Open XML at TechEd 2010

Open XML was a big part of my first session at TechEd 2010 called, "Office 2010: Developing the Next Wave of Productivity Solutions". The thing that gets the biggest reaction is the Open XML SDK 2.0 "Productivity Tool"-- especially the ability to reflect over an Office document to produce C# code that will produce the target document. Here's the scenario: I have a Word document (Excel spreadsheet, PowerPoint deck) that a user produced manually. I want to be able to produce that same document via C# code. To do this, you point the Productivity Tool at the doc and then choose Reflect Code menu in the tool. In the pane on the right will appear the full C# code you need to produce the doc.

From there, you can paste the code into a fresh Visual Studio project (say a commandline project). You can press F5 and see the doc get produced. From there, you can alter the C# code to suit the needs of your specific business solution. Zeyad and Brian has blogged extensively about this tool and the SDK. 

Attending my session was Mike Huguet, a consultant and trainer with SparkHound. He does a ton with Open XML, and I chatted with him for 2 minutes on video which you can see below. Apologies that my voice sounds a bit thrashed, and it was noisy on the expo floor. But, you can still hear how Open XML is being used by customers as Mike describes it.

Discussing Open XML


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