2021 has seen Microsoft SharePoint take giant strides in the right
direction. From the on-premise variant of the early 2000s, the
platform has expanded to cloud based solutions along with Office
365 and Microsoft 365. Companies in dire need of tailored solutions
and collaborations specified for their business needs turn to
consultants and professionals like Orion eSolutions.
It is a known fact that developers have to put in some extra
effort. Creation of a corporate intranet or a learning hub, or even
a document management system demands this extra input. There are
numerous challenges associated with this global ecosystem and there
are certain trends that have popped up in order to address these
challenges. We will be covering 3 of these trends in this piece.
But first, let us understand the extent of platform’s capacity
through some statistics.
With that stats in mind, let us understand the trends that are
defining SharePoint development in 2021.
SHAREPOINT DEVELOPMENT TRENDS TO FOLLOW
The End of Farm Solutions: Certain companies that engage in
both cloud-based and on-site SharePoint alternatives tend to use
similar toolkits and strategies for both. This is
counterproductive. The deployment logic is significantly
distinguishable in both the cases. Hence farm solutions for both
will not work.
This technique was employable earlier when there were 2 types of
solution mainly being focused upon: farm solutions and sandboxed
solutions. The former affected the entire farm while the latter
worked more on a site collection level. In 2021 however, the go to
approach is add-ins. Experts can easily create almost each and
every custom component through this approach.
SPFx and PnP: SPFx or SharePoint Framework was launched by
Microsoft to support transition. Organizations could leverage this
while shifting from server-based approach to more modern
development practices. This approach acts as a fresh alternative to
the traditional .NET variant. In 2021, the hype is all about
TypeScript. And since SPFx is compatible with the 2016 and 2019
versions of the platform, cloud trends can be indulged in by
server-side development as well.
Patterns and Practices or PnP is yet another productive stride. The
huge global PnP community keeps optimizing the approach. It
encompasses a holistic vision of revamped SharePoint development
and is being experimented with by many professional development
teams such as Orion eSolutions.