Apps and processes can be written for SharePoint Server 2013. Much has been written about SharePoint 2013 Apps. Microsoft® has built an “App Store” within the Office website to provide customers with access to both free of charge Apps and those available in return for a cash payment.
Organizations will likely want to master the methods available to build both varieties of systems to complement SharePoint Server 2013. In a video tutorial series titled SP13-303 SharePoint 2013: Development Course. This course is also available for purchase for local use by either individuals or organizations as SP13-303 SharePoint 2013: Development Video Training Package.
It makes sense to first establish the criteria under which hard coded development options will serve as the preferred method of building apps and processes for your organizations. As Yaroslav Pentsarskyy observes in the first tutorial of this set, “Most Common Customization Requests”, development exists as an option to customize the SharePoint Server 2013 environment to meet the specific needs of one’s organization.
The most common and popular example of this type of software development can be found in branding SharePoint sites. The best method of building custom branded SharePoint 2013 sites is to “use SharePoint tools”. Yaroslav recommends the use of tools built specifically for SharePoint to ensure development doesn’t end up breaking SharePoint Server 2013. “Breaking” must be understood to include the possibility of mistakenly customizing the server in a manner which will preclude application of any future updates Microsoft may deem required for the proper, secure performance of the system. No on, least of all a community of several thousand SharePoint users, wants to be isolated from future enhancements. So it makes sense to very carefully review features of the server to determine where, and how customizations can be safely achieved.
In the next post to this blog we will continue our commentary on this first tutorial of the set with a look at the range of types of common customization requirements for SharePoint Server 2013.
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