Microsoft SharePoint: Building Office 2003 Solutions / Edition 1

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About the Author:
Scot Hillier is the Vice President of DataLan Corporation, a Microsoft Gold Partner in Collaborative Solutions located in White Plains, NY. Scot is the author of six books on developing with Microsoft technologies including "COM+ Programming with Visual Basic". He is also the author of MTS Programming with Visual Basic, VB6 Exam Guide, VB5 Exam Guide, Active Server Pages, and Microsoft Visual Basic Scripting Edition A former VBITS speaker and trainer, Scot brings a unique combination of technical skill and business perspective to his presentations and books. Scot lives with his wife and two children in Hamden, CT.
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If you’re a professional developer faced with building SharePoint solutions, this is the book you want. What makes it special? 1. Scot Hillier’s immense experience training developers. 2. His deep insights into all the technologies involved in SharePoint solutions, including Microsoft Office, Visual Studio, SQL Server, and even Biztalk. 3. Plenty of what developers want most from a book like this: “stealable” code.

Hillier starts by briefing developers on what SharePoint solutions can do for businesses; the categories of solutions available; and the analysis, design, and technical considerations associated with building them. He walks through the component technologies, showing how to create a robust development environment based on Windows Server 2003. You’ll move through the basics of content development; then master Web Parts, Microsoft’s customizable plug-in components for corporate portals.

You’ll learn how to build single-sign on environments; create Microsoft Office “Smart Documents”; even use the .NET API to program highly customized SharePoint Services. Each chapter ends with a substantial hands-on exercise: executive dashboards, research services, workflow engines.

Most of Hillier’s examples utilize Visual Studio 2003, the newest Microsoft programming platform that’s already in widespread use. The just-released Visual Studio 2005 adds powerful built-in support for SharePoint, however -- and Hillier covers it in detail. For instance, Microsoft has built the Web Parts framework into the .NET Framework class library, extending its value far beyond SharePoint; Hillier explains the implications. VS 2005 simplifies the development of Microsoft Office Smart Documents; Hillier explains how.

Read this book from cover to cover, do Hillier’s exercises, and you’ll walk away with strong, real-world expertise in SharePoint development. Bill Camarda, from the February 2006 Read Only

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590593387
  • Publisher: Apress
  • Publication date: 2/26/2004
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 512
  • Product dimensions: 7.06 (w) x 9.12 (h) x 0.98 (d)

Meet the Author

Scot P. Hillier is an independent consultant focused on SharePoint, Microsoft Office, and .NET technologies. Scot has authored eight books on Microsoft technologies over the last 10 years, as well as numerous articles appearing in magazines and online. In addition to writing, Scot often presents nationally to analysts, decision makers, and developers. Scot is a former U.S. Navy submarine officer and graduate of the Virginia Military Institute. When not working, Scot can be found at home with his family, playing games and taking walks. Scot can be reached at, and more information about his books is available at
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Table of Contents

SharePoint Business Solutions.- SharePoint Technologies Overview.- SharePoint Services and Microsoft Office 2003.- SharePoint Portal Server Basics.- SharePoint Content Development.- SharePoint Security.- Basic Web Part Development.- Advanced Web Part Development.- Programming SharePoint Services.- Building a Complete Solution.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2005

    higher value added functionality

    Microsoft SharePoint performs two things for Microsoft. Firstly, as explained by Hillier at length, it offers more value to Microsoft Office users. By enabling relatively easy ad hoc collaborations, that can access data stored in various Office documents and SQL Server's database. Where that access crucially includes the ability to search the data. And then, of course, to modify any such desired data, if you have the necessary permissions. As Hillier discusses, SharePoint is another unifying glue over MS Office and SQL Server. The book is mostly aimed at programmers. Showing them how to make the WebParts using C# or VB under .NET. You can then use SharePoint to combine these parts into a simple application. But SharePoint does something else for Microsoft, which the book doesn't seem to discuss. In Chapter 1, Hillier says it is the rare company that 'can afford to jettison Microsoft Office and Windows operating system for a new infrastructure.' Actually, it is not that rare. Linux and open source applications can increasingly offer much functionality that is equivalent and cheaper. In this context, SharePoint can be seen as an effort by Microsoft to incorporate higher valued abilities in Office, as a further lock-in. Also, the searching described in the book should remind some of you of increasing competition in the search space. Google offers a search appliance for a corporate network. SharePoint gives that appliance competition.

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