A second puzzler has joined the ranks as a published author of hardcore technical literature. With "Working with Microsoft FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint" Mikael joins our CEO Andreas in contributing to the community in the ultimate way: in book form:) Read on to learn more about Mikael, the process of writing, and how to get a free chapter of the book!
Anyone who wants to get their copy signed can show up at the Puzzlepart HQ in Oslo where Mikael has his own book-signing table set up and is ready to welcome you :)
Mikael has been working with search for more than 10 years, and participated in buildling a search engine himself. He has been focusing on FAST Search for the past 4 years, and when Microsoft aquired FAST, Mikael really got into the zone, being an utter .NET geek with deep search technology understanding.
When Mikael joined Puzzlepart last fall, he had already started writing his book. His responsibilities with helping Puzzlepart clients maximize the value of search, and heading up development for the business app "Did" had to wait.
"We really wanted him to get complete focus on his book", Andreas our CEO said. "I have published three technical books in my time, and I know how demanding it is". Puzzlepart truly values this level of community commitment, and after a full month of writing and numerous long nights, Mikael and his co-authors finally got the draft ready for Microsoft Press.
Andreas and Mikael - Puzzleparts published Authors
In the months to follow, even more great community personalities got onboard to proof-read and do QA. Mikael and his co-authors thanks:
- Marcus Johansson - Co-Author (Comperio, Sweden)
- Robert Piddocke - Co-Author (Surfray, Canada)
- Thomas Svensen - Technical Reviewer of the Book (Microsoft, Norway)
- Ole Kristian Mørch-Storstein - Fellow puzzler
- Bas Lijten - Achmea, Netherlands
- Leonardo Souza - cXense, USA
- Sezai Komur - CSG, Australia
- Daan Seys - CTG, Belgium
- Carlos Valcarcel - Microsoft, USA
- Johnny Tordgeman - E4D Solutions LTD, Israel
- Ivan Neganov - Softforte Inc, Canada
- Jørgen Iversen - Microsoft, Norway
- John Lenker - Discover Technologies, USA
- Nadeem Ishqair - Microsoft, Norway
- Microsoft Press - Excellent management of the project!
"Even though the workload was pretty immense at times the learning experience made it worth it" Mikael says. "Writing technical books really does not make you rich", Andreas adds, "so that's another reason its important for community oriented companies to back up efforts like this with allocated time. He actually spent exactly 168 hours in his first quarter on the job with Puzzlepart writing on the book".
Andreas continues with trying to add a shameless commercial plug about how we used "Did - The calendar is the timesheet" to keep track of Mikaels book efforts, and demanded that we'd add a screenshot like this:
..but we chose to ignore his request and not to include commercial content in this article.
Mikael approached MS Press about writing this book as an idea born out of his long term community efforts with blogging, speaking, answering forum posts and responding to twitter questions on this subject. His efforts also awarded him the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional Award (MVP) for SharePoint, becoming the second Norwegian SharePoint MVP of all time.
Now that he is a published author, Mikael will work towards Puzzlepart's vision for Apps with SharePoint, and try to fit in search driven innovations.
If you want to know more about Search in SharePoint, or get pointers on how to become a published technical author, get in touch with Mikael by tweeting with the hashtag #FS4SP (he follows that search) or mention @mikaelsvenson.
Don't forget to grab a copy of the book for yourself or one of your colleagues right away!