Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Microsoft Developer Roadmap Documentation

On Saturday Microsoft released documentation outlining step-by-step roadmaps for some common SharePoint tasks. So far these include the following activities:

  • Setting up SharePoint servers
  • Deploying code and customizations
  • Creating sites and subsites
  • Page designs
  • Document management
  • InfoPath forms
  • workflows
  • Business Intelligence
  • Records Management

Each section is a detailed, matter-of-fact outline of the tasks that should be undertaken and the order in which they should occur. The sections frequently reference content which already exists on MSDN, Technet, Microsoft team blogs or third party bloggers.

The SharePoint team hopes to fine-tune the content over time if the community marks these sections as helpful or submits suggestions or comments on them.

Full details are at http://blogs.msdn.com/sharepoint/archive/2008/01/25/announcing-design-and-build-sites-for-office-sharepoint-server-2007.aspx and the documentation itself can be found at the Technet site at http://technet2.microsoft.com/Office/en-us/library/df6a8515-f49a-4792-8d51-dec4648415541033.mspx?mfr=true

So far in the last year we've seen the release of a mass of content, ranging from

  • Microsoft's Interactive Development Map WPF desktop tool;
  • End user training via desktop install or the SharePoint Learning Kit;
  • SharePointPedia;
  • The SharePoint and WSS SDKs;
  • this latest MSDN and Technet documentation;
  • and of course a multitude of blogs.

It's a full-time job to keep up on the platform, but I guess it keeps us out of trouble!

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