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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: Events & more Events – a retrospective

    Fin asked me to write this week’s MSDN Flash editorial, so I did. In case you missed it, here it is. By the way, if you don’t subscribe to the flash, you should :). Sign up today ! It's been a real time for me with events. First the PDC in Los Angeles with over 6,000 developers (in case you missed it...
  • 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: 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: OBA Sample Application Kits Release to Web

    The VSTO team have been hard at work both with their work on .NET3.5SP1 and on other things to enhance your VSTO development experience. recently, they released a series of OBA Sample Application Kits. Christin Boyd blogged about them on the VSTO team blog , as did Erika . If you’re looking for...
  • Blog Post: Open XML Links - catching up.

    I'm catching up with a bunch of Open XML blogging from ages ago, so apologies if some of these are old news to you. Binary Format Documentation Released Under the OSP and Binary to OOXML Translator Project Brian Jones has blogged about the great news that we've made the binary office document formats...
  • Blog Post: New Visual Studio 2008 Virtual Labs

    Back in June and July, I did a series of posts about the great Virtual Labs that are available for you to jump right into with no download and no configuration requirements. I posted about labs for: Business Intelligence Microsoft Search Solutions for the Enterprise Security SQL Server 2005 Upgrade VSTS2005...
  • Blog Post: Great Silverlight and OpenXML demos

    I've been meaning to blog about this for ages. Darko Jovisic, a Developer Evangelist from Croatia, did a couple of great demos during a presentation in September and he's released them on CodePlex for you to download and explore. First demo: Simple application that plays video and displays random commercials...
  • Blog Post: Smart People in SUITS

    I had the pleasure last Tuesday of attending the Sydney University IT Society ( SUITS ) End of Semester Dinner. Our Student Partner at USyd, Ed , was kind enough to invite me and I was made to feel very welcome by the staff and students. I love hanging out with smart people and, believe me, these are...
  • 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: OpenXMLDeveloper.org - for all your OpenXML Development Needs

    As you might expect, there's been a bit of discussion on the internal aliases about the results of ISO ballot DIS29500 . Kleefy asked me about resources for developers wanting to write apps that read and/or write the new formats regardless of the programming language. Of course, I pointed him at http...
  • 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: 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 ...
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