on 2 May 2008
I really do recommend this book. It does exactly what it suggests in the title. I administor MOSS 2007 & WSS 3.0 sites on a day to day basis,but have only recently been able to make time to sit down and get fully to grips with Sharepoint Designer 2007.
The initial chapters waste no time explaining the nuts and bolts of Sharepoint Designer 2007 and how it interacts with MOSS 2007/WSS 3.0. However whilst it wastes no words getting right to the point it still manages to be clear. This means it is also suitable for someone new to Sharepoint, although though they may find the initial learning curve a little harder than an I.T. Pro. This is as you really need to be skilled with the MOSS/WSS central admin console throughout the book to perform many of the exercises.
In the mid and later chapters the book again wastes no time and has you doing useful and practical tasks in Sharepoint Designer all the time. I found myself spliting time between reading a chapter and fixing a problem in WSS that i'd been previously unable to deal with.
The CD has all the templates you need to do every exercise and also some excellent whitepapers and presentations. I also noted the book is full of usefull weblinks for all things 'sharepoint'.
In summary, an excellent value book for an introduction to Sharepoint Designer 2007 and what MOSS/WSS can do.
NOTE: My only (minor) critisism is that the coverage of CSS or any web related standards is pretty poor. Even to the point of suggesting use of deprecated html commands at one point. That said web training was not the purpose of the book so it's a minor point I feel. If you really want CSS skills then read CSS the missing manual which is a great book for this purpose.
FINAL NOTE: An informational warning for those who neeed it is that to use this book you need access to a IIS6, WSS3 and a SQL server. These can be downloaded as evaluations and installed on one machine. But be aware as for a novice to I.T. this pre-requisite may be a bridge to far.
on 22 January 2008
I've been waiting some time for a book on SharePoint Designer (SPD) and at long last there is one. I've read some other books from Penelope Coventry, e.g., Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 Step by Step, and she had done another excellent job with this one. Penelope is now a SharePoint MVP and her breadth of knowledge of both SharePoint Server 2007 and WSS show. The book is not for a novice who is just starting to use SharePoint. You really need to know how to use SharePoint via the browser before tackling this book.
You can divide the book into three parts, with chapters for:
* a SPD beginner, also such a user will also benefit from Foundations of Expression Web: The Basics and Beyond by Cheryl Wise
* a developer
* and an administrator
Every one should read the chapter on usability and accessibility. I also like the chapter on controls - and excellent scenario that builds up through the chapter.
on 19 July 2010
This book has great step by step instructions and is in a clear language, so you won't get confused.
It is perfect for the IT guy which knows a bit about HTML, CSS and ASP but nothing about .net.
The book covers what you need to know & learn it terms of creating custom layouts & pages, workflows and other functionalities such as menus.
Bascially this book covers all what you need ' on the frontend of things. ' It does not cover server side knowledge as this is a diffrent topic.
The cd that is supplied with the book contains the completed steps from the tutorials, so you can focus your attention to the understanding of SharePoint Designer and the structure of SharePoint as a whole - and it does it quickly but throughly :)
I ordered the book from the UK and recieved it a few days later in DK, so the delivery was without any issues.
on 29 July 2010
I am a Sharepoint administrator taking care of over 58,000 users. This book helped me with the design features of Sharepoint as prior to this book I just managed the administration and support of the environment. Good book, well paced and the content accurate. Would highly recommend for those who want to develop sites and content as well as admin of Sharepoint 2007.