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Real World SharePoint 2007: Indispensable Experiences From 16 MOSS and WSS MVPs Paperback – August 20, 2007

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From the Back Cover

Written by the most well-known SharePoint experts in the field, this book arms you with in-depth information on the critical areas within the platform. Sixteen Microsoft MVPs guide you through SharePoint 2007's products and technologies, focusing on topics related to both WSS and MOSS. The authors share their unique knowledge and experience on the specific parts of SharePoint that they know best.

Covering the full breadth and depth of SharePoint, you'll learn everything from how to configure forms-based authentication and administer a SharePoint site to developing a publishing site within MOSS and building workflow solutions. You'll find different approaches to site design and corporate site branding using SharePoint Designer 2007 or using CSS depending on your needs. You'll see advanced development scenarios using Excel Services for reports and advanced administrative functions for securing SharePoint communication. All of this will help you develop a dynamic SharePoint site that meets the needs of your company.

What you will learn from this book

  • The strengths and weaknesses of the different approaches to SharePoint authentication
  • How to keep your SharePoint farm healthy including the essential command utilities you'll depend on

  • A structured approach to developing SharePoint sites that eases management and maintenance

  • Web Part development with C#

  • Creating Workflows with either WSS or MOSS including InfoPath® forms with MOSS

  • Developing applications with the Business Data Catalog, Excel® Services, and Information Rights Management

  • The different approaches to a SPS 2003 to MOSS 2007 upgrade emphasizing the gradual method

Who this book is for

This book is for experienced .NET developers, Office (VBA) developers, and IT professionals developing and implementing SharePoint solutions.

About the Author

Scot Hillier is an independent consultant and Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) focused on creating solutions for Information Workers with SharePoint, Office, and related .NET technologies. He is the author of ten books on Microsoft technologies, including Microsoft SharePoint: Building Office 2007 Solutions in C# 2005 (Berkeley: Apress, 2007). When not writing about technology, he can be found presenting at industry conferences such as Microsoft TechEd and SharePoint Connections. Hillier is a former U. S. Navy submarine officer and graduate of the Virginia Military Institute. He can be reached at scot@shillier.com.

Robert Bogue, MCSE (NT4/W2K), MCSA:Security, A+, Network+, Server+, I-Net+, IT Project+, E-Biz+, CDIA+, is the president of Thor Projects LLC, which provides SharePoint consulting services to clients around the country. He has contributed to more than 100 book projects and numerous other publishing projects. He was recently honored to become a Microsoft MVP for Microsoft Office SharePoint Server. Before that, he was a Microsoft Commerce Server MVP, and before that, a Microsoft Windows Servers-Networking MVP. He blogs at http://www.thorprojects.com/blog. You can reach Robert at Rob.Bogue@thorprojects.com.

Adam Robert Buenz is a SharePoint Architect and Developer for ARB Security Solutions, LLC (sharepointsecurity.com). He focuses on security-centric collaboration environments that build off the SharePoint and .NET Framework. Focusing heavily on the security of SharePoint, along with integration of sister Microsoft platforms into SharePoint (such as ForeFront, ISA, MIIS, and DPM), he has developed against several of the largest health care, financial, and federal implementations of SharePoint within the United States. He is co-author of Professional SharePoint 2007 Development (Indianapolis: Wiley, 2007) and co-author of 7 Microsoft® Office Business Applications for Office SharePoint® Server 2007 (Redmond, WA: Microsoft Press, 2007). He lives wherever he is contracted, and can be contacted at adam@sharepointsecurity.com.

