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Visual Studio Community 2013 Opens Floodgates for SharePoint Apps

Posted by Paul Katz on Sat, November 15, 2014

This last week, Microsoft announced the immediate availability of Visual Studio Community 2013. Essentially this SKU of Visual Studio has the same feature-set of Visual Studio Professional 2013, however it is free to use for "non-enterprise" development. A full-read on the licensing can be found here: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/dorischen/archive/2014/11/12/q-amp-a-on-visual-studio-community-2013-and-2015-preview.aspx

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SharePoint Form Design: Three Aspects of Designing Usable Web Forms

Posted by Mallory DeMarines on Mon, June 23, 2014

To make a web form more usable, we need to take a step back from the computer screen and look into the psychology of the users. The foundation of user centered design is comprised of psychology principles and laws.

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Topics: UI Design, Form Design, Form Layout

Office 365 is Changing Hosting Options for SharePoint Apps

Posted by Mallory DeMarines on Wed, June 4, 2014

Hosting Options for SharePoint Apps

Hosting options for SharePoint Apps are about to change. Office 365 announced that the Autohosted Apps model will be discontinued, with an official end date of June 30th. Although, those with the autohosted app model already in place will not be immediately affected, they will need to switch to the provider-hosted model by a later date. Office 365 cites that they are hoping to evolve and improve the autohosted apps model to include better access to Azure, allow apps to be run more efficiently, and increase options for scaling. Microsoft plans to increase overall flexibility of the autohosted app model and reinstate it by the year’s end.

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SharePoint Forms: How to add related lists

Posted by Mallory DeMarines on Wed, May 28, 2014

With the Pistachio App you are able to include related data from other tables or lists into a form. Additionally, you can edit the sub-table data directly inline or in a sub-form. To add a related list to a form in Pistachio they must first be related in SharePoint. Once the relationship has been established you can edit it in Pistachio.

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Topics: Form Design, SharePoint Apps, Pistachio, SharePoint, SharePoint Forms

Building a SharePoint Form with Pistachio 3.0

Posted by Mallory DeMarines on Tue, May 20, 2014

How to Create a form in SharePoint with Pistachio 3.0

Once you are in your SharePoint homepage, click on the Pistachio App link.

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Topics: Form Design, Form Layout, SharePoint Apps, SharePoint 2013, Pistachio, SharePoint Forms

Apps for SharePoint Overview

Posted by Mallory DeMarines on Thu, May 15, 2014

Apps for SharePoint can extend and customize SharePoint’s capabilities to address different requirements; they are robust, self-contained, and cloud and/or web oriented. An app for SharePoint is an html element contained in an IFrame inside a SharePoint page. The App content is generated remotely with the app code running outside the SharePoint server which allows the app to be entirely self-contained. This is different from a Web Part because this ensures complete isolation between SharePoint and the interface; a significant benefit which completely protects SharePoint from any potential errant code. Whereas Web Part’s code runs directly within the SharePoint server allowing any potential errant code the ability to affect the entire SharePoint site. Furthermore, building Apps for SharePoint is made easy with a flexible development process. Here is a basic overview of apps for SharePoint:
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Topics: SharePoint Apps, SharePoint Web Parts, SharePoint 2013, SharePoint Forms

SharePoint Forms: The future according to Microsoft

Posted by Marco Luzuriaga on Tue, March 4, 2014

Microsoft just concluded their session, Update on InfoPath and SharePoint Forms at the SharePoint Conference in Las Vegas. The thousand or so chairs were packed and it was standing room only. In a nutshell, don't pull the plug on your InfoPath forms just yet. Microsoft has ideas, a very rough road map, and is leaning heavily on you for guidance.

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Topics: SharePoint Apps, SharePoint List, Office 365, SharePoint, SharePoint Forms

SharePoint form design: Creating usable forms through input fields

Posted by Mallory DeMarines on Thu, February 27, 2014

Whether you are designing a business form, web form, or application, your goal is to gather information from a user. How are we gathering this information? Specifically, input fields. Input fields are crucial to the overall functionality and usability of any website or application. This is your point of interaction. You may be thinking this is simple, you ask a question and the user answers.  And here we can begin by changing our thought process.

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Topics: How to setup, UI Design, Form Design, Form Layout, SharePoint 2010, SharePoint Apps, SharePoint 2013, Pistachio, SharePoint, SharePoint Forms

Business Forms: Make them easy to use with these layout techniques

Posted by Marco Luzuriaga on Mon, December 9, 2013

It's not fun filling out a business form, whether on paper or electronically in SharePoint. We can minimize this pain by using some basic layout techniques that make the form easier to understand and faster to fill out.  In this article we explore how to use content groups, label placement, and spacing to create a very functional and usable form.

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Topics: UI Design, Form Design, Form Layout, SharePoint, SharePoint Forms

Working with a Lookup List in Your SharePoint Business Form

Posted by Jeff Repanich on Mon, November 25, 2013

If you have a background in databases, you might think that building your data collection process using a SharePoint lists can leave a lot to be desired. At first glance, it seems that lists are relatively flat -- leaving you without the tools you are used to for pulling related data into your forms. But dig a little deeper and you'll discover you can get quite a bit out of a few simple lists if you need to.

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Topics: SharePoint Lists, SharePoint 2013, SharePoint List, SharePoint, SharePoint Forms

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