SharePoint List Data Connections in InfoPath 2010

Hi, my name is Joey Wiggs and I’m a developer on the InfoPath team. In InfoPath 2010, one of the ways in which we’ve improved our integration with SharePoint Server 2010 is by providing richer capabilities for connecting to and getting data from SharePoint lists. In this post, I will compare SharePoint list data connections…

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Cool Forms! Weather Forecast Form

This week’s cool form displays your local weather forecast by using a REST Web Service data connection to pull in weather information from an online weather service. There are two views to the form, one minimal and one extended. The form contains linked picture controls that use rules to concatenate the Web service data and…

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Add a Dynamic Map to a Contact Form using REST Web Services

Update: Due to a change in the Bing Maps REST Web Service, the steps outlined in this blog post no longer work. We are looking into the possibility of using a different API, and will update this post soon with details. Hi, Phil Newman here from the InfoPath team. In this post, I’ll explain how…

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InfoPath Data Connections: Part 1

Summary This article is part of a series of documents explaining the Data concept in Microsoft Office InfoPath. This particular article is an overview of how Data Connections work in InfoPath. The intended audience is those who are new to InfoPath and those who use InfoPath, but have not built up knowledge in the way Data Connections…

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Do You Love Access? We do too!

And that’s why there’s all the new-and-cool documentation about how to make your InfoPath forms work well with Access: Design a form template that is based on a Microsoft Access database Add a data connection to a Microsoft Access database Submit form data to a Microsoft Access database Use values from an Access database to…

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SQL Server 2005, Part III: Magic of Structured Search

You were patient enough to read through my ramblings about why Yukon and InfoPath are a match made in heaven, and how to set up basic interop. But these two articles left you dreaming of more. Well, that was their purpose :-). Magic begins: Structure-aware query. Full text search is, ahem, much less powerful. Just…

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UDC File Authoring Tool

Some time ago, we blogged about the reasons why you’d use UDC files and the anatomy of UDC files. You may be wondering, however, if it’s possible to author these files in InfoPath – after all, UDC files are just XML files. You’re right – this is definitely possible. Attached to this article is a form template…

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InfoPath and Yukon: The Details

In a recent post, I touched upon the reasons why you might want to go with SQL Server XML columns as the storage for your InfoPath forms. In this article, we’ll talk about actually making it work. InfoPath’s strength is working with XML data sources: web services. In the implementation below, we’ll write a simple…

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InfoPath and SQL Server 2005: Intro

SQL Server 2005, also known as Yukon, comes with greatly improved XML support. Just look at it: native XML columns – store XML blobs in your records, along with other data types. These XML columns can be typed or untyped; typed here refers to XSD typing, which provides backend data validation. If an XML blob…

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Submitting to a Database (via Web Services) in InfoPath Forms Services

If you’ve ever designed and deployed a form that will be frequently used or require significant data analysis, you have probably looked into maintaining data in a SQL database.  With InfoPath 2003 and the InfoPath 2007 rich client, you get what you expect.  You create a main database data connection to the SQL server and pick…

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