WHAT YOU WILL LEARN IN THIS CHAPTER:
You can think of Web Parts as visual information blocks that you use to build a team or portal site. Essentially, they are modules or applications that you retrieve from a site’s gallery and add to a web page. Every time you create a list or library app, SharePoint creates a corresponding Web Part that you can drag onto a Web Part page to view the contents of that list or library. Web parts can be as simple as an application allowing you to view a list of members of your site, to something more complex that displays data from an external business system.
Although SharePoint 2013 has Web Parts ready for your use, you can also create your own Web Parts using Visual Studio. For example, if you need a special module on your site that allows users to submit, update, and review support incidents from an external helpdesk application, you can develop a Web Part for that purpose. However, before you create anything custom, it is always important to understand what is available out-of-the-box. This chapter focuses on the core Web Parts that are available as part of a SharePoint Server installation and discusses the most common methods for interacting with them.
To get started, this section explores the more common techniques for interacting with Web ...