CAIRO BOOKS's Description
Written by three of the most recognized influencers in the Microsoft
SharePoint community, this book sheds light on SharePoint Search in the
enterprise and focuses solely on Microsoft Search technology. This book is
intended for a range of folks from the IT administrator to the developer
writing search applications. We span many topics in this book to try to cover
the breadth of using, administering, and developing on the SharePoint Search
technologies. The developer chapters will be important for the administrator to
understand, since developers and administrators have to work together to make
Search work. On the flip side, the administrator chapters will be important for
developers to understand the architecture and administration of Search because,
without this knowledge, writing to the APIs will be more difficult. Most
readers will benefit from reading all the chapters in this book.
This book covers the breadth of the SharePoint Search technologies from Search
Server to Windows SharePoint Services to Office SharePoint Server. We also
include information on the latest search technologies coming from Microsoft,
including the new federation capabilities, filter pack, and the recently
acquired FAST technologies.
This book is structured in such a way that you can read it from end to end.
The chapters are laid out in such a way that they build on each other, starting
with an overview chapter and ending with an API chapter that shows you how to
program against all the technology about which you just learned. If you are new
to SharePoint, the first few chapters will be important for you to understand
and digest before moving on, since the array of search technologies can be
overwhelming for someone new to them. For experienced SharePoint readers, the
overview chapters are a good refresher to skim through, but you probably can
skip right to the detailed chapters, starting with Chapter 3, Planning and
Deploying an Enterprise Search Solution.
The topics covered include:
Introduction to Enterprise Search.
Overview of Microsoft Enterprise Search Products.
Planning and Deploying an Enterprise Search Solution.
Configuring and Administering Search.
Searching LOB Systems with the BDC.
User Profiles and People Search.
Extending Search with Federation.
Securing Your Search Results.
Customizing the Search Experience.
Understanding and Tuning Relevance.
Building Applications with the Search API and Web Services.
To get the most from this book, you will want a copy of Office SharePoint
Server. Windows SharePoint Services or Search Server will work, but you will
not have access to all the search capabilities we talk about in the book. One
easy way to get an evaluation copy of SharePoint is to download the SharePoint
virtual machine from MSDN. You can find a link to the virtual machine on the
SharePoint home page at www.microsoft.com/office/sharepoint . This virtual
machine, while large, is preconfigured for you so that you can start working
with the SharePoint Search technologies without having to install all the
software and configure it.