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Word automation / Office interop / COM DLL

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Sirs,

I have an ASP.NET application with hundreds of users accessing it. One
of its features is to merge a set of Word documents that are stored in
a server (basically is copy contents from doc1 and append to doc2).

I saw there is a Microsoft Word COM DLL to work with Office documents
from inside C#. However, recently I read this article:

INFO: Considerations for Server-Side Automation of Office
http://support.microsoft.com/?id=257757

So I am confused if I can use this COM DLL in my application. If it's
too risky, what alternatives do I have?

I appreciate any information!

Leo D'Ippolito

Nov 19 '05 #1
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It's just not very stable and since even microsoft is not recommending
it....I guess you get the point.
I use the Aspose Word component, it's about the same price as a license for
word and works pretty well.
Specially their support is great.
Other than that, could you just get word xml or html files and merge them?

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Sirs,

I have an ASP.NET application with hundreds of users accessing it. One
of its features is to merge a set of Word documents that are stored in
a server (basically is copy contents from doc1 and append to doc2).

I saw there is a Microsoft Word COM DLL to work with Office documents
from inside C#. However, recently I read this article:

INFO: Considerations for Server-Side Automation of Office
http://support.microsoft.com/?id=257757

So I am confused if I can use this COM DLL in my application. If it's
too risky, what alternatives do I have?

I appreciate any information!

Leo D'Ippolito

Nov 19 '05 #2

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On 26 Oct 2005 15:00:26 -0700, le**********@gmail.com wrote:


Sirs,

I have an ASP.NET application with hundreds of users accessing it. One
of its features is to merge a set of Word documents that are stored in
a server (basically is copy contents from doc1 and append to doc2).

I saw there is a Microsoft Word COM DLL to work with Office documents
from inside C#. However, recently I read this article:

INFO: Considerations for Server-Side Automation of Office
http://support.microsoft.com/?id=257757

So I am confused if I can use this COM DLL in my application. If it's
too risky, what alternatives do I have?

I appreciate any information!

I'm not really sure which Word COM DLL you are referring to, but the Office applications were not
designed to be automated from clients lacking a user interface nor in environments where multiple
threads of execution are involved. This isn't necessarily true of a COM DLL so I'm assuming that
this is the difference.

Like I said I don't know anything about this Word COM DLL, but if the component interfaces with
Microsoft Word via automation then I would expect issues similar to those when working with the Word
object directly.
Paul
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Nov 19 '05 #3

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