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Form Filler: Build Workflows to Capture Data and Create Documents

Posted By:      Posted Date: August 21, 2010    Points: 0   Category :ASP.Net

Learn how to create a workflow that uses InfoPath forms and other office documents for passing data to targeted activities and for use in Office documents.

Rick Spiewak

MSDN Magazine June 2008

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also i created a data connection to the same sql server database to RECEIVE the data.

when i open the form the user and the user's details are already filled in the form, now i need to let the user edit the data in the fields or add a new data in a field and then the form need to be submitted to a temporary database to be checked first by an approver and after approval the form must be submitted to the real sql server database.

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          I have a form which have some user input fields(like textboxes,dropdownlists,textarea etc) fields and a submit button.

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I have found a couple of threads asking for advice on how to check in an InfoPath form when it’s saved or submitted to a forms library. The reason for doing this is so a workflow can start based on a new item being created in that library, and so it doesn’t just sit there with a “Starting” status.


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Programmatically create an InfoPath form


I'm programmatically creating an InfoPath form using this article: http://www.bizsupportonline.net/infopath2007/programmatically-create-infopath-form-console-app.htm.


Everything works well up to 29 fields (my:field1 ... my:field29). After that it runs without an error and posts a form to the library however the icon does not switch to an infopath icon and the filename stays blanks. I don't believe this field specific, it seems to be happening when I use any 29 to 30 fields so I'm thinking its a memory issue with the stream reader.

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