Channel 9 Interview: Building an Outlook Mail App using the “Napa” Office 365 Development Tools

If you haven’t heard, the new Office & SharePoint 2013 Developer Preview has a brand new development model that should make it a lot easier and flexible to build consumer and enterprise applications running within Office & SharePoint. Based on web technologies like HTML5, XML, CSS3, JavaScript, and REST APIs, you can use your existing knowledge of these web technologies to quickly build your apps. What’s cool is these apps can not only run in the desktop versions of Office, they can also run in the web app versions.

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Channel 9 Interview: Building an Outlook Mail App using the “Napa” Office 365 Development Tools

A Professional Developer’s Intro to the Office Development Platform

Thanks to everyone attended my sessions at Tech Ed North America and at SharePoint TechFest. It was a lot of fun and everyone had great questions. This type of session is a challenge due to the plethora of overlapping technologies involved.  Hopefully, the session did as advertised:

 

Provide an understanding of the developer technologies provided by the Office platform and explain when to use each technology.

You will leave here with an understanding of when to use Office technologies like Open XML, VSTO, SharePoint Document Services (Word, Excel, Visio), SharePoint REST API & Client Object Model, Business Connectivity Services, etc., and how to build them.

I have attached the slide deck and the demo code to this post. As a I mentioned at the beginning of the session, the MSDN Office Developer Map is a great place to go to find content related to any Office Development task. Here is the link:

http://bit.ly/OfficeDevMap

The session deck has even more links and I’ll post a ton of material so be sure and check those out as well.

 

Download the files here.

Enforcing Business Rules in Outlook 2010

Learn how to enforce business rules in Outlook 2010 by using an add-in created with Microsoft Office development tools in Visual Studio 2010. Author: Helmut Obertanner and Angela Chu-Hatoun (MVP)

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Visual Studio 2010 RTM! New Resources, Samples, Videos, + more

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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Office Development with Visual Studio Tutorial Series – Part 4

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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Add a Custom Task Pane to Project 2010 (Norm Estabrook)

Good news! Project 2010 supports custom task panes! Bad News! Getting one to appear in a Project 2010 is not so obvious. Good News! It’s a lot easier than I make it sound. In this post, I’ll show you how to add a custom task pane to Project 2010 by using a Project 2010 or Project 2007 project template in Visual Studio.

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Migrating an Outlook Client to .NET Framework 4 in Visual Studio 2010

Early this year we built a business application for order management for Northwind Traders on the Office and SharePoint platform using Visual Studio 2008 and Office & SharePoint 2007. If you missed them: Architecture of the Northwind Office Business Application OBA Part 1 – Exposing Line-of-Business Data OBA Part 2 – Building an Outlook Client against LOB Data OBA Part 3 – Storing and Reading Data in Word Documents OBA Part 4 – Building an Excel Client against LOB Data OBA Part 5 – Building the SharePoint 2007 Workflow The solution consists of an Outlook client that pulls up order history when a customer email arrives in the sales associate’s inbox. This way they don’t have to leave Outlook (the application that they live in all day) to see corresponding line-of-business (LOB) data, in this case order history, right in the email message.

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Office Development with Visual Studio Tutorial Series – Part 2

Last month Robert Green , VSTO MVP, started a series of tutorials on building on Office 2007. Today we published part 2 of his step-by-step tutorials.

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Helpful Content Links for Getting Started with Office Development

