Philo's WebLog

Musings of a former Office Developer Evangelist

About the changes in PerformancePoint

If you haven't heard, Microsoft has made changes to the PerformancePoint product alignment....

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 02/02/2009

Pro PerformancePoint about to hit the shelves!

Well, it took the better part of a year, but my second book, Pro PerformancePoint Server 2007:...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 08/02/2008

All-up BI VPC

For folks who want to play with our Business Intelligence technologies and don't want to bother with...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 04/02/2008

Transposing rows and columns in SQL Server Integration Services

Okay, this was a rough one. The challenge was that a customer had Excel spreadsheets where we needed...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 11/10/2007

A simple conceit vs. questions left unasked

Here's a fun mental exercise - on the one hand, we have the "everyone is lost but me" syndrome,...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 10/26/2007

Dimension Security in SQL Server Analysis Services

I know, the mind boggles - a developer writing about security... While I was doing the research for...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 10/25/2007

This year's hammer - voice prompts

"When all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail" I use this quote a lot to warn against...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 10/23/2007

Scorecards - SharePoint, SQL Server, or PerformancePoint?

A few years ago, if you asked Microsoft how to build a scorecard, they may have shrugged. Then we...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 10/08/2007

InfoPath & SharePoint screencast demo

As follow-up to the "hook InfoPath to a database" demo, here I'm taking a step back to a simpler...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 09/28/2007

SQL Server Analysis Services in ten minutes

Analysis Services has been part of SQL Server for a while, but it's underappreciated by most. I've...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 09/24/2007

Philo on EDI

I wrote this post on Joel On Software in 2004 in response to a newbie asking about EDI. Since then I...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 09/24/2007

Why InfoPath?

Okay, I'm going to try a different approach on the "why do I care about InfoPath?" issue. I recorded...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 09/20/2007

Urquhart's Avoidance and product futures

I give a lot of product briefings, and of course often get caught between what I know and what I can...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 02/27/2007

"InfoPath isn't part of Office"

Simon said: "Then you find out its not part of the office suite." To be fair, this is somewhat true....

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 02/26/2007

Why hasn't anyone heard of InfoPath?

I recently wrote a book on InfoPath 2007. What I find most amazing about the book is that it's...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 02/25/2007

"Is there a treeview for WSS?"

You know, I never cease to be amazed at how smart people get stuck in ruts (myself included). I was...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 01/25/2006

Creating a web service for an InfoPath form in 25 easy steps

It took me a while to figure out how to do the InfoPath/webservice thing starting with an InfoPath...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 11/08/2005

Stupid SQL Tricks

Argh. Classic Schroedinbug. I had an outer join between two tables to populate an InfoPath...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 10/20/2005

A "drill through" web part

This MSDN article shows how to implement a SharePoint web part that can act as a consumer or a...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 04/27/2005

Emailing a different InfoPath form

I recently needed to create an InfoPath form that enabled the user to post the data to another user...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 04/25/2005

Creating a Structured Product Labeling Editor

The challenge: use InfoPath to create an editor for the Structured Product Labeling (SPL) subset of...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 06/06/2004

Healthcare / HL7 solution

Over the next few days I'll be posting a series of articles covering my trials and tribulations in...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 06/04/2004

InfoPath Context Sensitive Help

InfoPath SP1 (public beta at the link; final due out this summer) includes a lot of cool changes,...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 04/25/2004

A Polite Request for Those Who Post Code

Lots of samples flying around - I think we released new versions of just about everything we publish...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 04/18/2004

Bibliomeme

  1. Grab the nearest book. 2. Open the book to page 23. 3. Find the fifth sentence. 4. Post the text...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 04/17/2004

Book Review: SharePoint, Building Office 2003 Solutions

I bought Scot's book hot off the presses, since it's the first major SharePoint 2003 book. When I...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 04/17/2004

Times Change

The trebuchet was the world's most powerful weapon for three hundred years, until it was superceded...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 04/14/2004

SharePoint Planning

The centipede was happy, quite, Until the toad for fun Said, 'Pray which leg comes after which?'...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 04/09/2004

Why Smart Clients?

... or “Why is my client so fat?” InfoPath is really cool. To some degree, it actually...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 03/16/2004

It's not your father's Office (dev)

I'm a Business Productivity Technology Specialist - that means I get to convince everyone why Office...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 03/12/2004