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Professional Sitecore Development [Paperback]

John West

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May 29 2012

Professional Sitecore Development offers comprehensive information for programmers learning the CMS and experienced Sitecore developers alike. This guidance can help your organization minimize implementation cost and time to web, increasing revenue while decreasing IT costs. With this book, you will learn how to implement solutions with Sitecore, how the Sitecore architecture enhances the ASP.NET development process, how to use Sitecore’s extensive Application Programming Interfaces, and how to deploy the website.

Professional Sitecore Development provides coverage on a range of topics including:

•   Installing and configuring Sitecore
•   Implementing an information architecture and transforming content into web pages
•   Using the Sitecore security infrastructure, managing errors, and testing automatically
•   Managing Sitecore projects, optimizing performance, and scaling Sitecore solutions
•   Tips, tricks, and best practices for working with the CMS
•   Extending Sitecore and integrating external systems, including coverage of configuration, events,  pipelines, and Sitecore’s user interface technology

If you're looking for a solution for web content management, then Sitecore is your answer and this book will get you started using this valuable software today.


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From the Back Cover

Discover the steps for creating a Sitecore website

Sitecore provides the leading digital marketing and content management system (CMS) available for the Microsoft ASP.NET platform. Demonstrating how to leverage familiar tools such as Internet Information Services (IIS) and Microsoft Visual Studio, this book guides you through a diverse range of topics to help you achieve the greatest value from your investment in this comprehensive enterprise solution. Beginning with fundamental topics to help you get started with the Sitecore platform, this book focuses on maximizing developer productivity with minimal time to web.

Professional Sitecore Development:

  • Discusses Sitecore's content authoring tools

  • Demonstrates how to use the extensive APIs

  • Explains the security infrastructure and error management capabilities

  • Suggests strategies to optimize, scale, and troubleshoot your solutions

  • Contains real-world advice for testing Sitecore solutions

  • Describes project management and deployment methodologies

Wrox Professional guides are planned and written by working programmers to meet the real-world needs of programmers, developers, and IT professionals. Focused and relevant, they address the issues technology professionals face every day. They provide examples, practical solutions, and expert education in new technologies, all designed to help programmers do a better job.

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About the Author

John West is Chief Technology Officer (CTO) in his eighth year working at Sitecore. With more than 25 years of experience designing and developing software solutions using Microsoft tools and technologies, John West is one of the most experienced Sitecore engineers in the world.


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Beware: For Advanced Sitecore Developers Only Jan. 24 2013
By C. O'Connor - Published on Amazon.com
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In the past, I had purchased Wrox books with both the "Beginning" and "Professional" labels in the title. Even without experience in an applicable technology, the Wrox Professional-track books usually served as great reference material for less-than-advanced users when needing a deeper understanding of a particular topic.

This book, however, is different. The book's introduction clearly states: "This book is for developers who have recently attended Sitecore .NET Developer Training." It continues, "This book is not a step-by-step guide to building solutions with Sitecore...The reader should have a working knowledge of Sitecore...This book attempts to provide the next few rungs on the ladder toward Sitecore mastery...."

On the other hand, the book description on this site led me to believe it would be a good introduction to Sitecore. In fact, for those with no experience developing in Sitecore, this book really has nothing to offer. As an advanced ASP.NET developer with years of experience, but not Sitecore experience, this book was inaccessible. The subtitle should be: "For experienced Sitecore developers ONLY."
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Just hard to read. Jan. 22 2013
By Roberto Barbedo - Published on Amazon.com
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Unfortunately this is the only book available for the subject.

It is hard to read and to understand. I had previous experience in Sitecore and in several points I had a hard time to understand the paragraphs.

Also it has too many refereces "See my blog at ... for details" or "Look at ... for more information". The book is plenty of these statements.

God point is that it covers lot of useful aspects in Sitecore.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Technical Goodness spread throughout May 26 2012
By Tim Ellison - Published on Amazon.com
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When I first learned that a book was going to be written covering Sitecore Development, my first inclination - based on the quality and quantity of reference material on sdn.sitecore.net - was what could John possibly cover that wasn't already covered in depth out on the SDN site.

When I started reading his book, it became immediately apparent. While the white papers and reference material cover the "How", much of John's book covers the "Why". As a technologist, both are important but most important (especially as a client-facing technologist) is being able to understand the "Why"s and be able to articulate them in speech conducive to carrying those thoughts across to your clients. John's efforts in this book make discussing the "Why"s with laymen possible.

Additionally, there is great coverage across DMS, rules and publishing. These are areas that aren't covered well unless you've spent money on advanced training or trial-and-error time with the actual product.

There are some areas that are a little more sparse than I would prefer. Security is one of those areas. With many folks looking to the cloud these days, protocols like ADFS are becoming more prevalent. Coverage in this area would have prompted me give the book a hands-down 5.

All in all, I'm very satisfied with the breadth and depth covered and extremely appreciative that someone so well immersed in Sitecore was willing to take the time to consolidate a wealth of knowledge in a few hundred pages.
2.0 out of 5 stars It's the only book for Sitecore April 3 2014
By Jarrod R Godfrey - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is filled with high level definitions of Sitecore concepts but there are barely any useful examples of how to use this product in a practical way. The few examples that are listed reference the author's blog which isn't even part of the book. Do not buy this book if you're looking for a pragmatic approach to Sitecore.
2.0 out of 5 stars Really? Sept. 21 2013
By RPM - Published on Amazon.com
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This book has a lot of good stuff BUT each concept is at a 10,000 foot view. John West needs to dig in deeper and forget the fluff. Honestly you are better off reading the PDF topics on the Sitecore website.
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