Versioning and Upgrade of SharePoint Solutions

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Now that you've deployed your first SharePoint application, you will probably get a long list of enhancement requests and maybe some bugs to fix. However it is not at all obvious how to update various site elements. Adding a field to a content type, unfortunately requires a completely different process than updating Web Part pages. In the patterns & practices SharePoint Guidance, we show how to update these and other elements including workflows, Web Parts, and list item event handlers. Thorny problems abound when it comes to making a change. SharePoint doesn't make our job easy by requiring different strategies and exhibiting different behaviors for different types of artifacts. In this session you'll see what the p&p team put into their guidance -- and why.
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