‘Longhorn’ Server Public Beta 3 Arrives

Never expect Beta 3 to come out so soon after couple of week since my last download. The last CTP didnt perform very well inside VPC so I am still hoping that Beta 3 will have performance tuning on VPC.

Also I will be testing out the Server 2003 upgrade to Longhorn which last time it crash my Sharepoint 2007 server.

Another new thing I will be watching will be the new server roles in Longhorn Server Core.

Link to Redmond | News: ‘Longhorn’ Server Public Beta Arrives

Google Doc on zip file format

As OpenXML and ODF battles for acceptance with governments and corporations, Google is quietly rolling out its down ‘contents + zip’ file format. The screenshot below shows a ‘Save as HTML (Zipped)’ option in Google Doc’s File menu

Once saved, it appears as a zip file in my system. Silly me try to rename it to docx but Office 2007 reported a file corruption. so lets explore what is inside the zip file. Since I just inserted an image and type a line of text, the zip contains a HTML file with an  image folder as below

If i extract the file contents and edit it with Word 2007, it will appear nicely.

So now lets look at the HTML source:

<meta http-equiv=”Content-Type” content=”text/html; charset=UTF-8″>

<head>

<style>
BODY, P, DIV, H1, H2, H3, H4, H5, H6, ADDRESS, OL, UL, LI, TITLE, TD, OPTION, SELECT
{
font-family: Verdana;
}

BODY, P, DIV, ADDRESS, OL, UL, LI, TITLE, TD, OPTION, SELECT
{
font-size: 10.0pt;
margin-top:0pt;
margin-bottom:0pt;
}

BODY, P
{
margin-left:0pt;
margin-right:0pt;
}

BODY
{
line-height: ;
background: white;
margin: 6px;
padding: 0px;
}

h6
{ font-size: 10pt }
h5
{ font-size: 11pt }
h4
{ font-size: 12pt }
h3
{ font-size: 13pt }
h2
{ font-size: 14pt }
h1
{ font-size: 16pt }

blockquote
{padding: 10px; border: 1px #DDDDDD dashed }

a img
{border: 0}

</style>

</head>

<body revision=”ddhn77sv_46hnkzjt:2″>

<P>
Test
</P>

<P>
<IMG src=”Test_images/ddhn77sv_47dvgmzdgg.jpg” mce_src=”Test_images/ddhn77sv_47dvgmzdgg.jpg” style=”WIDTH:400px; HEIGHT:300px”>
</P>
</body>

</html>

Quite a standard HTML (not event XHTML as there is no notation). Google Doc embeds all the standard formattings in the Style area. One thing added is the revision attribute in Body with the value ‘ddhn77sv_46hnkzjt’. The 2 after the colon is the revision since this is teh 2nd time I saved the file. HTML editor would not increase this value but once you upload to Google Doc, it will be increased to 3. I wonder this is a pre-text for a document management system later for Google Apps Domain.

That’s all for Google Doc….

Addin Express For MS VSTO

For MS Office VSTO developers, there is now a solution available to create Office Addins with minimum coding. Selling at USD349 per pack is a bit costly but consider the fact most Office addin out there is to consume and manipulate some Line of Business web services at the backend, Addin Express do help you cut down on man power requirement while at the same time add value to your solution.

They have put up some Flash demo at their website

  1. Add Outlook Explorer toolbar and controls, add custom button to intercept a built-in button
  2. Add custom Outlook Options page in Outlook add-ins
  3. Add custom Outlook Folder Property page in VSTO with no coding
  4. Add Outlook commandbar controls to a built-in Inspector toolbar
  5. Process events of the Items collection in Outlook add-in

http://www.add-in-express.com/add-in-vsto/video.php