How Node Replaced Macros in Microsoft Word

by Jonathan Allen on  Apr 01, 2016

Writing extensions for Word used to be handled by BASIC. Now, the language of choice is JavaScript and the platform Node.

BASIC Turns Fifty

by Alex Blewitt on  May 02, 2014 1

The Beginner's All-Purpose Symbolic Instruction Set, first used on 1st May 1964, turned fifty yesterday. More widely known as BASIC, in introduced a generation to programming, kick-starting many who would then go onto a path to technology in the future. InfoQ looks back at the memorable moments as well as looking to the future.

XAML and VBA 7 Specifications Released

by Jonathan Allen on  Feb 28, 2012

Microsoft has published the specifications for the XAML programming language. This includes XAML, XAML 2009, and the extensions that are specific to Silverlight and WPF. For reasons that are not quite clear, the specifications for the Visual Basic for Applications language is also included.

Build Machines, Windows 7, and Classic ADO

by Jonathan Allen on  Oct 19, 2011

Imagine you are doing maintenance on an application from the late 90’s that uses the classic ADO libraries. The recompiled code works fine on any Windows 7 SP1 machine, but mysteriously crashes on the Windows XP machines that have been running the program for nearly a decade. This is the problem facing lots of maintenance developers.

Working with VBA and Visual Studio Tools for Office

by Jonathan Allen on  Nov 09, 2009

Visual Basic for Applications is a dead-end and Visual Studio for Applications isn’t ready for prime time, leaving developers in the uncomfortable position of trying to mix .NET code with legacy VBA macros. Fortunately Visual Studio Tools for Office makes it relatively painless.