Two articles for SonghaySystem.com were planned and never written. The purpose of this Blog post is to archive the tables of links compiled for these non-articles.
Designing an InfoPath Form Based on OPML 2.0
This article would have shown how Dave Winerâs OPML format could be used with a Microsoft product. This would have been an attempt to bridge the Redmond-outside-word gap that Microsoft designs into its products and prioritizes in its evangelism. To me, there are two obstacles related to using InfoPath 2003. One is the design of InfoPath itselfâits very clumsy and violent implementation of security that makes it extremely difficult to connect external data sources. The other is deciding what schema to use with InfoPath. According to most Microsoft preaching, InfoPath is just a flat-file data âhoâ for SharePoint.
Since Microsoft has this guy Mort in their collective but proprietary thought, the assumption here is that âthe average InfoPath userâ does not âcareâ about schemas. My suggestion would have been to not worry about schemas eitherâjust use Dave Winerâs OPML as a first choice for most InfoPath forms. The next choice would be to use RSS 2.0 (and maybe even something Atom). In fact, these âfamousâ schemas should be options provided by Microsoft out of the box.
|OPML 2.0 Draft||Daveâs human-readable schema.|
|Wikipedia.org: âUniform Resource Nameâ||This article explains to me why Dave Winer stands by
|âPublishing forms: An overviewâ||The official description of how InfoPath form publishing worksâwhich only implies why you need to publish forms. The implication may seem obvious to all but the lone developer: you need other people than the people on your âdevelopmentâ machine to access your âproductionâ form. Microsoftâs number one (implied) access point is SharePoint server. The others are Intranet locations (file shares) and Internet locations (Web sites).|
|âAvoiding an Endless Loop During Event Bubblingâ||This is relevant quote: âInfoPath catches endless loopsâit will stop them after 16 calls to prevent the form from locking up.â|
|âHow to modify an external schema for an InfoPath formâ||The official overview of the recommended practice of using an external schema with InfoPath.|
|âInserting line breaks into text using Rulesâ||An interesting user interaction design detail to incorporate where appropriate.|
|âDate Calculations in InfoPathâ||âThe SP1 update of InfoPath 2003 added calculation supportâthe value of a node can be set to the result of an XPath expression. This makes it possible to avoid writing code (script or managed) in many InfoPath forms. Date calculations, however, still require knuckling down and writing old fashioned procedural code.â|
|âPrevent InfoPath From Autogenerating a Default Namespace Prefixâ||InfoPath can annoyingly generate the
Ubuntu Inside: Setting Up Ubuntu Server in Windows XP
The purpose of this non-existent article was to record the difficulties related to setting up a Linux virtual machine in a Windows environment. This idea is still very valid. The only problem is the shelf-life of the information. The original article was based on Microsoft Virtual PCâand now because of hands-on experience my tool of choice is VMware. I actually paid for VMware while Virtual PC is âfreeââyou do the math while not accusing me of âmaking upâ reasons to âhateâ Microsoft.
|Virtual PC 2004 SP1||This download comes with a âLaptop Hotfixâ that fixes hibernation problems with Microsoft Virtual PC.|
|âTNT1-155: A Technical Overview of Microsoft Virtual PC SP1 versionâ||âIn this session, we will look at Virtual PC, its key features, benefits, and some usage scenarios. We will look at the requirements and how virtualization works, as well as the integration between the host OS and the Guest OS. Finally, we will cover disks, both upgrading from the Connectix version of the product as well as using the differencing diskâŠâ|
|âInstalling Debian GNU/Linux on a Dell Inspiron 8100â||A relatively historical document about setting up Debian Linux on a Dell notebook. Ubuntu, of course, is based on Debian.|
|âSome VMware imagesâ||Get started with and alternative to Microsoft Virtual PC with appliance images for VMWare player.|