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Can someone provide me an overview of the possible ways of interaction with SharePoint from an external source.

For example add items to a list from an application not running in the farm.

In a farm application I can use Client Object Model ( C# or JS).

From the "outside" I can use Rest API and what else?

Are the web services deprecated in SharePoint 2013?

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The ASP.NET (asmx) web services, and direct Remote Procedure Calls (RPC) calls to the owssvr.dll file are deprecated, but are still supported in the SharePoint 2013 framework for backward compatibility.

I think you have to use REST API.

Choose the right API set in SharePoint 2013

  • and what about client object model? Can I reference the DLL and use it? – Nk SP Oct 28 '14 at 16:14
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    Yes, Client Object model for management code was created for application outside the farm. Add references to Microsoft.SharePoint.Client.dll and Microsoft.SharePoint.Client.Runtime.dll and you can write custom client application – Ruslan Dayanov Oct 28 '14 at 16:17

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