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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 March 2010 Entries
Where I Am Speaking Soon
Open XML and document generation has been my focus lately. With that being the case I will be speaking on the subject in the near future at the following event. Chicago Code Camp – May 1 Chicago Architects Group – June 15 Lake Count .NET User Group – June 17 I hope to see you at one (or more) of these events. Tags: speaking,Office Open XML,OOXML,Document Generation ......

Posted On Tuesday, March 30, 2010 3:34 PM

Why Standards Only Get You So Far
Over the years I have been exposed to a number of standards. EDI was the first. More recently it has been the CIECA standard for Insurance and now the embattled document standards of Open XML and ODF. Standards actually came up at the last CAG meeting. The debate was over how effective they really are. Even back in the late 80’s to early 90’s people found they had to customize these standards to get any work done. I even had one vendor about a year ago tell me that they really weren’t standards, ......

Posted On Tuesday, March 30, 2010 12:07 AM

Chicago Code Camp Call For Speakers
The Chicago Code Camp is coming up on May 1st, 2010. They are still looking for speaker. If you have a rock’n code demonstration that you would like to present to the community be sure to sign up. If you know someone else who has some ideas that you really think they should share with the world guilt them in to signing up. http://www.chicagocodecamp.... Tags: Chicago Code Camp,call for speakers ......

Posted On Friday, March 26, 2010 2:51 AM

Open XML SDK 2 Released
Note: Cross posted from Coding The Document. Permalink This post is a little late since the SDK was released about a week ago. At PSC we have been using the Open XML SDK 2 since its earliest beta. It is a very powerful tool for generating documents without using the Office DLLs. It is also the main technology that I have been working with for the last six months. I would suggest giving it a try. Stay tuned here. In the near future I will be presenting at different locations on this and other document ......

Posted On Wednesday, March 24, 2010 12:20 AM

More Chicago Code Camp Information
It seems the guys have posted the venue. The Chicago Code Camp will be held at the Illinois Institute of Technology on May 1, 2010. Sign up and join in. IIT- Stuart Building 10 West 31st Chicago, IL 60616 Tags: Chicago Code Camp ......

Posted On Tuesday, March 23, 2010 11:53 PM

Copying A Slide From One Presentation To Another
There are many ways to generate a PowerPoint presentation using Open XML. The first way is to build it by hand strictly using the SDK. Alternately you can modify a copy of a base presentation in place. The third approach to generate a presentation is to build a new presentation from the parts of an existing presentation by copying slides as needed. This post will focus on the third option. In order to make this solution a little more elegant I am going to create a VSTO add-in as I did in my previous ......

Posted On Saturday, March 20, 2010 9:31 AM

April 2010 Chicago Architects Group Meeting
The Chicago Architects Group will be holding its next meeting on April 20th. Please come and join us and get involved in our architect community. Register Presenter: Matt Hidinger Topic: Onion Architecture Location: Illinois Technology Association 200 S. Wacker Dr., Suite 1500 Room A/B Chicago, IL 60606 Time: 5:30 - Doors open at 5:00 Tags: Chicago Architects Group,Data Integration Architecture,Mike Vogt ......

Posted On Thursday, March 18, 2010 5:38 AM

March 2010 Chicago Architects Group Wrap Up
I would like to thank everyone who came out to last night’s event and especially thank Mike Vogt for the presentation. I think at first everyone glassed over since very few of us spend a lot of time with Integration Architecture and most of us live more in the application architecture space. Learning about subject like BPEL and BPMN was refreshing. The discussion after Mike’s talk was lively and I think that everyone came away with a good idea of areas they might want to know more about. People stuck ......

Posted On Wednesday, March 17, 2010 3:52 AM

200th Post
I didn’t break any speed records getting getting to 200 posts, but I am here. So what is the prize for getting here? You have to put out the obligatory post announcing the achievement. It also means that it is time to put “Yes, I’m a geek” on your business card. Well, there it is. Now go about your business. Nothing to see here. Tags: 200th post ......

Posted On Friday, March 12, 2010 7:37 AM

2010 Chicago Code Camp Coming In May
The Lake Count .NET User Group is putting on it’s second Chicago Code Camp on May 1st. I would encourage everyone to come out and participate in the Chicago area .NET community. You can register here. Better yet come of with a presentation of your own. I have submitted an abstract for a presentation on Office Open XML. Tags: Chicago Code Camp,presentations,Office Open XML,LCNUG ......

Posted On Friday, March 12, 2010 7:29 AM

Naming PowerPoint Components With A VSTO Add-In
Note: Cross posted from Coding The Document. Permalink Sometimes in order to work with Open XML we need a little help from other tools. In this post I am going to describe a fairly simple solution for marking up PowerPoint presentations so that they can be used as templates and processed using the Open XML SDK. Add-ins are tools which it can be hard to find information on. I am going to up the obscurity by adding a Ribbon button. For my example I am using Visual Studio 2008 and creating a PowerPoint ......

Posted On Wednesday, March 10, 2010 4:27 PM

Architects – Can’t We All Be Friends
Lately I have had some run-ins with structural architects who have warned me that calling myself or our user group Architects is against the law in Illinois. I still need to sort out if this is actually the case or not, but it makes me ask a number of questions. Clearly the law was not intended to protect the word Architect. It was meant to protect the profession and protect the public from people who were practicing architecture without proper training. We wouldn’t want buildings and bridges falling ......

Posted On Wednesday, March 3, 2010 2:50 AM

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