Developing a Mobile SharePoint Solution with Infragistics - Part II: The Launchpads SDK

Mobile Man / Wednesday, December 10, 2014

In our previous post, we discussed a key factor in every SharePoint mobile solution: extensibility. With the key features found in Infragistics’ SharePlus, users are able to create customized data dashboards and personalized information views that take their user experience to the next level.

In this post, we’re going to explore that extensibility even further with an in-depth look at the Launchpads SDK, one of the most valuables extensibility features of SharePlus. Launchpads - or information views - allow you to extend SharePlus by integrating web technologies like HTML, CSS, and JavaScript into the native User Interface. Let’s take a closer look:

Launchpad Features

  • Launchpads are developed through the integration of modern standard client-side web technologies like HTML5 and jQuery.
  • Launchpads can be remotely deployed from a centralized location, allowing a quick and easy distribution to all company devices.
  • You can easily package your launchpad in a compressed file containing HTML, JavaScript, CSS, images, and other assets.
  • Get access to SharePoint data even offline. Use the set of SharePlus JavaScript APIs to access the application, retrieve data from SharePoint, and display the information in your launchpad – even without connectivity!
  • Thanks to a short Learning Curve, SharePlus is easy to master:  you don’t need any further knowledge besides HTML5 and JavaScript.

Using Launchpads

Launchpads can be developed to:

  • personalize the gateway to one or more sites,
  • change the behavior of a site for different users,
  • present a customized start screen to a user or group of users

To learn more about some common scenarios where launchpads can be used, be sure to read our whitepaper about Amazing Experiences with Launchpads in SharePlus

And for a firsthand look at the code involved with creating a custom SharePlus solution, be sure to check out our next post in this series.