Professional SharePoint Server 2013 Developer - 4 Day Training

This 4-day course explores the development opportunities with Microsoft’s SharePoint Server 2013 product. The first half of the class focuses on the core and free part of SharePoint Foundation 2013 (SPF2013) where students will learn how to develop fundamental building blocks such as Features, solutions, pages, lists and workflows. In addition new topics such the new SharePoint App Model and the security (OAuth and S2S) for apps as well as Remote Event Receivers are covered and explained in great depth. The second half of the class address more enterprise development opportunities such as working with Business Connectivity Services, Enterprise Content Management, Web Content Management, search and other services specific to SharePoint Server 2013.

Some non-SharePoint topics are also covered that are heavily leveraged within SharePoint such as OData, Office 365, OAuth, JavaScript, JavaScript templates and Windows Azure so those students with little to no experience in these areas will get an adequate ramp-up to be productive in SharePoint 2013. Throughout the course students will not only learn how to create robust project and solutions using the tools included in Visual Studio 2012 but they will also learn best practices about what to do, and when you should and should not do it.

Attendees should have professional development experience with Visual Studio, the .NET Framework and ASP.NET as well as familiarity with Microsoft Office products such as Word and Excel. It is also recommended (but not required) that attendees have a background with the previous version of SharePoint Foundation 2010/SharePoint Server 2010 and have experience working directly with XML files in Visual Studio.


Trainer: John Alexander

Consultant, Author and Coach John Alexander is a recognized trainer, developer and architect and has served as the Microsoft Regional Director for the Kansas City Region for the last fifteen years. Experienced in the delivery of scalable, stable, and open enterprise-level .NET applications, John is an industry recognized trainer, consultant, speaker and writer on the Microsoft .NET vision and implementation at both the technical and business decision maker level. In addition, he has co-authored the bestselling book on SharePoint 2007 Development; two bestselling books on .NET development (contributing to the first ever Visual Studio Team System book) and speaks at industry conferences such as VS Live!, DevConnections, and Developer Days.


Course Description and What I Can Expect

Module 1: Understanding SharePoint 2013

In this module students will get up to speed on SharePoint 2013 both from a SKU/license perspective as well as from a capability & architectural perspective. The different deployment models will also be covered in depth (on-premise/Office 365 hosted/hybrid) and an overview on the different development and extensibility options.

Topics Covered:

  • SharePoint Product Topology & Architecture
  • Capabilities
  • SharePoint Deployment Options
  • Development & Extensibility Option Overview

Module 2: Developing SharePoint Solutions

SharePoint extensibility has traditionally been done using solution packages (*.wsp’s). The two types of solutions, farm & sandbox, are covered in depth in this module. Students will learn when they are available depending on the deployments, what you can and can’t do with them as scenarios when they are applicable.

Topics Covered:

  • Farm Solutions
  • Sandbox Solutions
  • Breaking Out of the Sandbox
  • SharePoint Features
  • Solution Packages

Module 3: Developing SharePoint App Models

SharePoint 2013 introduces a new way to extend SharePoint sites: the SharePoint App Model. This module will cover everything students need to know about the SharePoint App Model including how to deploy them to the Marketplace to monetize your projects.

Topics Covered:

  • SharePoint App Model Overview
  • SharePoint Hosted Apps
  • Developer/Self-Hosted Apps
  • Azure Auto-Hosted Apps
  • Public & Corporate Marketplace

Module 4: Pages & Navigation

In this module you will learn how to create custom application pages as well as content pages and the details around customizing pages. In addition this module will also dive into the aspects of customizing the SharePoint user interface for custom branding experiences as well as customizing and extending the SharePoint Ribbon.

Topics Covered:

  • SharePoint + ASP.NET
  • Master Pages
  • Site & Application Pages
  • Navigation
  • Chrome Control
  • Ribbon Extensibility

Module 5: SharePoint Security

In this module students will learn the basics of security and permissions in SharePoint 2013, specifically AuthN, AuthZ and claims based security. In addition students will also learn how to program with the security API and how to secure SharePoint Apps using app identity, and the new support for OAuth and server-to-server (S2S) authentication/security.

