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Tim Murphy

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 Office Open XML
Alternate OOXML Document Generation Approach
Eric White has put out a document generation example which uses XPath and Word Content Controls. I applaud Eric for the amount of work he has done with his exploration of different ways to perform template base generation. This is a subject that is challenging and we need as many ideas as we can get. There are a couple of areas that I see room for improvement in this XPath design that I would like to bring up. The first is that Eric has chosen to put his document generation in the document itself. ......

Posted On Thursday, March 31, 2011 6:49 AM

2011 Chicago Code Camp
It is that time again. Time to polish up you presentation skills on your favorite language or technology features. The Chicago Code Camp is accepting proposals for presentations. Show everyone in the Chicago area what you know and submit your own. I really enjoyed presenting last year and just had to submit a proposal for this year. This time around my topic is Increasing Collaboration with Windows Phone 7, SharePoint 2010 and Office Open XML. I had a much longer title but the site forced me to shorten ......

Posted On Saturday, February 19, 2011 3:04 AM

Update Since Microsoft/PSC Office Open XML Case Study
In 2009 Microsoft released a case study about a project that we had done using the OOXML SDK 1.0 for Research Directors Inc. Since that time Microsoft has released version 2.0 of the SDK and PSC has done significant development with it. Below are some of the mile stones we have reached since the original case study. At the time of the original case study two report types had been automated to output as PowerPoint presentations. Now that the all the main products have been delivered we have added ......

Posted On Wednesday, December 15, 2010 4:30 PM

What I Learned From Thirsty Developer
A few months back I sat down on a conference call with Dave Bost and Clark Sell to record an episode of Thirsty Developer. I had suggested that we could talk about Office Open XML and how it can be used to automate the generation of documents. Now for a number of reasons this episode will never see the light of day (at least not as we originally recorded it). But the reason that sticks in my mind is that the story wasn’t there. As technologists we spend a lot of time learning tools, languages and ......

Posted On Thursday, November 11, 2010 12:35 AM

Chicago Architects Group – Document Generation Architectures
Thank you to everyone who came out to the Chicago Architects Group presentation last night. It seemed like the weather has a way of keeping a large portion of the people who registered from making the meeting. There was some lively networking going on before and after the meeting. I enjoyed the questions that people had during the presentation. It helped to bring out some of the challenges with dealing with the OOXML and ODF standards from an architecture perspective. I have posted the Slides and ......

Posted On Wednesday, June 16, 2010 6:05 AM

June LCNUG Presentation
Office Open XML has been my focus for the last 8 months. We are creating solutions that generate data and business rule heavy presentations and document. On June 24th I will be covering the how to use OOXML to generate documents that can be used as sales and marketing collateral. Register below and come out and join the discussion. Tags: Office Open XML,OOXML PSC Group,LCNUG,Document Generation ......

Posted On Tuesday, June 8, 2010 3:15 PM

Chicago Code Camp Recap
My presentation on leveraging Open XML was a great experience and the attendees were very gracious. I was pleasantly surprised to have a full room. There was even one person sitting on the floor. You can check out some pictures here. I have posted my slides and code. If anyone has any feedback or questions feel free to contact me. Tags: Chicago Code Camp,OOXML SDK 2.0,Office Open XML,slides,code ......

Posted On Sunday, May 2, 2010 2:57 PM

Speaking At The Chicago Code Camp
I just got news that my talk on Office Open XML has been accepted for the Chicago Code Camp. I hear that they will be announcing the full schedule of sessions soon. Be sure to register and join us. As a bonus the guys from .NET Rocks will be there. Tags: .NET Rocks,Chicago Code Camp,Speaking,OOXML SDK 2.0,OOXML,Office Open XML,PSC Group ......

Posted On Tuesday, April 20, 2010 3:07 AM

Dealing With Table Borders In OOXML
Note: Cross posted from Coding The Document. Permalink Formatting tables in a document programmatically can be a very complex task. This is the major reason which we start our document generation projects with templates instead of building components in a document by hand. Borders are on aspect of a table that you may want to fomat. Borders are used to make certain content in a table stand out. If you need to conditionally set and remove borders there is something that you need to be aware of. Even ......

Posted On Monday, April 5, 2010 9:43 AM

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

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