Barcode data in SharePoint 2010

Hello,

I have a project where I need to use a barcode reader and have the results go into a SharePoint 2010 Enterprise List.

Currently, you can just plug in the handheld scanner via USB, open Excel, scan any barcode and a cell is populated with the code characters listed above/below the barcode.

Any ideas as to how to do this in SharePoint?  I'm very new to SharePoint, so I'm sorry if I'm missing things that are basic.

Thank you.
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Rainer JeschorCommented:
Hi,
as far as I understand and know, the barcode scanner would just "simulate" key entries. Therefore you would simply create a SharePoint list with all the columns you need and whenever you want to enter the barcode scan result just create a new list item, "navigate" the cursor to the target text field and scan the barcode.

What should finally happen with the scanned barcode? Do you already have a target list?

HTH
Rainer
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Modifier1000Author Commented:
Hello RainerJ,

Firstly, thanks for the response.  Now I have done some more research and please correct me if I'm wrong.  The barcode (line type) holds no info about the item (let's say a computer monitor), it just holds some text; numeric or alpha-numeric.  

So in order for me to use a barcode scanner to get the info of a computer monitor, the computer monitor already needs to be in the application and the barcode is simply a way to 'look up' the computer monitor and its' info?

Doing the 'simulate' key entries as you stated above?
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Rainer JeschorCommented:
Hi,
thats absolutely right.
The "old" bar codes simply represent a sequence of numerics, later also alpha-numerics (that depends on the barcode format). The "newer" QR codes provide the possibility to "store" more information and can therfore be used by "smart" applications where the QR code includes a URL.

In your situation you might be able to use a type of content query web part to filter the list based on the barcode (lets call it asset code).

HTH
Rainer
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Modifier1000Author Commented:
Awesome response, thank you!
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