Shane posted on this last week but it really is blowing my mind that so many good resources exist already for SharePoint 2007 compared to when we first started working on 2003 (and let’s not even go 2001). Man those were some hard times. I remember having to create EVERYTHING from scratch. From the sales process to the development, deployment and training stages – there was absolutely nothing to go on except what we made ourselves. I swear I spent my first 12 months documenting and creating templates. Some of which I still use so I guess it was a decent investment of effort.
When I first started with 2007, I admit I was a little thrown off by just how much new functionality existed. I started wondering if there was anyway I’d ever master it all to the degree I did in 2003. However between official Microsoft material supplied both as part of TAP and directly to the community and then the MASSIVE amount of awesome resources being provided BY the community – I have made some pretty awesome progress. I really couldn’t be more excited. The amount of knowledge sharing and enthusiasm over this new version of the product only reinforces for me what an excellent choice it has been to focus on this platform professionally.
Here are some great listings of resources if you are just getting started yourself.
Seriously can you believe that I can actually refer to THAT many awesome resource listings for a product that isn’t even released? And that is just a drop in the bucket based on a quick reference to a listing I have stored on my personal MOSS site.
So in summary – keep up the great work everyone!