Category Archives: SharePoint Online

SharePoint 2013 Online Adventure – Part 2

Developing against SharePoint 2013 Online at its core is simple. It’s really following the same pattern you did in the past. You just need Visual Studio and SharePoint 2013 Online.


Where it gets complicated is understand all the dependencies that are involved. When I started this adventure I had Visual Studio 2010 and a new SharePoint 2013 Online account. Here’s the specifics behind what I actually ended up with.

  • At least Visual Studio 2012 (Some blogs claim that you can ge the SharePoint 2013 Online templates installed in Visual Studio 2010, but I decided to upgrade)
  • SharePoint 2013 Online templates for Visual Studio 2012 (Separate download)
  • Developer site collection in your SharePoint 2013 Online environment (Create a new site collection and use the development template)

Once you have all these components, you can start developing against SharePoint 2013 Online. My next blog will detail creating a project and deploying to your SharePoint 2013 Online developer site.

SharePoint Online for Office 365: Developer Guide

Time to start development using SharePoint Online? Microsoft has a great developer guide.

What is SharePoint online…

SharePoint Online opens a new arena for developers to create solutions for customers who use the Microsoft Office 365 service instead of maintaining on-premises servers, or for clients who are looking to take advantage of hybrid deployments where some data is stored behind the firewall and other data is off-loaded in the cloud.

Sandboxed solutions, Microsoft Silverlight support, and the new client object model enable powerful custom solutions to be installed in SharePoint Online.

Link to the guide…