Erika Ehrli - Adventures with Office Products & Technologies
MSDN & TechNet: Releasing Office, SharePoint, Exchange & Lync Centers and content for developers and IT professionals.
 

October, 2007

  • Erika Ehrli - Adventures with Office Products & Technologies

    100+ Office Visual How To’s

    • 4 Comments

    It's been about 10 months since we started publishing Office Visual How-tos (VHTs), which is a compound content type, mixing a short how-to article, code samples, and a video of that code sample in action. The wealth of this content type is that you can watch a quick video to visualize how a feature works and then you can read conceptual information and grab a code sample. We also provide a list of related resources for further reading and learning.

    Here's a sample VHT: Setting Conditional Formatting in Excel 2007 and here's a pointer to a blog entry where I explained the project in detail. I am happy to share that we have published more than 100 VHTs. We have been lucky to have well-known MVPs and experts collaborate with us and contribute with some VHT. A few names come to mind: David Gerhardt, John Peltonen, Ken Getz, Patrick Tisseghem, Ted Pattison, Joel Krist, Steven Hansen, and many other Microsoft programmer writers and product team members.

    Another interesting fact is that the VHT content plan attempted to cover most relevant developer features of the different 2007 Microsoft Office system products, servers, services, tools, and technologies. We worked very hard to cover as many MOSS, WSS, Office Core, Office Client, and VSTO code samples. I pulled some numbers from our editorial calendar this morning to track the distribution of available VHTs by product and here's how content looks like today:

    The Office Developer How To Center provides a list of available VHT by title. Because we have so many articles to promote, it's getting hard to list all on the MSDN Office Developer Center. To help a bit with discoverability, I built a quick html image map to help you find VHTs by product. Just use the image below and click the product name to go to the MSDN Library node where we list all VHTs by product.

    Office Visual How ToAccess 2007 How Do I VideosExcel 2007  How Do I VideosInfoPath 2007  How Do I VideosOutlook 2007  How Do I VideosPowerPoint 2007  How Do I VideosOpen XML and PowerPoint 2007  How Do I VideosOpen XML and Excel 2007  How Do I VideosWord 2007  How Do I VideosOpen XML and Word 2007  How Do I VideosProject 2007  How Do I VideosProject Server 2007  How Do I VideosMOSS  How Do I VideosVisio 2007  How Do I VideosOffice Fluent UI (Ribbon) How Do I VideosWSS 3.0  How Do I VideosVSTO 2005 SE  How Do I VideosVSTO 3.0  How Do I Videos

    We are interested in getting your feedback and comments. You can rate the articles and send comments using the Click to Rate and Give Feedback link located at the top right corner of the MSDN Library. We have a system that helps us track comments and ratings for every technical article and content asset living under the Office Development node of the MSDN Library. We hope you find this content useful and if you find errors in code or broken links, please let us know so we can fix them! Feedback is always appreciated. In fact, here's a few nice comments for VHT content that we pulled last week:

    • "Great example of simple but hard to find technique."
    • "Super video - short and precise :)"
    • "Thanks for the lovely article...!!!!!! You people have solved my greatest problem"
    • "Thank you for this! It's the first article I've found with all the required information needed to create associations and is also in a readable format."
    • "It was an awesome Video which helped me out a lot!!"
    • "Great content, bridging IT concepts and Dev experience."
    • "This is great in learning Office 2007"
    • "Haven't tried it yet but this is EXACTLY what I was looking for!"

    Finally, some people would like to have the videos available in Zune and IPod format, so we will start looking into this soon.

  • Erika Ehrli - Adventures with Office Products & Technologies

    MSDN Office Developer Center – Just Published (9/16/2007 – 9/30/2007)

    • 3 Comments

    The following content items were published from 9/16/2007 to 9/30/2007:

    Publishing Date

    Title 

    Products 

    Authors

    9/26/2007  

    Download: Download: 2007 Office Sample: imepad.h Header File
    This download provides the public imepad.h API for use by developers when customizing applications for the 2007 Microsoft Office System.
    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?

    2007 Microsoft Office System

    Microsoft Office

    Microsoft Office 2000

    Microsoft Office 2003

    Microsoft Office XP

    Windows

    Windows 2000

    Windows 2000 Server

    Windows CE

    Windows Server

    Windows Server 2003

    Windows Vista Test  

    kenitaku 

    9/26/2007  

    Download: Download: 2007 Office Sample: MSIME.h Header File
    This download provides the public msime.h header for use by developers when using IME's conversion engine for convert or reverse-convert the string, or accessing information of system and custom dictionary of IME.
    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?

