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Free Text Search of SQL

Posted by greenawayr Champion Feb 6, 2017

A slight variation on Retrieve cities from a database post by Pamela Denchfield where Pamela uses a dropdown to create a cascading dropdown filter on a SQL Request control.


We have a lonnnnnnnngggggggg list of suppliers who our users can select from when they want to request a new product.

We've cleansed this list as best we can but it still numbers thousands and it's not fun for our users to have to scroll through the dropdown to try and find the needle in the haystack. Because there's no set choice of parent values that would allow us to do a cascading dropdown, we want to let our users search for the suppliers.


First add a text box to the form and give it a name, in our case I'm it "SupplierSearch".


Then we simply add our SQL Request Control to our form

and fill in the db details

The important part for us is the Query.

select name from vw_sp_CleansedSuppliers WHERE name LIKE '%SupplierSearch%'

We're just using the LIKE operator and wildcards either side of the reference to our text box to give our users the best chance of returning results.


So now the user can type a value in the text box and then select the dropdown box and get a much more succinct list of values.

The ability to define our SQL query with this control and insert references from our control gives us very valuable and flexible tool for presenting users with SQL data.


I'd be interested to hear of any other techniques people are using on this control to make their users life easier.


Anonymous Form Submission

Posted by rbachmann Champion Feb 6, 2017

SharePoint is a great tool to collaborate and track document changes. 

But, have you ever had the requirement, that a form should be submitted "anonymously"?
Some customers know the princip of inboxes, where you can place a complaint anonymously.

Since this is a bit "not featured by design" in SharePoint, I would like to share my solution approach.
(There are others, as you can read here: Anonymous Form Submission but in my case, I don't want to delete submitted items.)


First, I create a new Site-Workflow.
For this scenario, I need two variables. One is for the complaint-message and one is an optional textfield, where you could enter your name, if you like.

(Please note: "Show on start form")


Secondly, I edit the start form with Nintex Forms. The fields are connected to the corresponding variable.


Thirdly, I insert two Workflow Actions. The Action Set is needed to run all child actions using the credentials of the user who published the workflow.


And that's it. In my case, I use the Nintex "Start Site Workflow"-Webpart to embed the form. All submitted items will be created by the account who published the workflow. So be careful not to use your personal account.

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