Essential Sharepoint (英語) ペーパーバック – 2005/7/15
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Want to work more efficiently and effectively? Want to improve productivity? Microsoft is betting that you do. That's why it created Windows SharePoint Services--a set of collaboration tools that helps organizations increase individual and team productivity by enabling them to create web sites for information sharing and document collaboration. Through these team-oriented web sites, users capture and share ideas, and work together on documents, tasks, contacts, etc.--either among themselves or with partners and customers. And if you have Windows 2003 Server, then you already have SharePoint, since it's built right in. But before you can enjoy the benefits of SharePoint, you need to know how to turn it on, set it up, and get your applications working with it. "Essential Sharepoint" will help you do just that. It's not only the most complete guide for setting up and using these increasingly popular sites, but it also explains in detail the integration that makes SharePoint exciting. Everything you need to know about SharePoint is covered, including: hosting choices, administration, customization, integration with Microsoft Office, developing new SharePoint functionality, and when to use SharePoint portal server. "Essential Sharepoint" covers all the key topics for getting up and running with this powerful and popular set of collaboration tools. And it's not just for members of the IT staff. This comprehensive guide is for anyone in an organization who wants to explore Microsoft SharePoint in order to foster collaboration with other users.
Jeff Webb is the author of Excel 2003 Programming: A Developer's Notebook. Jeff has written about computers and technology for 20 years. His books include Using Excel Visual Basic for Applications; Visual Basic Developer's Workshop; and Developing Web Applications with Visual Basic .NET. He has also written programming guides, articles, and sample applications for Microsoft and Digital Equipment Corporation.
Having to implement technologies which are new to me is an everyday occurrence. The hardest part about doing so is finding a resource that will get you up and running quickly and without reading a thousand pages. Essential SharePoint is a fly weight at only 310 pages. My first impression was that this book must have left out some important topics to be so short, but that fear was unfounded. The short and precise explanation combined with a great index make this book the reference to have when time is short and understanding the product has to happen overnight. The mystery of document libraries and how to set up documents for approval, as well as make those approved-only documents filter through to other websites was explained in only 18 pages. Admittingly, other books spend multiple chapters devoted to the topic and are probably more thorough, but for the IT implementer who just wants the feature up and running I was able to scan the text and pick out keywords and get this feature going on the first attempt. Needless to say I was sold on the book after this chapter.
Even after our initial rollout, I'm finding this book useful. There are about 80 pages dedicated to the development of web parts. On the recommendation of the book I installed and configured VirtualPC and have started our development team on the path of developing in a virtual world. The two pages detailing this process have led to a revamped testing methodology which allows us to test SharePoint web parts in a production like environment without any additional hardware and then save that test environment for future review by auditors in the exact state in which the part was tested. After these paradigm shifting pages, web part productivity kicked in. Rather quickly we started talking about code and not just the easy stuff but some rather tricky items, such as extending existing web parts and explaining the interfaces that some of these parts implement.
The tone of the book mimics my development philosophy- get it done quick and without any fuss. Even though the book is short by peer comparisons, you get the idea that you can get what you need done without too much fluff. Needless bashing of competing products, play list comparisons and your last ski trip experience don't make my job any easier, Jeff Webb's book does.
This book also explains how to link local copies of documents to SharePoint so multiple authors can work on the same document even when they are away from the office, then reconcile their changes later. For me, that was a key topic.
Essential SharePoint gets more technical as it goes eventually explaining how to program web parts and how to use the SharePoint web services. It's a different approach from most SharePoint books I've read that either assume you are a dummy or an expert: this book explains the simple stuff without talking down to you, and progresses to really tough topics without being obscure.
Finally, Essential SharePoint includes a bibliography of online sources in a "Resources" section at the end of each chapter. Having those links organized by topic is a big help and an acknowledgement that no one book can cover everything.
Overall, it explains SharePoint clearly, throughly, and efficiently. I think "Essential" is the right title.
If you want to know of things like:
-Details of ONet.XML
-How to use FrontPage to edit website.
-Best practices for developing Sharepoint based solutions.
you want a different book.
However this book does have its merits if you are starting with sharepoint and want to get up and running soon. It does have a lot of pointers as to where you can get more detailed information.
I would disagree with most reviews posted on this website which claim that this is a must have book for sharepoint. Use of your discretion is highly recommended.
If you're just starting with SharePoint, buy this book. If you've used SharePoint for a while you might want still want this book in your library since it's got tips I haven't seen anywhere else -- and it's a great book to loan out to users (point them at the Outlook, Word, and Excel chapters).
The web part chapters (8 and 9) take you further in 60 pages than the entire Rational Guide (which I returned). The built web part samples are available from the author's site, as is an "Ask Jeff" forum where you can get answers if you get stuck. More authors should do that!