Heading to Austin – SPTechCon Austin 2015

The first ever SPTechCon Austin is less than two weeks away! January has definitely flown by but I’m looking forward to getting out of California for a few days. I’m always happy to be involved in the SharePoint community, especially through presentations and classes. For SPTechCon Austin 2015 I’m introducing a brand new session on Display Templates as well as presenting on another new topic of mine, building SharePoint Apps using the “MEAN” Stack. If you haven’t registered yet, there is still time. Save an additional $200 by using the discount code “OVERFIELD“. I look forward to seeing everyone in Austin.

Breaking Down Display Templates in SharePoint Online/2013

Both of my sessions take place on Wednesday February 11th. Join me early Wednesday morning (8:30am – 9:45am) with my all new session “Breaking Down Display Templates.” This class is targeted to intermediate to advanced users, both developers and power users, who want to learn how display templates tick in SharePoint Online and SharePoint 2013.

We see how SharePoint uses display templates to render data produced by the Content Search, Search Results, Refinement Web Parts and more. We will look at common out-of-the-box display templates and where they are used. We will then tear a few of these display templates apart, giving us the knowledge and power to create interfaces that rival the best websites out there. By the end of the session you know the difference between Control and Item Display templates, how to surface managed properties and use HTML and JavaScript to create your own custom results. This session will teach you to display what you want, how you want it.

SharePoint 2013 Apps and I “MEAN” It

Finish your SPTechCon at my second session of the day (3:00pm – 4:15pm). This session is one that I recently released and have a true fondness for. It’s a really fun session for advanced users who want to develop their own SharePoint 2013 apps.

The SharePoint 2013 App model allows us to combine existing business processes directly into our SharePoint portals, especially in SharePoint Online, using a provider-hosted SharePoint App. A popular framework for building feature-rich Web applications on any platform has been the MEAN stack, a combination of MongoDB, Express, AngularJS and Node.js. Let’s see how we can combine MEAN with SharePoint Online/2013’s CSOM and REST API’s to build a full-featured app that uses both SharePoint and our own backend business data. Time to get “MEAN.”

This fast-paced, scenario-based class will introduce you to all of the layers required to build a provider-hosted SharePoint App. The app will join a SharePoint Intranet portal with a MEAN stack based backend data storage and inventory system. All sample code will be provided to you to help you leverage MEAN in your SharePoint environment.

With over 80 classes offered this year SP Tech Con is definitely perfect for putting together your own training agenda. Hopefully I will see you at one or both of my sessions on Wednesday in Austin! If you have any further questions about either session, you can reach me @ericoverfield.

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