The Research Services Development Extras are a gift that just keeps on
giving. In writing an article for an up-coming issue of MSDN magazine I wanted
to call attention to the RSDE. I think the Research Service task pane is one of
several key reasons why people should upgrade to Office 2003. The built-in
providers are quite good, and developing your own is actually a good time. The
RSDE make it considerably easier.
One of the features in the RSDE is a wizard that uses some basic
dialogs to gather info and then generate a set of classes for you that form the
foundation of your service. I was blown away by one key feature in the wizard
(and I am usually ANTI-wizard as a matter of principle)- you can choose a
datasource and let the RSDE build a data layer for you. It's nothing short of
world-class. If we had not developed the RSDE, I would really regret it. It is
easily one of the sharpest toolkits we have ever done.
For general information about Research services, go to the
dedicated section on our Microsoft site.
For developer stuff, check out the Research services section of the Office
As a side note, I was helping one of my boys with his homework last
night, and I showed them how the Research task pane worked. They were EAGER to
start their assignments. It was fun for them. Thanks, Office!
for the day: I have always loved true country
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I want to go is this new artist, Julie Roberts.
She does justice to the genre, and she has a great ability to make a melody hold
nothing back. Her self-titled debut is first rate. Listen to the single, "Break