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  • Blog Post: Calling for Papers ON Office Development

    We're looking for articles on Microsoft Office development using .NET 4.0 and Visual Studio 2010. If you're working on things like simplified interoperability mechanisms, such as late binding, optional and named parameters, and so on; Silverlight Web Parts; Business Connectivity Services with SharePoint;...
  • Blog Post: VSTO Power Tools Office interop API extensions

    C# developers can use the Visual Studio Tools for the Office System (VSTO) Power Tools Office interop API extensions to streamline Office application development. The extensions provide a thin, strongly typed layer over the loosely typed Office object models. In the December 2008 issue of MSDN Magazine...
  • Blog Post: Office Space: Automated SharePoint Site Branding

    Windows SharePoint Services (WSS) 3.0 provides branding through themes. A user can apply a WSS theme to a site to change its appearance. In the July 2008 issue of MSDN Magazine , Ted Pattison walks you through a custom branding solution for SharePoint sites that leverages the capabilities of WSS to integrate...
  • Blog Post: Workflows That Capture Data And Create Office Documents

    Business processes that call for workflow often require that process-related documents be consumed or created. In the June 2008 issue of MSDN Magazine , Rick Spiewak discusses how to capture data InfoPath forms and other Office documents to capture data for use in Windows Workflow Foundation (WF) workflows...
  • Blog Post: Integrate VSTO with SharePoint Content Types

    Building a document-level Visual Studio Tools for Office (VSTO) customization and integrating it with custom SharePoint content types allows you to leverage the rich user functionality of the Office platform on the client while seamlessly extending data captured on the client to enterprise line-of-business...
  • Blog Post: Managing Metadata with Office Document Information Panels

    The Microsoft Office platform allows you to maintain both standard and custom properties for documents. Document Information Panels, however, let you implement additional functionality such as metadata-based search and automation of information-driven business processes is Office documents and SharePoint...
  • Blog Post: LINQ coverage in March MSDN Magazine

    In the March 2008 installment of the Advanced Basics column in MSDN Magazine , Ken Getz shows you how to programmatically interact with the Office Open XML File Formats using Visual Studio 2008, LINQ to XML, and the Community Technology Preview (CTP) edition of the Microsoft SDK for Open XML Formats...
  • Blog Post: OBA Solution Patterns In The Real World

    Office Business Applications (OBAs) bridge the divide between business data in line-of-business (LOB) systems and the information worker. You can think of it as a simple model that includes three major parts: the LOB system, the customized Office client that integrates with the LOB system, and the server...
  • Blog Post: Office Business Apps with Visual Studio 2008 and VSTO 3.0

    Visual Studio 2008 includes VSTO 3.0, which lets you begin solution development for both Office 2003 applications and the 2007 Microsoft Office system, such as developing Microsoft Outlook customizations. In the Launch issue of MSDN Magazine , Steve Fox shows you what you can do with a new type of form...
  • Blog Post: Build Office-Based Solutions Using WPF, WCF, And LINQ

    With Visual Studio 2008, you can build a solution that incorporates the native capabilities of an Office client application combined with the sophisticated UI capabilities of Windows Presentation Foundation that's connected to remote data and services via Windows Communication Foundation and uses the...
  • Blog Post: Office Space: Event handling in SharePoint 2007

    The ability to handle server-side events is a key element of building custom business solutions based on SharePoint sites. Windows SharePoint Services (WSS) 3.0 and Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) 2007 both employ the new event-handling infrastructure introduced with WSS 3.0 . In the November...
  • Blog Post: Office Development on MSDN

    Earlier this month I posted to let you know about an article in our August issue on open packaging standards . For more Office development information, be sure to check out the Office-related videos, podcasts, and screencasts available on Channel 9 . There's also a huge amount of information available...
  • Blog Post: OPC: A New Standard for Packaging Your Data

    The 2007 Microsoft Office System Open XML specification , recently approved by the ECMA International standards organization, includes a new file packaging technology. An underlying component of this standard is Open Packaging Conventions (OPC). OPC provides a container technology you can use without...
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