A colleague recently asked me for tips on how to prepare for the 70-630 exam (TS: Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007, Configuration) and asked me to look at some sites with sample questions. Frankly sample questions are great to prepare you for an exam, but they only really help if you have already studied necessary material first. I highly recommend and enjoy getting solid hands on instructor lead classroom based training (for example check out the courses offered by the Ted Pattison Group that are actually taught by SharePoint MVPs). I also highly recommend to read, read, and read (yes that includes reading authoritative material on the Internet, however, there is something about reading an old fashioned paper and ink book that I enjoy so much more). With that said, I want to share my existing SharePoint library as well as books on my shopping list.
- Inside Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 by Ted Pattison and Daniel Larson - This is a must read for all SharePoint developers. If you are working with WSS 3.0 and/or MOSS 2007, then you have to read this book. Personally, I have read it cover to cover three times and refer to it on a regular basis. The book is organized very well and cover the fundamental topics for developing anything SharePoint. It also includes download-able examples that are easy use and help to expose you to best development practices and the object model rapidly without overwhelming you. Highly recommended for developers.
- Inside Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 by Patrick Tisseghem - Another solid read. This book covers development with the added value features of MOSS 2007 that were not covered in the Pattison/Larson book (look at #1 above). I don’t use this book as much as I use the Pattison/Larson book since I find that most of my projects really only require use of the WSS 3.0 framework, but when I do need to develop against the BDC and Search (or other MOSS 2007 features) this is my reference of choice. Recommended for developers.
- Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 Administrator’s Companion by Bill English - As a developer, this 1200 page monster-sized book was not my typical read. It’s target audience is the system administrators, network infrastructure, and other non-developer type IT professionals that need to manage and administrate MOSS 2007. However, this book provided me with a solid foundation for preparing for the 70-630 exam. Not to mention, I believe that developers really need to understand how the platforms we develop operate to get clear insight as to how power users use the solutions and software we build (this is another topic that I need to blog about some day, great progress has been done in software engineering to consider end user interface design but the smaller audience of power users and administrators, who are also end users, get left out). Highly recommended for administrators. Recommended for developers.
That’s it. Three books. You take those three books plus the documentation and white papers on MSDN and TechNet and the great blogs (not the junk blogs which are way too abundant) that are on the Internet and you have enough resources to prepare for the 70-630 exam.
There have been some recent announcements of upcoming titles that I want to pick up and add to my library. Here is a quick list:
- Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 Best Practices by Ben Curry and Bill English - I like Bill’s work. It never hurts to know best practices. Last I heard, this book is coming out in June 2008.
- Inside the Index and Search Engines: Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 by Patrick Tisseghem and Lars Fastrup – Search is a very aggressive Microsoft initiative and many clients that I have worked with are using MOSS 2007 search. Knowing more about it is a good thing. This book came out last month.
- 6 Microsoft Office Business Applications for Office SharePoint Server 2007 by Rob Barker, Joanna Bichsel, Adam Buenz, Steve Fox, John Holliday, Bhushan Nene, and Karthik Ravindran – I just love patterns. I eat them up like cookies. This book came out this past January. I don’t know why I haven’t picked it up yet. I better head out to the store right now.
- Professional SharePoint 2007 Web Content Management Development: Building Publishing Sites with Office SharePoint Server 2007 by Andrew Connell - An amzing MVP. I am looking forward to picking up a copy of his book which is due out some time mid June.
I know that most of these books are from Microsoft Press and that is not because I am partial to them. There are some other great books out there from Wrox other technical references. However, the books listed up there have been authored by (or with) SharePoint MVPs whose work I professionally admire and respect.
If you need more SharePoint books for your library, then check out Andrew Connell’s “Best Damn SharePoint Books” List.