InfoPath 2010 Picture Button Control

Wow I can’t believe its been nearly a month since my last InfoPath 2010 video, it’s amazing how time sneaks past you when your not looking. In this video I take a look at one of the new controls in InfoPath 2010 the Picture button control. This new control adds a whole heap of new opportunities when designing forms that you want to be more engaging for your form user. Also I had a couple of comments on my last video that it was too small, I should mention that all videos on my blog are Silverlight so if you … Continue reading InfoPath 2010 Picture Button Control

A lap around InfoPath 2010 Part 1

With the release of the Office 2010 Client Applications earlier this week I thought it would be good to put together a couple of videos highlighting some of the new features of InfoPath 2010 Client interface, the following video takes you through some of the Interface changes in InfoPath 2010 

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

SharePoint Designer Workflow Gottcha

Recently I’ve been working on improving some internal processes at Stargate, one of these processes related to submitting travel requests. I ran into issues however, when I started building the workflow in SharePoint designer. My workflow was pretty simple but did require that an email be sent to a distribution group setup in Exchange. My problem was that even though the workflow showed that it had completed successfully no email had been sent. Naturally I made the obvious test to see if the distribution group existed and a quick email from Outlook confirmed this. I also double checked both the … Continue reading SharePoint Designer Workflow Gottcha

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