Building Configurable SharePoint Solutions

September 6, 2011

John Ferringer recently spoke at the Fort Wayne SPUG meeting discussing topics in best practices for SharePoint development. During the course of his presentation, one topic was mentioned that struck a chord with me: "be nice to your SharePoint administrators". Some of us in the SharePoint space (in fact, many of my associates) are IT hybrids. Many of us are developers by trade and SharePoint/network administrators by requirement, or vice versa and I’ve been fortunate enough to work as both a developer and a network administrator. We’re intimately familiar with the nuts and bolts of SharePoint as well as the pillars of SharePoint infrastructure (Active Directory, DNS, SQL Server, IIS, Windows Server, etc.). Unfortunately, this can sometimes lead us down a path of development that assumes deployment and maintenance of our solutions will be handled by ourselves, or folks like us.

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