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June 2, 2008

Full Speed Ahead for SharePoint Development – All You Need has Been Released

If you’ve listened to the web casts that Andrew Connell and I’ve been doing for Paul Andrew, you may have noticed something strange. We’ve been talking about the source code for the demos being available at – and some folks have been commenting that the site doesn’t go anywhere. However, that is no longer the case. The site went live today. Great – but why should you care?

Well, the web casts are just the tip of the iceberg. In addition to the web cast materials you’ll also find a complete set of hands on labs for the same 10 topics. Just in case you’re wondering, it’s not the same demos that you see in the web casts. Instead they’re complete projects that you can build yourself that cover the same general concepts.

But wait there’s more… (Trying my best late night TV product sales guy voice) You can also see a video that Andrew, Paul and I recorded talking about how Andrew and I got started in SharePoint – and why the landscape is different. (You can find it on the home page of

Finally, there’s also a whitepaper that’s available which talks about what a developer should know about SharePoint in more of a narrative form.

In short, no matter what you’re learning style you should be able to get up and running with SharePoint development in less than 10 hours.

On a more personal note, I’m very happy with the quality of these materials. Sure there are things that I’d like to change, but they’re more complete and more real world than any other set of materials that are available publically. We’ve all tried to make sure that you could start getting stuff done with SharePoint at the end – and to make sure that you can get out the other end with a broad understanding of some of the cool stuff you can do with SharePoint. I’m glad we can finally talk about the full breadth of the campaign!

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