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    Office Solutions Update (all)

    The folks at Microsoft Office Solutions Magazine aren't chumps after all. In fact, they are saying
    they'll make good on the mag subscription starting next year. In the mean time, they're sending
    out copies of asp.NETPro mag with -- get this -- an apology regarding their heretofore aforementioned
    silence and delay of delivery. From the letter: "...[we] assure you that your entire subscription
    will be fulfilled...[and] we are going to extend your subscription by three additional issues."

    I'm happy with that. And I just bet the new mag will focus on VSA and other .Net techologies
    which is okie dokie with me. From the ashes of VBA...

    We can all rest easy. It's not the foul economy. Just a little reorg.
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    Re: Office Solutions Update (all)

    It wasn't clear to me what the focus of the new publication is going to be, though. If they abandon VBA in favor of VSA, they can keep my subscription and give it to charity. I'm not ready to jump ship from VBA yet, not by a long shot!
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    Re: Office Solutions Update (all)

    I'd probably see things your way save for the fact that I've a mandate to update the ol' Automated Document Assembly system to .Net.
    Should be quite an adventure.
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    Re: Office Solutions Update (all)

    Hi Kevin,

    Your mention of VSA piques my curiosity - since I'm still a few days away from finally getting my hands on the Office 11 beta - are you saying that Office 11 does support the much-dreaded/anticipated VSA - 'cause if not, then articles about that aren't going to be relevant for another year or two! - no?

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    Re: Office Solutions Update (all)

    Well, get this. The Beta site newsgroup -- where all bugs are being reported -- has no
    forum for VBA or VSA or .Net -- in other words, no developer forum. This appears to
    me to be intentional, I assume, because this beta only shows off the standard user
    features: the XML stuff, UI changes, etc. I also suspect that the subcontractor for VSA --
    Summit Software -- is still figuring out how to make all this work.

    My guess: don't 'spect to see me with no double martini...ah, I mean, don't expect
    VSA until Office 12. I would like to be pleasantly surprised to see it in 11, but not
    counting on it.
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    Re: Office Solutions Update (all)

    I thought they'd already said that Office would not be VSA-based in that version. Am I misremembering?
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    Re: Office Solutions Update (all)

    I don't recall that statement from MS. In fact, I can't find anything from MS as to when VSA will appear in any of their products.
    If you have a link, please post it. I need the official skinny on VSA (if it's to be had). Thanks.
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    Re: Office Solutions Update (all)

    Kevin,

    Have a look at this MS Developer Tools Roadmap 2002-2004 - which indicates that 'Visual Studio for Yukon' is planned to add Office programmability - that appears to be later 2003-early 2004 probably.

    Gary

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    Re: Office Solutions Update (all)

    Whatever "Office Programmability" may mean. <img src=/S/scratch.gif border=0 alt=scratch width=25 height=29> I thought that's what we did already.
    Charlotte

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    Re: Office Solutions Update (all)

    There is a bit more of a description further down that page - the difference is that you'll be able to program Office using Visual Studio.Net (which will still provide support for Office VBA). If I'm reading it right, the IDE for Office programming will be identical to the Visual Studio.Net IDE (in contrast with the currently silghtly different IDEs between VB and Office VBA). Also, this seems to open up the possibility of programming Office using languages other than VB.Net,.since Visual Studio.Net will support multiple languages (just a conjecture at this point...)

    It'll be interesting to see how they make that all work. Somewhere, right now on some development team's platform, there's probably an early working model. <img src=/S/eyeout.gif border=0 alt=eyeout width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Office Solutions Update (all)

    Gary,

    Just what I was looking for. Thanks, man.
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