Steps to set up the SharePoint version 2013 Farm in Azure with simple clicks

N 10Azure by Microsoft is the only key cloud platform which is also  ranked by Gartner as an industry leader for IaaS and PaaS services. It is a powerful combination of both managed and unmanaged services that allows building, deploying and managing application any way one likes for unmatched productivity. It is an enterprise-proven hybrid cloud solutions that give the best of both worlds, expand the IT options with no added complexity.

With it, data storage, backup and recovery is more economical and efficient. Moreover, it is also easier to build apps which span on both on-premises and on cloud. The platform also supports any language, tool, operating system and framework, such as SQL, Oracle, C#, Java, Windows and Linux. It is also a very effective platform for setting up a farm in the current version 2013 of SharePoint, and the process could be done with just a few clicks.

Setting up a farm in the SharePoint 2013 version could be done in just a few simple clicks. A developer or anyone for that matter could use the Microsoft Azure subscription  or a trial subscription or even MSDN subscription to set up a farm. Setting it up in the basic configuration w0uld require three servers, the domain controller, SharePoint and SQL Server.

On the other hand, setting up a farm in the high-availability configuration involves nine servers, such as two domain controllers, two SQL, SQL Server quorum, two SP in the app tier and two in the front-end web tier. For either of the farms, the settings could be specified in just a few clicks and the Azure Preview Portal will do the rest. Once the farms are built, one could easily access a basic team site as a web client and use Central Administration for configuring further capabilities.

Recently, Azure announced the feature where they explained the capability of creating a full blown Farmstead environment for development or actual production use. The  SP Server Farm, the Azure Preview Portal will automatically create a pre-configured 2013 farmstead. This saves a lot of time when one needs a high-availability or basic farmstead for the development and testing environment or when evaluating Server 2013 as a collaboration solution for a company or organization.

The new option provides a new template together with others, including SQL Server Standard 2014, Ubuntu and many more to create the farmstead.  the next step after choosing the template is to provide the vital mandatory fields like Default User Name and Password and Resource Group. The Resource Managers enable grouping numerous resources as a logical group  that serves as the life cycle boundary for each resource that is contained within it. A group will typically contain resources that are related to a certain app. Literally, with just a couple of clicks in the Portal, there will be a working farmstead of SP ready for use.

Definitely, a developer could also fine tune the default setup through changing  the default host name prefix, passwords, admin account, MSDN subscription for the program or the location of affinity group or resources even.

Angular JS a platform for speeding up the development of SharePoint applications

With MVC client side tools becoming popular, there is a lot of focus on leveraging AngularJS as a platform for creating contemporary web single page apps. In the net world, there is a growing demand for the use of AngularJS with Web API services to build responsive apps that support different devices with various form factors. One of that is using it for building SharePoint UI.

The tool could be used in an application model with any type of hosting option. One could create HTML files and add them to the content editor web parts on website pages. It is very useful when it comes to developing an interactive dashboard with numerous sections in a page. It could be used as well for developing an entry screen UI, wherein the user is adding numerous items to the cart before clicking on submit and, on submission, it saves data in the SharePoint list.

Anyone who has worked with SP knows several methods of customizing it for interactive UI. When using JS frameworks, a lot of features are provided by the framework itself, like the concept of looping, data binding and hiding and displaying a section. AngularJS also offers concepts such as routing, modeling, services and custom directives.

Some advantages of using the framework with SharePoint includes the following:

1. It is thoroughly client-side coding, thus it could be developed and deployed without the information technology admin’s intervention.

2. Data-binding is a two-way binding, so if the value of the variable is changed anywhere in a model, the user interface is updated automatically.
3. It enhances performance due to the minimum page reload.

For SharePoint use, the data lies in libraries or lists and list/libraries have columns. In order to implement Angular JS, it requires three types of files and all three may be added to an HTML file itself. The JS file consists of the controller, codeL the model and other objects’ implementations and definition.

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The main components of the framework are mentioned below:

1.Controller – is key to the platform. It is a JavaScript constructor function used for creating a scope. It is attached to the DOM through ng-controller directive. It could be used for initiating the state of the scope object and add behaviors to scope object. The scope is a glue between the DOM and Controller and just watches the changes to models as well as applies changes to it. It however does not perform DOM manipulations or maintain state.

