Thursday, August 19, 2010

Assembly Development vs Artifact Development in SharePoint / Usage of SharePoint Designer in Production

This has been a hot topic for me recently. This article explains how SharePoint Designer can and should be used in a production environment by explaining Assembly Development vs Artifact Development or "Content" Development.

Team-Based Development in Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007

Some key points:
- Content Developers can use SharePoint Designer to create and modify content

- Content Developers have the ability to modify the existing production environment and conduct publication using a content management path to the production Web Farm.

- The authoring environment can exist within the production environment

- From a team perspective, the shared authoring environment is more effective than individually separate authoring environments.

- SharePoint Designer artifacts do not need to be integrated with enterprise source control

- Enterprise source control (such as Team Foundation Server) should be used strictly for assembly development in a team environment, while the effort to integrate content management items into source control is not a supported process.

- Attempts to integrate items into enterprise source control that are considered SharePoint Designer content items and part of a content development require extensive workarounds involving manual processes and procedures.

"For content design and publication, a single authoring environment - in which multiple content developers can use SharePoint Designer to create and publish content - can simplify time spent in migrating content artifacts from separate environments into a production environment.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Useful SharePoint 2010 Links

Just sharing some handy SharePoint 2010 links...

Microsoft SharePoint Product Team Blog

Building a SharePoint 2010 Development machine

SharePoint 2010 Demo Videos (Note: HUGE FILES)

For Developers:

For IT Pro's:

SharePoint 2010 Central Administration Video

Compare SharePoint Editions

Planning and architecture for SharePoint Server 2010

Deployment for SharePoint Server 2010

Operations for SharePoint Server 2010

Technical reference for SharePoint Server 2010

SharePoint 2010 Top 10 Features and Resources

Upgrading Features in SharePoint 2010

The Ultimate SharePoint 2010 Enterprise Content Management ECM Cheat Sheet

Wiki FAQs with SharePoint 2010

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

SharePoint 2010 Developer - Courses you need to watch!

Channel 9 - SharePoint 2010 Developer

Units in this course

Getting Started with SharePoint 2010
SharePoint 2010 Developer Roadmap
Visual Studio 2010 Tools for SharePoint 2010
UI Enhancements
Lists and Schemss
LINQ to SharePoint
Client Object Model
Services Architecture
Accessing External Data
Enterprise Content Management
Extending Search
PerformancePoint Services
Sandboxed Solutions

Download the SharePoint 2010 VHD

Via Paul Stubbs: Download the SharePoint 2010 VHD

System Requirements
Supported Operating Systems: Windows Server 2008 R2; Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise; Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard

In order to run this demo you will need the following: - Windows Server 2008 R2 with the Hyper-V role enabled. - Drive Formatting: NTFS - Processor: Intel VT or AMD-V capable - RAM: 8 GB or more recommended - Hard disk space required for install: 50 GB

Operating System Requirements of SharePoint 2010

Check out the latest Operating System Requirements for SharePoint 2010:



To make developing for SharePoint 2010 easier, it is possible to install SharePoint on 64-bit versions of Windows Vista SP2 and Windows 7. Note that running production environments on these OSes are not supported and it will not be possible to upgrade deployments running on client versions of Windows to future versions of SharePoint. Instructions on installing SharePoint 2010 on client versions of Windows are a bit more involved and we recommend reading the instructions at

SharePoint 2010 & Office 2010 Launch Dates Announced!

Sorry I am late on posting this:

Via the SharePoint Team Blog:

Today, we officially announced that May 12th, 2010, is the launch date for SharePoint 2010 & Office 2010. In addition, we announced our intent to RTM (Release to Manufacturing) this April 2010.

It’s an exciting time for us! We hope you can virtually join us on May 12th at 11am EST to listen to Stephen Elop, President of the Microsoft Business Division, announce the launch. You can register for the event @

Arpan Shah
Director, SharePoint

Via Microsoft SharePoint Team Blog: Analysts’ review of SharePoint 2010

Check out what Gartner, Forrester, and IDC have to say about SharePoint 2010:

Check out

Ten No Cost SharePoint Videos:

"There is no obligation what-so-ever and nothing to even to sign up for up for in order to view the videos. All we ask is that you or your company consider a subscription to our very high value site currently containing 131 videos (and growing weekly) on both SharePoint 2010 and 2007. We also have licenses to our DVD videos."

Here is the list of current no cost videos:

Publishing Pages with Workflow in Publishing Sites
Control Content Approval and Publishing on a Library with Approval Workflow
Attach a SharePoint Designer Workflow to a Data View web part
Create a Powerful SharePoint Designer Workflow – Part 2
Initial Configuration of a new SharePoint Installation
Use Content Query and Site Aggregator web parts to roll up your data
Create a Master Detail relationship using web part connections
Configure Single Sign On
Create a Custom Search site
Customize List View Web Parts using SharePoint Designer
Creating Lists in Sites