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Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services 3.0

Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 is a royalty-free add-on for the Windows Server 2003 operating system. At its core, Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 plays the role of a scalable siteprovisioning engine. It solves the problem of creating and managing hundreds or thousands of Web sites and making them accessible to tens of thousands of users. Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 scalability is achieved using an architecture designed with a Web farm environment in mind. This architecture is based on stateless front-end Web servers that rely on Microsoft SQL Server in the back end for storing content and other site-related data.

 

As in the previous versions, Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 supplies out-of-the-box collaboration features that make it simple for users to create and design Web sites with things like shared calendars, contact lists, and document libraries. However, developers should see Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 as something far more powerful than a collaboration tool aimed at users. Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 is a full-fledged development platform that adds a tremendous amount of value on top of ASP.NET.

Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 provides value beyond the ASP.NET 2.0 development platform by means of a richer provider model. It facilitates provisioning and storage for pages, lists, and document libraries. This provisioning can be driven through custom code or through user actions in the browser-based user interface. Behind the scenes, Windows Share-Point Services 3.0 automatically works out how and where to store this content. Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 also eliminates many tedious tasks required in typical ASP.NET development because it additionally supplies the UI elements for users to add, view, and modify content.

 

In this article, I assume you already know something about the previous version of Windows SharePoint Services (2.0), so I can concentrate on the most significant developer enhancements to this new version. For more background information you can read “Use Windows SharePoint Services as a Platform for Building Collaborative Applications”

Also keep in mind that research and code samples for this article are based on the beta 1 release of Windows SharePoint Services 3.0. It’s possible that some of the terms and code used in this article might differ in the released version.

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