There are several development tools and Microsoft Office applications that can be used to create Office Business Applications. The focus of this book is how to leverage the latest capabilities built into Microsoft Visual Studio 2008, but it is important to mention the other array of tools that can be used for development of OBAs.
Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 provides developers with the ability to build applications targeting the 2007 and 2003 Office system. This release of Visual Studio contains the most advanced feature set for developing Office solutions.
Visual Studio 2008 includes the following functionality:
Visual designers for UI extensibility. ...