Office   SharePoint   & .NET Development
Erika Ehrli

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  • 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 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: What's New in Office for October?

    Time's been passing. Meanwhile, we have a slug (bucketful? melange) of interesting new content out there. For Office client developers, we have a couple of important updates. One is to Andrew Whitechapel's popular article: Isolating Microsoft Office Extensions with the COM Shim Wizard Version 2.3...
  • Blog Post: Announcing the Open XML Format SDK April CTP

    We are glad to announce that the Open XML Format SDK April CTP is available! You can download the new SDK from here: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=AD0B72FB-4A1D-4C52-BDB5-7DD7E816D046&displaylang=en You can also find and online version of the SDK on the MSDN Library...
  • 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: 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: New Office Visual How-to: Setting Custom Word 2007 Document Properties

    You probably read the MSDN Magazine article: Setting Word Document Properties the Office 2007 Way by Ken Getz. This was one of the first articles related to the Office Open XML Formats published by MSDN and it really helped me understand the Word document manipulation possibilites offered by the Office...
  • Blog Post: InfoPath 2007 training labs + Office 2007 PIA

    I love training labs because they are always great walkthroughs that show you how to get started with new features. Today I can share with you some labs that are available online. The InfoPath team and Mark Roberts from my group worked on authoring and publishing a new set of InfoPath 2007...
  • Blog Post: Compliance Features in the 2007 Microsoft Office System

    I have seen some great articles about the 2007 Microsoft Office System, but if you are an architect or solution developer, this is one you don't want to miss: Compliance Features in the 2007 Microsoft Office System . This paper talks about business opportunities and technical aspects of extending the...
  • Blog Post: Data-driven document generation with Word 2007 and the Office XML File Formats: Part 2

    So you are looking for a component/technology/solution to help you generate Office files (documents, workbooks, and presentations) using a server-side application, and of course, using managed code. I can tell you that this need has been brought to my attention at some conferences, questions in DLs...
  • Blog Post: How to: Magic with SharePoint 2003, uploading files using a Web service

    Some time ago I blogged about my intentions of uploading files to a SharePoint Document Library site from a local folder using some kind of Web service . After doing some research and some tests, I found a very easy way to do that and now I want to share with you the approach I followed since you might...
  • Blog Post: MSDN Office Developer Center - Behind the Scenes

    We are getting ready for Beta 2 and we have been working hard to produce articles, videos, interviews, code samples, and more content that dives into the details of how-to develop solutions using the 2007 Office System. The past months everything was about what you can do with 2007 Office System, now...
  • Blog Post: The official name: 2007 Microsoft® Office system

    Finally, I am able to spell the real name for the next version of Office: 2007 Microsoft® Office system . For those of you who have not seen the press passes and want to catch-up here is a list with some of them: FAQ: Looking into Office 12 Does "Office 12" equal Office 2007? Microsoft...
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