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