Chapter 11. Creating a Project Project

In This Chapter

  • Digging into the Project object model

  • Visualizing the Project data

  • Integrating Project with Office software

Microsoft Project isn't the most used Office software, which is a shame. Fact it, Project is a program that fills a specific need for a specific kind of work, so you typically use it only if you do that type of work. Nonetheless, if everyone used Project more often to accomplish their projects, they'd be more effective at accomplishing tasks.

Whenever you need to do something that has more than one step, Project has a way to organize it. Although you can use Outlook or Excel to track projects, Project does the job so much better. In fact, Project is like a predesigned database that is specifically tasked with getting things done.

Add-ins for Project were new in VSTO 3.0 with Office 2007. As a result, the database that makes up the project file is available for integration in neat, new ways, and you can integrate information in Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint even easier than in the past.

The Project add-on template also brings normal features to the table, such as the use of Windows Forms and Form controls. The addition of Project Server, which we cover briefly, brings a whole new piece to the table, too. In this chapter, we delve into the features exposed by VSTO.

Breaking Down the Object Model

Project is designed to organize lists of tasks. The VSTO Object Model for Project is also well organized. Because Project is kind ...

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