading Filtered Drop Down Lists 101

Contact Selector the Good and the Bad

This week I was working on an InfoPath solution that required the use of the Contact Selector Control that is included with InfoPath, basically this is an Active X control that you can use as a way of selecting accounts that exist on your SharePoint server (for more info on the control and how to set it up check out this post from the InfoPath team blog) Now there is a standing rule that Active X controls don’t work in form services however this control is the exception to that rule and can be used in a browser enabled form. This being said … Continue reading Contact Selector the Good and the Bad