Ever since we created the Microsoft Office Interactive Developer Map I became a huge fan of Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF). I love that you can expose information and build custom solutions in very creative ways using WPF. If you want to learn more about WPF I recommend the following resources to get started:
- MSDN + WPF: http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/netframework/aa663326.aspx
- Book: Applications = Code + Markup: A Guide to the Microsoft Windows Presentation Foundation by Charles Petzold
- Rob Relyea’s blog: http://rrelyea.spaces.live.com/
We published last week a new article that shows how to create an Office Business Application that generates a customer e-mail to confirm flight reservations. The article provides a walkthrough that shows how to develop an add-in for Microsoft Outlook 2007 using VSTO + WPF.
- You can find the article at http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb410039.aspx
- You can download the sample code at http://www.codeplex.com/travelagency
Fulvio Giaccari is the author of this article. Fulvio Giaccari is a Project Manager for SB Soft S.r.l., a Microsoft partner company. He is currently working on porting Windows Form applications to the .NET Framework 3.0. Fulvio is a published author of magazine articles in both English and Italian; he plans to write a book about VSTO that will be published by Apress Inc.
SB Soft S.r.l. is an Italian company that specializes in building solutions for Microsoft Office and Microsoft SharePoint Services as well as building Windows Form and Web applications for companies, banks, and public administrations.
Fulvio is currently organizing and event in Lecce, Italia dedicated to Microsoft Business Intelligence, Office 2007, and ASP.NET Ajax Library (www.sb2dev.it).