Transmitting Outlook data to a web server

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Polaris431

I am looking for a solution on how to publish data in Outlook to a web

server. A custom web app will be written to access the data published

to its server and and display it in some special way. I will either

need to write custom VBA for Outlook that transmits the data to the

web server or use some third-party tool that integrates into Outlook

that will transmit the data for me. The data is sent in only one

direction - from client to server. The data on the server is read-

only. Whenever the user changes data in Outlook, either it gets sent

to the server automatically (the preferred way) or they would be

required to press some button within Outlook on the toolbar to

initiate sending changes.

What possible solutions do I have available? If I have to write custom

VBA, I was thinking of transmitting the data in JSON format to a web

service. Any libraries that you know of that handle this? Or does

Microsoft have tools that can publish the data to the server? Keep in

mind that all I am interested in on the server is just the data and

not the in displaying the data. My web app is responsible for

displaying the data. If I have to store the data in my own database, I

have no problem with that. If some third party tool can transmit the

data, it would have to be possible to access the data from whatever

data store it uses.
 
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Ken Slovak - [MVP - Outlook]

VBA is not the tool to use, that's for prototyping and not for deployment.

You would be far better off using a COM addin and a programming language

such as C#, VB.NET or even VB6.

You can check to see if what you want exists at all now and does what you

want by looking at the Utilities pages at www.slipstick.com. If nothing does

what you want you're looking at custom software. How you transfer any data

and in what format or with what transport is entirely up to you. You have to

decide what you're most comfortable with. Since you never mention the

Outlook versions you want to support, if Exchange server is involved, or

even what type of server you're talking about, it's impossible to more

specific about anything.

"Polaris431" <johannblake@gmail.com> wrote in message

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> I am looking for a solution on how to publish data in Outlook to a web
> server. A custom web app will be written to access the data published
> to its server and and display it in some special way. I will either
> need to write custom VBA for Outlook that transmits the data to the
> web server or use some third-party tool that integrates into Outlook
> that will transmit the data for me. The data is sent in only one
> direction - from client to server. The data on the server is read-
> only. Whenever the user changes data in Outlook, either it gets sent
> to the server automatically (the preferred way) or they would be
> required to press some button within Outlook on the toolbar to
> initiate sending changes.

> What possible solutions do I have available? If I have to write custom
> VBA, I was thinking of transmitting the data in JSON format to a web
> service. Any libraries that you know of that handle this? Or does
> Microsoft have tools that can publish the data to the server? Keep in
> mind that all I am interested in on the server is just the data and
> not the in displaying the data. My web app is responsible for
> displaying the data. If I have to store the data in my own database, I
> have no problem with that. If some third party tool can transmit the
> data, it would have to be possible to access the data from whatever
> data store it uses.
 
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Polaris431

Hi Ken,

I can program in VBA or C#. I prefer C# though. The latest version of

Outlook would be used. I could develop an Add-in as I've done that

before. No Exchange server. The server is irrelevant. Communications

will be done over the Internet via typical protocols such as HTTP.

Thanks

Johann
 
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