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Do you use WSE/Sharepoint out of the box or do you customize it?

  Asked By: Beth    Date: May 19    Category: MOSS    Views: 724

I am interested to know what folk are doing with WSS/MOSS?

Ie do folk just use the out of the box sites, document libraries or
are they extending it, modifying the meta data/lists integrating in
their own apps and building solutions?

How important is it that WSS/MOSS is extensible as a developer platform?



2 Answers Found

Answer #1    Answered By: Lalit Bhattacharya     Answered On: May 19

Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 and SharePoint Server 2007 can be used
as either a Solution or Platform, or both. Depending on your long term
goals and functional requirements, it would need to be architected
differently from the very beginning. If it will be a platform, you can
implement more loosely and define your requirements in an iterative
process, with the emphasis on platform  support and configuration/change
management. If it will be a solution, then you must gather the
requirements from the stakeholders and design for that. If used for
both, then you must decide how to provide a stable platform for a
solution, that can also be extended through custom development. The
latter can be a real balancing act because new code, for example, can
jeopardize the stability of the entire system.

Short Story - Eventually everyone seems to customize  and extend
SharePoint Server 2007 and Windows SharePoint Services 3.0. But my
advice (fwiw) would be to keep it as native as possible. I am a K.I.S.S.
kinda guy, however. Things like metadata collection through content
types are easily done through the native functionality of content types
and lists, leveraging site columns and DIPs.

Answer #2    Answered By: Gwendolyn Acosta     Answered On: May 19

What would be interesting to me and others, I'm sure, is to have a solid
catalog of tried and tested customization methods. I've collected many from
this list, and have several books that touch on the subject, but would like
to have something more comprehensive that I could refer to quickly ... an A
to Z type of thing. Anybody working on something like this? Perhaps a
community effort would be better, like a blog or wiki dedicated to
SharePoint customization? Let me know if you are interested  in contributing
to something like this (I mean articles and techniques, not $$)