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Apply Program Logic to the Sequence of Rules for InfoPath 2010 to Produce Highly Useful Forms

We reviewed the fourth of 15 video tutorials on InfoPath 2010, “Enhance InfoPath 2010 form with Rules (Validation, Formatting and Action Logic)” from SharePoint-Videos. These 15 tutorials are available to individuals and organizations that subscribe to all of the training content for Microsoft® SharePoint® that is offered on our web site. The group subscription offers for video training for SharePoint from SharePoint-Videos, together with our subscription offers for individuals all provide our customers with unlimited access to all of the training content for SharePoint that is available on our web site.

Thirteen of the fifteen video tutorials included in our set on InfoPath 2010 (which we have reviewed over the last few posts to this blog) may also be purchased on a DVD for either individual, or unlimited enterprise use. A list of the contents on this DVD and order instructions are included on our web site.

This 4th video tutorial is intended for power users, administrators, developers and architects. For viewers unfamiliar with the concept of program logic it is helpful to review a definition of this feature of software programming prior to viewing the tutorial as Asif Rehmani, who authors this video set, makes reference to “form logic” at the very start of the video. For the record, Answer dot com defines program logic as “The instructions in a program arranged in a prescribed order to solve a problem.”

In addition to retracing steps made in the prior video in this series, “Configuring Rules in InfoPath 2010”, this video also fills in some gaps. Specifically, the viewer is shown how to configure the simple multiplication calculation for the dollar amount of expense reimbursement that will be formally requested once the example form is submitted for approval. Therefore, some viewers may benefit from watching both videos on these two interconnected topics at the same time.

As well, this video includes references to “regular expressions” which will be a familiar concept for the above mentioned group of intended users, but not a comfortable concept for citizen developers and/or business users. We think that defining regular expressions for business users is difficult. As we see it, the definition is built on other technical fundamentals (like the syntax of a program, strings, etc) which will be quite foreign for business users. To get a sense of the complexity of a definition of this term, simply check out how defining regular expressions is handled on About dot com.

Asif Rehmani notes that “the real power [of InfoPath 2010 forms] comes in when you start to put form logic into forms”. Our impression of the power of logic for this video is in the naming of fields as well as the conditional actions which will likely enhance the value of the data collected for Business Intelligence (BI) purposes.

Please contact us with any questions you may have about this video, the InfoPath 2010 set, and possible applications for individual as well as organizational-level viewing and use.

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