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SharePoint Apps: “Provider Hosted First” Approach

Recently I had an exciting mail conversation with Thomas Deutsch. He came up with an idea how to fasten the development of apps. This smart approach is called “Provider Hosted First”. See Thomas’ original blog post. Here are some highlights:

What you actually do is a local website which runs in grunt server:

localhost:9000

Then a SharePoint-hosted app is created with an SPAppIframe that refers to that local app site. Genious!!!

Some key features of this approach:

  • This local app contains a livereload script. Your sharepoint app is updated every time you save your css, js, html file in your IDE
  • Grunt minifies, bundles your assets
  • Grunt runs your tests automatically when your content is modified
  • The SharePoint app can be on Premises, on Office 365, wherever you want it.

Video

See the video how it looks like to develop using this approach

See the video how it looks like to develop using this approach

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3 responses to “SharePoint Apps: “Provider Hosted First” Approach

  1. Björn 2013-07-02 at 11:07

    Awesome! I’m gonna try that out!

    • Anatoly Mironov 2013-07-02 at 15:31

      Great! When you go to Thomas Deutsch blog, you can download the source code for the solution.

  2. Paul Tavares 2013-07-10 at 02:59

    This is pretty cool and very similar to my current setup for developing javascript applications for SharePoint. I use a script to “deploy” updates from my PC to the folder in a document library.
    I’ll try this out when I get around to playing with SP2013.

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