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Microsoft took two of Ted Pattison's articles from MSDN and got John Pierce (a tech writer on the MSFT IW Adoption Group) and smashed it together to create a great overview book for developers on Windows SharePoint Services v3 & Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. I personally think the title sucks and isn't appropriate because the 9 chapters focus on either an overview or more on specific pieces of the product stack/offerings.

Over the last two weeks I've been tearing through this book off-and-on. WOW, talk about getting a great overview of what's coming, with some fantastic deep dives!

The book was given away at the Office TLC at TechEd in Boston earlier in June. There won't be any reprints, and it's near impossible to get a hard copy, but you can download a PDF soft copy for screen reading (I'm pretty sure it's protected so it can't be reprinted)... stinks, but better than not having it!

Here's what the TOC looks like (it hits the biggest improvements in WSS/MOSS, including a short bit on WCM):

  1. Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services 3.0
  2. Building Solutions with Office SharePoint Server 2007
  3. Building a Basic SharePoint Site
  4. Organizing Lists and Documents with Site Columns and Content Types
  5. Working with Features in Windows SharePoint Services
  6. Windows SharePoint Services Core Development
  7. Creating Workflows: The Missing Piece of Office Productivity
  8. Introducing Excel Services
  9. Microsoft Office InfoPath 2007 and Microsoft Office Forms Server 2007

At least read through the first chapter... it's also available in the July 2006 issue of MSDN Magazine (if you want to print it out).

You can get the whole book as a PDF here:» 7 Development Projects with the 2007 Microsoft Office System and Windows SharePoint Services 2007

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