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Manually Edit SPD XOML File to Clean Up Variables

In this post here (“Getting Answers Back from the Start Approval Process Activity”), I mentioned that you can accidentally add a whole slew of workflow variables to your SharePoint Designer workflow.  Things can quickly become cluttered and ha…

How to Find and Edit SPD 2010 Workflow XOML Files

I was researching an easy way to remove a bunch of workflow variables without having to spend my afternoon in a full blown SPD click torture session.  My thought was to edit the XOML directly, which is the XML file underlying SPD’s declarative w…

Getting Answers Back from the Start Approval Process Activity

I’ve been playing around with SharePoint Designer workflow’s fancy new “Start Approval Process” activity and was quickly stymied because I couldn’t right away answer the question, “was it approved or not?”.  The short answer is that…

SharePoint Designer 2010 MOD function

I am working out some log where employees can request vacation, sick time, etc. One validation rule requires that you must always request time off in 4 hour intervals.  This is easy enough to do – use a modulo function.  Modulo function tel…

SharePoint Designer 2007 Workflow Extensions CodePlex Project

I am putting together my second CodePlex project (details to be announced on Wednesday this week, plus or minus) and I had a look at my first project, “SharePoint Designer Workflow Extensions”. I was shocked and embarrassed to see that that it’…

Create, Update and Delete Patterns with SPD Workflow

I recently wrote an article for the good people at ShaerPointBriefing.com on a general pattern for implemented CRUD in SharePoint Designer.  Here’s a teaser: Full article here:  http://sharepointbriefing.com/features/article.php/3889486/C…

Use Custom Lists for More Effective Workflow Auditing

I’ve reorganized my life a bit and found some time to submit an article to www.endusersharepoint.com. My latest article is up here: Use Custom Lists for More Effective Workflow Auditing (http://www.endusersharepoint.com/?p=1658). This is the openin…

Great Tutorial and Walk-through using InfoPath and Workflow to Solve a Scheduling Problem

These days, I’m perpetually playing catch-up with my blog reading and I just came across this post: http://sharepointsolutions.blogspot.com/2009/02/give-blood-to-your-workflow.html It’s as solid and detailed a SharePoint Designer workflow t…

Control Workflow Behavior with Custom Lists (Again)

Earlier this month, I put together an article originally planned for Mark Miller’s www.endusersharepont.com. However, I instead used like Dustin Hoffman used a cross at the end of the The Graduate to fend off my (awesome! friendly!) editor at T…

Use Control Lists to Create Flexible Workflow Solutions

Last week, Mark Miller posted my latest SharePoint Designer workflow article for end users on his site (http://www.endusersharepoint.com/?p=1226). It starts like this: We technical types use a lot of jargon and acronyms in our daily routine such as “…