Professional SharePoint 2007 Development offers .NET developers an architectural overview of the Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 and Windows SharePoint Services 3.0. It also introduces the main user experience elements -- enterprise search, wikis, electronic forms and various management solutions -- for which end users are expected to clamor.
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Chapter 8, Building Personalized Solutions by Brendon Schwartz, walks developers through the process of creating the various elements of a SharePoint 2007 portal site. Since SharePoint 2007 is built atop ASP.NET 2.0, this is easier than it sounds.
Schwartz begins by discussing user profiles, which, as the name states, contain information about a particular end user; this data can be entered manually, or it can be pulled from a database. Next the author covers My Sites, which is a SharePoint 2007 feature that allows end users to create and use personalized sites within SharePoint. The chapter ends with some thoughts on Audiences, which lets content providers customize information. "In SharePoint 2007 you can perform audience targeting on a rules-based audience, Windows SharePoint Services groups, and memberships," Schwartz points out.
Excerpted from the Wrox book, Professional SharePoint 2007 Development (ISBN: 978-0-470-11756-9) by John Holliday, John Alexander, Jeff Julian, Eli Robillard, Brendon Schwartz, Matt Ranlett, J. Dan Attis, Adam Buenz and Tom Rizzo.
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