Paul Stubbs

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  • Blog Post: VSTO: My Favorite Feature - ClickOnce Deployment

    One of my favorite features in the latest version of VSTO is ClickOnce Deployment. ClickOnce deployment makes securely deploying my Office add-in and document level solutions easy. VSTO deployment supports, Local , HTTP , UNC , CD / DVD and USB locations. This gives you the flexibility to deploy your...
  • Blog Post: VSTO for Mere Mortals Video: Convert ActionPane to CustomTaskPane

    Using VSTO 2005 and Office 2003 you can create an Action Pane (see video) . This is a document level object, which mens that it is attached and visible only when the document is open. Now in using VSTO 2005 SE and Office 2007 you can create CustomTaskPanes. These are application level in scope so it...
  • Blog Post: VSTO for Mere Mortals Video: Action Pane

    Watch the first video training from our book - VSTO for Mere Mortals . You can watch the video on kathleen's blog . Kathleen does an excellent job showing you how to use the VSTO Action Pane. Intoduction to Action Pane video training The video explains the details of the Action Pane architecture...
  • Blog Post: Create Document Level VSTO Apps for Office 2007

    Everyone can now download the September CTP of Visual Studio Orcas for the first time. Download here: Visual Studio Orcas Sept. CTP This CTP enables Visual Studio Tools for Office developers to build document-level customizations for Word and Excel 2007
  • Blog Post: Unit Testing for VSTO (part 2 Automated Tests)

    In my last post, Unit Testing for VSTO (Part 1 Manual Tests) , I showed you how to use VSTS to create manual unit tests. In this post you will learn how to create automated tests. Automated Tests You now have a basic understanding of how the manual unit testing works. But you don’t want to sit there...
  • Blog Post: New VSTO team member blog

    After all of this time Kathleen McGrath who is member of the VSTO team and has been responsible for most of the VSTO team blog posts has finally started her own blog. http://blogs.msdn.com/Kathleen/ . Kathleen has been doing a lot of great work in her spare time creating video tutorials for the team...
  • Blog Post: VSTO beats XBOX 360 to the punch

    So, what does VSTO have to do with the XBOX 360 ? Well VSTO is created by the Trinity team, which is part of DevDiv (the Developer Division). It was interesting to learn that the original codename for the 360 was going to be Trinity. But as the article says it was already taken, by us. The group...
  • Blog Post: HowTo: Create a SmartTag in VB or C# in less than 10 lines of code

    Creating SmartTags for Word and Excel using VSTO 2005 has become incredibly simple. I will show you how to create a SmartTag that interacts with an ActionsPane in less than 10 lines of code, including adding the ActionsPane. One of the hardest things to do in Office development has now become one of...
  • Blog Post: Attaching custom properties to your VSTO 2005 SmartTag

    VSTO 2005 makes attaching custom properties to a Smart Tag easy. These properties can be used by the Smart Tag action. See my previous post VSTO 2005 makes Smart Tags smarter (and easier) to learn how to create VSTO SmartTags. Let’s image that you are creating a VSTO Word document for a large insurance...
  • Blog Post: Create Watermarks using VSTO 2005 (Part 2 C#)

    In my blog yesterday I showed How to create a Word Watermark using VSTO 2005 . This was relatively easy to do using VB .Net. Today I will show you the same code using VSTO 2005 and C# (for those of you who like abuse). I have tried to make the code exactly the same as the VB code so you should be able...
  • Blog Post: Create Watermarks using VSTO 2005

    Programmatically creating watermarks in Word can be a challenge. Here I have created the code to add and remove watermarks in Word using VSTO 2005. The way I created this code is the way the many VBA programmers work. They record a macro doing the action that they want to automate. Then they tweak the...
  • Blog Post: VSTO 2005 makes Smart Tags smarter (and easier)

