hughpyle

Hugh Pyle's technology weblog

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    Usability Studies

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    Do you use SharePoint and work with Groove ? Microsoft's User Research Group is conducting series of studies for SharePoint products and technologies at the Microsoft campus in Redmond, WA, and is looking for participants in the Puget Sound area The...
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    Groove, Step By Step

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    New from Microsoft Press: Microsoft® Office Groove® 2007 Step by Step , by Rick Jewell and John Pierce. Sounds like a good one. Rick has been doing this Groove stuff for a while, and knows his subject well.
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    Silverlight in Groove

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    (20070917 - updated to Silverlight 1.0) Sorry for the extended absence. I've been heads down planning for Office "14" Groove, and quite removed from all the Groove 2007 activity. But here's something new and relevant, that I'm quite excited about....
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    The Light of Day

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    Microsoft Office Groove 2007, Trial Product, in English and Spanish, for download. http://us1.trymicrosoftoffice.com/product.aspx?family=officelivegroove&culture=en-US
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    Forms Script: Send Instant Message

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    I want to take you line-by-line through this code, with maybe a few words of explanation for each piece. // Find the contact var pContact = GetContactFieldValue("Contact"); Groove contacts are a datatype unto themselves; the contact object...
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    Forms Script: Send Instant Message

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    Sorry about the hiatus here. It's been a while. Here's a little piece of script code for Groove Forms, which might be useful to a few people. It's also small enough to be a nice illustration of some of how script and forms work together. The application...
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    Script Performance

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    If you're building anything complex with the Groove Forms tool, you probably use plenty of script code. Peter Gurevich on the IE team has a great article about how to get the best performance. I'm looking forward to parts two and three, too.
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    Office Developer Conference

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    MSDN have published all the session videos from the Office Developer Conference in March. This is the deepest presentation-type dive we've taken into Groove 2007 application development – and for three hours' attention you'll probably not find a better...
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    GWS and SharePoint

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    John Milan , from Bellevue-based TeamDirection , is blogging about Groove and SharePoint integration using each product's web services APIs. Worth keeping an eye on.
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    Files web service

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    Let's move along quickly to the Files web service. On the newsgroup , someone's been having problems creating files within folders in a Files tool, so this seems like good timing. A bit of background, first, to set the stage for some of the little...
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    Newsreaders and code samples

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    Sorry to anyone trying to make sense of these code samples with a newsreader; you'll miss all the formatting. I should take a look at how these folks do it -- seems to work well for them. Meanwhile, to see slightly-better-formatted code, you'll need to...
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    Forms Attachments

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    In Groove Forms, you can add an Attachments field to your forms, and store any number of attachments in the field. (You can define more than one attachments field in the tool, but each form can only include one attachments field). Let's look at accessing...
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    EnforceConstraints

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    It's really nice to see people try using the techniques I'm posting here. But, as usual, there are glitches when this stuff comes in contact with the real world. Here's a really relevant comment from a user: "When I try to insert a new DataRow to...
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    Update Forms data

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    Updating Forms data is just about as easy as creating new records: Read the schema and the set of data which you want to update; Update records in your DataSet with appropriate field values; Call the Forms UpdateRecords() method to update...
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    Insert Forms data

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    It's quite straightforward to create new Forms records: Read the Forms tool's schema into a DataSet; Add new records to the DataSet with appropriate field values; Call the Forms CreateRecords() method to insert the new records. A single...
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    Query Forms data

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    Now I think we have enough to be useful. Here are three simple methods which call the GetDataSet() I defined earlier: public System.Data. DataSet GetSchema() { return GetDataSet( true , false , "" ); } public System.Data. DataSet...
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    Forms Data

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    When you read data from a Forms tool's web service, it's delivered in an XML format which is designed to map easily to a System.Data.DataSet. Of course you could work with the raw XML, but dealing with a DataSet gives you lots of flexibility. There...
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    Forms web service

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    For the next few posts, I plan to write up a few small examples of code using the Groove Forms web service. There's a sample, GrooveFormsExplorer, in the development kit , which shows how to read Groove accounts, identities, workspaces and tools; and...
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    LINQ

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    Here's a fascinating conversation and demo about LINQ , with Jon Udell and Anders Hejlsberg.
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    Beta!

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    Go here for the 2007 Microsoft Office System Beta 2 . And the Groove 2007 SDK . (Update: 24 hours, 200,000 beta downloads - that's some serious bandwidth!)
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    Timestamps

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    In one of the main scenarios for data integration with Groove: you have a Groove Forms tool with a set of records, and a SQLServer table or a SharePoint list with a set of records, and you either want to synchronize from Groove to the other system, or...
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    Groove at the SharePoint Conference

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    This week in Bellevue: the Microsoft SharePoint Conference 2006 . Unfortunately I'm not there myself; Abbott Lowell and Jesse Howard from Groove are presenting a couple sessions about the intersection of Groove workspaces and SharePoint sites. During...
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    microsoft.public.groove

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    ...is up. Feel free to dive in. news:microsoft.public.groove or the Web-based interface at http://www.microsoft.com/communities/newsgroups/list/en-us/default.aspx?dg=microsoft.public.groove
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    One Year

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    The end of this week marks the first anniversary of Groove's acquisition by Microsoft . It's been a fun ride so far. We've achieved a huge amount, had a chance to work with many many smart and dedicated people in Office and other parts of this big...
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    New England Groove Usability Research

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    Via Thom : Work with us to shape the future of Groove and Office. The Groove usability group is conducting product research in the New England region. The team is recruiting a mix of IT Administrators with experience deploying the Groove and...
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