I often get questions about finding information on SharePoint 2010, the best places to learn and the “hows” and “whys”. It seems that many people will type in a single word or phrase into their favorite search engine…look at the first page and throw up their hands saying they can’t find anything.
It is the unfortunate state of our world with information overload and the attention spans of fleas. I also find that many people seem to assume that every post/site or page on the web is absolutely factual and they don’t know how to determine the validity of the information they are ready.
With this commentary on society out of the way, I figured i would post some “getting started” links and resources for those of you wondering how to get started.
General SharePoint Information
Main Microsoft Site (running on SharePoint 2010) – http://sharepoint.microsoft.com/en-us/pages/default.aspx
Capability Overview – http://sharepoint.microsoft.com/en-us/product/capabilities/Pages/default.aspx
Edition Comparison – http://sharepoint.microsoft.com/en-us/buy/Pages/Editions-Comparison.aspx
Advanced IT Pro Training – http://technet.microsoft.com/en-gb/sharepoint/ff677987.aspx
IT Professional Overview – A video that shows you some of the great new features in SharePoint 2010
Experiencing the Microsoft SharePoint 2010 User Interface – A video that provides a look at the new, improved user interface in SharePoint 2010
Getting Started Screencast Series – A series of entry-level screencasts by Microsoft SharePoint MVPs that lets you take advantage of an 11-module e-learning course
Training and Certification – http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/training/sharepoint.aspx
Full TechNet Documentation – http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee428287.aspx
The Total Economic Impact of SharePoint 2010 – http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=9730143
Download trial – http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/ee388573.aspx
VM demonstration images – http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=9728417
SharePoint Team Blog – http://sharepoint.microsoft.com/blog/Pages/default.aspx
SharePoint 2010 Forums
Getting started with SharePoint Server 2010 – http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=191146
Planning guide for SharePoint Server 2010 – http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=196150
Upgrading to SharePoint Server 2010 – http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=196221
Deployment guide for SharePoint Server 2010 – http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=196222
Operations guide for SharePoint Server 2010 – http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=196154
Technical reference for SharePoint Server 2010 – http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=196155
Diagrams and white papers
Technical diagrams (SharePoint Server 2010) – http://blogs.technet.com/b/seanearp/archive/2010/07/09/technical-diagrams-for-sharepoint-2010.aspx
Evaluation guide for SharePoint Server 2010 (white paper)
SharePoint Development Center – http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/sharepoint/default.aspx
Setting Up the Development Environment for SharePoint 2010 on Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows Server 2008
What’s New in SharePoint Foundation 2010
What’s New in SharePoint Server 2010
Get Started Developing on SharePoint 2010
Getting Started with Development for SharePoint Foundation
Starting Point – http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff770300.aspx
Excellent Free Developer Training – http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/sharepoint/ff420377.aspx
Channel 9 Training – http://channel9.msdn.com/learn/courses/SharePoint2010Developer/
SharePoint Developer Training Kit Download – http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=83a80a0f-0906-4d7d-98e1-3dd6f58ff059&displaylang=en
SharePoint 2010 SDK Documentation
SharePoint 2010 Technical Articles – Technical articles are 15-20 pages in length and provide detailed technical information and code examples
SharePoint 2010 Book Excerpts – Book excerpts are online excerpts of published books.
SharePoint 2010 Visual How-Tos – Visual how-to articles are 10-15 pages in length and combine some of the best elements of blogs, video, and technical articles by providing a brief overview, a code sample, and a how-to video.
SharePoint 2010 Quick Notes – Quick Notes are 2-4 page tasks in a single scenario.
Search connector development – http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee556429.aspx
SharePoint Downloads and Samples
SharePoint Code Gallery Projects
SharePoint CodePlex Projects