2. Views – are complied DOM of the platform. It is produced using compile with scope and HTML templates.

3. Services – used utilized for performing common tasks on the web apps which are consumed by Angular JS via Dependency Injection. The services are registered with a module and usually are singular to an app.

3. KnockoutJS – is a great library wherein one is looking for a drop-in enhancement, which brings in client side info-binding and applies the Model-View-View Model design pattern to websites. It works with a ViewModel that could either be a JS function or object. Either way, the ViewModel is the data source.

Importance of Client object Model in the SharePoint Development

The concept of SharePoint development using the Client Object model was introduced in 2010 version and has been carried in the new versions. With the use of client-side object model, developers can perform some of the core SharePoint functionality by using C#, JavaScript and Silverlight. Let us see how client object model works.

How SharePoint Client Object Model Works ?

Client Managed Object Model is a SharePoint API which runs on the client side. It converts all the API calls given by the application, into an XML request and sends directly to the new SharePoint server after that, this XML request is handled by a service called Client.svc where it translates every XML request into appropriate Object Model calls SharePoint Server Object Model and gets the results. Client.svc after that it translates these results into JavaScript Object Notation and sends them back to the Client Managed Object Model.

Basic operations using Managed Client Object Model :

managed client object,  developer can easily perform all SharePoint websites related tasks, Read and write all types of website related properties, create a new SharePoint web site, SharePoint List operations like creating new SharePoint lists, Retrieve old SharePoint lists and insert, update and delete in  SharePoint lists and several SharePoint document library operations.

Client object model in SharePoint 2013 :

SharePoint 2013 helps to join with Business Connectivity Services, and provide better access to data than this the CSOM 2010. The Client server model interacts with SharePoint via web service and has three different types of object models as one for .Net applications, one for Silverlight applications, and last one for mobile applications. Apart from these APIs, there is a JavaScript object model and new REST/OData endpoint allows SharePoint developer to build several types of applications using language and platform of choice. Windows development will usually dominate when developers uses the REST endpoints instead of new SharePoint object model.

In the SharePoint 2010 version there were three client-side object models, but in the SharePoint 2013 there are four different object models. SharePoint 2013 allows developers to choose between the Managed, Silverlight, Mobile, and JavaScript object models. These four object models provide an object interface to SharePoint functionality which is based on the objects available in the Microsoft. Moreover, this client-side object models also have support for at least part of the SharePoint Server 2013 functionality, but not all of them include the same SharePoint Server 2013 components.

Four Different client-side object models :

These all four client-side object models also all have their own usages. Each of the four object models presents an object interface in front of a service proxy. SharePoint Developers can write client-side code by using the language object model, but the operations are batched and sent as a single XML request in the Client.svc service. When this XML request is received, the Client.svc service file makes calls to the server-side object model on behalf of the client. Then this result of the server-side calls are then sent back to the calling client in the form of n the form of a JavaScript Object Notation short known as JSON object.

Thus, it is clear that the Client Object Model is a new feature of SharePoint It provides plenty of great features to program against a SharePoint site using .NET Managed Code or JavaScript. The Client Object Model also provides several programming features of the Server Object Model as it also helps in the process of deployment.  The fact that it provides multiple benefits as a core programming aid for SharePoint and thus widely used by SharePoint developer all over the world.

The Role of SharePoint Development In the Business World Today

All small and large businesses today are focusing on two vital aspects, the need to provide customer satisfaction and achievement of goals. The demand for SharePoint development is growing daily because of the increasing competition in the business world these days. There are so many information technology companies that provide custom app development services to various industry verticals worldwide.

SharePoint development enables clients and developers search and share vital information or documents with one another. Therefore, they could make the necessary modifications in the SharePoint process of development through effective communication. This saves considerable amount of money and time of users. SharePoint is a very popular program among businesses since it enables them to streamline processes, store documents using easy web page navigation and without the need for comprehensive training.

