Hello Newman... er, SharePoint
By Mark Rackley
August 13, 2012 —
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When it comes to SharePoint, haters are gonna hate, and there’s a lot of hate out there for SharePoint development. Understandably so. It’s complicated, messy, temperamental and, frankly, can drive you just a little bit insane. What other technology gives you 573 ways to develop the exact same piece of functionality? How often have you developed and tested your code only to find it doesn’t work in production for some asinine reason? If I were Jerry Seinfeld, SharePoint would be my Newman. This much is certain.
But you know what? If you look beyond all that, SharePoint development has plenty to offer.
A solid foundation
You mean I don’t have to worry about credentials, authentication and writing complicated user logic? Sweet! SharePoint handles users for you, and access to your applications can be handled by the business so you can spend your time writing code and not figuring out how to connect to an authentication data source and developing log-in screens.
What about databases, schemas, stored procedures and code changes for when users want to add or remove fields? Yep, SharePoint does all of that for me! I’m sorry, that’s huge and extremely powerful. I no longer have to spend countless hours building up a database structure for my application or worry about inane user requests to add or tweak fields. They can do it themselves.
Thank you SharePoint!
Do it yourself, and leave me alone
Let’s face it: Users are fickle, whiny, and never know what they really want. I for one get sick of it. Thanks to SharePoint, I don’t have to mess with mundane tasks like creating a new department site, or list, or view, or adding Suzy in finance to the site. The users can be trained to do it themselves. This frees me up to concentrate on the more complicated (and interesting) development tasks. As frustrating as SharePoint can be, at least you can scream at it all you want without fear of getting fired.
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