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Building the SharePoint User Experience (Expert's Voice in Sharepoint) Paperback – April 26, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-1430218968 ISBN-10: 1430218967 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Series: Expert's Voice in Sharepoint
  • Paperback: 376 pages
  • Publisher: Apress; 1 edition (April 26, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1430218967
  • ISBN-13: 978-1430218968
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 6.9 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,216,280 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Bj�rn Furuknap is a senior solutions architect, focusing primarily on SharePoint and related collaboration technologies. He has worked in IT since 1993, both as an IT professional and a developer. He is a former teacher at a college-level programming school, speaker, and author of published articles. He holds an MCSE as well as several other titles, including all current SharePoint certifications. Visit http://furuknap.blogspot.com/ for more information, articles, reviews and code samples.

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I actually pre-order this book as I liked author's style of writing.
Asad Kayani
The information provided here is also scattered in bits and pieces all over blogs, MSDN articles and who knows where else, so having it in one place is fantastic.
J. Capka
I also love the unbiased views of the supporting tools (WSPBuilder, SP Manager, CAML Query Builder, etc).
Brian McCullough

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Andrew on April 29, 2009
Format: Paperback
I've been developing with SharePoint for around 2 years now, initially mainly in the worfklow area, and now more recently in more content-focussed SharePoint development. One of the things I had noticed about so many SharePoint books is that they seemed, to put it bluntly, derivative. Many seemed to reproduce re-hashes of a single original MSDN based example, and stuck to a very narrow set of stepping stones when covering a particular facet of SharePoint.

Most recently I've been doing Custom Field Type development, and had come across a few sticky issues that I wanted guidance on. Once again, the majority of the articles and book entries on this topic were quite similar, and generally derived directly from the Microsoft SDK. In short they seemed to give little further insight.

After reviewing the sample chapters of this book and its table of contents, it looked like a book that was a bit different to the others I described above. And after reading it thoroughly, my first impressions and expectations have been confirmed, and in many cases exceeded. It steps off the beaten track and answers those "Yes, but what about ..." type questions that seem to be left unanswered in the majority of books. This one takes that next step, and enhances your deep understanding of the topic. His coverage of Custom Field Types and Content Types is particularly good.

In summary, I've found the book to be one of the best genuine deep-dives into SharePoint development I've found, and highly recommend it (I should emphasize despite the title, it is primarily a *developers* book, not a *designers* book). The author states on his blog relating to the book, that his aim was to "Create the best SharePoint book ever". Certainly a lofty aspiration, and I'll be interested in others opinions. I think he's gone pretty close!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Milos Vukotic on December 12, 2009
Format: Paperback
If you are not developer (or not involved in heavy development), this is not book for you. I thought there is no good SharePoint book out there (as other reviews mentioned). I couldn't find info that this book has in dozens of other books from different SharePoint/MOSS "experts". Glad I found a book that puts together lot of the core info that I had to dig from all kinds of sources.

Book itself is easy read (though you should have some introduction to SharePoint first I guess) and is valuable if read from cover to cover and later as a reference.

It is not ultimate source for the SharePoint (If there was such it would be at least 10K pages long), but will give you good understanding and reference material of core SharePoint stuff that you as a developer have to know or understand if you are serious enough about the work you do.

This book may not be best source for
- Installing/Configuring/Administering SharePoint/MOSS server
- Using SharePoint/MOSS UI and doing stuff through the UI (but may help you)
- Using SharePoint Designer (though may help)
- Explaining all different OOTB SharePoint/MOSS web parts and tweaks
- Explaining all kinds of different features in SharePoint/MOSS (though you would be surprised what tricks it can teach you)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Capka on August 14, 2009
Format: Paperback
This book is unlike any other SharePoint book I have ever read. It is not a giant bible but an easy to read information packed summary and overview of all the issues that SharePoint developers need to know if they are not happy with their MOSS sites looking like the OOB product. If you ever need to do any sort of User Interface customization in SharePoint, start with this book. The information provided here is also scattered in bits and pieces all over blogs, MSDN articles and who knows where else, so having it in one place is fantastic.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tiffany Songvilay on June 8, 2009
Format: Paperback
This author is always described as 'unique' by his peers and I often say that he is not just a developer but a philosopher. If you enjoy thinking deeply about how your work as a developer ultimately impacts the end user, then Bjorn is the guy you want to learn from.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By SnowFire on June 2, 2009
Format: Paperback
This book, maybe call it art, that Bjorn has written is for me one of the more unique books on Sharepoint development or maybe even programming in general. The guy has a very different outlook on life that you can see right from the get go in the acknowledgments section--in my opinion it's a good thing. One big win for me in this book is the introduction to and descriptive use of helpful tools like Sharepoint Manager 2007(SPM) and WSPBuilder. I actually first found out about these tools because I attended one of the Sharepoint seminars in San Francisco that Bjorn was speaking at. Bjorn had a few different sessions and during each he was really pressed for time. It was difficult for him to get out all the detail he wanted within the available time. None the less I walked away realizing that he was a man of great character who was committed to getting granular and not glossing over details for the sake of a time limitation. That is one of the key reasons I wanted to buy his book. I knew that the amount of detail he would put in would probably be better than many of the other Sharepoint books out there that seem to just repeat the same stuff, leaving you searching forever for the missing link. That said though, this is a rapidly moving topic and since 2007 when I was first trying to wrap my brain around Sharepoint there have been so many more "how to" articles published on the web in blogs etc. that it is getting ever easier. So even reading through Bjorn's book there are parts where I find myself looking for certain answers to questions that arise. No one book can hold all the answers but I think one book should be able to hold most of the detail over a specific part of the subject.Read more ›
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