Building Data-Bound Applications with Office as the Front End

by sugadmin on July 10, 2006

Wednesday, August 16, 2006 at 6:00 PM

A user starts up a familiar UI and works with data, both viewing and modifying the data. The twist? The familiar UI is Word, Excel or Outlook. With Visual Studio Tools for Office and the XML features in Office 2003, this is now a pretty straightforward development task. You can use control Office via Automation or have your managed code run from within Office applications. You can map schema elements to spreadsheets and documents and then import or export XML. You can data bind to intrinsic controls such as Excel lists and Word bookmarks. You can support offline scenarios by caching data locally. You can have ASP.NET code write to data without starting up Word or Excel. This session will show you all of these scenarios and show how you can apply the knowledge you already have about data and XML to situations where Office applications are the UI.

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