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“Cannot get the list schema column property from the SharePoint list” — description/work-arounds

This week, we finally reproduced a problem that had been reported by a remote user: When she tried to export the contents of a list to excel, things would seem to start working, but then Excel would pop up an error: "Cannot get the list schema colu…

Visual Studio 2008 and .NET 3.5 Released

Visual Studio 2008 and .NET 3.5 Released Today Microsoft shipped Visual Studio 2008 and .NET 3.5. You can download the final release using one of the links below: If you are a MSDN subscriber, you can download your copy from the MSDN subscription site…

RollBack Transaction in SQL Server 2005

SQL Server 2005 newly intoduced the way to rollback the transactions in SQL Server 2005 SET XACT_ABORT ON when XACT_ABORT is on. The T-SQL statements will automatically rollback the transaction when error occured in statements. SET XACT_ABORT ON USE Em…

Quick and Simple: Send an email with embedded hyperlink from SharePoint Designer workflow

Once or twice month, someone posts a forum question: "How do I include hyperlinks to URL’s that are clickable from a SharePoint Designer email?" Presented without further comment: (well, actually there is further comment after the imag…

New release: SharePoint Designer Workflow Extensions (string manipulation functions)

UPDATE: See here for my thoughts on commercializing this project: http://paulgalvin.spaces.live.com/blog/cns!1CC1EDB3DAA9B8AA!569.entry I’ve been busy working on my Codeplex project which is presently focused on providing string manipulation ext…

A BDC runtime error explained

I caused a BDC error this week that manifested itself on the user interface and in the 12 hive log at runtime. First, this appeared in the user interface: Could not find fields to insert all the Identifier Values to correctly execute a SpecificFinder…

You Can’t Beat SharePoint’s Reach

During the last two days, I have participated in two meetings during which we presented the results of a SharePoint project. The CIO and his team joined the first meeting. That’s standard and not especially notable. The IT department is obv…

WSS 3.0 Permission Levels

By Default Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 provides the following permission levels: Read -> In this level, a user can only view a site. Contribute -> In this level, a user can view, add, update, and delete the site content. Design -> In this level,…

For the love of [fill in your most loved person/higher being], don’t change the ‘Title’ site column.

On the SharePoint forums, someone occasionally asks about "changing the label of Title" or about "removing title from lists". Bottom line: Don’t do it! Sadly, the user interface allows a one-way change of that column label a…

BDC ADF and your friend, CDATA

I’ve noticed some awkward and unnecessary hand-encoding of RdbCommandText in some examples (including MSDN documentation). I wanted to point out to newcomers to BDC that commands can be wrapped inside a CDATA tag in their "natural" form.