Setting up your Development Environment for O365 & Azure Development

In one of our SharePoint and Azure workshops the other day, a couple of the students asked me how to set up one’s development environment if you’d like to start building Cloud-hosted apps for SharePoint or Office 365. Since, we had been mainly teaching the students about Office 365 and Azure, the questions were pointedly…

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Create Your First OBA: Part 3

Hey gang, If you’ve been following along with the Create Your First OBA series, I’ve published the first two of the six parts – see below. 1.       Creating the VSTO document-level solution (i.e. the custom document); 2.       Deploying the VSTO document-level solution;3.       Integrating the VSTO with SharePoint content type;4.       Associating SharePoint workflow with VSTO document-level…

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Create Your First OBA: Part 1

Last week I attended VSLive and promised to post some of the sample code (I emphasize demo code J) I discussed at the conference. Specifically, in the couple of sessions that I did I discussed SharePoint integration with Word (showing a lightweight OBA) and the creation of Outlook add-ins using Visual Studio 2008 (VSTO 3.0)….

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Sharepoint 2010 development using bcs

One of the big features for SharePoint 2010 (and for building OBAs) is the Business Connectivity Services (BCS). I’ve written a few posts on this, but wanted to follow up on these early posts with some additional detail on how to create a solution leveraging web services. I see many customers trying to tie together…

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Silverlight and SharePoint Made Real…

I’ve written and talked about this convergence of technology quite a bit, and I’m pumped to see a lot of companies are starting to pick this up and run with it in interesting ways. A buddy of mine, Martin Harwar, has integrated Silverlight and SharePoint into a couple of cool products so to provide some…

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Amending the web.config File to Support Silverlight Development on SharePoint

Many developers are looking at enhancing SharePoint by integrating Silverlight into their SharePoint servers. One of the key blockers, though, is getting your server set up so you can actually build and more importantly deploy Silverlight applications to your SharePoint server. After you set up your development environment by installing the appropriate software [See www.silverlight.net…

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Ramblings from Tech Ed USA 2009

This past week I attended and worked at TechEd 2009 in Los Angeles. You can check out all of the conference details here: http://www.msteched.com/teched/default.aspx. Overall, there were a lot of great sessions and speakers, and it was great to get to see a lot of the people with whom I talk over email but so…

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Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1 & OBAs: Actions Pane, Word Content Controls & SharePoint List Integration

Last week, the Visual Studio (VS) 2010 Beta 1 was released to the public. I’m personally very excited about the VS 2010 release because of the additional support for Office and SharePoint development. While you won’t see the SharePoint 2010 project templates in the Beta 1 release, you’ll find the legacy templates (remember VS Tools…

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End-to-End Sales Forecast OBA Released To Web!

It’s been a while, but I wanted to let all you OBA developers out there know of something cool that we recently released, which is the End-to-End (E2E) Sales Forecast OBA. As you know from reading this blog, you know that OBA is an Office Business Application and involves mutltiple technologies within the Office platform. The E2E…

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Another Office Customization with Beta 1 – Excel Add-in with Custom Task Pane

I recently downloaded the Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1 and have been playing around with the different features for Office Business Application development. For the public Beta 1, you’ll be limited to the 2007-centric templates (e.g. Excel 2007 Add-in, Word 2007 Document, etc.), but the nice thing is that if you’re familiar with these templates…

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