This course provides you with the knowledge required by a developer in order to customise Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services v3 using both SharePoint Designer and Visual Studio
The course will recap the ways in which SharePoint can be customised from the browser, and then consider more in-depth customisation. You will be given a general overview of the architecture of WSS, including an introduction to the available development tools and their functionality.
You will learn to use SharePoint Designer to customise a SharePoint site, including editing its master page and CSS styles as well as creating new lists and customising them, and creating new workflows. You will then move on to using Visual Studio and the Visual Studio Extensions for WSS. You will create a custom site definition, and learn how to use features and elements within WSS to construct a list definition with an event receiver. You will create new web parts, and see how to connect them to each other and how to add AJAX behaviour to them. You will investigate the SharePoint object model, and the WSS web services that can connect external applications to WSS. You will create custom field types and use them to create a content type. Lastly, you will create a new workflow and a new action for SharePoint Designer, using Visual Studio.
The course assumes 6 months development experience with ASP.NET v2.0, or equivalent knowledge, plus end-user knowledge of SharePoint.
At the end of the course, students will be able to:
Describe how WSS handles web requests using the content database and the 12 hive
Define common concepts of WSS, including Solutions, Features, Elements, CAML and Web Parts
Describe the available development tools, in particular Visual Studio Extensions for WSS
Modify a SharePoint site from a web browser
Create and modify sites, lists and workflows using SharePoint Designer.
Modify the master page and CSS style of a site using SharePoint Designer
Create custom site definitions in Visual Studio
Create custom actions and list definitions in Visual Studio
Create Event Receivers in Visual Studio
Create complex web parts, including AJAX web parts, and connect them to each other
Create custom field types and custom rendering for them
Connect other applications to SharePoint using web services and the SharePoint object model
Create and use a new SharePoint workflow using Visual Studio
Create new workflow actions for SharePoint Designer using Visual Studio