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.aspxRead More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.
How to Create a form in SharePoint with Pistachio 3.0
Once you are in your SharePoint homepage, click on the Pistachio App link.Read More
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.
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.Read More
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.
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.