Chapter 1. Introducing SharePoint 2010 Web Parts


This chapter covers

  • Defining a Web Part
  • Using Web Parts
  • Knowing the difference between ASP.NET and SharePoint Web Parts


Web Parts are an essential part of Microsoft SharePoint 2010 and one of the first technologies that a new SharePoint developer starts using. You can describe a Web Part as a self-contained application that’s used in a SharePoint site. SharePoint comes with a wide range of out-of-the-box Web Parts and you can download more from You can even buy additional Web Parts from third-party vendors or download the source code for some Web Parts from open-source sites such as CodePlex.

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