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The SharePoint REST Framework was designed for SharePoint 2013, but works in both SharePoint 2013/Online (Classic/Modern) pages. This framework is designed to remove 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, 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:
Click Here to report any bugs, or requests any missing endpoints or function. You can also use create issues for requesting a code example. Pull requests are welcomed for anyone interested in submitting them.
The SharePoint REST API has a $metadata endpoint which contains the intellisense for its objects. This library's intellisense is generated from this data to ensure the latest functions/methods are made available for OnPremise and Online.
One of the key reasons of creating this library, was to give an easy way to develop using the modern web stack in SharePoint 2013 environments.
Follow the documentation for steps on configuring this library with SPFx projects.
The REST api execute requests based on the user's permissions. There is no way to elevate privileges requests against the SharePoint REST.