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Wokring a calculated field in SharePoint

Posted on 2011-03-23
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I have a sharepoint list that needs to do some notifications and trying to figure out how best to do it.

The list will have a bunch of fields but lets say that field Color drives field Contact

part 1 of Question: Contact is a calculated field, how does the caluculation look for the following logic:
- if color=blue then contact=blow, joe
  if color=red then contact=red, sally
  if color=grean the contact=green, george

once if have the calculated filed right is there a way to notify that user that someone selected them?
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by:sharepointguru14
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you would need either an event receiver or workflow. You would be able to send an alert OOTB if you used a people picker but since the contact is a calculated field you will have to do a workflow that is kicked off when item added (or maybe changed) that really does the logic for you, you wouldn't even need the calculated contact column unless you are using it for something else.
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by:Matt Pinkston
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how about the first part to the question?

part 1 of Question: Contact is a calculated field, how does the caluculation look for the following logic:
  if color=blue then contact=blow, joe
  if color=red then contact=red, sally
  if color=grean the contact=green, george
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by:sharepointguru14
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I'm saying you would do that through a workflow. In the workflow designer you would be able to select when this field = this....set this field to that.

I don't see the point in just doing a calculated field as that isn't going to be able to give you the alert you are looking for anyway
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by:nsyyoung
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Use sharepoint designer to build a simple workflow:

Step 1
--compare fields: if color field = "blue", action: set contact field = "blow, joe"
else if color = "red", action: set contact field = "red, sally"
Step 2 or maybe second wf to fire on change/new item
--comparefields: if contact = "blow, joe", action: send email "blow, joe"
else if contact = "red, sally", action: send email to "red, sally"

That's off the top of my head.  You may have more wf configuration to work out, but the wf designer in SPD should guide you through it.
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by:Matt Pinkston
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just wondering why this could not be done in just a calculated field?
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by:nsyyoung
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You maybe can do the calculation, but how are you going to notify the single affected person without sending a list alert to everyone without a workflow?  
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It can be done in a calculated field but the calculated field would result in a txt name and cannot kick off an alert. So you would then need to create the workflow to look  at that calc field, translate the name into a person and then send the alert. So it is easier and cleaner for you to just do it with a workflow and if you still want the field for display purposes that is fine the workflow can calculate and populate it for you and it can even make it a person field rather than a calculated field so that you can use other options like filtering with [ME] and stuff like that. None of that will work if you just do a calc column
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