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Building Dashboards for Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 Using SharePoint Designer 2007 (Wrox Blox) [Kindle Edition]

Raymond Mitchell
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Book Description

In this Wrox Blox, you’ll learn how to create powerful Dashboards for Windows SharePoint Services 3.0. First, we introduce Web Part Pages and some of the out-of-the box Web Parts available in WSS. We then look at how to use Web Part Connections to add interactivity to our Dashboards. Later we create advanced Dashboard Views using the Data Form Web Part available with SharePoint Designer 2007. While the author focuses on Windows SharePoint Services, all of the topics discussed also apply to Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 as it is a superset of WSS. This Wrox Blox will be valuable for anyone wishing to share data on their SharePoint site.

Table of Contents

  Web Part Pages Overview 1

Creating New Pages from the UI 1

Creating from SharePoint Designer 3

Adding Dashboard Pages to Site Navigation 4

Web Parts 5

SharePoint Web Parts 5

Managing Web Parts 7

List View Web Parts 9

Form Web Parts and Web Part Connections 11

Data Form Web Part 12

Creating from a List 12

Modifying Existing Data Form Web Parts 15

Conditional Formatting 18

Creating from a Web Service 20

Linked Data Sources 21

Advanced Dashboards 24

Parameters and Filters 24

Creating Master-Detail Views 26

Conclusion 29

About Raymond Mitchell 30

Editorial Reviews

About the Author

Raymond Mitchell has worked as an Information Worker Consultant at Inetium in Bloomington, Minnesota since 2003. He is a frequent speaker at the Minnesota SharePoint User Group and has also visited several other Upper Midwest SharePoint User Groups. He also blogs under the alias IWKID on Information Worker technologies, including SharePoint and Office development. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife, hiking and camping, and bonding with his friends on Xbox Live.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1294 KB
  • Print Length: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Wrox; 1 edition (November 18, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004GXC834
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Introductory Book September 8, 2011
I disagree with the previous reviews . . . although this book doesn't contain heavy technical concepts or elements, it is a good beginning guide for people who are just starting out in building dashboards and connecting Web Parts for SharePoint (this book is specifically written for WSS 3.0 although elements can also be applied to MOSS 2007).

If you are a more experienced SharePoint Developer/Administrator or have more experience than the common end user in SharePoint this book probably isn't for you. I would recommend this book to business users or end user looking to add more functionality to their departmental or team sites without having to read a lengthy technical book. I've rated the book with that mindset.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not recommended February 8, 2011
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I couldn't agree more with the previous review of this document. Although there are one or two useful tidbits regarding data views, there is absolutely no content relative to dashboard development. Don't waste your time or money.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Avoid if you know anything about sharepoint May 30, 2010
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This PDF may be something usable by someone who has been thrown into Sharepoint without any real IT or programming background, but if you have some experience, this is not for you. Even at the price I feel I have been had. Not only does this document fail to cover building a sharepoint dashboard in any depth, it fails to explain what a dashboard is, the theories behind them, or any other key concepts and relate those to the why and how of the example dashboard in this document.

Also, don't expect to see a working example of a single dashboard in this document, there is none. This document goes through some steps on creating web part pages using web parts and then makes the leap to a dashboard.

If you are looking for a serious book about building dashboards in Sharepoint, do not look here. If you have no clue about sharepoint or what is possible, then maybe this document could give you some ideas to explore, but any actual learning is outside the scope of this document.
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Raymond Mitchell is a Senior Consultant in Minneapolis, MN and has been working with SharePoint since 2001. He is a frequent speaker at the Minnesota SharePoint User Group and has also spoken at the Wisconsin, Iowa, Nebraska, and St. Louis SharePoint User Groups, as well as several SharePoint Camps/Saturdays. He blogs under the alias IWKID ( on Information Worker technologies including SharePoint and Office development.


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