In this chapter, we have introduced the three basic patterns of Office solutions: an automation executable, an add-in, and code behind a document. We have also introduced how to build solutions following these three basic patterns using Visual Studio 2005 and Visual Studio Tools for Office 2005.
Now that you know how to create a basic automation executable, add-in, and code behind the document solution, we will use these skills in the next chapters as we focus on specific functionality of Excel, Word, Outlook, and InfoPath that you can use in your solutions.
Although we will not have more to say about automation executables, this chapter has only served as an introduction to add-ins and code behind documents. Chapter 23 covers VSTO add-ins for Outlook. Chapter 24 covers COM add-ins for Word and Excel. Chapter 3 covers automation add-ins for Excel. Chapters 13 through 17 cover the code behind document model of VSTO 2005 in greater detail.