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Professional Visual Basic® 2010 and .NET 4 by Kent Sharkey, Rob Windsor, Gastón C. Hillar, Jonathan Marbutt, Billy Hollis, Bill Sheldon

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Chapter 24. SharePoint 2010 Development

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN IN THIS CHAPTER

  • Introduction to SharePoint

  • Using Features to componentize functionality

  • Packaging and deployment with the Solutions Framework

  • Setting up a development environment

  • Using the SharePoint tools in Visual Studio 2010

  • Building visual Web Parts

It's fair to say that SharePoint has been a wildly successful product for Microsoft. If you are doing Web development on the ASP.NET platform, it is very likely that you are already doing development for SharePoint or will be given the opportunity to do so in the near future.

To successfully build customizations for SharePoint, you need to understand several fundamental concepts before starting to write code. The component, packaging, and deployment model used in SharePoint is significantly different from that used in other areas of ASP.NET. In addition, there are several object models (or APIs) used to interact with SharePoint depending on what type of application you're building and where it will be deployed.

This chapter is designed to teach you the fundamental concepts and enough about the tools in Visual Studio 2010 and the developer object models to enable you to start developing for SharePoint 2010.

INTRODUCTION

So, what is SharePoint? There are many answers to this question. From a technical aspect, SharePoint is a Web application that is hosted in IIS and runs on top of ASP.NET. For end users, SharePoint is an information collaboration and management system. For developers, ...

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