A Handy Client-Side ServerDocument Utility

The ServerDocument object was aptly named. It was primarily designed for exactly the scenario we have just explored: writing information into a document on a server. However, it can do a lot more, from reading the data back out of a document to updating the deployment information inside a document, to adding customizations to documents. We discuss the portions of the ServerDocument object model used in deployment scenarios in Chapter 20, and spend the rest of this chapter describing the data-manipulating tools in the ServerDocument in more detail.

Let's take a look at another illustrative use of the ServerDocument object, and then we give a more complete explanation of all its data properties and methods. Here is a handy C# console application that dumps out the "cached data manifest" and serialized cached data in a document.

Listing 18-4. Creating a Cache Viewer with ServerDocument

using Microsoft.VisualStudio.Tools.Applications.Runtime;
using System;
using System.IO;
using System.Text;

namespace VSTOViewer {
 public class MainClass {
 public static void Main(string[] args) {
 if (args.Length != 1) {
 Console.WriteLine(" CacheViewer.exe myfile.doc");

 string filename = args[0];
 ServerDocument doc = null;

 try {
 doc = new ServerDocument(filename, false, FileAccess.Read);
Cached Data Manifest");

 foreach(CachedDataHostItem view in doc.CachedData.HostItems) {
 foreach(CachedDataItem item in view.CachedData) {
 if (item.Xml != null && item.Xml.Length != 0) {
Cached Data: " + view.Id + "." +
 item.Id + " xml
 if (item.Schema != null && item.Schema.Length != 0) {
Cached Data: " + view.Id + "." +
 item.Id + " xsd
 catch (CannotLoadManifestException ex)
 Console.WriteLine("Not a customized document:" + filename);
 catch (FileNotFoundException)
 Console.WriteLine("File not found:" + filename);
 catch (Exception ex)
 Console.WriteLine("Unexpected Exception:" + filename);
 if (doc != null)

After you compile this into a console application, you can run the console application on the command line and pass the name of the document you want to view. The document must have a saved VSTO data island in it for anything interesting to happen.

Now that you have an idea of how the ServerDocument object model is used, we can talk about it in more detail.

Part One. An Introduction to VSTO

An Introduction to Office Programming

Introduction to Office Solutions

Part Two. Office Programming in .NET

Programming Excel

Working with Excel Events

Working with Excel Objects

Programming Word

Working with Word Events

Working with Word Objects

Programming Outlook

Working with Outlook Events

Working with Outlook Objects

Introduction to InfoPath

Part Three. Office Programming in VSTO

The VSTO Programming Model

Using Windows Forms in VSTO

Working with Actions Pane

Working with Smart Tags in VSTO

VSTO Data Programming

Server Data Scenarios

.NET Code Security


Part Four. Advanced Office Programming

Working with XML in Excel

Working with XML in Word

Developing COM Add-Ins for Word and Excel

Creating Outlook Add-Ins with VSTO

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Visual Studio Tools for Office(c) Using C# with Excel, Word, Outlook, and InfoPath
Visual Studio Tools for Office(c) Using C# with Excel, Word, Outlook, and InfoPath
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