Designing browser-enabled forms for performance in InfoPath Forms Services (Part 6)

Part 6 – Addendum: Links to related performance resources

Welcome to the sixth article in our series about designing InfoPath browser-enabled forms for better performance and scalability. In our previous articles we defined performance in terms of responsiveness, listed a number of conditions that cause postbacks, and looked at some of conditions that make postbacks more expensive, reducing the responsiveness and scalability of a form system. We also described some of the issues that affect form-rendering performance in the browser and suggested using the Design Checker to monitor browser compatibility issues while designing a form template in the InfoPath Designer. Finally, we listed some useful performance monitoring counters available in PerfMon.

In this addendum, we list a variety of links to additional resources you might want investigate if you are interested learning more about designing forms with InfoPath 2007. In keeping with our theme, the emphasis is on performance, but you will also find other related resources that you can use to broaden your understanding of the online forms environment. Since InfoPath is built on SharePoint technologies, the following resources provide information not only on InfoPath Forms Services and browser-enabled forms, but also SharePoint, ASP.NET, and SQL Server. In addition, we’ve included some general resources on monitoring and testing, and thrown in a few good blogs as well.

Hope you’ve found this series helpful in demystifying InfoPath browser-enabled forms performance. Be sure to let the InfoPath team know if you have comments or questions about your own forms requirements by adding comments here or on the InfoPath newsgroup listed below!


Brad Valantine
Technical Writer


Improving the Performance of InfoPath 2007 Forms
A whitepaper about performance and the InfoPath rich client. Because of differences between the client and browser-enabled forms, not everything applies to Forms Services and browser forms, but a must read nonetheless.

InfoPath Forms Services best practices

Microsoft Office Forms Server TechNet TechCenter

InfoPath Forms Services roadmap

InfoPath 2007 features that are unavailable in InfoPath Forms Services

Forms Server 2007 Home Page

InfoPath 2007 Home Page

Planning and architecture for Office Forms Server 2007

Plan InfoPath Forms Services

Office Developer Center: InfoPath 2007 Resource Center

InfoPath Forms Services Architecture

Form Development and Deployment Lifecycle

Creating InfoPath Form Templates That Work With Forms Services

Support: Microsoft Help and Support: Forms Server 2007 Solution Center


Plan for performance and capacity (Office SharePoint Server)

Plan for performance and capacity (Windows SharePoint Services)

White paper: Intel Performance Testing of Windows SharePoint Services (WP)

How to Optimize a SharePoint Server 2007 Web Content Management Site for Performance

White paper: Planning and Monitoring SQL Server Storage for Windows SharePoint Services: Performance Recommendations and Best Practices


ASP.NET Performance

ASP.NET Session State Overview

Developing High-Performance ASP.NET Applications

Monitoring ASP.NET Application Performance

SQL Server

Performance (Database Engine)

Monitoring (Database Engine)

Monitoring and Testing

Life-Cycle Performance Testing for Eliminating Last-Minute Surprises

Server Performance and Scalability Killers

Performance Counters in the .NET Framework


Designing Forms for Microsoft Office InfoPath and Forms Services 2007 (Microsoft .NET Development Series)
By Scott Roberts and Hagen Green
Publisher: Addison-Wesley (c. 2007)
ISBN 0321410599

A couple of great online books from the folks in Patterns and Practices:
Improving .NET Application Performance and Scalability

Performance Testing Guidance for Web Applications


Blogs and Newsgroups

Pashman's InfoPath Goldmine: Tips and Tricks for Tuning Forms Services Performance

Performance Research, Part 1: What the 80/20 Rule Tells Us about Reducing HTTP Requests
The first article in a series about research done by Yahoo into web page performance optimization.

Agile Testing: Performance vs. load vs. stress testing

Ben Curry: Using Performance Monitor (perfmon.exe) to Monitor SharePoint Server 2007

Ben Curry: SharePoint Server 2007 Performance Counters

Thom Robbins .NET Weblog: InfoPath Tips and Tricks

Joel Oleson's Blog - SharePoint Land:
Performance & Scale

Good List of Performance Counters

S.Y.M. Wong-A-Ton: Enterprise Solutions

Paul Vick - Panopticon Central: The Ten Rules of Performance

Technorati - infopath Blogs, Photos, Videos and more on Technorati

Discussions in Infopath General Questions
Use this newsgroup to communicate with the InfoPath community.

MSDN Forums: SharePoint - InfoPath Forms Services
This forum is another place you can ask questions about Forms Services.