Beginning SharePoint 2010: Building Team Solutions with SharePoint

After a busy few months of heavy duty writing, it looks like we are getting close to the final stages of our Beginning SharePoint 2010: Building Team Solutions with SharePoint book.  This book is a continuation of the book we had written for 2007 with a few additional topics that were not included in the 2007 version such as Governance, Records Management, Social Networking, and Branding.  We are also joined on this book by two great ladies in the SharePoint world, Jennifer Mason and Laura Rogers.  These guys bring great insight to our book and we are thrilled to have them onboard for this project. 

Is this a book on SharePoint Development or for End Users?

I get this question a lot.  Officially we state that this book is ideal for anyone getting started with SharePoint as it will bring you end to end on the various features and functionilty that are available out of the box in SharePoint.  Our goal is to teach the readers how to use and configure the various settings to build an environment that matches their business needs.  So in my opinion if you have been given the keys to SharePoint in your organization and are responsible for configuring it to meet your needs, then our book will be perfect for you.  Now if you are developer, I still think you should read this book because its critical that you understand what SharePoint provides from a features and functionality point of view before you crack open Visual Studio and decide to build everything from scratch yourself. Having a solid understanding of what the platform provides is your first step to becoming a solid SharePoint developer as you need to understand where the logical points of extension are.  Sadly I have come across too many situations in my consultant life where a developer or set of developers have custom built items that existed in SharePoint out of the box simply because they were not aware the feature even existed. 

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One Response to Beginning SharePoint 2010: Building Team Solutions with SharePoint

  1. Zelt Robert says:

    I stumbled upon your blog post several weeks ago and bought the book. I thought I come back and leave a short review, it’s really great!

    I’m only 2 chapters into the book, but so far its great. I have read several SP 2010 books in their entirety, so I’m used to the quality of what is out there and while none of what I have read is bad, alot of it isn’t as straight forward as this book. I love the try it out sections – very unique! I’ve searched through the table of contents and index as well as the coverage of topics is very good – comprehensive!

    For me, a developer for the most part, this book comes in handy to let me know and try out alot of the functionality that exists through the front end of the product. Development in SP hides in the background and emulates alot of the UI based functionality, but its great to know how to do it both ways. Top that with knowledge of governance and decisions and you too can be a SP analyst!

    Kind Regards
    Zelt Robert