February2005February 2005

Office: Relive the Moment by Searching Your IM Logs with Custom Research Services

Often, IM conversations contain important information you'd like to keep and reuse. Fortunately, MSN Messenger 6.2 has a feature to keep a conversation history permanently in XML format. This article shows you how to leverage that conversation history by consolidating IM exchanges so they are indexed, searchable, and ultimately reusable using the Microsoft Office 2003 Research and Reference task pane. John R. Durant

Excel: Integrate Far-Flung Data into Your Spreadsheets with the Help of Web Services

Excel 2003 lets you dynamically integrate the data provided by different Web services. It also lets you take advantage of the latest capabilities in Office 2003 to customize list views, graphs, and charts, and to catalog bulk items online or offline. Find out how you can makle the most of the data returned from your Web services with the Office 2003 Web Services Toolkit API. Alok Mehta

SharePoint: Add a Recycle Bin to Windows SharePoint Services for Easy Document Recovery

Windows SharePoint Services helps improve collaboration and workflow while protecting documents and intellectual property. But one feature is conspicuously missing - an easy way to back up and restore deleted files from document libraries. In this article, the authors take advantage of the extensibility of WSS and its server-side and client-side object models to build a restore feature that works like the Recycle Bin in Windows Explorer. Maxim V. Karpov and Eric Schoonover

Smart Tags: Realize the Potential of Office 2003 by Creating Smart Tags in Managed Code

While you may well be excited about the prospect of building managed smart tags, there is little information available to help you create them using .NET. In this article the author fills in the blanks. Along the way he discusses the Microsoft Office Smart Tag List XML schema, advanced managed smart tags for Office 2003 and Office XP, and deploying these features in an organization. Ben Waldron

SQL Server: Display Your Data Your Way with Custom Renderers for Reporting Services

SQL Server 2005 Reporting Servicesis a great tool that offers a centralized approach to storing and rendering reports. It also lets users view and download reports without installing additional software. Plus, reports can be saved in any number of different formats using custom report renderers. In this article, the author will develop one such report renderer that outputs HTML reports, but the skills you'll learn can easily be used to create a renderer for Microsoft Word documents or any other format of your choosing. James Yip

Testing: Get Your Customers Involved in the Testing Process with Functional Tests in Excel

For specification documents to be truly valuable, they need to give an accurate picture of all the requirements of a project. This article describes how the communication value of specification documents can be improved by permitting users to test the code under construction using the Framework for Integrated Test (FIT), an open-source tool. It also explains how you can build a Windows Forms application in C# (WinFITRunnerLite) that converts functional tests, as written by your customers using Excel, into a form that allows you to run them with FIT against the code you're developing. Will Stott

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Editor's Note: C++, Plus...
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Registry Medic 3.0, released by Iomatic, allows you to clean up your registry, improves PC performance, protects your machine from Trojans, and gets rid of those annoying start-up program artifacts that can be so hard to remove.Marnie Hutcheson
Web Q&A: ActiveX Privileges, Making Icon Files, Sticky Sessions, and More
Edited by Nancy Michell
Inside MSDN: Designing URLs for MSDN2
This is the first installment of a new column about MSDN® projects: what we're doing, how we're doing it, and what we're learning along the way. It will be written by MSDN staff with the goal of sharing the team's experiences in solving the real-world business problems MSDN faces. Tim Ewald
Basic Instincts: Using the ReaderWriterLock Class
In several installments over the past year I have written about multithreading programming techniques in Visual Basic® . NET. In the September 2004 issue of MSDN®Magazine, I discussed the need for thread synchronization and how to write thread-safe code using monitors. Ted Pattison
Data Points: ADO.NET and System.Transactions
The Microsoft® . NET Framework versions 1. 0 and 1. 1 represented major changes in software development. However, one important thing that did not change much was support for distributed transactions. John Papa
Cutting Edge: Adding a Context Menu to ASP.NET Controls
Although the context menu is a common element of most desktop applications, it is still fairly uncommon in Web application names because it doesn't map well to a server-based technology like ASP. NET. Dino Esposito
Wicked Code: Five Undiscovered Features on ASP.NET 2.0
By now, developers everywhere have had the opportunity to download the first beta of the Microsoft® . NET Framework 2. 0. ASP. NET developers who have played with it are no doubt salivating at all the cool new features. Jeff Prosise
Service Station: SOA: More Integration, Less Renovation
Since the focus of this column is service-oriented architecture (SOA), I thought now might be a good time to step back and take a wide-angle look at the general concept and what it means to developers. Aaron Skonnard
.NET Matters: File Copy Progress, Custom Thread Pools
Stephen Toub
Pure C++: Hello, C++/CLI
Welcome to my first column for MSDN®Magazine. I had actually written a completely different first column—one on the new generic programming support in Visual Studio® 2005. Reviewing it, though, I realized that it left far too many unanswered questions. Stanley B. Lippman
C++ at Work: Persisting View State Update, Using Managed Extensions in a DLL
This month marks the 11th anniversary of my column and the inauguration of a new title: C++ At Work. We're also adding a new bimonthly column, "Pure C++," by my pal Stan Lippman, one of the great C++ Masters. Paul DiLascia
{End Bracket}: C# and VBA: Like Oil and Water
Some things just don't mix as well as you would like. Take C# and Microsoft® Excel 2003 or Word 2003, for example. Not only are these applications huge productivity tools, but they both also provide access to large object models that you can program against from your own applications. Ken Getz