Andrew Connell is an independent consultant, instructor, and Microsoft Office SharePoint Server MVP with a focus on Web Content Management. He has authored and co-authored numerous books on the subjects of Microsoft Content Management Server and SharePoint, including the first published books on the latest release Windows SharePoint Services (WSS) v3 and Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) 2007. Connell has spoken on the subject of Office SharePoint Server 2007 development and Web Content Management at various community events in the southeast United States, as well as national conferences such as TechEd, SharePoint Connections, VSLive, and the Microsoft SharePoint Conference. You can reach him at me@andrewconnell.com or subscribe to his popular SharePoint and Web Content Management focused blog at http://www.andrewconnell.com/blog. He would like to thank his wife, Meredith, for the support and encouragement in all his efforts; his son, Steven, who’s always there to put things in perspective (as well as put a smile on his face); and the other SharePoint MVPs who make up the most incredible and diverse group of talented professionals that he has been privileged to be a part of.

Stacy Draper is 37 years old, married, founder of Wild Wires, LLC (a consulting firm based in South Florida), author, and member of PMI. He holds an MCSD certification and MVP award. Being involved with Web development since 1993 has led his life in a very interesting direction. He started out in UNIX and, since 1997, has had a strong concentration in Microsoft technologies. Draper enjoys public speaking and has spoken at conferences, code camps, and user groups. Draper would like to dedicate his contribution to this book to his wife, who is his driving force, and his little bundle of joy, Alicia.

Luis Du Solier Grinda is a Microsoft Office SharePoint Server MVP. He worked a few years ago in one of the top Business Schools in Mexico City (IPADE) as a System Administrator, as well as designing and implementing the corporate SharePoint intranet for the company. After he became an IW and Collaboration expert, he joined one of the best Microsoft Certified Partners in Mexico City (PlexIT Consulting). Since then, he’s been working on many projects designing, creating, and implementing collaborative solutions related to the Microsoft Collaboration platform, SharePoint Products and Technologies. He has provided new technology solutions based on SharePoint and Office platforms for many companies. He also helped to manage the User Group from his country, and writes several blogs (English—http://www.sharepointblogs.com/ldusolier; and Spanish—http://sharepointmx.mvps.org/blogs/ldusolier, http://geeks.ms/blogs/ldusolier).

Todd Klindt is an IT Professional working mainly with SharePoint technologies. He currently works at UGS and maintains their internal SharePoint deployment. He has been in the IT field for more than ten years, getting his MCSE in 1996. He has written for Windows IT Pro and TechNet magazines, as well as serving as a presenter at TechEd. Klindt lives in Ames, Iowa, with his lovely wife Jill. You can visit his Web page at http://www.toddklindt.com, or email him at todd@toddklindt.com.

Jason Medero, MCP, MCT, MVP (WSS) is a systems architect with a concentration in Microsoft Office SharePoint Server and its related Microsoft technologies. He is an employee of B&R Business Solutions, a central New Jersey–based firm specializing in SharePoint and surrounding technologies, infrastructure, real-time communication, and application development. He is an active member of the SharePoint community, contributing as a mentor for both the SharePoint Portal Server (SPS) and Windows SharePoint Services (WSS) forums on MSD2D.com, along with many other popular forums. He would like to dedicate his contributions to this book to his family, colleagues, and soul mate, Kate.

Dustin Miller is the President and owner of SharePoint Experts (www.sharepointexperts.com), a leading provider of SharePoint Products and Technologies Training. He authored the first course devoted to SharePoint development and customization, the SharePoint Bootcamp (www.sharepointbootcamp.com), and also maintains two popular SharePoint Community sites, SharePoint University (www.sharepointu.com) and SharePoint Blogs (www.sharepointblogs.com). He lives in the Chicago suburbs with his wife, his son, and his white German shepherd dog. He would like to thank his wife, Julie, for her support and confidence during his crazy-busy work days and hectic travel schedule, and his son, Graham, for his uncanny ability to sniff his feet whenever Dad most needed a laugh.

Shane Perran is a Microsoft MVP for Windows SharePoint Services living in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. He has been designing online user experiences for more than a decade. His strong passion for visual presentation, Web standards, and usability has paved the way for a successful transition into the SharePoint Products and Technologies world, where he has become well-known in the SharePoint customization space over the past five years. Perran’s SharePoint Customization blog (http://www.graphicalwonder.com) is a popular stop for customization experts across the globe. He would like to say thanks to his family for their constant support and encouragement, especially his fiancé, Amanda, for her patience and late-night proofreading. He would also like to thank his friends and calming voices of JC, BD, RC, and WN.

