Repair web.config After Opening a Published Project

There are sometimes circumstances (ahem, ServiceDesk) which require that we open a published Workflow file.  By deleting or otherwise adjusting the “project.deployed” file name that sits in the published project directory, we are able to “unlock” that project for editing in the Workflow designer.

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Workflow, CSS, FOUC, and You

As long as I’ve been using CSS to apply styles to my Workflow forms, I’ve had to wrestle (pronounced “rassel” where I’m from) with the FOUC.  Here’s a snippet from Wikipedia about this problem:

A flash of unstyled content (FOUC) is an instance where a web page appears briefly with the browser’s default styles prior to loading an external CSS stylesheet, due to the web browser engine rendering the page before all information is retrieved. The page corrects itself as soon as the style rules are loaded and applied; however, the shift is quite visible and distracting.

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Considerations – “Copy Data Element to New Location” Component

When using the Copy Data Element to New Location component, use the “Deep Copy” option if you mean to retain the original variable for comparison purposes and you intend to edit the values of the copied (new) variable.  See the demo for a better illustration, but here’s a scenario to hopefully help describe it:

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Workflow 7.6 – Adjustments and Considerations

{{Update 7/6/2015: 

The TextBox component is now a nested input element.  any javascript or CSS reference to a TextBox component will now need to be adjusted to fit the new HTML layout.  

.textbox {
  outline: none;
.textbox > input {
  outline: none;

var txtbx = document.getElementById(‘textbox’);
var txtbx = document.getElementById(‘textbox’).firstElementChild;

After working with 7.6 for a few days, I’ve found a few bugs, as well as some differences in how the javascript is rendered in the new version.  I’ll also mention that the 7.6 virtual windows are completely different than the old infragistics stuff in 7.5; you’ll actually notice if you go looking for it, that the infragistics folder isn’t even there anymore.

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“Object reference not set…” – Salvaging a Busted Project

It’s been a while since the last post – I’ve been busy with an Endpoint Summit (I’ll post the likely embarrassing video after Symantec does) and several customers, and my free time has been consumed with family and Dark Souls II.  So it’s past time that I post something.

During a working session with a customer two weeks back, I ran into something I haven’t seen in a while.  After making some major changes with data types and mapping in the project, I attempted to spool the debugger, and got this:


Now, once upon a time, this error meant to me that “oh crap, there goes an hour’s worth of unsaved progress”, because this problem prevents saving the project as well.  While I don’t have a sincere diagnosis for the problem, I certainly figured out the hammer as a solution.

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