Gartner Research

Comparing SharePoint Development Approaches

Published: 20 November 2015

ID: G00280431

Analyst(s): Kyle Davis


Organizations with upcoming SharePoint development efforts should compare the four most viable SharePoint development models. Relying strictly on farm solutions is no longer sufficient because Office 365 is a consideration for many organizations.

Table Of Contents



  • The Criteria
    • Productivity
    • Portability and Lock-In
    • Integration With SharePoint Features and User Experience
    • Technology Stack Control
    • Learning Curve
    • Scalability
    • Performance
    • Testability
    • Security
    • Resiliency
  • The Development Models
    • SharePoint Farm Solution
    • SharePoint-Hosted Add-in
    • Provider-Hosted Add-in
    • Point-and-Click Solution


The Details

  • API/Object Model Comparison
    • Server-Side Object Model
    • Client-Side Object Model
    • JavaScript Object Model
    • REST/OData Endpoints
  • SharePoint Development Model Authorization
  • What About Sandbox Solutions?

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