Pro SharePoint Designer 2010, SharePoint 2010(1)

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Contents at a Glance

About the Authors ................................................................................................

About the Technical Reviewer .............................................................................

Acknowledgments ................................................................................................

Preface.................................................................................................................
Part I



Covering the Basics ..............................................................................

Chapter 1: A Quick Guide to SharePoint Designer .................................................

Chapter 2: Editing Pages ......................................................................................

Chapter 3: Using SharePoint to Store Data ...........................................................

Chapter 4: Managing Web Parts ...........................................................................
Part II



Advanced Site Customization ..........................................................

Chapter 5: Displaying Data .................................................................................

Chapter 6: Styles and Themes ............................................................................

Chapter 7: Managing Publishing Sites................................................................

Chapter 8: Advanced Site Customizations ..........................................................

Chapter 9: Client-Side Programming ..................................................................
Part III



Integrating SharePoint ....................................................................

Chapter 10: Consuming External Data ................................................................

Chapter 11: Using InfoPath Forms ......................................................................

Chapter 12: Automating with Workflows............................................................

Index ...................................................................................................................
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 C H A P T E R 1
A Quick Guide to
SharePoint Designer
SharePoint Designer (SPD)
is a Windows client application used to design rich, highly customized
SharePoint solutions. SPD is intended for use primarily by web site designers to enable detailed
customization of pages, lists, libraries, and many other SharePoint artifacts. Although SPD includes
features that may be useful to developers and administrators, it is first and foremost a design tool. SPD is
ideal for creating business process workflows, integrating with line-of-business databases, and creating
custom presentations of business information on the SharePoint Server platform.
This chapter introduces SharePoint Designer 2010. You will learn about the history of the product
and explore the new features of SPD’s 2010 version. You will walk through the installation of the
application and its user interface. The rest of this book is dedicated to examining each of the areas where
SPD can simplify web site development and customization.
You will learn about the following topics in this chapter:

History of SharePoint Designer

New features in the 2010 version

Installation of the application

Setup of an existing SharePoint environment for designer access

Overview of the user interface

Best practices for using SharePoint Designer in the enterprise
From FrontPage to SharePoint Designer
SPD 2010 is the latest version of the product previously known as FrontPage. Let’s consider how we got
to where we are today. Back in the 1990s, there was a company called Vermeer Technologies
Incorporated (VTI). VTI created a product for editing web pages called FrontPage. In January of 1996,
Vermeer was purchased by Microsoft.

Note
Have you ever wondered why SharePoint contains directories with names such as
_vti
? Well, now you
know!
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