|This second edition of Thomas Rizzo's popular book
has been updated with new information on Outlook 2000, Exchange 2000, and
Microsoft's Digital Dashboard.
Rizzo's book is probably the definitive book for anyone wanting
to develop collaborative solutions using Outlook and Exchange. After
covering the basics of folders, fields, views, forms, and VBScript, Rizzo
walks the reader through the development of a simple account tracking
application in chapter 6 that is based on Outlook 98 and Exchange 5.5. He
then moves on to consider Outlook Today and how to customize the HTML
behind this feature of Outlook 98/2000.
Chapter 8 focuses on the new features of Outlook 2000 as a
development platform, and has many useful examples of VBA code. He then
covers the Outlook Team Folders wizard, an add-in for Outlook 2000 that
can be used to build turnkey collaborative applications based on Outlook
2000 and Exchange. The account tracking application of chapter 6 is then
revisited in chapter 10 to add Outlook 2000-specific enhancements.
Chapters 11 and 12 cover Digital Dashboards and Collaboration
Data Objects (CDO) in a fair amount of detail. Chapter 13 explains the
Event Scripting Agent of Exchange 5.5 and how this can be utilized, and
the chapter that follows covers Exchange Server routing objects, an
extension to the scripting agent.
Chapter 15 covers programming Exchange Server using ADSI, and
the following chapter enhancing Exchange applications using COM
components. Chapter 17 digresses to look at search solutions using Site
Server 3 (although I hear from a colleague who works with Site Server that
this product will soon be defunct).
The book ends with a preview look at developing with Exchange 2000, including using its built-in XML support.
This book is easy to read and the code examples are numerous and
well-documented. If you have a fair knowledge of VB and its variants, it
should be easy to follow and should get you up and running quickly in building
Outlook/Exchange collaborative apps.
I give this book 5 stars out of five.
You can find this book on Amazon here.