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  • Blog Post: Document Creation and Conversion with the OpenXML SDK and SharePoint 2010 Word Automation Services – Part 2

    A long time ago, I wrote Part 1 of this post , based on the presentation I did at the 2010 SharePoint Conference in Sydney. If you're following along with the code, you may want to review that post so you can set up your development environment to match mine. To quickly recap, the last post showed how...
  • Blog Post: Counting the number of sections in an OpenXML Document

    1/4/11 - Updated a couple of images and some of the code explanation Adam Cogan asked me a question the other day that asked (among other things) "How do you know if a doc has multiple sections?" In Word, of course, you can break a document up into sections by inserting a section  break...
  • Blog Post: Lego Mindstorms NXT2.0 - TrophyBot

    For some time now, I've coveted the Lego Mindstorms NXT 2.0 Robotics kit . It's a great teaching toy tool and not only can you program it with the excellent and intuitive Lego IDE (from LabView), but you can also use Microsoft Robotics Studio and .NET. With that justification, just before Christmas I...
  • Blog Post: CodeCapmOz April 4-5 – Speakers, Sessions, Social

    CodeCampOz is fast approaching - (4-5 April in Wagga Wagga). Mitch has announced the speakers and sessions , and talked about the important social aspects of CodeCamp , in addition to the obvious technical benefits. Looks like another great CodeCamp! What are you waiting for? Sign up NOW!
  • Blog Post: Tim Sneath : Announcing Family.Show v3 – Our WPF Reference Application

    Tim’s blogged about a cool WPF reference application released onto CodePlex by Microsoft and Vertigo. Family.Show 3 is a family tree program that allows you to quickly enter relationships, key dates and other information. Dave tells me it’s not perfect for that (it’s a reference app and has some limitations...
  • Blog Post: Ramp yourself up with Ramp Up

    I know, getting training budget is hard at the moment, but you really want to make yourself as employable as possible. Help is at hand (in fact, it’s only a mouse click away). There are, of course, a whole bunch of Virtual Labs you can do (for developers and for infrastructure people ). There’s also...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Goodness with the Linked .NET User Group this Thursday

    As if it wasn’t enough to organise physical User Groups in Perth, Brian Madsen has been helping to organise a .NET User Group on LinkedIn . This month the irrepressible Zain Naboulsi is presenting on Deepen your Debugging: Tips and Tricks for the Visual Studio 2008 Debugger . This session is on at an...
  • Blog Post: Finding the Windows dpi setting in .NET

    I had a note from Stephen Lead (of Ignite Spatial fame) asking how to determine the dpi setting a user has selected in Windows. He pointed me to the only MSDN article he could find on the subject, ironically explaining how to do it in Visual FoxPro. I didn’t know off the top of my head, generally you...
  • Blog Post: Content when you need it - Great training kits available

    I went to see the clever folk at Vivid Group yesterday. Being clever, they've already established an internal user group of sorts, but they're often looking for compelling content to deliver. Fortunately, I was able to point them to some great resources. The various Visual Studio Training Kits provide...
  • Blog Post: Times Reader SDK Released

    Yeah, I know I'm about 3 months late with this, but I'm coming out of the tunnel (between here and here ). Frank blogged it (of course) as did Tim Sneath (and probably 100s of others). I've been using the New York Times reader as a great example of a smart client , of the power of WPF and an example...
  • Blog Post: More VSTS2008 Virtual Images on MSDN

    Matt Nunn sent this round recently - a couple of additions to the many Virtual Images you can download and just start using. I would like to announce that just prior to the holiday season we posted new public VSTS 2008 VPC Images. There are 2 versions of the VPC available: · The first VPC is what...
  • Blog Post: Lots of Pre-Configured Virtual Machines for You to Use

    Continuing the trend of making it easy to get your hands on a pre-configured environment to help evaluate and learn the new stuff, there are a number of great (and I mean this in several senses of the word) downloads available for you to grab and fire straight up. This is a VPC image that has been pre...
  • Blog Post: DotNet-U: Great training you can take and give

