Assessing Top Skills of a SharePoint Developer


Organizations have diverse views while assessing the roles and responsibilities of a SharePoint developer. This is because there are many services associated with SharePoint development like.Net development skills, business analysis, intranet portal designing, information architect development and so on and so forth. Depending on the size of a SharePoint roll out plan, each of these roles can be assigned to a specialist associated with it or a SharePoint developer can wear each of these hats for a successful SharePoint deployment. Developing a complex unified communication platform like SharePoint requires more than coding skills to meet an organization's requirement. SharePoint development involves more than merely having programming language skills sets associated with the SharePoint framework like.Net, HTML etc. It involves deeper understanding of the business implications of deploying a SharePoint solution to customizing them to meet end user or business needs. For a small SharePoint project, a developer's role may include all of the above but when it comes to a big enterprise wide deployment, it takes a lot more than that.

Here are some of the skills of a season SharePoint Developer:

Essential Technical and Programming Skills
SharePoint is built over.Net framework and most of the customization and development scope involves programming languages ‚Äč‚Äčlike.Net, HTML, JavaScript, Jquery etc. Apart from these a SharePoint developer must possess associated technical knowledge of admin and servers associated with SharePoint like SQL Server administration, Windows Server Administration, active directory control, etc.

Ability to understand Business Processes
The purpose of SharePoint is to make work more productive by rendering collaborative tools that can help them become efficient in managing day to day tasks. While SharePoint is widely known as a "Collaboration Platform", knowing how its features can help end users manage their tasks efficiently it is vital.

Microsoft Certification

SharePoint is one of the flagship products of Microsoft. In order to hone SharePoint programming and coding skills, Microsoft has designed several certification courses to authenticate SharePoint programs in order to customize SharePoint according to end users and business requirements. These certifications require developers to demonstrate continued ability to develop SharePoint.

Ability to develop Web Parts
Web parts are elementary units of SharePoint web pages and are the essential features of SharePoint. Using these parts users can easily create, modify and transform web pages. Sense, ability to create custom web-parts that can solve a specific end-user problem, requires mastery over.Net programming skills.

Web site Basics
SharePoint can be used to build both corporate intranet as well as extranet portals. The idea is to provide a centralized platform where internal and external holders can communicate and collaborate with each other effectively. Here, a sound knowledge of web designing can go a long way in designing a SharePoint Site.


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