Developing for Office, Office 365, and SharePoint

OSW04 Introduction to the SharePoint Client Object Model and REST API


9:30am - 10:45am

Level: Intermediate

Rob Windsor

Lead Consultant

PAIT Group / eXtaCloud

As Microsoft was releasing SharePoint 2013 it was pretty clear that they were steering people away from using the product as a portal to using it as a gateway to external systems and services. Since the Server Object Model cannot be used remotely, developers building these external systems will need to become familiar with the Client Object Model (CSOM) and/or the REST API if they want to communicate with SharePoint. This session will introduce these two APIs, give a brief overview of their history, and then show you how to get started using them through a series of demonstrations.

You will learn:

  • How to use the Client Object Model
  • How to use the REST API
  • About the relative strengths and weaknesses of the two APIs