Will SharePoint Development Boom?

ChannelWeb recently speculated that SharePoint development will boom in 2010. They say that, contrary to previous versions, SharePoint development is now as easy as eating pie, and that this will boost the number of SharePoint developers.

They are wrong.

However, before you fire your SharePoint development tutor, they are not wrong in their predictions, but rather in most everything else they write. So, as someone who spends most of his waking hours inside SharePoint, I thought I’d clarify.

ChannelWeb states that this is the first time that developers can use Visual Studio to create SharePoint applications. What a load of horse manure! People have been using Visual Studio to create complex and quite impressive applications, features, and solutions for as long as there have been build actions. Just take a look at CodePlex and the numerous Visual Studio based SharePoint projects there.

Second, ChannelWeb states that the current SharePoint development is ‘complex and non-intuitive’. Of course, this is a matter of opinion, but I quite like the current SP2007 development model. In fact, I plan to make that the third post in my I Love SharePoint, and Here’s Why series (part 1 and part 2).

Calling the SharePoint development experience complex and non-intuitive is either plain wrong or a tribute to 100,000 developers out there who develop on SharePoint already, even prior to 2010. Well, it can be both, come to thing of it.

So, the big question remains. Will SharePoint Development explode in 2010? I believe so.

A few years ago, at a Microsoft event in Oslo, the keynote speaker told the audience that with the introduction of .NET (yeah, it was that long ago), Microsoft now were sending supertankers loaded with cash towards developers. Almost ten years later, I know he was right, and I also see that their strategy, while initially dubbed Microsoft Not-Yet by the Java people due to its many delays, was successful.

Should you bet on SharePoint development then? That’s up to you, but I am betting huge that Microsoft will succeed this time as well. In fact, I’m working on a project right now that will blow your mind if you want to learn SharePoint. I’ll let you know more as soon as I know more myself 🙂


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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.

2 thoughts on “Will SharePoint Development Boom?”

  1. Thanks for this post, Bjørn.

    We have a small team of developers who work day in, day out customising SharePoint for client and it's not as easy as the results might look.

    You still need skilled developers to bring out the full potential of SharePoint.

  2. I’d like to know more about the project. I’m trying to learn SharePoint, especially the development side via C#, and I would love to get my hands on any available resource. Nice post.

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