VSTO & .NET & Excel

May 13, 2014

Free ApressOpen eBook: Office 365

Filed under: .NET & Excel, Excel, Tools, VSTO & Excel — Dennis M Wallentin @ 7:31 pm

I’m still alive although it was quite a long time ago I published any article here. But now that I’m back I hope I will speed things up so You will see more activity of my blog.

Apress have a series of books that are made available for free. The series is  named ApressOpen eBooks and it’s the publisher branch’s “open source” program.

It should be noted that the series only includes eBooks.

Recently Apress announced that, among other titles, the book Office 365 is now part of the series.

The start page for ApressOpen eBooks: http://www.apress.com/open-source

Here is the URL to the book’s page: http://www.apress.com/9781430265269

Enjoy!

Kind regards,
Dennis

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January 1, 2014

Syncfusion’s Free Offers

Filed under: .NET & Excel, Apps for Office, COM Add-ins, Excel, SQL Server, SQLite, Tools, UI Design, Valentina DB, VSTO & Excel — Dennis M Wallentin @ 8:37 pm

During 2013 Syncfusion have been releasing additional books in the series of Succintly. They cover a lot of development areas and are all free (PDFs).

Not only books are shipped free. Syncfusion offers also for Hobbyist the Essential Studio for JavaScript.

Per se it’s not free as You need to pay $ 1 for 1 license which is also valid for next offer.

Another offer for Hobbyist  is the Essential Studio for WinRT (Windows 8.1)

The JavaScript Studio should attract Excel developers who develop so called Office Apps.

Anyway, I find it nice when a company like Syncfusion actually see the group of hobbyists.

Yes, I’m a full member of the Hobbyists group 😉

Happy Coding!

Dennis

November 19, 2013

Add-in Express Series for Excel Beginners

Filed under: .NET & Excel, Apps for Office, COM Add-ins, Excel, SQL Server, Tools, Valentina DB, VSTO & Excel, XLLs — Dennis M Wallentin @ 7:51 pm

Add-in Express have published a great number of interesting articles for Excel beginners. To be more specific, Excel beginners who use their All-in Framework .NET to create COM Add-ins, RDTs and Functions Libraries (XLLs and UDFs).

Here is the link to the first article in the series:
http://www.add-in-express.com/creating-addins-blog/2013/09/23/excel-addin-development-application-base-objects/

Enjoy!

Kind regards,
Dennis

April 7, 2013

Time to move on – Exit MVP Program

Filed under: .NET & Excel, .NET Books, Apps for Office, COM Add-ins, Excel, SQL Server, VSTO & Excel, VSTO Books, XLLs — Dennis M Wallentin @ 4:27 pm

Around 2005 – 2006 I peaked with MS Excel, since then I have slightly moved away from it year to year. In 2010 I was honored to become part of Microsoft’s MVP-program.

Of course, it was interesting to get another position and more closed to Microsoft in general, the production team in particularly. However, I never got excited about it as I was moving away from MS Excel. In addition, I didn’t put much efforts to support the online community in various forms.

Given the circumstances I finally took the decision to not be up for the next renewal process. Looking back I can conclude that it has been an amazing time, from the 80’s and until now. I have also achieved more than what I thought was possible. In other words, I have nothing more to proof. So I can walk away and looking ahead for new adventures in the world of softwares.

But before I close the MS Excel book I have one thing I would like to point out and to discuss. Let me first conclude that Microsoft have never really been loyal to the group of developers for MS Excel. It’s regretful as the group have a strong commitment and interest of developing MS Excel further.

In the beginning we got the macro language, XLM, which we started to use more and more. Then VBA and VB6 came and Microsoft asked us to drop XLM in favor of these two Basic languages. 10 years later VB6 was depreciated and since then VBA also risk to be depreciated. Microsoft asked us to replace them with .NET and VSTO. 10 years later .NET and VSTO face the same situation as VB6, i.e to be depreciated. Microsoft now ask us to start develop with Apps for Office. Given the short history, i.e about 20 years, it’s remarkable the number of changes Microsoft have done.

In my opinion, Microsoft’s trust capital is now below zero due to lack of loyalty Microsoft show the group of MS Excel developers. The question is not about Apps for Office rather what will come next?

But it’s no longer of interest for me. I’m moving along and I set focus on other tools and platforms. The blog will change its name and extend its contest with other tools including other platforms. Actually, I will go back to VB6, pick up new tools like PowerBasic and PureBasic which will allow me to write everything in code, including the UI.  Other tools I have picked up is Real Studio and LiveCode together with my two favorites databases; Valentina and Ninja Pro.

I have uninstalled Office 2013 and replaced it with the 2000 version. I may re install it later on in case I find Apps for Office interesting unless it has been already replaced with something new!

