I Love SharePoint – And Here’s Why – Introduction

During a few turbulent weeks prior to SPC09, I ran a series on why I think SharePoint sucks. Feel free to read the series, including my blunder in part 3 when I publicly showed how little I know about MSIL when I wanted to give an example of bad code quality in SharePoint. (I’ll be back with a better example of bad code in SharePoint shortly.)

And of course, make sure you catch the thrilling conclusion in part 4.

Before we move on with this new series, however, I’d like to point out a few things.

First, I would like to thank the community for the terrific response to the series. Frankly, I’d expected a white knight, or even an army of white knights, to storm to SharePoint’s defense, but only a few people really did. Most comments, emails, tweets, and phone calls in the middle of the night using voice distortion technology actually agreed with my statements.

One of those white knights was Michael Gannotti, AKA the Social Media Samurai, who even made a movie about how incompetent and inexperienced I had to be to make such ridiculous claims about SharePoint. Granted, it was a short in-his-car video, but I still like to thank him for taking the time to put together an ‘I hate Bjørn’ video. I’ve embedded the video here so you can view it, or if you prefer, skip over to Mike’s site to see it there.

My Anti SharePoint FUD Rant from Michael Gannotti on Vimeo.

Oh, and Michael? My previous two projects were 100K+ user solutions, so I do have a bit of experience designing and developing enterprise solutions on SharePoint.

Second, many of the comments and emails I got was never posted. I treat email privacy as sacred, so I’d never post anything without explicit permission or begging from anyone, and as for comments, well, at least have the courtesy to write something other than ‘I agree’ or ‘Yeah’ if you want your comment on print.

Finally, and to spoil the big secret from issue 4, I do not hate SharePoint – I think it sucks in several areas, but I think it is absolutely magnificent in far more areas. After all, I spend most of my waking hours either working with, writing about, or thinking of SharePoint.

I absolutely love SharePoint, and throughout the next couple of weeks, or whatever time frame in which I actually manage to get this written, I will show you exactly why SharePoint is so hoggamn beautiful. As a matter of fact, I’m going to start with answering an anonymous comment I got on part 2 of the ‘sucks’ series, a comment that I haven’t posted yet. It’s about the horrors of the development experience for SharePoint.

Talk to you again soon.

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PS!: Keep up-to-date with the new series here or via the RSS feed, on Twitter, or create a SharePoint solution that imports the RSS feed into a SharePoint list.

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Bjørn Furuknap

I previously did SharePoint. These days, I try new things to see where I can find the passion. If you have great ideas, cool projects, or is in general an awesome person, get in touch and we might find out together.

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