A sharepoint list refers to a collection of the same items. This list has fields that define the schemas of the data and each list will have the same schema. This concept supports visualization in editing data and displaying the current data.
When one considers lists on websites, this service can be used because it is a collection of information that is shared with a number of people. An example of this will be an attendance sheet for an upcoming event. Many website templates have lists built into the template so one can make use of these or delete the ones that are irrelevant.
The data will be in the form of database tables. Each column will have a field title and each column will also have a specific data type designed to the column. For instance, when the field data type is in a date format, one will not be able to type in text in that specific field.
The upside to having data in this format is that one can easily extract specific data by making use of queries. One simply types the criteria for the date that needs to be extracted and the system sifts through all the data and only shows the information according to the criteria. Moreover, one can sort data according to alphabetical order or dates. One can also filter certain data to be displayed while others are hidden.
The sharepoint packing includes various templates that users can make use of to compile their information in the manner which is relevant to them. The templates are adaptable and one can also create a new structure from scratch. The visual appearance of the templates can be changed and this is especially handy when the information will be used on websites. One can simply adapt them with company logos and corporate colors.
There are times when the templates are not sufficient as they are. One can then make use of a compatible programming software program and develop the lists according to the needs and functions desired. This is of course something that professional developers will have skills in. Entry level users may have some difficulty to do this part by themselves.
These lists are used extensively and also very well in facilities management. When one is the manager of a venue that rents out either rooms or conferencing facilities, it works well to design such a database where more than one person can log on via a website based program and book the desired venues and rooms. As the data will automatically be filled in, double bookings will not be taking place. Once again it should be noted that professional programming may be necessary for more complex tasks and needs.
It also works well within teams where tasks have to be scheduled to every member of the team. As tasks are completed, it is ticked off and new tasks are assigned. The display options can be altered as needed. Web based intranet applications will be best suited in this particular scenario.
The sharepoint list is mostly found in Microsoft applications and compatible software packages in this range will be Excel, Internet Explorer, Windows SharePoint and additional downloadable Microsoft packages.