One of the frustrating things about SharePoint 2003 is that the developer documentation is still a bit weak. The way that we see the impact of this is that well meaning folks end up accidentally saying that something is or isn’t supported. I’m quite guilty of it myself — although thankfully I’ve not written down any of these errors that I know of yet.
Bil Simser was noodling on the idea of updating the created and modified fields in a list and mentioned that they’re read only. (ListFormWebPart and Tzuanmi SharePoint Designer). The interesting thing is that I’ve updated these fields in a list. I did it for some technology POC code I was generating around copying list data from one list to another. I didn’t even pay attention to the read only field and I got the results I wanted. I copied the Created By, Created (date), Modified By, and Modified (date) fields.
This wouldn’t be so interesting except Adam Macaulay from CorasWorks and I had a similar discussion on the fields not two weeks ago. Their Data Migrator tool (a great tool by the way) didn’t preserve Created/Modified dates. So, I forwarded him along my POC code so hopefully he’ll be able to figure out why they initially had problems with getting the Created/Modified dates to copy from one list to another.
I wonder how many other things about SharePoint that we collectively have wrong.