I am trying to learn how to develop web parts and custom solutions for SharePoint 2013. I am running into issues in building an environment suitable for development.
I have installed VS2015 along with the Office Developer Tools on my local PC. I then spun up an Azure installation of SharePoint and linked my Azure account to Visual Studio. However when I attempt to start a blank project I still get the error that it cannot locate SharePoint.
How do I set up a connection between my local Visual Studio and the SharePoint server? Do I need to install Visual Studio directly on the server and do my editing there? How do larger development houses do this?