    2007 Microsoft Office System

    Microsoft Office 2000

    Microsoft Office 2003

    Microsoft Office XP

    Windows

    Windows 2000

    Windows 2000 Server

    Windows CE

    Windows Server

    Windows Server 2003

    Windows Vista Test  

    kenitaku 

    9/25/2007  

    How-To article: Visual How To: Creating Outlook 2007 Form Regions using Visual Studio Tools for the Office System (3.0)
    Learn how to create a Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 form region by using Microsoft Visual Studio Tools for the Microsoft Office system (3.0).
    http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb851471.aspx

     

    2007 Microsoft Office System

    Visual Studio Tools for Office (3.0)  

    Steve Hansen 

    9/25/2007  

    How-To article: Visual How To: Changing Display Formats Programmatically for All Contacts in Outlook 2007
    Create an add-in to change the FileAs property programmatically for all contacts in Outlook 2007.
    http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb756876.aspx

     

    2007 Microsoft Office System

    Microsoft Office Outlook 2007

    Visual Studio Tools for Office  

    Ken Getz 

    9/25/2007  

    How-To article: Visual How To: Obtaining Folder Objects from Folder Paths in Outlook 2007
    Create an add-in for Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 to navigate Outlook folders and find folders that contain specified data.
    http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb756875.aspx

     

    2007 Microsoft Office System

    Microsoft Office Outlook 2007

    Visual Studio 2005 Tools for Office

    Ken Getz 

    9/25/2007  

    How-To article: Visual How To: Creating Custom Web Parts for Project Server 2007
    Explore creating a custom Web Part that you can use to display the upcoming tasks for a specified project.
    http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb851478.aspx

     

    2007 Microsoft Office System

    Microsoft Office Project Server 2007  

    Joel Krist 

    9/25/2007  

    How-To article: Visual How To: Creating User Profiles in the User Profile Store in SharePoint Server 2007
    Learn to create a SharePoint Server 2007 user profile by using the SharePoint UserProfileService Web service.
    http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb847941.aspx

     

    2007 Microsoft Office System

    Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007  

    Joel Krist 

    9/25/2007  

    How-To article: Visual How To: Displaying Custom Fields in Content Query Web Parts in Office SharePoint Server 2007
    Learn how to display custom fields in the Content Query Web Part by setting the CommonViewFields custom property and editing the default XSLT transformation used to render items.
    http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb850574.aspx

     

    2007 Microsoft Office System

    Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007

    Microsoft Office SharePoint Designer 2007  

    Joel Krist 

    9/20/2007  

    How-To article: Visual How To: Office Open XML Formats: Removing Comments from a Word 2007 Document
    Use Office Open XML Formats to remove comments programmatically from a Word 2007 document.
    http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb738371.aspx

     

    2007 Microsoft Office System

    Microsoft Office Word 2007

    Visual Studio 2005  

    Ken Getz 

    9/20/2007  

    SDK: SDK: PerformancePoint Monitoring SDK
    Use the PerformancePoint Monitoring SDK to help customize and integrate your own dashboard object extensions such as custom reports and data sources, wizards, and user interface extensions.
    http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb848116.aspx

    2007 Microsoft Office System

    PerformancePoint Server 2007  

    Microsoft Corporation 

    9/20/2007  

    PerformancePoint Server 2007 Planning Business Rules Development Guide
    Get information about how to use PerformancePoint Planning to develop business rules that perform complex planning, budgeting, and forecasting, or financial operations such as consolidation.
    http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb795339.aspx

    2007 Microsoft Office System

    PerformancePoint Server 2007  

    Microsoft Corporation 

    9/18/2007  

    Technical article: Adding Drag-and-Drop Functionality using the .NET Framework and Visual Studio 2005 Tools for Office Second Edition
    Learn to build a simple Windows Forms application and a VSTO 2005 SE add-in for Excel 2007 to perform a drag operation from your custom application to Excel 2007.

    http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb840032.aspx

    2007 Microsoft Office System

    Excel  

    Albert Raiani 

    9/18/2007  

    Download: Download: Deploying Outlook 2007 with Business Contact Manager in a Remote Database Configuration
    Learn about installing and configuring a Business Contact Manager for Outlook database by using Microsoft SQL Server 2005.
    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?

