Going to TechEd 2008? Take notes in OneNote!

Robert Burger just sent me a link to a new project he worked on for TechEd 2008 called: TechEdOneNoter.  It will take all of the sessions you are attending at TechEd and it will create pages in OneNote with all of the session details, see here:


Here is a description of what it does:

I finally got approval to attend TechEd 2008 Developers a couple of weeks ago and began looking fo a better way to get ready to take notes. While looking, I came across a command line utility called PONGen by Rob Rohr that was apparently originally designed to process an RSS feed of the 2005 Tech Ed conference schedule and generate OneNote pages for each session. It was subsequently updated for the 2006 conference. That was just what I was looking for, but it looks like there is no RSS feed for the schedule for 2008. Undeterred, and having already used the Outlook Sync function of the Tech-Ed 2008 Session Builder, I decided I could get where I wanted by extracting the data from Outlook. I'd done that before and had that part working in about 5 minutes, though the code wasn't very pretty. Unfortunately, getting it into OneNote was a whole different matter, though a couple of hours later, I did get it working. It does impose my style, which some may not care for, but if you are looking for a quick and dirty way to build note pages in OneNote for the conference next week (and have used the Schedule Builder), I don't think you can't do it any faster than this (and I don't like the format you get when you do it directly from the Outlook ribbon via the OneNote Meeting Notes button).

This is a great use of the OneNote API and I am glad that Robert created this and posted it up on CodePlex.  If you are going to TechEd 2008 please check this out and take all of your session notes in OneNote!

Comments (2)

  1. Daniel,

    Since most of my Codeplex traffic came from this post in 2008, I figure I had to let you know that I have just updated this utility for TechEd North America 2010.  It has not been extensively testing with OneNote 2010 but "works on my machine" with the Beta.



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