Yammer Chat Emoticons

Like many in SharePoint land, I’m in the midst of getting to grips with Yammer and the various challenges in getting it rolled out to the business. A colleague of mine at Live Nation was having a poke around and came up with these. I don’t recall seeing these anywhere in the Yammer documentation I’ve come across thus far, so I thought I’d put these out there for general consideration

Emoticon

Meaning

Icon

(I)

Lightbulb

:$
:-#

sealed lips

😐 😐

straight face / indecision

😛 
😛

cheeky / playful

*-)

 

😉 

😉

wink

:-O 
:O

😮

surprise / shock

🙂
🙂

smile

heart

:^)

 

😀 
😀

very happy

:[

bat

😦 
😦

unhappy

:@

angry

😥

crying

     

 

Credit for documenting these goes to Phil Quinn

Removing old workflow instances with Powershell

As most of you will know, there are two basic types of workflow in SharePoint. Some workflows are authored in SharePoint Designer whilst others are created within Visual Studio. This article is aimed at those who author workflows in SPD.

Each time a new workflow is published within SPD, a new instance is added. What this means is that each time a workflow is published, it overwrites a previous version. If an administrator were to check the active workflows, they’d see a history that looks like this

I don’t believe that there is any performance overhead for having these historical workflows listed but wouldn’t it be nice to have a way to remove these. This article is going to show you how.

  1. Download this PowerShell Script from the TechNet Gallery. Download it somewhere that is easy to find, such as C:/Scripts
  2. Right Click on the script and select Open
  3. Look for the following variables and change them as requird
    1. $web: Include the URL of your Site
    2. $listToCancel: Use the display name of the list / library that has the workflow versions you want to delete
    3. $wfToKeep: Use the name of the Workflow to be pruned
  4. Save and close the script
  5. Right click and select Run with PowerShell. Click Yes to the script. You’ll see this as the script has been downloaded from TechNet rather than written locally

  1. Once the script has run, return to your workflow history page. You should see only one version of the workflow as below

Caveats

Please be mindful of any workflow instances that may still be in operation. The script won’t be too choosy in what it removes.

Credits

Thanks to Matthew Yarlett for looking over this script for me.

Presenting at the Southampton SharePoint User Group (11th March)

Recently I was able to present for the first ever time at a UK SharePoint User Group, more specifically I was able to present as part of the line-up for the Southampton User Group.

And I have to admit that it was a lot of fun. Having being a long term TechNet junkie, the idea of getting in front of anyone, least of all a room of informed and knowledgeable peers was somewhat intimidating. But thanks Ian Woodgate (@ianwoodgate) of PointBeyond, who also doubles up as the gang leader for the SharePoint User Group South, I was able to give it a go.

My topic of choice was CodePlex and some of the wonders that it contains. I firmly believe in the value of community and as collaboration professionals that trade in a collaborative platform / currency, it stands to reason that there’s a lot we can learn from CodePlex. This is both from a soft skills, networking and technological perspective. For instance, I’ve met a few talented and gifted individuals looking at the projects that I have.

Talking about this, plus how some of the general Open Source vs Commercial lines of thinking can apply to SharePoint add-ons was also a part of my presentation. I probably could have explored a lot more in-depth than I discussed at Southampton last night but hopefully some thoughts were triggered.

And one question from Ian Chivers already has me thinking about Open Source communities. I’d not given much thought to that community but it definitely worth considering.

Overall, I believe that both the CodePlex / Open Source work plus my own presentation style and ability can only improve from here onwards.

So, with that being said, here’s a link to the presentation itself. I’ll gloss out my presentation notes into something more presentable and will get these upload soon.