Joris Poelmans has more than seven years of experience with Microsoft development. He works at Dolmen (www.dolmen.be), a Belgian IT services company and Microsoft Gold Partner. His main competence area is Information Worker solutions, where he currently focuses on the SharePoint Products and Technologies platform. In October 2005, he was awarded with the Microsoft MVP award for Windows SharePoint Services. He is also one of the founding members of Belux Information Worker User Group (BIWUG at http://www.biwug.be). He regularly posts some SharePoint stuff on his blog at http://jopx.blogspot.com.

Heather Solomon is a Web designer with more than ten years of experience designing and deploying online applications and sites. Specializing in SharePoint branding, layout, and usability, she has extensive experience with SharePoint technologies and Web Content Management. Currently, Solomon works delivering training, branding, and consulting services to help corporations maximize SharePoint’s potential through her company, Solomon Creative. She is active in the SharePoint community, speaks at community events and conferences, is a contributing author to books and publications, and is active on her blog at www.HeatherSolomon.com/Blog. She would like to thank her family for their love and support. She says that words can’t describe the enrichment they bring to her life. She is also grateful for the chance to be involved in the SharePoint community. Being a part of this group has been one of the more unique experiences in her life.

Nick Swan is a Microsoft Office SharePoint Server MVP who has been developing with Microsoftbased technologies for seven years since completing Software Engineering in college. Having become interested in developing on top of SharePoint, he decided to start the SharePoint User Group UK (http://www.suguk.org). His particular focus recently has been the Business Data Catalog (BDC), which has led to the development of the application BDC Meta Man (http://www.bdcmetaman.com). You can visit his blog, SharePointNick.com, at http://www.sharepointnick.com.

Jan Tielens is currently working for the Belgian company U2U (http://www.u2u.be), which delivers developer-oriented courses focusing on Microsoft technology all around the world. His areas of expertise are Microsoft BizTalk Server, ASP.NET, and especially Information Worker technologies, including SharePoint. He became an MVP for Microsoft SharePoint Portal Server in 2005 because of his work in the SharePoint community. He’s known for his blog (http://weblogs.asp.net/jan) and the famous SmartPart Web Part. Tielens is also a frequent speaker on various Microsoft events across Europe. Besides writing code, he also enjoys photography and traveling with his wife and daughter.

Mike Walsh works as a consultant in Finland. Originally from the UK, he has worked in several European countries since 1970—first on mainframes, and from the early IBM PC days, on micros. He first came across SharePoint Team Services (STS) at a Microsoft conference toward the end of 2001, and started asking (and then answering) questions on it in the public STS newsgroup. Later, he started up an FAQ for the newsgroup to cover the usual questions being asked. Walsh became an MVP for STS in October 2002, and has been a SharePoint MVP (now for Windows SharePoint Services) ever since.

