Should I try Visual Studio?
August 23, 2011 3:25 PM Subscribe
SharePoint filter: Hitting limits with SharePoint Designer; Should I dive into Visual Studio?
posted by hotelechozulu to Computers & Internet (8 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I'm using SharePoint Designer to make some workflows that trade information between lists, auto-populate lists with information from other lists based on parameters, etc. I keep hitting limits on SP Designer--especially when I try to do stuff like group logical conditions in a step. I also want to use workflows for multiple lists (not possible in SP Designer).
When I research solutions, I keep seeing "use Visual Studio". I know I could probably think of different ways to do things and avoid the limits with SP Designer, but I'm kinda wondering if it would be easier if I just bit the bullet and started doing real programming. Not a programmer, but I think I know enough to be dangerous? I'm lusting some of the workflows I could build with Visual Studio.
I don't want to ask my work to pay for Visual Studio, and then I crack it open and it's WAY over my head. When I watch tutorials about VS, I think I could learn it and it looks like fun. I'm pretty good at learning on my own.
tech level--data manager, web experience, lots of SharePoint/Infopath "power user" stuffs, know some PHP, SQL, Oracle, blah blah, etc etc, not pertinent to this, but I wanted to illustrate my knowledge level. Not fluent in any programming language, I have the basic concepts and I want to level up. I think since I'm actually trying to achieve a means, I could learn a language more easily.
Am I going the right direction? Is Visual Studio the right tool? Any advice or resources?
(currently on SP 2007, upgrading to 2010 in the next year)