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Steve Fox , Chris Johnson , Donovan Follette

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22 Feb 2013 Wrox Programmer to Programmer
A complete revision to a popular SharePoint developer′s resource Fully updated for SharePoint 2013, this book is an ideal starting place for SharePoint development. Covering all the major topics that a new developer needs to know in order to get started, this resource contains 100 percent new content and addresses the major overhaul to the SharePoint 2013 platform. The team of authors, led by Microsoft′s Steve Fox, presents you with a detailed overview that helps you establish a starting point for development. They then walk you through ways to advance your knowledge so that you leverage the new SharePoint 2013 features to build custom solutions. Addresses developing managed or unmanaged applications Provides an overview of Windows Azure for SharePoint Looks at common developer tasks in SharePoint 2013 Gets you started with building, packaging, and deploying SharePoint 2013 applications Highlights essential points of security in SharePoint 2013 Touching on everything from developing applications using Office services to development workflow applications, Beginning SharePoint 2013 Development covers everything you need to know to start confidently working with the platform today.

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An ideal starting point for SharePoint development SharePoint 2013 boasts a major evolution for this rich development platform. For beginners, this book serves as an ideal launching pad for your SharePoint experience; if you are already familiar with the capabilities of SharePoint, this resource will serve as essential reading to evolve the way you develop applications for SharePoint 2013. The team of authors—led by Microsoft's Steve Fox—covers everything from developing applications using Office services to building custom solutions, enabling you to start confidently working with SharePoint today. Beginning SharePoint 2013 Development: Discusses developing managed or unmanaged applications Provides an overview of Windows Azure™ for SharePoint as well as the client-object model Highlights building line-of-business apps using Business Connectivity Services Looks at common developer tasks and tools for SharePoint 2013 Addresses building, packaging, and deploying SharePoint 2013 applications Programmer Forums Join our Programmer to Programmer forums to ask and answer programming questions about this book, join discussions on the hottest topics in the industry, and connect with fellow programmers from around the world. Code Downloads Take advantage of free code samples from this book, as well as code samples from hundreds of other books, all ready to use. Read More Find articles, ebooks, sample chapters and tables of contents for hundreds of books, and more reference resources on programming topics that matter to you.

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Steve Fox is a director in Microsoft Consulting Services (MCS) at Microsoft. He presents and keynotes at conferences globally and publishes regularly in MSDN Magazine. Chris Johnson is a general manager at Provoke Solutions Seattle. Previously, he worked for Microsoft for nearly 10 years. Donovan Follette is a senior technical evangelist with Microsoft. Wrox Beginning guides are crafted to make learning programming languages and technologies easier than you think, providing a structured, tutorial format that guides you through all the techniques involved.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for beginners TO SHAREPOINT, not beginning developers 23 May 2013
By Amazon Customer - Published on
I'm a SharePoint Infrastructure Engineer who is working on adding some development skills. I purchased this book because of the "Beginning" in the title, but it's not for the beginning I'm coming from. If you're no great shakes at coding, this book will be deficient for you because it covers what is new and/or unique about SharePoint, but not coding basics that would allow you to use those features if you're not already familiar with a language.

So if you're good with C#, JavaScript or Silverlight and you want to get into developing for SharePoint (and have history developing for other web technologies) this would probably be a great book for you. If you're like me, though, and don't have a deep background with any of those languages, you'd be better served buying a different book to learn the language, then coming back to this one to specialize in SharePoint technologies.

Of course, if I'd read the first page I would've gathered that, so I can't really blame the authors. The first sentence under the header "WHO THIS BOOK IS FOR" is (and this is a direct quote):

"Simply put, this book is aimed at the developer who is new to SharePoint."

That's what I get for judging a book by it's cover, I suppose. They could've made the title "Beginning SharePoint 2013 Development, but not development in general," but that's confusing and terrible. Anyway, this review is to help other people avoid my mistake. I'll let you know if I find a book that better fills the need of being an introduction not just to SharePoint, but to programming in general.

