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  • SandboxedSolutionsdeprecated statement: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj163114.aspx
  • Sandbox solutionsSandbox solutions are upgraded with the content databases and activated once upgrade is complete. If your solution includes customizations, however, you’ll need to evaluate them individually to ensure they work as expected in the new environment.Note that code-based sandboxed solutions are still supported in SharePoint Online 2013 but, no further investments in that infrastructure are planned. We recommend you consider the Cloud App Model as an alternative. See What’s new for developers in SharePoint 2013 for information. http://office.microsoft.com/en-001/office365-sharepoint-online-enterprise-help/plan-to-upgrade-your-sharepoint-online-environment-to-the-2013-experience-HA104034491.aspx
  • Office Developer Tools RTM on Tue 4 March: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/somasegar/archive/2013/03/04/now-available-office-developer-tools-for-visual-studio-2012.aspx
  • Use when app is ready for…Testing by anther person or teamUpload to Store or App CatalogUse the packages from app.publish folder
  • Open Packaging Conventions (OPC): http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/cc163372.aspxStandard For Packaging Data, also used for Office Open XML.
  • Legacy of Frontpage…, finally gone
  • ACS = Access Control Service (Windows Azure Access Control Service)


  • 1. Developing SharePoint 2013 Apps with Visual Studio 2012 Bram de Jager SharePoint Architect | Microsoft Certified Solution Master: SharePoint
  • 2. Agenda Evolution Apps for SharePoint Visual Studio Tools REST & CSOM APIs
  • 3. 1 EVOLUTION
  • 4. Development Evolution Investment in Portals & content 2003  Web Parts  Site Definitions App discovery & management 2007  LOB applications  Custom server side code  WSP deployment 2010     Silverlight CSOM limited Sandbox Web Template 2013  Apps  Client side experience  CSOM  REST/oData
  • 5. Customization Options Farm      Full trust solutions Customizations to file system of servers Hosted in same process as SharePoint Server side SharePoint API access Classic model from 2007 Sandbox    Hosted in isolated process Limited server side SharePoint API access No external service calls  SharePoint Apps     Deprecated in SharePoint 2013  New Apps model Deployed from corporate catalog or Office Store Manage permission and licenses specifically Simple install and upgrade process Preferred option
  • 6. “ Note that code-based sandboxed solutions are still supported in SharePoint Online 2013 but, no further investments in that infrastructure are planned. We recommend you consider the Cloud App Model (CAM) as an alternative. “
  • 7. App Development Scenarios Deployment Options Customization Options On-Premise Farm Installation Farm-Trust Solutions Web Browser SharePoint Online (Office 365) Sandboxed Solutions SharePoint Designer Hosted Installation SharePoint-Hosted app Visual Studio Provider-Hosted app Eclipse, etc Autohosted app Development Tools
  • 9. App Shapes Full page Implement complete app experiences to satisfy business scenarios App Parts Create app parts that can interact with the SharePoint experience UI command extensions Add new commands to the ribbon and item menus
  • 10. Hosting Options Provider-hosted app Provide your own hosting environment SharePoint Host Web Your Hosted Site (IIS) Cloud-hosted apps - Use server code - Receive SP events - Use OAuth to access SP Autohosted app Windows Azure + SQL Azure provisioned automatically as apps are installed SharePoint Host Web Azure SharePoint-Hosted app Provisions an isolated sub web on a host web - Use SP artifacts & out-of-box web parts - Use HTML & JavaScript for UI & client-side logic - Use Workflows for middle tier logic SharePoint Host Web SharePoint App Web
  • 12. Visual Studio SharePoint Tools • Development Environments • Develop against a local SharePoint server • Remote development against SharePoint Online (Office 365) • Tools • Office Developer Tools • Download http://dev.office.com
  • 13. Debug your app • No app registration required • SharePoint Developer Site • ClientId & ClientSecret are generated for you • IISExpress is used to host Web project • ~remoteAppUrl token update so it points to IISExpress Url (http://localhost:1234) • LocalDB is used for SQL database • Connection string updated in web.config from SQL project • Local workflow service is started & configured
  • 14. Publish your app • SharePoint-hosted & Autohosted • No app registration required • Everything included in the .app package • Provider-hosted • Developer must acquire ClientId & ClientSecret via Seller Dashboard (Office Store only) • SharePoint artifacts in .app package • Web assets in Web Deploy package - developer must deploy • Developer must publish & deploy SQL assets if not in Web Deploy package
  • 15. Anatomy of an App Package App Web WS P .app Package (OPC) Host Web (from WSP) Azure
  • 16. “ DEMO Building your first app “
  • 17. Demo Silly Facts • SharePoint-Hosted app • Look around • AppManifest.xml • SharePoint Artifacts • Silly Fact content type and Facts list • App Part (Client Web Part) • Custom Action (Host web)
  • 18. 4 REST & CSOM
  • 19. Changes from 2010 to 2013 • The client.svc service extended with REST capabilities • client.svc now supports direct access from REST clients • client.svc accepts HTTP GET, PUT, POST requests • Implemented in accordance with OData protocol • CSOM Extended new APIs • Focus investment on SharePoint Server APIs • Search, Social, Taxonomy, Workflow, Analytics, Sharing, Publishing, eDiscovery, IRM, BCS, … and more
  • 20. SharePoint 2013 Remote API _api is new alias for _vti_bin/client.svc Server Client REST OData JSON CSOM JavaScript Library Silverlight Library Custom Client Code .Net CLR Library
  • 21. Why is REST Important? • Significant Industry Momentum • Simple and Easy to Use • Much easier to use than SOAP-based Web service • Higher productivity when using JavaScript and jQuery • Results can be returned in JSON and ATOM format • Test in a browser • Platform agnostic • Each query is submitted with a unique URL • Results can be cached by proxy servers
  • 22. REST URLs in SharePoint 2013 • CSOM URLS can go through _api folder • Simplifies URLs that need to be built • Removes client.svc file name from URL • You can replace this URL • http://contoso.com/_vti_bin/client.svc/web • With this URL • http://contoso.com/_api/web
  • 23. Mapping Objects to Resources • Example REST URLs targeting SharePoint • _api/web/lists • _api/web/lists/getByTitle('Announcements') • _api/web/getAvailableWebTemplates(lcid=1033)
  • 24. App Authentication • Use OAuth for secure communications • SharePoint & web application (IIS) trust third party (ACS) • Trust developed using ClientId & ClientSecret • SharePoint & ACS know the ClientId • Web application & ACS know the ClientSecret
  • 25. Online authentication
  • 26. “ DEMO Using CSOM and REST “
  • 27. Demo CSOM and REST • Provider-Hosted app • Add web project • Chrome • Use CSOM and REST to create silly facts • User Profile (REST) • Search (REST) • Taxonomy (CSOM)
  • 28. 5 WRAP-UP
  • 29. Summary • The way forward for customizations on SharePoint • Build for the cloud (Office 365) • Heavily invested in CSOM and REST, allowing interaction with SharePoint
  • 30. Try it yourself • Office Store • Play around with current Apps for SharePoint • Office 365 playground • Sign up on http://dev.office.com for Office 365 playground • SharePoint Client Browser • http://spcb.codeplex.com
  • 31. “ Questions & Answers Thank You! “
  • 32. Bram de Jager bram.de.jager@macaw.nl | bramdejager.wordpress.com | @bramdejager