Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Support me and my team (not Technology related)

Dear Friends,

I will be joining friends of my brother to walk with thousands of other people in AFSP's 2008 Out of the Darkness Community Walk to benefit the American Foundation for Suicide. As you might know this is a very personal issue to me, my brother had been missing for over 3.5 years when he left he also left a note alluding to possibility of a suicide. I would appreciate any support that you give me and our walk team for this worthwhile cause.

Some Basic Facts

  • In 1996, more teenagers and young adults died of suicide than from cancer, heart disease, AIDS, birth defects, stroke, pneumonia and influenza, and chronic lung disease combined.
  • In 1996, suicide was the second-leading cause of death among college students, the third-leading cause of death among those aged 15 to 24 years, and the fourth- leading cause of death among those aged 10 to 14 years.

Click here to read my blog dedicated to my brother Arkadiy Tashman 

Unfortunately the teenage suicide rate is rising dramatically every year, Let's all do something about it.

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is at the forefront of research, education and prevention initiatives designed to reduce loss of life from suicide. With more than 32,000 lives lost each year in the U.S. and over one million worldwide, the importance of AFSP's mission has never been greater, nor our work more urgent.

I hope you will consider supporting my participation in this event. Any contribution will help the work of AFSP, and all donations are 100% tax deductible.

Donating online is safe and easy! To make an online donation please click the "Support This Participant" button on this page.

If you would like to join or support any other member on our team, you are very welcome http://afsp.donordrive.v b/index.cfm?

Please remember that there is not minimum donation, anything you can.

Thank you

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Secondary workflow

So what is it and how does it help to have a secondary workflow?

To better depict the picture I'll start with the following scenario: there is a complicated document management system with many approval workflows etc. one of many workflows is triggered by a document upload, the workflow type is determined by some of the metadata of the document. when an approval task is created by "collect data from user" action in the SPD workflow creation, the approval task should indicate the type of the document and some additional metadata of the document such as if approval of the document is urgent, due date for the approval, etc. (you finish the list :-) All of this information is indicated by end-user during the document metadata input. But... when the task is created the next step of the workflow is not executed until user completes the task, even if I put "update item" action in the next step to update metadata of the task with document's metadata, it will do so only after the task is completed, which completely defeats the purpose of this step.

Secondary workflow to the rescue…..

When you create a workflow on the tasks list and start it on item creation.  You will update the metadata of this task with the metadata of the document and reference the document by using "Tasks:Workflow Item ID"

In the long run as soon as the task gets created it will update itself with the document metadata by finding the doc based on the following criteria "document library: ID" = "tasks: workflow Item ID"

This is applicable in any scenario where you want to reference the item that originated the workflow that had created the task.