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It's been a long process, but this week the light at the end of the tunnel was very bright. Yup, the book I've been working on for the better part of the last 9 months is finally finished. The book, Professional Professional SharePoint 2007 Web Content Management Development: Building Publishing Sites with Office SharePoint Server 2007, is for developers who are working on building Publishing sites using MOSS 2007. I did not spend a great deal of time rehashing a lot of WSS 3.0 concepts, there's not much in the way of Excel Services, Forms Services (aside from the forms in the workflow chapter), SSP's or BDC... it's 100% pure Publishing sites.

Right now the manuscript is 100% complete... WROX has everything and there is nothing left to write. The book is now in process of getting prepp'ed for printing by the production folks at WROX... looks like it will be available sometime in the next 2 months... definitely in time for TechEd in Orlando. It is presently available Amazon for preorder.

Here's what the complete TOC looks like:

  1. Embarking on Web Content Management Projects
  2. Windows SharePoint Server 3.0 Development Primer
  3. Overview of Web Content Management in Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007
  4. SharePoint Features and the Solution Framework
  5. Minimal Publishing Site Definition
  6. Site Columns, Content Types and Lists
  7. Master Pages and Page Layouts
  8. Navigation
  9. Accessibility
  10. Field Types and Field Controls
  11. Web Parts
  12. Leveraging Workflow
  13. Search
  14. Authoring Experience Extensibility
  15. Authentication and Authorization
  16. Implementing Sites with Multiple Languages and Devices
  17. Content Deployment
  18. Offline Authoring with Document Converters
  19. Performance Tips, Tricks and Traps
  20. Incorporating ASP.NET 2.0 Applications

No way could I have completed this work on my own... books like this always have a lot of people involved. First, I have to extend a huge thanks to Spencer Harbar for being instrumental in developing the structure, tone and contributing a few chapters to the book as well as Bob German, Matt McDermott and John Holliday who all contributed chapters (6 in total). I also owe a big thanks to a few people at Microsoft for supporting and answering some detailed questions I had in the process: Arpan Shah (who also wrote the forward), Jim Masson, George Perantatos and Tyler Butler.

In addition, this book was tech reviewed by some fantastic individuals. The folks at Ascentium stepped up and reviewed a ton of content under the leadership of Jason Conway: Stefan Gordon, Cale Hoops, Jared Lasater, George Olson, Michael Panciroli, Clint Simon, Roxana Tzau & Thomas Wyrick. It was also tech reviewed by some of my fellow SharePoint MVPs such as Patrick Tisseghem and a special hats off to Dan Attis & Brendon Schwartz who really jumped in at the last minute to help meet a deadline.

I can't wait to see the finished product as I'm really happy with how this thing came together. I hope you enjoy it too when it's available!

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