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I am currently in the middle of a very large SharePoint 2007 to 2010 upgrade. I have purchased several books to help me get the job done, and this one is the only one that has really helped. This book really covers everything on the administration side of SharePoint 2010 in great detail. You can tell the team that wrote it knows the guts of SharePoint 2010. It really is all inclusive. I have not gone to this book looking for answer that I could not find yet. The CD that comes with the book has the ebook version of the book. They included an XPS version, but it will not open. It says it is corrupt. The XPS version being corrupt doesn’t really matter, the PDF version works for finding all the references to a topic quickly. The CD also includes a 526 page MICROSOFT SHAREPOINT FOUNDATION 2010 CMDLET REFERENCE that really helps find out the details of all the PowerShell co... (more)

Goodbye .NET Reflector

It was nice while it lasted. I received the email below this afternoon announcing a $35 charge will soon be in place. From this forum, it looks like Red-gate was hoping for a big pay day from Microsoft. Quote from the forum: "Right now I'm hoping MS wakes up to the importance of Reflector in .NET and realizes they have a severe gap in the SDK without Reflector. I hope they either acquire this software and include in the SDK or create something similar." Personally I hope they don't get it. Email: An open letter to the .NET community Red Gate has announced that it will charge $... (more)

Book Review - SDLC 3.0: Beyond a Tacit Understanding of Agile

This book is a really nice overview of the current state of modern software development processes. There isn't a better collection of information on SDLC in one place that I have seen.  It gives a great overview of the Unified Process, MBASE. Scrum, XP, Lean, FDD, Agile-Up, and Lean-Agile. After the book thoroughly explains what SDLC 3.0 is, it shows how it relates to current processes like PMBOK, Enterprise Unified Process, TOGAF, Zachman, and Acquisition (COTS). The author has created a plugin for IBM Rational Method Composer, but it is not available to the public. It is used dur... (more)

Every Enterprise Needs a Modernization Strategy

An enterprise without a modernization strategy is an enterprise with a painful future of paying technical debt with the highest interest possible. This is especially true of custom-developed applications. Software changes, period. So why not include a strategy for change in your enterprise. I have seen a lot of enterprises that pride themselves on being ready for requirement changes during their application development projects, but very few that ever consider a modernization strategy. Modernization should be architected into your applications. History has continuously shown us t... (more)

Book Review: Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Unleashed

Another Unleashed behemoth!!! It is a whopping 1550 of printed pages and 2451 pages when you include the additional chapters available on the companion CD. If this book doesn’t contain the information you need about SQL Server 2008 R2, then you probably won’t find it anywhere. Just like I am not a server administrator, I am not a Database Administrator (DBA). I don’t want to be a DBA, nothing against DBAs, but I just think it is a full time job. It is not possible for me to keep up with my .NET Software Architecture skills and also be an effective DBA. Of course I have to be famili... (more)