In the recent months I have had the pleasure of doing tech review on a SharePoint 2010 book.
The book has a very narrow topic, compared to some of the other books that has been or are soon released. Specifically the topic is web parts:
SharePoint MVP Wictor Wilén
has released the first ½ of his book SharePoint WebParts in Action
(site can be slow!) from Manning
. Half a book I hear you say? Manning has a publishing program that releases the chapters as they are written (Manning Early Publishing Program) so you dont have to wait until the hard copy arrives before you can read the book.
About the book:
I consider myself fairly experienced when it comes to web parts. I have literally created hundreds starting with SP2001 where we used XmlHttp way before the term Ajax was coined.
Before starting tech review on the book, and during the review of the early chapters, I kept a list of notes with "gotchas" that I was sure Wictor would have forgotten to mention or would have mentioned only briefly. 9 out of 10 times either when doing review of the later chapters or when i discussed the book with Wictor, I would find these subjects covered in meticulous detail and with a nice code example to help the reader grasp the concept.
The book thorougly covers all aspects of creating web parts from the basics to the most advanced topic you could think of, all the way covered with good examples that convincingly demonstrate the authors deep understanding of the subject.
I have read a good deal of books about development in general, and on SharePoint specifically, and I can say without doubt that this is one of the best books I have read on development, and maybe the best book I have read on the topic of SharePoint!
If you only buy one SharePoint book on development, this is the one to get!
Note: The above statement isn't in any way colored by the fact that I did tech review on this book which I did for free as a favour.