User Profiles in SharePoint 2010

A user profile consists of a series of attributes that define the profile of a given user known to SharePoint. User profiles effectively give individuals of the system—the users—body in a SharePoint site by providing more details about a user than their username, email address, and display name. A user profile is synonymous to a struct, or methodless class, in programming terms, that holds data in various fields. In fact, in the SharePoint 2010 API/Object Model, there exists a class to access User Profile properties. In a similar vein, DBA folks would synonymize a user profile with a database record or SQL table.

With the basic principle of a user profile covered, the following chapter sections we will now explore ...

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