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Professional Excel Development: The Definitive Guide to Developing Applications Using Microsoft® Excel and VBA® by John Green, Rob Bovey, Stephen Bullen

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Chapter 22. Using VB.NET and the Visual Studio Tools for Office

Relatively late in the planning process for Office 2003, the irresistible force of .NET crashed into the immovable object of Office. The Visual Studio Tools for Office was crafted from the debris. This chapter explains the concepts behind VSTO, how it works, what it can do (and cannot do) and discusses other ways of leveraging the .NET framework within Excel solutions. Note that this chapter applies to Visual Studio 2003, Office 2003 and VSTO 1.0, and all code samples are in Visual Basic.NET. You need to have these applications installed to be able to run the examples for this chapter.

The sample files for this chapter need some modification to adjust their security configuration before ...

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