Shane Young is a recovering Server Farm Administrator and active SharePoint zealot. From his home base in Cincinnati, Ohio, he travels the country, and sometimes the world, supporting, teaching, and evangelizing for all things SharePoint. He is the founder of his own SharePoint consulting company, and has recently been invited to speak at TechEd on the subject of upgrading SharePoint. When he is not living the glamorous life of a Microsoft MVP, he can be found spending time with his lovely new bride, Nicola, and their dogs, Tyson and Pugsley.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 504 pages
  • Publisher: Wrox; 1 edition (August 20, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470168358
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470168356
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,224,323 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Andrew Velez on August 29, 2007
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A better title for this book would be "Everything You Wanted to Know About SharePoint But Were Afraid to Ask (or Google Couldn't Tell You). If you are a SharePoint administrator, and you want to do something that slightly deviates from the out of the box installation of WSS 3.0 or MOSS, then you definately should buy this book. I own 6 WSS 3.0 books and by far this one is the best. Other books tell you "you can do x advanced feature;" this book says "this is how you implement and use x advanced feature." Among other things it will teach you setting up form authentication, an in-depth look into STSADM, using Excel Services, Business Data Catalogs, and how (and why) to use SharePoint Designer. This book isn't for people just starting off with SharePoint, and I would still recommend another resource for the mundane type questions. However, if you want to really know how to maximize your SharePoint implementation, this book is definately for you.
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Just got my copy of "Real World Sharepoint 2007", and I'm really glad it's here. I've been tasked with converting an old Outlook application (written in VB6) to Sharepoint 2007 and was having a lot of trouble getting a grasp on the process of building a brand-new Sharepoint site. This book really helped bring things into focus.

I like the fact that this isn't a 7-pound doorstop book. Each chapter is to the point, and covers its topic with enough detail to keep me going. I'm getting my questions answered without spending hours searching the internet for bad or misleading information or having to wade though pages and pages of irrelevant fluff.

Normally I shy away from "ensemble" books with multiple authors. Too often the writing and coverage varies from chapter to chapter, and I come away feeling cheated on topics that weren't adequately covered. Fortunately, these guys avoided that trap. Each contributor took on a topic near and dear to him, and they've all done a great job of assembling an excellent Sharepoint reference. There are things in this book that I haven't seen anyplace else, and it's been a big help in my work.
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As the title indicates, this book has a lot of great information that you can put to work as you deploy SharePoint 2007. I like the way each chapter represents a discrete topic so that you can pull the book out when you need to accomplish a specific task and easily find the guidance you need.

Unlike some other books, this one is not just filled with info you can find in the product documentation. The MVP's that wrote the book provide advice that appears to come from actually doing real implementations. My only nitpick is that I wish there was a full chapter dedicated to InfoPath and Forms Services, but there are other books for that topic.

Definitely worth the investment for SharePoint admins or anyone else that needs details and directions to accomplish specific functionality with SharePoint. Also a handy reference for SharePoint developers that don't have any experience with the newer features of 2007 (BDC, Excel Services, etc).
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I totally agree with the first review: this is best SharePoint 2007 book I own - and I have around 8. Each chapter is a different topic by a different MVP - each of whom is an expert in the area they cover. Some of my favorite experts have chapters in this book: Andrew Connell, Heather Solomon, Dustin Miller... the same ones speaking at Microsoft's TechEd and other SharePoint conferences. I hope they'll write a sequel!!
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I've been buying a lot of the new SharePoint 2007 books, but this one has been the first that I've really wanted to read through all the chapters on. Unlike other books that just cover concepts, this book tells you how to actually use a particular feature and does it from the perspective of people who've had to do it rather than just the Microsoft line on how it's supposed to work.
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We work in SharePoint Consulting. Many of the woes found by previous professionals are found in the book, it has allowed us to learn from their past experiences and to offer a MUCH BETTER response time to our clients when they hit a roadblock.
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That is not a revelation: editorial description identifies the intended audience as "SharePoint professionals... architects, designers, developers, administrators, and engineers". I am not one, and am not qualified to critique the book; the intention is to advise "aspirational" power users, atrracted by chapter titles like

* Creating Workflows in WSS
* Using the Business Data Catalog
* Using Excel Services
* Using SharePoint Designer 2007
* Securing SharePoint Communication

Workflows examples are done in Visual Studio, not SharePoint Designer. The chapter on SharePoint Designer addresses Data Views, but you will have to "graduate" to other references. The chapter on BDC is OK but, again, you will really want to find something more in-depth. The Excel Services chapter is admin-oriented (alhough the section on data sources is useful); so are the two chapters dealing with security.

The combination of Wrox's "Beginning SharePoint" and "Professional SharePoint Designer" may be a better reference for power-user audience.
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