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Pro SharePoint 2010 Search


For the first thing thanks to Apress for the opportunity of review this book.

Many years ago i have developed a sort of ante-litteram SharePoint: it was an classic ASP site, where the indexing engine of Windows Server 2000 was crawling some folders, coupling some properties with the items: so for me the SELECT FROM SCOPE syntax was not unknown.

Now from some years i’m an professional SharePoint developer, working primarily on web parts and workflows; but it is easy working with SharePoint, especially for small sites, to wear some “hats”: as developer, as administrator, as web designer.

But until some months ago i had not worked with some administrative aspects as the Search engine; so, since i was really interested to fill this gap even for to see the differences with my previous experience, i began to read and follow the examples of “Pro SharePoint 2010 Search”.

The book is well written , the first chapter expose with clarity the differences among the search products as the base search functionality on Foundation, the Search Server (speaking even of the free express version for Foundation), and the FAST Search Server.

The first seven chapters are more administrator (and power users) oriented: concepts as crawler, indexer, scalability, limits of the products, use of powershell, hardware hints, estimation of search db size are well exposed; to the reader are suggested important guidelines.

Important steps as the planning of the search deployment , the configuration of pages used from the users for searching terms are well organized step by step.

The query sintax and operators are detailed with clarity in chapter 5.

In chapters 6 are well explained federated search, stemmers, word breakers.

Search pages layouts, with interesting hints as the ones for rating, are well explained in chapter 7.

From chapter 8 begins the parts more developer oriented, with interesting c# samples about using the search API.

Chapter 9 is dedicated to the Business Connectivity Services: good samples about creating an BCS from SharePoint Designer and Visual Studio 2010; and obviously how to crawl then search in the BCS source.

Chapter 10 returns to be more administrator oriented: is exposed how relevancy of search results and reporting are useful for monitoring as the search infrastructure is used, and point out if are needed some adjustments.

The last chapter, 11, is dedicated to the search extensions: here is explained how to extend the SPS2010 Search through free and purchasable third-party extension, with a special focus on FAST search server and Ontolica search.

By reading with attention the book and trying “on the field” i was able to create some good search solutions: securely is a fields that needs a lot of experience as the book authors for to achieve the best results, anyway this book for me was a very good starting point and is absolutely a good buy for Sharepoint administrators and developers.

This review can be viewed even in the Amazon site.

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