John R. Durant's WebLog

Blog of "The" Office Developer

February, 2004

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About John R. Durant's WebLog

This blog is the main "pulpit" for Microsoft's Office Developer technologies-- although the opinions and views expressed are the author's own. John frequently writes about technical details, tools, and features that developers care about when building productivity solutions. He also adds the very popular "Rock Thought of the Day" to each post.

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    Outlook, .NET, and WordML- the SECOND of a short series.

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    So, Outlook programming is not always hard, but you eventually end up in the world of MAPI properties if you stay with it. That’s when it gets…uh…fun. Anyway, some things are still easy. Here is an example from my solution (see previous...
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    Outlook, .NET, and WordML- the first of a short series.

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    If you are like me, you do not enjoy writing status reports to your manager. Fortunately, I have a manager that is not a micro-manager. Anyway, I wrote a little sample that pulls data from Outlook and dumps it into an XML file. I then run XSL’s...
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    Goodbye Balloon Tips, Hello Kelly Theriot

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    I was growing so weary of getting those Balloon Tips on my Tablet PC, and I searched high and low to find out how to rid myself of them. My tablet has wireless built in, and when the net connection is flaky or absent, I get constant balloons telling me...
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    Let's talk pPr

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    Look, I know that many of you have been messing with WordProcessingML (WordML) since beta, but I have not. I just didn’t have time. I needed to figure out smart document technology (see this article on smart docs: http://msdn.microsoft.com/library...
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    Sorting out Collaboration

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    Look, I work here, and I sometimes feel a little overwhelmed by the number of products we product, support, and upon which solutions can be built. To that end, I wrote this article that just went live a few minutes ago. “Let’s sort Out Collaboration”...
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    alternate stylesheets and Word 2003

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    I have had a busy few days, hence the silence on my blog. I have been going through the initiation into the Microsoft “review process”. It’s actually reasonably fair compared to everywhere else I have worked. But, it’s still kind...
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    Way cool new content

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    We published a load of good stuff this week so far. Headlines will go live tomorrow. BTW: the answer to the question in my last blog is: “The Cure”. Someone did give a good post for a band called NickelCreek, however. Produced by Alison Krauss...
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    Let's talk t, p, and r

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    So, now that I have decided to take my WordML skills to the next level it also affords me that chance to answer some of the questions that regularly come through my inbox. Managing the content for the Office Developer Center site has a lot of benefits...
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    XSL Transforms and WordML

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    I was recently reviewing some tech comments from the product team for an article we wanted to publish on the Office Developer Center ( http://msdn.microsoft.com/office ). Among the comments was one about XSL transforms when a document loads in Microsoft...
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    Diving into DirectX...the shallow end of the pool

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    I have been spending a little time trying to figure out how to mess around with some audio settings on my computer programmatically. It's not as easy as it seems. I have renewed respect for game programmers. But then, my game experience starts and ends...
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    Super New Office-related dev content

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    My team just pushed some great stuff. Bill Coan (way cool Word guy) wrote this gem for us: Getting into XML with the Microsoft Office System http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/?url=/library/en-us/dno2k3ta/html/ODC_OFXML_in_Office2003_jrd.asp ...
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    New info on Web Queries

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    There is a new MSDN article (as of a few minutes ago) on Web queries in Excel: Different Ways of Using Web Queries in Microsoft Office Excel 2003 http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/?url=/library/en-us/odc_xl2003_ta/html/odc_xlWebquery.asp I have demo’d...
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    Microsoft Publisher Blog!

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    In case it slipped under the radar, Andrew May, programmability writer for Publisher and PowerPoint, has begun a blog about Publisher. It’s one of the better 1st time blogs I have seen (no mere Hello World stuff going on [not that there’s...
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    One take on OneNote

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    OfficeZealot kingpin (and fellow Minnesotan!) Chris Kunicki has posted some insightful commentary on OneNote (most recent: http://blogs.officezealot.com/MT/mt-tb.cgi/172 ) and I figure it is only a matter of time before Chris Pratley ( http://blogs.msdn...
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    AgingProperties

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    OK- everyone reading my blog knows that I love NewsGator. (Hey- NG dudes: why aren’t you advertising on Office Online Marketplace? Someone posted a comment to one of my earlier blogs asking this great question). Well, I now am monitoring a lot of...
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