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Professional SharePoint® 2010 Cloud-Based Solutions by Paul Stubbs, Girish Raja, Donovan Follette, Steve Fox

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Chapter 5

Connecting LinkedIn and SharePoint Profile Data

What's In This Chapter?

  • Understanding the SharePoint social computing platform
  • Understanding the LinkedIn social networking programming model
  • Using JavaScript and Silverlight to connect LinkedIn and SharePoint profile data

SharePoint provides a rich social computing platform for users to share and collaborate on information. Users accustomed to working with social technologies on the Web expect to use those same techniques and technologies in the enterprise as well, and SharePoint provides support for many of these features. For example, social sites such as Facebook and LinkedIn include a personal dashboard page that enables users to see everything about their social worlds in one place. SharePoint includes a comparable social dashboard, called the My Site.

The key concept of social computing is the notion of a profile. Your profile is a collection of data about you — your likes, hobbies, pets, skills, and so on. Sharing this information and making connections with your friends (or colleagues, as they are called in SharePoint) is at the heart of the social movement. While it is fun to keep track of your friends and family on Facebook, collaborating on this same type of information in your enterprise becomes critical for teams to work together; and collaborating with external colleagues and professionals on LinkedIn can be critical to your professional career.

In this chapter you will learn how to program against some ...

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