- Paperback: 552 pages
- Publisher: Wrox; 1 edition (January 9, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0470287616
- ISBN-13: 978-0470287613
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.1 x 9.3 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
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From the Back Cover
Professional Microsoft Office SharePoint Designer 2007
Microsoft Office SharePoint Designer 2007 is a versatile application that provides all the necessary tools to modify nearly every aspect of a SharePoint web site's look and feel. Yet, SharePoint Designer can do far more than just customize SharePoint sites and this book shows you how to maximize the potential of this fully featured web design tool.
Packed with step-by-step examples, sample code, and helpful screen shots, this resource begins with an overview of SharePoint Designer and SharePoint technology and then quickly moves on to teach you how to use SharePoint Designer to customize various aspects of your sites. The team of experienced authors demonstrates how SharePoint Designer is able to create powerful applications that would have normally required considerable programming effort, and they take you past the built-in features of SharePoint Designer with extensions, add-ins, migration, and conversion tools. With this book, you'll be able to perfectly match a SharePoint site to an enterprise's standards, connect SharePoint with other enterprise resources, or create something entirely new.
What you will learn from this book
Ways to create extensions to SharePoint and SharePoint Designer, with examples in both C# and Visual Basic .NET
Techniques for customizing lists, libraries, and more
How to maximize your use of SharePoint Site Components
The anatomy of SharePoint master pages and themes
Methods for working with CSS editing tools in SharePoint Designer
How to use Visual Studio and other tools to extend the capabilities of SharePoint and SharePoint Designer
Things to consider when building SharePoint Designer workflows
Considerations for governing the use of SharePoint Designer in your enterprise
Who this book is for
Wrox Professional guides are planned and written by working programmers to meet the real-world needs of programmers, developers, and IT professionals. Focused and relevant, they address the issues technology professionals face every day. They provide examples, practical solutions, and expert education in new technologies, all designed to help programmers do a better job.
About the Author
Woodrow (Woody) Windischman is a technology trainer and consultant with more than 20 years’ experience in a variety of roles, allowing him to see problems holistically and come up with appropriate solutions. His SharePoint experience started even before SharePoint became a product, with predecessors such as Site Server, the Digital Dashboard Resource Kit, and the earliest versions of Microsoft FrontPage. Since then Woody ’ s been deeply involved in the SharePoint community — first having been awarded Microsoft SharePoint MVP from October 2005 through September 2007, and then working directly for the SharePoint product team. He ’ s active in several online SharePoint communities, including the TechNet forums.
Bryan Phillips is a software architect and senior partner with Composable Systems, LLC, specializing in service - oriented business solutions using the latest Microsoft technology. Bryan has worked professionally with Microsoft development technology since 1997 and holds the Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT), Microsoft Certified Solution Developer (MCSD), Microsoft Certified Database Administrator (MCDBA), and Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) certifications. Bryan contributes regularly to the Microsoft development community by speaking on topics such as Smart Client, ASP.NET, SharePoint, SQL Server, and Mobile development; presenting DevCares courses; and blogging on topics of interest to developers. Bryan is a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) in Client Application Development.
Asif Rehmani has been a Trainer and a Consultant working out of the Chicago office of SharePoint Solutions ( http://sharepointsolutions.com/chicago ) since early 2005. He is a SharePoint Server MVP and MCT.
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BUT! there's no excuse to sell a book with tables and illustrations as blurry as these are. Some are impossible to read whether on the small kindle, the big kindle, or your PC! Not too small (although there's really no effective way to get them much bigger) but too few pixels to be readable blurry. Did anyone actually test this at the publishers before dumping it out here? If you're contemplating getting this, be sure and get the sample and see if it's workable for you before you buy. I understand that there may be limits on file size and therefore for dpi but broken is broken.
I like the way the beginning of the book is organized (SharePoint - from the perspective of different user types) because it breaks the basics down in a way that keeps things segmented nicely. I can skip the whole "from a user's perspective" parts as I don't need that stuff. It also helps me see things "from the other side" - that is, not a developer's point of view.
If I had to pick one negative about the book, I would have to say it would be in its coverage of SPD workflows. I fully realize that I have a very strong bias *against* SPD workflows, but it is because I have seen too many problems caused by misuse. I wish that the book spent more than a page and a half cautioning people against using SPD workflows and building Rube Goldberg contraptions just to get around limitations of the product. In some ways it seems like the book encourages this risky behavior and I think that is dangerous. In any event, there are a lot of pitfalls and a brief coverage of them is insufficient.
All in all, a great book for learning SPD - even for a dumb developer like me :-). It's on the shelf right next to my desk alongside my other SharePoint books. I use it often for help with learning this tool (SPD) and how to use it more effectively.
My favorite chapters include The Anatomy of a SharePoint Page, The Anatomy of a SharePoint Theme, Working with SharePoint Data (indispensable) and the section on Programming on the Client Side.
However, Woody, Asif, and Bryan have done a marvelous job of making me regret those expectations. Not only have the managed to create an extremely good overview of many of the aspects of SharePoint Designer, but they have managed to do so in a way that is interesting and sparks a genuine desire to learn more.
I thoroughly enjoyed part III on creating applications without programming and especially the chapter on SharePoint Designer workflows. Even for someone who enjoys programming with a nail, two wires, and a battery, efficiency is still an issue. In addition and as mentioned, perhaps the biggest benefit I gain from the book is a desire to keep learning and exploring these topics.
And then I found the juicy stuff, the part that really made me fall in love with this book: Part V with three chapters full of real programming material. I especially enjoy that the chapter on web part development walks through all the steps of setting up and deploying the web part, without using any of the third-party tools available.
I'm no big fan of the masterpages and css material, but that's just me and I am certain that it is invaluable to those more interested in design than I am.
If I should point out one negative thing I would point out that the book tries to cover too much ground and isn't detailed enough. This may be a deliberate decision by the authors, and I can certainly understand that from a desire to appeal to as broad a user group as possible, but the sacrifice may be that of depth.
Overall, however, this is now officially one of my favorite books, and I will highly recommend it to anyone looking to learn both SharePoint and SharePoint Designer.