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…


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.


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…


Ramp yourself up with Ramp Up

I know, getting training budget is hard at the moment, but you really want to make yourself as employable as possible. Help is at hand (in fact, it’s only a mouse click away). There are, of course, a whole bunch of Virtual Labs you can do (for developers and for infrastructure people). There’s also a…


VSTO/OBA Thought Leadership and Clarity from Craig Bailey

Craig’s been doing some great work around OBA and VSTO on his blog lately. As well as his recent presentation at SBTUG, he’s posted CLARITY: Office Business Applications (OBA) VSTO: VS2008 SP1 enhancements OBA: Office Business Applications resources VSTO: More on VS2008 SP1 enhancements; and VSTO: VBA and VSTO All I can say is Bravo…


VSTO v3 Deployment Session

I had a great time over the last couple of days hanging out with Christen Boyd and some of the other folk from the VSTO team here in Seattle. This culminated yesterday with a webcast of the session I’ll be doing here next week and then again at TechEd in Sydney. As promised, here are…


Deploying VSTO v3 Applications – Session at our internal conference

I just got confirmation that the session I proposed for our internal technical conference, TechReady has been accepted. Deploying VSTO v3 Applications Building compelling, contextual applications on the Microsoft Office platform has become much simpler with the release of VSTO v3 with VS2008. Often, though, one of the key impediments to adoption of this technology…


Tech.Ed US Day 0 – The Journey Begins

After 28-odd hours (and some of them were very odd) of travel, I arrived in Orlando ready to start the TechEd experience. After a brief sleep, I declined the complimentary buffet breakfast (served on the very best Styrofoam) at the hotel and jumped on one of the shuttle busses to the convention centre. Making my…