VSTO & .NET & Excel

November 29, 2007

Build Office-Based Solutions Using WPF, WCF, And LINQ

Filed under: VSTO & Excel — Dennis M Wallentin @ 4:52 pm

Andrew Whitechapel has written an article in the December 2007 number of MSDN Magazine (Build Office-Based Solutions Using WPF, WCF, And LINQ

The article is interesting in many ways:

  • The case in the article use Visual Studio 2008 and .NET Framework 3.5, i e the latest version of the .NET platform.  
  • It shows how to implement the latest new technologies (WPF, WCF and LINQ) in VSTO solutions for Office.
  • It also shows the complexity involved to create such solutions as mentioned in the article.
  • I find the article to be well written and I hope Andrew will be able to write more articles. 

If You don’t know what WPF, WCF and LINQ stands for then the following sources can hopefully shed some light:

However, I cannot disregard from the gap between what VS 2008 offer and what Excel as a development platform offer. For me it’s quite obvious that MSFT must upgrade Excel’s development environment in the next coming version. After all, Excel as a development platform is still a too important platform to be neglected. 

Kind regards,


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