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  • Blog Post: A simple conceit vs. questions left unasked

    Here's a fun mental exercise - on the one hand, we have the "everyone is lost but me" syndrome, where someone will charge off on a course of action, despite many many warnings about the perilous nature of his quest, until he runs smack dab into that windmill. And yet we have "there is no such thing...
  • Blog Post: InfoPath & SharePoint screencast demo

    As follow-up to the "hook InfoPath to a database" demo, here I'm taking a step back to a simpler form - building an InfoPath form to be used on its own in conjunction with SharePoint. http://channel9.msdn.com/ShowPost.aspx?PostID=344635 In the next few videos I'm going to cover: InfoPath...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server Analysis Services in ten minutes

    Analysis Services has been part of SQL Server for a while, but it's underappreciated by most. I've posted another video on Channel 9 to try to share what a powerful capability this is for understanding large volumes of aggregated data. More than just the simple demo (showing a cube, clicking through...
  • Blog Post: Philo on EDI

    I wrote this post on Joel On Software in 2004 in response to a newbie asking about EDI. Since then I have referred several people to it, but a few times I've found the post tricky to find. So, instead of constantly relying on the benevolence of Joel acting as a library for me, I'm going to recycle bits...
  • Blog Post: A "drill through" web part

    This MSDN article shows how to implement a SharePoint web part that can act as a consumer or a provider. However, if you try to use it as a "drill through" web part (another web part filters the results in this web part; clicking on this web part filters or populates another web part), it won't work...
  • Blog Post: Emailing a different InfoPath form

    I recently needed to create an InfoPath form that enabled the user to post the data to another user in a format they could open in *their* InfoPath form. After some thought, I went with the idea of running an XSL transform on the data and posting it via an email connector. Of course, first I needed...
  • Blog Post: Creating a Structured Product Labeling Editor

    The challenge: use InfoPath to create an editor for the Structured Product Labeling (SPL) subset of the HL7 Clinical Document Architecture (CDA) schema. I've done quite a bit of document-centric work, and my philosophy has always been to design an XML schema first, because from an xsd, all other things...
  • Blog Post: Healthcare / HL7 solution

    Over the next few days I'll be posting a series of articles covering my trials and tribulations in creating an “HL7 Generator” - specifically using InfoPath to generate XML in the Structured Product Label format, which is a subset of the Clinical Document Architecture. Here is an image...
  • Blog Post: InfoPath Context Sensitive Help

    InfoPath SP1 ( public beta at the link; final due out this summer) includes a lot of cool changes, both in the UI and behind the scenes (most notably the ability to stuff managed code behind the form). First I'm going to cover the OnContextChange event and using it to create context-sensitive help. ...
  • Blog Post: Book Review: SharePoint, Building Office 2003 Solutions

    I bought Scot's book hot off the presses, since it's the first major SharePoint 2003 book. When I got it, I breezed through it, and I'll be honest - I was unimpressed. Well, I had reason to browse through it again, and this time I just sat down and started reading it. That's when I realized - certain...
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