Designing Solutions for Microsoft SharePoint 2010: Making the right architecture and implementation decisions


Microsoft SharePoint 2010 introduces many powerful new capabilities for organizations and developers. However, new capabilities mean new design challenges, new architecture considerations, and new choices and trade-offs for developers. Should you build your application as a farm solution, or should you target the new sandbox environment?
Should you create a full-trust proxy assembly to extend the capabilities of your sandboxed solutions? Should...

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Microsoft SharePoint 2010 introduces many powerful new capabilities for organizations and developers. However, new capabilities mean new design challenges, new architecture considerations, and new choices and trade-offs for developers. Should you build your application as a farm solution, or should you target the new sandbox environment?
Should you create a full-trust proxy assembly to extend the capabilities of your sandboxed solutions? Should you build your data store using
SharePoint lists or an external database? What are the capabilities and performance implications of the new LINQ to SharePoint provider? How can you maximize the efficiency of the new client-side APIs when you retrieve SharePoint data from Microsoft Silverlight® or JavaScript?
Designing Solutions for Microsoft SharePoint 2010 can help you answer many of these questions. It draws together much of the core material produced by the Microsoft patterns & practices team for the Developing
Applications for SharePoint 2010 online guidance, a release that includes documentation, reference implementations, and reusable code utilities.

The book tackles four core areas of architecture and development for
SharePoint applications: execution models, data models, client application models, and application foundations.

In each area, the book focuses on providing you with the information you need in order to make the right architecture and development decisions.
It provides detailed technical insights to help you gain a deeper understanding of how the platform works, offers side-by-side comparisons of different approaches to common SharePoint development tasks and architecture decisions, and presents design patterns that improve the flexibility and robustness of your code. In short, Designing Solutions for Microsoft SharePoint 2010 can help you take your SharePoint design and development skills to the next level.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780735656086
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press
  • Publication date: 12/16/2010
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Jason Lee works as a writer, developer, and consultant at Content Master. Jason has designed and authored a wide range of training materials and technical guidance for Microsoft and for the past few years has specialized on the SharePoint platform.

Chris Keyser is a Principal Program Manager with Microsoft's patterns & practices group. In seven years at Microsoft Chris has performed a variety of roles, including Group Program Manager in Office for Duet and the lead architect for the Global ISV team in DPE. Prior to joining Microsoft Chris worked as a developer and manager at a series of startups on Web, server, and embedded system development.

Robert Bogue, MS MVP, MCSE, MCSA:Security, etc., has contributed to more than 100 book projects and numerous other publishing projects. Robert speaks internationally on technical topics. You can read Robert's blog at or send him an email at

Todd Baginski, Microsoft SharePoint Server MVP and instructor for the BCS portion of the SharePoint Master Certification program, speaks frequently at conferences about SharePoint, Silverlight®, and other technical topics. Todd works closely with Microsoft to create training kits and content to help architects and developers create solutions with SharePoint and Silverlight. Todd also creates sites, products, and custom applications based on the SharePoint platform. You can read Todd’s blog at or send him an email at

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Table of Contents

Who Should Read This Book?;
What’s Inside?;
Part I: Execution Models;
Chapter 1: Understanding SharePoint Execution Models;
1.1 Introducing the Sandbox;
1.2 What Are the SharePoint Execution Models?;
1.3 Which Execution Model is Right for My Solution?;
1.4 Conclusion;
Chapter 2: Execution Models for Farm Solutions;
2.1 How Does the Full-Trust Execution Model Work?;
2.2 How Does the Bin/CAS Execution Model Work?;
2.3 What Can I Do with Farm Solutions?;
2.4 What Are the Core Issues for Farm Solutions?;
2.5 Conclusion;
Chapter 3: Execution Models for Sandboxed Solutions;
3.1 How Does the Sandbox Execution Model Work?;
3.2 What Can I Do with Sandboxed Solutions?;
3.3 How Do I Manage Sandboxed Solutions?;
3.4 What Are the Core Issues for Sandboxed Solutions?;
3.5 Conclusion;
Chapter 4: Hybrid Approaches to Execution;
4.1 How Do Hybrid Execution Models Work?;
4.2 What Can I Do with Hybrid Solutions?;
4.3 How Do I Manage Hybrid Solutions?;
4.4 What Are the Core Issues for Hybrid Solutions;
4.5 Conclusion;
Part II: Data Models;
Chapter 5: SharePoint List Data Models;
5.1 Understanding List Data in SharePoint 2010;
5.2 Green Field and Brown Field Scenarios;
5.3 Structured and Unstructured Data;
5.4 Database Models vs. SharePoint Data Models;
5.5 SharePoint Columns, Lists, and Content Types;
5.6 List Relationships in SharePoint 2010;
5.7 Query Throttling and Indexing;
5.8 Managing Large Lists;
5.9 Aggregating List Data;
5.10 Conclusion;
Chapter 6: External Data in SharePoint 2010;
6.1 Introducing the BCS;
6.2 Business Data Connectivity Models;
6.3 Implementing Advanced BDC Models;
6.4 Performance and Security Considerations;
6.5 Where Should I Build My Data Store?;
6.6 Conclusion;
Chapter 7: Accessing Data in SharePoint 2010;
7.1 What Are the Key Approaches to Data Access?;
7.2 Using Query Classes;
7.3 Using LINQ to SharePoint;
7.4 Using the BDC Object Model;
7.5 Conclusion;
Part III: Client Models;
Chapter 8: Client Application Models in SharePoint 2010;
8.1 Building a User Experience;
8.2 Reach Considerations for RIA Technologies;
8.3 Performance Considerations for RIA Technologies;
8.4 Security Considerations for RIA Technologies;
8.5 Overcoming Sandbox Restrictions;
8.6 Conclusion;
Chapter 9: Data Access for Client Applications;
9.1 Using the Client-Side Object Model;
9.2 Using the REST Interface;
9.3 Conclusion;
Part IV: Application Foundations;
Chapter 10: Building Robust SharePoint Applications;
10.1 Introducing the SharePoint Guidance Library;
10.2 Building in Robustness;
10.3 Providing Testability and Flexibility;
10.4 Conclusion;
Chapter 11: Testing SharePoint Solutions;
11.1 Testing Concepts and Phases;
11.2 Unit Testing for SharePoint Applications;
11.3 Conclusion;
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