Thursday, 2 December 2010

Serious Guidance for Serious SharePoint Developers

Earlier this year, I was lucky enough to spend several months working with the patterns & practices team at Microsoft, producing guidance for developers and architects on working with SharePoint 2010—check out the Developing Applications for SharePoint 2010 pages on MSDN. The guidance includes:

  • Documentation that provides deep technical insights into core aspects of SharePoint 2010 development
  • Deployable reference implementations with a realistic level of complexity
  • "How To" documentation on tricky tasks
  • A library of utility classes that you can use in your own SharePoint applications

The guidance is primarily aimed at experienced SharePoint developers and architects who want a more sophisticated level of guidance. Rather than explaining the basics of SharePoint development, it aims to give you the information and resources you need to make effective architectural and implementation decisions. For example, the topics on sandboxed solutions provide a detailed insight into how sandboxed assemblies are loaded and executed, how resource monitoring and throttling criteria are applied, and how low-privileged process accounts together with CAS policies restrict the functionality of sandboxed solutions. In light of these insights, it goes on to explore exactly what you can and can't do with sandboxed solutions. Patterns & practices go to great lengths to make sure their guidance has real world relevance—the core team included two SharePoint MVPs, Todd Baginski and Rob Bogue, and every chapter and component was reviewed by an external "advisory council" consisting of leading industry figures in the world of SharePoint.

We've now distilled the core content from this guidance into a new book, Designing Solutions for SharePoint 2010. If you're new to SharePoint development, this probably isn't the book for you. However, if you already know your SPSite and your SPWeb and you're looking for deeper technical insights, then this could be a valuable addition to your bookshelf.

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