Join Me at SharePoint Fest Conference in Washington DC

Join me at SharePoint Fest in Washington DC, where I'll be presenting workshops and sessions for developers in a great conference

I just a few months I’ll be at the SharePoint Fest (SPFest) conference in Washington DC presenting a few sessions for developers. This is expected to be a great conference just like other SPFest conferences such as those in Seattle and Chicago. You’ll find me presenting a full day workshop as well as 2 sessions at this show.

SharePoint Fest (SPFest) Washington DC 2020

SharePoint Fest (SPFest) Washington DC 2020

One of the biggest reasons I’ll like these SPFest shows is the size… it’s an ideal size for the attendees and speakers to interact. This is commonly referred to as the hallway track where attendees and speakers have an opportunity to interact and expand on the topic covered in the session or just general networking stuff. Make sure you take advantage of this!

Full-day Workshop: Moving from CEWP Solutions to the SharePoint Framework (with Mark Rackley!)

The most common form of customization historically in SharePoint Online has statistically been using JavaScript injection using the Content Editor Web Parts or Script Editor Web Parts. This powerful technique has enabled developers to solve business problems and create sophisticated solutions using the CEWP/SEWP and JavaScript as well as other tools like jQuery and the robust jQuery plugin ecosystem! In 2016, Microsoft took notice and introduced the SharePoint Framework that was intended to not only embrace the JavaScript injection technique for customization, but to also address the challenges associated with these solutions.

In this full day workshop, learn from two experts who will show you through an interactive discussion filled with demos showing you not only why you should consider ditching the CEWP/SEWP’s and adopt the SharePoint Framework! You don’t even have to ditch jQuery or your jQuery plugins, but we’ll touch on the popular web framework React so you can judge for yourself if you want to consider it. Come learn with jQuery expert Mark Rackley & SPFx expert Andrew Connell!

Full-day Workshop: Level Up Your SharePoint Framework Solutions for the Enterprise

You already know the SharePoint Framework and have created some fantastic solutions for your organization and/or customers. Now it’s time to kick those skills into the next gear!

In this all-day workshop, you will learn how to easily add automated testing and write tests to your SPFx projects, including testing interactions with React applications. You’ll also learn how to customize the build toolchain by extending and modifying Gulp tasks and the webpack configuration.

That’s not all! By the end of the day, you will be able to automate the entire build-test-deploy to SharePoint Online process with Azure Pipelines and implement sophisticated debugging + telemetry tracking with Azure Application Insights!

Breakout Session: Introducing the SharePoint Framework

The SharePoint Framework, Microsoft’s recommended approach to customizing and extending SharePoint has taken off like a rocket! Now it’s time for you to jump on the bandwagon and see how you can use it to enhance your SharePoint Online and on-premises environments.

In this demo-heavy session, after explaining what the SharePoint Framework (SPFx) is and what you can do with it, you will see how quickly you can get your development env setup, building and deploying your first customizations.

Breakout Session: Robust & Reliable SharePoint Framework Components with Automated Testing using Jest

Have you wanted to set up automated testing of your code in SharePoint Framework projects, but find it’s too hard of a topic to get into? Setting the tools up and writing tests is hard… until now!

In this session, you will learn how to install and configure the necessary tools to start writing tests. Then, we will see how to not only create testable components but how to write tests that mock-up test data, spy on API calls, test the rendering & interaction of React components.

By the end of this demo-heavy session, you won’t be hesitant to implement automated testing when building custom components for the SharePoint Framework!

Breakout Session: Automate Build, Test & Deploy of SharePoint Framework Projects with Azure DevOps Pipelines

Azure DevOps Pipelines allow you to automate the process of building, testing and deploying your custom solutions. Did you know you can leverage this as a SharePoint Framework developer?

In this session, we will create a pipeline from scratch for an existing project that will build, test and deploy your SharePoint Framework component to multiple environments such as development, staging, and production. You will also see how to enable manual checks so a user must approve deployments to master.

I hope to see you there… make sure you register soon as the show is right upon us… don’t forget to use the code CONNELL100 to save $100 on your registration!

Andrew Connell
Developer & Chief Course Artisan, Voitanos LLC. | Microsoft MVP
Written by Andrew Connell

Andrew Connell is a web & cloud developer with a focus on Microsoft Azure & Microsoft 365. He’s received Microsoft’s MVP award every year since 2005 and has helped thousands of developers through the various courses he’s authored & taught. Andrew’s the founder of Voitanos and is dedicated to helping you be the best Microsoft 365 web & cloud developer. He lives with his wife & two kids in Florida.