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Tim is a Solutions Architect for PSC Group, LLC. He has been an IT consultant since 1999 specializing in Microsoft technologies. Along with running the Chicago Information Technology Architects Group and speaking on Microsoft and architecture topics he was also contributing author on "The Definitive Guide to the Microsoft Enterprise Library".

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Tim Murphy's .NET Software Architecture Blog Adventures in Architecting and Developing .NET October 2009 Entries
Working With Office Open XML
If you haven’t heard of Office Open XML don’t be surprised. I hadn’t until a couple of months ago. In short it is a standardization of the Office document models which allows for more flexible development methods. You no longer need to have an instance of your target Office application running on a server in order to generate Word, Excel or PowerPoint documents. This is also the reason that all of the Office file extensions have a “x” suffix these days. Office Open XML files are actually zip files. ......

Posted On Monday, October 19, 2009 2:46 PM

October 2009 CAG Meeting
The Chicago Architects Group will be holding its next meeting on October 29th. Please come and join us and get involved in our architect community. Register Presenter: David Dickinson Topic: Agile Development Principles and their Practical Application Location: Illinois Technology Association 200 S. Wacker Dr., Suite 1500 Room A Chicago, IL 60606 Time: 6:15 - Doors open at 6:00 ......

Posted On Monday, October 19, 2009 2:25 AM

Job Change

There is a lot of this going around lately, either by choice or by force.  For better or for worse (hopefully better) I have moved from Daugherty to PSC.  I am still consulting, but with a company that is more focused on the Microsoft technology stack.  Stay tuned for new adventures.

Posted On Friday, October 16, 2009 12:27 AM

Creating Snippets For Visual Studio
There is nothing earth shattering here. I was just putting together a set of snippets to make life a little easier while developing SharePoint and Office Open XML projects. My search for information crossed a lot of different sites. MSDN has a number of articles about all the features of creating and managing snippets. Below is a compilation of the basics around creating these little helpers. Hopefully it is a little more detailed in the whys then MSDN content. Creating A Snippet File Snippet files ......

Posted On Thursday, October 15, 2009 3:08 PM

Thunking Anyone?
Now how many people understand the reference in the title. I don't know if it something that is still done today, but it was a big deal when we moved from Win16 to Win32. I essentially allowed 16bit applications to run on a 32bit Windows machine. Today I was reminded of this as I removed Windows 7 64bit from my machine because certain applications still do not work on that platform. Event through 64bit processors and even operating systems have been around for a while they still haven't achieved ......

Posted On Wednesday, October 14, 2009 2:57 PM

Writing Web Parts for SharePoint 2007
SharePoint has been around for quite some time. I first worked with it in its original version in 2001. And so began a love hate relationship that has lasted these many years. Recently I have been spending a significant amount of time writing custom web parts. Below are a number of notes I have accumulated while rediscovering what SharePoint can do. I don’t claim that these are best practices, only that they have worked for me. Environment General Creating web parts for WSS 3.0 or MOSS 2007 requires ......

Posted On Sunday, October 4, 2009 3:19 PM

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