Archive for November 19th, 2003

Next Generation Technology – Glossary November 19th, 2003

Vinod Kumar
  1. Longhorn” (code name): The next major release of the Microsoft Windows operating system.
  2. Avalon” (code name): Graphics presentation technologies in Windows “Longhorn” that provides a unified architecture for presenting user interface, documents and media in the system.
  3. ClickOnce: Technology in Windows “Longhorn” designed to speed and simplify deployment of applications.
  4. Indigo” (code name): .NET communications technologies in Windows “Longhorn” designed to build and run connected systems.
  5. SuperFetch: Technology in Windows “Longhorn” designed to help applications launch more quickly.
  6. Whidbey” (code name): Next generation of the Microsoft Visual Studio system of software-development tools.
  7. WinFS” (code name): Next-generation search and data storage system that provides a unified storage model for applications running on Windows “Longhorn.”
  8. WinFX: Programming model Windows “Longhorn,” used by software developers to build applications for the Windows platform.
  9. Yukon” (code name): The next generation of Microsoft SQL Server database software.

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Excel Data to browser … November 19th, 2003

Vinod Kumar

I seem to have caught up with the Excel fever oflate. And here are some of the most requested questions on Excel at the newsgroups. Interesting that we use Office products more that we expect the same at the Web Apps also …

1. The simple solutions is we can use ASP.NET to generate a CSV file of Mime Type text/plain or text/csv and write it back to the browser. This solutions is used by tons of apps all around the world. I think we donot need to talk more on this.

2. We can use ASP.NET to generate an XML-SS document and write it back to the browser. Yet another way to add to the list in 1. This is not a common method for sure … Read through the KB article …

3. We can take advantage of the ASP.NET DataGrid’s ability to generate HTML tables quickly and return the page with a Mime Type of application/vnd.ms-excel.  Here’s a great example on how to create these reports. The FAQ you get most of the times at the newsgroups.

4. Use ExcelWriter on the server side to create the Report. Not many people go for this as there is a cost involved and we build dependency on the third party tools.

5. Automate Excel on the ServerSide. The not recommended way of working for sure. Office objects are not optimized for such working. And in a multi scenario situation the code can break and kill your server …

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