SharePoint Guidance from Patterns & Practices Team

This guidance helps architects and developers build SharePoint intranet applications. The guidance contains a reference implementation (RI) that demonstrates solutions to common architectural, development, and lifecycle management challenges. This guidance discusses the following:

  • Architectural decisions about patterns, feature factoring, and packaging
  • Design tradeoffs for common decisions many developers encounter
  • Implementation examples demonstrated in the RI and in the QuickStarts
  • How to design for testability, create unit tests, and run continuous integration
  • Set up of development, build, test, staging, and production environments
  • Managing the application life cycle including upgrade
  • Team-based intranet application development

The following areas are not discussed in this version of the guidance:

  • Content-oriented sites that use Web content management
  • Internet and enterprise-scale SharePoint applications
  • Multilingual SharePoint applications
  • Scale or security testing of SharePoint applications

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