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.