Hi Excel-Dna users,
I'd like to extend a call for volunteers to help Excel-Dna with some
of the grunt-work that often gets neglected with open-source projects.
In particular, Excel-Dna could really use your help with:
- Documentation. Particularly reference documentation for the library. This would include the schema for the .dna files, supported datatypes for registration, the ExcelFunction and ExcelCommand attributes, using the Ribbon, Command and RTD support. Instructions on getting everything set up in Visual Studio etc. So this is going beyond the Getting Started walkthrough, of which there are (thankfully) a few on the web already.
- Testing. The Excel-Dna Runtime needs a testing framework, and lots of unit tests. I imagine something that would drive Excel, load an add-in and test whether a particular feature works.
- Samples. We need both a library of small examples that use particular features, and a few comprehensive add-ins that show how a really polished add-in can be made with Excel-Dna, combining Ribbons and UDFs.
- Testimonials and user stories. Are you using Excel-Dna successfully? I understand that many users would like to keep their magic under wraps, and that's fine. But I'd love to know a bit more about who uses Excel-Dna, how many users of your add-ins you have, and how it is used it or has helped your organisation. I'd want to put together these references and stories on the project site. Please indicate whether it is OK for me to post your story, if I can add a company logo, or whether I should keep it private (I'd still love to know).
I think all of this should go into the Excel-Dna project site on CodePlex. If you think you can help, please contact me so that I can add you as Editor or Developer on the CodePlex project. And of course you can send any contributions directly by e-mail to me.
Thank you for your continued support of Excel-Dna.