The “Make SharePoint Awesome” Experience
This course is different. It’s written for the new breed of web designers, developers and site owners, the ones with no ego and no bone to pick. It’s co-authored by a web designer (Heather Solomon, author of the SharePoint Branding Experience) and a web developer (Dustin Miller, author of the SharePoint Web Developer Experience). And we guarantee that you’ll leave this class feeling inspired, motivated and confident.
Learn how to apply your existing web developer and web designer skills to the SharePoint user interface. From planning and taxonomy to advanced CSS and jQuery, this course is custom crafted to speak to the needs of today’s web designers and developers — and it’s packed with lots of sample code and plenty of hands-on time for both SharePoint 2010 and 2013!
SharePoint Version: 2010, 2013, SharePoint Online
Business before technology, no exceptions
An entire day will be devoted to your business. No computers. No SharePoint. Just like-minded people committed to doing what’s right for the business. It’s a compelling story, and everyone has a part to play. Your actions on this day directly affect what kind of deliverables you create the rest of the week. Yeah, that’s dangerous for the instructors, but it’s a thrill ride for you!
- Who is the audience (user), and what is their motivation?
- What are the priorities and roles for the project?
- How do we write functional requirements?
- What is the information architecture?
The SharePoint Design Process
This is not a substitute for our SharePoint Branding course. In fact, it’s assumed that you already know how to handle the basics of master pages and page layouts. But we’re willing to bet that you are missing out on a lot of what you can do with your custom master pages!
- Creating wireframes and prototypes to support a bulletproof SharePoint design process
- Using semantic code and HTML 5 in your master page
- Hacking and tweaking default SharePoint components to work the way you want
Creative CSS for Inspirational Designs
Our SharePoint CSS Experience gets you started with CSS. Learn how to take your CSS skills and apply them to SharePoint. We update this content constantly to keep up with the latest trends and concepts in CSS-based web design.
- CSS-based layouts and CSS 3 hotness
- Required selectors and how to override them
- Fixing, floating, pinning and mobi-fying SharePoint sites and content
Neuroscience. Yeah, Neuroscience.
You’ve always been told that, as a web designer, you need to understanding your audience. With a series of group experiments and demonstrations in the classroom, along with powerful stories about the way decisions are made, you’ll get a new and more powerful insight into your audience.
- How the brain makes decisions and how emotions influence those decisions
- The right way to design for the way your users think
- Understand and take advantage of the human brain’s natural “shortcuts”
Designers, look to your nearest developer. Developers, look to your nearest designer. Do you feel a little resentment? Fear? Ego? You’re going to have to check that baggage. We focus on designers and developers working together.
- Writing rational HTML and CSS to support developers
Crash Course in XSL
- Data View Web Part how-to
- Writing and re-using XSL
- Any markup from any data, any time
Custom Forms and External Data Sources
We get it. Requirements can really suck the joy out of the work you do. Some of them seem so impossible to accomplish with SharePoint, you just go out and buy a third party component to “make it work and get on with it”. Slow your roll, there’s more you can do to create a custom SharePoint experience.
- Working with external data sources including databases, external APIs, and social networks like Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn
- Custom presentation of data entry forms (remember: any output for any data source — that includes forms!)
- Using list forms as a “poor man’s publishing” solution
Putting It All Together
Time to take everything you’ve learned and make the final push to SharePoint nirvana. We’ll show you how to:
- Package your CSS / Master Pages / images — the right way
- Package custom views and data — the right way
- Minify and combine your code
- Create custom solution packages without using Visual Studio — We give you the tools you need (free ones, and they’ll even work on a Mac)
What you need to attend this class
- A basic understanding of the SharePoint framework
- This course is designed for experienced web designers and developers
For your computer:
- SharePoint Designer 2010 (required)
What you will receive from this class
- Full color student reference guides and diagrams with post-class revisions and updates
- Access to recordings of all classroom sessions!
- Sample code and UI components. And we mean A LOT of code.
- Lots of great ideas on how to think outside of the SharePoint box!