A Book This is the first post for the year of 2010 and what could be better to start with than announcing that I’m writing a SharePoint 2010 book. More specifically I’m writing a book about SharePoint 2010 Web Parts development with the working title SharePoint 2010 Web Parts in Action.

This is a dream come true to me and I have been thinking about writing a book on and off for quite some time. I want to take my writing/blogging even further, it’s through writing that I educate and evolve myself. It makes me think twice and really make sure that I’m writing the correct stuff (who wants to be haunted down by all the readers and pros out there :-). So a book will be perfect to learn more about the SharePoint 2010 platform and dig down even further in Web Parts development.

Web Parts has been one of my favorite topics in SharePoint – I really like the concept of making self-contained applications that can be configured by the end-users and optionally connected to create mashups. I written a bunch of posts on the topic and published two Codeplex projects; ChartPart and Tweetpart. Web Parts is one of the subjects that almost all SharePoint developers have been working with and it has its difficulties and pains. I hope I can get down all my experience, ideas and troubleshooting into this book and that it gets great feedback and usage.

The book is going to be published by Manning Publications and I really want to thank them for making this possible! Manning got a really interesting concept with their MEAP program (Manning Early Access Program), which allows you to buy the book at a discounted price even before it’s complete and published. Then those buyers have an opportunity to comment on the book so far and possibly influence the author. This book will during the spring become a part of the MEAP program – so watch out for further announcements. Manning have a nice line-up of books coming this year including SharePoint Workflows in Action by Phil Wicklund, SharePoint 2010 Site Owners’ manual by Yvonne Harryman and SharePoint Server 2007 Survival Guide by Penelope Coventry et al.

I have already started writing and I’m really satisfied so far. If you have any particular questions or things that you would like to have answered then don’t hesitate to contact me!

Happy new year!