Brussels DII workshop

I participated in the DII workshop in Brussels earlier this week, where I got a chance to catch up with old friends and also to make some new ones. Maarten Balliauw and Julien Chable have already covered the event in detail, but here’s a brief summary of the presenters for this one: Vijay Rajagopalan provided…


ODF workshop in Redmond

We had our ODF workshop today in Redmond, and it was a busy day full of interesting conversation with a great bunch of people. We had the architects of our ODF implementation at the event, and they demonstrated various functionality for the attendees, then we had an engaging roundtable discussion followed by hands-on lab time…


Open XML workshop videos

MSDN has published the complete set of videos of the San Francisco Open XML developer workshop that was hosted by Mindjet in June. This was one of the series of workshops that we did in over 30 locations this spring, covering the content that was recently posted on If the workshop didn’t come to…


Developer workshop content

If you’ve attended one of the Open XML Developer workshops that I and others have delivered in the last few months, you probably received a bunch of presentations, hands-on labs with complete source code, lab manuals, and demo files. We passed out that content as takeaway items for all the attendees, but now, even if…


Delhi Open XML workshop

We had a 2-day Open XML workshop in Delhi this week, for local software developers and members of the technical committee working on the Open XML spec (DIS 29500). TC members included people from the BIS (Bureau of Indian Standards) as well as representatives of software companies operating in India. It was fun to work…


San Francisco workshop

We had an Open XML developer workshop in San Francisco this week, with a couple of new twists. One new twist was that it was hosted by Mindjet, the developer/publisher of MindManager. They provided a great facility for us to use, and tolerated a lot of logistical complexity due to the other new twist for…


Nairobi Open XML workshop

I just finished two days of Open XML workshops here in Nairobi, and had a great time. Kenya has a rapidly evolving software scene that was fun to see firsthand. These guys asked some questions I’ve never heard before, and pushed me to try some things in front of the group that I’d never tried….


San Francisco Open XML workshop

Are you working on an Open XML development project? Or interested in learning the fundamentals of how to create rich Open XML documents programmatically? If so, there’s an upcoming event you should know about. On June 18 and 19, I’ll be teaching an Open XML workshop in San Francisco, hosted by Mindjet. My co-instructor will…


Bogota Open XML workshop

Friday afternoon we finished up the workshop in Bogota, Colombia. This one was essentially a train-the-trainer event, since we had 3rd-party trainers and Microsoft people attending from several countries (Peru, Ecuador, Venezuela, and Colombia) and many of them will be redelivering the content.  We also had some attendees who are involved in interesting types of…


Santiago workshop and many others

We just finished the Open XML developer workshop here in Santiago. Another chance to meet some interesting people and discuss the ways they’re planning to use the Open XML file formats in their work. Thanks to everyone involved for getting this one put together, and especially hard-working Sole, who managed the workshop logistics, booked us…