    We had the pleasure last week of hosting Doug Turnure , the Developer Evangelist from Atlanta, Georgia. Doug and I started at Microsoft around the same time (I think he pre-dates me by about 6 months) and we've corresponded a few times but this was the first time I'd met him in person. We had a great...
  • Blog Post: Free eLearning Courses Available Online

    I'm on the way to Redmond (about an hour out from San Francisco) and clearing my backlog of "Blog This" from my email. This is a beaut! There are some great eLearning courses available for you to do free of charge including: Collection 5125: Introducing Microsoft® Office Communications...
  • Blog Post: .NET Framework 3.5 Namespaces Poster Available

    This just in from Paul Andrew . We just completed the .NET Framework 3.5 update to the Commonly Used Types and Namespaces poster. Here's a link to the file (PDF, XPS and 16-page XPS) if you want to grab it now and be the first on your block to get it on your wall. We'll be using it at a variety...
  • Blog Post: Searching for Contacts in VSTO

    I LOVE VSTO v3! As part of my demos for Graham Seach's Office DevCon , I've developed a VSTO v3 Outlook Add-in that adds a form region to an incoming e-mail if: The sender is in my contacts (based on the e-mail address); and The contact has a non-null, not-empty company name Here's what...
  • Blog Post: Office DevCons - Sydney (November 3-4) and San Jose (February 10-13)

    As I posted previously , Grahame Seach is pulling together the community Office DevCon in Sydney this November (3-4). The website is now live with the list of 29 sessions and speakers, information about the conference and the facilities, as well as a registration link. Sign Up Now! There's also another...
  • Blog Post: (fish)Bowling for TechEd

    Two new videos from the Virtual TechEd FishBowl . While you're at it, check out the BuilderAU video section for even more TechEd goodness. XNA Gaming Tools and Technologies XNA, Microsoft’s latest suite of game creation tools, is composed of industry-leading software, services, resources, and communities...
  • Blog Post: More Great .NET 3.0 Training in Australia

    I just got this note from Faith Rees about some exciting .NET 3.0 training being conducted by our partner, Readify . Contact them directly for more info. Juval Lowy’s Windows Communication Foundation MasterClass– Registrations close 21 September Juval Lowy is returning to Australia by popular demand...
  • Blog Post: Generating OpenXML Documents on the Server

    Via Doug . One of the great features of the New OpenXML file formats used by Office 2007 is their server-side programmability (creation, interrogation, updating etc). Erika Ehrli has a great post on Building Server-Side Document Generation Solutions . Check it out!
  • Blog Post: Office DevCon in Sydney November 3-4 - Will you be there?

    Long-time MVP Graham Seach is organising an Office CodeCamp-style DevCon to be held here at the MS Offices in Sydney over the weekend of November 3-4 (that's closer than you think!). It will most likely be a free event and Graham is looking for expressions of interest from: Attendees; Speakers; and Sponsors...
  • Blog Post: Developer Readiness for Windows Server 2008

    Anthony Borton just sent me this (I notice it's also on his blog - and Chuck's ) Windows Server 2008 Developer Essentials This two-day technical readiness event is designed to introduce developers to many of the new features of Windows Server 2008. As Microsoft prepares to release the most advanced version...
  • Blog Post: OpenXML Explained Book - Hard Copy and Online

    I've been talking about VSTO v3 and OBA in my TechEd sessions in Australia and New Zealand, but there have also been lots of questions about OpenXML. Wouter Van Vugt has written a great book called OpenXML Explained and I've been giving out copies in my session and in the TechEd Australia Expo Hall ...
  • Blog Post: VSTO Resources

    This came through on an internal list today. The author, Asli Bilgin, warns that this is " BY NO MEANS a comprehensive list ", so if you've got more, leave them in the comments here. VSTO Resources bits & bytes Get Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Tools for the 2007 Microsoft Office System Visit the...
  • Blog Post: Learning Online with Virtual Labs - Microsoft Office Virtual Labs

    Today, a great series of labs for developing Office solutions, including a bunch of brand-new labs on Visual Studio Tools for Office. Microsoft Office Virtual Labs (from the MSDN Suite of Virtual Labs ). The 2007 Microsoft Office System delivers an entirely new level of programmability and extensibility...
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