The SharePoint REST Framework was designed for SharePoint 2013, but works in both SharePoint 2013/Online (Classic/Modern). This framework is designed to remove a lot of the overhead required for SharePoint development, allowing the developer to focus on the client requirements.
The gd-sprest library is similar to the pnp-js-core, with the main difference being the ability to be used within the browser console window. This feature provides a “Powershell-Like” experience within the browser console window. This feature was designed for developers working in restricted SharePoint environments, or do not have access to the server or powershell access. Some additional benefits of the library are listed below:
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The library has been designed to create the SharePoint object based on the response from the SharePoint REST API. This will allow us to easily stringify the request’s target information and the SharePoint REST API’s response to the local or storage session. A built-in stringify and parse method has been included in the library. Based on this design, SharePoint object will also contain all of its built-in methods.
The library contains various helpers to help with the various ways to develop against SharePoint 2013/Online
One of the key reasons of creating this libray, was to give an easy way to develop using the modern web stack in SharePoint 2013 environments.
Since these components are designed using same framework creating the new Office 365 modern experience, this gives the ability to introduce the new Office 365 experience within SharePoint 2013. This will be an important part for the SharePoint 2013 user adoption to the new modern experience. Most SharePoint 2010/2013 environments are undergoing upgrades to 2016, Hybrid 2016/O365, O365 and private O365-Gov environments.
The SharePoint Configuration automation feature allows the develoepr to easily create built-in scripts to install/uninstall SharePoint assets. This feature is designed to work in both SharePoint 2013 and Online.
The execution method was designed to give a server-side like experience, similar to SharePoint 2010/2013 solutions. This will help convert existing server-side solutions to client-side solutions.
Refer to the documentation for steps on configuring this library in a SPFX project.
The REST api execute requests based on the user’s permissions. There is no way to elevate priviledges requests against the SharePoint REST.