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  • Blog Post: Fun with OData and Windows Phone 7

    Tonight I’m speaking in San Francisco on one of my favorite topics, OData. Here’s the info: Creating and Consuming OData Services for Business Applications . (By the way, the Open Data Protocol (OData) is a protocol for querying and updating data over the web. If you’re not familiar with OData I encourage...
  • Blog Post: Integrate Outlook Appointments with SharePoint 2010 Calendar Lists using Data Services

    The other day a good friend of mine asked me if it was possible to send appointments created in Outlook into a SharePoint calendar list. It’s easy enough to grab this data from Outlook by building an add-in with Visual Studio, but what also turned out to be really easy was sending this information to...
  • Blog Post: Add Spark to Your OData: Consuming Data Services in Excel 2010 Part 2

    Last post I talked about how you can create your own WCF data services (OData) and use PowerPivot to do some powerful analysis inside Excel 2010 as well as how to use the new sparklines feature. If you missed it: Add Spark to Your OData: Consuming Data Services in Excel 2010 Part 1 In this post I want...
  • Blog Post: Add Spark to Your OData: Consuming Data Services in Excel 2010 Part 1

    OData is an open REST-ful protocol for exposing and consuming data on the web . Also known as Astoria, ADO.NET Data Services, now called WCF Data Services in .NET. I’ve written about it in the context of .NET many times on this blog. However there are SDKs available for other platforms like JavaScript...
  • Blog Post: Using Projections with Data Services in Visual Studio 2010

    Starting in Visual Studio 2008 Service Pack 1, you can create ADO.NET Data Services to easily expose data models via RESTful web services. So if you are building a remote CRUD data access layer then this is a technology that you're probably using or are looking into. I’ve written a lot about about data...
  • Blog Post: Creating a SharePoint Visual Web Part using Visual Studio 2010

    Last year we built a business application for order management for Northwind Traders on the Office and SharePoint platform using Visual Studio 2008 and Office & SharePoint 2007. Lately I’ve been writing articles that show how to upgrade it to Office & SharePoint 2010 using Visual Studio 2010...
  • Blog Post: Migrating a 2007 Workflow to Visual Studio & SharePoint 2010

    Lately I’ve been converting an Office business application we built last year with Visual Studio 2008 to Visual Studio and Office 2010. Last couple posts we tackled converting the Outlook client piece. In this post I want to focus on the server side and show how we can convert the SharePoint 2007 workflow...
  • Blog Post: Interop Between VBA and Visual Studio Office Solutions (VSTO)

    Couple weeks ago when I was in Holland speaking at SDC an attendee asked me how he could call methods in an Office solution (VSTO) from VBA functions defined in a document and vice versa. I thought I’d follow up with a post on how to do this, but first a little background on why this architecture would...
  • Blog Post: Using the ReportViewer with ADO.NET Data Services and Entity Framework

    The Winforms ReportViewer in Visual Studio Pro will allow you define client reports with a variety of data sources. If you’re not familiar with creating client-side reports using the ReportViewer, take a look at these videos: How Do I: Create a report from a database? How Do I: Create a report from a...
  • Blog Post: Using Windows Presentation Foundation in Office Clients

    I was cleaning up my desk today and in the piles of mail and gobs of paper I found the SDN Magazine “Women in Technology” issue 101 that featured an article I wrote that was released in print back in May. Well, I just noticed today that near the end of June they made most of the articles available online...
  • Blog Post: OBA Part 5 - Building the SharePoint 2007 Workflow

    In my last few app building posts we've been building a simple Office Business Application (OBA) for the new Northwind Traders. If you missed them: OBA Part 1 - Exposing Line-of-Business Data OBA Part 2 - Building and Outlook Client against LOB Data OBA Part 3 - Storing and Reading Data in Word Documents...
  • Blog Post: OBA Part 4 - Building an Excel Client against LOB Data

    In my last few app building posts we've been building a simple Office Business Application (OBA) for the new Northwind Traders. If you missed them: OBA Part 1 - Exposing Line-of-Business Data OBA Part 2 - Building and Outlook Client against LOB Data OBA Part 3 - Storing and Reading Data in Word Documents...
  • Blog Post: OBA Part 3 - Storing and Reading Data in Word Documents

    In my last few posts we've been building a simple Office Business Application (OBA) for the new Northwind Traders. If you missed them: OBA Part 1 - Exposing Line-of-Business Data OBA Part 2 - Building and Outlook Client against LOB Data In this post I'm going to talk about how we can create a purchase...
  • Blog Post: OBA Part 2 - Building an Outlook Client against LOB Data

    In the last couple posts we've been talking about an Office Business Application (OBA) architecture for the new Northwind Traders and how to expose line-of-business (LOB) data , in our case the Northwind SQL database, using ADO.NET Data Services . Today we're going to talk about how to build an Outlook...
  • Blog Post: OBA Part 1 - Exposing Line-of-Business Data

    Last post I talked about the high-level architecture of our O ffice B usiness A pplication for the new Northwind Traders. There are a lot of different architecture options to consider when building an OBA. OBA is all about using Microsoft Office with your Line of Business (LOB) data. Whether that involves...
  • Blog Post: ADO.NET Data Services - Building an Excel Client

    Last few posts I've been building a WPF client against ADO.NET Data Services, if you missed them: Using ADO.NET Data Services ADO.NET Data Services - Building a WPF Client ADO.NET Data Services - Enforcing FK Associations and a Fix for Deleting Entities ADO.NET Data Services - Intercepting Queries and...
  • Blog Post: ADO.NET Data Services - Intercepting Queries and Adding Validation

    Last few posts I've been building a WPF client against ADO.NET Data Services, if you missed them: Using ADO.NET Data Services ADO.NET Data Services - Building a WPF Client ADO.NET Data Services - Enforcing FK Associations and a Fix for Deleting Entities Today I want to show you how we...
  • Blog Post: ADO.NET Data Services - Enforcing FK Associations and a Fix for Deleting Entities

    Last post I described one way to build a smart client in WPF against ADO.NET Data Services. In this example we are editing the products table and associating them to categories in the categories table from Northwind. In the Northwind database the CategoryID on the Products table allows nulls so that...
  • Blog Post: ADO.NET Data Services - Building a WPF Client

    In my last post I introduced ADO.NET Data Services and how you can easily expose your data model via RESTful services that support the basic CRUD (Create,Retrieve,Update,Delete) operations. Basic CRUD database operations map well to the familiar HTTP verbs POST, GET, MERGE, DELETE and the framework takes...
  • Blog Post: Using ADO.NET Data Services

    This week I worked through a good article on getting started with ADO.NET Data Services (a.k.a Astoria) called Using ADO.NET Data Services . If you're not familiar with the technology it's basically a framework for exposing your data models via RESTful web services. So if you are building a remote CRUD...
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