SharePoint 2010 Developer Training

I’ve written a couple of posts about SharePoint 2010 Administrator training/learning, so I thought I should follow up with some tips for developer training as well….

Microsoft has two exams for SharePoint 2010 developers.  The first is Exam 70-573, Application Development.  The second is Exam 70-576, Designing and Developing Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Applications.  Those links cover the topics for each exam as well as some Microsoft preparation materials.

One of the best sites, and one that I relied on a lot with my prep for the exams, is this Microsoft site: http://www.mssharepointdeveloper.com/ It started out as a site for SharePoint 2007 development, but they’ve since pointed it to their 2010 content.  It’s a whole series of webinars, with virtual labs and even quizzes.

There’s also a lot of videos on Microsoft’s Channel 9.

Also, if you don’t have a laptop/workstation that is capable of running a SharePoint 2010 virtual machine or you don’t have a spare server handy, check out Cloud Share.  I wrote about them in my last blog post and just found a link on Twitter to this post by Owen Allen detailing his experience with them.

SharePoint 2010 Administrator Training – UPDATE

I wrote a post last August with details about what materials I used in order to study for the two Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Administration Exams (70-667 & 70-668) : http://kellydjones.com/archive/2010/08/18/141365.aspx 

This question still comes up a lot, so I thought I’d post an update with some more learning materials.

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First, I’ve recently discovered Safari books online.  Safari books online has a lot of SharePoint books, including Wrox books – which I’ve found that I keep gravitating to.  There’s also a LOT more books out there than there were back when I wrote my original post.

Second, I’ve been watching free videos posted by Critical Path on their YouTube channel.  They’ve done a great job presenting webinars for free for the last couple of months and now they’ve posted them on YouTube.  They are still doing the free webinars for a the new few weeks, and at some point after that they’ll be on YouTube as well.  (Critical Path has excellent curriculum for trainer led classes as well.)

Another source of videos is SharePoint-Videos.com .  I haven’t watched these yet, just tagged this site to look into later.

Also, there are now more options for getting your hands on a virtual environment of SharePoint.  Last year, I pointed out that I have a server that I use to host VM’s.  I also have a cool/powerful laptop (provided by my current employer, Cardinal Solutions Group) that I run VMWare Workstation on.  However, I’ve recently learned about a hosted option: CloudShare.  Asif Rehmani has an Information Worker Demo machine that he has set up on Cloud Share.  He’s posted details in his blog here, with instructions of how to get access.  It’s definitely something to look into.