Microsoft SharePoint Building Office 2007 Solutions in C# 2005 is an ideal book for people who are entirely new to SharePoint and also for those who are familiar with SharePoint 2003 and want to get up to speed quickly with the new functionality and features of MOSS 2007. Scott Hillier starts right from the beginning and addresses many of the common issues faced by people looking to utilise MOSS 2007 within their organisation.
He begins by looking at the none technical aspects of adopting MOSS and has some great advice on how to go about getting people to buy in to the relatively new concept of using business configurable IT tools to facilitate collaborative working. Once that is done he moves straight on to a step by step guide to installing MOSS 2007 which gets you up and running with a useable system very quickly. The remainder of the book is devoted to the many and varied features of MOSS 2007. This is a huge product that now includes the Web Content Management that was previously found in CMS 2002. Add to this the ability to use Windows Workflow Foundation to incorporate workflows into your sites and the new concept of packaging functionality up as features and you can appreciate that it must have been a real challenge to fit all of this into one book.
Whilst no one area is covered in a massive amount of detail the book gives enough information to get started looking at almost all aspects of what MOSS 2007 has to offer. Having already had experience of SharePoint 2003 I was looking for a book that would quickly bring me up to speed with the new functionality on offer and this book really delivers that. It is written with a clear and concise style that is very easy to read and understand. Step by step guides are provided along with plenty of screenshots making the workshop sections of the book easy to follow and complete.
If you are looking for a way to get a good working overview of what is available in MOSS 2007, packaged in a way that will take you right from start to finish then this is the book for you.