Microsoft Office 2003 and Research Services Development Extras

Very shortly, we will publish the Research Services Development Extras
(RSDE) on our MSDN Office Developer Center ( href=""> I
wanted to give you a heads-up on what’s involved. If you have written your
Research Service for Office 2003, you have noticed that there is a fair amount
of XML work that could be encapsulated so as to eliminate busy work. In your Web
service that communicates with Office, you need to volley back and forth with
Office in XML streams that conform to the Research Service schemas. This work
can get repetitive because it is predictable and straight-forward, and that
makes it a good candidate for a wrapper. This wrapper is done, and it is in the
RSDE download. We have also included a very cool trace utility that lets you
intercept the XML converstation going on between Office and your Web service.
Here’s a screen shot of a capture I just did:

This lets you inspect and troubleshoot the communication going on
between the two parties in the Research Service relationship. If you are new to
Research Services in Office, may I recommend:



Services Development on MSDN

Services SDK

Definitive Hello World Research Services Tutorial

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