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SharePoint, one of Microsoft's strongest product lines, is a collection of related products and technologies that broadly service the areas of document and content management, web-based collaboration, and search. SharePoint is also a flexible application hosting platform, which enables you to develop and deploy everything from individual Web Parts to full-blown web applications. This chapter discusses some of the great features that you can expect.
From a development perspective, SharePoint 2013 included a number of changes, but the most significant can be summarized as the introduction of the App Model for SharePoint. This is not to say that the earlier style of SharePoint development is no longer available; it is still there and supported in Visual Studio 2015. But the App Model adds to the options that are available to developers.
Before you get into what's available in Visual Studio 2015 to support SharePoint development, the chapter spends a little ...