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Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Plain & Simple Paperback – Dec 22 2010
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Your easy, colorful, SEE-HOW guide to SharePoint!
About the Author
Chris Beckett is a Microsoft Certified SharePoint Master, with 20 years of business solutions expertise, six years of dedicated SharePoint solutions consulting experience, thousands of hours of knowledge acquisition, training and professional development, and a deep expertise with SharePoint technologies. He is an active SharePoint community participant, and writes a SharePoint-focused blog. He is also a frequent speaker at user group and industry events.
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I started with more advanced SharePoint books but made little progress because they had little introduction and were complex in early chapters.
I purchased Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Plain & Simple: Learn the simplest ways to get things done with Microsoft SharePoint 2010 and worked my way through the exercises. What I found is that the other reading I've done in SharePoint makes sense now because this book clearly explains the usability in simple terms.
This book gets right to the point of what SharePoint 2010 can do for Designers. It has excellent step by step instructions along with color coded graphics.
As a result of this, I am able to go to more advanced books and make progress.
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone using or learning SharePoint 2010.
I give this book a solid 5 out of 5.
That being said, it is an excellent book on what it is. It is a very good map for those who just want the facts - for those who want to learn about SharePoint without having to be a developer or an Administrator. Plain & Simple provides a map, if you will of some of the major points of SharePoint, how to get there, what it looks like when you get there and what it does once you're there.
Along with the pictures (screenshots), tips, descriptions for each area, this book provides a lot of good information in a short space, including information about Security and SharePoin search. It doesn't overwhelm you with a lot of in-depth text, so this isn't a full-blown, get to know everything there is about SharePoint kind of book, but it allows you to get a good feeling for SharePoint and what it does, and at the same time, it shows you how to do it.
It does not, however, cover any Farm Admin duties. This looks to be strictly for designers and not for disaster recovery, site collection creation, shared services or any other Farm admin duties. It would be great if there were a Plain and Simple for those duties!
Designers should defintely have this book.
There are so many reasons I like it -
It is not a very thick book and thats a good thing - When anyone is getting started with SharePoint, it can be pretty intimidating - the last thing a user needs is a 500+ page book they will never read.
The Book is well laid out, and printed in full color - each section is color coded and there are screenshots on nearly every page.
The book uses a step by step, 1) 2) 3) format for teaching - this extends to the screenshots, in which the steps are clearly marked by small numbers so that it is easy to follow along.
Another huge benefit, is that this book is really affordable - so much so that I never get any resistance from users and many have proudly brought their books with them to the Q&A sessions we hold at work!
About This Book; What's New and Improved in SharePoint 2010?; Getting Started with SharePoint Sites; Organizing and Managing Information; List and Library Essentials; Working with Documents; Working with Media; Using Information Management Policies; Organizing People and Work; Using SharePoint with Office 2010; Collaborating with Blogs; Security Within SharePoint 2010; Using Personal Sites and Social Networking; Searching for Information; Index
This was my first exposure to the Plain & Simple series, and I can understand why they work so well. Printed in full color, they focus on the essential tasks that a person would want to accomplish with a piece of software. A brief explanation of the feature is followed by step-by-step instructions on the task. In addition, there are numerous information "bubbles" throughout, targeting tips, things to try out, references to additional information, and cautions to remember. If someone is motivated to read and try things out, then this book provides an excellent framework for those activities, making sure that all the essentials tasks and features are covered in a structured manner.
As a developer who works with SharePoint, this was also quite useful. I got a good feeling for some of the new SharePoint 2010 features, as well as pointers for existing features that have been improved. As I was reading, I was already making a mental list of enhancements to some of the projects I've built over the last year or so. I'm also going to start writing SharePoint tips for our company intranet, and the content here will give me a good framework for what content should be covered, as well as the order I should use to write about them.
I have another Plain & Simple book I'm working through as a user (OneNote 2010), and I'm finding it just as useful as the SharePoint 2010 book. All in all, I would definitely recommend Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Plain & Simple be available (in quantities) for your end users when you move to SharePoint 2010. The money spent will be more than paid back with increased productivity and happier users.
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