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  Asked By: Gustavo    Date: Oct 26    Category: Sharepoint    Views: 702

I'm evaluating Sharepoint as a possible solution for a content management
site. Could someone give me a quick idea as to *how* customizable the
Sharepoint front-end is?

Our client has a complicated front-end interface already in place. Can I
just lay the interface over the SP object model? Can the complete SP object
model be accessed without using the MS front end? Or is the MS front-end
pretty tightly coupled?



4 Answers Found

Answer #1    Answered By: Indu Raj     Answered On: Oct 26

The front  and back ends are pretty tightly coupled. Sharepoint is
customizable to a point, but the difficulty curve gets extremely steep past
that point.

Answer #2    Answered By: Khushi Srivastava     Answered On: Oct 26

I disagree. Sharepoint allows many avenues for customizations.
Granted, if you want to customize the existing Explorer Shell piece
or the integration with Office 2000 or XP would be difficult. But to
extend the Web ui and create custom web parts that extend the SPS
tools as well as too create a complete  custom interface  is not that

Answer #3    Answered By: Arti Patel     Answered On: Oct 26

I don't want to change the Explorer Shell or extend using XP. I was
looking to actually write a COM object  to access the SP object model  and
instantiate from the existing UI pages. Can the Web UI be extended using
ASP? Or is it extended using VBScript?

Answer #4    Answered By: Claire May     Answered On: Oct 26

The web portal in sharepoint  is a digital dashboard implementation
which means that you can create/customize web parts for it. Web part
content can be created using VBScript, XML, JScript, asp html and
even link to external content.

SPS has an SDK kit and obj model  (COM based) that you can program
against. It uses both early and late binding objects COM objects in
PKMCDO and CDO. You can also use Web-dav (Http and XML) as well as
DASL. There is also an ole-db provider that can be used.

The SPS sdk located on www.microsoft.com/sharepoint site as well as
info from the Digital Dashboard site can help get you started.

The current project I am on has me using 90% custom programming and
the rest the exiting UIs. I have to admit I have run into some "I
wish I could..." and had to change directions to get the job done,
but so far I have not run into any show stoppers.

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