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Microsoft Outlook Programming: Jumpstart for Administrators, Developers, and Power Users [Paperback]

Sue Mosher
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24 Oct 2002 1555582869 978-1555582869
Microsoft Outlook Programming unleashes the power of Microsoft Outlook, allowing administrators and end users to customize Outlook in the same way that they've used macros and templates to customize other programs like Excel and Word. Experienced developers will find the quick-start information they need to begin integrating Outlook into their applications. Microsoft Exchange administrators will get help automating common tasks such as announcing public folders and importing data to custom forms.

Microsoft Outlook is the most widely used email program, and it offers the most programmability. This book introduces key concepts for programming both Outlook forms for storing and exchanging data and Visual Basic for Applications modules that add new features to Outlook. Central to this new edition, which covers both Outlook 2000 and Outlook 2002, is awareness of tighter security in Outlook. Designed to prevent transmission of computer viruses, the security restrictions can also get in the way of legitimate programs, but this book offers workarounds within the reach of novice programmers. It also covers many of the new features of Outlook 2002, such as the integrated Outlook View Control and searching across multiple folders using SQL syntax and the Search object.

· Building block procedures for the most common Outlook programming tasks
· Jargon-free language and practical examples to make the material more accessible to new Outlook programmers
· Coverage of Outlook Email Security Update
· Coverage of the Office XP Web Services Toolkit


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  • Paperback: 619 pages
  • Publisher: Digital Press (24 Oct 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1555582869
  • ISBN-13: 978-1555582869
  • Product Dimensions: 23.3 x 17.9 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 530,048 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Sue Mosher not only knows Outlook development but knows how to explain and teach it clearly and understandably. I highly recommend this book for everyone working in Outlook and also for more advanced users who want to learn the tricks of programming Outlook. " -Ken Slovak, Outlook MVP and President, Slovak Technical Services

"From the first version of Outlook onward, Sue Mosher has been at the public forefront of all things Outlook and Exchange-first as an influential voice on the web and on newsgroups, more recently as a valued Microsoft Outlook MVP. Her web site www.slipstick.com is full of reliable information. I'll often try to find the answer I'm looking for there before using Microsoft's internal tools to research an issue."-Jensen Harris, Lead Program Manager, Microsoft Outlook

About the Author

Sue Mosher is the author of six previous books on Microsoft Outlook and Exchange and maintains a web site at http://www.outlookcode.com devoted to helping programmers at all skill levels take advantage of Outlook's extensibility. Her company, Turtleflock LLC, helps organizations get the most out of Outlook and other Microsoft Office products, providing custom application development and other support. Sue has been recognized by Microsoft with a Most Valuable Professional award every year since 1994. Sue is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the College of William and Mary, currently residing in Arlington, Virginia.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sue lifts the lid off Outlook & Exchange 3 May 2004
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This is an excellent book for anybody wanting to do more with Outlook - and so much more can be done. I started reading as a novice with a very rudimentary abilty to write code (picked up from the need to write Access Visual Basic). I finished by writing a critical application based on Outlook/Exchange to track business projects for my company. I have purchased other computing technical referrence books in the past only to find that the Microsoft Help screens contained as much or more than the referrence book I had just purchased. This book however is very different and definitely in a class of it's own.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars She knows what she is talking about! 16 Sep 2005
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Outlook is a complex system to program in and can be a daunting task to a newcomer. Sue doesn't hide the size of the task but does break it down into managable pieces. With real examples and working through them she does give someone the building blocks needed to develop Outlook based applications.
With a web site that supports the book ([...]) that has all the code examples. I use the book as coursenotes on training courses and as a reference when i develop in Outlook. There is no jargon, and a very obvious desire to explain and teach.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good but could be better 30 Jan 2009
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Firstly a bit of background to why I purchased this book in the first place. I was asked at work to help implement an interim change management process, using an Outlook Appointment form as a template. This required a unique ID, updating the subject 'on the fly' as the form was updated and a method to extract the data easily to either word or Excel as a report. After doing my homework I plumped for this book as it seems to tick all the boxes and has received favourable reviews.

The book starts brightly enough and I whizzed through the first few chapters with ease, mightily impressed with the writing style and the hidden powers of Outlook. However when it came to the author getting to the nitty gritty of explaining the grammer of VBA (Chapter 5 I believe VBA Grammer 101) I found her writing style and explanations a bit on the vague and confusing side.

Now I am sure that the more experienced vba programmer can easily get to grips with what Sue is explaining, but as a relative novice I found her explanations hard going and difficult to understand in places. Also some of the coding is wrong in places. The updates are on the web but if you werent to look you might be scratching you head for a while.

