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Creating Forms With SharePoint Server 2013

With SharePoint Server 2013 organizations in the public, private and not for profit sectors can implement a new way of building forms to meet the needs of daily computing operations. In a video tutorial set titled SP13-307 SharePoint 2013: Enterprise Forms Video Training Course, Darvish Shadravan, SharePoint Technical Specialist and author of several books on InfoPath and SharePoint for Microsoft Press, presents the new methods of building forms accompanying the release of SharePoint Server 2013.

In the first video tutorial included in the set, “SharePoint Forms 2013 course objectives and takeaways”, Darvish summarizes the objectives and components of the course. This video tutorial course covers:

  1. a Forms Overview
  2. InfoPath
  3. Access 2013 Forms (a new option)
  4. and Cloud App Model and Custom Forms

As Darvish Shadravan notes, when users can avail of different options with regards to production of forms, the range of utility for these forms can certainly be expanded. But “there are certainly tradeoffs” which users need to keep in mind as they consider which forms creation option provides the best solution to specific requirements. The tradeoffs are “both from a technical nature and from the business side.” At a minimum, our objective in this course is to empower attendees with the information they need to accurately present the pros and cons of each approach to building forms in a SharePoint Server 2013 environment. Our course will also clear up a lot of the mystery about the role InfoPath continues to play as one of the optional methods for this process.

Darvish Shadravan states, unequivocably, “any investments in InfoPath forms are still fully supported in SharePoint Server 2013”, so organizations with a substantial commitment to this method need not be concerned as they consider migrating to the new server platform. Further, “the product [InfoPath] has not been deprecated.”

An important feature of the course will be a presentation of the “no-code” forms development options presented by Access 2013 and SharePoint Access Services 2013.
But administrators, developers, designers and architects need to plan on substantially revamped Access and Access Services products which will require a new orientation. As well, forms developers need to understand Access 2013 does not do everything InfoPath does with regards to the process.

Highly customized forms can now be built with HTML 5 for the new server environment and its new “Cloud App” model.

Ira Michael Blonder

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