Sending and updating Outlook Calendar’s appointments and meeting requests

2015 is here, and from all of us at Add-in Express we wish you a very prosperous year. We’ll kick off this year by taking a closer look at Microsoft Outlook appointments and meetings.

Difference between Outlook appointments and meetings

In essence the Outlook Appointment and Meeting objects are the same thing. A meeting is an appointment scheduled by inviting attendees whereas an appointment is an entry on the users’ calendar that is set for a specific date and time.

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Packt’s $5 eBonanza returns


Following the success of last year’s festive offer, Packt Publishing will be celebrating the Holiday
season with an even bigger $5 offer.
From Thursday 18th December, every eBook and video will be available on the publisher’s website forjust $5.

Customers are invited to purchase as many as they like before the offer ends on Tuesday January 6th, making it the perfect opportunity to try something new or to take your skills to the next level as 2015 begins.

With all $5 products available in a range of formats and DRM-free, customers will find great value content delivered exactly how they want it across Packt’s website this Xmas and New Year.

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How to access Outlook from HTML and JavaScript based add-ins

When Microsoft announced their new Office development platform, which would allow developers to create MS Office Apps using HTML and JavaScript, I was very excited about the idea. Unfortunately, I quickly learned that I simply could not accomplish the same things I can with the standard Office Object Model than with the new Office JavaScript object model.

Another thing that kept me from fully embracing the JS/HTML object model was die complexities in deploying the Office Apps. It was not particularly hard to deploy, nor was it quick and easy.

So when Eugene asked me to write a blog post about an idea one of our in-house gurus, Sergey, came up with, I was delighted by the idea.

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Connecting Outlook appointments with Freshbooks web-service data, part 4

In this, our fourth and final part on how to write an Outlook add-in for Freshbooks web-service, we’ll explore how to develop a custom form region to connect an Outlook appointment with the web-service’s Timesheet entry.

Our intended end result will look similar to the following image. You will notice how we’ve used an Add-in Express custom form region to add a Project selection button and a Task selection combo box.

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Creating Outlook ribbon UI from scratch – Integrating with Freshbooks web-service, part 3

In part one of the series, we’ve created Freshbooks specific folders, set their Message classes and created a Freshbooks Solution Module. In part two we continued by adding custom properties to the folders and created custom views. We’ve also replaced the Outlook Inspector UI with our own and imported Freshbooks data into Outlook.

In this article, we’ll continue with the add-in and tackle the process of hiding the standard Outlook Inspector and Explorer Ribbon tabs for the Freshbooks folders and items and replacing them with our own Freshbooks Ribbon Tabs.

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Calling Freshbooks web-service from Outlook, part 2

In the previous article, we started with the basic concept and layout of our Freshbooks Outlook Add-in, see Integrating Outlook add-in with Freshbooks web-service, part 1.

So far, we’ve connected Outlook to the web-service by creating the Freshbooks specific folders, message classes and solution module, and in this article we’ll continue building our plug-in by doing the following:

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Book give-away : Bootstrap for ASP.NET MVC

Stand a chance to win a free copy of Bootstrap for ASP.NET MVC, just by commenting!

This competition is now closed. Winners will be informed via e-mail. Thanks to all for commenting!

For the contest Packt have 3 copies of Bootstrap for ASP.NET MVC, to be given away to 3 lucky winners.

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About the book:


This book guides you through the process of creating an ASP.NET MVC website from scratch using Bootstrap. You will learn about various Bootstrap components as well as techniques to include them in your own projects. The book includes practical examples to show you how to use open source plugins with Bootstrap and ASP.NET MVC and will guide you through building an ASP.NET MVC website using Bootstrap, utilizing layout and user interface components. In the process, you will also learn to build ASP.NET MVC HTML helpers and T4 templates as well as how to use the jQuery DataTables plugin. At the end of this book, you will find some valuable tips and tricks, which will help you in getting the most out of your Bootstrap and ASP.NET MVC integrated website.

Book is for ASP.NET MVC developer who would like to know how to incorporate Bootstrap into their projects. Developers with entry-level experience of ASP.NET MVC development and limited experience with Bootstrap will also benefit from this book.

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How to integrate an Outlook add-in with the Freshbooks web-service, part 1

Freshbooks is a cloud-based accounting web-service that allows more than 5 million people to capture invoices, expenses and time sheets online. It also provides a rich API which developers can use to access Freshbooks data using HTTP and XML.

In this article, the first of a series, we’ll start building a Microsoft Outlook Add-in that will serve as a client for Freshbooks. Users would be able to view their Freshbooks data as well as perform numerous Freshbooks tasks all from within Outlook.

We’ll cover the following topics in this article:

  • Creating an Add-in Express based Outlook add-in
  • Integrating the Outlook add-in with a web-service
    • Creating web-service specific folders
    • Setting up custom Message classes for the folders
    • Adding the web-service data to Outlook Address books
    • Creating a solution module for a custom web-service
    • Adding the Freshbooks specific folders to the Solution Module

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Creating an Excel Stock Information RTD server using the Yahoo Finance API

Yahoo’s Query Language or YQL allows you to run SQL-like queries against a variety of web services. The amount of available web services are immense! To get a better idea of all the available services,   which services are on offer, and the type of data they return, have a look at the YQL Console.

In today’s article, we’ll write an Excel RTD server that returns the latest stock prices and other information. In case you’re not familiar with Excel RTD servers, it is used to communicate with a real-time data source, such as stock quotes and provide the user with a constant flow of changing data.

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Bootstrap for ASP.Net MVC Published!


I’m very proud and happy to announce that my book, Bootstrap for ASP.NET MVC has been published and is available for purchase.

This book guides developers on what is Bootstrap, how to include it in your project and even how to create HTML Helpers as well as T4 templates to generate Bootstrap ready Razor views.

I hope developers will find it a useful resource, and will enjoy the book as much as I enjoyed writing it.




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