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Erika Ehrli

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  • Blog Post: Open XML SDK 2.0 RTM is live! Find Articles, Videos, Code Samples, and Resources on MSDN

    I’ve been incredibly passionate about Open XML since it’s early beginnings. I remember back in the day I was very excited about the possibility of generating .NET server-side Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents. I also had the opportunity to manage the Open XML Format SDK 1.0 documentation release...
  • Blog Post: Getting Ready for Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010 + MSDN Redesign + New MSDN Open XML Developer Portal

    It’s been a while since I had an opportunity to blog. When I am quiet it usually means I am up to something :). Getting Ready for Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010 This are exciting times for Office and SharePoint developers. While we have released some interesting news about Office 2010 and SharePoint...
  • 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: 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: Open XML SDK 2.0 April CTP Live & Silverlight DeepZoom Class Architecture Diagrams

    For all of those fans of Open XML and followers of updates done to the Open XML Format SDK 2.0, one more happy day has arrived. The Office Client Developer Content team and the Open XML SDK product team released the Open XML Format SDK 2.0 April CTP on MSDN! Zeyad has a great blog post where he explains...
  • 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: Great News for Open XML Developers: ECMA-376 Implementation Notes for Office 2007 SP2 are here!

    We've published today a new set of Open XML implementation notes. The ECMA-376 Implementation Notes helps developers to understand low-level details of the Open XML implementation. The notes also include information that will help ISO update the standard over time, and some other general information...
  • 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 1.0

    We have great news for all Open XML developers who have waited so patiently for the fully supported release of the Open XML Format SDK 1.0. Today we published the final bits and online documentation on MSDN. You can get the SDK from the following locations: SDK download site: http://go.microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Updated Office Developer Posters

    Some other great news. We updated a couple Office developer posters. Developer Map for the 2007 Microsoft Office System This version includes new information related to: PerformancePoint Server 2007 Visual Studio 2008 Application-Level Add-Ins and Document Level Customizations Visual...
  • 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: 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: Open XML Hypocrisy

    Like many of you, I have been reading many blog posts related to this week's announcement that Office Open XML was approved as an ISO standard . Today I came across an interesting blog post from Jan van den Beld , who was Secretary General of Ecma International in Geneva and is currently a consultant...
  • Blog Post: Happy News for Open XML Developers

    Many of you may have already heard that Office Open XML was approved as an ISO standard ! This is great news for all of us who have been developing solutions using Open XML. You can find all the details in Brian's blog . Also, Doug Mahugh provides great pointers to other bloggers that talk about this...
  • Blog Post: Office 2007 + Silverlight

    Latest technologies offered to Web developers, such as ASP.NET AJAX and Microsoft Silverlight, offer UI improvements and amazing interactive experiences for Web-based applications. Silverlight is a cross-browser, cross-platform plug-in for delivering the next generation of media experiences and rich...
  • Blog Post: Open XML at the Microsoft Office Developer Conference 2008

    Hi there! I am very excited to be here in San Jose, CA attending the Office Developer Conference 2008 . We had a keynote this morning with Bill Gates where he showed a video with his plans for retirement and where he talked about the value proposition of the 2007 Office system as a development platform...
  • Blog Post: Office Business Applications: Pricing Exception Management Solution

    If you are looking for a real-world application that showcases how to expose data from SAP using the 2007 Microsoft Office system here's one: http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb977552.aspx Long story short, the Microsoft IT department designed and implemented a Price Exception Management...
  • Blog Post: Open XML Developer Workshop videos now available on MSDN

    If you are new to development with the Open XML Formats, take a look at this Open XML Online Training series and learn more about the Open XML file formats architecture, the Open XML schemas, the .NET packaging API, and programmatic generation of rich data-driven Open XML documents. All my respect...
  • 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: Tech Ed 2007 - Open XML File Formats booth: Part 1

    If you couldn't make it to TechEd - or even if you did - check out Virtual TechEd . I loved attending Tech Ed this year because I had a chance to be at the Open XML File Formats booth and chat with MVPs and developers that are really passionate about this technology. It was great week to be there...
  • 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...
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