SharePoint Designer - Free

by cdwise 3. April 2009 06:42

I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw that MS is now making SharePoint Designer free and anyone who has SharePoint Designer from a Software Assurance (corporate licensing agreement) will now get Expression Web as part of their package.

For more information including how to download SharePoint Designer see: http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/sharepointdesigner/HA103607621033.aspx

What is SharePoint Designer

Basically it is Expression Web v1 with full FrontPage webbot support and support for customizing SharePoint sites. It doesn’t have the PHP support that Expression Web v2 has nor does it have the ability to remember FTP passwords (unless there has been an update since the last time I looked at it anyway) but it does have the same great CSS editor and web standards orientation (when not using the SharePoint-FrontPage bots) so check it out if you don’t have Expression Web especially if you are a FrontPage user who still has the FPSE on your hosted site and want to continue to use them for awhile longer.

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Webcasts You Should Watch

by cdwise 27. March 2009 23:42

After yesterday's Livemeeting fiasco I was looking at some of the links we talked about once we did got the meeting room open and discovered some sessions from Miles Swanson's blog I wanted to highlight. (Mike no longer has the list on his by - it was move to http://videos.visitmix.com/MIX09/All ) The titles link 8 the online webcast. To download in your preferred format of Windows Media, Zuni, iTunes (mp4), or the Power Pont slits use the videos.visitmix link.

What else?

There are probably a dozen different presentations on Silverlight and ASP.NET so I’m not going to single out any others here since you can easily find them for yourself.

I am going to be putting each of those (except the Expression Web one which I’ve already seen twice) on my iPod  along with the Deep Zoom one. What about you?

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SuperPreview-CSS 3 and more

by cdwise 19. March 2009 00:06

Hate troubleshooting browser display issues? Check out Super Preview announced today http://blogs.msdn.com/xweb/archive/2009/03/18/Microsoft-Expression-Web-SuperPreview-for-Windows-Internet-Explorer.aspx I suspect that will be demoed during the Expression Web Session at MIX09 and may even make the keynote. Check http://mix09.visitmix.com if you want to catch the sessions online.

If you were at the MIX workshops yesterday I hope you checked out Molly’s session. If not, and you didn’t make it over to South by Southwest you can get the slides from the CSS 3 panel from her site at http://www.molly.com/2009/03/18/css3-panel-slides-from-sxswi/ 

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WaSP Curriculm

by cdwise 18. March 2009 02:22

Playing catch-up and the first thing that caught my eye in the #SWSX twitter was the announcement of a new curriculum from the good folks at the Web Standards Project http://interact.webstandards.org/curriculum/ I took a quick look and though it was worth posting about before I continued reading mail, tweets, and other stuff I follow published in the last four days I’ve been offline.

Expect a few more blog posts and tweets over the next couple of days as I catch up on what I missed at South by Southwest and what is going on at MIX. This will be the first year I’ve missed MIX but it is just as well that things didn’t work out for me to be able to attend since it would have been rather jarring to go from my grandmother’s funeral (98 – she had a long full life so no need for condolences) directly to Las Vegas.

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Bad Website Advice from FOX News

by cdwise 11. March 2009 00:03

Unlike it said last week on FOX news:

"Programs like Microsoft Frontpage, Adobe Dreamweaver, and Microsoft Expression let you edit HTML without actually knowing it." http://www.myfoxhouston.com/dpp/morning_news/ 090304_my_tech_guy_learn_make_webpage

You can't create a website, at least not a functioning, attractive website with any of the programs listed above without actually learning some of the basics of HTML and even more importantly the completely omitted CSS. FrontPage is the only one that even attempted to claim that you could and it is no longer made by Microsoft. The last version released was 2003. In Internet terms that is ancient.

Both Dreamweaver and Expression Web are professional level tools. While each can be used by beginners most beginners will find themselves quickly frustrated with either program since they were written with a certain level of knowledge and skill expected of the user. Using the "Page Tutor" tutorial linked will not equip you to use either of them.

The article is correct in a few things:

  • Sometimes a website can actually help you to find a job, but only if the website your create is done in a competent manner. That means it works not just in the browser you use but also in those that a possible employer uses. Better yet, it also works on their mobile device.
  • The ability to update or otherwise maintain a website's contents is a valuable skill even for those who are not professional web designer/developers.
  • Truest thing in the article are bolded in the following quote:
  • By slowly reading the tutorials and playing around with the web editor and photo program, you can quickly learn how to build and edit quality web pages, but you have to have patience and the desire to learn.

Get a good web editor remotely and use tutorials written for that editor. Do not use the Page Tutor material. While it does explain some terms the methods described are form the 1990s. Instead skip over that first link and go straight to the W3Schools link. While you are there, don't stop at the HTML tutorials or better yet the XHTML Tutorials but continue on to the CSS tutorials otherwise instead of helping you what you learn could hurt you when it comes to job hunting.

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