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Sharepoint Designer Made Easy?,
This review is from: Microsoft® Office SharePoint® Designer 2007 Step by Step (BPG-step by Step) (Paperback)
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.