The Office XP Suite

Before starting to develop custom solutions with office, it is a good idea to have some familiarity with the Office applications programs. There are two good reasons for this.

First, working with the Office applications can give you a good idea of what capabilities are available to you, the developer, in the various components that Office makes available. For example, knowing that Excel can calculate the average of a column of numbers, you can assume that this same capability is exposed in an Excel component and will be available to you for use in your custom projects. The same is true for Outlook being able to send an e-mail message, Word being able to underline text, and PowerPoint being able to display a bar chart. These ...

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