SharePoint Products introduces a number of benefits that help not only developers and the solutions they build, but also individual users and organizations of all sizes.In addition, SharePoint Products offers additional overall benefits to .NET developers. Highlights of these benefits include the following: (click)Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 is built entirely on ASP.NET, so you use the same familiar .NET Framework and .NET languages, the same .NET Framework and ASP.NET class libraries, and the same development tools. (click)Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 adds foundational components that are valuable for creating Web-based applications such as a Web Part framework, data lists, document libraries, a workflow engine, and Web site templates. Office SharePoint Server 2007 adds major application features on top of Windows SharePoint Services 3.0. These include user site provisioning, business intelligence features, forms services, enterprise content management, integrated search, and social networking features. All of these features can be extended by developers to implement something as simple as a Web dashboard to a complex line-of-business (LOB) application. (click)If you need to store documents as part of your Web application, Office SharePoint Server 2007 is the answer. Office client applications including Word, Excel, Outlook and InfoPath can be easily used as part of an enterprise solution built on SharePoint. (click)For end users, SharePoint Products and Technologies have numerous easy-to-use and desirable features. For developers, SharePoint Products and Technologies is a platform to build on. Because when you develop on the SharePoint platform you are building on the same application foundation that SharePoint uses for end user functionality, the applications that you can create have a consistent common look, and can be managed in a consistent way. If a company already has SharePoint deployed, it is easy to add applications to the existing deployment.
SharePoint Products and Technologies provide a foundation for collaboration, business intelligence, enterprise content management, people and personalization services, Enterprise Search, integration of LOB data, and processes.
.NET developers can leverage existing skill set to develop solutions for SharePoint
Administration: The classes and features of the Microsoft.SharePoint.Administration namespace provide administrators with the tools and means for deploying, migrating, maintaining, and administrating their SharePoint sites and SharePoint-based solutions. Data Management: Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 provides an intuitive, robust environment for data collaboration and storage. It includes a range of ways to manage the content and metadata of your important business documents and data. Integrated property promotion and demotion maintain synchronization between metadata in Windows SharePoint Services and the metadata in the Office documents.Information Services: Information services in Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 include inbound e-mail, e-mail alert notifications, and search. These features help teams to stay connected and productive by providing easy access to the people, documents, and information. Windows SharePoint Services can help users make well-informed decisions and get work done.Pages & User Interface (UI): The page model in Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 is built on top of ASP.NET 2.0. This creates dynamic new ways to customize and manage page design. The SharePoint pages viewed in the browser are constructed through the control templates of master pages and .ascx files. You can create custom templates that override the default templates, or programmatically modify the menus, treeviews, and navigational areas that are displayed on pages.Provisioning: When you create a list or a site, a definition or a template determines how the list or site will be instantiated. Unlike a traditional ASP.NET application, a physical ASPX page does not need to exist for every page on the server. Windows SharePoint Services treats any page that is not customized as a virtual file, which can allow a small number of files to appear in many places. A definition or template determines, for example, the lists, files, Web Parts, Features, or settings with which to provision the new list or site.Security: Security features of Windows SharePoint Services 3.0, and the underlying ASP.NET 2.0 and .NET Framework 3.0, help give you protection from unauthorized changes to your data, whether deliberate or inadvertent, and help ensure that sensitive information is available only to those authorized to see it. SharePoint Products and Technologies help provide a secure platform by integrating with Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS) and Windows Server to provide authentication and authorization mechanisms.Web Parts: Web Parts in Windows SharePoint Services provide developers with a way to create UI elements that support both customization and personalization. A site owner or a site member with the appropriate permissions can customize Web Part Pages by using a browser or Microsoft Office SharePoint Designer 2007 to add, reconfigure, or remove Web Parts.Workflow: Workflows implement custom business processes that you can attach to SharePoint documents and list items. You can use workflows to control almost any aspect of an item in Windows SharePoint Services, including the life cycle of that item.
