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Tools for developing apps for SharePoint

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Find articles and resources to learn about Office Developer Tools for Visual Studio 2012 that help you create apps for SharePoint.

Last modified: April 07, 2014

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

Office Developer Tools for Visual Studio 2012 offer new features, designers, and templates to support and facilitate the development of apps for SharePoint. Some of these features include:

  • New project and project item templates to help you create apps for SharePoint and items for them, such as Microsoft Azure workflows, custom actions, and remote event receivers.

  • An editor for the app manifest file, which makes it easier for you to change the App.Manifest file in apps for SharePoint.

  • The ability to handle events that occur both in apps for SharePoint and to apps for SharePoint. For example, you can execute code when someone adds a list and when an app for SharePoint is installed or upgraded.

  • The ability to use Visual Studio to develop apps for SharePoint against a remote server running SharePoint instead of a local server running SharePoint.

  • The ability to package your apps for SharePoint so that you can publish them through the Office Store or in an organization app catalog.

  • A new external content type designer that helps you incorporate external data into your apps for SharePoint.

For more information about these features and others, see What's new in SharePoint development tools in Visual Studio.

Table 1. Key new features for Office Developer Tools for Visual Studio 2012

Topic

Description

Handling events in apps for SharePoint

Describes how you can use remote event receivers and app event receivers to execute code when events occur in your apps for SharePoint, such as when an item is added to a list, when a list is created, or when an app for SharePoint loads.

Developing apps for SharePoint on a remote system

Describes how to create apps for SharePoint with Visual Studio 2012 by using a remote server running SharePoint, instead of a local SharePoint server installation.

How to: Publish an app for SharePoint by using Visual Studio

Describes how to package your app for SharePoint project in Visual Studio 2012 so that you can publish it online.

What's new in SharePoint development tools in Visual Studio

Describes how you can create apps for SharePoint online by using a web-based tool. You can later download the app for SharePoint project into Visual Studio 2012.

Creating apps for SharePoint and project items from templates

Describes the various project and project item templates that are available to you in Office Developer Tools for Visual Studio 2012 for creating apps for SharePoint.

Project structure and properties of apps for SharePoint in Visual Studio

Gives you details about the various app for SharePoint project and project items in Office Developer Tools for Visual Studio 2012, such as the folders and files that appear in the projects and what they do, and the properties associated with different project types.

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