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I’m an full stack web developer with a focus on Microsoft Azure & Office 365, specifically the Office 365 APIs, SharePoint Server, Microsoft Azure, Microsoft’s .NET Framework, Angular and Node.js. Here you’ll find my blog, presentations I have or will be delivering, articles I’ve written and many other resources.

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RECENT BLOG POSTS

SharePoint Framework Summer 2019 Wish List

Wednesday, September 4, 2019 9:17 AM

I originally intended to write this post a mid-summer, but just never happened. Thankfully my wish list hasn’t changed for the SharePoint Framework (SFPx) since the spring of this year… wait, maybe that isn’t a good thing? Please don’t take these as complaints about the SharePoint Framework, the people who work on it and support it, or Microsoft as a whole. I’m a fan of the SharePoint Framework. I love how it is helping to bring traditional server-side SharePoint developers along to the modern world of web development and client-side customizations. So many parts of the toolchain and skills they are learning by working with SPFx are immediately transferrable to non-SharePoint projects. As you read through my list, you may notice a theme: time for some maturity. The SharePoint Framework has been available since early 2017 and every few weeks, we see Microsoft share graphs of constant growth in adoption during the community calls). With some strong momentum, personally I’d like to see Microsoft slow things down, hold a bug bash & focus on reliability.

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Join Me at ESPC 2019 for SharePoint Framework Development

Tuesday, August 27, 2019 1:52 PM

In December later this year, I will be at the European SharePoint, Office 365 & Azure Conference in Prague presenting topics on the SharePoint Framework SharePoint developers. This is my second time with ESPC after joining the show in Copenhagen in December 2018. I’m very much looking forward to this year’s event, just like last year’s conference. It will be my first trip to Prague, a city I’m really looking forward to explore when time allows.

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Automated Hugo Releases With Azure Pipelines

Thursday, August 22, 2019 6:18 AM

Last week I wrote how I migrated my site from a dynamic CMS to a static site generated using Hugo. The site & all supporting processes are hosted in Microsoft Azure. In this post, I will explain how the site is automatically built and deployed when I either push new/updated content as well as on a scheduled basis. This is all implemented using Azure DevOps pipelines.

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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.

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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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