After watching the second webcast in the series yesterday (which was good but fast paced), I downloaded the Training Materials I talked about earlier in the week. Unfortunately, some of the instructions are kind of confusing (nothing you couldn’t figure out though). Also, there is real work here — it’s a hands on training, so not for the faint of heart. If you’re looking for an interactive flash demo, this isn’t it.
The download is an executable which will prompt you, when you execute it, for an unzip folder. It’s easiest if you use the suggested c:\work, because that’s what the instructions assume (and that’s what I’ve used in some of my instruction corrections below). Launch the odc_ip_trng03.chm file in the folder you unzipped to, and read through all of the pages in the Welcome Section. Then, select Architecture and Programming Model and read through thouse pages. When you get to the first lab, the first instruction is:
In the folder where the lab files are located, open the Extracted A folder.
What this means, if you’ve used c:\work, is c:\work\InfoPath Architecture\Lab\Extracted A\.
The first lab in the next section, Designing and Publishing Electronic Forms says, in the second instruction:
2. Create a folder named Database on your local drive.
This actually already exists, at c:\work\InfoPath Form Design\Lab\Database. The instruction continues:
Right-click the folder, and then click Sharing and Security. Click Share this folder and in the Share name box, verify the name of the folder. Click OK. Go to the location of the sample files. By default, this is c:\work. Copy the contoso.mdb file to the Database folder.
The .mdb file is already in the database folder at c:\work\InfoPath Form Design\Lab\Database. You did have to share the folder though though. And in number 3:
In the Work folder, right-click the Purchase Order.xsn file, and then click Design.
The path to the Purchase Order.xsn file is actually C:\work\InfoPath Form Design\Lab\Purchase Order.xsn.
These errors and vague instructions are disappointing, and I’m certainly going to pass them on to TPTB. Like I said, not for the faint of heart, but I still think it’s a good training.
Happy Sleuthing 😉