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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Difference between SharePoint 2010 List and Document Library

Introduction:
In this article we will discuss about What is the difference between a SharePoint list and SharePoint document library.

Details:
This is an important question always asked by interviewer,so let's discuss about this topic

SharePoint List:
1- SharePoint lists are web based editable tables.It gives us the ability to work with structured data.

2- List is going to store the same sorts of data that you would normally place into a spreadsheet.

3- A list contains items that are collections of fields/properties/columns.optionally can have one or more attachment.

4- SharePoint list doesnot support check in and check out options.

5- When the user searches for a keyword in a document , if the document is in a list then search returns the list item as the result.

6- Example of SharePoint lists are Contact lists,Task lists etc.

SharePoint Document Library:
1- SharePoint libraries are a list of files.

2- Library is used to store documents.

3- A library is a list ,but have one and exactly one file associated with each item .A library item also has fields/properties/columns.

4- SharePoint Library supports check in and check out options.

5- When the user searches for a keyword in a document , if the document is in a library then they find the document listed in the search results.

6- Examples of DocumentLibraries are PictureLibrary,FormLibrary etc.

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