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Community Server Quickly: A Concise and Practical Guide to Installation, Administration, and Customization Paperback – November 24, 2006
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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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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.
This is a quick guide to getting CS1.1 up and running, we are on cs2007 now.
It is a thin book which is good as it is really the book that should come with the software. So if you are to impliment CS in a week by a client this is the one to skim thru. If your client wants its customized (since all CS sites look the same) you will need the WROX books and a copy of VS2005.
CS offers a very rich and very scalable (web farm) platform for deliving forums and blogs with other associated community features. Has an excellent Admin/CMS system, and is the platform of choice my many bloggers at microsoft.
Think of this book at 'CS in 5 days' then its ok.
The more detailed WROX book is 3 times as thick as this one, where as the WORX styling book (use the CD Custom controls to make a CS site unique from all the rest) is the same thinkness.
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. He also shows you how to set up RSS to get the word out about your new community site.
Community Server is a theme and modular based suite of applications. Narayanaswamy helps you customize your community site by changing the look and feel of the themes and customizing the modules to meet your specific needs. Finally, you are ready to find a server and go interact with your community.
Anand Narayanaswamy is an independent consultant and runs NetAns Technologies. He is also a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional in Visual C#. He has worked as a Technical Editor for several publishers.
The book has only @280 pages and is loaded with screen excerpts to clarify topics. I was able to start and finish Anand's book during a single session on a nordic track ski machine. It was a long exercise session, but even if read while in a stationary position, you'll find this book to be a very quick read. Thus the appropriate title, Community Server Quickly.
For those new to Community Server administration, those considering Community Server to build an online community, or those who want a quick overview of most of Community Server's features to compare with other online community-building packages, this book is a valuable resource.