Crazy, I know, but the truth is: we provide only small snippets of samples for a lot of the methods in the Office OMs. If you ask the writers who put this together, they will tell you they would love to do more elaborate samples, but when you are staring 2,000+ (or, much more!) members in the face in a very short time frame, you can't give some members the attention they deserve.

But, our community has been telling us they want more. So, we commissioned the authoring of these richer samples that use managed code and the .NET Framework (Big Thanks to Ken Getz for his valuable input on these). They target the Office 2003 Primary Interop Assemblies, and you can download the goods from a GDN workspace here:

The Office 2003 PIA Sample Launcher (OPSL)

What makes the OPSL even cooler: we built the framework in such a way that you can add your own samples to the OPSL framework. To that end, I wrote an article that shows how to do this. Check it out here:

Introduction to the Office 2003 Primary Interop Assemblies Sample Launcher

I realized this morning that I neglected to include a link to the OPSL source workspace in the article, so I'll fix that today. In the meantime, you can use the link in this blog post. Check them out, and let me know what you think.

 Rock Thought for the Day: Somewhat strange pairing of CDs on the movie soundtrack for Vin Diesel's so-so spy flick xXx (for those who don't know, the X's are the name of the renegade agent). But, the song Millionaire by Queens of the Stone Age is the best track. I am not a fan of hip-hop (there's occasionally a song I think is worthy) so the second CD is a bit of a waste for me. Some of the other metal tracks would be better were it not for the 'cookie monster' vocals. Guys: forming nodules on your vocal chords!=goodtechnique.

Rock On