Sunday, July 31, 2011

What You Should Know Before Learning of SharePoint 2010

That's the question I received from many people. Although they do not work in Microsoft related technologies, they like to work with SharePoint 2010 [only because the demand and the functions it has]. So, to learn what SharePoint 2010 technologies you need to know or what are the key concepts you need to be strong, that's what we'll discuss in this post.

The technologies/concepts you have to know as a Developer:

ASP.NET/C#: SharePoint 2010 is completely built on ASP.NET 3.5 whereas SharePoint 2007 is built upon ASP.NET 2.0. So, if you know basic ASP.NET 3.5 features then you get better ideas in implementing SharePoint 2010 coding and better understand concepts.

SQL Server: This is very important to know as SharePoint A-Z stores in database only.

Windows Workflow Foundation: There are workflows in SharePoint which is useful to solve business process problems. To create the workflows either in SharePoint designer or custom workflows you should have idea of WWF.

XML/XSLT: I can say everything in SharePoint is XML. So, if you are strong in XML then you rock. XSLT is applying styles for XML.

AJAX/Java script: AJAX is a generic concept and in ASP.NET the implementation is a bit different and you may need to know the general concept on how it works. Along with that you have to know java script.

Windows Communication Foundation: WCF is very popular these days as it has very good features. SharePoint 2010 is using WCF Services instead of Web Services. So, to work with them you have to know it. [For SharePoint 2007 it is not needed]

Silverlight: There are modules in SharePoint 2010 developed in Silverlight. And the integration of Silverlight code to SharePoint is also very easy now. [For SharePoint 2007 it may not be needed, but you can create custom Silverlight module and deploy to SharePoint 2007]

Internet Information Services: You have to know what is IIS and how it works.

The technologies/concepts you have to know as an Administrator:

SQL Server


Windows Server

SharePoint Designer

So these are things that everyone should preliminary set before learning about SharePoint 2010. No need to know all too deep, but you have complete idea of ​​what it is and how they work. Therefore, it can take a month to learn about these concepts and begin to learn SharePoint 2010. If you try to learn directly from SharePoint 2010 without knowing that these concepts can succeed in making content management, workflow, SharePoint Designer, customize appearance, etc, but do not know what is going on inside and how work. You cannot do coding, etc. So be sure to spend plenty of time to learn this information before you leap. Hope this helps.

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