The other day a good friend of mine asked me if it was possible to send appointments created in Outlook into a SharePoint calendar list. It’s easy enough to grab this data from Outlook by building an add-in with Visual Studio, but what also turned out to be really easy was sending this information to SharePoint using its built-in WCF data services, also known as OData.
Whooo hooooo! It’s been ~2 years in the making but Visual Studio 2010 has been released ! This is my first full product cycle since I started Microsoft and oh what a ride! I’ve been watching live interviews from the Vegas launch event all day on Channel 9 . I’m really pumped about all the awesome resources that we’ve put together for you for launch and I’m looking forward to continuing to share my knowledge on how to build awesome business applications with Visual Studio 2010.
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Visual Studio 2010 RTM! New Resources, Samples, Videos, + more
A couple months ago Robert Green , VSTO MVP, started a series of step-by-step tutorials on building on Office 2007. Part 4 is now published. Thanks Robert! In this fourth part of the series of tutorials on Office Business Applications, learn how to create an Excel 2007 solution using Visual Studio 2008 that generates reports from a database and allows you to take those reports offline
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Office Development with Visual Studio Tutorial Series – Part 4
Lately I’ve been converting an Office business application we built last year with Visual Studio 2008 to Visual Studio and Office 2010. Last couple posts we tackled converting the Outlook client piece.
In this interview I sit down with Lily Ma, a Program Manager on the Visual Studio Team building tools for SharePoint development. Lily shows off the new SharePoint feature and package designers in Visual Studio 2010 and how they make packaging up and deploying your SharePoint customizations easy. As she dives deeper into the tools, she also demonstrates the flexibility and control you have in specifying what features go in what packages across projects in your solution as well as how to modify the manifests to meet a variety of developer needs.
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Channel 9 Interview: SharePoint Feature and Package Designers in Visual Studio 2010
This month I have an article on DevProConnections: Taking Advantage of LINQ and XML in Microsoft Office 2007 In this article, I talk about how a lot of applications that need to take advantage of Microsoft Office can do so without going through COM. Many programs that need to process documents often require manipulation of the file formats directly and doing that through the Office component object model won’t scale very well. It also requires that Microsoft Office be installed to run
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DevProConnections Article: Taking Advantage of LINQ and XML in Microsoft Office 2007
In the last couple posts we’ve been talking about an Office Business Application (OBA) architecture for the new Northwind Traders and how to expose line-of-business (LOB) data , in our case the Northwind SQL database, using ADO.NET Data Services . Today we’re going to talk about how to build an Outlook Add-In that pulls the order history from the database through our data service when a customer email arrives in the inbox of our sales reps.
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OBA Part 2 – Building an Outlook Client against LOB Data
The last week I've been working with a couple teammates on an Office Business Application (OBA) demonstration we wanted to put together for TechReady 8. TechReady is an internal conference we deliver to the field employees. It's my first one and so far it's been pretty fun
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Building an Office Business Application for TechReady 8