What are SharePoint Framework and its key features? | ARC

After its first launch in 2001, Microsoft SharePoint progressively continued its odyssey, expanding into cloud services and onto other platforms. This blog shows you how to set up the SharePoint framework.

Different versions of SharePoint

The more versions of Windows have been released over the years, the more new features have been added. Some of the new features include different ways to customize the end-user experience.

To customize the SharePoint Platform, Microsoft is provisioning the SharePoint development Platform. Microsoft has introduced many different ways to develop SharePoint in the last few years. You’ll find the essential concepts of SharePoint development. This book will teach you all about the different scopes available in SharePoint development.

Easy Integration

SharePoint Framework helps you build client-side applications for SharePoint in an agile manner and using the open source tools. Modern web technologies can be utilized to build productive experiences and apps. These apps can be prepared, and made mobile, ready, and responsive, from the very start.

SharePoint Framework’s Key Features

Below listed features are its key features: 

  • It’s a user-friendly application with a simple interface that makes you feel confident as a user when it comes to using it.
  • It has advanced functionalities to meet your needs.
  • No iFrame customization, which makes it clear that JavaScript is embedded in the page.
  • It’s built to be an effective e-commerce shopping cart. In the end, it should be easy for customers to choose from a wide selection of products. It also gives you the ability to manage your inventory, track orders, and pay for them all without leaving the page.
  • Its Lifecycle is the best lifecycle library available for React Native developers. It’s easily accessible with render, load, serialize, and deserialize.
  • It works with any JavaScript framework – React, Knockout, Angular, and more.
  • The SPFx cloud-based solutions are a reliable performance and security solution for any enterprise IT environment, including “Team Site,” “Communication Site,” “Group/Personal Sites,” etc.
  • The client development tools available as open-source are npm, TypeScript, Yeoman, etc. These tools allow you to create your own apps or games.
  • The web parts that use the SPFx solutions can be consumed in both classic and modern pages.

Why is the SharePoint Framework important?

To perform any function within an On-premise enterprise environment, Microsoft introduced many different approaches like its own OOTB, custom web parts, SharePoint feature XML, Event Receivers, etc.

Some options are code-coded in C Sharp, compiled to a DLL, and then deployed to on-premises farms. This model only works well for a single tenant, but it’s not very good at supporting multiple tenants sharing an AWS region. If you found the above examples helpful, please subscribe to our weekly newsletter to get new posts sent directly to your inbox!

To overcome this, two approaches are brought in front for SharePoint development consultants to use in SharePoint Online, and they are mentioned below:

Client-side JavaScript Injection

In SharePoint online, the most common web part is the Script Editor.

  • It is easy to paste the code in your page and execute it when the page is rendered.
  • As this component is a custom element and will render its own HTML in a separate section from the rest of the page, it will be able to communicate with the other controls of the page via JavaScript events.
  • It comes with a variety of configurations that make it quite easy to use. The user interface is simple and straightforward, which makes it ideal for non-technical users.
  • If a user modifies a script in the page, it might lead to breaking the web-part functionality.
  • Scripts are disabled in Site Settings by default, but when they’re enabled, they can run scripts that are unsafe for scripting. To prevent script injections, and other types of attacks, these settings are configured to block them.
  • If the Script Editor web part is blocked, this indicates that the Add/Customize Pages (ACP) permission was removed from at least one site in the web application.

SharePoint Add-ins

  • NoScript users will love SharePoint Add-ins because they can add the SharePoint Add-ins to their web pages and use them without having to install them.
  • This option creates an iFrame that contains a frame-like box which hosts the contents of the functionality.
  • It is not within the system, which means it is entirely external to the system. And because it’s not connected to the application, there is no ability to change data through the external process.
  • Thus, the SharePoint add-in model is easily trusted and deployable, and one can consume them on the NoScript sites.
  • With the advent of Facebook Instant Articles, now they also have their own set of issues, such as running in an iFrame.
  • This web part will add to the performance of your site because it requests a new page (an iframe) rather than submitting a form, so it is relatively slower than the Script Editor web part.
  • You can use the new iFrame to build rich internet applications without worrying about the connections or the security concerns that the standard controls have.
  • Responsiveness is one hurdle that we’re still working through.


Microsoft has announced the new SharePoint Framework Development model for client-side development. The current SharePoint development model includes the JavaScript execution in a browser through REST API calls to SharePoint and O365 back-end workloads.

We, Al Rafay Consulting, are an expert team of professionals who have full command over all the SharePoint versions and are able to develop all kinds of SharePoint frameworks for all kinds of business needs.

If you are interested in hiring our SharePoint development services, do not hesitate to contact us.