Programmatically accessing Outlook properties

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Krutika Suchak

Hi,

Programmatically we are accessing outlook contact property and synchronizing

the outlook contact with MS CRM 4.0.

Till now we were using each property individually to get/set the properties

and we were syncing very few fields to CRM so it was manageble but now we

need to sync the fields on demand to CRM so in this case specifiing each

property in the code and handling them indicidually is pain. We need to make

it dynamically. So what we thought is we will maintain a xml file in the

solution and will add the node with property name and datatype but the

question here is which name to refer and how to get/ set properties just with

the property name? As far as I know we can set/ get properties by using

Tags.(intelisense-propertyname). Dont know how to proceed with this? Thanks

for any kind of help.

Thanks,

Krutika
 
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Ken Slovak - [MVP - Outlook]

The Outlook property names you would need to use and their data types are

all listed in the Object Browser. Just use that on whatever objects such as

ContactItem you want.

You can use string values representing property names with the

ItemProperties collection of a ContactItem.

For example:

sPropName = "Subject"

sPropValue = oContact.ItemProperties.Item(sPropName)

An ItemProperty object has a Type property that returns a member of the

OlUserProeprtyType enum that will tell you the data type for the property.

"Krutika Suchak" <KrutikaSuchak> wrote in message

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> Hi,

> Programmatically we are accessing outlook contact property and
> synchronizing
> the outlook contact with MS CRM 4.0.
> Till now we were using each property individually to get/set the
> properties
> and we were syncing very few fields to CRM so it was manageble but now we
> need to sync the fields on demand to CRM so in this case specifiing each
> property in the code and handling them indicidually is pain. We need to
> make
> it dynamically. So what we thought is we will maintain a xml file in the
> solution and will add the node with property name and datatype but the
> question here is which name to refer and how to get/ set properties just
> with
> the property name? As far as I know we can set/ get properties by using
> Tags.(intelisense-propertyname). Dont know how to proceed with this?
> Thanks
> for any kind of help.

> Thanks,
> Krutika
 
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Krutika Suchak

Thanks for the reply but the question here is we do not want to hard code the

attribute name we just want to take is dynamically from some XML file.

We are thinking of maintaining a XML file whose structure can be like:

<outlookattributes
<Attribute name="Client" DataType="Boolean" /
<Attribute name="ManagerPhone" DataType="String" /
> .....

</outlookattributes
so we can fetch attribute name from this file and can use what you have

suggested.

For this, where will we get the name of all PR_ tags for the Outlook fields.
 
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Ken Slovak - [MVP - Outlook]

First you have to decide what you want.

Do you want Outlook property names or do you want MAPI tags in PR format?

MAPI tags are listed in various MAPI header files that are part of Windows

SDK among other downloads. You can also use a MAPI viewer such as MFCMAPI or

OutlookSpy to get PR type tags for properties or get DASL type property

tags.

Outlook object model property names you can get from the Object Browser or

run prototype code iterating the ItemProperties collection of an item.

"Krutika Suchak" <KrutikaSuchak> wrote in message

news:FDC7FDE9-E975-4739-B175-F907FC6BB6E3@microsoft.com...
> Thanks for the reply but the question here is we do not want to hard code
> the
> attribute name we just want to take is dynamically from some XML file.

> We are thinking of maintaining a XML file whose structure can be like:
> <outlookattributes
> <Attribute name="Client" DataType="Boolean" /
> <Attribute name="ManagerPhone" DataType="String" /
> ......
> </outlookattributes
> so we can fetch attribute name from this file and can use what you have
> suggested.

> For this, where will we get the name of all PR_ tags for the Outlook
> fields.
 
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