Strongly recommended! This book will show you how to use the incredible 'out of the box' capabilities of Sharepoint to make web sites to structure and display information without programming. This book is NOT about programming web parts or components - in fact you don't need to be a programmer at all.
The book is very well written and gives STRUCTURED ADVICE on where to start, and how to choose between the many options. It is NOT just a useless duplication of the Help screens you already have, like some books. It covers small business right up to big enterprises where I am working. I now UNDERSTAND things instead of just guessing.
I can now create simple solutions with Sharepoint, Excel and Infopath in minutes or hours that 2 years ago would just not have happened - they would have needed a web designer, a database designer, a programmer, months of planning, and too much money.
If you are responsible for setting up or managing Sharepoint sites, or if you just need to know if Sharepoint is the right way to go, buy it!!!
Having bought a couple of SharePoint 2007 beginner books to get up to speed on SharePoint, I found this book well written and the pace was just right. The Hands On section was easy to follow with quality screen shots. I found that I ended up using this book as my primer to SharePoint more than the others. Recommended for beginners.
There are now a large number of books on Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007, so it's hard to know which ones to choose. If you are new to MOSS 2007, then this book is for you, and even if you are not then still buy it. It covers both how to use the product as well as how to administer it. A very hard mix to get right, but Amanda and Shane manage it just right. Loads of practical hands on exercises labelled as "Try It Out", and I love the little exercises at the end of each chapter. Well done.
If you want a starter book on SharePoint 2007, then this book is for you. It is simple and takes you in to the world of SharePoint 2007 by explaining the fundamentals. It provides you with the essential information you need to put together simple SharePoint sites. You will need a more in-depth book if you want to understand the more powerful features and benefits.