Topics Covered:

  • Authentication & Authorization
  • Claims Based Authentication
  • Programming Security
  • Securing Apps
  • App Identity
  • OAuth & Server-to-Server (S2S)

Module 6: List, Libraries, and Events

In this module you will learn how to create lists and document libraries using the SharePoint development tools in Visual Studio 2012. Students will also learn about the various events in SharePoint 2013 including the new remote event receiver capability.

Topics Covered:

  • List Instances
  • Document Libraries
  • Event Receivers (Sites, Lists, and List Items)
  • Remote Event Receivers

Module 7: Server-Side SharePoint Development

This module covers everything students need to know about building solutions that run on the server and use the SharePoint Server-Side API. In this module you will learn how to setup LINQ for SharePoint and query lists as well as use the more traditional methods of working with SharePoint data using CAML, SPQuery and SPSiteDataQuery.

Topics Covered:

  • Server-Side API Overview
  • Server-Side Data Access
  • CAML, SPQuery, and SPSiteDataQuery
  • LINQ for SharePoint
  • Working with Large Data Sets

Module 8: Client-Side SharePoint Development

In this module students will learn how to leverage each of the three client object models (CSOM) implementations in SharePoint projects. In addition students will also learn how to use the new WCF Data Services (OData/REST) and Web Services to access SharePoint data from off the server. Finally this module will cover other client-side development topics such as working with notifications, status messages, toast messages and dialogs.

Topics Covered:

  • Programming with JavaScript
  • Client Side Object Model (CSOM)
  • WCF Data Services/OData/REST API
  • Client-Side Cross Domain Calls
  • JavaScript Controls (Notifications, Status Messages, Toast Messages, and Dialogs)

Module 9: Developing Workflows

SharePoint 2013 dramatically changes the workflow architecture in the latest release. Workflow is now handled by Azure Workflow Services, both in on-premise and hosted deployments. In this module students will learn how to create custom workflows using SharePoint Designer 2013 and Visual Studio 2012 as well as some of the new capabilities introduced in SharePoint 2013 workflows: dynamic values, stages and remote web service calls.

Topics Covered:

  • Understanding the Workflow Architecture
  • Windows Azure Workflow
  • Workflow Stages
  • Dynamic Values
  • Creating Workflows with SharePoint Designer 2013
  • Creating Workflows with Visual Studio 2012

Module 10: Business Connectivity Services

In this module students will learn how to consume and interact with external data sources as well as how to create a custom .NET Assembly Connector. In addition students will also learn how to create BCS-enabled SharePoint Apps and some of the new support for remote callouts as well as how to work with BCS via the client-side object model.

Topics Covered:

  • Business Connectivity Services (BCS) Architecture
  • Creating & Using External Content Type Models
  • BCS Apps
  • .NET Assembly Connectors
  • Authentication Options

Module 11: SharePoint Search

Previous versions of SharePoint included various search implementations between SharePoint search & FAST search. In SharePoint 2013 Microsoft merged their search implementations into a single, unified search architecture with a powerful and robust search API that is accessible both in server-side and client-side solutions. In this module students will learn about the search architecture as well as how to leverage it in custom solutions.

Topics Covered:

  • SharePoint Search Architecture
  • Search Web Parts
  • Customizing Search
  • Programming with the Search API
  • Entity Extraction

Module 12: Enterprise Content Management

This module will cover all the Enterprise Content Management (ECM) capabilities in SharePoint 2013 in the areas of document management, recordings management and eDiscovery. Microsoft invested a considerable amount of effort in eDiscovery in SharePoint 2013 and this module will cover what students need to know. In addition students will also learn how to work with Managed Metadata, what’s new in SharePoint 2013 and how to leverage it in custom solutions using either the existing server-side API or the new client-side API.

Topics Covered:

  • Document Management
  • Records Management
  • Document Sets
  • Managing Large Content Sets
  • eDiscovery
  • Managed Metadata
  • Programming with Managed Metadata (server & client side)

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