Office   SharePoint   & .NET Development
Erika Ehrli

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  • Blog Post: Extending the Outlook Social Connector

    I am one of those persons who has 25 apps running at the same time. I always have multiple instances of Explorer, VS, Office docs, and other apps running at all times. The one app I never close and I frequently visit is Outlook. One of the neat new additions to Outlook 2010 is the the Outlook Social...
  • Blog Post: Open XML SDK 2.0 August CTP, Videos, and 50+ Open XML Code Samples

    Zeyad Rajabi announced this week the availability of the new Open XML SDK 2.0 August CTP . As mentioned by Zeyad, changes to this CTP include: Add semantic level validation support Add markup compatibility/extensibility support General improvements based on your feedback If you are into Open...
  • Blog Post: Get Started Resources for Fluent UI Extensibility + Download the New Office Developer Resources Ribbon Tab

    I remember all the buzz generated when we announced the new Fluent UI (Ribbon) for Office 2007 applications. The Microsoft Office Fluent UI replaced the previous system of layered menus, toolbars, and task panes with a simpler system optimized for efficiency and discoverability. The new UI, including...
  • Blog Post: How to Upload Files to SharePoint Server 2007 from ASP.NET Web Applications

    Some time ago I blogged about How to: Uploading a File to a SharePoint Library Site from a Local Folder and How to: Magic with SharePoint 2003, uploading files using a Web service . Some people found these samples useful and some people asked if I could provide sample code that works with SharePoint...
  • Blog Post: Open XML Format SDK 2.0: Getting Started Best Practices

    The Open XML Format allows you to generate, manipulate, or pull data from Word 2007, Excel 2007, and PowerPoint 2007 files. If you are working with Microsoft-based solutions, you can generate, manipulate, and pull data from documents using the following tools and technologies: Notepad: Yes you...
  • Blog Post: Office Palooza: Join the contest to test & sharpen your VBA programming skills!

    MSDN® is sponsoring a coding contest for Office 2007, named OfficePalooza ! This sweepstakes will run two weeks beginning April 20, 2009 , and features ten fun Visual Basic of Applications™ (VBA) coding challenges in the form of puzzles and games. Each entrant will earn a chance to win one of hundreds...
  • Blog Post: How to Export Data to Excel from an ASP.NET Application + Avoid the File Format Differ Prompt

    This is a common task for ASP.NET developers. You have a Web application where you expose data from a database, Web service, or third-party API and you need an "Export to Excel" button. I have used different approaches to export to Excel from a Web application. Here's some options and guidance of when...
  • Blog Post: Top Office 2007 & SharePoint Articles, Downloads, Visual How-tos, and Portal Pages

    I've spent the last few days pulling 2008 metrics for Office & SharePoint developer content. It's quite interesting to see what flavor of chocolates devs pick at the candy store . The Office System is an umbrella of products and technologies . Popular picks from the...
  • Blog Post: Suggest a Topic/Code Sample for Future Office Visual How-tos

    While reviewing traffic to some of our MSDN content, I noticed that the Office Visual How-tos we've published on the MSDN Library are getting lots of page views! Developers seem to like this content type since it provides a short article, code sample, and video. This content type provides quick demos...
  • Blog Post: Presents for Outlook Developers...

    New Reference Documentation The big news is an offering for COM developers: the long-awaited Outlook 2007 Messaging API went live today. This is an update to the old Messaging API last published several years ago. Outlook 2007 Messaging API (MAPI) Reference describes how to create Outlook 2007 items...
  • Blog Post: The Mysteries of Search Crawlers and Finding Stuff on the Intranet

    As the managing editor for the Office Developer Center, I spend a lot of time trying to determine effective search optimization strategies to help our content get discovered by search crawlers or robots. My focus is generally on the big Internet search engines, but I know that this can be even more critical...
  • Blog Post: Office + Virtual Earth Maps

    Hi there! Long time, no blogging. Shame. I've been hiding in my cave (office) for the last month or so getting ready all the content and great news we are about to release next week at Tech Ed Developers. This time I unfortunately can't make it to the conference, but my heart has been at Tech Ed for...
  • Blog Post: OBA Sample Application Kits Release to Web!

