Friday, November 26, 2010

InfoPath Holiday Poem

InfoPath with SharePoint 2010 Holiday Poem

Twas the night before deployment, when all through the farm,
Not a service was stirring, not even an alarm*.
The forms were all published to a network location with care,
In hopes that the Admin will map a drive there.

The secondary data sources were all snug in their connection,
While the Secure Store Service provided protection.
And the assembly all built, and placed in the cache,
Had just settled strong names with keys to match.

When out on the farm there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the VM to see what was the matter.
Away to the Windows Server, I remoted like a flash,
Tore open the Services and threw up the GAC.

The XML in the manifest and the method it knows,
Gave access to instantiate the objects below.
When, what did my wondering eyes see in the tools,
But picker controls and several “If” rules.

With a little rule driver, so lively and gay,
I knew in a moment it was hacked from the SDK.
More rapid than eagles the Conditions they came,
With dialogs and Actions that called them by name!

“Is Blank! Is Not Equal To! Is not a URL!”,
Setting a field’s value was all blown to hell.
“Begins with! Contains! This Field Changes!”,
Submit will not work with values in these ranges.

As workflows that before the wild tasks did fly,
When they meet with an obstacle,  we just mount a new drive.
So up to the production server they flew,
With an XSN full of schemas, and a DLL too.

And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the prompt,
s-t-s-a-d-m someone did stomp.
I tried to be quiet, I tried not to yell,
“hey, now you can do that using PowerShell…”.

We added the template and with the .wsp,
Deployed the solution at a quarter-til three.
They asked if in a dilemma, what should they do?
Just pick up a copy of “InfoPath with SharePoint 2010 How-To”**!

Happy Holidays!!!

Steve Mann

*another word for alert since alert doesn’t rhyme with farm

**Release Dates
Europe – Dec 3rd
USA and Japan– December 13th
Canada – December 14th

1 comment:

  1. Nice Work, Steve. (But I think you've been spending too much time in front of your computer ;-)


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