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Nintex Workflow | Assign a task action - difference between on premise and office 365

One of the things I've been asking recently is: "what the difference is between the on premise and office 365 version of the assign a task action in Nintex Workflow?

As I often do, I did some googling and was unfortunately unable to find much answers to my question online. So I decided to investigate this myself and write a post to share my observations, and hopefully save some people time looking for the answer.

Before I begin, do note that Nintex are frequently improving the Office 365 version of their workflow platform, and the information shown here could become out of date when they release feature enhancements. As an example, the assign a task action for the Office 365 version recently gained the ability (which was available in the on premise platform) to connect a task action with the Nintex Form product to allow you to customise the task interface users see.

Whilst I will try my best to update this post as new features gets introduced, I would highly recommend keepin…

Access Web App | Filter a view by current user login (deprecated)

Update (April 1 2017): Microsoft has released an update that willl stop the creation of new apps starting June 2017, and shut down any remaining apps by April 2018. See more here

The problem One of the things I needed to do lately was see if a view within Access Web Apps can be configured to filter data that is related to the logged in user. e.g. as a user I want to be able to view a list of projects where I had been assigned as the project owner.

In SharePoint, this would have been quite easy to achieve as we can create a view and set the filter to {column name} is equal to [me].

Unfortunately Access Web Apps does not quite work this way:

No people picker control in Access Web Apps - this means we need to store and manage our own list of user data within a table in your Access Web App Database (or find a way to link a table with SharePoint's user profile or hidden user information list).Access Web Apps is a relational database - this means the approach to filtering a table view is…

Planning a trip to Europe | 5 lessons I learnt planning my trip

Having spent the last few months planning and organising my first trip to Europe, I thought I would share some of the lessons I learnt during this process so that hopefully you can avoid some of the mistakes I made and save some money and/or time in the process.
1. Don't book your flights too early One of the first things I did was to book my flights (Auckland to London via Los Angeles and Amsterdam to Auckland via London/Los Angeles). The assumptions I made was that the cheapest fares would be made available early on with the price rising as the number of available seats dwindles closer to the departure date.
With this in mind I used a couple of travel booking/flight comparison websites (Webjet and Skyscanner) to have a look at all the flights available for my travel period, and ended up deciding on Air New Zealand. It wasn't the cheapest airline available (middle of the pact in terms of pricing), but it had one of the shortest flight durations and would allow me to minimise…

Nintex Workflow | parsing JSON responses from json-only web requests

Update 03/08/16:
Logic Apps has gone GA, and has undergone a major v2 change since this post was written. For the most part, the core actions remain the same but just renamed or work a little differently e.g. http listener (now known as "When an http request is received" + "Received") and conditions (now triggered via the add a condition" button instead of being configured inside the http action.)

It is worth noting that the BizTalk JSON Encoder API app can no longer be found in the marketplace. This is now a native function in Logic Apps. Though, I'll try to refresh this post with the how to do it in the version of Logic Apps that GA'd, I'm not sure when I will have to do it, so if you can't wait, I suggest looking at the xml function can be found here.

Update 07/08/16:
Steps for new Logic App UI that has GA have been added into the solution section below.
The problem
One of the things I have been working on lately in the Nintex Workflow world,…