Counting the number of sections in an OpenXML Document

1/4/11 – Updated a couple of images and some of the code explanation Adam Cogan asked me a question the other day that asked (among other things) "How do you know if a doc has multiple sections?" In Word, of course, you can break a document up into sections by inserting a section  break from…


Resources for Office and SharePoint Developers from my #APC2010 Session

Last week at the Australian Partner Conference, I presented a session on “New opportunities – developing with Office 2010 and SharePoint”. Due partly to the target audience and partly to time constraints, I mentioned resources rather than delving into them deeply. I promised in the session that I’d post my resources links here. Note that…


Document Creation and Conversion with the OpenXML SDK and SharePoint 2010 Word Automation Services – Part 1

Update 2011-04-06 I Finally got around to writing Part 2 of this post. I had the pleasure this week of presenting at the Australian SharePoint Conference – much kudos to NZ SharePoint MVPs Debbie Ireland and Mark Orange, and local SharePoint MVPs/community folk James Milne, Brendan Law and Kathy Hughes and the team for putting…


Lego Mindstorms NXT2.0 – TrophyBot

For some time now, I’ve coveted the Lego Mindstorms NXT 2.0 Robotics kit. It’s a great teaching toy tool and not only can you program it with the excellent and intuitive Lego IDE (from LabView), but you can also use Microsoft Robotics Studio and .NET. With that justification, just before Christmas I ordered one from…


SharePoint Saturday Perth event

SharePoint Saturday has reached Australia recently with the efforts of Brian Farnhill and Ben Walters in both Melbourne and Sydney. Jeremy Thake from Perth SharePoint User Group thought it was about time it happened in Perth with the help of other volunteers. The event is provisionally announced for the 6th February 2010, awaiting confirmation from…


New Aussie Community Blogger

Jake Ginnivan’s been hassling me on and off with difficult VSTO questions for the last year or so. It looks like Jeremy Thake’s finally persuaded him to start blogging. He’s kicked off with the first post in a 2-part series Writing a Facebook event synchroniser for Outlook 2007+ Part 1 Looks good so far. Subscribed.


Developer training in Darwin in August

Got a note in may inbox over the weekend announcing some developer training happening in Darwin. I see Dave’s beaten me to it, but I’ll repeat here because I reckon it’s worthwhile encouraging these kinds of things especially in our more … regional … locations. There are four courses being run, some Microsoft Official Curriculum…


Lighting up your Apps with Windows 7 – User Group Sessions

Yesterday I had the pleasure of presenting at the two Canberra .NET User Group meetings (I’ll be presenting the same session tomorrow night at the Sydney .NET User Group). My topic was an introduction to developing on Windows 7. We discussed the value of the platform and  I reiterated the benefits of leveraging the huge…


Launching a website from a button in Office

There was a question on one of the internal lists today: "Looking for a no-brainer way to demo just adding a simple button to Office that goes to a URL." It’s going to work a little differently in Word & Excel than it does in Outlook. Word/Excel/Etc (apps with Ribbon) For a Word/Excel addin, add…