Spot The Bug 1: Pocket PC

(Doh! I had a mistake in the code…. Fixed it now. Was supposed to be !Directory.Exists)  The following code executes at the beginning of a Pocket PC application run. It makes sure that the settings folder exists for that application. using System; using System.Collections.Generic; using System.Text; using System.IO;   namespace ConsoleApplication6 {        class Program…


Internal Alias Question: My ECS process takes more than 2gb of memory on an x64 machine!

(The internal alias for Excel Services is becoming quite chatty with questions. I will try to capture some of the questions that may have a wider audience and post them here) Q: On a 64bit machine, my ECS w3wp.exe process takes more than 2gb of memory. Is that okay? A: With the advance to 64bit…

Another tool for working around Excel Services not supporting QueryTable

Abdullah Kavi (with some help from Bob Archer) from the Excel Test Team has taken Boaz’s solution for converting query tables so that their data can be consumed in Excel Services and added quite a few features to it. In his own words: —- I have created an Add-In based on Boaz’s original add-in and…


Impersonating users inside UDFs

In a previous post I described how UDFs can figure out who the user running them is. Luis already touched on how to impersonate a user, but has a very serious (but very easily fixable) bug in it. (Edit: Luis fixed the bug inside his post) In this post, I will add one important notion…


Nice article in CNet – shipping Vista This is probably the first time I have seen an accurate portraiel of how shipping at Microsoft works. While the Vista process seems to be a little different than the Office one, they have a lot in common.

Office 2007 Party – Things to regret at a later date

(Disclaimer: This post contains words, phrases and audio that may offend some people. Please hit your “back” key if you are easily offended by rude words)  Last friday we had a party for the Office group. One of the things that we had there was this booth that created DVDs of your head over dancing animation. Jen and…


Query Tables work-around for Excel Services

Both in the internal distribution lists and on my blog, the two most insistent question we seem to be getting these days seem to be: 1. My workbook has a Query Table (relational data source in the form of a table) in it and it doesn’t load on the server. What gives? 2. What? You…


Zune in hebrew.. Give me a freaking break.

The tech sections in Israeli news-papers were full of the AMAZING news that MS has shipped a product who’s name sounds just like the F-word in Hebrew. Wouldnt have minded this too much – the tech sections of Israeli newspapers are notoriously amaturish (great example is “Captain Internet” in Haaretz), but now the international news…


New Excel Services blog by Luis

Luis is one of our prolific testers. He keeps thinking up new applications for Excel Services (or implementing stuff other people thought of). He just made a post explaining how to create your own Excel-viewer type ASPX page in Sharepoint.


First cartoon about Excel Services – ever

In what must be a first, the iC blog has a longish, somewhat disconcerting cartoon that mentions Excel Services.…