Architecture of SharePoint for ASP.Net Developers

This article will give a very high level pictorial introduction of Architecture of SharePoint for ASP.Net Developers.


Objective

This article will give a very high level pictorial introduction of Architecture of SharePoint for ASP.Net Developers.

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SharePoint has two layers:

  1. Base layer
  2. Application layer

Base layer: This layer contains all the basic features comes with Windows SharePoint Services. This comes as an component of Windows 2003/2008 operating system.

Application layer: This layer is also known as MOSS layer. This layer provieds SSP features and MOSS features. This is on the top of the Base layer.

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Five points:

  1. SharePoint is built on top of the ASP.Net Framework.
  2. SharePoint uses many ASP.Net features on ASPX pages. For example Web Parts, Web Part Zones, Master Pages, Security Providers etc.
  3. SharePoint base layer provides ready to use collaborative capabilities.
  4. SharePoint base layer is also acts as foundation for custom web based portal .
  5. Application layer provides functionality of MOSS such as Search , Indexing , SSP etc.

Diagram from SharePoint SDK

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Conclusion

In this very introductory article; we saw architecture of SharePoint for .Net Developers. Thanks for reading.

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