Microsoft Lync and Skype for Business have a rich set of .NET APIs which make it easy to extend the platform and integrate it with other applications. This blog helps explain how to use those APIs.

New Lync 2013 development book?

Posted: December 10th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Lync Development | Tags: , , | 5 Comments »

Suppose we were to do a new book on Lync development, covering the API platform for Lync Server 2013. Regardless of whether you’ve read my previous book, is this something you would be interested in? Would you buy a book on Lync Server 2013 development? What topics would you want to see covered in the book?

Please leave a comment and let me know.


UCMA 4.0 Async Extension Methods

Posted: October 26th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: UCMA 4.0 | Tags: , , , , , , , | 9 Comments »

To make it easier for developers to use the new multithreading techniques from .NET 4.5 in UCMA 4.0 applications, I’ve put together a set of extension methods that turn pairs of Begin/End methods (such as BeginEstablish/EndEstablish) into Task objects that can be used with the awaitkeyword.

The collection of extension methods is available on CodePlex. Let me know if you have questions or suggestions.

New multi-threading techniques with UCMA 4.0

Posted: August 30th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: UCMA 4.0 | Tags: , , , | 2 Comments »

Recently I’ve written a lot about using some of the new multi-threading capabilities in .NET 4.5 with the UCMA SDK, and I wanted to put together a complete example in an application that might actually be useful.

I like to take a break every so often to get up from the computer, walk around, and stretch, and I’ve tried a few break reminder applications that give you a pop-up reminder after a period of time. The trouble I always have is that I forget to disable them when I’m on calls, or presenting, and they pop up and get in the way. So I thought I would write a simple app to send IM break reminders, but only when the user is in an Available state in Lync. Continue reading “New multi-threading techniques with UCMA 4.0” »

What’s new in UCMA 4.0?

Posted: August 14th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: UCMA 4.0 | Tags: , | No Comments »

With the preview of Lync Server 2013 now available, you may be wondering what’s new in the good old Unified Communications Managed API. You may even have located the UCMA 4.0 SDK and downloaded it to check it out yourself. Since the final documentation is not yet available for UCMA 4.0, it may not be immediately clear what’s new and what isn’t. Continue reading “What’s new in UCMA 4.0?” »

UCMA 4.0 – Lync Developer Roundtable

Posted: August 2nd, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Lync Development | Tags: , | No Comments »

Today at 9:00am Pacific Time I’ll be doing a Lync Developer Roundtable session on a couple of topics related to the new version of UCMA. Information is here: