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

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DEVELOPING SHAREPOINT APPLICATIONS USING VISUAL STUDIO 2012

Visual Studio 2012 ships with a standard set of project-level and item-level templates that make SharePoint development much easier and more powerful than in previous versions. With SharePoint 2010, you could leverage Visual Studio 2010 to do a lot of your development, and with Visual Studio 2012 you now have many new features and options.

To help with your development efforts, Microsoft ships a standard set of project templates out of the box with an additional set of project item templates. For example, you can create a SharePoint 2013 Project and then add any number of SharePoint project items to that project using the template options. (You do require a local instance of SharePoint to be installed to use these options.) Figure 3-24 illustrates the different project-level options for you.

The following project-level templates are available by default in a Visual Studio project:

  • SharePoint 2010 Project/SharePoint 2013 Project: An empty SharePoint project that enables you to add one or more item-level templates to build out a solution
  • SharePoint 2010 Silverlight Web Part/SharePoint 2013 Silverlight Web Part: Rich media Web part that uses Silverlight as the rendering engine
  • SharePoint 2010 Visual Web Part/SharePoint 2013 Visual Web Part: Web part that provides designer capabilities so you can drag and drop ...

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