    If you’re looking for guidance on how to integrate SAP and/or PeopleSoft into your Office applications, then the OBA Sample Application Kits are a great place to start. OBA, or Office Business Application, is a composite application that integrates line-of-business systems with the Office client (e.g...
  • Blog Post: Open XML Format SDK - Class Diagram Explorer in Silverlight 2.0 Beta

    Last week I had the great opportunity to do my first experiments with Silverlight 2.0. I was truly fascinated to discover the power that this technology offers. My favorite feature so far is the Deep Zoom functionality. Deep Zoom allows you to zoom in an out an image or collection of images using...
  • Blog Post: Where in the World is all the Office 2003 Developer Content?

    The Office Developer Documentation group has published over 270 articles since the RTM of the 2007 Microsoft Office system. The team has also published 152 downloads, and 153 videos. That is a lot of content! The MSDN Office Developer Center has many portal pages that help promote these content items...
  • Blog Post: 100+ Office Visual How To’s

    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...
  • Blog Post: .NET Helper Classes for the SharePoint Server 2007 Search Query Web Service

    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...
  • Blog Post: A common business need: Generating server-side documents on the fly

    I gathered a list of common Open XML questions related to programmability: What are the Open XML File Formats and what can I do with them? Can you show me the internal structure of a Word 2007 document? What are WordprocessingML, SpreadsheetML, PresentationML, and DrawingML? Do you have...
  • Blog Post: Open XML for developers: Nice gifts coming our way

    If you are an Open XML fan (like me), I strongly recommend you check out the latest news shared by Doug Mahugh and Wouter van Vugt . Doug released all the ppt files, code samples, and hands-on labs content for the Open XML developer workshop . I attended this training and I can tell you that I owe much...
  • Blog Post: Office 2007 + WPF rocks!

    Ever since we created the Microsoft Office Interactive Developer Map I became a huge fan of Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF). I love that you can expose information and build custom solutions in very creative ways using WPF. If you want to learn more about WPF I recommend the following resources...
  • Blog Post: Announcing the New Open XML Object Model - CTP

    What a day at Tech ED! Today Doug Mahugh announced during his session the new Open XML Object Model and Brian Jones has a must see post in his blog . The Open XML object model encapsulates many common tasks that developers perform on Open XML packages, so you can perform complex operations with just...
  • Blog Post: More code samples and videos for Office Developers

    The Visual How-tos just keep getting out there like popcorn. This time we published some more from Ken Getz, Joel Krist, and Ted Pattison. New VHTs include an interesting combination of Office products and technologies: Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 Word 2007 Visual Studio Tools for...
  • Blog Post: Office 2003 and 2007: MSDN Technical Articles, How-To Content, and Code Samples

    Some bloggers and third-party sites compile and provide a set of links to resources related to a topic and some of them are really good. Mark Kruger created a very cool list of 2007 MOSS Resource Links (Microsoft Office SharePoint Server) that he updates frequently and I enjoy looking at his list every...
  • Blog Post: Office Fluent UI (Ribbon): New Visual Studio Code Snippets and Office Visual How-to Series

    The new Microsoft Office Fluent UI replaces the previous system of layered menus, toolbars, and task panes with a simpler system optimized for efficiency and discoverability. The new UI, including the Office Fluent Ribbon, provides improved context menus, enhanced screen tips, a Mini toolbar, and keyboard...
  • Blog Post: Open XML Workshop + New PowerPoint 2007 Code Samples

    Lucky me! I had the great opportunity to meet several of the Open XML developers at the Open XML workshop in Redmond last week. The workshop was quite interesting in terms of content and delivery. Tons of advanced samples related with WordProcessingML, SpreadsheetML, PresentationML, and more. The...
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