Monday, June 3, 2013

SharePoint - Back to basics - Evaluation of SharePoint

Back to the day that I have started learning SharePoint, It was Thursday in January month and SharePoint 2010 came out recently at that time. Few of my colleagues are started working on SharePoint 2010 and few more working on SharePoint 2007.
MOSS 2007 was launched with greater things. There were lot of changes between SharePoint 2003 and SharePoint 2007. We have to check that we are going to inherit from System.Web.UI.Webcontrols.Webpart or SP WebPart class.  Here are few differences between ASP.NET web part and SharePoint webparts.
  •       We don’t have cross page connections
  •       Data caching allows caching in content DB
  •       Client side connection and connections between two webparts.

In SharePoint 2007, we need to use CKS tools to create WSP package or else we need to create our own package. Here are the simple steps,
  •       Create a dwp file for the web part
  •       Create feature.xml file and manifest.xml file
  •      Create a DDF to cab and use it to create a cabinet file using makecab command.

For Moss 2007, project server and and info path form services also released.
SharePoint 2010 was come out as the next release to the SharePoint 2007 with few add-ins (Office web apps, FAST search server.) Web parts can be created also using silverlight packages and we can use them in SharePoint for more beautiful UI. We can use Silverlight in SP 2007, but we have to write our own code to it by using web services or using Object model. REST came in to the picture with Client side Object model and Silverlight Object model in SharePoint 2010. This helped to get the SharePoint object and use them on client machine.  Sand boxed solutions are helped to deploy the solutions at site collection level instead of farm. All these are created that In previous versions all code was running under server side, so to escape the burden from the server. So that the impact on web front end machine performance was impacted.
In SharePoint 2013, we can see that CSOM has expanded with extra functionality and APPS was working more of replacement of Sand boxed solutions. Here we have more feasibility to use client side things like JavaScript, JQuery, Silverlight, and HTML.
These are few basics on the SharePoint evolution and it is helpful to know the things as a SharePoint developer. 

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