‘Essential SharePoint 2013’ Now Available

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?

‘Black Magic Solutions for White Hat SharePoint’ Available on Amazon

The jQuery and SharePoint book we’ve been working on over the last few months, Black Magic Solutions for White Hat SharePoint, is finished and available in the Kindle Store at Amazon. The book features information about how to use jQuery and real solutions that power users or developers can implement without any deployment to SharePoint servers.

Black Magic Solutions for White Hat SharePoint

Mark Miller (Editor), Mark Fidelman (Foreword), Marc D. Anderson (Author), Dave Coleman (Author, Wendy Neal (Author), Ben Tedder (Author), Paul Tavares (Author), Eric Overfield (Author), Josh McCarty (Author)

One cool thing about this book is that it was a community project, headed up by Mark Miller (@EUSP) of EndUserSharePoint.com. It was fast tracked and delivered in a three-month timeframe, when most books can take upwards of a year or more to come to fruition. By divvying out the writing to seven different authors, Mark could concentrate on coordinating the project and the publishing details. Mark was excellent at herding all the authors and making sure deadlines were met. Well, he was excellent at herding the others; I’m difficult.

Another cool thing is that we used private Yammer groups to manage the overall project and the reviewing process for each of the chapters. We invited outside reviewers using or favorite social media channels, like Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and SPYam (also Yammer-based). Using the Yammer groups, we were able to share our ongoing writing and get quick feedback from the reviewers who volunteered.

Once again, I’d like to thank the community reviewers who helped me proofread and refine my chapter. Their suggestions made it a far more interesting piece of work, and I firmly believe it is much more valuable based  on their input. So a huge THANK YOU goes out to (in no particular order):

  • Rainer Wittmann
  • Landon Bass
  • George Winters
  • Alexey Krasheninnikov
  • Kevin Coetzee
  • Luis Valencia
  • Lisa Davis
  • Edin Kapic
  • Stefan Kiessig
  • Scott Rooke
  • Sébastien Levert
  • Harold Gale
  • Bart Towery
  • Russell Gove

We’re hoping that this is only the first in a string of books using this approach for EUSP Press. Let Mark Miller know if you have other ideas for books that you think the SharePoint community would appreciate.