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Develop apps for SharePoint

apps for SharePoint

Find in-depth articles and resources to help you build advanced capabilities into your apps for SharePoint.

Last modified: June 09, 2015

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

Note Note

The name "apps for SharePoint" is changing to "SharePoint Add-ins". During the transition, the documentation and the UI of some SharePoint products and Visual Studio tools might still use the term "apps for SharePoint". For details, see New name for apps for Office and SharePoint.

Note Note

This article assumes that you are familiar with the article Apps for SharePoint and the getting started material that it links to.

Under Develop, we've got the following to help explain all the different things you can do in an app for SharePoint:

  • In-depth overviews

  • How-to articles

  • Code snippets

You'll find articles about:

  • Performing create, read, update, and delete (CRUD) operations on lists

  • How to build REST queries and interact with the new APIs

  • How and when to configure OAuth for security

SharePoint has enterprise social features like activity feeds and user profiles, along with enterprise content management features, line-of-business (LOB) interoperability features, and website design features that can really make your apps stand out. Learn more about them in Add SharePoint 2013 capabilities.

And, code is key, so take a look at the "Samples" menu in the Dev Center. It's a direct link to our code samples for apps. As soon as you've set up your development environment, you should check out a few of our samples. Take advantage of a community feature that lets you request a code sample if we don't have one you'd like to see. We take those requests, along with other doc feedback and use them in our continuous updates to the content and samples. So please, let us know if you'd like to see something!

If you're just getting started with developing apps for SharePoint, first take a look a Apps for SharePoint. That page points you to key articles to get you acquainted quickly with the different kinds of apps for SharePoint. Before doing more advanced kinds of development with apps for SharePoint, you should start with a good idea of the kinds of apps that you want to build, the technologies that you will want to include, and the hosting options that you will want to use.

Essential tasks and resources for developing apps for SharePoint using the client object model, JavaScript object model, and REST endpoints in SharePoint 2013

No matter what kind of app for SharePoint you decide to build, your app will always interact in some way with a SharePoint 2013 site. The articles in Table 1 describe how to do many of the most important kinds of work with SharePoint sites by using three interfaces that are available for you to use in your apps for SharePoint: the client object model, the JavaScript object model, and REST endpoints.

Table 1. Basic operations with the SharePoint 2013 client object model, JavaScript object model, and REST interface



Complete basic operations using SharePoint 2013 client library code

Explains how to do common operations by using C# and the client object model.

Complete basic operations using JavaScript library code in SharePoint 2013

Explains how to do common operations by using the JavaScript object model.

Complete basic operations using SharePoint 2013 REST endpoints

Explains how to do common operations by using the REST interface.

In addition to understanding the basic operations, you should understand the fundamental concepts of the SharePoint 2013 app development model. Every kind of app for SharePoint contains an app manifest file and is built into an app package that you deploy to a SharePoint 2013 site. And when you develop any kind of app you must consider a range of issues related to authentication and authorization, data access, and usability. The articles in Table 2 acquaint you with these issues and explain their implications for any kind of that you want to create.

Table 2. Fundamental concepts for working with apps for SharePoint



Authorization and authentication of apps for SharePoint 2013

Guides you through core concepts related to acquiring the necessary privileges for working with SharePoint 2013 resources.

Explore the app manifest structure and the package of an app for SharePoint

Explains how app manifests work and how app packages are built.

Create UX components in SharePoint 2013

Explores the ways in which you can build a rich user experience in apps for SharePoint.

Work with external data in SharePoint 2013

Explains the data access options and techniques that are available in different kinds of apps for SharePoint.

License your apps for Office and SharePoint

Guides you through the app license framework for apps for Office and SharePoint.

When you are familiar with the capabilities and features of apps for SharePoint, you can start building more complex apps by putting all of the pieces together in ways that suit your requirements. The articles in Table 3 demonstrate how to integrate capabilities and create more fully featured apps for SharePoint.

Table 3. Advanced concepts in apps for SharePoint



Create a provider-hosted app that includes a custom SharePoint list and content type

Explains how to create apps for SharePoint that are hosted in the cloud and that include custom SharePoint lists and content types.

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