The guys over at DotNetSlackers got around to reviewing our book, Advanced MCMS Development, published November 2005 (I co-authored it along with Angus Logan, Mei Ying Lim, and Stefan Goßner. It's a fairly positive review, only having a few negative points… and those are specifically around the fact that we were a bit repetitive in the coding exercises (such as “open VS 2005, create a new project, create a new file, call it XYZ.cs…") and that some of the code samples were quite complex.
First on the complex code samples, just in case you missed it, this is an advanced book… I guess putting that in the title wasn't terribly obvious :). Just kidding… as for the repetitive walk throughs, this is actually something we struggled with… should we walk the reader through every single step, or should we assume they know what they are doing and just say “create a new class and add this code.” We elected to pick the former as it was a definite safe bet. However, in future book projects, I think I'd like to go with the latter process.
One thing I was quite happy about was the reviewer's point that the chapters on MCMS and SharePoint integration and were “very good ones.” I spent a lot of time on this part of the book so it's nice to see someone openly appreciate it. Good thing is he also picked up on the killer chapters as well, including the InfoPath 2003 authoring one, RSS chapter, building a site stager, and the essential tips and tricks chapters.comments powered by Disqus