Bill Roper (billroper) wrote,
Bill Roper

Oh, That's Not Good...

I'm trying to get an Excel add-in that our company wrote to reach out to our web server and retrieve data from it and display it in Excel. Unfortunately, the documentation on the add-in is perhaps less helpful than I might hope. The only thing that's making it possible at all is that I'm porting over code that was written for another of our products, so I've got a leg up.

I'm sniffing the XML using TCPTrace and fixing up calls as I go. I've managed to get a connection established to our web server. So far, so good.

But now, I select an item off the Excel menu that might actually try to retrieve some data. The web server answers two requests with what looks like reasonable XML, and the add-in tells me that I don't have a valid connection.

Crud. Now I need to talk to one of the writers of the add-in to find out what the black box is up to.
Tags: musings, work

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