Understanding SharePoint Journal Launched

Well, in case you missed the event, USP Journal has launched. Read the press release here.

An interesting thing is that it took about 8 minutes for the press release to reach the #2 spot on Google News search for “SharePoint”…

Anyway, the USP Journal is the result of one guy asking the right question at the right time. The journal teaches SharePoint in a very task-focused manner. That’s the pitch, you can read the rest on the Understanding SharePoint Journal web page.

Now, shell out the 15 bucks and show your support.



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User Experience Week on SharePoint Magazine – One week of SP User Experience articles

Some of you may have wondered what happened to the Customizing the SharePoint User Experience series that started last fall. The first two articles looked at sites architecture and modifying the default user experience, but then there were no more articles.

That is all about to change, however. Starting on Monday, SharePoint Magazine will hold a User Experience week, each day publishing a new article from the series.

The Customizing the User Experience of SharePoint series aims to explain how the user experience works, from how the interface is built down to details on how columns of lists get created.

Here is an article outline for the six parts:

Part 1: Overview of the default SharePoint interface from a technical point of view

In the first article we will look at how the default SharePoint interface is built. We will look at a site, going from top-down, explore some of the the default lists, the fields used to create the basic field types, which content types are available, and how list forms are rendered.

Part 2: Modifying the default experience

This article will show you which options are available for you to modify and improve the default setup. Learn how to override the default rendering of fields or forms without voiding your supported state.

Part 3: Lists and custom list forms

The third article will cover the basics of customizing lists using different views, custom list forms, and fields.

Part 4: Content types user interface

The next article will explore how you can utilize content types to display different input forms and display forms.

Part 5: Custom fields deep dive

Ever wanted to create a new field type? SharePoint enables you to do this and it is a very powerful tool for customizing the user experience.

Part 6: Fast track to feature generation

Writing custom lists with content types by hand can take a massive amount of time. In the final installment I will share with you some tools and techniques that makes list, field, and content type generation very fast.

The first two parts are already out, and if I remember I will update the links as the articles are released.

Oh yeah, to the math geniuses among you: I know there are only four articles left and there are five work days next week. You’ll just have to hang around to see how that’s going to be solved.


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