One more critiscm is the lack of good contents and Indexing. Having now grasped the basics of Outlook programming and implemented most of what is required I now just need snippets of information to make the form behave as designed. A good technical book should be both an educational book and a quick reference guide for when you just want to implement one small change. The book does sadly fail on the latter.

However this book has helped me immensely in implementing the above project in less than a week, and in the process earned me considerable brownie points.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars High and Low Level Views 20 Jan 2003
By Ken Gorman - Published on Amazon.com
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An excellent high and low level view of programming Outlook 2000/XP. For an experienced programmer, the majority of the chapters get right into the code/objects/events/models you'll need. The code examples are not "toys", but (fortunately) are brief enough to focus on the subject being discussed.
Novice and experienced programmers will appreciate the overview of the VBA environment/language within Outlook.
Reading this book answered specific questions I needed answered about customization, and erased that "where do I start" feeling I had about programming in Outlook. Great book!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sue Mosher is the best of the best on Outlook Programming 4 Feb 2004
By James Hawkins - Published on Amazon.com
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The book is beyond excellent, but that is not why I am writing this review. Sue Mosher put a book together for all levels of Outlook users. From the novice trying to extend the usefulness of Outlook to the programmer tasked with creating a custom solution. Between this book (and her others), her work with [...] and her own [...] is the greatest Outlook\Exchange coding resource I could name. What makes it even better is that when you happen to email her a 'code dilemma' question she'll write you back and set you straight.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not for seasoned VB coders 30 Nov 2005
By Steven Lee - Published on Amazon.com
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If you've been writing in VB and VBA for awhile then this book is a large waste of money. The first half of the book covers basic VB programming concepts like For Next, Do While, Select Case, Msg Box etc.... stuff I've been doing for years. The rest of the book has some okay examples, but it's not organized in a way that allows you to find what you are looking for easily.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutlely essential tool for Outlook Programming 27 May 2005
By P. McKelvey - Published on Amazon.com
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I am a little more than a novice with VBA, but with Sue's details and explaination of the complex syntax required by Outlook, real progress was possible. I have been able to build an Outlook form with VB Script that collects data form a large number of people within my company and store it on a public foler for futher use and reference. It only took a few weeks to do that and it would not have been possible without this book. Highly recommended.
10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Better than nothing 8 Dec 2006
By Richard Freytag - Published on Amazon.com
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Better than nothing, December 8, 2006
Reviewer: Richard C. H. Freytag (Northern Virginia) - See all my reviews
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Look the book has a good index - I know because I have had to use it a lot because the author REGULARLY USES TERMS BEFORE DEFINING THEM which I hate! In fact terms are not really defined well at all leaving the user wandering like a blind man trying to understand an elephant by touch. Here you learn about one object.method, there another object.method or property but no understanding of the overall hierarchy is given. Sadly this is typical in manuals that attempt to explain a framework of objects, properties, and methods. But my money and time deserve better than this.

Pointing people to the online object browser is not good enough - that gives none of the "why" behind the object hierachy which is the real value behind its design (there is a "why" isn't there Microsoft?). For a good example of how to do this for Outlook take a look at Martin Green's excellent free online Oulook case-study: [...]. Notice how he defines objects - that is the right way to teach.

Also the editing is lacking; here is a typical example from Ch10.3 - 'Among the useful things you can do with CDO are delete an Outlook item permanently, rather than send it to the Deleted Items folder, and open a Select Names dialog, asking the user to choose recipients. You will look at the first task in this chapter and then work with the Select Names dialog in Chapter 14, "Working with Items and Recipients," after you become familiar with recipient concepts. CDO can also expose many more properties of individual items and folders than Outlook can, making it possible to perform tasks that otherwise seem impossible."

1. Note the attention-deficit-inducing use of comma-separated phrases in the first sentence. It is typical, and obfuscatory.

2. That first sentence also just tells you about two things you can do with CDO objects - two of many. Instead give the "why" of the object and then outline the few key methods, then use the method. Its worked for decades for every serious educational and technical text. Leave the stream-of-conciousness form to the auteurs of the liberal arts where they can do no harm.

3. Sentence two in the above quote predicts what you will do; I assure you this is as weird as it reads appearing completely out of the blue. Just a prediction with no preamble, reasoning, or, indeed, information.

4. Sentence three in the above quote says something "seems impossible." What that impossible thing is is never explained nor how or why it seems impossible.

There is a lot of good material hidden in this book between acres of verbiage. At least there is a good index - that is a real plus. And the author is generous online with help which is why I bought the book - got to respect someone that puts in the hours to help others.
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