The VSTO team have been hard at work both with their work on .NET3.5SP1 and on other things to enhance your VSTO development experience. recently, they released a series of OBA Sample Application Kits. Christin Boyd blogged about them on the VSTO team blog, as did Erika.
If you’re looking for guidance on how to integrate SAP or PeopleSoft into your Office applications, then the OBA Sample Application Kits are a great place to start. An OBA, or Office Business Application, is a composite application that integrates line-of-business systems with Office applications (e.g. Excel or Outlook) and Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) 2007. These kits provide some great documentation and source code to help you get up and running quickly. The kits include:
- Source code for an end-to-end OBA
- Installation guide
- Solution walkthrough
- Technical overview document
The kits are a free download and can be found by going to the OBA Sample Application Kits landing page on MSDN:
Check out the kits and more by visiting the OBA Sample Application Kits site on MSDN today. Also, check out Steve Fox's blog for more information.
These are an extension of the power of the platform. Think of them as horizontal components in a vertical market space, that is providing the functionality that anyone writing apps in that space would need. The first three kits are around SAP and PeopleSoft, then next one will also include Siebel.
Of course, this is in addition to the OBA Reference Architectures: