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.
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, ...