Post TechEd Post ... Open XML File Formats and Office Development resources
Hi, everyone! Well, last week (as you probably know) was the Microsoft TechEd conference in Orlando. It was a lot of fun and an incredibly busy week.
I spent time during that week helping out at the Open XML File Formats demo station - and that was a truly terrific time. Got the chance to meet so many interesting people and to talk a lot about one of my favorite topics. I can't help it - just love playing in the file formats (I'm a little surprised that I find Open XML to be as much fun as I do - but then I was also surprised some years ago to discover that I like math, so go figure ... though I will say that Open XML is definitely more fun than calculus :)
I had the opportunity at that demo station to work and spend time with two very cool people whose Web sites you really should know about if you have any interest in Open XML (or any type of Office development) ... Doug Mahugh is guru, Yoda, Zen Master (you get the idea) of the Open XML Formats ... If you're not following his blog yet -- I highly recommend it. Erika Ehrli is goddess of Office Development (more formally known as editor of the Office Developer Center Web site :) ... check out both Erika's site and her blog.
If you're a .Net developer, or you follow any of the Open XML sites and blogs, you probably already know about the new API for Open XML that we were talking about last week at the show... if not, check out Doug and Erika's sites, as well as Brian Jones' blog, for more info - and download the SDK from the Office Developer Center.
For anyone interested in any level of Office development, there is also an incredible new tool from the folks at the Office Developer Center ... it's the Interactive Developer Map for Office 2007. This tool is absolutely terrific ... you install it once and it's self-updating. When you open the map, you can click on any development technology for a page of links with information on working in that specific technology ... it's very, very nifty, totally free, and an invaluable resource. Get it here.
... More from me in the next day or two with information about upcoming webcasts, articles, etc... so please stay tuned ...
Meanwhile, Happy Tuesday everyone!