on 12 November 2011
Upfront, I received this book for review, would I have purchased it? I would now I have read it and if there had been a review alerting me to how much more it is than just a book on using SharePoint Designer. There is definitely a gap on my shelf for it.
This book is suitable for anyone that is either embarking, or currently involved in SharePoint 2010, at a level from Contributor and above. I say, embarking, as approximately 20-30% covers SharePoint in general, in an easy to read informative manner yet still conveys the technical information you require. That alone is not easy to achieve. Don't get me wrong, this is not a re-hash of SharePoint's history and why you should use it etc., this is new material written in a concise and pleasurable style.
I was going to say something like the first 200 or 300 pages cover overviews but actually it is quite difficult to just isolate out the content in that manner. Yes, it starts with some overviews but before you know it you are picking up SharePoint Designer tricks, tips and how-tos without knowing it. I am glad it is not one of those volumes with endless screen shots and bullet points to follow. They do exist, but quite rightly when it is the only sensible concise why to cover the point.
If you will be working, or expect to work, on SharePoint, at a more technical level, something above an Information Worker, then this could be the only book you need.
Administrators should use it to supplement a good administrators companion to not only make better use themselves of SharePoint but understand how the business is using it.
Developers should have it, even before they start development, as SharePoint supports so much that can be done with Zero Code. Starting with this and then moving on to bespoke development with Visual Studio once you have a sound understanding of SharePoint and can identify when and why code needs to be cut.