A new hands-on training has been announced on MSDN Belgium & Luxembourg:

How To Develop With Open XML – A Technical Deep Dive

Date: 22 and 23 May 2007 from 9:00 till 17:00
Location: Business Faculty, Neder-Over-Heembeek (Belgium)
Price: free of charge

This course will start with a introduction to the particularities about programming with XML. Then the overall structure of the Open XML standard with the specialized packages for word processing, spreadsheet calculations and presentations is presented. All concepts are illustrated with hands-on experience. When you end this course the second day, you will walk away with the total picture and enough practical, hands on experience to immediately start using Open XML programming techniques for the benefit of your own projects.

Open XML is very interesting from a developer’s point of view: 

1. It allows you to seamlessly integrate your applications with Office 2007, without having to recur to Office APIs;

2. Novell and Corel have announced Open XML support in their own desktop suites; you are not tied to the Microsoft platform per se;

3. Open XML is programming language neutral and platform neutral; it is an ideal bridge between Microsoft and non-Microsoft platforms;

4. Open XML  greatly facilitates the integration of back-end systems, that increasingly communicate using XML dialects, with the user’s desktop world. Document manipulation is not tied anymore to the desktop, but can be done at the business application level whenever appropriate.

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