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  • Posted February 3, 2011

    Designers should defintely have this book.

    I found this book informative and helpful in all the site collection duties. Setting permissions, working with templates, lists, workspaces, look and feel, etc. As a site collection's admin, without any previous instruction, you could get a site up and running by just using this book. It seems to covers it all.

    It does not, however, cover any Farm Admin duties. This looks to be strictly for designers and not for disaster recovery, site collection creation, shared services or any other Farm admin duties. It would be great if there were a Plain and Simple for those duties!

    Designers should defintely have this book.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 15, 2010

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    Straightforward, simple, an essential resource.

    After completing some SharePoint 2010 training that was very focused on code and "under the hood" concepts, I needed a book to walk me through the basic tasks found in SharePoint. I found Plain & Simple - Microsoft SharePoint 2010 by Johnathan Lightfoot and Chris Beckett to be the perfect book to get me through the day to day tasks involved with SharePoint 2010.

    This book is a "getting things done" type of book. There is a little bit of concept explanation, but primarily the book walks you through the steps of accomplishing various tasks in SharePoint 2010: Lists, Views, Workflows, Security, and more. Nearly every page contains screen shots, as well as numbered steps to accomplish the task described. What really impressed me was how the screen shots were tagged in conjunction with the numbered steps, so you could easily locate the necessary buttons with the task. This detail is very important since the web interface has a lot of buttons and controls to work with. You won't find in depth coverage of any given concept in this book, but that is fine. You can use this book to easily get a new site up in SharePoint 2010, and then use a more detailed book to configure the site in more detail.

    I highly recommend this book to any new users to SharePoint 2010, as it will help you get familiar with the SharePoint 2010 environment and common tasks. I also recommend it to SharePoint programmers as a reference point. Plain & Simple - Microsoft SharePoint 2010 is straightforward, simple, and an essential resource to any SharePoint user or developer.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 25, 2011

    Plainly the Best

    Johnathan Lightfoot and Chris Beckett have created not only an elegant, short, and colorful guide to using the key features of Microsoft SharePoint 2010, but also a paradigm for how to present computer application "how to" in a concise, friendly, and easy to follow manner.

    The book is 240 pages long but feels and reads as though it were only 80 pages, because it is loaded with full color illustrations of how to do common tasks, such as working with lists and site columns, media, blogs, libraries, workflows, and other approaches common in SharePoint. It uses wide pages, as if mimicking a computer screen, and the goal is to explain a single "how to" across a wide spread of two pages. Each step is clearly numbered, with a corresponding number shown on a computer screen. This makes it unmistakably easy to follow along. No technical jargon is used, only clear instructions. A minimal amount of "under the hood" discussion is given, and only when necessary to describe the points. Cross references, hints, best practices, and "Try it" examples are aplenty.

    I give a hearty recommendation for "Plain & Simple" to anyone who wants to learn the most important aspects of SharePoint. There are a couple of minor suggestions I might have for improvement, however. First is that in order to get all the screens to display on a two page per topic format, the print on the screens is nearly illegible. Perhaps some magnifying approach could have been used, though the steps, as written, are clear enough. Second, though the "Try It" sections are good, using a coherent site wide single example throughout the book might have been better. Nevertheless, these are minor compared with the clarity, as-advertised simplicity, and efficacy of this plainly useful book on SharePoint.

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