Office 11 Gets Developer Tools

 
 
By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2002-12-09 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

New offering is convergence of Microsoft's developer tools with its Office programming model.

Microsoft Corp. Monday announced a new set of Visual Studio-based tools to help developers build business solutions based on the next version of Microsoft Office, code-named Office 11. Known as Visual Studio Tools for Office, the new offering is a set of tools, frameworks, Office integration solutions and customer-assistance solutions from Microsoft. The technology includes classes and libraries for Visual Studio .Net languages—such as Visual Basic .Net and Visual C++ .net—and .Net Framework. Users will be able to build solutions based on Microsoft Word and Excel documents, as well as several new XML-focused best practices. Visual Tools for Office represents a convergence of Microsofts developer tools with its Office programming model. Company officials said Visual Studio Tools for Office will be available with the release of Office 11, slated for mid-2003.
Office 11 features enhanced XML support and also supports user-defined XML Schema Definitions (XSDs). XSDs enable users to structure their data to fit their business needs, allowing companies to create customized Office solutions in documents that interact with other XML-based Web services.
The new tools also support the Extensible Stylesheet Language (XSL) and XPath—a language for addressing parts of an XML document, which also will enable developers to build applications that link Web services with Office. Microsoft .Net Software Architect Don Box and XML Architect Jean Paoli are scheduled to deliver keynotes on the use of XML in Office and other Microsoft technologies this week at the XML Conference and Exposition 2002 in Baltimore.
 
 
 
 
Darryl K. Taft covers the development tools and developer-related issues beat from his office in Baltimore. He has more than 10 years of experience in the business and is always looking for the next scoop. Taft is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and was named 'one of the most active middleware reporters in the world' by The Middleware Co. He also has his own card in the 'Who's Who in Enterprise Java' deck.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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