SharePoint Foundation and SharePoint Designer 2010 downloads

Are you ready? Well, I hope so… because the downloads are ready now. Download them, install them and Enjoy! Not much else to say about this 🙂

SharePoint Designer 2010:

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=d88a1505-849b-4587-b854-a7054ee28d66

 

SharePoint Foundation:

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=49c79a8a-4612-4e7d-a0b4-3bb429b46595

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Got SharePoint Questions? We (hopefully…) have the Answers!

You know the feeling when you go to a conference and you want to talk to the presenters and just ask him/her one of those burning questions you have…? Well, now you can! Microsoft is holding a couple of SharePoint 2010 Q&A sessions where you can ask any question you like. On the other end, there will be a dozen or so SharePoint MVPs (including myself) who will try to field those questions. If we know the answer, we’ll help you out. If not… well, you can always contact many of us through email or ask your question in the forum. In any case, it’s definitely worth checking out the MSDN chat sessions.

First one will be on April 27, 2010 7pm – 8pm (Eastern) and the second one is on April 28, 2010 12pm – 1pm (Eastern).

Aside from SharePoint, there are many other MSDN chats being held. You can check out the whole schedule here:

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/chats/default.aspx

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Free Webinar Series on SharePoint 2010, SharePoint Designer 2010 and InfoPath 2010

Want to learn about the improvements in SharePoint 2010, SharePoint Designer 2010 and InfoPath 2010? Come join me in this webinar series:

https://www.visualsp.com/upcoming-webinars/

The first one is tomorrow (Thursday, 4/22 at 2pm Eastern)

If you have ever attended my webinar, you know that I’m all about ‘showing’ you stuff. These webinars will be no different and will be packed with demonstrations of functionality. Hope to see you there.

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Conditional Formatting of XSLT List View and Data View web parts

In SharePoint Designer 2010, conditional formatting is one of those ‘got to know’ features that you should get familiar with. Back in SPD 2007, you could apply conditional formatting only to XSLT Data View web parts. However, now that all of the List View web parts are XSLT enabled, you can apply the same type of conditional criteria to format your data to any list or library view data. Not just formatting, but you can also conditionally show or hide your data. Want to see it in action? Watch the following video (available for free for a limited time):

Create List View pages with conditionally formatted data

update: this video is no longer available as a free video

This video shows how to conditionally format information in a List View page using the XSLT List View web part. The scenario starts off by importing information from a spreadsheet to make a list. Then a new List View page is created on the list which automatically comes with the XSLT List View web part showing the information in the list. Conditional Formatting is then used to highlight some content and also hide other content based on certain conditions.

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Making InfoPath work for You – without the code but just as powerful!

I have always been a big fan of InfoPath and all the possibilities that it offers. We already have a bunch of videos demonstrating some very cool functionality within InfoPath here: https://www.visualsp.com/infopath/. A ton more videos will be created in the future for InfoPath 2010 to show you all that it can do.

Aside from all that InfoPath can do, you can of course put code behind the forms to extend it a lot further. However, my recommendation to my clients and students has always been to look at all of the other possibilities first before jumping into code because once you do go that route, there is no turning back. Also, the management of code requires a developer and most times that means that it creates a bottleneck for fixing any current bugs and implementing new features. If the original form designer, hopefully the business analyst with the business knowledge, can take ownership of fixing the issues and extending the functionality as needed, the process is usually a whole lot smoother and faster.

To that end, I would like to introduce you to Qdabra qRules. Think of this as packaged features that you can just turn ON in your forms – plug and play! Qdabra qRules lets you use rules in place of code to quickly add common features to your InfoPath forms. qRules 2.1 (the most recent release) contains 25 of the most commonly requested functions accessible via rules—even things that aren’t available in InfoPath today like encrypting fields.

Functions in Qdabra qRules include:

  • Password Protect – Hide sensitive data using client-side encryption
  • Format Date – Format your dates from SharePoint or SQL and show just the year, month, or day
  • Get Week Day – Get the date value for a day of the week and improve your forms’ usefulness. Use Get Week Day in an open rule to quickly calculate the date for a weekday and populate your form based on it
  • Input Parameters View Switching – copy Input Parameters to your main data source on load and use to switch views (codeless!)
  • Submit To SharePoint List – Submit your XML form to a SharePoint list—now browser compatible
  • Copy Table – from secondary source of main data source
  • Set Value – filter target value
  • Generate GUID, Sort Table, Save To SharePoint, and more

 

Here is some additional information about qRules:

 

If you are an avid user and a fan of InfoPath, IMHO you would be doing a disservice to yourself and your company by not checking out this product since it can make your current processes much much easier!

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