Preparing for SharePoint Framework - What should I learn?

Recently Microsoft announced the SharePoint Framework - a new model for building SharePoint customizations. Although it hasn't been released yet, you can already start preparing for it and here is what you should learn.

SharePoint Framework - new model with new technology

As technology improves and the need for proper tools to support collaboration increases, SharePoint evolves too offering us new developer opportunities for extending its capabilities.

Earlier this month Microsoft announced the SharePoint Framework - a new model for building customizations on the SharePoint framework. For the first time ever Microsoft refrained from designing yet another proprietary model, specific to SharePoint. Instead, they chose to embrace common development tools widely adopted by the web developer community across all platforms.

If all you have done in the past few years is developing on the SharePoint platform, these tools might seem new to you. The truth is, that they have been around for quite a few years already and they are based on the same concepts as the tools you already know.

Preparing for SharePoint Framework - What should I learn?

It's only a matter of time until the SharePoint Framework will be released. And when it does, imagine that you could start building powerful solutions right from the start.

To help you use everything you know to start preparing for the new SharePoint Framework, Vesa Juvonen - Program Manager on the SharePoint engineering Team, and I recorded a web cast together where we discuss the different tools, their role in building customizations on the SharePoint Framework and their analogies to the Microsoft stack.

Benefit of what you already know

Since the announcement of the SharePoint Framework you might have seen a number of tweets and blog post discussing how you can use the open source tools with a code editor of your choice to build customizations on the SharePoint Framework. But does that mean that there is no future for Visual Studio anymore?

Visual Studio remains Microsoft's flagship for supporting professional developers. As the separation and complexity of SharePoint solutions increases, Visual Studio helps you keep track of the different elements of your solution and work with them efficiently. In our web cast Vesa and I show for the first time the early stage integration of Visual Studio and SharePoint Framework.

We hope that our web cast will help you start preparing for the release of the SharePoint Framework later this year. Please, don't hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions related to the SharePoint Framework.

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