People often ask me how I come up with the somewhat unorthodox solutions I have built in SharePoint. In this tutorial, you will learn how you can devise powerful solutions from beginning to end without deploying any managed code. First, we’ll take a business problem submitted by one of you, go through a rapid design session, and figure out how we might build it. Next, you’ll be taken through the actual solution I whacked together based on the requirements beforehand, and we’ll compare and contrast. Hopefully, we will hit on most of the same high points that we’ve designed into the solution together, but since we won’t know until we get there, all bets are off!

We’ll do the work in SharePoint 2010 so that the solution’s usefulness will be as wide as possible. However, we’ll dip into SharePoint 2013 as well to see how the solution might work there and discuss how we might approach things differently.

If you are interested in this tutorial and have a small solution you’d like to see me run through, please send it to me via this blog before July 15. I will post the details of the requirements we’ll use, and then get cracking on my solution. A few constraints just to keep things relatively straightforward:
•Single-site collection
•Departmental scale solution (we’re not going to rebuild My Sites)
•Things that are off the table: User Profiles, External Content Types (BCS), complex workflows, etc.

In other words, the point is education, not complexity or a production-ready solution. Come prepared to roll up your sleeves and participate. We’ll be making it up as we go, and we’ll all learn together!

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