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Jul 30

24 Hours to go..

Well I’m struggling to get everything finished that I wanted to before I leave, but here just aren’t enough hours in the day for everything. I was here until 11pm last night releasing the latest version of the Implementation workflow. Unfortunatly because we were releasing new forms, it meant stopping and restarting all 86 exising workflows, and then setting the task dates back to what the users had set. I’m not sure why these upgrades can’t be done in place, I’m guessing I need to completely rename the feature and install it alongside the old one for that to work properly… Time to do some testing around that I think..

On the subject of workflows though, I did hit a problem when we were trying to restart the workflows. When you clicked on the item drop down (EditControlBlock) and selected workflows, instead of getting the relevant workflows.aspx page, we got an error page suggesting that the item was invalid, yet when you checked the Item ID and List ID, they were correct.

The only solution was to save the item locally, delete the original and then re-upload the copy. This allowed you to then access the workflow.aspx page as the item had a new ID. I’d like to have spent more time troubleshooting that, but that wasn’t going to happen last night!

Anyways, onto the next 24 hours, I’m due to finish here at Lunchtime tommorrow, in between then and now, I need to get several documents wirtten regarding the system and it’s architecture, a user management document and hopefully an application page that allows management of orphaned workflows. (Caused by users deleting items without ending the workflows first.. An event handler would be better, but I just don’t have time..!)

Well now it’s time to get back to the above, and also emptying my desk and general tidying things away. I’m going to miss this place, as it’s been a good part of my life for the last 10 years. I’ve made some good friends, some I’ll keep in touch with, some will fall by the wayside. What I can say is that there’s a lot of people that i’ll miss seeing every day.. and perhaps one or two that I won’t!

Reginald.

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