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Microsoft® Office SharePoint® Server 2007 Best Practices by Bill English, Ben Curry

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Hybrid Approaches: SharePoint Designer and Visual Studio

Optimally, it would be possible to both edit resources stored on the content database and the file system and be able to deploy them globally and to the content database using a single tool. While that is not yet possible, it is possible to utilize the strengths of both SharePoint Designer and Visual Studio when you implement customization and branding. To do so, SharePoint Designer is used to the greatest extent possible to customize resources using its graphical user interface and its ability to rapidly see the changes in an actual site. Once customizations have been completed and approved, the files generated can be saved to the file system for use with Visual Studio. Using Visual Studio, ...

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