    Smart Tags are VSTO’s newest feature. They have been added to the product since Beta 1 has shipped. VSTO 2005 does for Smart Tags what it did for Action Pane , makes it easy and understandable for a .net programmer. Smart Tags in Office have been around since Office XP and updated in Office 2003. The...
  • Blog Post: Office DevCon Day 3: VSTO 2005 is the star of the BillG Keynote

    So it’s the last day of the Office Developers conference and the best was definitely saved for last: a full day of VSTO 2005. The day started with an excellent demo of Visual Studio code snippets by Matt Hessinger . (See his MSDN Article : Overview of Code Snippets Using Visual Studio Tools for Office...
  • Blog Post: Office DevCon Day 2: Ask the Experts

    The first day of the conference was great! There has been so much information about Office development. It is refreshing to see Office seriously getting behind the Office developers to help them be successful. On day two I spent my lunch with some other members of the VSTO 2005 product team in an "Ask...
  • Blog Post: Office Developers ARE the key to Office's success

    This article Microsoft Hosts First Office Systems Developers Conference correctly points outs that developers are key to Office being successful. I think that has always been true for Microsoft. Developers are key to the Windows platform as they are to the Office platform.
  • Blog Post: Office Developers Conference Starts Today

    The Microsoft Office System 2003 Developers conference starts today here on the Microsoft campus. I think this is a great start at bringing the Office Developer into the spotlight. Office is a powerful platform for developers. In the past the focus has been on the end user, but that's starting to change...
  • Blog Post: XMLNode and XMLNodes View Control Video Demo

    Last month I did a webcast on view control programming in Office 2003 with VSTO 2005 . You can watch the archive video here: View Control Programming in Word 2003 and Excel 2003 . I have re-recorded the Word XMLNode Demo. This is a much better quality than the webcast. This demo takes you through how...
  • Blog Post: Bookmark View Controls Video Demo

    Last month I did a webcast on view control programming in Office 2003 with VSTO 2005 . You can watch the archive video here: View Control Programming in Word 2003 and Excel 2003 . I have re-recorded the Word Bookmark Demo. This is a much better quality than the webcast. This demo takes you through the...
  • Blog Post: 1 Year Microsoft Anniversary

    Well it's hard to believe that its been one year already. The time has gone by so quickly. I have learned so much in my first year about the way that Microsoft works. It is totally amazing what it takes to make a product, the thousands of people involved. When I first started the team was just finishing...
  • Blog Post: View Control Programming in Word and Excel 2003 - Webcast

    The VSTO team will be doing a bunch of webcasts over the next month. I will be giving one of them. My webcast will be on August 4th at 1pm PST. My topic is View Control Programming in Word 2003 and Excel 2003 using VSTO 2005 . This is going to be a great talk about view controls, what they are and how...
  • Blog Post: TechEd 2004 Monday Day 2

    So Today was the first real day of TechEd. SteveB gave the keynote address. The keynote was so full that all of the Microsoft people had to watch from another 'overflow' room via video. It was good. I am most excited by the Visual Studio Team System. This is way cool! I have been working in the cabana...
  • Blog Post: TechEd 2004 Sunday Day 1

    I got up early to head out to the SeaTac airport to catch the 8:00am flight to San Diego. All of the other VSTO team members that were going to TechEd were on the same flight. The flight was uneventful. We arrived around 10am. The weather was cloudy and 65. I thought that had left the seattle weather...
  • Blog Post: MVP Friends

    Last week as you all know was the MVP summit here in Redmond. We had a meet and greet on Monday here at the Building 41 cafe. As you already know that Building 41 is the Visual Studio Building. So the MVPs were bused in from the conference center. Dinner and drinks were served and all the VS product...
  • Blog Post: Convert VBA to VB .Net and C#

    Here is an excellent article on Converting Code from VBA to Visual Basic .Net . The article talks about many of the pitfalls in converting. In general converting from VBA to VB .Net is very straight forward. This article is a must read for developers just starting to use VTSO . In another article, Ten...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio Tools for Office System 2003 RTM

    Visual Studio Tools for Office RTM'd today! This is the first product launched by the Trinity team of Visual Studio.
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