Resources for Learning to Build Office Applications with Visual Studio 2008

by dboynton 3/25/2008 8:13:00 PM

I had the privilege of presenting Building Instantly Recognizable Applications with the Microsoft Office System at the Windows/Visual Studio/SQL Server 2008 launch in Kansas City, KS today. I had a great time and am grateful to the outstanding audience for your attention and excellent questions.

As I am a man of my word, here are the resource links from my slide deck for those of you wanting to learn more about how to start developing applications for Office:

Also, I had several requests after my talk for my slide deck, so I've made it available for download it here.

If you were at the talk today and have comments or questions, please feel free to email me to post a comment below. Enjoy the materials and thanks again for attending the launch event today!

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3/25/2008 9:03:11 PM


Thanks for the presentation... I think more than a few people will be bummed to find out the standard edition of VS 2008 doesn't support the OBA features outlined in your presentation today. (True, the professional edition will...)

Thor us

3/28/2008 6:16:07 PM


I really enjoyed your presentation.

Before I went to the launch I was really excited about the much needed updates for JavaScript and CSS support in VS 2008. But walking away from the launch I was much more excited about the possibilities of using the techniques that you demoed for us.

It opened up a lot of ideas for me, especially since the last few weeks I have been asked to import this from Excel or export that to Excel. As a fairly new developer I am always trying to expand my knowledge base and explore new avenues of software development that I haven't yet ventured. So your presentation was a nice eye opener for me and I will be able to put it to good use.

Kevin us

4/4/2008 5:13:49 PM



I'm really glad to hear that you got so much out of my talk. Honestly, it's hard to compete with the "sexiness" of the NextWeb stuff, but I tend to agree with you that the innovations in Visual Studio 2008 make developing for Microsoft Office not only easy, but an incredibly powerful alternative to proliferating one-off line of business application across your organization.

Please keep in touch and let me know how your work in developing for office progresses!


dboynton us

7/22/2009 2:44:30 AM

tin whiskers

With Visual Studio doing the symbol loading for native remote debugging, both local build and public build symbols load where you expect them to load. It's a little more interesting for .NET binaries for remote debugging. For your private builds, you'll copy the binary and matching PDB file to the remote machine where the loading occurs. What about the public build PDB files for .NET binaries?

tin whiskers us

10/9/2009 8:24:43 AM


I have been using the express editions of Visual Studio to develop my knowledge for a number of months and am beginning to undertake the changeover to the professional version. Before I do this I would like to improve my detailed knowledge of using the package before I splash a load of cash. My previous experience is as a web developer with php, mysql, most linux based tools and a little flash with actionscript, now I am adopting a Microsoft package. I am realising it is a big learning curve and am trying to build my knowledge with some blog reading. The sentence " Resources for Learning to Build Office Applications with Visual Studio " in your post made me grabbed my attention. I find the Visual Studio tutorial web sites are frequently inert and mention the identical items resembling an online manual. Comments and dialog in web logs often cover effective ways to overcome problems that leads me through the learning curve more quickly. Thank you for the article.

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