- Paperback: 1296 pages
- Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional; 1 edition (February 15, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0321410599
- ISBN-13: 978-0321410597
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,463,532 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Designing Forms for Microsoft Office InfoPath and Forms Services 2007 1st Edition
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""Microsoft Office InfoPath represents a revolutionary leap in XML technologies and a new paradigm for gathering business-critical information. I am delighted that Scott Roberts and Hagen Green, two distinguished members of the InfoPath product team, decided to share their experience in this book.""--From the Foreword by Jean Paoli, cocreator of XML 1.0 and Microsoft Office InfoPathMicrosoft Office InfoPath 2007 offers breakthrough tools for gathering, managing, and integrating business-critical information, and creating efficient forms-driven processes. Two longtime members of Microsoft's InfoPath product team have written the first comprehensive, hands-on guide to building successful XML-based solutions with InfoPath 2007. The book opens with a practical primer on the fundamentals of InfoPath form template design for information workers and application developers at all levels of experience. It then moves into advanced techniques for customizing, integrating, and extending form templates--with all the code examples and detail needed by professional developers. Learn how to: Design form templates: create blank form templates, insert and customize controls, use advanced formatting, and construct and lay out views Work with data: start with XML data or schema, manually edit data sources, and understand design-time visuals Add custom business logic to forms, and integrate them with other applications Retrieve and query data from external data sources, including XML files, databases, SharePoint lists, Web services, and ADO.NET DataSets Submit and receive form data using ADO.NET Save, preview, and publish to e-mail, SharePoint, and more Build reusable components with template parts Create workflows with SharePoint and InfoPath E-Mail Forms Administer Forms Services and Web-enabled form templates Build advanced form templates using C# form code, custom controls, add-ins, and the new InfoPath 2007 managed object model Design form templates using Visual Studio Tools for Office (VSTO) Update, secure, and optimize your form templates
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About the Authors
"PART I: Designing Forms
Chapter 1: Introduction to InfoPath 2007
Chapter 2: Basics of InfoPath Form Design
Chapter 3: Working with Data
Chapter 4: Advanced Controls and Customization
Chapter 5: Adding Logic without Code
Chapter 6: Retrieving Data from External Sources
Chapter 7: Extended Features of Data Connections
Chapter 8: Submitting Form Data
Chapter 9: Saving and Publishing
Chapter 10: Building Reusable Components
Chapter 11: Security and Deployment
Chapter 12: Creating Reports
Chapter 13: Workflow
Chapter 14: Introduction to Forms Services
Part II: Advanced Form Design
Chapter 15: Writing Code in InfoPath
Chapter 16: Visual Studio Tools for Microsoft Office InfoPath 2007
Chapter 17: Advanced Forms Services
Chapter 18: Hosting InfoPath
Chapter 19: Building Custom Controls Using ActiveX Technologies
Chapter 20: Add-ins
Chapter 21: Importers and Exporters
Appendix: Further Reading "
About the Author
Scott Roberts is a Senior Development Lead on the InfoPath team at Microsoft Corporation, and has been involved with InfoPath since its inception. He leads development on features ranging from controls and template parts to the Word/Excel importers. Scott is also the author of Programming Microsoft Internet Explorer 5 (Microsoft Press) and numerous technical articles and publications.
Hagen Green is a Software Design Engineer in Test II at Microsoft Corporation, and has been a member of the InfoPath team since its inception. He leads a team focused on the next version of Windows SharePoint Services. He contributed chapters on InfoPath to Visual Studio Tools for Office: Using Visual Basic 2005, and Visual Studio Tools for Office: Using C# (Addison-Wesley).
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Top Customer Reviews
If you're just beginning with InfoPath this book is for you. If you've creating solutions with InfoPath since day one I'm still confident that this book would be a worthwhile investment.
Good job guys!
What differentiates this book from others is its narrative.
I have been reading IT technical books for 24 years now and very rarely I find a book so easy to follow.
I didn't need that extra cafeine-hit to keep me awake after 20 minutes reading this book. I did need a PC beside me to practice what I was reading from time to time, and only because I like to bring thoughts come into life. However the book does enough on its own to keep you going without any yawns.
I have found it to be equivalent to a college level course on InfoPath. The authors strive to keep a narrative style through highly technical information - and sometimes they fail, but for the most part, things are explained well.
Illustrations are complete, you don't need to follow along at the keyboard. In fact, my approach was to read this book away from my computer, finish a topic, then attempt to apply the lesson at the computer, using the book as a reference. It takes time, but it has proved a most effective learning method.
I would have liked to see some sort of 30,000 foot overview, or a "mall map" ("you are here") to help guide me along the knowledge trail - it's easy to get lost in so much prose. It would be great to have a companion book of about 200 pages, summarizing the chapters, with references to this "mothership" of knowledge.
However, I've found few technical books that are as complete in their coverage of a subject. If you can muster the time, the patience, the focus, and to some degree the courage to take on this book and read it cover to cover, you will truly have near expert level understanding and skills in InfoPath.
InfoPath can now be tweaked for almost any "form" requirements you can think up and without the use of any code writing.
But for you XML code wizards, Chapter 15,16 goes indepth on Event Bubbling, adding Password code, and many other XML code writing subjects including the use of Visual Studio. I myself found it to be useful knowledge, even if I never alter a line of code, though mostlikely I will.
I would have to say this book covers every aspect of Form Design including E-Mail deployment, web deployment and lastly local server deployment.
If you plan to build a InfoPath form, this book is a must have reference.
Get out your highlighter though! (Better yet, make it two or three).
Good work by both, Scott and Hagen, including the entire InfoPath team.