Here is another example of SharePoint All In. A new article title “SharePoint Online: An Overview for Developers” has just been released on MSDN. I often get asked about how to develop solutions for SharePoint Online. This article covers all of the information you need to get started developing SharePoint Online solutions.

There are 2 questions that get asked every time I present this topic. The article has a couple of nice diagrams that explain this well.

How do I access External Data?

In the Developing SharePoint Online Solutions section there is a diagram that describes how to access external data using client technologies such as JavaScript or Silverlight. Then you use the Client Object model or Web Services to tie this external data with SharePoint.

Development options in SharePoint Online

How do I Develop and Deploy Solutions to SharePoint Online?

In the Developing SharePoint Online Solutions section there is a diagram that describes how to develop and deploy solutions to SharePoint Online. The process is generally the same Online as it is On-Prem. You design/develop the solutions on a local developer build of SharePoint and then you give your administrator the completed SharePoint package file (*.wsp) to deploy to the Sandboxed Solution Gallery.

Sandboxed solution development process

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