SharePoint Guidance – November 2008



The SharePoint Guidance has just been published on Microsoft’s Patterns and Practices Developer Center.

This guidance helps architects and developers build SharePoint intranet applications. The guidance contains a reference implementation (RI) that demonstrates solutions to common architectural, development, and lifecycle management challenges. This guidance discusses the following:

  • Architectural decisions about patterns, feature factoring, and packaging.
  • Design tradeoffs for common decisions many developers encounter.
  • Implementation examples demonstrated in the RI and in the QuickStarts.
  • How to design for testability, create unit tests, and run continuous integration.
  • Set up of development, build, test, staging, and production environments.
  • Managing the application life cycle including upgrade.
  • Team-based intranet application development.

The following areas are not discussed in this version of the guidance:

  • Content-oriented sites that use Web content management.
  • Internet and enterprise-scale SharePoint applications.
  • Multilingual SharePoint applications.
  • Scale or security testing of SharePoint applications.


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