Paul Stubbs

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About Paul Stubbs

Paul Stubbs is a Microsoft Architect for Windows Azure focusing on solution development and SharePoint. Previously Paul worked with the information worker development community around SharePoint and Office, Silverlight, and Web 2.0 social networking. Paul has also worked as a Senior Program Manager on the Visual Studio team in Redmond, Washington. Paul is a Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT) and has received Microsoft Certified Applications Developer (MCAD) and Microsoft Certified Solution Developer (MCSD) certifications. He has authored three books on solution development using Microsoft Office, SharePoint and Silverlight, several articles for MSDN Magazine, and has also spoken at many conferences such as Tech-Ed, Build, MIX, and the Professional Developers Conference (PDC) and Tech-Ready.

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    Turn off the Language Bar

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    One annoying feature of XP is the Language Bar. This is the little toolbar that opens at the bottom of your screen and has no apparent purpose ( Microsoft Windows XP - What is the Language bar? ). Since it takes up valuable space on the Taskbar I want...
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    SharePoint 2010 Easy Setup Script

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    Today Chris Johnson and I are releasing a new tool to help you setup a SharePoint 2010 developer machine. In order to make this process as easy as possible we have created a series of PowerShell scripts that automate the entire process of building a fully...
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    Download SharePoint 2010 VHD Demo Environment

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      ( Update : This image is no longer available. Currently there are no plans to create another SharePoint 2010 demo image. Visit http://dev.office.com for information on building SharePoint apps) The RTM version of the SharePoint 2010 and Office...
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    Santa vs. Parents: Which has the best distribution model?

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      I thought it would be interesting on Christmas eve to compare the two models of distributing presents (content/services). I have put together a short list of features for each model. Santa (Server/Cloud) has a global approach to delivering presents...
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    VSTO 2005 makes Smart Tags smarter (and easier)

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    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...
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    First XNA Application - 360 Controller Test

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    I finished my first XNA application tonight at 1 minute before midnight on the launch day. This is an application that I wrote before using MDX 2.0 and Winforms (See the old article for the features) . I was able to convert the entire app in about...
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    VSTO: My Favorite Feature - ClickOnce Deployment

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    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...
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    How to create Excel UDFs in VSTO managed code

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    One question that I frequently get is how to call managed code from VBA. In general it is not recommended to mix VBA with managed code mainly due to the non-deterministic eventing model. In other words if VBA and managed code are listening for the same...
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    HowTo: Create a SmartTag in VB or C# in less than 10 lines of code

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    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...
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    Developing Windows Phone 7 Applications for SharePoint 2010

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    The Windows Phone 7 platform contains great out of the box integration with SharePoint under the Office Hub. But what if you want to create your own custom applications on the phone that leverage SharePoint 2010 data and services? In this blog post I...
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    Do you have iPod Envy?

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    My wife has wanted to get an MP3 player for a while and I have been looking for the right one. I have a couple of ( ViewSonic and Hitachi )PocketPC's that I use and have been thinking about why not just use the PPC to play the music. The problem is that...
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    Bye, Bye Data. A Dead Hard Drive Story.

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    Backup is not something as a home user that you think about everyday. I sure didn’t, until I had hard drive trouble. Then you start mentally listing all of the important documents and photos that you are about to lose. After I resigned to the fact...
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    New Year, New Blog, New Site

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    Welcome to the New Year and welcome to my new blog. I am a Program Manager for Microsoft on the Visual Studio team. Our team is responsible for Office programmability. Our first product is Visual Studio Tools for the Microsoft Office System or just VSTO...
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    Announcing VSTO 2005 for Outlook 2003

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    Today during Steve Ballmer’s keynote speech he announced VSTO for Outlook. Now in addition to Word and Excel, you can create Outlook add-ins using VSTO 2005 for Office 2003. VSTO will create managed add-ins for Outlook that will appear to Outlook as a...
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    MDX: XBOX 360 Controller Windows Forms Application

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    Now that the XBOX 360 controller works on windows I thought it would be fun to hook it up to a windows forms application using Visual C# Express and Managed DirectX (MDX). So here is the scenario; you’re at your desk entering the latest budget numbers...
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    Unit Testing for VSTO (part 2 Automated Tests)

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    Learn how to use VSTS to create automated tests for VSTO Office applications....
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    SharePoint 2010 Hands on Labs

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    [Updated: 1/30/2011 All Links] Office and SharePoint hands on labs The best way to get started learning about Office and SharePoint is to use the Channel 9 training kits. The training kits contain and number of videos and hands on labs. In order to complete...
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    Build a setup project for your XNA game

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    Now you have created your XNA game but how do you package it so the world can download and install it? You will see how to build a windows setup (.msi) for your XNA game. You will use Visual Studio 2005 Pro (or above) to create a setup project that will...
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    PDC Live from Redmond

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    So this morning I watched the PDC live from my desk in Redmond. This was great to be able to see all of the presentations without leaving my office (except for a bathroom break). It seems like 3 hrs is a long presentation. They had so much information...
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    First Day at Microsoft

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    This is my first Day at Microsoft....
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    DEV303- Security and Deployment Links

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    Whitepapers Deploying Visual Studio 2005 Tools for Office Solutions Using Windows Installer (Part 1 of 2) http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa537173(office.11).aspx Deploying Visual Studio 2005 Tools for Office Solutions Using Windows...
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    Announcing Visual Studio 2005 Tools for Applications

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    Today at PDC05 they announced a new product that I have been working on for the last 2 years. So it is exciting for me to be able to finally share with you all what I have been working on. Visual Studio Tools for Applications (VSTA) is a .NET-based...
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    How to Create HTML Action Panes for Word and Excel using VSTO 2005

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    VSTO 2005 enables developers to create Windows form Action Panes in Word and Excel with only 1 line of code. I will show you how to extend this technique to create an Action Pane using HTML. Why would you want to use HTML for a client side application...
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    Create Watermarks using VSTO 2005 (Part 2 C#)

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    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...
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    Groove'n with VSTO

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    Groove is an excellent Office application for team collaboration. You can also take advantage of the Groove platform from other applications like your VSTO add-ins. Let's take a look at how we can integrate Groove into Outlook using VSTO to create powerful...
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