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Advantages and Disadvantages of SharePoint apps

Posted By:Kaviya Balasubramanian       Posted Date: January 30, 2014    Points: 200    Category: SharePoint    URL: http://www.dotnetspark.com  

In this article I would like to share the advantages and disadvantages of SharePoint apps.

SharePoint Apps overview

SharePoint 2013 introduced the apps.

  • The apps for SharePoint provide a new method to deliver specific information or functionality to a SharePoint site.
  • SharePoint 2013 introduces the "Cloud app model", It enables you to create a apps
  • Microsoft will host and control a public SharePoint Store, where developers will be able to publish and sell their custom apps for SharePoint.
  • SharePoint apps are self-contained functionality that extend capabilities of SharePoint web application
  • Apps are essentially web applications which runs "outside" of SharePoint host web
  • It's easy to use, stand-alone app that solves a specific end-user or business need
  • We can use any languages for creating the apps such as HTML, PHP, .NET & web development tool etc...
  • By using "NAPA" we can create a SharePoint apps
  • We can use Client Object Model (CSOM) to talk to SharePoint
    JavaScript for Asynchronous
    .NET for Synchronous

Example: we can create the custom branding and themes for SharePoint 2013 and share them with rest of the users with office market place.

Types of apps

  • SharePoint 'On-premise' hosted apps - An app is hosted entirely internally on a locally installed SharePoint environment.
  • Remote apps hosted by Azure - Apps are hosted in Microsoft's developer cloud service Azure.
  • Provider hosted apps - Apps can be hosted anywhere, and written in almost any language.

Advantages of apps

  • Different Hosted options.
  • Multiple development platforms supported for creating Apps
  • Advantage is that the Code is out of SharePoint
  • SharePoint apps are capable enough to replace the most of farm and sandbox solutions. Apps are mainly providing the more advantages for,

    Third party app Developers

Advantages to Users

  • Users can easily add the new functionality to the SharePoint System
  • More apps are available in SharePoint app store as compared with sandboxed solutions
  • Upgrade supports are available to users
  • Users can get the apps through app catalog (within the organization) and app store (outside organization).
  • Apps provides easiest installation to the users
  • Users can also be reassured by the fact that all apps in the app store have been approved by Microsoft to meet coding, interface and integrity standards.
  • End user process of installing is very simple

Advantages to Administrators

  • Reduction of server outages and downtown
  • Apps are executed outside the environment
  • Apps are very less load and safer compare to the sandboxed solutions
  • The single biggest advantage for administrators of SharePoint systems is control
  • Admins can Monitor apps

Advantages to Third parties

  • The central store means more effective use can be made of any marketing and advertising efforts
  • The technical aspects of the app model also make life easier for many developers, allowing them to write apps in different languages
  • Common web standards of HTML, JavaScript, CSS can be used to develop Apps
  • Visual studio 2012 supports app project templates
  • Microsoft also operates a revenue sharing model for the app store

Disadvantages of apps

  • Apps infrastructure is very clunky and in some case unrealistic to implement
  • Apps are very primitive and rudimentary
  • Corporate catalog is paid or needs to be purchased
  • Apps will need to rely heavily on JavaScript and asynchronous REST API calls/client OM calls to interact with the associated SharePoint context
  • The new App model brings a lot more cross-server communication with it. Will this impact the performance 


Apps for SharePoint overview


In this article we have explored apps advantages and drawbacks of apps in SharePoint 2013. 

Happy learning.

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