Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Extending MOSS Solutions

Source: Microsoft Learning: Extending Office SharePoint Server 2007 Solutions

In Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007, there are many opportunities for you, as a developer, to extend the functionality of these features. By developing components and services, you can create specific custom solutions.

In portal solutions, for example, you can develop

1. Custom Web parts to provide specific functionality.
2. Customized components for the business data catalog, and
3. Custom search components and solutions.

In business intelligence solutions, you can develop

1. Custom Web parts that are specific to the business intelligence dashboards of your organization,
2. Components that extend the Analysis Services and Excel Services that are provided by Microsoft SQL Server and Office SharePoint Server 2007.

For Web content management solutions, you can develop

1. Custom converters and field controls that enable your application to handle specific content types and authoring processes.

In records management solutions, you can

1. Create components, templates, and policies that are specific to the vertical industry of your organization, or to that of your customers.

In addition to extending and developing features for the four main areas, you can also develop custom workflows and configure other shared services that provide functionality for all types of solutions. For example, you can develop server-side InfoPath forms for data entry, and you can create specific extensions for the Single Sign-On service.

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