Office Development with Visual Studio Tutorial Series – Part 4

A couple months ago Robert Green, VSTO MVP, started a series of step-by-step tutorials on building on Office 2007. Part 4 is now published. Thanks Robert! In this fourth part of the series of tutorials on Office Business Applications, learn how to create an Excel 2007 solution using Visual Studio 2008 that generates reports from… Read more

Office Development with Visual Studio Tutorial Series – Part 3

A couple months ago Robert Green, VSTO MVP, started a series of tutorials on building on Office 2007. Yesterday we published part 3 of his step-by-step tutorials. Thanks Robert! In this third part of the series of tutorials on Office Business Applications, learn how to create an Excel 2007 solution using Visual Studio 2008 that… Read more

Office Development with Visual Studio Tutorial Series – Part 2

Last month Robert Green, VSTO MVP, started a series of tutorials on building on Office 2007. Today we published part 2 of his step-by-step tutorials. Thanks Robert! In this second part of the series of tutorials on Office Business Applications, learn how to create a Word 2007 price quote generation solution using Visual Studio 2008…. Read more

SF Bay.NET UG Tonight: Create a Custom Outlook Add-In using VSTO

If you’re in the Bay Area, come on out to downtown SF where Robin will be talking about Outlook Add-ins tonight. Create a custom Outlook Add-In using VSTO When:  Wednesday, 11/18/2009 at 6:30 PM Where: Microsoft San Francisco Office, 835 Market Street, Suite 700, San Francisco Visual Studio 2008 and Office 2007 made it easier… Read more

Interop Between VBA and Visual Studio Office Solutions (VSTO)

Couple weeks ago when I was in Holland speaking at SDC an attendee asked me how he could call methods in an Office solution (VSTO) from VBA functions defined in a document and vice versa. I thought I’d follow up with a post on how to do this, but first a little background on why… Read more

Building Occasionally Connected Smart Clients with WPF

This month Dev Pro Connections has an article by Milind Lele on using Sync Services in a WPF application: Building Occasionally Connected Smart Clients with WPF With Sync Services and Visual Studio 2008 you can visually design your local data cache and have it automatically synchronize your data with the backend remote database. So instead… Read more

History of Visual Studio

I just started catching up on a cool series on Channel 9: The Visual Studio Documentary The documentary kicks off by taking you back to the days of MS-DOS and Alan Cooper who originally sold Visual Basic to Bill Gates back in 1988. It has a lot of BASIC and Windows history and it’s pretty… Read more

XAML Power Toys Released for Visual Studio 2010

I finally made my way back home from Europe and I’m still digging through all my email, newsletters, feeds, etc. But one of the items that grabbed my attention is this week Karl Shifflett released updated XAML Power Tools for Visual Studio 2008 as well as a new set for Visual Studio 2010: Updated: XAML… Read more

Merging Text & Photos into a Word Document using Open XML SDK

Yesterday I posted about how we could create a letter generator (mail merge) that took data from a database to create a Word 2007 document using the System.IO.Packaging class. I showed how to take data from Northwind using a single LINQ query to create XDocument objects representing letters to customers and then create a single… Read more

Mail Merging Into a Single Word Document Using XML Literals

With the release of Microsoft Office 2007 we can work with a much simpler, standard, XML format called Open XML which opens the door for many types of applications that cannot work via COM. What if you needed to build a scalable web service that processes many documents in high volume? What if you wanted… Read more