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Visio Nerd Videos – For Developers!


If you’re interested in the deeper workings of Visio, then you’ll be interested in a series of videos that I’ve been in remiss in reporting!

Fellow MVP John Goldsmith and author of the Visual Signals visLog, has created a series of videos aimed at teaching you the under-the-hood intricacies of Visio, from a developer’s standpoint.

The series has two parts:

Visio, a Flyby for Developers (Part 1)

Watch Part 1 here, on Microsoft’s Channel 9 (45 minutes)

  • Structure File types and the basic mechanics of shapes within a document
  • Shape logic Parametric behavior, formulas and inheritance
  • Data Shape Data section, Data Linking and Data Graphics
  • Relationships Glue and structured diagramming
  • Layout Built-in layout and routing

Visio, a Flyby for Developers (Part 1)

Watch Part 2 here, on Microsoft’s Channel 9 (50 minutes)

  • Extensibility Choices VBA, C# (Addins), C++ (Addons), Visio Drawing Control and PowerShell
  • Object Model
  • Event Handling
  • Deployment

I haven’t watched the videos, personally, but John is conscientious, detail-oriented, and produces high-quality stuff in general. And he’s smart enough to have achieved several pilot qualifications–which may have led to the creative titles!

If I get a chance to watch them, and have anything intelligent to add, I’ll be sure to add some notes below.



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