See what I see.

The ramblings of Kristopher Makey.

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About See what I see.

See what I see is a look into the things I know.  I hope by sharing my viewpoints on various topics and divulging what i know, the world really will be a better place.  Or at least some people might learn some interesting facts along the way.

Generally I plan to focus on what I know about VSTO deployment, ClickOnce, testing or programming in general (this is what I work on).  I may occasionally talk about other observations or interests as the mood strikes me, but I suspect it will only happen occasionally as I like what I do and have a lot to say about it.

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    Click-Once forced updates in VSTO II: A fuller solution

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      Last Week I talked about user-generated updates and the Click-Once Deployment Management API's.  Based on some internal feedback and a large degree of personal interest, I'm going to come right back around to the same topic, but with a cleaner...
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    The passphrase is "Install already": A new look at VSTO Security.

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    I've tried to start this post about ten times now, and honestly, the problem is that it's a little hard to know where to start. So I'm just going to dive in. With VSTO 2.0 to "trust" your customization, you would have to create Caspol entries for everything...
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    My trusted secret inner circle.

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    Before I jump right in, I want to give some major credit to the author of the MSDN articles that cover this same information. The information on this Blog is not meant to replace any of the information that is covered in the MSDN, but rather as a supplement...
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    Untangling the Terminology

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    Originally I was planning on jumping right into some gory details about security model when I realized that half of what I was saying is quite possibly illegible because of the terminology I use. So I started a section of terminology that quickly exploded...
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    Where did my permission set controls go?

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    I’m going to diverge a bit off the VSTO path and talk about a more generic ClickOnce story. If you have used ClickOnce in VS 2008 or VS 2005 you may be somewhat familiar with partial trust scenarios and the idea of permission sets. If you do not care...
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    Click-Once forced updates in VSTO: Some things we don't recommend using, that you might consider anyway.

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    Before I go any further in this post I'm going to put a huge disclaimer:  You should be warned what I'm about to cover has not been fully tested, is clearly not supported or recommended and may have significant impact on your application's ability...
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    Delayed.

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    I'm not prepared to talk about anything interesting this week. I've been busy with several things going on and haven't had time to do the neccasary thought and investigation. On a side note though, my team is hiring looking for new Testers and Developers...
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    Power to the People.

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    I have some excellent news for any VSTO developers out there. We've released the first set of Power Tools. You can read more about them here and you can get them from here . Andrew Whitechapel's blog entry covers the tools at pretty good length. If you...
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    Prospectus, Manifesto, Meaning and Intent.

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    Welcome to my blog. First, an initial introduction: My name is Kristopher Makey, though typically I go by the much shorter label of "Kris". At the time of writing this initial blog post I work for Microsoft on Visual Studio Tools for Office. Specifically...
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    Miscellaneous things.

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    I don't have a over arching theme for this post. This last week has been a little strange in pace which has left me with no clear ideas as to what I want to cover (and what is most appropriate). With that said: I've seen several questions in the last...
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    Searching for that special thing and some other hints.

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    I haven't talked much about what I do here at Microsoft. To be honest I'm not going to go too far into any details about what I am doing but I think it'll be okay to talk about what I did do (up until we shipped VSTO 2008). I am and SDET which basically...
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    Starting and Putting

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    Because of the complexity and depth that installation stories can have it seems like it is very easy to get a little confused with terminology and how it maps to actual real world things. Additionally it seems like the varied nature of installation and...
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    Being Pushy with VSTO ClickOnce

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    The other day I was in a meeting and it was mentioned that the new VSTO Deployment model didn't really support a "push" model. I've thought about this for a while and I have to disagree and agree. In software development "supporting" is really more of...
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    Returns and Specialization

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    It seems like it’s the season of returns. I’ve returned from Idaho which is where I was returned the favor of spreading a cold to my wife (my entire family was fairly sick over the holidays and I managed to catch their particular flavor of cold/flu)....
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    One-Shot customizations, but we're not VBA.

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    Last week I had the pleasure of getting some very interesting feedback from some of the Microsoft Office development audience (people who develop against office through VSTO/VSTA/VBA/Shared Add-ins/etc ).  If you were at said event and are now reading...
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    Correction!

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    I got ahead of myself and thought it was one week later than it really is (sort of good because I was beginning to think I was a lot further behind than I was).  I will be out next week.   Unfortunately this week has been super crazy. ...
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    Two years of lessons learned.

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    It's been a while since I've posted here, I'm not quite ready to jump back into pushing deployment stuff again, I have had other things on my plate (vacation being one of them) and am finding less time to tackle the interesting questions that are coming...
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    MSI VSTO Deployment revealed

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    For the past couple of months I have been avoiding talking too much on this blog about about creating "Windows Installer" deployments of VSTO.  I've been avoiding it because we've been working on writing a well-formed paper on how to do...
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    In the Before of the Beginning: Custom Prerequisites for VSTO ClickOnce (part I).

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    In January I talked about using Custom Prerequisites to add a little more specialization to the VSTO ClickOnce experience.  I didn't go too much in depth into this and I've since seen a few comments crop up about them in some of the VSTO community...
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    In the Before of the Beginning: Custom Prerequisites for VSTO ClickOnce (part II).

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    In my last post I talked about the first steps to building my Customer Prerequisite.  In it, I built an MSI that would display a message box during the install phase. Here is what Setup1looks like when you run it: It's nothing too ingenious but it...
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    A day at the movies.

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    It's been quiet.  I've been super busy with a lot of things.  Some things I can talk about and mostly things I can't.  What I can talk about:  I went to PAX this last weekend.  PAX (also known as Penny Arcade Expo) is a big convention...
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    VS 2008 SP1 and VSTO, why you should be seriously considering installation.

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    I'm not going to go into detail about everything in the VS 2008 SP1 package, but what I would like to point out some key deployment features that were added and why you would want to consider installing even if you have a large user base using a base...
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    Enterprise Level Deployment of VSTO Solutions: Deployment Design

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    It's been a while, I'm not really interested in going to the details of why at the moment, lets dig right into the topic. Generally I focus on more of the technical aspects of what you can do without really talking much about some of the other considerations...
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    Words and more words and words... on Word.

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    Generally I talk about vsto deployment here, this is mainly due to the simple limitation that what I work on and know best is deployment. In my average day when I am "doing my thing" to improve the product I generally am working on stuff around how files...
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    Delaying the inevitable.

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    Just a micro update: Ade Miller has an excellent post on how to delay sign vsto dll's. You can see his blog entry here . Basically he is talking about building the solution and Signing the dll's and then re-signing the manifests. If you or your company...
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