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Bringing Data into Desktop Programs using the Microsoft Office 2003 Editions Research and Reference Technologies
(Microsoft Training Course: 2016) - 1 day - £600 exc VAT



> Target Audience
This course is intended for developers who need to develop corporate research and reference solutions based on Microsoft Office 2003 Editions.
Additionally, application architects looking to understand the capabilities of the Research functionality and what is required to implement a Web Service to support it will find this course useful.
> Course outline
  1. Using the Research Library
  2. Creating Custom Providers
  3. Implementing Advanced Provider Functionality
  4. Configuring the Research Library


Module 1: Using the Research Library
  • This module introduces the Research task pane, and describes the underlying architecture of the Research Library functionality in Office 2003. The module describes how to use the Research task pane from within an Office 2003 application, and how to add a Research provider to the pane.
  • Lessons
  • Introduction to the Research Library Research Library Options and Settings
  • Lab 1.1: Exploring the Research Task Pane
  • Using the Research Task Pane
  • Lab 1.2: Using a Custom Service
  • Adding a Service to the Research Library
  • After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Use the Office 2003 Research task pane to retrieve information.
  • Add a service to the Research Library.
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Module 2: Creating Custom Providers
  • This module describes how to implement a custom Research provider by creating a Web Service. It describes the XML schemas for the messages that must be exchanged between Office 2003 clients and providers, and explains how to write Web Service methods that return query results in an appropriate format for the client.
  • Lessons
  • Research Library Extensibility Creating a Research Library Provider
  • Lab 2: Creating a Custom Research Library Provider
  • Creating a Provider Web Service Debugging a Research Service Returning Content Incorporating Actions in the Results Returning a Form Returning Documents
  • After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Identify the XML schemas used by Research Library providers.
  • Create a custom Research Library provider
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Module 3: Implementing Advanced Provider Functionality
  • This module describes how to implement advanced features in a custom provider. Specifically, it explains how to use smart tags to implement custom actions in the Research task pane, and how to secure a Research Library provider using authentication and secure communication.
  • Lessons
  • Using Smart Tags to Create Custom Actions Securing a Research Library Provider
  • Lab 3.1: Implementing Custom Actions with Smart Tags
  • Reviewing Smart Tag Code Using a Smart Tag in Query Results
  • Lab 3.2: Implementing Security
  • Implementing Windows integrated Authentication Implementing Cookie-Based Authentication
  • After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Incorporate smart tags in a query response.
  • Implement security in a Research Library provider.
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Module 4: Configuring the Research Library
  • This module discusses the management issues associated with implementing Research and Reference functionality in a corporate environment. It describes the various options for "deploying" custom service registration information, and discusses how administrators can control Research Library functionality on client computers.
  • Lessons
  • Configuring Service Registration Information
  • Lab 4: Deploying Services with a Discovery Server
  • Implementing a Discovery Server
  • After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Deploy custom Research Library registration information.
  • Create and configure a Discovery server.
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> Pre-Requisites
Before attending this course, students must have:
  • Programming experience with Microsoft Visual Basic® .NET or Microsoft Visual C#®.
  • Familiarity with Web Service programming.
  • Experience using Microsoft Office System products such as Microsoft Word and Excel
> Purpose
This one-day, instructor-led course provides students with the knowledge and skills to design, implement, and deploy research Web Services that extend the Research task pane in Microsoft Office 2003 Editions