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Making OpenXML Easy with ClosedXML

by Jonathan Allen on  Jul 20, 2011 3

When working with Excel documents, developers usually use raw XML or rely on the Office Automation libraries. But the Office Automation library is not appropriate for servers and working with XML can be quite tedious. ClosedXML bridges the gap by providing an easy to use Office-like API without the overhead of COM. To introduce this library we spoke with Manuel De Leon of the ClosedXML project.

A New Library and Tooling Package for Open XML

by Jonathan Allen on  Jun 17, 2011 4

Open XML SDK 2.0 offers a moderately high level API for manipulating Open XML documents using strongly typed classes. It includes the Open XML SDK v2.0 Productivity Tool, which can reverse engineer a Word, PowerPoint, or Excel document and display the C# code needed to recreate it.

Who Belongs to the 2011 Open APIs Billionaires Club?

by Jean-Jacques Dubray on  May 27, 2011

The growth of Open APIs both in numbers and volume has surpassed any expectations over the last decade. John Musser from the ProgrammableWeb presented his analysis of the Open APIs State of the Market for 2011.

Series On Available Authentication Mechanisms For OData Services And Clients

by Dilip Krishnan on  Jul 24, 2010

The WCF Data Services Team have recently been doing a series on the available authentication mechanisms for client/OData service authentication.

Apache FOP 1.0 released

by Alex Blewitt on  Jul 23, 2010 3

On Wednesday, the Apache Foundation announced the release of Apache FOP 1.0, a project that has been a decade in the making. Apache FOP, or Formatting Objects Processor, provides a means to turn XML documents into a variety of print-ready formats, such as PDF, PostScript, or even PNG

Microsoft Has Released OData SDK and “Dallas” CTP 2

by Abel Avram on  Mar 24, 2010

Microsoft has released OData SDK for .NET, Java, PHP, Objective-C (iPhone and Mac) and JavaScript, helping developers to create clients that consume OData-based information, and Codename “Dallas” CTP 2, a marketplace for selling and buying such data.

Is OData The Ubiquitous Language For Application Collaboration?

by Dilip Krishnan on  Feb 02, 2010

The Open Data Protocol (OData) specification opens up possibilities to a lot of interesting collaborative use-cases and scenarios. Some of which are highlighted by Douglas Purdy, Pablo Castro and Jon Udell.

IBM Adds Support for XPath 2.0, XSLT 2.0 and XQuery 1.0 to WebSphere 7

by Charles Humble on  Dec 18, 2009

IBM have released a feature pack which adds support for Xpath 2.0, XSLT 2.0 and XQuery 1.0 making WebSphere Application Server 7 the first application server with complete support for this most recent set of W3C XML standards. InfoQ talks IBM's Andrew Spyker, Chief Architect for the feature pack.

JRuby Roundup: JRuby 1.4 Final Released, New Windows Native Launcher, HPricot 0.8.2

by Werner Schuster on  Nov 06, 2009

The final release of JRuby 1.4 is now available, with many performance, Java integration and other improvements. It also adds a native launcher for Windows, which works around some problems with the BAT-based launcher. Also: the Hpricot 0.8.2 release fixes problems with Hpricot on JRuby.

GET-only REST Integration Patterns Blur The Line Between Synchronization And Integration

by Dilip Krishnan on  Oct 29, 2009

Duncan Cragg explains his idea/pattern for a purely GET based REST integration pattern, which turns out to be very similar to the vision of Microsoft's FeedSync Specification.

The Future of _why's Libraries such as Markaby and Hpricot

by Werner Schuster on  Aug 25, 2009

With the sudden disappearance of _why, some popular libraries as Markaby, Hpricot and others are orphaned. We look at the effort to find maintainers for some, and at replacements for other libraries.

How Relevant Is Contract First Development Using Angle Brackets?

by Dilip Krishnan on  Jul 09, 2009 2

Christian Weyer of Thinktecture, announced the release of WSCF.blue a Visual Studio Add-in that enables contract first development of web services using WCF.

LINQ to XSD Released on CodePlex

by Jonathan Allen on  Jun 05, 2009

LINQ to XSD is the long awaited follow-up to LINQ to XML. Its primary purpose is to produce LINQ-compatible object models from XSD files, giving developers some measure of static type checking while accessing XML data.

Presentation: AtomServer: The Power of Publishing for Data Distribution

by Abel Avram on  Jun 04, 2009 1

In this session recorded at QCon SF 2008, Chris Berry & Bryon Jacob presented the Atom Syndication Format, the Atom Publishing Protocol, the Atom Categories, the Atom Stores, the AtomServer and how they can be used by giving a concrete example.

Ruby VM Roundup: Nokogiri and Nailgun on JRuby, Ruby 1.9.1p129, MagLev Update

by Werner Schuster on  May 14, 2009

JRuby 1.3 will allow to reduce startup times in some situations using Nailgun. Nokogiri, a popular XML library, now runs on the latest JRuby thanks to ruby-ffi. Finally: Ruby 1.9.1-p129 is a new release that fixes a few bugs and security issues.

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