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SharePoint 2013 development overview

SharePoint 2013 development overview

SharePoint 2013

SharePoint 2013 is a development platform for SharePoint Add-ins and farm solutions. Get acquainted with the capabilities and features of SharePoint 2013 to start your development.

Last modified: August 12, 2015

Applies to: Office 365 | SharePoint Foundation 2013 | SharePoint Server 2013

SharePoint 2013 is a versatile development platform for building add-ins and solutions with varying scopes that address a wide range of needs. The SharePoint 2013 developer documentation guides you through the features, technologies, capabilities, and models for development that distinguish SharePoint 2013 as a development platform. Our developer documentation walks you through the essentials of writing your first add-in, getting started working with the platform, and creating, using and interacting with SharePoint 2013 resources in your own code. We provide in-depth articles about SharePoint concepts, step-by-step how-to task guidance, and code samples to help you begin building SharePoint Add-ins and SharePoint solutions quickly and easily.

Developers familiar with SharePoint know they can build server-side farm solutions that extend core SharePoint capabilities. SharePoint 2013 offers a new flexible development model—you can use SharePoint 2013 to create SharePoint Add-ins that take advantage of standard web technologies, such as JavaScript, OAuth, and OData. And SharePoint 2013 provides you with functionality to interact with SharePoint resources and a wide range of hosting options. The new SharePoint Add-in development model gives you the ability to build add-ins that take advantage of SharePoint capabilities and that run in the cloud instead of on your SharePoint farm. This flexible development model, along with the integration of standard web technologies, makes SharePoint development work more like other kinds of web development that you may already be doing.

For SharePoint Add-ins development

The following article can help you get acquainted with SharePoint Add-ins and determine whether they are a good option for you.

For SharePoint solutions and add-ins for mobility features development

If you want to develop farm solutions, you can take advantage of many new capabilities, including features for social applications, integration with remote data stores (Business Connectivity Services), and mobile development. Start with our guidance in What’s new for developers in SharePoint 2013.

The following sections describe how to create mobile solutions for SharePoint 2013.

The following sections provide information about SharePoint 2013 features that are available for farm solutions.

For SharePoint solutions and add-ins for mobility features development

Table 1 shows the resources for setting up a development environment and beginning to take advantage of the new capabilities for building farm solutions with SharePoint 2013.

Table 1. Resources to help you get started with SharePoint farm solutions development

Topic

Description

Set up a general development environment for SharePoint 2013

Contains step-by-step instructions on how to install the components of a SharePoint 2013 development environment.

Choose the right API set in SharePoint 2013

Describes the several sets of APIs that are provided in SharePoint 2013, including the server object model and the various client-side object models, and the REST/OData web service.

What’s new for developers in SharePoint 2013

Provides a gateway to detailed information about new features and functionality in SharePoint 2013.

Programming models in SharePoint 2013

Provides a quick overview of the different kinds of SharePoint development projects that you can create with SharePoint 2013.

Add SharePoint 2013 capabilities

Provides a gateway to detailed information about using the capabilities of SharePoint 2013 in your solutions.

For SharePoint Add-ins development

If you want to get started development SharePoint Add-ins, first think about the kinds of add-ins that you might want to build, the technologies that you want to include, and the hosting options that you want to use.

When you know the kinds of SharePoint Add-in that you want to create, we provide guidance to help you match them to the appropriate development environment. Table 2 shows the resources for setting up your SharePoint development environment and beginning to create your add-ins.

Table 2. Resources to help you get started with SharePoint Add-ins development

Topic

Description

Set up a development environment for SharePoint Add-ins on Office 365

Explains how to sign up for and use an Office 365 Developer Site for developing SharePoint Add-ins.

Set up an on-premises development environment for SharePoint Add-ins

Explains how to set up a local, on-premises installation of SharePoint 2013 and configure it for developing SharePoint Add-ins.

Get started creating provider-hosted SharePoint Add-ins

Contains step-by-step instructions on how to create a basic SharePoint Add-in that is hosted separately from a SharePoint 2013 site.

Get started creating SharePoint-hosted SharePoint Add-ins

Contains step-by-step instructions on how to create a basic SharePoint Add-in that is hosted on a SharePoint 2013 site.

Reimagine SharePoint development

Contains information about SharePoint Add-ins, including how to migrate your SharePoint 2010 solutions to add-ins.

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