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Tuesday, 22 June 2010

Comparing Data Accessing Techonlogies In SharePoint 2010

SharePoint 2010 allows 4 ways of accessing SharePoint Data. They are:
1. LINQ
2. Server OM
3. Client OM
4. REST

The table below summarizes pros and cons of these 4 methods:
Name
Pros
Cons
LINQ
  • Entity-based programming
  • Strongly typed
  • Supports joins and projections
  • Good tools support and IntelliSense
  • Server-side only
  • New API, so new skills required
  • Pre-processing of list structure required, so changing list could break application
Server OM
  • Familiar API
  • Works with more than just list data
  • Strongly Typed
  • Server Side Only
Client OM
  • Works off the server
  • Easier than web services API
  • Works in Silverlight, JavaScript and .NET
  • More than just list data
  • New API
  • Weakly Typed
REST
  • Standards-based
  • URL-based commands
  • Strongly typed
  • Only works with lists and Excel
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