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  • 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: 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: 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: 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: Mail Merging with Word, LINQ and XML Literals in VB

    I've mentioned before that you can use XML literals in VB 9 to do text merging so I figured it should be pretty easy to do some mail merging in Word the same way. Word 2007 (and Excel, etc) now uses a standard XML format called Office Open XML to describe documents so I thought this would be the perfect...
  • Blog Post: Quickly Import and Export Excel Data with LINQ to XML

    One really handy thing to do with relational data is to import and export it to Excel. This can be a total snap using LINQ to XML in Visual Basic 2008. For example, let's say I want to import data from an Excel spreadsheet into a local database file like SQL Compact Edition. I also want to be able to...
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