Word to Your Mama

Much to my woe and dismay, I’m writing a significant amount of new code on Windows again. I’m extending a reporting engine I wrote about a year ago at work, that generates Excel reports from XML data, to also create Word reports. This is my first foray into the Word object model. I’ve worked extensively with the Excel object model; if the WOM is even half as buggy as the EOM, I can’t be held responsible for my actions.

I’ve been looking for a good book on the subject. Good meaning it spends more than 25 pages on the object model before refering you to the help(less) file. There are none. Nada. Zip. There may have been at one time; I’ve found a few promising titles on Amazon… all out-of-print. I don’t have a couple of weeks to wait; so Half.com and it’s ilk are out. Guess I’ll just have to do it the old-fashioned way… slog through the lousy MS documentation, the object-browser, and some test code.

As long as I’m whining, here’s some more. There are a couple of books I’d like to take a look at which are O’Reilly books. I thought I’d be clever and look on Safari Bookshelf. However, neither is available on bookshelf. The books were published in ’98 and ’99, so they aren’t ancient. I just can’t win.

I sent an e-mail to the feedback alias for Safari Bookshelf. The basic gist of the reply is that it is the Publisher, and not Safari Bookshelf, who decide what to publish, but they will forward my suggestion. Gee, that’s swell of them, but isn’t Safari owned by O’Reilly? At least in part? At any rate, I think O’Reilly is a great company; hopefully they’ll get this worked out.

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One Response to “Word to Your Mama”

  1. Jeremy Dunck Says:

    Safari -is- owned by O’Reilly, but lots of other comps offer books though it: MS Press, AW, Sams, Que, etc.

    There’s a bunch of publisher logos on the lower right here: http://safari.oreilly.com/