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  • Blog Post: Tech.Days 2011: Save the Date

    It’s that that time of year again when the big one approaches – the big event that gives us an opportunity to get out and about and tell the story of the platform, current and future. This year Tech.Days will run from 23-25 May at a venue in London. It’s an event for both developer and IT professionals...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone 7 and SharePoint

    I’m often asked about Office on Windows Phone 7 (typically how much does it cost it comes bundled with the OS, no extra charge). It struck me though, that if you don’t have a phone (or you haven’t had a chance to play with one) then you wont have seen the Office hub or apps and the fidelity with which...
  • Blog Post: Catching up on some reading

    My blog reader’s bursting at the seams so I thought I’d try and play catch-up this morning – not quite down to a 0 inbox but not a bad effort. Here are a few things that grabbed me: ASP.NET Related WebForms aren’t dead – Dave Sussman has his say on Web Forms vs MVC ASP.NET MVC 2 – A few posts...
  • Blog Post: Word Clouds in PowerPoint with PowerShell

    James has really outdone himself here – he’s built a PowerShell script that will create lovely word clouds (ala Wordle but without quite so many options) directly into PowerPoint. This means you have something you can easily adjust afterwards (rather than just an image) and of course PowerPoint is often...
  • Blog Post: Slideshare Add-in for PowerPoint 2007

    If only I'd had this a week or so ago ! Nice add-in that supports (amongst other things) uploading, has a nice tagging UI and even includes reporting capabilities. Meet the SlideShare ribbon for PowerPoint View SlideShare presentation or Upload your own. (tags: powerpoint microsoft ) Technorati Tags...
  • Blog Post: VBUG Annual Conference 4-5th November @ Microsoft, Reading

    Both MikeT and I are speaking at the VBUG Conference this year. I'm doing an Intro to Silverlight 2 session (need to update my materials to RTW!) and Mike's doing a session entitled "Beyond Silverlight with Windows Presentation Foundation". I see quite a few other names I recognise on the agenda...
  • Blog Post: Diffing Open XML Files

    I don't do so much with Open XML these days but I still get a few questions from people and I'm still on some of the internal aliases. A recent message from Eric White caught my eye. " Pranav Wagh has built a much improved version of OpenXmlDiff , with a graphical user interface." TBH, I don...
  • Blog Post: Word 2007, Content Controls, Databinding and Schema Validation

    I've been trying to help someone out recently who'd built themselves a nice little add-in for Word 2007 to streamline the process of adding, binding and validating content controls. It stuck me that few people know about these features and even fewer have gone to the trouble of documenting any of them...
  • Blog Post: PowerTools for Open XML

    Eric's blogged about a new open source initiative on CodePlex for processing Open XML documents using PowerShell. Very interesting. He's even made a video showing how to get up and running with it quickly. The PowerTools include a host of PowerShell cmdlets for performing various actions on Open XML...
  • Blog Post: Open XML SDK v1 Available From Today

    Later today you'll be able to download the Open XML SDK v1 (currently the April CTP - make sure it's changed before you download!). This release includes a set of APIs designed for manipulating Open XML format documents at the part level (ie wrapping a lot of the lower level System.IO.Packaging APIs...
  • Blog Post: PDC 2008 Registration Open

    October 27-30th in the Los Angeles Conference Center, LA is where you want to be. Registration for the Professional Developers Conference 2008 has just opened. You know the deal by now: "The PDC is designed for leading-edge developers and software architects. If you’re interested in the future...
  • Blog Post: Zip File Extension Association in Vista (again)

    A long time ago, I wrote about my self-inflicted woes when I accidentally associated winword.exe as my zip file handler in Vista. Then last night I got a mail from Rob (sorry Rob, haven't got a link for you) saying that my post ranks fairly high in the Google results and there was an easy solution so...
  • Blog Post: The End Of The War But When Will The Fighting Stop?

    From Brian Jones blog: Open XML Overwhelmingly Approved as an ISO / IEC standard (IS 29500): the end of the file formats war . It would be nice to think that all that surplus energy can now be channeled into looking forwards, developing the standard and creating and enhancing the tools to make it even...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight and SharePoint

    I get asked about this a lot and, to date, my answers have been very vague as I simply didn't know what the deal was (no longer being heavily involved with SharePoint I hadn't tried it myself). Anyway, I was pleasantly surprised to see an announcement about the " Silverlight Blueprint for SharePoint...
  • Blog Post: VSTO Power Tools

    If you do any Office development, then you need to check out the VSTO Power Tools v1.0.0.0 which include: Open XML Package Editor Ribbon IDs Tool Window Office Custom UI Manager Office Interop API Extensions SharePoint Feature Sweeper SharePoint Workflow Package Generator VSTO/VSTA Pipeline Verifier...
  • Blog Post: Office Binary File Format Interoperability

    Just noticed some good news earlier this week on Brian Jones blog about new initiatives to make it easier to get access to the binary formats documentation (it will be made available as a direct download from the Microsoft website) and the creation of an open source project on SourceForge to develop...
  • Blog Post: Burton Group on Office Open XML

    I'm not so involved with Office Open XML these days - I passed the baton to Martin a while back - but this blog post entitled "Burton Group slams ODF, praises OOXML" by Tim Anderson caught my eye. He also made me smile when he said he had to "exaggerate his annual revenue" to get...
  • Blog Post: Content Controls & Repeating Data Nuggets Published on MSDN

    Now published on the MSDN Nuggets site so you can enjoy them in their original high res format with Dobly surround sound etc :-) http://www.microsoft.com/uk/msdn/nuggets Technorati Tags: office , open xml , nuggets
  • Blog Post: Content Controls and Repeating Data - Nugget Part 3

    Link to video on Soapbox (from here you can watch full screen) Technorati Tags: office , open xml
  • Blog Post: Content Controls and Repeating Data - Nugget Part 2

    Link to video on Soapbox (from here you can watch full screen) Technorati Tags: office , open xml
  • Blog Post: Content Controls and Repeating Data - Nugget Part 1

    Okay, slight problem publishing to the MSDN nuggets site currently so instead of waiting around, I'll embed a Soapbox version here and follow up with Parts 2 & 3. Expect them to appear on the MSDN site in the fullness of time... Link to video on Soapbox (from here you can watch full screen) Technorati...
  • Blog Post: New Nuggets - Content Controls and Repeating Data (or Can I Make a Table?)

    I blogged back here about what is required to handle repeating data with dynamic documents (ie Word documents using content controls to bind to custom XML). In the meantime I've had numerous emails from people with very similar problems all asking how they can use content controls with some sort of repeating...
  • Blog Post: Office Open XML Article Now Available Online

    I noticed this morning that the article I wrote about Office Open XML is now available on the VSJ website . Hurrah! I get lots of questions about Office Open XML as often people find it difficult to get up and running with it and get to grips with the capabilities. If I do say so myself, this article...
  • Blog Post: Content Controls and Repeating Data (or Can I Make a Table?)

    The most frequently asked question I receive on Word content controls and databinding goes along the lines of "That's great. No really it is. But you see I've got this list of data and I'd really like to populate a table in Word with it. How do I do that with content controls?". And my answer...
  • Blog Post: Two More Open XML Nuggets

    I've published another two Office Open XML nuggets. Actually I published them a couple of weeks ago but they got "stuck in the system" somewhere so I republished them again today. One's on document inspection (it happens to focus on PowerPoint slide notes and their removal as a scenario) and...
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