Last night we had our monthly meeting of the Philly Office Geeks User Group and I think it was another successful meeting. Dave Mann, who runs the group, was on a much deserved vacation so I filled in for him and moderated the meeting as well as gave the presentation. Also the company I work for Perficient, sponsored the meeting. Many thanks to them for supplying the food and beverages!
I've noticed that SharePoint Search is one of those topics that is overly hyped/talked about, but not many people understand it. I have been in the fortunate position to get down to some of the nitty gritty with SharePoint Search and wanted to pass along that knowledge to everyone and help them understand it as well. My presentation went over the basic concepts of search (content sources, scopes, etc.) and also dived head first into using the SharePoint Search engine in your webparts/apps by using the web services and the API.
This was my first "draft" of this presentation so everyone got a trial run of it. I noticed a few area's that I could have elaborated on more or explained a bit better, namely content sources and scopes. I plan on refining this presentation and presenting it again at the next Philly.Net Code Camp 2008.3 which is coming up in October.
Thanks to everyone that attended and I hope you understand SharePoint search a bit better now and how you can leverage it in your applications/webparts.
Code and Slides : Philly_Office_Geeks_Moss_Search.zip
...also up on Philly Office Geeks Site