I am a seasoned programmer in "classical" unix systems in all various programming languages (but c/c++ are my preferences), but have not been conducted GUI programming in the windows and mac environment. I would therefore very much appreciate a few starting points. What I would like to achieve is to write an application that - extracts entries from the microsoft outlook environment (tasks and calendar items) - conduct analysis of the above - present text and graphical analysis it would be helpful if I could tie it to the outlook environment as an outlook plugin one way or the other. Can anyone give me suggestions on what environments and general advice on the generic approach (specifically how to extract the outlook entries). Again, I am not looking for a long specific detailed responses, more experienced advice where I can start looking (it seems that there are several approaches, and I am looking for your advice). Thanks in advance.