In addition to accessing SharePoint through Visual Studio locally, you can also remotely connect to SharePoint using client technologies, providing flexibility and convenience for your development process. By utilizing technologies like CSOM, REST API, or asmx WebService, you can connect to SharePoint without directly referencing the Microsoft.SharePoint.dll file found on the SharePoint server.
To access SharePoint remotely, you can use Visual Studio’s Server Explorer feature. Begin by adding the SharePoint site to the SharePoint Connections node. To do this, navigate to View, Server Explorer, and select Tools > Add SharePoint Connection. In the Add SharePoint Connection box, enter the URL for the SharePoint site. Once the site is added, you can easily browse its contents in Server Explorer.
Visual Studio also offers various project templates for creating SharePoint sites and content. These templates include list definitions, workflows, and site definitions, allowing you to quickly develop and customize your SharePoint projects. Additionally, you can create extensions for SharePoint projects and tools in Visual Studio, further enhancing your development capabilities.
If you need to debug SharePoint code, you may need to reference the Microsoft.SharePoint.dll file. However, when it comes to remote access, client technologies like CSOM, REST API, or asmx WebService allow you to connect to SharePoint without the need for direct referencing. This remote access capability opens up possibilities for working with SharePoint from anywhere, providing you with the freedom to collaborate and develop without being tied to a specific location.