- Copertina flessibile: 232 pagine
- Editore: PACKT PUBLISHING (25 maggio 2011)
- Lingua: Inglese
- ISBN-10: 1849682585
- ISBN-13: 978-1849682589
- Peso di spedizione: 440 g
Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Enterprise Applications on Windows Phone 7 (Inglese) Copertina flessibile – 25 mag 2011
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The title and subtitle of the book lead you to believe there's a lot more here. If the words "enterprise" & "applications" were removed and the words "beginner" & "introduction" were used instead, and it was targed to consuming SharePoint sites on the phone, then it would be more appropriate.
The first part of the book covers a lot of introduction topics about Windows Phone 7 devices, mobile browsers and SharePoint development. In fact if you own a WP7 device yourself, have created a 'Hello World' app and have done some SharePoint 2010 development you can skip most of the content in the first 5 chapters. While the book covers many different topics (from WP7 device introduction to web development for mobile devices) it doesn't cover any of them in depth. Especially for the SharePoint development part there are other, more resourceful, books available on the market, that provide better explanation of the platform.
Chapters 6 and 7 are the most interesting chapters in the book. In those chapters the author discusses some practical scenarios of communicating with SharePoint 2010: from authentication to data retrieval. The code samples provided in those chapters are useful for understanding the basics behind interacting with SharePoint 2010 from a WP7 device but in my opinion far away from Enterprise Applications.
Unfortunately chapter 7 is where the book ends: right where it starts to pick up the speed and content level.
Writing a book on Windows Phone 7 development interacting the SharePoint 2010 platform is an opportunity to present great stories and showcases. Both platforms are very rich and provide great extensibility capabilities: both for end users and enterprises. Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Enterprise Applications on Windows Phone 7 is a fair reading if you are relatively new to both worlds but the topic hasn't been fully covered yet and I'd still like to hear and read about great examples of making Windows Phone 7 devices interact with the SharePoint 2010 platform.
That said the book does achieve what it sets out to achieve, basically. I view this book as more of an introduction of what is possible rather than a deep dive into creating Windows Phone 7 SharePoint applications. My expectation was that the book would focus more heavily on the Windows Phone 7 application development but it was disappointed that it spent a significant amount of time running over the basics, especially of SharePoint.
As a general introduction to both Sharepoint and Windows Phone 7 I think the book really hits the mark, especially when it comes to Windows Phone 7. However, I felt that it should go deeper, which may be an incorrect assumption on my part. I am left feeling that there is so much more that could be achieved but this book doesn't quite take me there.
I would certainly commend the book as a great introduction to Windows Phone 7 and what is possible when combined with SharePoint. However, I'm puzzled by which audience it is aimed at. If it is developers then the book probably doesn't go deep enough. If it is for SharePoint users then the Windows Phone 7 parts add a distraction.
In summary, the book is an excellent introduction to the world Windows Phone 7 and the integration possibilities with SharePoint. However, it is not something designed for the hard core developer looking for a deep drive technical reference.
The thing in this book that really made it for me a "must have" for LOB wp7 folks is the fact that it separates the basic's skills need on each related platform (wp7 and sharepoint) and then includes the cross over elements of working with both platforms as well. Although narrowly focused this as I pointed out an increasingly important segment that this book is targeted towards and as an LOB developer sometimes myself its an important part of my collection.
The downside of this book would be the lack of depth for phone 7 and sharepoint specific information but that really is beyond the scope of the premise of the book so I can't fault that on the book but that also means that to make the most of this particular book you should probably look into something on sharepoint and another book on windows phone7.