I’m often asked for helpful content links for content around VBA, Microsoft Office Backstage view, and Ribbon. Here’s a collection: VBA Video Title URL Visual Basic for Applications Overview http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/isv/bb190543.aspx Getting Started with VBA in Office 2010 http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=9698470 Getting Started with VBA in Excel 2010 http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=9698471 Getting Started with VBA in Outlook 2010 http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=9698472 Getting Started with VBA in PowerPoint 2010 http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=9698473 More Articles http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Search/en-US/?Query=Office+Visual+Basic+for+Applications+development User Scenarios Title URL Office Business Application for Sales Proposal Document Management http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc185135.aspx Northwind Office Business Application http://code.msdn.microsoft.com/OBANorthwind FabriKam, a Microsoft Office System Solutions Learning Platform http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa20305829.aspx Creating an Organization Chart using a List of Employees http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa14020329.aspx More Articles http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/office/aa905352.aspx Basic Solution Ingredients Title URL Microsoft Office/Visual Basic Programmer’s Guide http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa14139329.aspx Advanced Microsoft Office Documents Inside Out: VBA Primer http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd721892.aspx Developing Office Applications Using VBA http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa14098029.aspx Taking the Office System Further with VBA and Open XML Formats http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd547378.aspx More Articles http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Search/en-US/?Query=Office+Visual+Basic+for+Applications Enabling the Tools Title URL Microsoft Office Excel Programming Inside Out: Chapter 20: Creating Advanced User Forms http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa19253829.aspx Creating Word Templates Programmatically http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb266219.aspx XML and Microsoft Office Excel: Creating an Expense Report Template http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa20371729.aspx More Articles http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Search/en-US?query=Office20Basic20Applications22user22%20controls&ac=8 Understand How to Make the Application Do Things through Code Title URL Developers Guide to the Excel Application Object http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb978780.aspx Developers Guide to the Excel 2007 Range Object http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb978779.aspx Super-Easy Guide to the Microsoft Office Excel 2003 Object Model http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa20371429.aspx How Do I… in Excel http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb257110.aspx More Articles http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Search/en-US?query=Visual20for2020object22&ac=8 Add Code Title URL Using VBA to Access Document Content in the 2007 Office System http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd630624.aspx Take Control of Microsoft Word Through Events http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa14027929.aspx Ten Tips for Microsoft Office VBA Library Development http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa16401929.aspx Extending Word, Excel, and PowerPoint with a Single Line of VBA Code http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd535470.aspx Programming Concepts: Custom Classes and Objects http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa14095429.aspx More Articles http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Search/en-US?query=Office20Basic20Applications20sample&ac=8 Backstage View Video Title URL Extending the Office 2010 Backstage View and Other UI http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/office/ee722027.aspx Customizing the Backstage view and Ribbon UI in Office 2010 http://blogs.msdn.com/johnrdurant/archive/2009/10/27/customizing-the-backstage-view-and-ribbon-ui-in-office-2010.aspx Adding Event Code to Microsoft Office Backstage View Customizations http://blogs.msdn.com/johnrdurant/archive/2009/10/28/adding-event-code-to-microsoft-office-backstage-view-customizations.aspx More Articles http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Search/en-US/?Refinement=68&Query=Backstage&ir=1 Extensibility Level Title URL Architecture of Document-Level Customizations http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/zcfbd2sk.aspx Architecture of Application-Level Add-Ins http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb386298.aspx VSTO: Creating Your First Application-Level Add-in for Word http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc442946.aspx Developing Add-ins (XLLs) in Excel http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa730920.aspx More Articles http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Search/en-US?query=Office20application20add-in&ac=8 Ribbon Video Title URL Developer Overview of the User Interface for Microsoft Office System http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa338198.aspx Customizing the Office Fluent Ribbon for Developers http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa338198.aspx Automating a Word Document Using Visual Studio 2005 Tools for the Office System SE Ribbon Support http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb426919.aspx More Articles http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Search/en-US/?Query=office+ribbon+fluent+ui+overview User Scenarios Title URL Extend The Office System With Your Own Ribbon Tabs and Controls http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/cc163469.aspx RibbonGadgets Sample: Ribbon Gadgets Application http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb982410.aspx Outlook Sample: Ribbon Extensibility Add-In http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=11ab93bf-48dc-4f73-8f6b-62b4482a92bc&displaylang=en More Articles http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/office/aa905352.aspx Basic Ingredients Title URL Ribbon Overview http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb38609729.aspx Ribbon Extensibility Overview http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa94286629.aspx Automation an Application from Controls on the Ribbon http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa94295529.aspx More Articles http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Search/en-US/?Query=office+ribbon+fluent+ui Define the User Interface Using XML Markup Title URL Adding Custom Dyanmic Menus to the Office Fluent User Interface http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb462634.aspx Hiding Groups on the Office Fluent Ribbon Using a Toggle Button http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb545350.aspx Programmatically Customizing the Office Fluent User Interface http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb335359.aspx Extend The Office 2007 Office System With Your Own Ribbon Tabs And Controls http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/cc163469.aspx Adding Custom Buttons to the 2007 Office Fluent User Interface http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb410115.aspx More Articles http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Search/en-US/?Query=office+ribbon+fluent+ui+designer Add Code Title URL Customizing the Office Fluent User Interface with Visual Studio 2005 Tools for Office Second Edition http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb410108.aspx Customizing the Office Fluent Ribbon for Developers http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa338202.aspx Customizing the Ribbon in Outlook http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb226712.aspx More Articles http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Search/en-US/?Query=office+ribbon+fluent+ui+code+sample Extensibility Level Title URL Architecture of Document-Level Customizations http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/zcfbd2sk.aspx Architecture of Application-Level Add-Ins http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb386298.aspx VSTO: Creating Your First Application-Level Add-in for Word http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc442946.aspx Developing Add-ins (XLLs) in Excel http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa730920.aspx More Articles http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Search/en-US?query=Office20application20add-in&ac=8 MSDN Developer Resources Title URL Office Developer Resources http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=9698691 Word Developer Center http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/office/aa905482.aspx Excel Developer Center http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/office/aa905411.aspx Outlook Developer Center http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/office/aa905455.aspx MSDN Office Development Library http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb726434.aspx Product and Solutions Information Title URL Office Online http://www.microsoft.com/office Office Business Applications Center http://www.obacentral.com Excel Developer Center http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/office/aa905411.aspx Outlook Developer Center http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/office/aa905455.aspx MSDN Office Development Library http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb726434.aspx

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Channel 9 Interview: SharePoint Feature and Package Designers in Visual Studio 2010

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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