SharePoint Online solution pack for branding and provisioning was initially released back in last March with 5 specific chapters. This package has been now refreshed to included two additional chapters with specific additional guidance on FTC to app model transition, metadata and publishing topics. This is material has been reviewed and approved by the Office365 product group and is written by the technical writers in the MSDN based on the work done in the Office AMS CodePlex project.

Here’s direct links to the solution pack materials

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Introduction to covered topics

Material is divided currently to seven modules which each concentrate on the different topics around app model. Here’s short description for each of the models.

 

Module Name Description
1 SharePoint site branding and remote provisioning 101 Introduces the solution pack concept and contents, including SharePoint site fundamentals and the branding and site provisioning workflow. It also introduces the remote provisioning pattern, a new way to use apps for SharePoint and the Cloud App Model (CAM) to provision branding to SharePoint sites.
2 Inside SharePoint Pages Presents the SharePoint page model and its component parts.
3 Building SharePoint sites and pages Describes tooling options for developing site branding elements and managing them in SharePoint.
4 Customizing site branding Covers composed looks, the SharePoint 2013 theming engine, and best practices for customizing the look and feel of your site with custom CSS and CSOM via remote provisioning.
5 Using apps for SharePoint to provision SharePoint site branding Describes the remote provisioning pattern, and shows how to apply site branding at the site collection, site, and sub site levels by using the pattern. Demonstrates how to set up remote provisioning to use a custom form, an approval workflow, and refresh tokens.
6 Using apps for SharePoint to provision SharePoint site branding Provides guidance, tips, and code for analyzing current FTC solutions and, when applicable, specific guidance for migrating specific solutions to the app model.
7 Using apps for SharePoint to provision SharePoint site branding Describes CSOM capabilities for site navigation, and explores branding considerations specific to Publishing sites.