One of the most compelling reasons to purchase Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 is the plethora of Web Parts that ship with this product. Some of these Web Parts form an overall feature that users will find very beneficial in their daily jobs.
A Web Part page is a special Web page that is configured with one or more Web Part zones that can host Web Parts. These zones can only be created on Web Part pages. You can think of Web Parts as individual units of code that are responsible for presenting data in customized views through the user's browser. A Web Part can be a prebuilt module or one of custom design. Either way, the modular structure of a Web Part allows simple manipulation and organization of information and functionalities on Web Part pages. This chapter will describe the individual functions and proper use of the Web Parts that come with Office SharePoint Server 2007.