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The platform and SharePoint development is part of the foundation of a wide rethinking of the way that office workers utilize computers. The suite is created to be an effective content management platform for business and designed to simplify a lot of business apps that allow users to be more efficient with the daily business functions.  One of the biggest advantages of Microsoft SharePoint is its ability to control and manage content entering or leaving the business, with major benefits. SharePoint not just encourage users to save documents to a central storage area but is also capable of tracking changes to documents and roll back to the previous versions if and when it is needed.

Along with powerful features, SharePoint still provides users the ability easily and rapidly edit and organize documents. The docs could be organized by using several different criteria and rich collaborative editing.

In any kind of business, the key to succeed lies in the marketing strategies. A successful branding is the key to effective products marketing and thus, SharePoint could provide the best solutions to market the services and products of a business organization. Moreover, SharePoint could help keep up email traffic easily. A business organization or company could check and manage email traffic to be able to determine whether it has appropriately reached the targeted recipients. Furthermore, SharePoint applications allow developers or users to gather all mails at a central point and send them across all team members simultaneously.

SharePoint application development offers customer feasible solutions in solving business related problems more effectively. It allow user access to information or data from anywhere in the world via secured password-oriented platforms, secure customer approach and efficient collaboration. Long lasting relationship with customers could be achieved by integrating SharePoint into the business. Business data could be integrated into SharePoint. To do this, it is necessary to build a model for the BDC of Business Data Connectivity service. The service is a SharePoint application that stores information regarding the data in business apps.

Visual Studio models allow writing a custom code in updating and retrieving data from back-end data sources. Moreover, data could also be aggregated from numerous data sources. For instance, customers list could be displayed containing data from a SQL Server database and web service.  A lot of business organizations are familiar with SharePoint’s knowledge management as well as its content management features. Nonetheless, the platform also holds very powerful BI or business intelligence opportunities. Therefore, businesses could leverage collaborative workspace which has been traditionally used in creating and publishing content for aggregating numerous data sources and build customized graphical reports quickly.

Today, the opportunities that a SharePoint developer is more than ever diverse

Today, the opportunities for the SharePoint developer are more than ever diverse. The role of the SharePoint developer will cover the full life cycle and engaging with clients as well. The position of the developer in SharePoint is a great opportunity for all those who are highly motivated, enthusiastic developers with solid .NET skills. An effective developer will have the opportunity to develop apps around different core concepts. These core concepts may include business process management, collaboration, business intelligence and enterprise content management.

An ideal SharePoint developer should be motivated to advance his or her technical skills in order to meet different challenges presented by these platforms. Aside from possessing a robust technical foundation, the developer should also be able to participate in solution talks with clients and the internal staff and then help in the development of a project. Some of the project-related responsibilities of the developer could include client interaction, to be able to define technical requirements, developing and architecting solutions, on-going app support and solution testing.

A SharePoint developer moreover needs to have excellent communication skills and the ability to communicate both to management and clients. An ideal developer must also have solid presentation skills, high degree of motivation and self-direction, integrity and commitment, ability to multi-task and strong problem solving and analytical skills. Moreover, he or she must have strong team orientation and experience with development of SharePoint is a great plus. A developer could use different languages; object models, frameworks, object models and tools in order to build scalable and distributed web apps on the SharePoint platform. It could be hard for a developer who is new to the platform to determine what to use for implementing difference scenarios. Probably the greatest challenge for SharePoint developer is that he understands your choices for building blocks and to choose the correct options that meet your design and architectural goals.

Effective developers of the SharePoint platform live, breathe, worship and sometimes curse SharePoint day and night. This group of developers talks about the platform all the time. Moreover, they also speak, attend or organize events like SharePoint talks. An expert developer is also a public speaker and thoroughly involved with the whole development process. The major purpose of the developer is performing development that best leverages SharePoint 2010. As a developer, one could be in charge of the technical design and applications delivery. Developers of SharePoint will review functional specs and also define technical design, timeline and development efforts. A developer must ensure right and effective communication to provide good technologies integration. Moreover, developers could work at customer site and offer professional consulting services.

SharePoint Developer and consultants offer both internet and intranet solutions that could help businesses improve document management, document sharing and collaboration. Moreover, they also help in building and hosting websites, offer centralized content management, increase business decision making speed and create custom web apps.  SharePoint people could help improve many aspects in a business. Ideal developers possess strong expertise of the object model, web services, and database and web parts.

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