Beginning InfoPath 2003 Paperback – Mar 11 2005
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F. Scott Barker (Woodinville, WA) a Microsoft MVP, has worked as a developer in the database field for over 16 years, with Visual Basic, SQL Server and Microsoft Access for the last 12 years. Scott is currently working on a major InfoPath project for Toyota, converting a largely manual paper form production quality control system to InfoPath forms. Scott worked at Microsoft in the Access and Foxpro teams. Since leaving he has been contracting with Microsoft developing in-house tools used throughout Microsoft. Scott is a writer for a number of VB/Office magazines as well as a columnist for DotNetJunkies.com, and is the author of a number of books.
From the Back Cover
Beginning InfoPath 2003
Microsoft InfoPath 2003 allows users to create forms that can be used immediately for data gathering, analysis, and reporting. This book provides everything you need to maximize the potential of this unique tool.
Whether you're looking to create streamlined forms, understand the code behind InfoPath forms, or work with InfoPath at an enterprise level, you'll learn how to take advantage of all the tools InfoPath offers. A case study shows how InfoPath can be used in conjunction with Windows SharePoint Services and Microsoft Access, and there's an entire chapter on using XML data sources. By the end of the book, you'll be comfortable with creating forms in Microsoft InfoPath 2003 and using the features that come with the 1.1 service release.
What you will learn from this book
- How to use InfoPath in a range of scenarios to meet various needs
- Ways to create an InfoPath form from an existing data source
- An overview of the numerous controls and when to use them
- Techniques for working with the various types of sections that make InfoPath forms
- How to put a form on a file server that other people can access
- Scripting forms with JScript and VBScript
- Developing InfoPath forms with VB.NET, C#, and the Visual Studio .NET InfoPath 2003 Toolkit
- Implementing InfoPath forms and data security using authorization, trusted forms, and digital signatures
Who this book is for
This book is for both power users and developers who are looking to create sophisticated forms quickly or take their existing forms skills to the next level.
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The book is well organized and follows a logical progression from basic to more complex subjects. The first 60% or so of the book covers the basic matter with the remainder devoted to more advanced and quite current topics such as using .NET managed code with InfoPath. Lastly there is a case study to illustrate the thought processes around using InfoPath in real-world solutions. If you need to get up-to-speed on InfoPath quickly, this book can be lightly read in no more than 2 days and used as a guide and reference from there.
There are two aspects about the way this book is written that appealed to me. First, Scott Barker makes practical use of the "Try It Out" and "How it works" technique. Second, any prior bleeding-edge experience with InfoPath, especially pre-SP1, will make anyone purchasing this book totaly appreciate the expanded coverage of topics like security and deployment. InfoPath was designed to comply with standards/laws that address privacy like HIPPA, which make deployment "lots of fun".
On the downside, there are a number of typos in the book, but my guess is that the editing done by Wrox was rushed and it's not due to the writing per se. Fortunately, the errors are pretty obvious.
Chapter List: InfoPath - The Journey Begins; Getting Started Designing with InfoPath; Understanding Data; Creating an InfoPath Form from an Existing Data Source; Utilizing XML and Web Service Data Sources; Working with Controls in General; Looking at Some Useful Controls and Techniques; Working with Sections; Managing Views; Publishing InfoPath Forms; Working with Code in Your InfoPath Form; Getting Started Using Scripts; Working with .NET Managed Code; Real-World Tasks and Coding Examples; Creating and Working with Web Services; Implementing Security; Working with InfoPath and Windows SharePoint Services; Manufacturing Plant Case Study; Answers to Exercises; Index
As I said in the opening statement, I'd feel very comfortable using this as an initial text to start learning InfoPath if that were my next learning chore. Barker does a nice job explaining the overall concepts behind the product, and then gets into the actual building of applications based on InfoPath. There's a good mix of examples using various data sources, like Access, SQL Server, and web services. As a beginning text, this focuses more on the basic form design and how you can build useful forms using wizards and the basic controls. There isn't the focus on doing a lot of scripting in your application, which is OK as this is labeled a "beginning" book. In fact, there's a follow-on Wrox title labelled Professional InfoPath 2003. If that book covers scripting and more of the internals, then I'd consider the coverage in this book to be perfect for the division between the two titles.
It's really tough to not want to get off on a tangent of comparing this technology to the Notes/Domino platform. But this *is* a book review, not a technology review. As a result, I'll restrain myself and stop here. :-) This is a well-done book, and worth getting if you're going down the Microsoft path of "collaboration" based on their definition of the day...
OK... that last one just slipped out. :-)
I personally feel that InfoPath can be learned easily with Microsoft Online Help and by playing with the software. The book did not help me in any way to improve my skills.
The book's value has now depreciated to ashes after the release of the new office 2007 package.