SharePoint Designer 2010 Workflow Issue Out

Phew… USP Journal issue 2/2 is out.

I announced the plans to write a journal issue on SharePoint Designer 2010 workflows back in February and started working on it at the same time.

I had originally intended to use this announcement blog post to complain and moan about how long it took, how hard I’ve worked, and so on, but honestly, that’s not what you want to hear, so let me just skip to the facts, deviously stolen from the journal web page.

This issue targets beginning developers and business users looking to save organizations time and money by automating business processes (that’s written for your boss, not you).

With your purchase, you will get the beautifully illustrated (not my words, honest) 143 page journal issue plus over four hours of video content, including a recorded lecture from USPJ Academy on SharePoint Designer 2010 workflow types.

Topics covered in the issue are:

  • Workflow in a NutShell
  • Introduction to SharePoint Designer workflows
  • Your first SharePoint Designer 2010 workflow
  • Initiation forms and parameters
  • Working with variables
  • Collecting data from users
  • Workflow lookups
  • …plus many more

What else do you need to know?

Ah, where to buy:

Go on, you know you want it. And I want to get rich, so why not buy two copies, so you can have one in your wallet and one in the bedroom?


PS: I searched for SharePoint Designer 2010 workflows and found an article I wrote over a year ago about SharePoint Designer 2010 workflow features, before any public beta, based on what I found in the menus of an early version of SPD2010. Funny how virtually everything is spot on, even thought at the time I hadn’t seen anything beyond two error messages :-)

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First SharePoint 2010 Book Is Here! USP Journal Volume 2, Issue 1

I’ve just launched the first issue of volume 2 of USP Journal, titled Introducing SharePoint 2010. This issue, spanning a massive 180 pages, is the first independent book on SharePoint available on the market. It is also, by far, the longest USPJ issue ever.

Throughout this issue, I’ll introduce you to SharePoint 2010 whether you are a developer, an administrator, or an end-user (Sorry Mark, I had to put something in for end users since you’re not…)

Here is an overview of the content:

SharePoint 2010 New Features Overview
Get an overview of the new features of SharePoint 2010. In addition, I’ll walk you through installing SharePoint 2010 Beta 2 in a 40 minute video, including installing Active Directory, SQL Server 2008, and the pre-requisites for SharePoint 2010.

Getting Started with SharePoint 2010
This issue will get you started with SharePoint 2010 in record time and walk you through several exercises to show you many of the new features in action. I’ll also show you, in four accompanying videos, how to set up a metadata model in SharePoint.

SharePoint Designer 2010
SharePoint Designer 2010 offers massive improvements over the previous version. I’ll walk you through this new version, including setting up your first SharePoint Designer workflow using the new workflow editor.

Visual Studio 2010 and SharePoint
Visual Studio 2010 completely changes the playing field for SharePoint development. Find out what features will benefit you and if this tool is really for you.

The New SharePoint 2010 Developer
It’s time to learn what the new SharePoint 2010 development model means for you as a developer. I’ll walk you through what you need to learn in order to harness the new features of SharePoint, including the client object model, LINQ to SharePoint, REST and WCF services, using the new UI features, and more!

SharePoint 2010 Administrator Update
The administrator’s job gets a whole lot easier in SharePoint 2010. I’ll walk you through the features that will make your life easier as an IT-pro, including upgrading sites from SharePoint 2007, PowerShell (I promise to make it easy), managing a SharePoint 2010 farm and performance and monitoring.

Oh, and I’ve also included six videos to walk you through important features of SharePoint 2010, including a 40 minute vide on installing everything you need for a SharePoint 2010 lab environment.

Here’s what Scott from Tampa, Florida said about the Introducing SharePoint 2010 series on which the new book is based:

“I do not usually read articles about Microsoft products from outside MSDN, since it is usually a rehash of the same information. However, I was pleasantly surprised on the quality of the material from the issue ‘Introducing Sharepoint 2010.’ There are great tips and practical advice on the installation of the SP 2010 Beta and a good overview of the new features of 2010. This is one site that will be added to my IE favorites.”

Here are Mohamed Mosallem’s thoughts, this time from Riyadh in Saudi Arabia:

“SharePoint 2010!! OMG I just started feeling comfortable with SharePoint 2007, I was feeling that I have to start all over again, well…. thanks to the help of the USP journal and the new series about SharePoint2010, after reading the first issue of the series I was relieved knowing that I have someone to ease the transition to SharePoint 2010.”

What’s keeping you? Get over to the Introducing SharePoint 2010 site and get your copy now!


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New Book in the Horizon: Building the SharePoint 2010 User Experience

Well, the proverbial cat is again out of the bag. I’m writing a new book. If you count the journal as books, and I mean, at 100-150 at least they are short books, this will be the 11th announced SharePoint book I’m writing.

Building the SharePoint 2010 User Experience is now available for pre-order on Amazon. I wont disclose too much detail yet, but I guess you can sort of deduce that this will be a second edition of the previous book, targeted at SharePoint 2010.

So, I guess that means I’ll be writing a lot this winter. Thankfully, I don’t really have anything else to do, besides my 160% position at Ergo, writing at least four journal issues until then, and learning all I can about SharePoint 2010.

To my wife Lena: I hope to see you again sometime in late March… If we have any kids in the meantime, please find appropriate names and tell them I love them.


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