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Beginning SharePoint 2010: Building Business Solutions with SharePoint [Paperback]

Amanda Perran , Shane Perran , Jennifer Mason , Laura Rogers
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Dec 21 2010 Wrox Programmer to Programmer
Two SharePoint MVPs provide the ultimate introduction to SharePoint 2010

Beginning SharePoint 2010: Building Team Solutions with SharePoint provides information workers and site managers with extensive knowledge and expert advice, empowering them to become SharePoint champions within their organizations.

  • Provides expansive coverage of SharePoint topics, as well as specialty areas such as forms, excel services, records management, and web content management
  • Details realistic usage scenarios, and includes practice examples that highlight best practices for configuration and customization
  • Includes detailed descriptions and illustrations of SharePoint’s functionality

Designed to mentor and coach business and technical leaders on the use of SharePoint in addressing critical information management problems within their organizations, Beginning SharePoint 2010 is sure to become the premiere handbook for any active or aspiring SharePoint expert.

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Handle information management challenges with SharePoint 2010

SharePoint allows for the sharing of business information, ensuring that information is easily accessible to all those who need it. Through the use of diverse examples and real-world scenarios, the authors draw from their extensive experience to show you how to use SharePoint 2010 to deliver efficient and successful collaboration and communication in the workplace. They begin by taking you through the first steps of a SharePoint experience, laying a foundation upon which successive chapters build. Each chapter offers an overview of a specific topic along with detailed descriptions of functionality and review questions. By the end of the book, you will know how to confidently address and handle a variety of business information management problems.

Beginning SharePoint 2010:

  • Highlights best practices for configuration and customization of a SharePoint site

  • Targets the core concepts, terminology, and features of SharePoint 2010

  • Shows you how to manage and customize SharePoint lists and libraries

  • Addresses site management, permissions management, and information management policies

  • Provides valuable insight for optimizing user experiences

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About the Author

Amanda Perran is cofounder of SharePoint Nation and a Microsoft MVP for Microsoft Office SharePoint Server. She maintains a blog focused on SharePoint.

Shane Perran is cofounder of SharePoint Nation and a Microsoft MVP for Microsoft Office SharePoint Server. He is a regular speaker at industry and user group events and maintains a blog focused on SharePoint.

Jennifer Mason is a consultant with SharePoint911.

Laura Rogers is a consultant with SharePoint911.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sharepoint more then the basics May 26 2011
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Great book. Well structured and easy to follow with well detailed series of "How to..." exercices. It is not about programming with Visual Studio. It is to get a good overview of many Sharepoint's features available without coding.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great resource for beginners in the SharePoint arena March 10 2011
By Asif Rehmani - Published on
Just starting out with SharePoint 2010 or even SharePoint in general? The book `Beginning SharePoint 2010 - Building Business Solutions with SharePoint' is an Awesome resource to get your hands on to get you up and running quickly!

First of all, this book is written by veterans (Amanda Perran, Shane Perran, Jennifer Mason, Laura Rogers) in the SharePoint community and not just from an outsider's perspective which helps tremendously since it has been my personal experience (teaching on SharePoint for 6 years now) that it is not the easiest thing to teach effectively.

This book starts directly by hitting on the major areas of SharePoint that a beginner should understand real well to make good use of this platform. Topics like Sites, Workspaces, Lists, Libraries, Workflows, Site Columns, Content Types, Branding and more are discussed in detail. Not only how to use these things, but in which scenarios would you want to utilize each. The business reasoning for using, for example, a particular site or list template is extremely important for the long term success of your SharePoint deployment.

Another really good thing about this book is that it can be used just as well by people who already understand the fundamentals and now want to dive deeper into advanced topics like Records Management, Business Connectivity Services, Forms Server, Search management and of course the understanding of implementing a plan for governing the whole thing. Once you go through these topics in this book, then you get a better understanding for how these pieces all fit together on the platform. However, if you do want a deeper dive on each of these topics, I would recommend picking up a book which covers just that subject.

One more thing I would like to mention is the inclusion of exercises in this book - a great idea in my mind for folks who learn kinesthetically (like myself). Following these exercises, you can actually experience the beauty (as well as the gotchas) of SharePoint.

My recommendation: Buy it for yourself or your end users. It's worth the price!
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good for experienced SharePoint users Sept. 25 2011
By M. Walters - Published on
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This was the first book I read on SharePoint. Although it is good and detailed, I ended up getting a more basic book to learn some of the steps this book skips over. For example, it states that there are three ways to display a picture library, but never explains HOW to change the display.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great tutorial with details! Jan. 19 2011
By Frippware - Published on
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!
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nailed it! Feb. 23 2011
By @theRobManDotNet - Published on
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Any good book on SharePoint solutions must start out with what you can do out of the box and what is available in each edition of SharePoint, so I was sold right out of the gate. This book successfully addresses its target audience, the business user, and meets its stated objective of introducing all levels of users to the SharePoint 2010 platform. The book covers all of the capability areas of SharePoint 2010 (Sites, Communities, Content, Search, Insights, Composites) at an adequate level for business users. I appreciate the coverage of the often overlooked Content Types and the newly introduced Document Sets. Not to be overlooked are the labs and exercise solutions designed to address real business problems. This will be the only book some SharePoint users will need, and it will be a great starting point for others. As a consultant and user group leader, I will recommend it to business professionals who want a jump start in learning the SharePoint 2010 platform. I am also adopting it as a textbook for the SharePoint course I teach at a university. Well done.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Technically good but could benefit from better editors Oct. 24 2011
By Average Joe - Published on
Technically, this is a very good book - clearly each author is well qualified in the SharePoint area. However, one gets the feeling that the chapters were assembled from the various authors, once all had been written, without a decent level of editing efforts for consistent style, grammar, etc. Since I'm not an author, maybe this is the way it's "supposed to be". But as a reader, it makes the book less enjoyable that it could have been.

For example, if you work your way through the book, you'll deal with "sites" and "site collections" in Chapters 1-7 (the terms are defined for you in Chapter 1). However, upon arriving at Chapter 8, you are abruptly confronted with "webs" instead of "sites", without a prior explanation that they are one-in-the-same. A careful reader, or one with prior SharePoint experience, will realize they are 2 different terms for the same thing, but a new user may need to carefully analyze the text through the first several pages of Chapter 8 to figure this out. This is one example of the lack of consistency across the chapters.

(I certainly hate to beat up on the author of Chapter 8, but it's the first big change in the book, so it bears using as an example. Maybe that same author wrote one of the earlier chapters in the book too - I don't know who wrote what).

Chapter 8 is also where there is a dramatic change of writing styles. Now, everyone has a different writing style, so I don't blame the author - but shouldn't the editor be watching out for things like this and insist on a rewrite? It is MUCH more conversational and marks a turn in the book from "present the technical facts" to "entertain the reader" - an unnecessary turn that detracts from the excellent technical aspects. For example, from Chapter 8 on page 274:

"I say most, because sometimes the decision to create a site as a web is not really a black-and-white decision. In fact it is often gray and cloudy! In many cases, you could go either way and, in many cases, whichever way you choose could potentially have an impact in one way or another." Huh??? The editor must have been asleep on that day. Can't blame the author - they are the technical expert and not necessarily a gifted wordsmith - but the editor should have known better.

In the end, the technical aspects of the book are there. Sorry, but I've just got to take away one star for the consistency. If the book was presented as a series of articles, then that would be different, but it's not. It is presented as a progression of technical instruction and should read seamlessly to a far greater degree than it does.
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