SharePoint 2010: Developer Platform White Paper
Developers are often overloaded with choices when it comes to platforms for the development of applications and website development. Microsoft has finally released a whitepaper which describes the ASP.NET platform for creating web applications, as well as how it fits in with the .NET Framework. ASP.NET developers have a head start since Sharepoint 2010 is based on ASP.NET, and this document goes on to tell why a developer would be wise to use SharePoint to develop such applications rather than just using basic ASP.NET.
The long and short of it is, SharePoint 2010 is more about creating value, and less on creating the infrastructure it depends on. This whitepaper details why that should be important to developers, and what they can gain from using SharePoint 2010 over basic ASP.NET.
The whitepaper can be downloaded from Microsoft at their SharePoint 2010 whitepaper page.