It has been a fantastic time in my life to be part of the online Excel community and be part of an exciting time for MS Excel. My English has been improved with >90 %.  I have some good friends around the globe . So without mention any names I would finally say:

Thank You all!

Kind regards,
Dennis

March 24, 2013

Clean Up!

As part of my maintenance, in order to keep the computer fresh, is to regular run the built-in tool Free up disk space.

The tool is accessible via the following commands:

  • Start Button > Control Panel > System and Security > Administrative Tools > Free up disk space

After running it the following dialog is showed:

CleanUp

Yes, I admit it was some time ago since I last executed the clean up process. However, I cannot understand how Temporary Files can grow to a size of 30 GB?

In addition, does anyone know if it exist a small utility that can automatically clean up Temporary Files?

The general recommendation is to not forget to run the Free up disk space on a regular basis!

Kind regards,
Dennis

March 18, 2013

Great News From Paradigma Software & Syncfusion Inc

Paradigma Software released version 5.0 of its Valentina Database and tools. The hard databases competition is an advantage for us developers; we get better tools and more for our money.

Paradigma Software continue to offer some great tools for free;

  • An updated and more powerful Valentina Studio which now also supports MySQL DB, PostgreSQL DB. And since prevously version Valentina Dbs and SQLite Dbs
  • An updated and more powerful Valentina Server / 5

Of course, Paradigma Software also offers Premium products such as  Valentina Server , Valentina Studio Pro and a great number of ADKs and Report ADKs  for nearly all existing developing platforms.

For more information please visit:

Valentina DB5

Syncfusion, Inc, have also released new versions of their first class components for the .NET platform, WinRT and Windows Phone (Beta). Check it out at:

syncfusion_logo_slogan_300px

Kind regards,
Dennis

PS: I have no commercial interest in any business. I’m just a pleased customer who believes that high quality tools and components should be expoxed to other developers.

March 4, 2013

Office Developer Tools for Visual Studio 2012

Filed under: .NET & Excel, Database, Excel, SharePoint, Valentina DB, Valentina Office Server, VSTO & Excel, XLLs — Dennis M Wallentin @ 11:29 pm

Great news! Microsoft have announced today that the RTM version of Office Developer Tools for Visual Studio 2012 has been launched.

For more information please read the following entry at Somasegar’s blog:

Now Available: Office Developer Tools for Visual Studio 2012

Enjoy!

Kind regards,
Dennis

 

February 22, 2013

POEditor: An Excellent Translation Tool!

It’s very exceptionable that I get thrilled over a software. The last time must be the first version of Excel 2.1d, that’s nearly 30 ago, I got in my hand!

I can only say that it’s an excellent software and it’s also free. It’s so good that I say its speak for itself.

The URL to POEditor is: http://poeditor.com/

Enjoy!

Kind regards,
Dennis

February 21, 2013

Black clouds over MS Office 2013

Filed under: .NET & Excel, Apps for Office, Excel, Tools, VSTO & Excel — Dennis M Wallentin @ 4:47 pm

I’m getting worried over what’s going on. For every new version of Office and Excel there has been a positive tone in the online community and an excitement with the new features.

But that’s not really true with MS Office 2013. The terms to use a license shrink and some features are no longer available in some packages like Office Professional effectively prevent all happiness with the new version.

Instead of going on with the details I give two URLs that explain the new issues with Office 2013.

If we view it friendly we could say that both the new license agreement and the lack of some tools are due to that the new version actually targets smart devices and pads. It makes sense that softwares are tight to the devices in a different way than to the Desktop platform.

However, the future is not here yet so still the Desktop platform plays a critical role and will still do it for some time.

The only reasonable conclusion is to not upgrade to MS Office 2013.

  • If we have MS Office 2010 there is no reason to upgrade to MS Office 2013.
  • If we have MS Office 2003 or MS Office 2007 then consider to upgrade to MS Office 2010 but not MS Office 2013.

The above two alternatives offer best value for our money and still support our business very well.

It will also send a clear message to Microsoft: Do it again! Do it right!

Kind regards,
Dennis

February 4, 2013

Ninja WinRT Database Released

Filed under: .NET & Excel, COM Add-ins, Database, Excel, Tools, VSTO & Excel — Dennis M Wallentin @ 9:41 pm

For the larger group of developers the vendor Kellerman Software may be an unknown vendor. Time to change it. For the last couple of years I have been using components for developing managed COM solutions for MS Excel. The components are great and do the work well.

Now Kellerman Software has released their first version of their Ninja Database for the Windows 8 Runtime. Ninja WinRT Database is an ACID compliant object database and is compatible with any WinRT processor including ARM, x64 and x86.

As an introduction Kellerman Software offers 50 % discount on the price until 9th February.

For more information please see: Ninja WinRT Database

Kind regards,
Dennis

Note: I have no financial interest in Kellerman Software and their products. I’m just a pleased customer.

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