Leveraging Windows Azure WCF Services to Connect BCS with SharePoint Online

Introduction You might have read an earlier post of mine where I discussed the new Business Connectivity Services (BCS) functionality in SharePoint Online (SP-O) and walked through how you can leverage jQuery and JavaScript to interact with an external list in SharePoint Online. This blog post assumed that you had created an external list in the first place and provided you with some code snippets to create a view of an external list. Since that time, a great post from Christian Glessner popped up that shows you how you can walk through creating an external list using SQL Azure.

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Leveraging Windows Azure WCF Services to Connect BCS with SharePoint Online

Power Tip: Integrate Silverlight into an Access database

Derrick VanArnam and Russell Fox have developed a sample Access database that shows how to integrate Silverlight into an Access database.

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Power Tip: Integrate Silverlight into an Access database

Some nice code editor features provided by the VS 2010 Power Tool Extensions

I’ve blogged in the past about the VS 2010 Productivity Power Tool Extensions – a free set of Visual Studio 2010 extensions that provide some nice additional functionality. You can read my previous blog posts about it here and here .  In today’s post I’m going to briefly highlight a few small, but nice, code editor capabilities that are enabled when you install the free extensions (and which I didn’t highlight in my previous blog posts).

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Some nice code editor features provided by the VS 2010 Power Tool Extensions

To-Do Bar Improvements in Outlook 2010

In earlier posts about the To-Do Bar you provided us a lot of great feedback. You might wonder what To-Do Bar improvements were made in Microsoft Outlook 2010. We want to present a brief overview of the work that we have done, based on your feedback, to make the To-Do Bar more useful.

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What’s new in the Outlook Navigation Pane

When you start Microsoft Outlook 2010 for the first time, you’ll notice that among other things, the Navigation Pane is a little different. First, the folders are in a new order. The design goal is to make the most common default folders — Inbox , Drafts , Sent Items , and Deleted Items — easy to find while moving the remainder of the folders into an alphabetized group below

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What’s new in the Outlook Navigation Pane

SharePoint in plain English

A nice video on the SharePoint blog that answers the question: “ what is sharepoint? ”

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SharePoint in plain English

Implement the Ribbon UI in Windows Forms

Some of us Excel developers like the Ribbon UI while others find it more difficult to work with it. No matter what we developers think about it exist a growing number of clients requiring that the Ribbon UI to be implemented in .NET based Excel solutions. Microsoft offers no controls that can be used to implement any Ribbon UI solution so we are forced to decide which third-party controls package to be used.  Of cause, most large vendors, such as Component One et al, offer components that can be used but they can be rather expensive.  DotNetBar from DevComponents is an inexpensive controls package including controls for the Ribbon UI.  I have been using the package for a while in clients solutions. DotNetBar includes 47 controls whereof some controls allow us to create a Ribbon UI in Windows Forms

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The My Links Web Part – It’s Not Just for My Sites #sharepoint

I’ve talked to a number of folks in recent months that have wanted to add the links stored in a user’s My Links list in their My Site to other SharePoint pages that weren’t in the My Site site collection. Up until yesterday, I had always thought this would require some custom programming. If you aren’t familiar with My Links, it’s a great place to store those things you might normally store in your Internet Explorer Favorites or Firefox Bookmarks

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The My Links Web Part – It’s Not Just for My Sites #sharepoint

Sharing Custom Tabs in The Ribbon UI

To let add-ins (native, unmanaged/managed COM add-ins and VSTO add-ins) share tabs is a good strategy but it can be applied in two different ways. Which to apply is depended on the individual add-ins. Sharing the Add-ins Tab For small application it is not necessary to use tabs on their own

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Sharing Custom Tabs in The Ribbon UI

Using Custom Images in Ribbon UI Solutions

Although the number of built-in images in Excel is large we still may want to use custom images. Because it exist a great number of inexpensive commercial images packages it is not justified to spend our time to create customized images

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Using Custom Images in Ribbon UI Solutions