Thanks, Lawrence, for a good list of reading materials while I'm waiting for Santa this month!

Recommended Reading for December (click here for previous recommendations):

·         MOSS 2007 Design Component Relationships and Diagrams -- written by Heather Solomon, SharePoint MVP; provides a logical break down of the relationship between master pages, page layouts, controls, and content types.

·         HOW TO: Prevent creation of sub sites within MOSS 2007 My Sites – written by Todd Baginski, SharePoint MVP; provides a solution to a frequently requested feature by SharePoint sysadmins.

·         Kickstart to editing styles in MOSS 2007 – written by Shane Perran, SharePoint MVP; provides a walkthrough on how to add and edit CSS in MOSS 2007 as well as an overview of how style sheets work and some of the class naming conventions in SharePoint.

·         Announcing the Return of SmartPart – written by Jan Tielens; SharePoint MVP; provides the official announcement of the long awaited and extremely useful and SharePoint 2007 compatible and free and open source (yup, everything about it is good) webpart that can host any ASP.NET 2.0 Web User Control. The SmartPart allows you to create a Web User Control (.ASCX) in Visual Studio and then deploy it without modification to a SharePoint site. This addresses one of the most often asked questions by ASP.NET developers, who want to leverage their existing user controls for use on SharePoint.

·         SharePoint 2007 Update - Enterprise Search Rocks!! – written by Tom Baldwin, Chief Knowledge Officer of Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton, LLP; provides a success story on the use of MOSS 2007 for enterprise search.

·         SharePoint Governance Part 1 and Part 2 – written by Robert Bogue, SharePoint MVP; provides guidance on managing the risks, costs, and adoption of SharePoint deployments.

·         Tool to export and import Search Configurations from an SSP in MOSS – written by Angus Logan, SharePoint Insider; provides the back story for a tool that can take the output of Search settings from one Shared Services Provider and import them into another SSP, which eliminates human error when deploying Search settings from a dev environment to a test environment and ultimately to production.

·         Office Business Applications: What is it, and how can I get started? -- written by Erika Ehrli, Site Manager for the MSDN Office Dev Center; provides an introduction to Office Business Applications, a new category of business applications that connect line-of-business systems and processes with the people that use them through a familiar user interface: Microsoft Office.