One of the new SharePoint 2013 and Office 2013 development model is the App model. Using this new App model, developers can easily extend SharePoint 2013 and Office 2013 and build great apps that integrate with millions of services out there.
Below is a video introducing apps for Office 2013 and SharePoint 2013
Video: Imagine apps for Office 2013 and SharePoint 2013 in 90 seconds
Internet is filled with many services today and people are always connected. People today tweet, facebook, yammer, blog, flickr etc., In fact, people rely on Internet to even buy a house, rent a house and even store their personal data in the cloud using services like SkyDrive, Dropbox. So, shouldn’t it be easy for developers to integrate these services into SharePoint and Office? That’s exactly what apps can do – enable developers easily build apps to consume services and build solutions that solves specific user needs.
Today with SharePoint 2010, developers have two choices to customise and extend SharePoint 2010 by building:
Most of the time developers have to decide on whether to build:
This involves developer being familiar with the SharePoint development methodologies and stick with what SharePoint platform provides. For example, it is impossible to write a custom SharePoint 2010 solution using ASP.NET MVC even though SharePoint is based on .NET 3.5. This becomes more complex if developers want to build solutions for SharePoint Online.
Now with SharePoint 2013 developers can just say “I will build an App!”
Using the new app model, developers can now choose how they want to build the app and where they want to host the app so that the app and SharePoint 2013 can talk to each other if required.
To build apps, developers have two choices to choose from:
While Visual Studio 2012 provides great in-depth support for building apps, the new “Napa” tool provides quick and easy way to build apps for the cloud! With “Napa” developers do not require any tool and build apps straight from the browser. Developers can export and import the app into Visual Studio 2012 with one click to leverage the powerful Visual Studio capabilities.
To host an app, developers have two choices to choose from:
Below is a simple comparison between Cloud Hosted and SharePoint Hosted apps:
In the next blog post we will build our first SharePoint ‘Movie App’ using “Napa”.
Meanwhile, below are some great links to get you started:
You did a nice job in explaining this! I will use this as a starting point to begin discussions pertaining to SP13.