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RECENT BLOG POSTS

Hosting Hugo on Azure

Saturday, August 17, 2019 6:07 PM

Last week I wrote how I migrated my site from a dynamic CMS to a static site generated using Hugo. The entire site and all supporting processes are hosted in the Microsoft cloud, specifically Azure DevOps & Microsoft Azure. In this post, I will explain how the site is hosted in Microsoft Azure. This assumes the static files have already been built so you will see how it’s exposed to the world. In a future post, I’ll explain how I go from writing a new post to building and releasing updates.

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Moved This Site to Hugo

Tuesday, August 13, 2019 4:02 PM

I started this site and blogging as a personal journal almost exactly 16 years ago today, in September 2003. Over the last 16 years, I’ve used three different open source engines to implement the site, starting with .Text, it’s successor SubText and then moved to Orchard CMS in 2013. Orchard served me well for the last six years, but after much consideration, I’ve made yet another re-platforming move. The site you’re reading right now is on the new platform!

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JavaScript + SharePoint Framework Summer Camp Calls - July 3 & July 18, 2019!

Monday, July 1, 2019 2:30 PM

Microsoft regularly hosts three different community calls under the SharePoint PnP program on various topics. However, during the month of July 2019 schedules are getting a bit out of control with various vacations where no one from the Microsoft side can host the calls and start the recordings. So, they are taking the month of July 2019 off.I volunteered to host two calls in July for those of us who don’t want to miss the JavaScript & SharePoint Framework Special Interest Group calls! These will be similar to the Microsoft-hosted calls, but just hosted and run by the community. We’re calling these Summer Camp Calls!

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SharePoint Framework v1.8.2 (and v1.8.1) - What's in the latest Update(s) of SPFx?

Thursday, May 9, 2019 11:12 AM

Earlier this week, on Tuesday, May 7, 2019, Microsoft released v1.8.2 of the SharePoint Framework (SPFx). A little over a month ago, I wrote about the v1.8.0 release. Since then we had another minor release (v1.8.1) released on April 16, 2019. In this post, I’ll summarize what you can find, and share some additional details I found after spending some time picking apart the last two minor releases.

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Mastering the SharePoint Framework - Sprint 16 adds SPFx with Teams, SPA's and Tons of Updates

Saturday, May 4, 2019 7:41 AM

I’m excited to share this latest update to my course, Mastering the SharePoint Framework for developers. This update, packaged as sprint 16, includes one new chapter and a LOT of updates. When I originally planned out sprint 16, I intended to record a lot of new content. However when the SPFx v1.8.0 release came out there were enough changes to SPFx that I decided to go back and update the course, including adding some new lessons, completely re-recording existing lessons and updating quite a few lessons (both video & notes).

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SharePoint Framework v1.8.0 - What's in the latest Update of SPFx?

Monday, March 25, 2019 10:15 AM

On Thursday, March 14, 2019, Microsoft released v1.8.0 of the SharePoint Framework (SPFx). This release is packed with many features that were previously in developer preview to the Generally Available (GA) milestone. However, there are some subtle updates that developers have been asking for. In this post, I’ll summarize some of what you can find, but also share some details I found after spending some time with the v1.8.0 release, kicking the tires and finding a few resolutions to issues.

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Leverage Custom Permissions in Azure AD Applications

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 9:42 AM

In my last post, Securing an Azure Function App with Azure AD - Works with SharePoint Framework!, I showed how you can secure a REST API deployed as an Azure Function App using Azure Active Directory (AzureAD). This comes in quite handy when you want to secure some custom server-side business logic that”s called from a SharePoint Framework (SPFx) client-side solution. The SPFx docs show how to use APIs with permissions to the Microsoft Graph. This post will explain how to add custom permissions to the AzureAD application that is used to secure your Azure Function.

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Validating Azure AD Generated OAuth Tokens

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 9:30 AM

If you create an application or API that is secured with Azure AD, you are likely going to require a consumer of your application to provide an OAuth access token in order to access your application or API. The caller would have to obtain this token from Azure AD by first authenticating with Azure AD and then request a token for your application. But anyone can create an OAuth access token. It”s just a JSON object that has a set schema and then base64 encoded. There”s nothing secure about it.What legitimizes its use as a security token is that the creator of the token digitally signs the token with a public-private key pair. The creator of the token uses their private key and includes the result in the OAuth access token in the JWT (JavaScript Web Token) format. If you”ve elected to use Azure AD to secure your REST API, you have established a trust with Azure AD.

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