My SharePoint Revision

Let me begin Looking Back…

SharePoint Products & Technologies have biggest influence on my career & personal growth. Thanks to my Technology guru Sanjay Vyas,  I had opportunity to work very early on SharePoint during late 2001. At that time the beta release was called “Tahoe”. The final product came out as SharePoint Services & SharePoint Portal Server 2001.

Since 2001, I worked very actively hands-on on all versions (2001, 2003, 2007 & 2010). I also had chance to work on other related products like SQL Reporting Services, Fast Search For SharePoint 2010 and few others. I did different roles & grew professionally,

  • As beginner Explored the product with trial & error. Understood How Technology Should Be Learnt.
  • Did Implement Intranet for my first company. Learnt What it Takes To Implement Technology for the Business Purpose.
  • Worked as Technical Support Engineer. Understood How Customers Look at Same Technology or Solution Differently & How Important It Is To Give Quality Experience When They Face Issues.
  • Lead the Team Of Support Engineers. Learnt What It Takes To Lead With Technical Skills & deliver Value To Business.
  • Act as escalation point for the Professional SharePoint Support.  Realized How Working Efficiently With Vendors & Partners Is Critical To Business. Also How To Be Proactive in Starting New Operations Help Succeed.

Looking forward…

During 2011 till now, I gave myself time to gather other experiences (non-technical) by testing my comfort zone outside SharePoint. In that pursuit I stayed deliberately away from hands-on SharePoint 2013 work & experiences.  Now that I have gained those intended experiences, I thought of revising my SharePoint knowledge.

I decided a timeline for 7 days & at least couple of hours every day. Of course it was tough to put entire revision in that short span. I had to try something & I did following,

  • Step 1 – I thought of writing down what all I can think when think of SharePoint.  The list below may not be complete however the intention was not to write everything about SharePoint. It was just to do my memory dump.

Letter

Component / Concepts / Dependencies / Terms.

A

ASP.NET, Authentication, Authorization, Apps, App Parts, App Development, API, AJAX, Application Server, Active Directory, Analytics, Access, Architecture, ADFS, Application Pools

B

Blog, BLOB, Breadcrumb, Business Intelligence, Business Data Connectivity, Backup, Big Data, Browser Support

C

Cloud, Content Database, CAML, Content Types, Content Management, Crawl, Columns, Calculated Formula, Content Editor Web Part

D

Databases, Document Sets, Document Library, Deployment

E

Event Handlers, Enterprise Search, Excel Services, Excel With Power Pivot, Event Viewer

F

Foundation Services, Farms, Features, Forms, Forms Authentication, Federation

G

Global Deployment, Groups, GAC, Gatherer

H

HTTP, HTTPS, Homogenous & Heterogeneous Farms, Help

I

IIS, InfoPath, Index Server Role, Indexer, Internet Of Things, Integration

J

Jscript, JSON

K

Knowledge Management, Keywords,

L

List, Library, LDAP, Locations

M

Metadata, Master Page, Meeting Workspaces, Mobile

N

Network, Navigation

O

On Premise, Office 365

P

Portal, Permissions, Project Management, Project Server, Performance Point Services, Protocol

Q

Queries, Quick Launch

R

Restore, Recovery, Records Management,

S

Security, Search, Site Collection, Site, Social, SQL Server, SQL Reporting Services, SharePoint Designer, Solutions

T

Team Site, Topology, Tools, Timer Jobs, Troubleshooting, TCP/IP

U

Users, User Profiles, Upgrade Paths, UDP

V

Views, Visual Studio, Visio Graphic Services

W

Windows Server, Web Server Role,Web Gardens, Web Page, Web Part, Web Service, Workflow,

X

XML, XSLT

Y

Yammer

Z

Zones

  • Step 2 – Whatever I was not able to recollect well, I did specific search/reading/watching videos to get back the understanding.

At the end of week I felt happy about the amount of stuff I could revisit with this method. Some people may have already tried this kind of approach so I am not claiming something new. However I do want to share that this approach helped me not only revise SharePoint but also assess so many other things I knew & worked during my career till date.

It’s good to have this inventory handy to build focus areas, strengths & areas to be improved up on.

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