Problems with ItemAdded and ItemUpdated in MOSS

Just followed the steps described by Ted Pattison at Creating and Using Event Handlers in Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 in my MOSS virtual machine to set up event handlers for the ItemAdded and ItemUpdated of a Sharepoint Custom List.

The problem is that I can’t put the event handlers to work. I’ve just removed all the code inside the event handlers and replaced it by some logging just to see if something happens. But nothing happens.

Here is the code:

class RequestIdentificationHandler : SPItemEventReceiver


        public override void  ItemUpdated(SPItemEventProperties properties)




        public override void ItemAdded(SPItemEventProperties properties)




        private void Log(SPItemEventProperties properties)


            // Some logging code lines



I’ve placed the assembly in the GAC and registered the events:

SPSite site = new SPSite("http://server");

                SPWeb web = site.OpenWeb();

                SPList list = web.Lists["CustomList"];

                string asmName = "Assembly Name";

                string clsName = "Class Name";

                list.EventReceivers.Add(SPEventReceiverType.ItemUpdated, asmName, clsName);

                list.EventReceivers.Add(SPEventReceiverType.ItemAdded, asmName, clsName);


I even used Patrick Tisseghem's Free Tool: Register Event Handlers Programmatically (WSS 2007) to register the events but the events don’t work.

But if I replace the events for the synchronous event versions, ItemAdding and ItemUpdating, everything works fine. The problem is that I can’t use these events, I have to use the ItemAdded and ItemUpdated.

I’ve looked into the Services console but everything seems working, and there aren’t no relevant services stopped.

Finally, I remembered that I had a clean Windows Server 2003 virtual machine, so I installed WSS V3 instead of MOSS. After WSS was installed, with the default configurations, I placed the assembly in the GAC, and registered the events and… the events worked!!!

The same code in my WSS V3 virtual machine works and in the MOSS virtual machine doesn’t work. I’ll continue to search for the solution but for now I just have to find a way to replace the events.

Hope to post here soon the solution for the problem…

“Wait for field change in current item” workflow action in Sharepoint Designer

The “Wait for field change in current item” workflow action in the Sharepoint Designer only detects the change after the item is checked in.

Imagine you have a document in a document library with a status field and you want to do something based on the status value. If you implement a custom workflow in Sharepoint Designer and then use a “Wait for” action to check the status field, the action is only activated when the user checks in the document.

The user can check out the document and change the status field but the workflow won’t detect the changes until the user checks in the document.