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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: Resources for Office and SharePoint Developers from my #APC2010 Session

    Last week at the Australian Partner Conference , I presented a session on "New opportunities - developing with Office 2010 and SharePoint". Due partly to the target audience and partly to time constraints, I mentioned resources rather than delving into them deeply. I promised in the session...
  • Blog Post: Document Creation and Conversion with the OpenXML SDK and SharePoint 2010 Word Automation Services – Part 1

    Update 2011-04-06 I Finally got around to writing Part 2 of this post . I had the pleasure this week of presenting at the Australian SharePoint Conference – much kudos to NZ SharePoint MVPs Debbie Ireland and Mark Orange , and local SharePoint MVPs/community folk James Milne , Brendan Law and...
  • 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: SharePoint Saturday Perth event

    SharePoint Saturday has reached Australia recently with the efforts of Brian Farnhill and Ben Walters in both Melbourne and Sydney . Jeremy Thake from Perth SharePoint User Group thought it was about time it happened in Perth with the help of other volunteers. The event is provisionally announced for...
  • Blog Post: New Aussie Community Blogger

    Jake Ginnivan ’s been hassling me on and off with difficult VSTO questions for the last year or so. It looks like Jeremy Thake’s finally persuaded him to start blogging. He’s kicked off with the first post in a 2-part series Writing a Facebook event synchroniser for Outlook 2007+ Part 1 Looks good so...
  • Blog Post: Developer training in Darwin in August

    Got a note in may inbox over the weekend announcing some developer training happening in Darwin. I see Dave's beaten me to it , but I'll repeat here because I reckon it's worthwhile encouraging these kinds of things especially in our more … regional … locations. There are four courses being run, some...
  • Blog Post: Lighting up your Apps with Windows 7 - User Group Sessions

    Yesterday I had the pleasure of presenting at the two Canberra .NET User Group meetings (I'll be presenting the same session tomorrow night at the Sydney .NET User Group ). My topic was an introduction to developing on Windows 7. We discussed the value of the platform and  I reiterated the benefits...
  • Blog Post: Launching a website from a button in Office

    There was a question on one of the internal lists today: "Looking for a no-brainer way to demo just adding a simple button to Office that goes to a URL." It’s going to work a little differently in Word & Excel than it does in Outlook. Word/Excel/Etc (apps with Ribbon) For a Word/Excel addin...
  • Blog Post: WPF in a box(s)

    We’ve got some sensational WPF training kits just in. There’s some great content in these 2-disk sets and we’re looking to get them out widely. Dave Glover ’s organising a bunch of 1-day training sessions presented by the community . I’ll have a stack of them at Code Camp They’ll be available from your...
  • 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: 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: FREE LINQ to SQL Training in Sydney Nov 8th

    Local MCT Deepak Kapoor is running a Free LINQ to SQL training day in the Microsoft Training Lab at North Ryde 10am – 4pm on Saturday Nov 8. With .NET Framework 3.5 Microsoft released LINQ which allows developers to write queries against various data sources using a unified approach. These data sources...
  • Blog Post: Demos Happen { Here } – State finals starting in Sydney tonight.

    This evening (Monday 11 Aug) is the first of the Demos Happen { Here } state finals. We’ll be kicking off at 6pm at Microsoft HQ in North Ryde. Subsequently we’ll be holding finals in the MS offices in Canberra - Aug 12 6pm Melbourne – Aug 13 6:30pm Brisbane – Aug 18 6pm Adelaide – Aug 20 6pm Come and...
  • Blog Post: VSTO/OBA Thought Leadership and Clarity from Craig Bailey

    Craig’s been doing some great work around OBA and VSTO on his blog lately. As well as his recent presentation at SBTUG , he’s posted CLARITY: Office Business Applications (OBA) VSTO: VS2008 SP1 enhancements OBA: Office Business Applications resources VSTO: More on VS2008 SP1 enhancements ; and VSTO:...
  • Blog Post: VSTO v3 Deployment Session

    I had a great time over the last couple of days hanging out with Christen Boyd and some of the other folk from the VSTO team here in Seattle. This culminated yesterday with a webcast of the session I’ll be doing here next week and then again at TechEd in Sydney. As promised, here are my slides from that...
  • Blog Post: TechEd Technology Sneak Peek – tonight only

    This evening at the Sydney .NET User Group , in addition to the great session that Nick Randolph will be doing as well as the Demo Comp demos , we’ll be testing some of the cool RFID technology that will be in use at TechEd . Come along and be part of the crowd. Tonight, June 18 at 6pm at the Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: TechEd Day 2 – The Conversation Continues

    See also Day 1 and Day 0 Another fun day at TechEd in the US started with a great session from Amanda Silver on VB and LINQ.I then spent a couple of hours in the massive Hands On Labs area, where there were 600 colour-coded machines set up. While I was there, I ran into a couple of familiar faces who...
  • Blog Post: Deploying VSTO v3 Applications - Session at our internal conference

    I just got confirmation that the session I proposed for our internal technical conference, TechReady has been accepted. Deploying VSTO v3 Applications Building compelling, contextual applications on the Microsoft Office platform has become much simpler with the release of VSTO v3 with VS2008. Often,...
  • Blog Post: Developing an add-in for multiple versions of Office

    One of the common questions I get asked when I do sessions on VSTO / OBA development is "how can I target Office 2003 and Office 2007?" (I also get asked about previous versions of Office, but I have a less helpful response there). Mary Lee's done a great post about this very topic as has Andrew...
  • Blog Post: WOW! It's the Technology of TechEd Track

    Following Kleefy 's not so unexpected announcement , I've taken over the Technology of TechEd Track for this year's TechEd Australia event. Here's the spiel that I wrote for the track. Come on a journey behind the scenes at Tech•Ed. This track will take you end-to-end in the technology deployed...
  • 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...
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