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  • Blog Post: Using Word to Create Master-Detail Reports for LightSwitch (or Silverlight)

    A while back a posted how to use Word to create simple reports for LightSwitch by passing in an entity (like Customer) and using Word Content Controls to lay out content in a template and bind them to XML inside the document. If you missed it: Using Microsoft Word to Create Reports For LightSwitch (or...
  • Blog Post: How To Send HTML Email from a LightSwitch Application

    A while back Paul Patterson wrote an awesome step-by-step blog post based on a forum question on how to send an automated email using System.Net.Mail from LightSwitch . If you missed it here it is: Microsoft LightSwitch – Send an Email from LightSwitch This is a great solution if you want...
  • Blog Post: Using Microsoft Word to Create Reports For LightSwitch (or Silverlight)

    Note: This post has been updated for Beta 2 on 3/24/2011 LightSwitch has a really nice feature on data grids that allow you to export them to Excel if running as a Desktop application (out of browser). This gives you a basic way of getting data out of the system to create reports or do further...
  • Blog Post: I’m Alive and Back from DevDays & TechDays Europe

    Jet lag, busy, busy, busy, busy, busy. That’s been my week so far preparing all the awesome content we have in store for you for Monday’s Visual Studio 2010 launch! Unfortunately this week has also taken me away from blogging and I have some fun stories from DevDays Netherlands and TechDays Belgium where...
  • Blog Post: Open XML SDK 2.0 Released!

    Many programs that need to process documents often require manipulation of the file formats directly and doing that through the Office component object model (COM) won’t scale very well. It also requires that Microsoft Office be installed to run. A better route in a lot of these cases is to use the Open...
  • Blog Post: Silicon Valley Code Camp Oct. 3-4 : Schedule is up!

    As I mentioned before , I’ll be speaking this weekend at Silicon Valley Code Camp ( http://siliconvalley-codecamp.com/ ). This is a FREE event at at Foothill College and it’s not just Microsoft technologies. A lot of great speakers will be there too. The schedule is up so check it out and mark the ones...
  • Blog Post: Merging Text & Photos into a Word Document using Open XML SDK

    Yesterday I posted about how we could create a letter generator (mail merge) that took data from a database to create a Word 2007 document using the System.IO.Packaging class. I showed how to take data from Northwind using a single LINQ query to create XDocument objects representing letters to customers...
  • Blog Post: Mail Merging Into a Single Word Document Using XML Literals

    With the release of Microsoft Office 2007 we can work with a much simpler, standard, XML format called Open XML which opens the door for many types of applications that cannot work via COM. What if you needed to build a scalable web service that processes many documents in high volume? What if you wanted...
  • Blog Post: DevProConnections Article: Taking Advantage of LINQ and XML in Microsoft Office 2007

    This month I have an article on DevProConnections: Taking Advantage of LINQ and XML in Microsoft Office 2007 In this article, I talk about how a lot of applications that need to take advantage of Microsoft Office can do so without going through COM. Many programs that need to process documents...
  • 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: Good Times at DevTeach, Vancouver

    Last week I spoke at DevTeach in Vancouver which was held at the beautiful Four Seasons in downtown. I love this Canadian conference because the attendees are great – super friendly and social, and ask a lot of great questions. I mostly interacted with folks building applications for the government or...
  • Blog Post: dnrTV: More Fun with Office and XML Literals

    Yesterday Carl posted another dnrTV show with yours truly. This is a follow up from the last show where I went over the Open XML SDK and LINQ to XML in order to manipulate and query Office documents. Last show focused on CustomXML parts and Word content controls. In this show I demonstrate how to create...
  • Blog Post: dnrTV: Showing off the Open XML SDK and LINQ

    Yesterday Carl posted another dnrTV show with yours truly . This time I’m talking about the Open XML SDK , something that I’ve written and spoken about many times . In this episode I show how to use Word 2007 content controls and map them to custom XML parts so that you can query structured data from...
  • Blog Post: Channel 9 Interview: ASP.NET MVC using Visual Basic XML Literals