    2007 Microsoft Office System

    Microsoft Office Outlook 2007  

    sharc/BCMPM 

    9/18/2007  

    Technical article: Advanced Server-Side Authentication for Data Connections in InfoPath 2007 Web-Based Forms
    Learn about several different approaches for authenticating cross-domain data connections from form templates deployed to InfoPath Forms Services, as part of either Forms Server 2007 or SharePoint Server 2007.
    http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb787184.aspx

     

    2007 Microsoft Office System

    Microsoft Office Forms Server 2007

    Microsoft Office InfoPath 2007  

    Mark Roberts 

    9/18/2007  

    SDK: SDK: InfoPath 2007 Developer Reference
    Helper Classes for the SharePoint Server 2007 Search Query Web Service Built Using the Microsoft .NET Framework Learn about some helper classes built by using the Microsoft .NET Framework that make it easier to build query requests for the SharePoint Server Search Query Web service and more straightforward to handle the query responses.
    http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb230129.aspx
     

    2007 Microsoft Office System

    Microsoft Office InfoPath 2007

    Microsoft Corporation 

    9/18/2007  

    Technical article: Animating Objects in Excel 2007 using the 3-D Animation Engine
    Learn about the 3-D Animation Engine tool, which demonstrates the new OfficeArt rendering platform in Excel 2007. Find out how you can use this tool to start programmatically manipulating three-dimensional shapes in the 2007 Microsoft Office system.
    http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb629413.aspx

    2007 Microsoft Office System

    Microsoft Office Excel 2007  

    Jon Adams and Rod Chisholm 

    9/18/2007

    How-To article: Visual How To: Sending Appointments to an Outlook 2007 Calendar from an ASP.NET 2.0 Web Site
    Use Visual Studio 2005 to create an ASP.NET 2.0 Web site that can create and send an Internet Calendar appointment to add to an Outlook 2007 calendar.
    http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb655909.aspx

     

    2007 Microsoft Office System

    Microsoft Office Outlook 2007  

    Joel Krist 

    9/18/2007  

    How-To article: Visual How To: Customizing the Ribbon in Outlook 2007 by Using Visual Studio 2005 Tools for Office SE
    Learn how to use Visual Studio 2005 Tools for Office SE to create a custom Ribbon in Outlook 2007.
    http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb738406.aspx

     

    2007 Microsoft Office System

    Visual Studio Tools for Office

    Microsoft Office Outlook 2007  

    Steve Hansen 

    9/18/2007

    Code sample: Sample: Excel 2007 Sample: Animating Objects in Excel 2007 Using the Animation Engine
    The 3-D Animation Engine tool enables you to apply three-dimensional animation and lighting effects to shapes in Excel 2007.
    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?

    2007 Microsoft Office System

    Microsoft Office Excel 2007

    Jon Adams 

    9/18/2007  

    How-To article: Visual How-To: Working with Data Programmatically in Visio 2007
    Learn how to work with data in Visio 2007 to connect to an existing data source, link the data in the data source, and display the linked data graphically.
    http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb743267.aspx

    2007 Microsoft Office System

    Microsoft Office Visio 2007  

    Saul Candib 

    You can subscribe to our RSS feeds for the latest news:

    I also want to use this blog entry to let you know that the 2008 Office Developer Conference registration is now open! 

    Register Now! Early Bird Discount ends November 30th!

  • Erika Ehrli - Adventures with Office Products & Technologies

    .NET Helper Classes for the SharePoint Server 2007 Search Query Web Service

    • 1 Comments

    If you are working with MOSS Enterprise Search, you should download the .NET Helper Classes for the MOSS Search Query Web Service. Callum Shillan is an MCS Solution Architect from the UK and he was very nice to share the helper classes he created with the community. You can find the .Net helpers for the SharePoint Server 2007 Search Query Web Service source code in CodePlex. Callum also wrote an MSDN article where he shows you how to use the helper classes.

    The genesis for this article was an internal project that our team ran in the United Kingdom to expose information held in a series of our community sites maintained by our team leads and subject matter experts. To help the team responsible for the user interface, I created a few Microsoft .NET Framework classes that made it easier for them to fire queries into the Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 Search Query Web service hosted on our main portal. These classes also made it more straightforward to handle the responses that the Web service returned.

     

    If you want to learn more about MOSS and Enterprise Search, you should also check out the MSDN Enterprise Search Information Center and the following Office Visual How-tos created by Patrick Tisseghem:

Page 1 of 1 (3 items)