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Professional Unified Communications Development with Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Paperback – May 31 2011

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
At last something for developers May 20 2011
By GotSpeechGuy - Published on
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I just received this book 2 days ago and I have been devouring it ever since. As someone who makes his living developing for OCS and now Lync Server 2010 I have anxiously been waiting for this and I am not disappointed.

The chapters are well organized and things are well explained. I like the small code snippets and explanation of each control. I've downloaded the source code and I'm impressed with it too. I like source code as it is easy to copy and paste snippets into my own applications so seeing well written source excites me. Chapters progress well and allow you to build on what you have learned. At the same time the different APIs are independent so if you aren't interested in user interface and controls you can skip that and concentrate on the server side UCMA stuff.

I have both the paper and electronic versions. Yes the electronic version may be more expensive but I can't understand giving a book a bad rating just because the electronic version costs more.

In conclusion, I am recommending this book to other Lync developers.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Best book on UCMA 3.0 and Lync APIs available Oct. 10 2011
By Rui Maximo - Published on
Format: Paperback
I got a copy of this book and didn't have time to read it until recently. Knowledgeable in UCMA since 2.0 (as I had already developed several applications), and the other Lync APIs (MSPL, Server APIs, and Lync Controls) where I also developed several projects using them, I already had a point of comparison. I was pleasantly surprised to discovered how well written and easy it was to read this book.

George and Michael really did an excellent job explaining the concepts for how to use these APIs. Based on their recommendations, I could immediately tell they had personal experience using these APIs. This book helped enrich my development skills beyond what's available in the SDK.

I previously read many of Michael's past articles on UC Blog. So, it helped that I was familiar with his writting. So, I didn't hesitate to read his book.

It's nice to see another book on the topic of Lync APIs come after the only other book that covers the previous version of these APIs, Programming for Unified Communications with Microsoft® Office Communications Server 2007 R2. As far as I'm aware, this is the only programming book covering Lync's APIs.

I've been using George and Michael's book as reference when developing my own Lync projects. Excellent work guys!
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Solid book on Lync development May 20 2011
By Chicago Dev - Published on
Format: Paperback
Lync info is still relatively hard to come by which makes this book exceptionally useful and timely. The book is well organized and topical. George Durzi and Michael Greenlee are way ahead of the curve when it comes to Lync development. Great to see they put their know-how into print! As another reviewer pointed out, the book is chock full of examples and source code, and the sample code is very good. Don't skip the "About the Author" section...Michael Greenlee is a witty dude.
Best book I have found for Lync UCMA development Oct. 26 2013
By Mark A. Workman - Published on
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As a professional Software Developer and Telecommunications Engineer, I was recently tasked to investigate Lync UCMA. The first thing I discovered was the lack of good documentation about Lync, and it's API's. This book quickly became my single best source for removing the mystery of Lync and the UCMA API.

What it is:
- A great resource for quickly coming up to speed on the UCMA API.
- Provides insight into how UCMA applications work and interact with the Lync Core application.
- Provides insight into how the UCMA API interacts with the Client and Presence API's.
- Contains many downloadable source code examples.
- Includes basic information for installing and debugging your UCMA application on an existing Lync Server.
- It will make you laugh.

What it is not:
- It is not a UCMA "Bible", but close too it.
- It does not tell you how to setup and configure your own Lync development environment or lab.
- It does not provide much (if any) detail about the Lync Server, Lync Client or other API's. (After all, it is a UCMA book)

While Microsoft has done a great job defining the APIs related to Lync, the Lync Core remains a mostly an undocumented "black box". This fact makes it very difficult to develop UCMA applications. This book really helps fill-in the missing elements and quickly increases your Lync UCMA knowledge. I hardly ever buy books anymore, but this one was well worth it, and I have proudly added it to my collection of books.
Great book Feb. 18 2013
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Help me grasp ideas for new development as well as understanding under the hood. Highly recommended and will keep in my reference moving forward.