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Good Learning Materials for SharePoint 2010

Hello guys,

I am an IT professional with a strong background in .Net, SQL Server and related technologies.

I currently need to get in a good shape with SharePoint 2010 (and 2013) in order to provide consulting services in standard features, customization and development.

I have some experience as a SharePoint user but not extensive. I also read the book "Building Solutions for SharePoint 2010" and got some information, but I am still confused about a lot of features and terms (it might be the way the book is written or just the information presented). I still miss the "big picture" of what SharePoint can do, what features are to be found where (farm, web app, site collection or site level) and why are they placed there; what is possible with customization only and what needs development, etc.

I want to have some good material to read and get to know SharePoint well. I found a lot of books in Amazon but they seam to be concentrating on one aspect or another and I want to get to know all (even if not to the smallest detail). I am not looking for some separate tutorials that would look into one single topic.

To summarize the question: Can you recommend a book or a set of tutorials that can give a good SharePoint base for a person with good knowledge in IT?

Thank you.
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@JamieMcAllister: Thanks, I'll have a look at that.

@teylyn: Great review of SharePoint. I know the issue with the multiple possibilities. You actually put it very well, so that I can concretize my question: I want to know what SharePoint can do. Then once I have a concrete project, I can go into details in that topic. So do you know how I can learn that on a high level (no need for details on each of the topics)?
@teylyn: Do I have your permission to use the phrase "SharePoint is an egg-laying wool-milk pig" in future presentations? Can I get a few t-shirts printed? ;)
Jamie,

the term is a translation from a German phrase, buy I feel the English translation lacks some of the verbal power that it has in German.

With your background and environment you may be able to appreciate the original German term: "Eier-legende Woll-Milch-Sau" -- as in "a creature that lays eggs, can be sheared for wool, can be milked and can eventually be slaughtered to yield meat". I'd love to  integrate a "honey" aspect into that image, too.

So, if you print the term as an overlay of a bee-hive and then send me a t-shirt from the first print run, heck, yes. Go for it. I did not invent the phrase and I don't own it.

It captures SharePoint's capabilities nicely, though, innit?

cheers, teylyn