    I just posted an interview on Channel 9 with Dmitry Robsman, the Product Unit Manager for ASP.NET. In this interview he shows us how he implemented ASP.NET MVC views using Visual Basic's XML Literals instead of .aspx pages. Dmitry shows us how this makes coding the views much cleaner using standard OOP...
  • 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: WPF RSS Feed Aggregator on CodePlex

    Alessandro Del Sole , Visual Basic MVP, has been busy on CodePlex writing a neat WPF learning application that aggregates RSS feeds. In his words: It's developed in Visual Basic 2008 and uses LINQ-to-Xml and XML Literals to read feeds and persist XML data. You'll learn a lot of things like: WPF Styles...
  • Blog Post: SDN Conference Day 2

    Today I woke up at the crack of dawn because I had an 8:30 AM session. Okay maybe not quite the crack, but for me it was early . Especially after a night of socializing. That's a really cool thing about conferences here, the attendees love to go out with you after dinner and uh.. socialize. ;-) There...
  • Blog Post: First Day at SDN Conference

    I'm here in the Netherlands in a town called Noordwijkerhout near Amsterdam at the SDN Conference with a lot of great speakers and sessions . I took these shots while the attendees were in session. There's good food, great vendors and lots of entertainment -- XBoxes, bowling, pin-pong, and lots...
  • Blog Post: MSDN Magazine - Dynamic Data Entry With XML Literals

    Check out the latest news on the VB Dev Center . I'm finally headlining myself ;-) I'm in the October issue of MSDN Magazine . I've been managing the content for the Basic Instincts column for a little over a year now where we rotate writers from the VB Team. This month is my birthday month so I decided...
  • Blog Post: Channel 9 Interview: XML Schema Explorer in Visual Studio 2008 SP1

    I just posted an interview on Channel 9 with Yang Xiao , a tester on the VB IDE. In this interview Yang shows us the new XML Schema Explorer in Visual Studio 2008 Service Pack 1 . This new window is invoked when you right-click on an XML literal element or namespace and select "Show in XML Schema...
  • Blog Post: Comparing Two Open XML Packages with Open XML Diff

    Yesterday I received an email from another employee here at Microsoft to check out this tool called Open XML Diff that he was working on. His name is Pranav Wagh and he just released another drop of the tool which you can read about oh his blog . You can use Open XML Diff when writing code to generate...
  • Blog Post: Accessing Open XML Document Parts with the Open XML SDK

    About a month ago the Open XML SDK 1.0 (June 08 update) was released . The SDK provides strongly typed document part access to Word 2007, Excel 2007 and PowerPoint 2007 documents. The SDK has been a CTP for a while, but last month version 1.0 was finally released. So I installed this baby last week and...
  • Blog Post: TechEd Panel: VB XML Literals for C# Developers

    This week TechEd Online posted the TechEd panel I was on with Erick Thompson and Shyam Pather of the SQL Data team. I thought it was a pretty funny panel description they came up with, ala Dr. Strangelove : VB XML Literals for C# developers or: How I learned to stop worrying and love Dim You dream...
  • Blog Post: Article: Sharpening Your Axis with Visual Basic 9

    In the July/August issue of CoDe Magazine there's an article I wrote with Avner Aharoni (the Program Manager on XML literals) called Sharpening Your Axis with Visual Basic 9 . (They just opened up online access to even non-subscribers today!) I highly recommend this article which shows you from the beginning...
  • Blog Post: Dynamic Data Entry with WPF and LINQ

    In my last post on this subject I explored creating WPF UI's dynamically using XML literals. The one part that bugged me a bit was that even though the UI was dynamic, we were using a fixed object model of our customer (using LINQ to SQL classes). I wanted to augment this code a bit more so that we could...
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