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Using the SharePoint 2013 REST Interface

May 16, 2015

SharePoint 2013 provides a Representational State Transfer (REST) interface that opens the SharePoint 2013 development platform to standard Web technologies and languages. SharePoint capabilities have long been available to Web applications through the client object model, but those APIs are available only to .NET applications and languages. The extensive REST interface in SharePoint 2013 makes it possible to access most SharePoint capabilities and entities with standard Web languages such as JavaScript or PHP, and any technology stack or language that supports REST. Because the REST interface doesn't require referencing client assemblies, it also allows you to limit the footprint of your Web applications—an especially important consideration for mobile applications.REST has obvious benefits for mobile applications that are written for non-Microsoft platforms, such as iOS and Android devices, but it’s also a useful resource for Windows 8 app developers. A Windows 8 app written in HTML5 and JavaScript would require the REST interface for any SharePoint operations, and C# developers who are concerned about the size of their apps would also want to consider using REST. This article will demonstrate how to use this interface to incorporate the power of the SharePoint platform into your applications and perform advanced operations with SharePoint entities.

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