I spent a lot of time feeling stupid when I first dove into the new Office (web) add-ins several years ago during the “Agave” private MVP beta. They were then launched under the more appropriate moniker of “Apps for Office”. They’ve since been renamed as “Office add-ins”. Not to be confused with the desktop kind called, um, “Office add-ins” (AKA COM add-ins). Anyway, I learned what I could to prepare for some sessions that I presented on about this new platform at various conferences (Prairie Developer Conference, Winnipeg Code Camp and DevConnections Las Vegas 2013 I believe).
But it wasn’t enough. You have to go DEEP and build an actual working application or solve a deep problem in order to truly start mastering a new tech. It helps if you get paid to learn even more, such as when I built an Outlook web add-in for KnowBe4 (Phish Alert, and a COM add-in version as well). The new knowledge I gained from that project gave me ideas to start developing a new product to sell on the Office Store – MessageFiler. Follow the link to get a sneak peak and join the beta – it’ll also give you a chance to see my redesigned web site.
Check out what I mean with my new blog post in the MVP Award Program Blog on MSDN:
UPDATE, 2016-02-03: My article has now also been posted on the Canadian Developer Connection blog:
I will have another companion blog post here soon with even more tips and tricks and deeper stuff that didn’t make it into the article. Until then – cheers!