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Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Administration Cookbook by Peter Serzo

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Administering SharePoint Designer

SharePoint Designer 2010 is a powerful tool that helps create rapid solutions using SharePoint. As the tool is free, any user can download and access its functionality. By connecting to a SharePoint site, users can freely make significant changes to the site. This includes the look and feel of the site, workflow, and connecting to external sources.

The issue with this amount of power is the havoc that can be done by creating customizations that inadvertently tax the SharePoint Server(s). The end result may be a degradation of the responsiveness of the SharePoint farm, adversely affecting the performance of the site.

Let's look at the preceding paragraph in terms of a real workflow as an example. Workflows are very ...

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