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  • Blog Post: Using InfoPath to add twitter-like functionality to SharePoint

    The philosophy of many technical folks that I talk to is “Lock it down and save the user from themselves”. While this may seem great from a helpdesk or risk perspective, in reality it means that your users will have to ask you to make the change everytime, or even worse – they don’t use the system at...
  • Blog Post: Adding Rounded Corners to an InfoPath 2007 Form

    Gavin McKay has  written a great howto article on making funky rounded tables in InfoPath HOWTO: Add Rounded Corners to an InfoPath 2007 Form « Back in Hack
  • Blog Post: Ports Company tracks forms and business processes with InfoPath

    An Australian InfoPath case study has been published on microsoft.com: Microsoft Case Studies: DP World Their solution uses SharePoint, InfoPath, CRM and Nintex workflow (a workflow tool that sits on top of MOSS and WF to provide WYSIWG workflow creation). An interesting benefit they saw from automating...
  • Blog Post: Just completed the ultimate Infopath Timesheet (...Of Doom!!!)

    Cue thunderbolts and lightning. I figured that "Infopath timesheet, no problem!" and "there will be one on Office Online". There were, but they are crap IMHO (Infopath 2003 and lots of javascript - what is this, 1997?). The best starting point is here: InfoPath Team Blog : Calculating...
  • Blog Post: Top 5 Apps every Office developer should know

    It seems like everybody is doing "Top x Predictions for 2008", "Top x Resolutions for 2007" and the like. So here is one of my own: 1. Visual Studio 2008 - Visual Studio Tools for Office included? Templates for Office 2007, Office 2003 and SharePoint 2007 workflows? Visual Designer...
  • Blog Post: Some cool Office 2007 Deployment and Development links

    I try to stay away from posting random streams of links to other peoples hard earned content. That being said, here is four articles Deployment Business Desktop Deployment Resources is a pretty extensive site from the UK with all the resources, webcasts and blogs you'll ever need! The Office Customisation...
  • Blog Post: An InfoPath 2007 Template Part - Australian Address

    Template Parts are a very cool feature new to InfoPath in the 2007 version. they allow you to reuse parts of a form over and over again, complete with custom actions, UI and data sources already built. One common thing that many forms have is an address field so I whacked one together. But for added...
  • Blog Post: better developer productivity with InfoPath

    Some things are just better said with stickmen: source: xkcd - A webcomic of romance, sarcasm, math, and language - By Randall Munroe The majority of the logic you'll need to add in an InfoPath form is declarative. :) Less time coding = less time testing = more time for legitimate sword fights, so maybe...
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