Myths and truth about the SharePoint Workflow History list

This post is about demystifying the Workflow History list and some of the confusion around it.   Exposition To be honest, this is a second try around this topic. The whole story started with a question from my colleague Christopher Scott. His customer is in SharePoint Online now and using Workflows to automate their business…

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The workflow instance exceeded the CPU usage limit of throttle…

This is a quick one act drama about what happens if you do an infinite loop in a SharePoint 2013 Workflow. Act 1 Iterating through a set of items in a SharePoint 2013 style workflow is not a one-step action. The infrastructure does not have a ForEach cycle, it can only do Loop with Condition and Loop…

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Calling SharePoint REST API with POST from Fiddler

This is a quick one act drama about how to use Fiddler to issue POST requests to a SharePoint REST API. Act 1 Fiddler has a nice feature called Composer which can be used to create your own request with your own verb, header and content information. Certain SharePoint web services will require GET, others…

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Generate Random Content for SharePoint – 4

This is the last chapter of the Generate Random Content For SharePoint series. This time, detailing the challenges you might face when you want to create PowerPoint presentations. Chapters: Generate random content for SharePoint – About how to create big files for upload testing. Generate random content for SharePoint 2 – About how to generate Word…

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Generate Random Content for SharePoint – 3

This is the third chapter of the Generate Random Content For SharePoint series. This time, detailing the challenges you might face when you want to create Excel workbooks. Chapters: Generate random content for SharePoint – About how to create big files for upload testing. Generate random content for SharePoint 2 – About how to generate Word…

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Generate random content for SharePoint – 2

This is the second chapter of the Generate Random Content For SharePoint series. Yes, it turns out to be a series, as I was not 100% satisfied with what I’ve written in the previous post. Chapters: Generate random content for SharePoint – About how to create big files for upload testing. Generate random content for SharePoint…

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Generate random content for SharePoint

This post is about how to create dummy files that you can use in SharePoint for various purposes. Chapters: Generate random content for SharePoint – About how to create big files for upload testing.(This article.) Generate random content for SharePoint 2 – About how to generate Word files for Search and integration testing. Generate random…

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Why you cannot use an argument that starts with a number?

This is a quick, one Act drama about how the past defines the present. Exposition I recently had the requirement to create a PowerShell script and was planning to use parameters that begin with a number. Something like this function MyFunction {     param     (         [int]$5turns     )     Write-Host $5turns } This…

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Application Lifecycle Management with SharePoint Workflows

This post is mainly for those who want to achieve email sending from SharePoint Designer Workflows. (If you don’t want to read through all the drama, jump directly to the Falling Action section.) Exposition In an enterprise environment developing SharePoint Workflows on the production environment might not be the best thing you can do. Of course…

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Sending emails from SharePoint Workflows with SendGrid

Workflow with SendGrid
Workflow with SendGrid

This post is mainly for those who want to achieve email sending from SharePoint Designer Workflows. (If you don’t want to read through all the drama, jump directly to the Falling Action section.) Exposition With the introduction of SharePoint 2013’s new Workflow infrastructure, we have to learn new ways to get stuff done. Take for instance…

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