SharePoint 2007 is built on top of WSS 3.0 Collaboration & Social Computing: OfficeSharePoint Server 2007 provides Web Parts that enable functionality for social computing, wikis, blogs, RSS feeds, e-mail integration, and task coordination. All of these components use information about your organization, communities, and electronic communications in Public My Site pages to help establish connections between colleagues with common interests. Portals: OfficeSharePoint Server 2007 is a world class enterprise portal platform that makes it easy to build and maintain portal sites for every aspect of your business. It provides built-in My Site personal sites, content syndication, user profiles and a profile store, audience targeting, mobile device support, portal site templates, document aggregation Web Parts, and more. Enterprise Search: Enterprise Search in Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 provides extensive and extensible content gathering, indexing, and querying ability. This service supports full-text searching by using a Structured Query Language (SQL-based) query syntax, and provides a new keyword syntax to support keyword searches.Content Mgmt: Enterprise content management (ECM) features provide ways to manage the content and metadata of business documents stored in Office SharePoint Server 2007 document libraries. ECM is a key infrastructure component that can help companies manage and organize high volumes of unstructured content such as forms, documents, records, e-mail messages, videos, instant messages (IMs), and Web pages. Business Processes & Forms: OfficeSharePoint Server 2007 provides built-in electronic forms and workflow templates. InfoPath Forms Services, included in Office SharePoint Server 2007, enables you to publish InfoPath form templates, designed in Microsoft Office InfoPath 2007, to Office SharePoint Server 2007 as ASP.NET Web applications. You can open these in your browser to provide a similar experience to filling out and editing a form in InfoPath. In addition, Office SharePoint Server 2007 provides built-in workflows for document approval, feedback collection, signature collection, and disposition approval, and three-state workflows and a translation management workflow. You can also write custom code to create, maintain, and analyze custom workflows, enabling you to streamline your business processes.BI: Office SharePoint Server 2007 provides infrastructure to create dashboards that allows decision-makers to access information. Excel Services server technology, included in Office SharePoint Server 2007, is a shared service that enables you to load, calculate, and display Excel workbooks on Office SharePoint Server 2007. You can use the Excel Services programmability framework to extend Microsoft Office Excel 2007 and Excel Services functionalities to work with Office SharePoint Server 2007 lists, query tables on Excel Services, external workbook references, SQL write-back, and user-defined functions (UDFs). Additionally, the Business Data Catalog functionality in Office SharePoint Server 2007 enables you to present LOB data within Office SharePoint Server. By using the Business Data Catalog, you can bring key data from different business applications to SharePoint lists, Web Parts, search, user profiles, and custom applications. The Business Data Catalog allows you to pull data from Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle, Microsoft Office Access, or other databases by using a connection string. It also allows you to pull business data from back-end server applications such as SAP, Siebel, or other LOB systems by using Web services. Performance Point Server is also now included with SharePoint Enterprise.
Microsoft Office SharePoint Designer: Microsoft Office SharePoint Designer 2007 is a developer tool specifically designed to enable you to build and customize SharePoint sites, workflow-enabled applications, and reporting tools. It provides a WYSIWYG design interface, developer environment, and easy-to-use development tools that help simplify the task of building sites and applications. ASP.NET developers can take advantage of their existing knowledge and use this tool to create, view, and modify ASP.NET pages. The WYSIWYG design interface provides precise rendering of Extensible Hypertext Markup Language (XHTML) code, cascading style sheets (CSSs), and ASP.NET technologies. This tool also provides Microsoft IntelliSense support, Web Parts, and ASP.NET controls. Additionally, you can use Office SharePoint Designer 2007 to define and control page layout and design, master page creation, list or content type design, creation of sample data, Web Part page creation, Web Part hookup, no-code data views or forms, and no-code workflows.Using this tool you can easily create SharePoint applications that contain custom list views, forms, data from external sources, and workflows without writing server-side code. Some of the data sources you can use to present data in your SharePoint solutions include SharePoint lists, XML files, SOAP services, server scripts, SQL databases (such as from SQL Server 2005), RSS feeds, and Web services.VS vs. SPD: Office SharePoint Designer 2007 offers seamless integration with Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 and Office SharePoint Server 2007. Therefore, it is the preferred tool for those who want to build SharePoint applications or to design and customize SharePoint sites quickly, efficiently, and without writing code. However, if you need more flexibility, you can also use Visual Studio 2005 or Visual Studio 2008 to customize and extend SharePoint sites.Many developers use both SharePoint Designer and Visual Studio. SharePoint Designer simplifies the design tasks, and Visual Studio provides a stronger environment for authoring custom code.
Discuss building a dev environment via shared server or VPCRecommend virtual labs
Why SharePoint as an Application Platform?<br />Benefits for.NET Developers<br />A familiar development environment for .NET developers<br />Built-in features that developers can extend<br />The best integrated server for Office applications <br />Foundation for a wide variety of Intranet or Internet applications<br />
What Products & Technologies Comprise SharePoint?<br />Windows SharePoint Services 3.0: A set of services for collaboration and a foundation for building Web-based applications on Windows Server. Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 is included in Windows Server 2003 and in Windows Server 2008, and is also available separately as a download.<br />Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007: A single, integrated application that provides sites (locations) where employees can efficiently collaborate with team members, find organizational resources, search for experts and corporate information, manage content and workflow, and make use of business insight to reach better-informed decisions. Office SharePoint Server 2007 is part of the 2007 Microsoft Office system.<br />Microsoft Office SharePoint Designer 2007: A designer and developer tool that enables you to quickly build solutions that include both design and workflow.<br />
What Products & Technologies Comprise SharePoint?<br />WSS 3.0 and Office SharePoint Server 2007 are built on top of the ASP.NET 2.0 Framework and the Microsoft .NET 3.0 Windows Workflow Foundation<br />
WSS 3.0<br />Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 also provides eight capabilities or services that enable developers to create rich and scalable web-based applications.<br />Administration<br />Data Management<br />Information Services<br />Pages and User Interface (UI)<br />Provisioning<br />Security<br />Web Parts<br />Workflow<br />
Office SharePoint Server 2007<br />Office SharePoint Server 2007 provides six capabilities or services that enable developers to customize and extend rich and scalable web-based applications.<br />