Gartner Research

Comparing SharePoint Development Approaches

Published: 20 November 2015

ID: G00280431

Analyst(s): Kyle Davis

Summary

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

Comparison

Analysis

  • 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

Guidance

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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