Office Developer Map Poster

A while back, I mentioned a “Developer Map for the 2007 Microsoft Office System” poster that Erika was working on. Well, the final version is available now, suitable for printing and hanging, use as your Windows wallpaper, inspiration for a tattoo, or any other purposes. Download it here, or learn more about it on Erika’s…

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Samples from the Ecma spec

I’ve been going through the final draft version of the Ecma Office Open XML spec, to put together some samples for a project I’m working on. And in the course of doing so, I’ve been pleasantly surprised by how many markup examples can be found in the spec. In the Markup Language Reference, you’ll find…

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Open XML Podcasts

If you’re too busy to learn about the Open XML file formats, here’s something to do on the way home from work tonight: listen to some podcasts about Open XML. It won’t take a single minute out of your day, and you’ll get an overview of how the formats work, what developers can do with…

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Backward Compatibility

Before I started at Microsoft, I worked at a wholesale auto auction for a few years. In 1999-2000, I wrote a line-of-business app for the auction in Visual FoxPro, and we called that app SERVIS. (That was a derivative of “customer SERVice Information System” … it somehow made sense at the time.) I thought it…

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Converting SpreadsheetML to generic XML

Muthy Kumar Arjunan has written an interesting article entitled “XSL transformation of SpreadsheetML to generic XML” that is posted on OpenXmlDeveloper.org. The article, which includes complete XSL and source code, shows how to use XSL to transform a SpreadsheetML document into a single simple XML stream that is easy to display or consume in web…

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Office and Open XML: now available in 7 languages

Don Campbell beat me to it, but this is so good I want to mention it too: MSDN’s Erika Ehrli has posted an interactive version of the Developer Map for the 2007 Microsoft Office System poster that she has been putting together. It’s three things in one: a well-organized visual overview of the Office developer…

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Virtual PC 2007 beta

Now that I’ve flattened my laptop and gone to running nothing but Vista, I need to re-install all the applications I use in my work. And one application I use a lot is Virtual PC. We use it for demos, proof-of-concepts, and for re-creating all the various development environments that we’ve built around pre-release versions…

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Open XML diff utility

Many people have asked me about a Diff tool for Open XML: something that would show what has changed in an Open XML document, so that you can compare two versions of a document and easily see the differences. A diff tool for Open XML is not a trivial thing to build, because there are…

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Vista RC2: goodbye, XP

Well, I’ve taken the plunge: I flattened my laptop yesterday, and installed Vista RC2 (5744) and the latest Office release candidate (4518.1006). So far I love it, and I haven’t encountered anything in the first 24 hours that looks like a bug. This is the first time I’ve had such a smooth and trouble-free experience…

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Paris MOSS Workshop

The Paris workshop has been going great, with an all-star team of MOSS experts supporting the ISVs in their development of leading-edge applications on the MOSS 2007 platform. For this one we have Jeff Fattic of Quilogy, Hannes DeCorte of U2U, Jimmy Löfkvist (MS-Sweden), and our host at the MTC, Guillaume Renaud (MS-France). This facility…

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