About time I finally introduced my next big project. I have undertaken to solo-author Apress's flagship SharePoint 2010 book. Being a solo-author is generally a ton of work. However in my opinion if the entire book comes from a single author it generally tends to flow together better.
In my book I intend to tell a story. A story I wish every productive SharePoint team member knew. I purposely didn't say development or ITPro or designer. To a large extent there is an overlap within these roles, and these boundaries have purely been created as a matter of convenience because there's simply too much for one person to learn.
Thus my book is intended for someone who knows ASP.NET and wishes to learn SharePoint 2010.
Yet another reason that me to convinced to write this book, was that there will be plenty of SharePoint 2010 material available, but none in a form that has a personality or as a pleasure to read. And frankly none that is close to the practical side of things about what works and what really doesn't work.
In my trainings and talks and in this upcoming book you will see plenty of practical side of things that you won't find on MSDN.
Finally SharePoint 2010 is a huge topic. There is no way in the world that I would be able to fit it in a single book. Nobody can. However my intent for this book isn't to be feature complete and describe every single detail of SharePoint 2010. My intent in this book is to equip you get enough knowledge to be practically productive on day one, and give you enough tools that you can go dig for more information when you needed. I will of course supplant this book with a number of blog posts as we go along.
I take authoring seriously, which is perhaps why I don't do much of it except my blog. My previous book Pro ADO.NET 2.0, was very well received. People still read it even though we are in .NET 4.0. I have since reviewed books, authored magazine articles and co-authored chapters in books for MSPress. Even though I'm proud of my co-authored chapters, they simply do not compare to the quality of the solo work. They just cannot.
I would also like to introduce to reviewer of the book, Robert Garrett. Robert and I have known each other for a long time, we have worked together, and I respect his thoroughness and technical skills. I'm lucky to have him as a reviewer, as he's one of the few people who have had hands on experience to SharePoint 2010. I've asked him to be extremely critical of my work.
Writing a solo book is a ton of work, and I intend to do a good job at it. Presenting, Microsoft SharePoint 2010: Building Solutions for SharePoint 2010.