WHAT YOU WILL LEARN IN THIS CHAPTER:
Customizing a Form
Using XSL and XPath
Working with the XSLT List View web part
Working with the Data View
Using a REST Web Service
Managing an External List
Using InfoPath 2010
Creating a Master Page
Creating a Page Layout
Creating a Custom CSS
Creating a Workflow
In Chapter 8, you learned how to customize and extend SharePoint with the help of features and web parts such as the Silverlight web part, change a site's theme, and install custom web parts. As you've seen, you can do a lot of customization just by using the browser.
But if you need to brand SharePoint in the way that serves your needs best, or if you need to quickly build a web part that retrieves information from an external data source or sets up an advanced workflow for a site, you definitely need to use SharePoint Designer 2010 (SPD 2010). This chapter shows you how to do these things and more.
SharePoint Designer 2010 is like the previous version, SharePoint Designer 2007 — a free "what you see is what you get" (WYSIWYG) editor for SharePoint 2010 sites that provides a set of powerful tools for creating attractive sites, building no-code solutions, workflows, or an application for report processing. In fact, this editor covers nearly every job you can think of for modifying or enhancing your SharePoint 2010 environment. SharePoint Designer 2010 has excellent editorial support for underlying ...