Participating in the SharePoint / Office 365 Dev Patterns and Practices (PnP) Community Initiative

The SharePoint / Office 365 Dev Patterns and Practices (PnP) initiative is changing the way many of us have been working with SharePoint On-prem and Online over the last few years. As a community-driven initiative, efforts extend far past tools, code, and examples. Now, additional resources are available, including engaging monthly and bi-weekly calls where anyone can join to learn and contribute information. As a big advocate of the PnP initiative, I pulled together a compressed list of resources and invites to encourage participation. I will try to keep this up-to-date, but if you find … [Continue reading]

SPFx 101: Include an Additional Typings Definition in your SPFx Project using @types

The SharePoint Framework transitioned from tds to @types for typing declarations with the Release Candidate 0 code drop, which makes it very simple to use no other tool than npm to install and manage our type declaration files. When you want to install a new type declaration for your #SPFx solution, install it with "npm install @types/"typename" --save" where you replace "tynename" with your typing module. Demo source You can review and download the source for the demo in this post from github. https://github.com/eoverfield/SPFx-Demos/tree/master/Type-Declaration. The code is based on … [Continue reading]

The New Wave of SharePoint: #SPFx Release Candidate 0 #RC0 Available

The SharePoint Framework recently reached another milestone with the drop of the Release Candidate 0 (RC0) bits. You can read all of the technical details of this latest drop at GitHub. Changes to The Framework One of the many aspects of the framework GitHub project is how Microsoft has provided well-documented release notes for each drop. With RC0 this tread continues, I do hope this is what we can come to expect. Anyhow, if you have been working with the #SPFx Developer Preview, be sure to read the RC0 release notes, yet more importantly, I suggest you pay special attention to the … [Continue reading]

Update SharePoint Framework Yeoman Generator

The SharePoint Framework Yeoman Generator is expected to continue to improve as Microsoft pushes changes to the Framework. As of the publish date of this post, we are up to code drop 6 (January 2017), which is in developer preview, but even once the Framework goes to GA, it is expected to continue on its evolutionary path with future updates. To keep up to date, we need to ensure that our local development Yeoman generator also stays up to date. All we need to do is run "npm update" on the Yeoman generator and we are set at least on a global scale within our workstation. Your existing … [Continue reading]

SharePoint / Office 365 Dev Patterns and Practices (PnP) Common PowerShell Command Reference

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The SharePoint / Office 365 Developer Patterns and Practices (PnP) initiative provides a massive array of guidance, code samples and most often used by me, a PnP PowerShell command set that makes working with SharePoint (Online and on-prem) that much … [Continue reading]

Happy New Year! Microsoft MVP Renewed

Last year I was honored to receive my first Microsoft MVP award as an Office Servers and Services MVP. I am again honored and humbled to have been renewed as a Microsoft MVP for another year. This past year has been amazing. The beginning of the … [Continue reading]

SPFx Officially Available to First Release Tenants

As many of you know, I have been bouncing off the walls with excitement since the May 4th announcement surrounding the SharePoint Framework. When it was announced on August 17th at SharePoint Fest Seattle that it was transitioning to Public … [Continue reading]

Asynchronous Dynamic Properties in SharePoint Framework Webpart Property Panes

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Recently Wictor Wilén penned a great how to on dynamically loading data into a SharePoint Framework Webpart property pane. Yet what if you want to dynamically, with asynchronous data, populate a property’s options based on the value of another … [Continue reading]

Join Me in Vienna at European SharePoint Conference 2016

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We are just over 3 weeks away from European SharePoint Conference 2016 in Vienna. For those of you heading that way, here are some great tips that will help you get the most out of the largest gathering of SharePoint & Office 365 professionals in … [Continue reading]

Ignite 2016: A Bright Future

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Ignite 2016 has come and gone. Like many of you, I am still recovering from last week's celebration of all things Microsoft. What an amazing time myself and my team had sharing in the wealth of knowledge brought to the plate by all the speakers, the … [Continue reading]