I hate SharePoint. It could be so wonderful, so useful, but it’s such a huge goddamned hacked-together piece of junk. It’s like one of these high-performance sports cars with a reputation for unreliability and high maintenance costs (say, a Jaguar). On the outside, from a user perspective, it’s pretty neat, even if search sucks, copy and paste are nonexistent, etc. etc. But on the whole it’s a very compelling package — from the outside. From the inside looking out, however, it’s the proverbial sausage factory — you really don’t want to know what the hell is going on down there.
My current gripe? Trying to change the configuration database to connect to a different server, where I’ve restored the db. The specific exception I get? “Unexpected Error Occured.” HELPFUL. And the worst part is I’m not surprised at all. I think I saw this software running a robotic arm in the movie Brazil, it’s that much of a nightmare.
No wonder I get recruiters calling me every week looking for SharePoint administrators. The servers keep breaking, and the previous contractors have all gone insane.