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SharePoint Add-ins Vs. Web Parts (Comparison of App Model)

If you are SharePoint visual web part developer and starting up ground works with the SharePoint apps development, following comparison would be useful when mapping your previous knowledge with this.



SharePoint Add-inSharePoint Web Parts
Installed onRuns independently without sitting on the SharePoint (Client)SharePoint front end servers (Public facing servers)
Weight of the codeClient side scripting and weight of code does not impact the SharePointDepends on the code based provided with the web part
Coupling with the SharePoint serverLoosely coupled with SharePoint and runs independentlyTightly coupled with SharePoint Server and cannot survive without it
Client side scriptingHighly involvedLess impacted on most developments
Server side scriptingPossibleNot Possible
Mounted to SharePointUsing iFrameUsing ASPX controls
Pre configurationApp catalog and some other configurations requiredNo
Distribution via common place (App )CapableNo
Integrating with other programming languagesCapable with other programming languages such as HTML, JS Frameworks, PHP, Java and etc.Mostly .Net related technologies


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