Archive for December, 2009

Office 2010 Developer Training Kit Available for Download

Office 2010 Developer Training Kit Microsoft Office 2010 Beta is a broadly extensible platform for building information worker productivity solutions and developing for Office with Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 makes this easy. The Office 2010 Developer Training Kit content is designed to help developers get started building solutions, from add-ins to full featured Office Business Applications (OBAs), using Visual Studio 2010 with Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010 as the core platform.

This training kit is an offline complement to the Office Learning Center and provides links to the videos but the hands-on labs (HOLs), source code and presentations will be conveniently available on the local machine. The possibilities and scenarios that are now available with Office 2010 and Office coupled with SharePoint 2010 are very exciting.

Each of the HOLs in the training kit have a number of exercises to incrementally present the concepts and help the developer build their skills. The labs included in the training kit are:

  • Getting Started with Office 2010 Development

  • Office 2010 UI Customizations

  • Client Workflow

  • Security and Deployment

  • Open XML

  • InfoPath and Forms Services

  • Business Connectivity Services

  • Office 2010 Service Applications

  • Developing BI Applications

There will be more to come, so stay tuned to the Office Learning Center on Channel 9. And don’t forget to check for new resources coming online at the Office Developer Center on MSDN. Lastly, be sure to check out the SharePoint 2010 Developer Training Kit as well on the Channel 9 SharePoint Learning Center.

Download Office 2010 Developer Training Kit

Understanding Method Overloading in C#

Like other Programming languages C# also supports method overloading. Method overloading is a feature found in various programming languages such as Ada, C#, C++, D and Java that allows the creation of several methods with the same name which differ from each other in terms of the type of the input and the type of the output of the function. [According to wikipedia]

Method Overloading Example

Suppose in our application we want to add to two integers, double, float and long. The first way is to create unique methods for each addition operation or call a single method name with distinct set of arguments.

The Visual Studio IDE will provide you assistance while calling overloaded method.

method overloading

Code Snippet
  1. using System;
  2. using System.Collections.Generic;
  3. using System.Linq;
  4. using System.Text;
  6. namespace Method_Overloading
  7. {
  8.     class Program
  9.     {
  10.         static void Main(string[] args)
  11.         {
  12.             Console.WriteLine("**********************************Method Overloading Demo**********************************");
  13.             Console.WriteLine("Add two int :" + Add(1, 1));
  14.             Console.WriteLine("Add two Double :" + Add(1.0, 1.0));
  15.             Console.WriteLine("Add two float :" + Add(11.12, 1.123));
  16.             Console.WriteLine("Add two long :" + Add(234561, 11235678));
  17.             Console.ReadLine();
  19.         }
  20.         private static  Int64 Add(int num1, int num2)
  21.         {
  22.             return num1 + num2;
  23.         }
  24.         private static double Add(double num1, double num2)
  25.         {
  26.             return num1 + num2;
  27.         }
  28.         private static float Add(float num1, float num2)
  29.         {
  30.             return num1 + num2;
  31.         }
  32.         private static long Add(long num1, long num2)
  33.         {
  34.             return num1 + num2;
  35.         }
  36.     }
  37. }

Method overloading does not depends upon the return type of method, if you are having two methods with unique name with equal number of arguments and of same type with different return type than these methods are not overloaded method instead they are same methods and compiler will give error at compile time.

method overloading error

Data Type Conversion in .Net

Some times it is required to convert data from one base data type to another base data type. The Convert Class converts a base data type to another base data type. Convert class throw a FormatException when the attempt was made to convert a String to other base data type and String value is in not proper format. To Handle FormatException we can use Convert class convert method inside try catch block but there is another better way of doing the same thing is to use TryParse to avoide runtime errors and eliminate the need of Try Catch block.

TryParse method is available for all .Net base data type including Boolean, Char, SByte, Byte, Int16, Int32, Int64, UInt16, UInt32, UInt64, Single, Double, Decimal, DateTime and String. There are two overloaded versions of TryParse method is available for each .Net base data type.

Boolean.Try Parse

Converts specified String value to equivalent Boolean Value. Return True if Conversion is successful otherwise return False.


Converts Specified String value to equivalent Byte Value. Return True if conversion is successful otherwise return False.

TryParse works in the same way for other base type also.

Code Snippet
  1. Dim Result As Boolean
  2.         Dim ByteResult As Byte
  3.         Dim BooleanResult As Boolean
  4.         Dim IntegerResult As Integer
  5.         Dim DoubleResult As Double
  6.         Dim InputString As String = "1"
  8.         Result = Byte.TryParse(InputString, ByteResult)
  9.         If Result = False Then
  10.             Console.WriteLine(InputString & " is not converted into Byte" & vbCrLf)
  11.         Else
  12.             Console.WriteLine(InputString & " is converted to Byte : " & ByteResult & vbCrLf)
  13.         End If
  15.         InputString = "True"
  16.         Result = Boolean.TryParse(InputString, BooleanResult)
  17.         If Result = False Then
  18.             Console.WriteLine(InputString & " is not converted to Boolean : " & vbCrLf)
  19.         Else
  20.             Console.WriteLine(InputString & " is converted to Boolean : " & BooleanResult & vbCrLf)
  21.         End If
  23.         InputString = "12345"
  24.         Result = Integer.TryParse(InputString, IntegerResult)
  25.         If Result = False Then
  26.             Console.WriteLine(InputString & " is not converted to Integer" & vbCrLf)
  27.         Else
  28.             Console.WriteLine(InputString & " is converted to Integer : " & IntegerResult & vbCrLf)
  29.         End If
  31.         InputString = "12345.111"
  32.         Result = Double.TryParse(InputString, DoubleResult)
  33.         If Result = False Then
  34.             Console.WriteLine(InputString & " is not converted to Double : " & vbCrLf)
  35.         Else
  36.             Console.WriteLine(InputString & " is converted to Double : " & DoubleResult & vbCrLf)
  37.         End If