If you didn't notice, MSDN went live with a special SharePoint 2010 Beta Developer Center last week. There's a ton of great information here... all public before the first public beta is even available for download (note: Beta 2 will be publically available in November).
Those legacy folk all heard the complaints about the quality and quantity of the developer documentation for the last release of SharePoint (WSS v3.0 and MOSS 2007). The documentation team took the feedback to heart. While the criticism was justified early on, they worked very hard and engaged many people outside of Microsoft to help with the documentation. People like me were asked to write articles and screencasts on things we thought were missing (here's a list of my contributions).
This time around they doubled down. Early on, going back to 2008, I recall talking to some of the guys on the MSDN side responsible for SharePoint like Randall Isenhour and AJ May who were adamant about having a much better story when the first public beta for SharePoint 2010 was available. Man... I never expected THIS much stuff! Check out what's on the developer center already!
- SharePoint 2010 Deprecated Types and Methods
- What's new in SharePoint Foundation 2010 (formerly known as WSS)
- What's new in SharePoint Server 2010
- SharePoint 2010 SDK (MSF2010 and SPS2010)
- SharePoint 2010 Developer Eval Guide Walkthrough
Check out what Andrew May put on his blog recently too! He's asking if you want to have your code samples integrated into the SDK! How's that for being open!
In my opinion, the SharePoint MSDN guys get two thumbs up for their work thus far... and we can only expect to get even more great stuff!