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SharePoint Designer 2010 Unleashed 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 075-2063331057
ISBN-10: 0672331055
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From the Back Cover

Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 includes a wealth of powerful and comprehensive collaborative features, including social networking, extended search, records management and business intelligence features, just to name a few. SharePoint Designer 2010 is the core design tool for designing, prototyping, and customizing both SharePoint Server 2010 and SharePoint Foundation 2010 sites, from small sites to enterprise-level internet sites and intranets. All SharePoint users, from information workers and administrators, to designers and developers, will find a clear, comprehensive reference in SharePoint Designer 2010 Unleashed that will empower them to extend SharePoint beyond the out-of-the-box Microsoft interface.
 
Learn how to:
  • Work with SharePoint 2010 out-of-the-box features and understand the extent of design and customization possible via the Web interface
  • Leverage the power of SharePoint Designer 2010 to maximize and extend SharePoint 2010 site customizations
  • Customize a site from the early stages of prototyping and design to the final deployment phase
  • Build powerful workflows and align them to your business processes
  • Integrate and present external data into SharePoint sites
  • Effectively brand your SharePoint Server 2010 sites to make them unique and powerful
  • Leverage custom branding through the use of CSS, master pages, templates, themes and other features

About the Author

Kathy Hughes is a Microsoft MVP for SharePoint Server with a Masters Degree in interaction design from the University of Technology in Sydney, Australia. Hughes trains and consults on SharePoint, focusing on design, usability, and customization. She contributed to multiple SharePoint Server 2007 books, and authored a comprehensive five-day SharePoint Server 2007 Designer course used by Mindsharp and its partners worldwide. She speaks regularly at Microsoft events including TechEd Australia and Office DevCon Australia.

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Product Details

  • Series: Unleashed
  • Paperback: 1608 pages
  • Publisher: Sams Publishing; 1 edition (September 26, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0672331055
  • ISBN-13: 978-0672331053
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 2 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #413,215 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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My review is based on the Kindle version of the book, which I've found to be (surprisingly) ideal for reading. I'm usually wary of technical books in electronic format because to-date my experiences have been that code samples and screenshots are often poorly formated. I'm glad to say that in this case the publisher has done a decent job of preparing the content for consumption on Kindle.

The great thing about the Kindle version is that it is so easy to access (compared to the published book which at more than 1600 pages would be a little weighty to be carrying around). The bookmarking and linking within the Kindle book make it a snap to navigate around and jump between topics. The only thing I would have possibly liked to see is an entry in the Kindle 'Go to' jump list pointing to the Index. The Index is a really quick way to find key topics. Tip: for now I simply manually jump to Location 25225 of the book to view the index... 25225, remember that location :-)

Note, there's also a bunch of free downloads that accompany the book - more than 50MB of samples, code and additional stuff. The link is above in the main Product description. I only just realised this.

The breadth of the book is pretty staggering, covering high level topics in a way that makes them easily digestible, but also diving into minute details in every area. The technical attention to detail in this very impressive.

As other reviews have noted, the book includes coverage of just about everything, from in-depth InfoPath topics and ASP.NET controls, right down to comparing the pros and cons of DIVs versus tables in SP styling and the subtleties of encoding characters. An area like Workflow is given excellent treatment, as are all the various data integration and BCS scenarios.
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This book has a lot of knowledge about SharePoint designer, and I've learned a lot of things from it. However, it tends to want to refer back to SharePoint 2007 too much. I never used SharePoint 2007 so it was frustrating when it kept jumping back to explaining how 2010 differs from 2007. It may be helpful to those that used 2007, but it was a bit annoying when I didn't know what it was talking about from the 2007 version.
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I wish I could give this book 4.5 stars. This book contains a vast amount of information on SharePoint branding, SharePoint Designer, some administration, working with data...and a million other topics. Unleashed is clearly targeted as serious developers or people who really want to learn SharePoint in and out. In some ways I think the book can be misleading - it is NOT beginner friendly and will not "get you up to speed quickly" if you have never worked with SharePoint. Look elsewhere, there are plenty of more introductory, reader-friendly books. I had some (limited) experience with SharePoint 2010 before picking this up. The book is written and organized well so I was slowly able to become invested in it, but if you're looking for a more general, everyday book about SharePoint and branding/designer simply as a user and not as a developer, this may not be the best choice. The 1600+ pages are probably a good indicator of this.

However, I am still giving this book 5 stars because of the quality and quantity of content. I can't see any other way of effectively communicating this much information. If you are just starting out in development you can go a long way with this book - it works as both a reference book and as a more narrative/instructional book.

When I says "development" I don't mean to say this book covers a lot actual coding, because it doesn't. Almost none. I'm using the term development in the sense of customizing, modifying, and expanding SharePoint from its out of the box version using SharePoint specific tools. Obviously this book is not about working in Visual Studio and C# or VB, but I was pleasantly surprised with how far you can get by properly understanding what SharePoint has to offer and how powerful Designer can be.
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This book seems to cover every aspect of SharePoint Designer 2010 very thoroughly but a lot of it is very technical. It is obvious the author is very experienced and has tested all the aspects of the program for the best results. I might recommend this to someone with a background in SharePoint Designer but not a newbie. I think I may extract what I need out of it eventually, but it is slow going.
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The people from Pearson tweeted me if I wanted to do a book review on the Kathy Hughes book on SharePoint Designer, called "SharePoint Designer 2010 Unleashed".

Tweeting and unpackaging Sure, I replied, I am doing a lot of stuff with SPD these days, so I can do a practical check to see if my questions (and those of my customer) are dealt with in this book.

I picked it up (riding my bike all the way through the Antwerp Harbor with pouring rain) and I was immediately amazed at the weight of the book! When I removed the cardboard packaging, the orange/red cover with 1600 pages of SPD goodness was looking at me.

The book: Parts, Chapters and content
The book is divided into 4 parts, who have their respective chapters.
In the beginning of the book you have the "Contents at a Glance" overview, showing those parts and chapters:

Part I: Welcome to SharePoint Server 2010
1. SharePoint 2010 Overview
2. SharePoint 2010 Architectural Overview
3. Introduction to the SharePoint 2010 Fluid Interface
4. Design Administrative Tasks: Site Settings, Permissions and Creating Sites
5. In-Browser Customization: Navigation, Content Pages and Content
6. In-Browser Customization: Branding with Web Parts, Themes and Master Pages

Part II: Enhancing Sites with SharePoint Designer 2010
7. Web Interface Design with SharePoint Designer 2010
8. Creating Sites with Site Templates
9. Working with Content Types and Columns in SharePoint Designer
10. Creating and Configuring Lists and Libraries

Part III: Styling and Designing SharePoint 2010 Sites
11. Understanding SharePoint Designer Editing Features
12. Working with Content Pages in SharePoint Designer
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