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Beginning SharePoint 2013 Development by Donovan Follette, Chris Johnson, Steve Fox

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Chapter 1

Introduction to SharePoint 2013

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN IN THIS CHAPTER:

  • Understanding what SharePoint is
  • Learning about the high-level feature areas and functionality of SharePoint 2013
  • Understanding the relevance of these feature areas and functionality to the developer

SharePoint 2010 launched a major evolution in the product’s life — it was a first-class platform that enabled you to not only leverage a wide array of out-of-the-box features to manage collaboration, but it also provided a rich development platform. This made developing solutions powerful and relatively straightforward. With SharePoint 2013 arrives a new paradigm shift, one much more closely aligned to Microsoft’s overall shift to the cloud. For those of you who have been on the SharePoint train for some time, this means thinking in a slightly different way about how you develop applications for SharePoint. For those who are new to SharePoint, welcome. You’re in for one heck of a ride!

SharePoint is an exciting Web-based technology. In its fifth version, SharePoint has undergone quite a transformation from the initial releases, and the types of things you can do with SharePoint run far and wide. Those who have had the chance to see the product grow up will be surprised and happy with many of the changes that are now built into the platform. In fact, existing SharePoint developers will witness what arguably is a sea-of-change in the features and functionality that SharePoint provides, as well as an evolution ...

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