Chapter 2: Introducing Microsoft SharePoint Foundation 2010
In This Chapter
Getting familiar with SharePoint Foundation
Using the site framework to start building your SharePoint site
Discovering SharePoint development possibilities
Two SharePoint server products are available — SharePoint Foundation 2010 (SPF) and SharePoint Server 2010 (SPS). In this chapter, we introduce you to SharePoint Foundation — a pre-requisite for SharePoint Server that provides (and will help you get familiar with) some SharePoint Server features. We cover SharePoint Foundation’s reason for being, its core architecture, and how to get started building a SharePoint site. We also touch on the components of SharePoint that make it an ideal platform for developing custom software to fit your business. This chapter takes a fairly broad, quick view of SharePoint Foundation; covering its every detail might take until we get to SharePoint 2014 (or whatever major release comes next) — and then we’d have to start over. So on with the SharePoint 2010 show . . .
Spotlighting SharePoint Foundation
It’s been a long and winding road to get to the two current SharePoint products. As Book I Chapter 1 shows, SharePoint took a while to evolve into its niche and find what it did best. Now that the product has managed that feat, it’s time for a name change — “so long, farewell, auf wiedersehn, goodbye” to Windows SharePoint Services (WSS) and “welcome to my world, won’t you come on in” to SharePoint Foundation.
Why the ...