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:
- Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF)
- Windows Communication Foundation (WCF)
- Language Integrated Query (LINQ)
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.