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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Packt Publishing (November 24, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847190871
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847190871
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,036,609 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Anand Narayanaswamy works as an independent consultant and runs NetAns Technologies (www.netans.com/), which provides web hosting services and is based in Trivandrum, Kerala State, India. He is a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) in Visual C# (https://mvp.support.microsoft.com/profile=a7e62d9a-f4bd-4e18-b673-227e23799581). He works as the full time technical editor lead for ASPAlliance.com (aspalliance.com/author.aspx?uId=38403) and is also a member of ASPAlliance.com Advisory Board. He regularly contributes articles, and book and product reviews to ASPAlliance.com, C-Sharpcorner.com, Developer.com, Codeguru.com, Microsoft Academic Alliance, asp.netPRO print magazine, and asp.netNOW online magazine. Anand has worked as a technical editor for several popular publishers such as Sams, Addison-Wesley Professional, Wrox, and Manning. His technical editing skills helped the authors of Sams Teach Yourself the C# Language in 21 Days, Core C# and .NET, Professional ADO.NET 2, and ASP.NET 2.0 Web Parts in Action to fine tune the content. He has also contributed articles for Microsoft Knowledge Base and delivered podcast shows for Aspnetpodcast.com. He is a moderator for Windows MarketPlace Newsgroups. Anand also runs LearnXpress.com (www.learnxpress.com/), Dotnetalbum.com (www.dotnetalbum.com/), CsharpFAQ.com (www.csharpfaq.com/), Computerbookreviews.org (www.computerbookreviews.org/), and DigitalGadget.Info (www.digitalgadget.info/). LearnXpress.com is a featured site at MSDN's Visual C# .NET communities section. He also runs a website for the purpose of this book at www.communityserverbook.com/ Anand has won several prizes at Community-Credit.com and has been featured as "All Time" contributor at the site. He is one of the founders of Trivandrum Microsoft Usergroup. He regularly blogs under the banner "I type what I feel" at msmvps.com/blogs/anandn/Default.aspx and maintains a personal website at www.visualanand.net/

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The approach is very hands on and uses a "how to" approach in discussing the features.
J. Capka
This book by Anand Narayanaswamy will help you install, customize, license and administer your very own online community with Community Server Express Edition.
Diane Cipollo
I was very impressed with the thoroughness of the content and the accessibility of important points within each subject area.
D. Burke

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By SF Dog on January 31, 2007
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I can't believe they are charging almost $40 for this book.

Imagine a 'quick start' guide that comes with most software - this is an even more basic version.

Examples: it explains 'photo gallery' by stating that in the old days people use albums (in at least two section of the book). There are pages explaining what blogs, forums are. The 'real' meat of the book is just showing screens and telling you what to click.

It is so basic, the title is misleading. For instance, it assumes the users knows how to install IIS, SQLServer etc - but then treats the reader like newbies to computers when explaining the community server or using typical windows install.

I suggest all potential buyers, to browse through it in a book shop first, before ordering. I still can't believe the publisher approved this.

No offense, but the author is doing a college book tour - I think most college students will find this book an insult to their intelligence.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Diane Cipollo on March 26, 2007
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The Community Server by Telligent System is a suite of applications for running an online community. It includes a blog, a forum, and photo and file sharing galleries. This book by Anand Narayanaswamy will help you install, customize, license and administer your very own online community with Community Server Express Edition. The author walks you through everything you need to do to get up and running.

He begins by helping you choose the version of Community Server that is best for your needs. Then he walks you through downloading and installing the application on your development machine. He explains the control panel and how to set up the program's options.

Next, you work on the Community Server's blog application. Narayanaswamy covers how to set up a sample blog. You will learn how to register and manage users to the blog and how to perform other administrative tasks. A discussion forum is one way to keep visitors returning to your community site. The author shows you how to start up a sample forum, how to set up multiple forum groups and how to manage the forum on a daily basis. Next, he does the same by showing you how to set up and manage the sample photo and file sharing applications. Finally, he helps you work with RSS to track content from other blogs.

Now that you have your Community Server site set up, the author walks you through the general management tasks such as registering and managing members, password protection, cookie settings, and working with member profiles and avatars. He also covers IP tracking, email setup and other administrative duties. Next he shows you how to work with blog and forum activity reports, how to manage your license, how to set up and maintain word filters and spam blockers.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. Nielsen on March 28, 2007
Format: Paperback
The Community Server platform is an out-of-the-box server software product that makes it possible to create online communities quickly.

The book, Community Server Quickly, helps the system administrator or webmaster that is new to this product, to get a quick start. It must be noted that the book focuses on the 2.1 version of the server. The 3.0 version is at the moment of this review in beta 2, and the book features a small chapter on this release.

The first section is a good introduction to what community server is. It presents the five main functionalities: Blog, forums, photo galleries, file galleries and reader/roller.

Next it explains in detail how to install the server followed by a very detailed description of the five functionalities. I don't think there is a feature in Community Server that isn't described in this book.

The next three chapters is about the administration of users and customizing and setting up the server. This is all described in relation to what the out of-the-box product is capable of.

Last the book goes into the more advanced features of Community Server as reporting, ads, spam blocker, URL redirects etc. This is not need-to-know knowledge for everyone that works with the server, but shows that this book describes what Community Server can do from A to Z.

I think it is a good book for new admins and developers that need an overview of what features the product contains. If you have already worked a lot with Community Server and wants to develop against it, this is not the book for you. Overall its a well-written book for webmasters or non-technical people that want insight in the wonders of CS.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Patrick E. Mcneil on January 14, 2007
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I just received this book and have skimmed through the entire thing. I have come to view it as the missing owners manual, the book the application should have come with. It is an excellent book at documenting all the features of CS and what you can do with it out of the box with nearly zero coding.

The one downside to the book is that it does not get into anything beyond the options available though the web interfaces. This means no tips on how to script features, or how to customize the code to do various things. It does show how to install the app, and how to install a custom add-on. But beyond that this is basically a documentation of the features available via the web. This lack of more technical insight is why I give it 4 stars.

This is a great book, but don't expect it to solve all your customization issues.
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