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Using Event Receivers for SharePoint Workflows

Posted by Joe Davis on May 31, 2016 11:30:00 AM

One of the more interesting challenges contractors for public sector clients have is working with older versions of software. On a recent project involving an integration of a solution I'd written using Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2016 and SharePoint 2010, I found myself struggling with an issue around capturing a digital signature.  

As a straight SharePoint development project, this can be fairly routine: leverage Microsoft Word and its implementation of signature blocks, similarly leverage SharePoint's out-of-the-box (OOTB) workflow for collecting signatures, and you're basically done.

However, the client in question was less than enthusiastic about SharePoint as a platform in general and, because of that, and a few other design criteria, the bulk of the solution wound up being built in Dynamics CRM and SharePoint was largely a simple document repository.  

So, how do you not re-invent the wheel for digital signatures and still keep most of your smarts on the Dynamics CRM side? [Bear in mind the production environment where this was going to be enabled was very locked down. Farm solutions were prohibited, so even if you wanted to write your own custom workflow using .NET workflow, you couldn't because that requires a farm solution.]

We have the OOTB workflow already and we can associate it with the document library in question, but what we really needed was the ability to notify CRM when that workflow completed. Answer: SPWorkflowEventReceiver.

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Topics: SharePoint, Programming, Dynamics CRM

SharePoint 2013 and Regional Settings: Adventures in Time Zones

Posted by Joe Davis on Dec 2, 2015 11:00:00 AM

It's a simple enough question to ask and answer. In almost every introduction to a foreign language, it's one of the basic phrases we learn. We'll leave aside the irony that we almost never ask the question of another person, because of mobile phones, tablets, and myriad ways which we can answer that question ourselves. As developers, we're often given the task of producing output that includes some date value, usually in a grid or table that provides the user with information about when a particular thing happened. 

So far, pretty easy stuff. But I was recently asked to provide users with that information displayed in local time, with some users were scattered over a plethora of timezones. This led to some interesting discoveries I thought I should share below. So grab your sonic screwdrivers, absurdly long scarves, throw the switch on your TARDIS and allons-y!

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Topics: SharePoint

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