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Editor's note: Contributor Anthony Pham is a SharePoint solutions consultant for KWizcom. Follow him @spappcenter
Following up on my previous posts on improvements for End users and IT Pros for SharePoint 2013, I'd like to share my 5 favorite improvements for Developers. For those of you who could not attend SharePoint Conference 2012 (SPC12), the full features are outlined on TechNet. Here are my favorite improvements.
1. App Model
One of the biggest changes in SharePoint 2013 is the App Model. This new model in SharePoint allows organizations to deliver services with apps. Apps in SharePoint are self-contained applications that deliver services such as Asset tracking, Timesheets, etc. The current list of Apps for SharePoint offered by Microsoft can be viewed here.
2. Easier entrée level
The new App Model expands the boundaries of SharePoint and makes it more inviting. Developers are no longer restricted to just .NET applications, any ASP.NET / PHP / other web developer can now become a SharePoint Apps developer with little to no training at all. The use of NAPA development environment makes this possible – see dev.office.com
3. Web Content Publishing (WCM)
Improvements to WCM in SharePoint 2013 helped improve the overall management and design process of publishing sites. This includes tools for content authoring, collaboration, metadata, workflow, and archiving. This case study provides an overview of new SharePoint Server 2013 web content management features. My favorite new feature is Catalogue enabled lists and libraries. You can create a catalog of products through any list or library and distribute them across many sites. This simplifies cross-site publishing product web sites without creating pages for every item. All the items in your pages can be centrally managed from your catalogue!
4. Branding with Design manager
5. Snippet gallery
The Design manager also introduces my favorite new developer feature called the Snippet gallery. It contains many SharePoint components and controls. These snippets are predefined in SharePoint code and can be inserted into an HTML page to provide functionality such as search, navigation, etc. After you insert a snippet into the HTML page, you get a design time preview of the changes!
Thank you for following my Improvements in SharePoint 2013 series. I hope to share my thoughts with you again after the new SharePoint Conference.