Data Views


For those of you who haven’t tried it yet, I highly recommend customizing and creating Data View Web Parts with Frontpage 2003. There’s an entire whitepaper on the topic at http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/default.asp?url=/library/en-us/odc_fp2003_ta/html/odc_fpbldgxmlwebs.asp. You can create web parts without writing a line of code and connect to XML data sources like web services, RSS feeds, et cetera.


For those of you skeptical of Frontpage, I reassure you that Frontpage 2003 is miles ahead of Frontpage 97. It’s especially powerful when it comes to customizing SharePoint sites. It is the only technology that enables you to create XSLT visually.

Comments (5)

  1. Stef Shoffren says:

    Cheers for this Arpan – I was looking for this in MSDN Library, but was looking in the SharePoint section, not the Frontpage section.

    Stef

  2. You’ve been Taken Out. Thanks for the post.

  3. Frontpage data views are great. Also because now it is easy to create a view on a list from another site. The only problem I have with data views is that as soon as you convert a list view to data view using the convert to XSLT option (done through an XSLT transformation on the CAML code defining the view) it becomes difficult to package and deploy the web part. The GUID of the list is in the data query definition and is not parameterizable (is this an English word?).

    Does anyone have a good solution on this deployment issue?

  4. Frontpage data views are great. Also because now it is easy to create a view on a list from another site. The only problem I have with data views is that as soon as you convert a list view to data view using the convert to XSLT option (done through an XSLT transformation on the CAML code defining the view) it becomes difficult to package and deploy the web part. The GUID of the list is in the data query definition and is not parameterizable (is this an English word?).

    Does anyone have a good solution on this deployment issue?

  5. Mark Adkins says:

    Any idea why I lost my "Revert to Sharepoint List" option when right-clicking an XSLT data view part?