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Getting Started with the Research Service Development Extras Toolkit for Office 2003 Editions

Office 2003
 

Chris Kunicki
OfficeZealot.com

September 2004

Applies to:
     Microsoft Office 2003 Editions

Summary: The Microsoft Office Research Service Development Extras toolkit provides a number of tools and code samples to enhance your experience building research services for Microsoft Office 2003. One of four articles, this article describes the items included with the Research Services Development Extras toolkit and provides details about where to find more information. (3 printed pages)

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Contents

Using the Research Services Class Library
About the Research Services Class Library Wizard
About the Research Services Tracing and Validation Tool
Additional Documentation for the Research Service Development Extras Toolkit

Using the Research Services Class Library

The Research Services Class Library is an object model wrapper around the XML schema API for research services, as defined in the Microsoft Office 2003 Research Service SDK.

The Research Services Class Library simplifies the creation of research services by abstracting often-used features normally specified through the manipulation of XML into a simple object model wrapper. The wrapper produces the XML code required by the Research task pane. Using the Research Services Class Library, you can focus on the business logic of the solution rather than the XML code for the research service.

For more information about the Research Services Class Library, see Introduction to the Office 2003 Research Services Class Library.

Research Services Class Library Samples

The toolkit contains sample research services built to help you learn how to use the Research Service Development Extras. The samples are provided in Microsoft Visual Basic .NET and Microsoft Visual C# languages. You can find them in the Samples directory included with this toolkit.

For instructions on how to get the samples working successfully, see the Readme.txt file included in the Samples directory of this toolkit. For a brief description of each sample, see, Introduction to the Office 2003 Research Services Class Library.

About the Research Services Class Library Wizard

You can use the Research Services Class Library Wizard to generate a new, basic research service using the Research Services Class Library (RSCL). The wizard collects information about the new Research service and generates the appropriate C# or Visual Basic .NET project and source code. You can then customize the research service to retrieve your specific data.

For more information about the Research Services Class Library tool, see, Connecting to Databases Using the Office 2003 Research Service Class Library Wizard. In addition, if you have a specific type of data source you use frequently, you can create a custom data provider with the Research Services Class Library Wizard to simplify the creation of a research service for common your data source. For more information about building custom data providers, see, Building Wizard Data Provider Plug-ins for the Office 2003 Research Service Class Library.

About the Research Services Tracing and Validation Tool

The Research Services Tracing and Validation tool (RSTV) provides the developer and QA staff with the ability to view the XML communications between the Office 2003 application and the Web service-based research service provider.

For more information, see the Research Services Development Extras developer workspaces on GotDotNet.com at http://workspaces.gotdotnet.com/rsde. In this GotDotNet workspace you can get updates to the Research Services Class Library, samples and the Wizard. Additionally you can contribute to the code base with your own enhancements to RSCL.

Additional Documentation for the Research Service Development Extras Toolkit

Read the following articles for more information about the Research Service Development Extras Toolkit:

About the Author

Chris Kunicki is a longtime enthusiast of Office development and has been evangelizing Office as an important platform for building solutions for many years. As the founder of OfficeZealot.com, a leading Web site on Office solutions development, Chris builds enterprise solutions, designs tools for developers, delivers presentations, and writes extensively on the topic of Microsoft Office. Find out more about Chris and Office at www.OfficeZealot.com or send him an e-mail message at chris@officezealot.com.

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