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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 […]

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Calling Yahoo Weather web-service from an Outlook add-in

It’s been a while since my last blog post and today we start the first in a series of exciting blog posts on integrating Microsoft Office applications with web-based services. The web is growing bigger and bigger by the day and there are a wide range of applications and services available on the internet which […]

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Excel Online & Google Sheets for developers – what’s the difference?

In the last few weeks we’ve covered a lot of aspects of both Google Sheets and Excel Online and we’ve seen that both platforms offer developers various options to customize and integrate with. We also realized that each platform has as a number of caveats as well as a number of redeeming qualities. In this […]

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Creating Apps for Microsoft Outlook

In the last couple of weeks we’ve explored many aspects of both Google and Microsoft’s online offerings when it comes to Office productivity. Gmail provides us with two options to add our own custom functionality in the form of sidebar and contextual gadgets. Microsoft offers the JavaScript API for Office to developers which allows you […]

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Developing Gmail contextual gadgets

In my last article, we explored How to develop Gmail sidebar gadgets. In today’s article we’ll take a closer look at what is involved in creating a contextual gadget for Gmail. Gmail contextual gadgets are a good way to add additional functionality to Gmail allowing your user to perform tasks right from inside their Gmail […]

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Extending Google Gmail with sidebar gadgets

Google Mail or Gmail provides developers with an extensibility model in the form of Gmail gadgets. Gmail gadgets come in two flavors: Sidebar gadgets and contextual gadgets. Sidebar gadgets are shown on the left hand side of the Gmail user interface, just underneath the list of folders – this can be compared to setting your […]

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Google add-ons vs Microsoft Office Apps: Read/Write tests

We’ve been spending a lot of time with the Office/Productivity offerings from Google (Google Drive/Docs/Sheets) and Microsoft (Office 365, SharePoint, Word, Excel) and both of these two platforms have some drawbacks, but also some redeeming factors. Google’s offering is purely cloud-based, your add-ons and scripts are hosted by Google and run on both the server […]

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How to create Excel Apps for Office 365

About a week ago we explored the aspects of extending Google Spreadsheets by creating Apps scripts. In that example, we created a sidebar and custom menus with which the user could specify the orientation their current selection could be changed to. In today’s article, we’ll attempt the same functionality, but this time using the Napa […]

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How to create Word Apps for Office 365

It’s been close to two years since we’ve discussed the release of Office 2013 and the new web-based object model for Office, called Napa, which allows developers to build Office add-ins using HTML, CSS and JavaScript. We thought that after we investigated how to create customization for Google Docs and Google Sheets, it is about […]

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Extending Google Spreadsheets with Google Apps Script

In my previous article, we looked at extending Google Docs by creating a Google App Script. In today’s article we’ll explore the method of adding additional functionality inside a Google Spreadsheet. We’ll create script that changes the orientation of a selection to either vertical or horizontal based on the option the user selected. We’ll also […]

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