Open XML development book

Wouter Van Vugt's book "Open XML Explained" is now available for free download from The book is based on the content used in the Open XML developer workshops (available here), with several additional topics included as well. At 128 pages, this book is essentially a high-level tour of the features of Open XML, with low-level details provided for features that most developers will want to use in typical applications. 

For now the book is only available in soft copy format, but we're working out the details of how to make it available in hard copy as well. Meanwhile, I have a few copies that I'll mail to anyone who sends me an email with a how-to article for

Your email should include a code sample (in any language) that shows how to read or write an Open XML document or data contained within a document, and a brief writeup of how it works. Your sample shouldn't duplicate an existing article on OpenXMLDeveloper, so check out the articles already published on the site to be sure. Also include the mailing address for your book, and the size of t-shirt you wear.

I'll get your article published on OpenXMLDeveloper, and you'll receive a book and a t-shirt for your efforts. I have a few dozen copies of both (and yes, I'm still mailing out t-shirts if you're waiting on some from a recent workshop), so this will be on a first-come basis. If your sample is in a language we've not yet seen on OpenXMLDeveloper, I'll throw in a couple extra books as well.

Comments (11)
  1. Doug has been so kind to get the Open XML Explained book online on ! No payment

  2. Wouter says:

    and the best one gets my signature on the book 🙂 Not that it’s worth a dime, but still….

    Or, perhaps I can teach the winner how my signature looks and that person signs the book on their own, and we’ll call it mine…

  3. Alors qu’en ce moment même, je suis en train de travailler à mon premier livre sur le sujet, Wouter Van

  4. Mick says:

    Thank you Wouter for making your book available for free download – a wonderful gesture and much appreciated.

    Looking forward to attending your sessions with Doug in Barcelona.

  5. Erika Ehrli says:

    If you are an Open XML fan (like me), I strongly recommend you check out the latest news shared by Doug

  6. I’ve been talking about VSTO v3 and OBA in my TechEd sessions in Australia and New Zealand, but there

  7. Andre says:

    Did Wouter also explain what you can implement without risk of patent infringment? I don’t think a "promise" has any legal value over here. A friend of mine talked to a lawyer yesterday. And the CNS was already dropped in favour of the promise. But the real problem is not patent licensing but that micorsoft applied for XML patents at all.

  8. Doug Mahugh says:

    The book only covers technical how-to information for developers, but there’s a simple answer to your question, Andre: you can implement 100% of the spec without risk of patent infringement, per the OSP.

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  10. Erika Ehrli says:

    I gathered a list of common Open XML questions related to programmability: What are the Open XML File

  11. Alors qu’en ce moment même, je suis en train de travailler à mon premier livre sur le sujet, Wouter Van

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