Posts Tagged ‘XLL’

Excel 2013 add-ins in Visual Studio 2012: Getting started for VSTO developers

In this article we'll have a look at how you, as a VSTO developer, can get started developing add-ins for Excel using Add-in Express and Visual Studio 2012.... Read the rest of this entry →

Office 2013 add-ins & Visual Studio 2012: Getting started for VSTO developers

So you've been using Visual Studio Tools for Office (VSTO) for some time now and luckily you've discovered a better and easier way to develop Office add-ins, namely Add-in Express. Ready to start a new happier life of creating awesome Office Outlook extensions you excitedly fire up Visual Studio and hit File, New Project... Read the rest of this entry →

Building integrated Excel extensions: COM Add-in, RTD Server and XLL in one C# project

Add-in Express for Office and .net makes building Microsoft Excel extensions easy. We provide you with a collection of tools and components to get that world-class Excel add-in out of the door and into the world in record time. ... Read the rest of this entry →

Add-in Express vs. VSTO – Microsoft Office developer happiness

This being the eighth and final instalment of the Add-in Express vs. VSTO series, I thought I'd wrap up with what could possibly be the most important feature of Add-in Express: Developer Happiness... Read the rest of this entry →

Invoking a COM add-in from an Excel XLL add-in: advanced sample

Really often, when I saw an error returned by an Excel formula, I thought about the poor possibilities that this error-reporting approach – a remnant of bygone concepts – provides for developers. The very first time I thought about showing a custom task pane from a UDF was when Add-in Express allowed showing custom panes in Excel; it was back in 2007... Read the rest of this entry →

Thread-safe XLL. How to get the caller address

The implementation of ADXExcelRef.ConvertToA1Style (ConvertToR1C1Style) uses xlfRefText which is NOT thread-safe as per Financial Applications Using Excel Add-in Development in C/C++ (2nd edition). On the other hand, xlSheetNm returning the sheet name is thread-safe. It means that the thread-safe way to get the caller address is to write some code... Read the rest of this entry →

How to use Evaluate to invoke an Excel UDF programmatically

Whether your UDF is a VBA macro or an Excel Automation add-in or even an XLL add-in, you can invoke any method it provides to the user. To do this, you need to get or create an Excel.Application object and invoke ExcelApp.Evaluate() supplying it with the correct syntax for your method and its parameters.... Read the rest of this entry →

Fast Excel add-in. Checking incoming data in XLL

When in an Excel UDF you need to check incoming data and replace incorrect values, you can use the modified-in-place argument, the XLL feature supported by Add-in Express 2010 for Office and .net. ... Read the rest of this entry →

Video: Creating managed Excel UDFs – XLL based user-defined functions

Creating custom User Defined Functions (UDFs) is one of the most popular reasons to build an Excel add-in. Add-in Express for Office and .NET supports two methods for building custom UDFs... Read the rest of this entry →

Creating integrated Office solutions with Add-in Express

Add-in Express enables you as a developer to quickly and easily create, not just MS Office add-ins but also Excel XLL add-ins, Excel Real-time data (RTD) servers and smart tags. In this post I'll demonstrate how you could include all this functionality in one Visual Studio project. Start by creating a new ADX COM Add-in project in Visual Studio... Read the rest of this entry →

XLL Add-ins and Add-in Express 2010

As I've mentioned in one of my previous posts, Excel has become one of my favourite reporting tools in the last few years. It is also the primary tool for anyone doing a data clean-up or conversion project... Read the rest of this entry →

Video HowTo: Creating an XLL add-in for Excel 2000 – 2007 (VB.NET)

Looking at the list of already published video howto samples, I just realized that most of them target Outlook. This is no wonder at all, because every MS Office developers would confirm that Outlook is the most in-demand application from the Microsoft Office family... Read the rest of this entry →

HowTo: Create a COM add-in, XLL UDF and RTD server in one assembly

You know, a pessimist differs from an optimist by his attitude to a glass: the former thinks the glass is half empty, while the latter considers it's half full. When I was contemplating on the circumstances that made me write this post, I worked out another definition... Read the rest of this entry →

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