Transitioning to SharePoint 2007 (MOSS) Development

My background is in ASP.Net C# development.  I recently transitioned to SharePoint 2007 (MOSS) and OBA (Office Business Application) development.  As I learn, I hope to share my experiences here.

MOSS + Office + Visual Studio is a powerful toolkit – a platform for building productivity applications that goes way beyond building portals.  Throw in some Reporting Services, InfoPath, BI, AJAX, and SilverLight and things really get interesting.  It’s also a huge space, with a steep learning curve. I’ve learned a few things along the way, and I hope to find time to document some of them here to help others that want to make the transition or learn more about MOSS and OBA.

To get started, I recommend the following books, to be followed in the order listed.  Read them, build out your own lab environment, do the labs, absorb as much as possible, and you’ll be on your way.  It’s an exciting space, with much more to come.

Microsoft SharePoint: Building Office 2007 Solutions in C# 2005 (Expert’s Voice in Sharepoint) by Scot P. Hillier
An excellent overview of the functionality and capabilities of SharePoint 2007, WSS and MOSS. If you’re getting your feet wet with MOSS development, this is a great place to start. Includes complete labs that walk you through setting up a networked MOSS environment using VPC’s. My copy is heavily abused, I refer to it often.

Workflow in the 2007 Microsoft Office System by David Mann
A great reference for MOSS Workflow development. This is the only WF book I’ve found that covers custom MOSS workflow in-depth. If you’re doing your first custom MOSS workflow in Visual Studio, this book will save you lots of time and frustration.

Pro SharePoint Solution Development: Combining .NET, SharePoint and Office 2007 (Expert’s Voice in Sharepoint) by Ed Hild
Covers a bare minimum of MOSS basics and dives deep into custom Office solution development with real-world samples projects building OBA’s leveraging MOSS, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook. Covers custom feature development including content types, custom lists, custom actions and event receivers, BDC’s, Workflow, and Open Xml and document packaging code samples. Lots of useful code goodies.

Microsoft® Office SharePoint® Server 2007 Administrator’s Companion by Bill English
This book is a great reference book for SharePoint Administrative tasks and guidelines. Makes for a very boring read, but is an excellent reference for SharePoint infrastructure guidelines.

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