Beginning SharePoint 2010: Building Business Solutions with SharePoint Paperback – Dec 21 2010
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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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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!
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.
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!