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This book is for SharePoint developers working with Publishing sites—sites
that leverage MOSS 2007 WCM capabilities. It does not cover administrative
topics in any great detail, only where absolutely necessary. For the most part,
no two chapters are dependent upon each other, so each chapter can be used as a
reference independently of the others. Readers need not have any development
experience with SharePoint, but they should have some experience with and a
working knowledge of ASP.NET 2.0 development practices and topics. Of course,
it is beneficial if the reader does have at least a working knowledge of what
SharePoint is all about.
This book covers MOSS 2007 WCM Publishing sites. You will find some chapters
that seem to cover general WSS 3.0 topics, but everything is treated in the
context of a Publishing site. While the chapters are arranged in a logical
order, it is not necessary to read the book from cover to cover in a linear
fashion. The following is a brief description of each chapter:
Chapter 1, “Embarking on Web Content Management Projects” —This chapter
explains what this book is all about, who the target audience is, and who will
benefit most from the book. It also details what the reader needs in terms of a
local development environment in order to implement the solutions. In addition,
each of the subsequent chapters is explained very briefly to provide an
overview and clarify how each chapter fits in.
Chapter 2, “Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 Development Primer” —This chapter
covers the fundamentals of WSS, including definitions of terms such as farm,
Web application, site collection, site, list, and document library, and the
general architecture of WSS. Some basic object model techniques are
demonstrated in this chapter.
Chapter 3, “Overview of Office SharePoint Server 2007 and Web Content
Management” —This chapter briefly explains each of the various components that
make up MOSS. In addition ,while the book is development-focused, the “ABCs” of
content-centric Internet sites is covered.
Chapter 4, “SharePoint Features and the Solution Framework” —Both new to WSS
3.0, the SharePoint Feature and solution frameworks are covered in great detail
in this chapter, as well as a process for automatically creating WSS solution
packages on every project build.
Chapter 5, “Minimal Publishing Site Definition” —Many users create new WCM
sites by using the Publishing Portal template. Unfortunately, this adds quite a
bit of unnecessary content to the site. This chapter picks apart the Publishing
Portal template and Publishing Features and demonstrates how to create a
minimal Publishing Portal template.
Chapter 6, “Site Columns, Content Types, and Lists” —Three core components to
every WSS 3.0 site—site columns, content types, and lists—are covered in this
Chapter 7, “Master Pages and Page Layouts” —This chapter covers everything
you need to know about creating, editing, and leveraging master pages and page
layouts within Publishing sites.
Chapter 8, “Navigation” —While WSS 3.0’s navigation is founded on the ASP.NET
2.0 navigation provider framework, there are a few SharePoint-specific topics,
which are covered in this chapter.
Chapter 9, “Accessibility” —If it’s not already, accessibility is becoming an
increasingly important topic with regard to Web sites. This chapter explains
the different levels of accessibility and discusses some techniques and tools
developers can leverage to create sites for users with disabilities.
Chapter 10, “Field Types and Field Controls” —Although it’s a WSS 3.0
concept, field types and field controls are covered in this chapter in the
context of a Publishing site. This includes creating custom field types with
custom values types and controls, as well as custom field controls that
leverage existing field types.
Chapter 11, “Web Parts” —This chapter covers creating custom Web Parts and
some advanced topics related to custom Web Part development, such as Editor
Parts, customizing the Verbs menu, and leveraging asynchronous programming
techniques. This chapter also covers the three Publishing-specific Web Parts
and some advanced customization and styling options of the Content Query Web
Chapter 12, “Leveraging Workflow” —The Windows Workflow Foundation, part of
the .NET Framework 3.0, is fully leveraged by WSS 3.0 and MOSS 2007. This
chapter explains how to create custom workflows using Visual Studio and
leveraging InfoPath Web-rendered forms.
Chapter 13, “Search” —Every content-centric site needs a robust search
offering. This chapter explains the different components of MOSS search, as
well as many customization opportunities such as modifying the search results.
Chapter 14, “Authoring Experience Extensibility” —While the authoring
experience in Publishing sites is quite robust, at times developers need to
extend this offering for specific content owner requirements. This chapter
covers this, including customizing the Page Editing Toolbar and the Rich Text
Editor HTML field control.
Chapter 15, “Authentication and Authorization” —This chapter covers
everything you need to know about the ASP.NET 2.0 authentication provider model
SharePoint fully leverages.
Chapter 16, “Implementing Sites with Multiple Languages and Devices” —This
chapter covers the topic of maintaining sites that need to offer their content
in multiple languages, as well as developing custom Web Parts that are
Chapter 17, “Content Deployment” —A common request for larger content-centric
Web sites is to have an internal authoring environment for content and then
push the changed content out to a destination site, either in an organization’s
DMZ or at a co-location facility. This chapter describes the content deployment
capability in MOSS designed to handle such business requirements.
Chapter 18, “Offline Authoring with Document Converters” —While MOSS 2007
Publishing sites offer a very robust Web-based content authoring experience,
SharePoint provides a way to author content offline using tools such as
Microsoft Word or InfoPath. This chapter explains what you need to know about
configuring the document converter infrastructure and creating custom document
Chapter 19, “Performance Tips, Tricks, and Traps” —Internet-facing
content-centric sites built on the SharePoint platform need to be designed and
developed with performance in mind. This chapter provides numerous guidelines
and tips that developers can leverage to create the most performant sites.
Chapter 20, “Incorporating ASP.NET 2.0 Applications” —SharePoint (both WSS
3.0 and MOSS 2007) is not an end-to-end solution but an application platform.
While it provides a significant amount of functionality out of the box,
developers can leverage this platform in building custom applications. This
chapter discusses some techniques that can be used for such tasks.
One approach book takes is not to dwell on the more common minutia of creating
projects in Visual Studio, or the huge topics of core Windows SharePoint
Services (WSS) 3.0 development or SharePoint administration. These topics
warrant their own books, and throughout this book you will find recommended
resources for these topics. This book does cover some subjects that have their
roots in WSS, but they are presented within the context of a Publishing site.
Finally, this book approaches every topic of implementation from the
perspective of SharePoint customization and SharePoint development. While one
implementation may seem to be better than the other, it takes no position on
either, as the goal is to simply educate readers about the advantages and
disadvantages of each. These concepts are defined in Chapter 2, “Windows
SharePoint Services 3.0 Development Primer.”
This book is also available as part of the 4-book SharePoint 2007 Wrox Box
(ISBN: 0470431946) with these 4 books: Professional SharePoint 2007 Development
(ISBN: 0470117567) Real World SharePoint 2007 (ISBN: 0470168358) Professional
Microsoft SharePoint 2007 Design (ISBN: 047028580X) Professional SharePoint
2007 Web Content Management Development (ISBN: 0470224754)