Why settle for using meaningless numbers or text to reference items?
More and more companies are looking to SharePoint as a platform to host their business applications. One of the big challenges application designers face is the rigidity that SharePoint imposes on item identifiers. A simple numeric counter might ensure uniqueness, but it misses an opportunity to communicate information about an issue, invoice, call ticket, order, etc. It also cannot guarantee values are unique outside of the current list.
The Bamboo Custom Identifier
addresses this need by providing users with a method to
customize the format of auto-generated values. Construct
your own custom identifier by combining a numeric
counter with text, date/time, site name, list name and
column values. You also have the option to let users
enter their own unique text in the form of a social
security number, employee number, etc. These values,
whether they are automatically or manually entered, are then checked for uniqueness
within the current list, current site, or across the
entire site collection.
Create a custom identifier by selecting one or more of these constructs...
Once you know what type of values you want, they can then be combined to define your identifier:
"01/14/2010-IRC-00321"; "Ticket:3:Project A Site"; "Appointment: Smith,S 01/14/2010 11:15:53 AM"; etc.
Extending SharePoint Lists and Libraries without InfoPath forms has just become a lot easier. With
the List and Forms Extensions Toolkit, receive all the custom columns Bamboo has to offer in a
single, convenient package. The List and Forms Extensions Toolkit provides a vast range of functionalities, including true column–level security within
your SharePoint lists. Seeking effective key performance indicators (KPIs) for your existing projects? Want to standardize
your SharePoint data by requiring users to follow a predefined data–entry format? These capabilities and more are available in a free 30–day fully functional trial.
If you are interested in purchasing more than one Bamboo custom column, consider purchasing
the List and Forms Extensions Toolkit, which includes all Bamboo custom columns in a single
package (conveniently activated by a single license key).
*Note: Bamboo products are not supported in an IIS Web garden configuration.
Release Notes for SharePoint 2007:
Release Notes for SharePoint 2010: