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    Blog: SharePoint Framework Generator Updated to v1.5.0: Inspecting the Changes

    This post has been cross-posted to the Voitanos blog here: SharePoint Framework Generator Updated to v1.5.0: Inspecting the Changes . Yesterday Microsoft released a new version of the SharePoint Framework (SPFx) generator to version 1.5. I took some time picking apart the update and in this post, I will show you what these changes have in store for you. What’s in this update? New stuff Dynamic Data (developer preview) More Package Manager support (Yarn & PNPM) Opt-in to trying new features Updates & changes Package references no longer have wildcards, they are explicit (!
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    Blog: SharePoint Framework Updates from May 2018

    Over the last month of May, we’ve seen quite a few announcements from Microsoft with respect to what’s new and coming related to the SharePoint Framework (SPFx). This news has come out in part at the Microsoft Build 2018 conference in Seattle, WA and the SharePoint Conference North America 2018 in Las Vegas. Some of these things are available today while others are coming soon or in the next few months.
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    Blog: Stefan Bauer on the SharePoint Framework In His Own Words

    Microsoft introduced a new extensibility and customization development model for SharePoint in 2016. The SharePoint Framework brings client-side development to SharePoint as a first class option for developers. By now you have likely heard what Microsoft wants you to think about the SharePoint Framework, but what about seasoned SharePoint developers in the field? I recently sat down with a few experienced SharePoint developers and asked them to share their thoughts in their own words.
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    Blog: Avoid the Office UI Fabric JavaScript Package

    Someone had to say it… I’m not thrilled to write this post, but I get this question often enough that I think it’s time for someone to take a stand against this package. Let me cut straight to the bone and get to the point. Do not use the Office UI Fabric JavaScript project. This is also referred to as Office UI Fabric JS. If you do enough research and ask enough people, you’ll see why.
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    Blog: Rob Windsor on the SharePoint Framework In His Own Words

    Microsoft introduced a new extensibility and customization development model for SharePoint in 2016. The SharePoint Framework brings client-side development to SharePoint as a first class option for developers. By now you have likely heard what Microsoft wants you to think about the SharePoint Framework, but what about seasoned SharePoint developers in the field? I recently sat down with a few experienced SharePoint developers and asked them to share their thoughts in their own words.
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    Blog: Mikael Svenson on the SharePoint Framework In His Own Words

    Microsoft introduced a new extensibility and customization development model for SharePoint in 2016. The SharePoint Framework brings client-side development to SharePoint as a first class option for developers. By now you have likely heard what Microsoft wants you to think about the SharePoint Framework, but what about seasoned SharePoint developers in the field? I recently sat down with a few experienced SharePoint developers and asked them to share their thoughts in their own words.
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    Blog: Mastering the SharePoint Framework Course May Update - New Chapters Added for jQuery & React!

    I’m excited to share that as of today, my Mastering the SharePoint Framework course has two highly anticipated and requested chapters available: working with jQuery and React in SPFx solutions! This update means the course is packed with nearly 15-hours content containing demo-driven examples and guidance that hundreds of SharePoint developers have used to get up to speed on this extensibility model. Recently I sent a survey out asking customers to rank what were the most important chapters related to web frameworks.
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    Blog: Issue #28 of "Latest News in the SharePoint Development Space" is Rolling Out

    The latest installment of my bi-weekly newsletter for SharePoint developers to stay on top of the latest SharePoint news is rolling out now and should be in everyone who’s subscribed over the next 24 hours. This installment features about 10 links from community project updates, blog posts from the community and news from Microsoft as well as the SharePoint PnP group. What is this newsletter? Do you find it hard to stay on top of the latest news in the SharePoint space?
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    Blog: Join me at the Jacksonville, FL Global Azure Bootcamp this Saturday, April 21!

    Hey local peeps, interested in a great Azure community FREE event? Join me this Saturday for the Jacksonville, FL installment of the Global Azure Bootcamp 2018. This is a great free event for anyone interested in Azure from IT Pro’s to developers and architects. I’m presenting a session for developers on using some great services from Azure to get the most out of your custom applications! Azure Application Insights & Stream Analytics for Application Telemetry & Monitoring You’ve built your application, but do you know how people are using it?
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    Blog: Presenting at the Granite State SPUG (Salem, NH) on May 10 - Building Client Web Parts with the SharePoint Framework

    I’m presenting a session Building Client Web Parts with the SharePoint Framework, an introduction to what it’s like developing with the SharePoint Framework (SPFx). In this session, you’ll get some tips & tricks on how I setup and manage my development environment in addition to creating client-side web parts. Here’s a full description of the session: Creating client-side web parts in the SharePoint Framework is the recommended extensibility model from Microsoft.
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    Blog: Join me for a packed schedule at the SharePoint Conference North America

    In just a few short weeks time, Microsoft’s SharePoint conference the year will be held at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, NV. Now it’s worth mentioning this conference, the week of May 21-23, is not the same 10,000+ SharePoint Conference from years ago. This is run by a third party and will be much smaller.
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    Blog: State Of SharePoint Development Survey - Share Your Thoughts!

    A few months ago, I partnered up (via Voitanos ) with Rencore on their third annual State of SharePoint and Office 365 customizations survey. The point of this survey was to learn and share how customers were customizing SharePoint & Office 365. Today, continuing our partnership, I’m launching the first annual comprehensive State of SharePoint Development survey. This survey is for developers with the goal of obtaining and sharing the technical state of SharePoint developers around the world.
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    Blog: Presenting at the Boston SPUG on March 13 - Building Client Web Parts with the SharePoint Framework

    Sorry for the late notice, but if you’re in the Boston area and a SharePoint developer, tonight’s user group talk may interest you! While I can’t be there in person, I am joining the group as a remote presenter. I’m presenting a session Building Client Web Parts with the SharePoint Framework, an introduction to what it’s like developing with the SharePoint Framework (SPFx). In this session, you’ll get some tips & tricks on how I setup and manage my development environment in addition to creating client-side web parts.
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    Blog: Join me at SPFest DC for SharePoint Framework Development!

    I just a few short weeks I will 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. As this conference overlaps with my kid’s spring break, we’re making a bit of a family vacation out of it too… so if you see two kids in the back of one of my session rooms, know that those two individuals will be any reason why I’m a bit more nervous!
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    Blog: Mastering the SharePoint Framework Course - February 2018 Update

    My development course, Mastering the SharePoint Framework , is currently in pre-release. That means it isn’t content complete but subscribers will receive access to all content added to the course in the future. Today I wrapped up and published sprint 8 which means I’m happy to share that one new chapter has been published to the Fundamentals course and are immediately available to all Mastering the SharePoint Framework Fundamentals & Ultimate bundle subscribers.
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    Blog: Paul Stork on the SharePoint Framework In His Own Words

    Microsoft introduced a new extensibility and customization development model for SharePoint in 2016. The SharePoint Framework brings client-side development to SharePoint as a first class option for developers. By now you have likely heard what Microsoft wants you to think about the SharePoint Framework, but what about seasoned SharePoint developers in the field? I recently sat down with a few experienced SharePoint developers and asked them to share their thoughts in their own words.
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    Blog: Sebastien Levert on the SharePoint Framework In His Own Words

    Microsoft introduced a new extensibility and customization development model for SharePoint in 2016. The SharePoint Framework brings client-side development to SharePoint as a first class option for developers. By now you have likely heard what Microsoft wants you to think about the SharePoint Framework, but what about seasoned SharePoint developers in the field? I recently sat down with a few experienced SharePoint developers and asked them to share their thoughts in their own words.
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    Blog: SharePoint Framework - In Ryan Schouten's Own Words

    Microsoft introduced a new extensibility and customization development model for SharePoint in 2016. The SharePoint Framework brings client-side development to SharePoint as a first class option for developers. By now you have likely heard what Microsoft wants you to think about the SharePoint Framework, but what about seasoned SharePoint developers in the field? I recently sat down with a few experienced SharePoint developers and asked them to share their thoughts in their own words.
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    Blog: Prashant Bhoyar on the SharePoint Framework In His Own Words

    Microsoft introduced a new extensibility and customization development model for SharePoint in 2016. The SharePoint Framework brings client-side development to SharePoint as a first class option for developers. By now you have likely heard what Microsoft wants you to think about the SharePoint Framework, but what about seasoned SharePoint developers in the field? I recently sat down with a few experienced SharePoint developers and asked them to share their thoughts in their own words.
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    Blog: Voitanos Webinar: SharePoint Framework State of the Union - January 2018

    It’s hard to stay on top of all the latest news from Microsoft for SharePoint Developers. There are so many resources out there, wouldn’t it be nice for someone else to curate the news and what’s coming? Look no further! This month I’ve started a FREE webinar series from Voitanos. Topics will range from news updates, feature reviews, interviews related to SharePoint, Office 365 and Azure development. These webinars will be different in that they will only be 30 minutes long… short and to the point!
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    Blog: Jeremy Thake on the SharePoint Framework In His Own Words

    Microsoft introduced a new extensibility and customization development model for SharePoint in 2016. The SharePoint Framework brings client-side development to SharePoint as a first class option for developers. By now you have likely heard what Microsoft wants you to think about the SharePoint Framework, but what about seasoned SharePoint developers in the field? I recently sat down with a few experienced SharePoint developers and asked them to share their thoughts in their own words.
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    Blog: State of SharePoint & Office 365 Customizations 2018 Survey

    Ever wonder how your organization compares with other organizations in the same space? Have you sat at your desk and thought “I wonder if the challenges we are facing are the same as what others in the industry are facing?” Now is your chance to find out! I’m teaming up with Rencore this year to co-host two surveys. State of SharePoint & Office 365 Customizations 2018 Survey In this first survey by Rencore, you can share some information about your organization (anonymously of course) and learn how your organization compares to others in the industry on topics such as:
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    Blog: Mastering SPFx Course January 2018 Update - Two New Chapters Published

    Last year I launched an on-demand developer course I am creating on the latest development model for SharePoint: the SharePoint Framework. This course, Mastering the SharePoint Framework by Voitanos , is currently in pre-release as I continue to build and publish content every few weeks. This past week, I taught the first delivery of the live version of this course (link removed due to being discontinued) to a handful of students.
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    Blog: Doug Hemminger on the SharePoint Framework In His Own Words

    Microsoft introduced a new extensibility and customization development model for SharePoint in 2016. The SharePoint Framework brings client-side development to SharePoint as a first class option for developers. By now you have likely heard what Microsoft wants you to think about the SharePoint Framework, but what about seasoned SharePoint developers in the field? I recently sat down with a few experienced SharePoint developers and asked them to share their thoughts in their own words.
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    Blog: Amit Vasu on the SharePoint Framework In His Own Words

    Microsoft introduced a new extensibility and customization development model for SharePoint in 2016. The SharePoint Framework brings client-side development to SharePoint as a first class option for developers. By now you have likely heard what Microsoft wants you to think about the SharePoint Framework, but what about seasoned SharePoint developers in the field? I recently sat down with a few experienced SharePoint developers and asked them to share their thoughts in their own words.
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    Blog: Angular, React or Vue - Which Web Framework to Focus on for SPFx?

    Many developers picking up the SharePoint Framework are coming from a traditional SharePoint development background. Some of these people server-side developers primarily who may have some client-side development experience while others may have been customizing SharePoint using client-side development techniques for a while. One common thing I do see in my experience is that many developers picking up the SharePoint Framework is that they have little to no experience with one of the modern web frameworks that make building client-side web applications a better experience.
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    Blog: SharePoint Devs: Let Me Do the Hard Work of Keeping You Updated on the Latest News with my Newsletter

    Are you a SharePoint developer? Do you have trouble staying on top of the latest news and announcements from Microsoft? Feel like you are missing out on the latest releases, webcasts, samples or components? Didn’t catch that great blog post by your favorite blogger or not know about that other blogger? Wouldn’t it be easier to get these delivered straight to your inbox? You can! A few months ago I created a regular newsletter Latest News in the SharePoint Dev Space where I curate all these great sources and news in one single email, delivered straight to your inbox.
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    Blog: Future of the ngOfficeUIFabric Project - Office UI Fabric Components

    I’ve waited a long time to write this post, but after some recent developments were made more public last week, it’s finally time to start moving forward.
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    Blog: Solve the SharePoint Framework + Angular Challenge with Angular 5.0 Elements

    Last week at the European SharePoint Conference 2017 (ESPC) in Dublin, Ireland, Rob Wormald presented on a new tech being added to the core of Angular that I think will make Angular much more approachable and useful to so many developers. Unfortunately, this session wasn’t recorded nor did I have the opportunity to attend due to co-chairing another conference in Orlando at the same time. I am familiar with the topic though as I’ve been assisting the Angular team in understanding SharePoint & the SharePoint Framework (SPFx) over the last few months. Over that time, I’ve become sold on this approach, not just for SPFx, but for Angular as a whole! In this post, I want to explain how this works.
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    Blog: My Collab365 Session on Modern UI Extensions with the SharePoint Framework

    Earlier this week I participated in the Collab365 Global Conference for the first time. This show is a global conference with a unique format. Presenters record their sessions ahead of time and everything is presented live over the course of a full 24hours. During the session delivery, the presenters jump into their session chat and answer questions live with the attendees.The event was very well run and I was honored to be a part of it.
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    Blog: What's up with Angular (v2.x / v4.x) and the SharePoint Framework?

    Have you tried to build a client-side web part using the SharePoint Framework using something other than ReactJS? Maybe you prefer using Angular over React… I know I do! While using AngularJS to create SPFx solutions is fairly straightforward, using Angular is a bit more complicated. In the context of this post, when I say Angular, I’m referring to Angular v4.0 or higher… including v5.0 which we should see any day now.
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    Blog: Presenting at SPFest Chicago December 5-8, 2017

    I’m presenting at SPFest Chicago December 5-8, 2017 and I can’t wait! I’m doing a workshop and two breakout sessions at this event. Interested in joining me? Head over to the SPFest Chicago site and register today . Full Day Workshop: Mastering the SharePoint Framework (WS106) Are you looking for a fully immersive experience to get up to speed on the SharePoint Framework? I’m bringing the on-demand video class I’m working on for Voitanos to SPFest Chicago as a full day workshop!
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    Blog: Presenting at Collab365 Global (online) Conference on SharePoint Framework Extensions

    The last few years the great folks at Collab365 have hosted an online conference that goes on for 24 hours non stop filled with tons of great content. This year I get to join them for their Collab365 Global Conference on November 1, 2017, to present on the newly released SharePoint Framework Extensions! These sessions are prerecorded which means not only will I be able to answer questions after the session, but also in the chat during the session.
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    Blog: Presenting at IT/Dev Connections in San Francisco on the SharePoint Framework

    In a few weeks time, I’ll be presenting at the IT/Dev Connnections conference in San Francisco, CA the week of October 23-26. The topic of my two sessions: SharePoint Framework naturally! They are currently running a special $250 discount through October 16th if you’re looking to join us! My two sessions are as follows: Building Client Web Parts with the SharePoint Framework Creating client-side web parts in the SharePoint Framework is the recommended extensibility model from Microsoft.
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    Blog: Latest News for the SharePoint Framework: Extensions RC!

    In this post, get a summary of the latest news on the SharePoint Framework that Microsoft shared in their PnP JS & SPFx SIG call.
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    Blog: Follow up to my SPFx Generator v1.1.1 On-Prem / SPO Question

    A few weeks ago I published a blog post that shared some recent updates to the SharePoint Framework (SPFx) Yeoman generator: SharePoint Framework Generator Recent Updates (v1.1.1) and Sign of On-Prem SPFx to Come? . In that post I shared some things I found when picking at the generator’s source code. Specifically, I found some references to “onprem” and “spo”. This led me to ask the question “will we have two different types of projects for SharePoint Online & SharePoint On-Premises deployments when the SharePoint Framework ships to the SharePoint Server 2016 in Feature Pack 2 later this year?
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    Blog: SharePoint Framework Generator Recent Updates (v1.1.1) and Sign of On-Prem SPFx to Come?

    In the recent SharePoint Framework (SPFx) generator updates in v1.1.1, are we starting to see hints of on-prem SPFx support coming soon?
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    Blog: Vincent Biret on the SharePoint Framework In His Own Words

    Microsoft introduced a new extensibility and customization development model for SharePoint in 2016. The SharePoint Framework brings client-side development to SharePoint as a first class option for developers. By now you have likely heard what Microsoft wants you to think about the SharePoint Framework, but what about seasoned SharePoint developers in the field? I recently sat down with a few experienced SharePoint developers and asked them to share their thoughts in their own words.
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    Blog: Paolo Pialorsi on the SharePoint Framework In His Own Words

    Microsoft introduced a new extensibility and customization development model for SharePoint in 2016. The SharePoint Framework brings client-side development to SharePoint as a first class option for developers. By now you have likely heard what Microsoft wants you to think about the SharePoint Framework, but what about seasoned SharePoint developers in the field? I recently sat down with a few experienced SharePoint developers and asked them to share their thoughts in their own words.
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    Blog: Elio Struyf on the SharePoint Framework In His Own Words

