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Learning to create custom apps/web parts

  Asked By: Alyssa    Date: Jul 06    Category: Sharepoint    Views: 1323

My company is in the very early stages of using WSS 3.0 to create a
company intranet. So far we are mostly using it for a document/form
repository, but obviously that is barely scraping the tip of the iceberg.

We currently have several "simple" reports that we can run throughout
the day to show various dynamic metrics. I had the idea of trying to
move these from running on our ERP system to having a reporting pages
where users could pull up the report which would be populated on
demand with the latest data.

Pulling the data is relatively simple since it would just require a
few SQL statements and then presenting the data. My problem is
figuring out how to do this on WSS. On a normal web server I could do
this easily with a simple ASP, PHP or JSP page, but Sharepoint doesn't
allow code blocks within ASPX, so I'm stumped.

Can any of you suggest a resource to learn how to go about something
like this? Would I need to create a custom webpart, app, etc? Do I
need Visual Studio or would the Express editions suffice? I have some
development experience with PHP, VB and a real little bit in C++ and
Java. I'm fairly confident I can do this, I'm just not sure how/where
to start.

Any pointers would be greatly appreciated.



1 Answer Found

Answer #1    Answered By: Maricela Conway     Answered On: Jul 06

Based on your message below, I'd suggest taking a look at the "Data
View" or "Data Form" web  part - this is created using SharePoint
Designer and can pull  from a variety of backend sources.

There are other OOTB options in MOSS, or you can also do this with a
custom web part if none of these options do what you need.

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