Development tooling for SharePoint Online

So far we've established that solutions built for SharePoint Online historically have been mostly about sandboxed solutions, custom scripts embedded on pages with the Script Editor Web Part, and custom add-ins that are either hosted within SharePoint or separately in Microsoft Azure (or a similar environment).

Developers use a reasonably new version of Visual Studio development tooling to build, package, and deploy their code to SharePoint Online. This can be Visual Studio 2015 or 2017, or newer when one becomes available. By installing Office Development Tools during Visual Studio installation, developers get to enjoy the pre-built templates for new projects that target SharePoint Online.

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