Check out the latest edition of Essential SharePoint, this time for the 2013 version of SharePoint: Essential SharePoint® 2013: Practical Guidance for Meaningful Business Results (3rd Edition) (Addison-Wesley Microsoft Technology Series). It’s authored by my friends Scott Jamison (@sjam), Susan Hanley (@susanhanley), and Chris Bortlik (@cbortlik) and is jam (see what I did there?) packed with great content about SharePoint you won’t find anywhere else.
This book isn’t just for techies and isn’t just for business people. It’s based on the deep knowledge the authors have about what works and what doesn’t when it comes to implementing SharePoint in the enterprise. Anyone who reads it will learn a lot about how to succeed in their SharePoint journey.
If you haven’t made the journey to SharePoint 2013 yet, never fear. Equally great versions of this book exist for SharePoint 2010 and 2007.
I have a special fondness for the 2007 edition, but I can’t say why. Let’s just say that I’m more fond of Chapter 13 than all of the others.
For those of you into disclosures and such, yes I did receive a free copy of the 2013 edition, and no it didn’t impact my decision to write this post.
Bonus questions: What color will the next edition be? And when will it be published?
The actual title of this book is the somewhat long "Beginning SharePoint 2010 Administration: Windows SharePoint Foundation 2010 and Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010". Christian and I have chatted back and forth many times on Twitter and via our blogs, etc., and he offered me a free copy (Yes, Mr. FTC Man, a free copy.) back when he finished writing his portion of it last year. When the copy finally arrived, it was one of those "Hey, how did I win this???" moments. I had totally forgotten that Christian offered it to me, so what a nice surprise!
The best testament I can give to this book is that when I go into clients, it’s frequently sitting on the SharePoint administrator’s desk. When I ask them about it, they always respond positively. It seems to provide them with exactly what they need as they are getting up and running and then taking things to the next level. As someone who shies away from the admin side of things, what I need to have around is a few good references, and this book serves that purpose for me very well.
However, the title may be a little misleading, depending on how you think of the word "administration". If you look at the Table of Contents, you’ll see that the book goes far beyond what one might consider administration, covering topics near and dear to my heart like branding, using script, Data View Web Part ,workflows – in fact many of the tools I use developing in the SharePoint’s Middle Tier.
If you’re a novice to relatively knowledgeable SharePoint administrator, developer, or power user, this book belongs on your shelf.
On a separate note, I look forward to meeting Christian and Göran in person at SEF 2011 in Stockholm in November, where I will be speaking on Topics To Be Named at a Later Date.
Over the weekend, I received a free copy of the book SharePoint Designer Tutorial: Working with SharePoint Websites by Mike Poole. They have asked me to review it here on my blog, and I never turn down a free book.
Is that enough for the FTC? Check out the article FTC: Bloggers who shill must also tell to read more about the new FTC rules around so-called “blogola”. I can guarantee you that I am no shill, but who wants to run afoul of the gummint?
One unfortunate thing I noted right off the bat (I thought maybe they had sent me the wrong book) is that, on the copy I received, the text is set up like this on the cover and similarly on the spine:
Maybe it’s me, but if I were to glance at this on a bookshelf, I wouldn’t think it was about “SharePoint Designer”, but instead was about SharePoint and *for* designers (meaning graphic designers, layout artists, etc.)
If anyone out there has read this book and has input on it, leave me a comment, and watch for a review later in this space.