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Inside Microsoft SharePoint 2013 by Mirjam van Olst Scot Hillier Ted Pattison, Andrew Connell, Wictor Wilen, and Kyle Davis

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Chapter 4. SharePoint apps

Let’s begin with a bit of history so that you can understand why and how the Microsoft SharePoint app model came about. It was back with SharePoint 2007 that Microsoft first invested in transforming SharePoint technologies into a true development platform by introducing features and farm solutions. With the release of SharePoint 2010, Microsoft extended the options available to developers by introducing sandboxed-solution deployment as an alternative to farm-solution deployment. With SharePoint 2013, Microsoft has now added a third option for SharePoint developers with the introduction of SharePoint apps.

When developing for SharePoint 2013, you must learn how to decide between using a farm solution, a sandboxed solution, ...

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