Convenience of developing SharePoint Applications
SharePoint, developed by Microsoft, is a great platform to work on for business organisations. This is a platform that helps in building and addressing solution through technology for enhanced productivity and increased dedication towards performance from the employees. Microsoft SharePoint offers an interface that provides customised tools, solutions and applications to address each of the problems faced by the organisation.
Whether to use an object model or build an application for developing solutions is a question that ponders the techie minds at all times. It should be kept in mind that in the end, it is the customer or the client's requirements and demands that matter the most and the solution should be able to address that completely.
The challenge is found in many aspects:


  1. Hosting: The place where the codes are hosted is a primary question. In case of applications, the code never runs in the host environment of SharePoint.  Applications are different from that of solutions because they run completely, that is 100 percent outside the server of SharePoint and the custom made codes are executed within the browser of the client or on other servers that function and run SharePoint within them.

There are three types of SharePoint applications found on high levels.
(a) SharePoint Hosted: In this type, the apps are manifested without any external dependency. A custom business logic implemented with custom code run within the client browser. Each of the apps may apply their own business logic by using JavaScript and access lists and libraries available in SharePoint.

(b) Provider Hosted: Here, the apps may possess components of SharePoint but the bulk of the logic for the business is manifested in an external infrastructure.

(c) Auto Hosted: These category of apps are similar to those of provider hosted apps where the maximum of the business logic is hosted externally. The app when has been installed in a site, manages the provisioning of the accessing the database by using the account details that was set up by SharePoint administrator.

2. Scopes: In this case, applications are known to have two different scopes, namely Site Scope and Tenancy Scope. In case of Site Scope, the app is installed and implemented within the exact scope of the SharePoint portal. On the other hand, in the case of Tenancy scope, an exclusive SharePoint site is necessary referred to as the app catalog. After installation, users from different websites can access and use this application.

3. Scaling: Using an application model, the scale of usage of the application can be enhanced without affecting the present SharePoint environment.

4. Integration: In case of applications, found that the process of integration from services to implementation of customised applications is possible and options are available as well. All the web tools can reused to build and develop applications where the developer need not have much knowledge about the technical background of developing them. While developing SharePoint applications, the user can make of the templates available in visual studio and integrate them within the application. The application can be hosted on an external server like the cloud server, or any client server or even a mobile device.
It is easier to develop SharePoint application keeping in mind the requirements in comparison to developing a full proof solution.


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