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Professional Microsoft Office SharePoint Designer 2007 1st Edition

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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
This book is for web designers and developers who are looking to modify or enhance SharePoint products and technologies or anyone upgrading from Microsoft FrontPage to SharePoint Designer. A basic knowledge of JavaScript and HTML tags is assumed.

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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Product Details

  • 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
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #763,666 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By David Mann on February 15, 2009
Format: Paperback
As you can tell from the title of this review, I am a developer at heart, and as well all know, most developers generally look down upon SPD. However, SPD is a tool, and for certain things, a useful tool. It belongs in the toolbox of every SP professional. If you don't use SPD for the things it is good for, then you are missing out. That said, if you need to get to know SPD and what it can do, then this is the book you want.

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.
From there, it starts to get into functionality of SPD. It starts with Look and Feel - the bane of every developer's existence - and moves into applications without programming and probably the best coverage I have seen anywhere of programming SharePoint from the client-side (with Javascript and WPSC). I do find it interesting that a book on SPD covers some Visual Studio topics - creating workflow elements and webparts. While I don't think the coverage of either topic is going to make someone an expert at either task, it at least will get them comfortable with what is involved. My only concern is that people will feel like this coverage is sufficient and attempt to move into these more traditional developer roles insufficiently prepared. There is a LOT more to learn before you get there and can play in that speace effectively.

If I had to pick one negative about the book, I would have to say it would be in its coverage of SPD workflows.
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Maybe it was my expectation, but I thought this was a terrible book to learn from. (I'm new to SharePoint, and have no prior knowledge of SPD). My issue with the book is there are no activites(NONE), and it reads like technical or reference manual not a programming book.

I figured by chapter 5 or 6 I would have added my corporate logo, changed colors, tables, components, saved and backed out changes created my own "Theme" etc....Nope, I haven't even opened SharePoint Designer yet, and the branding related chapters are over.

I got this book to quickly learn how to brand our site using SharePoint Designer. What it seems like I got was a very wordy description of seemingly every component, and line of code on the site without actually USING the SPD tool. It's possible that after I learn SharePoint Designer I can go back to this book for further reference, but right now I need a "hand's on" book with specific learning activities.
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Whether you are just getting into SharePoint Designer or have been using it for a little while, this is an excellent book to have on your shelf. It is well written and easy to follow, so you get a better grip on Designer faster. A couple of things that stand out for me are 1)the extras that point you to other resources to help augment Designer and make things easier for you, and 2) the depth that they go into especially around Web part Page Services Component ( WPSC ) and creating add-ins for Designer. This really helps the reader to see and understand that there is more to Designer than just the out-of-the-box UI. So for those of us that want to get into the real nuts and bolts of designer and what it can do, this is a nice introduction. The fact that they include a section covering the use of Visual Studio to help enhance Designer is also a nice touch. With this one book, you will get a solid understanding of what you can do with Designer and how you can use Visual Studio to make it even better.
Well done guys!
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I heard about Woody's book several months ago, and expected to see yet another 'create pretty pictures' book. I should probably mention that I am a hard-core developer and think anything that doesn't involve manually writing MSIL code is 'creating pretty pictures'.

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.
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