.NET4Office

A blog by Eric Carter

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    Updated Instructions for Writing User Defined Functions for Excel in .NET

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    I updated a very popular blog post I made several years ago with some little additions and corrections that I think make the process of creating a user defined function (e.g. a custom function to use in Excel formulas) easier to create in Visual Studio...
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    VSTO Book now available in Chinese

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    Jie Wang shared these photos with me of the VSTO book now translated into Chinese.  Thanks to Jie Wang (in the photo) for his work on this book as well as Mei Liang who wrote a review for the book. 
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    Fun with OLEView to Discover What's New in Office 2007

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    I'm working on a revision to my book for Office 2007 and one of the things I did for the original book that I'm now doing again is looking at the object model and seeing what things changed between versions of Office--in this case between Office 2003...
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    VSTO Power Tools

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    We've just announced a cool set of power tools for VSTO 3.0. These are some really cool add-ons to VSTO that let you do a variety of things from dealing with the optional parameter problem in C# to editing Open XML package files inside of VS to LINQ enabling...
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    Using the Ribbon Designer in Visual Studio 2008

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    There's a great little screencast by Daniel Moth that shows how to use the Ribbon Designer in Visual Studio 2008 to create custom ribbons for Office customizations.  He covers the RAD ribbon design experience and also covers the XML ribbon editing...
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    Ribbon Screencast using Visual Studio 2008 Ribbon Designer

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    There's a nice screencast to check out that shows how to use the Ribbon designer and use built in Office icons in your ribbon: http://channel9.msdn.com/ShowPost.aspx?PostID=345898#345898 Also on the topic of ribbons and icons, check out this great post...
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    Webcast with Ken Getz talking VSTO

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    A great .NET Rocks! webcast featuring Ken Getz talking about VSTO 3.0. http://perseus.franklins.net/dotnetrocks_0279_ken_getz.mp3 The VSTO discussion starts at about 15 minutes in.  Some gratuitous quotes: "These folks have just done an amazing...
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    In the "you never know what they're going to build" category

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    A ribbon add-in for Word written using VSTO (Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2) that displays baseball scores in a ribbon button. http://www.winbeta.org/comments.php?shownews=10825
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    IPictureDisp and System.Drawing.Image

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    Check out this great post by Andrew Whitechapel on this issue which comes up all the time in Office development when working with toolbars and ribbons: Converting between IPictureDisp and System.Drawing.Image
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    Outlook Extensions Made Easy With Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2

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    Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2 is available today and with it, a new age of Office development begins. Visual Studio Professional 2008 now includes all the Office projects previously only in the Visual Studio Tools for Office or Visual Studio Team System products...
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    Great News for Outlook Developers

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    Great news for Outlook developers--Microsoft has just an online reference and guide to the Outlook 2007 PIAs. This is the first time there has been a PIA reference for Outlook. The reference includes a lot of helpful "How To" segments which show you how...
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    VSTO Deployment Gets Easy

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    Paul Stubbs blogs about how easy we made deployment in VSTO Orcas. http://blogs.msdn.com/pstubbs/archive/2007/05/17/vsto-my-favorite-feature-clickonce-deployment.aspx We got rid of our dependency on caspol and now have a version independent policy store...
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    I got my VSTO in your VBA--no you got your VBA in my VSTO

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    Check out a screen cast on channel 9 that shows how VSTO Orcas will enable you to easily create solutions that mix existing VBA code with new VSTO code. http://channel9.msdn.com/ShowPost.aspx?PostID=306413#306413
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    VSTO Live Search

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    Paul Stubbs has created a cool little custom Windows Live search page that searches VSTO related blogs and documentation to get you an answer on VSTO quickly. http://search.live.com/macros/pstubbs/vsto Check it out!
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    Cool Visual Tour of Orcas Office features

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    Daniel Moth posts a cool little Visual Tour of some of the Orcas Office features .
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    A VSTO-Powered Outlook and Flickr Mashup

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    I briefly mentioned a demo app built within my team that integrates Outlook with Flickr (I think I mis-identified it as Facebook in the original post). It's in that category of apps that I'm not sure the "OBA" label fits but is more of a convenient mashup...
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    VSTO "OBA OF THE DAY"

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    Some people responded to my "OBA/Office Mashup" post with some descriptions of OBAs that they had written. I'd love to get a link to some screenshots of an OBA you've built with VSTO and I'll add it as "OBA of the Day" to this blog. I'll start this new...
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    VSTO installation Choices

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    Joel Reyes posts about the various VSTO SKUs and what project types you get with what SKUs. The basic principle is that if you only install VSTO 2005 SE you get add-in projects for Office 2003 and 2007 and code behind InfoPath 2007 forms (no 2003 or 2007...
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    OBA's/Office Mashups

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    Mary Jo Foley blogs today about an Oracle 2 OBA (Office Business Application) competition . If you haven't read much about OBAs yet, she points at Mike Walker's blog which has some articles about what is an OBA. But I think in most cases if you are...
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    Groovy Diagram of the Office 2007 System Logical Architecture

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    There's a groovy diagram of the Office 2007 System Logical Architecture available here . The only thing I'd change is I'd make the InfoPath box on the left contain "Visual Studio Tools for Applications" as another tool in your Office 2007 toolkit....
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    InfoPath 2007 and VSTO 2005 SE or VSTA

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    InfoPath is a great tool in the VSTO toolkit. There are two ways you can write managed code behind an InfoPath form. First, you can use Visual Studio Tools for Applications which ships on the Office CD with InfoPath 2007. VSTA provides a nice integrated...
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    Getting Ribbon XML Intellisense in VSTO 2005 SE

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    Here's a tip--to get Ribbon XML Intellisense working in VSTO 2005 SE, copy the file \program files\microsoft visual studio 8\Xml\Schemas\1033\CustomUI.xsd to the folder C:\program files\microsoft visual studio 8\Xml\Schemas\ Happy Ribbon Hacking...
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    The launch of VSTA (Visual Studio Tools for Applications)

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    KD Hallman, general manager of my team, announced today the availability of Visual Studio Tools for Applications--a "modern, scalable, and more secure version of VBA". I quote her forum post below: I am excited to announce that Visual Studio Tools...
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    Using BindingNavigator in VSTO

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    So it seems like I'm continually doing a VSTO demo in Excel where I add a data source (Northwind usually) and show how you can drag and drop from the data sources window into an Excel spreadsheet to show a customer and the orders a customer has made....
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    Virtual Side Video Talking About VSTO 2005 SE

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    Here's a video I taped at TechEd about VSTO 2005 SE for the "Virtual Side"--a kind of channel9 style video series they're doing here in Barcelona. http://www.mseventseurope.com/Teched/06/Pre/Live/VideoDev5.aspx
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