Sharepoint Thoughts

Sharepoint looks to be a very useful platform to develop on.

It has a large amount of internal consistency problems:

The object model uses different names for the webs of the application to the user.
Documentation is patchy – terminology that you are told to avoid is part of the object model.
Negatively named attributes.

The object model can be inconsistent: why does adding a list return a guid whilst adding a site returns the new site?

The built in web services are kind of functional but I would always recommend defining your own:

  • They will not break on upgrade (or at least the interface won’t change)
  • They have a defined interface rather than requiring large blocks of CAML

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