Why did I write this book? Actually, it took an army to write this book (read all of the names on the front cover if you don’t believe me). While I’m credited as the “lead author,” the experience and expertise of everyone who authored content for SharePoint 2007: The Definitive Guide is what is at the center of this work. Without all the combined talent represented by all of these writers, this book would be a shadow of what it is.
The fact that so many people have been involved in this project is what makes it “definitive.” One or two authors can contain a fair amount of experience and background in a particular area or topic, but 11 subject-matter experts can cover a huge cross-section of understanding.
In this case, that “cross-section of understanding” is about Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) 2007, which in many ways is a completely different breed of cat from its predecessor. For example, MOSS is fully integrated with a number of other Microsoft products including the rest of the Office 2007 suite. If you’ve taken a look at the interface for Office 2007 (“the ribbon,” for instance), you know that it’s not just Office 2003 with a couple of extra widgets added.
The same is true of SharePoint 2007. A few of the features are relatively unchanged, such as SharePoint’s discussion boards (unfortunately), but there are a great many additions, improvements, and just plain differences. If your company has migrated to or is thinking of adopting SharePoint 2007, you need to be ready for this change. MOSS 2007 isn’t just SharePoint Portal Server 2003 with a few widgets added. It’s a very different thing.
SharePoint 2007: The Definitive Guide gives you the theory and practice you need to either leverage your current SharePoint skills for this product or to ramp up to using MOSS 2007 as your first SharePoint experience. If you want to tap into the background and knowledge of almost a dozen SharePoint subject-matter experts and Microsoft MVPs, this is the book you’ll need.