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.

 

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Performance Improvements Coming Soon to a Service Pack Near You (Stephen Peters)

With the SP1 work winding down, I thought that I’d take a moment and discuss three new performance improvements that are going into VSTO for SP1.

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Performance Improvements Coming Soon to a Service Pack Near You (Stephen Peters)

How to Setup a SharePoint and Office VHD for Development on the C9 SharePoint Sideshow

Some time back I provided this post on how to use the 2010 Information Worker Demonstration and Evaluation Virtual Machine (RTM) to setup a SharePoint and Office 2010 development environment. In this new SharePoint Sideshow video on Channel 9, Paul and I walk through the process and we also include some tips along the way. So check out the video and get yourself setup for Office development in a separate, isolated environment (i.e.

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A New Center for Excel Developer on MSDN

I thought that I should notify readers of my blog that Microsoft recently has launched a new Excel Developer Center on MSDN.

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A New Center for Excel Developer on MSDN

Video: Accessing SharePoint Data with the .NET Client Object Model

Watch this visual how-to video and learn to use the SharePoint 2010 managed client object model to read and write data in SharePoint sites from Microsoft .NET Framework–based applications.

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Video: Accessing SharePoint Data with the .NET Client Object Model

Video: Connecting to a WCF Service Using Business Connectivity Services in Office 2010

Watch this video as you learn to create a BCS external content type for Office 2010 based on a Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) service.

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Video: Connecting to a WCF Service Using Business Connectivity Services in Office 2010

Deploying Microsoft Office Solutions by Using Visual Studio 2010 and Windows Installer (Mary Lee, Saurabh Bhatia)

In Visual Studio 2010, you can use the ClickOnce and Windows Installer deployment technologies to deploy Office solutions that target both Microsoft Office 2007 and Microsoft Office 2010.

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Deploying Microsoft Office Solutions by Using Visual Studio 2010 and Windows Installer (Mary Lee, Saurabh Bhatia)

Video: Deploying an Office 2007 .NET 3.5 project and an Office 2010 NET 4.0 Project

Watch this visual how-to video as you learn to build Office solutions that target both .NET Framework 3.5 and .NET Framework 4.

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Accessing an OData Producer using an Office 2010 Add-in

To continue the theme of landing external data in Office 2010, I’ve taken a demo excerpt from a session I presented at a conference last week to show how easy it is to land OData information in an add-in. In this sample I simply use the Northwind Database which is a publicly available OData producer .

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Accessing an OData Producer using an Office 2010 Add-in