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Been wanting to post this for sometime, just didn’t have the time to do it.

Ever looked closely at formulae in calculated fields?

I never realized how similar formulae in calculated fields were to CAML. It’s almost a 1:1 translation.

For example look at this

Calculated Field:





            <FieldRef Name=”Category”/>

            <Value Type=”Text”>Books></Value>




                        <FieldRef Name=”Importance”/>

                        <Value Type=”Text”/>Critical</Value



                        <FieldRef Name=”Importance”/>

                        <Value Type=”Text”/>Urgent</Value




Both those are virtually the same, which leads me to assume that calculated fields are converted to CAML internally; but that’s not the important bit. The important bit is, naturally there should be something in the API similar to a parser that would convert ‘Calculated field’ formulae to CAML. In fact it might be much more usable than something I wrote.

I’m hunting for this now. Let me know if any of you find it.


Posted on Monday, February 7, 2005 9:20 AM SharePoint | Back to top

Comments on this post: OMG - Have I been blind all this while?

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Or maybe CAML is converted to calculated fields? They might just have reused some Excel logic in the backend and xml'ified the notation for CAML:-)
Left by Mads Nissen on Feb 07, 2005 9:59 AM

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Be careful what you post from now on. JeffJulian just pulled me... I no longer show up on the main page at all... :( Kinda immature if ya ask me.

Left by Chris on Feb 07, 2005 3:46 PM

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