Yesterday Carl posted another dnrTV show with yours truly. This time I’m talking about the Open XML SDK, something that I’ve written and spoken about many times. In this episode I show how to use Word 2007 content controls and map them to custom XML parts so that you can query structured data from unstructured documents using Visual Basic’s LINQ to XML. What’s really cool about the Open XML format is that you don’t need Office installed at all – no COM Interop needed. You’re working with the file formats directly. And it’s super simple using VB’s XML literals and LINQ with the SDK.
Unfortunately I didn’t have a lot of time when I did the show with Carl and I couldn’t finish my demos. So this morning I filmed another quick episode that shows how to create documents from database data directly, so keep on the lookout for the follow up show :-).
And here are the links from the show:
- Open XML Format SDK 2.0
- Microsoft Visual Studio Tools for the Office System Power Tools v126.96.36.199
- Word 2007 Content Control Toolkit
- VSTO Developer Center
[UPDATE: Here’s code samples (also includes a presentation pptx)]