    Microsoft introduced a new extensibility and customization development model for SharePoint in 2016. The SharePoint Framework brings client-side development to SharePoint as a first class option for developers. By now you have likely heard what Microsoft wants you to think about the SharePoint Framework, but what about seasoned SharePoint developers in the field? I recently sat down with a few experienced SharePoint developers and asked them to share their thoughts in their own words.
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    Blog: Eric Overfield on the SharePoint Framework In His Own Words

    Microsoft introduced a new extensibility and customization development model for SharePoint in 2016. The SharePoint Framework brings client-side development to SharePoint as a first class option for developers. By now you have likely heard what Microsoft wants you to think about the SharePoint Framework, but what about seasoned SharePoint developers in the field? I recently sat down with a few experienced SharePoint developers and asked them to share their thoughts in their own words.
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    Blog: I'm Presenting at SPFest Seattle

    I’ve been in the SharePoint development space for nearly 15 years. For the last 10 years, I’ve been attending and presenting at conferences on various SharePoint development topics. One event I have yet to be involved with either as an attendee or presenter is SPFest . Until now! I’m presenting at SPFest Seattle, August 8-11, 2017 and I can’t wait! I’m doing a workshop and two breakout sessions at this event.
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    Blog: Marc Anderson on the SharePoint Framework In His Own Words

    Microsoft introduced a new extensibility and customization development model for SharePoint in 2016. The SharePoint Framework brings client-side development to SharePoint as a first class option for developers. By now you have likely heard what Microsoft wants you to think about the SharePoint Framework, but what about seasoned SharePoint developers in the field? I recently sat down with a few experienced SharePoint developers and asked them to share their thoughts in their own words.
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    Blog: Corey Roth on the SharePoint Framework In His Own Words

    Microsoft introduced a new extensibility and customization development model for SharePoint in 2016. The SharePoint Framework brings client-side development to SharePoint as a first class option for developers. By now you have likely heard what Microsoft wants you to think about the SharePoint Framework, but what about seasoned SharePoint developers in the field? I recently sat down with a few experienced SharePoint developers and asked them to share their thoughts in their own words.
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    Blog: Wictor Wilen on the SharePoint Framework In His Own Words

    Microsoft introduced a new extensibility and customization development model for SharePoint in 2016. The SharePoint Framework brings client-side development to SharePoint as a first class option for developers. By now you have likely heard what Microsoft wants you to think about the SharePoint Framework, but what about seasoned SharePoint developers in the field? I recently sat down with a few experienced SharePoint developers and asked them to share their thoughts in their own words.
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    Blog: Eric Shupps on the SharePoint Framework In His Own Words

    Microsoft introduced a new extensibility and customization development model for SharePoint in 2016. The SharePoint Framework brings client-side development to SharePoint as a first class option for developers. By now you have likely heard what Microsoft wants you to think about the SharePoint Framework, but what about seasoned SharePoint developers in the field? I recently sat down with a few experienced SharePoint developers and asked them to share their thoughts in their own words.
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    Blog: Julie Turner on the SharePoint Framework In Her Own Words

    Microsoft introduced a new extensibility and customization development model for SharePoint in 2016. The SharePoint Framework brings client-side development to SharePoint as a first class option for developers. By now you have likely heard what Microsoft wants you to think about the SharePoint Framework, but what about seasoned SharePoint developers in the field? I recently sat down with a few experienced SharePoint developers and asked them to share their thoughts in their own words.
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    Blog: Creating and Trusting Self-Signed Certs on MacOS and Chrome

    In this post, I’ll explain how to create a self-signed certificat configure Chrome on your macOS to trust it for local development.
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    Blog: Bob German on the SharePoint Framework In His Own Words

    Microsoft introduced a new extensibility and customization development model for SharePoint in 2016. The SharePoint Framework brings client-side development to SharePoint as a first class option for developers. By now you have likely heard what Microsoft wants you to think about the SharePoint Framework, but what about seasoned SharePoint developers in the field? I recently sat down with a few experienced SharePoint developers and asked them to share their thoughts in their own words.
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    Blog: Mark Rackley on the SharePoint Framework In His Own Words

    Microsoft introduced a new extensibility and customization development model for SharePoint in 2016. The SharePoint Framework brings client-side development to SharePoint as a first class option for developers. By now you have likely heard what Microsoft wants you to think about the SharePoint Framework, but what about seasoned SharePoint developers in the field? I recently sat down with a few experienced SharePoint developers and asked them to share their thoughts in their own words.