When you try to install a ClickOnce VSTO application you got the follow error saying your .NET Framework version is not correct (however Windows 7 ships with .NET 3.5 SP1)
Thanks to a blog post from the VSTO product team, I realize that Windows 7 RC left our a file in C:\Program Files\Reference Assemblies\Microsoft\Framework\v3.5\RedistList
When I start up my Windows 2008 VPC, I see there is a FrameworkList.xml file inside
So I copy it out from my VPC, then I restart Visual Studio (it is not mentioned in the blog) and republish the VSTO app. The installer is now working!
Today there is no build in support for SharePoint found inside Visual Studio 2008 except the SharePoint workflow project. If you want to create studd like Site Definition etc. you need to download the Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 Tools for Visual Studio. It is available for VS2005 as well as VS2008. So in TechEd EMEA 2008, Microsoft announced that Visual Studio 2010 tools for SharePoint will be build in for VS2010.
Channel 9 did an interview with Reza Chrisaz on what are the new features in VS2010 for SharePoint developers. You can download the video here. I list down some of Reza’s Key callouts
SharePoint project templates build-in for VS2010
At last!! Visual designer for SharePoint webparts!!
Exploring SharePoint artifacts inside Server Explorer
Package Explorer – sort of like the one we have with VseWSS today
One of my favourite feature – the feature explorer
Adding Solution to TFS source control with Team Build and nightly build support
It has been sometime since there is an issue of MSDN mag that focuses on Office Business Application development. I believe not since before Visual Studio 2008 released. Visual Studio 2008 does comes with a lot of new tools inside VSTO for OBA development and it is worth while to have a look what you can achieve easily here.
Editor’s note on why one should think of Office as a development platform http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/cc507637.aspx
Document Automation using VBA to VSTO
Automate Web App Deployment with the SharePoint API
Integrate VSTO with SharePoint Content Types
While I am helping Tang to do a S+S Outlook addin, his customer is looking at integration with a back end database and also simple workflow.
Developing such an addin for Outlook 2007 would have easy with the Outlook 2007 S+S blueprint but the customer still running Outlook 2003. Late last night I managed to dig thru MSDN and found an article showing me just how to do it with Outlook 2003 and Visual Studio Tools for Office. http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa537181.aspx
As per screenshot above, it shows you how to add a custom command bar into Outlook, and also how to trigger Windows Form from Outlook. But the cool thing here is the sample showing you how to create a custom folder under Inbox showing your own set of data. While not as slick as what you can do in Outlook 2007, it is good enough for most people out there.
The slides from ODC 2008 are made available on the OBA Central website.
The slides are categorized into a few categories:
- Architecture (those planning a full scale deployment of OBA should read this!)
- Client (incl. coverage of some lesser know product for OBA i.e. Access & Groove)
- Server (ala SharePoint, look out for stuffs on BI and Authentication)
- Services (SOA & S+S)
One of the cool thing I saw from the slides is a 3d Silverlight webpart for Plant Floor OBA RAP (pic below).