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Microsoft® SharePoint® Foundation 2010 Inside Out by Penelope Coventry Errin O’Connor Troy Lanphier, Johnathan Lightfoot, Thomas Resing, and Michael Doyle

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Creating Application Pages for SharePoint Sites

SharePoint Foundation 2010 provides some flexibility when developing pages for your SharePoint environment. One of the nice features about SharePoint is having the ability to create application pages. You can identify an application page by the text _layouts in its URL, such as the site settings page. Application pages are deployed once per SharePoint server and have the ability to be shared across all sites and Site Collections in the farm. They also have the ability to contain code that runs behind the page that is compiled into a single dynamic link library (DLL), which improves performance.

Most of the typical pages are content pages. Content pages can be customized with an application such as ...

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