Wednesday, November 19, 2008

SharePoint Guidance and best practices

If you are an architect who is new to SharePoint development - you should start of by looking at the latest updated version of SharePoint guidance - SharePoint Guidance - Patterns & Practices [MSDN]. Definitely take a look at  SharePoint Guidance on Codeplex and download SharePoint guidance for November 2008.

This guidance helps architects and developers build SharePoint intranet applications. A reference implementation (RI) demonstrates solutions to common architectural, development and lifecycle management challenges.

This guidance discusses the following:

  • Architectural decisions about patterns, feature factoring and packaging.
  • Design tradeoffs for common decisions many developers encounter.
  • Implementation examples demonstrated in the RI and in the QuickStarts.
  • How to design for testability, create unit tests, and run continuous integration.
  • Set up of development, build, test, staging, and production environments.
  • Managing the application life cycle including upgrade.
  • Team-based intranet application development.

The following areas are not discussed in this version of the guidance:
  • Content-oriented sites that use Web content management
  • Internet and enterprise-scale SharePoint applications
  • Multilingual SharePoint applications
  • Scale or security testing of SharePoint applications

Next step -  Best Practices Resource Center for SharePoint Center 2007 :

To avoid common pitfalls and keep your Office SharePoint Server 2007 environment available and performing well, follow these best practices based on real-world experience from Microsoft Consulting Services and the product team.

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