***UPDATE 29.May.2013***

I've tried a few other books and have read through more of this one. Another good resource is "Professional SharePoint 2013 Development" but it is also not for the novice programmer, just the novice SharePointer. The Professional development book is significantly more comprehensive, though, and covers a lot of the same material in a different way. If you're getting in to SharePoint development and are already a programmer I might recommend that book, though Beginning development explains some things in a better manner and with better examples.

All that said, there isn't really a good book to take you from no development to SharePoint Developer Extraordinaire. If you're starting from scratch, I recommend learning JavaScript, HTML and CSS. You can use those three technologies to create some great apps using Napa (which is awesome). This book and the Professional book are great supplements to help you become better with SharePoint specifically once you're good with HTML, CSS and JavaScript.

I upgraded my score from three stars to four stars since the book is pretty good for the target audience, and my lack of programming background shouldn't influence me to drag their score down.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So far the best SharePoint 2013 book on the market!! 21 Feb 2013
By Sheldon Sides - Published on
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
So far this is the best SharePoint 2013 Development book on the market.

You will get to learn how to develop SharePoint 2013 projects using Visual Studio 2012 and Napa, Microsoft's online IDE for developing Apps for the Cloud.

You get a thorough understanding of what it means to created an Auto-Hosted App, SharePoint Hosted App, or Provider Hosted App. For those who don't know the new "App Model" is a complete paradigm shift from developing for SharePoint 2007 or 2010. By the time you are done with this book you will have the knowledge to start writing apps for SharePoint 2013 in an on-premise environment or for the cloud (Office 365). You will also learn how to write apps that can be deployed to Windows Azure and integrated into SharePoint 2013. You will then get exposure to the completely revamped Client-Side Object Model and REST APIs.

I am about 3/4 done with the book and feel very confident in beginning my development with SharePoint 2013. Buy this book if you are looking to get up to speed quickly with SharePoint 2013. As the other reviewer stated don't be fooled with the "Beginning" in the title. Even if you are a SharePoint 2007 or 2010 veteran you will need to learn the new app model and this is just the place to start. Happy reading!! :)
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not ready for prime time!! 8 Oct 2013
By Scott - Published on
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I agree with several of the other reviewers that this book provides good information and insight about SharePoint development. However, if you plan to build the exercises, or download the code, you will be disappointed! It is likely that the book was written before the final version of SharePoint 2013 was released. As such, the directions are no longer valid and the code simply doesn't work. In some cases the directions are also incorrect and leave out important steps, code and variables needed for the examples to work. Unfortunately, the errata hasn't been updated to reflect the necessary changes and a recent download of the code was 'almost' worthless. I waited two months, as it bothers me to write a negative review, but I am doing so in case other customers plan to rely upon this book to quickly meet a project objective. That said, if you have plenty of time, and if you can get the authors to respond to questions on the Blog, this book may provide you with limited value. However, if you expect the code to work and the exercise steps to be complete, then do not buy this book!
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Something for Everyone Beginner to Advanced 17 Feb 2013
By Scot Hillier - Published on
While the title of the book has the word "Beginning" in it, I found that there was plenty of meterial for even experienced SharePoint programmers. As I discuss the new app model with colleagues, I realize that people need more hands-on walkthroughs to digest the model and put it into practice. Perhaps the best thing about this book is that it is full of step-by-step walkthroughs.

The early chapters cover the fundamentals that any new SharePoint programmer requires, so the "Beginning" mission is adequately fulfilled by Part 1. The previously-mentioned walkthroughs are exatly what new developers need to get started.

Later chapters cover advanced topics, but not at the depth found in books dedicated to experienced SharePoint developers. Experienced SharePoint programmers will still want other resources for deep technical information, but this is a great place to start for them as well.

Overall, it's worth buying for the walkthroughs alone.
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent work by Chris.. 13 April 2014
By RAJKAMAL - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
It's a great material to start with SharePoint 2013. But it does lack in-depth look at everything. But it's a great one to start.
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