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Microsoft 365 (formerly Office 365) is Microsoft's productivity cloud designed to help you pursue your passion and run your business. More than just apps like Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Microsoft 365 brings together best-in-class productivity apps with powerful cloud services, device management, and advanced security in one, connected experience. It includes SharePoint Online, Microsoft Teams, OneDrive for Business, and many other productivity SaaS offerings from Microsoft.

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    Blog: Join Me at the Quebec SharePoint User Group on February, 4 2020

    Danger: Presentation cancelled Unfortunately something has come up and I’m unable to be in Montreal the week of this user group. Therefore my presentation had to be cancelled… sorry about this folks! Hey SharePoint developers in Montreal, Canada! I’ll be in town next week and the kind folks at the Quebec SharePoint User’s Group invited me to present while I’m in town. Join me next Tuesday, February 4, 2020 and see a Floridian freeze in the Montreal winter!
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    Blog: The Day Microsoft Office Turned into Malware

    Last week Microsoft shares news they will be Carbon negative by 2030 which is a great move. Now this week, they totally negate all that good will with an incredibly stupid & arrogant move. Yesterday, those of us who receive Office 365 Message Center notifications via email were greeted with a shocking change coming to a future version of Office ProPlus. Roadmap #59917: Extension of Microsoft Search in Bing to be installed to Office 365 ProPlus customers states that starting with version 2002 of Office 365 ProPlus, Microsoft will automatically and without your consent install a browser extension in Google Chrome & Firefox web browsers that sets your default search engine to Bing.
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    Blog: SharePoint Framework State of the Union (Fall 2019) from Microsoft Ignite 2019

    Like previous years, Microsoft delivered a session at the Microsoft Ignite 2019 conference that was essentially the “State of SharePoint Framework”. This session, BRK3071 - SharePoint Framework: What’s new and what’s next , started with a review of what the SharePoint Framework (SPFx) is and where it can be used. The second half of the session covered what’s coming next with SPFx, both in the short & long term. In this post, I’ll recap what was shared and share my thoughts.

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    Blog: Microsoft Ignite 2019 Recap

    Last week, Microsoft held their annual Microsoft Ignite conference in Orlando, Florida. I was there recording interviews for my podcast, the Microsoft Cloud Show , presenting one session on Leveraging React in SharePoint Framework solutions (recording available on that link). This year, I made time to attend a handful of sessions. Here’s a fun fact, I attended more sessions at this year’s conference than all previous four (4) Ignite conferences combined, including all sessions I’ve presented & live podcasts I’ve streamed!
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    Blog: SharePoint 2016, 2019 & SharePoint Online: Which Version of the SharePoint Framework Should You Install?

    Customers can leverage the SharePoint Framework (SPFx) in any of the modern or recent SharePoint versions. This includes SharePoint Online & SharePoint on-premises versions SharePoint Server 2016 & SharePoint Server 2019. To build a SPFx project, you use the Yeoman generator for the SharePoint Framework to create your project and get started. But there seems to be some confusion on which version you should install depending on your target SharePoint environment. Let’s clear this up, once and for all.

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    Blog: Jest Preset Update October 2019

    Late last year I published a few Jest presets to simplify adding automated testing to your SharePoint Framework (SPFx) projects. These are complete with example tests including testing the rendering of components, testing async functions using promises or callbacks and even simulating user events. You can learn more about the presets in the original post, Enable Jest testing of SharePoint Framework Projects in One Simple Step . In this post, I want to share some updates to the presets that have been published.

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    Blog: Dealing with Undefined 'this' in React Event Handlers in a Performant Way

    When I’m teaching React to devs, one thing that comes up often is dealing with the common ’this’ error. In this post, I’ll explain how to deal with it correctly.
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    Blog: Join me at Ignite 2019 & SPFest Chicago for SharePoint Framework Development

    A few weeks ago I posted that I am going to be in Prague in early December for ESPC 2019 speaking on SharePoint Framework development. Check that post of a change to one of my sessions. One of them was replaced in favor of a new session on setting up automated testing on your SharePoint Framework projects. But that’s not why I am writing this post… Recently I got word that I’ll be at two more conferences in 2019.
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    Blog: SharePoint Framework Summer 2019 Wish List

    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 (SPFx) 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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    Blog: The Good, Bad & the Ugly: Using Angular Elements with the SharePoint Framework

    In this series, I showed you how to build custom elements, a native web technology supported natively by most browsers (except you Edge & IE…) and presented two options for how you can go about it. One option involves using one big project with the SharePoint Framework & Angular in it while the other utilizes two projects to mitigate the downsides of the one-project approach. So, you can now use Angular in SharePoint Framework projects and this is made possible by Angular Elements which was introduced in Angular v6 back in May 2017. Sweet! We’ve got the “can you do it” question answered! But, should you do it? There are always tradeoffs when picking a web framework for your next project and using one with the SharePoint Framework is no different. Let’s take a step back and look at the whole picture. Only then can you decide if it makes sense for you.
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    Blog: Using Angular Elements in SharePoint Framework Projects

    This has been a long time coming and many of you Angular developers who also work with the SharePoint Framework may have given up by now and switched to React, but for those of you who have been holding out, Angular is finally a viable option for SPFx development even with a few drawbacks.
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    Blog: Join Me at SPFest Seattle 2019 for Sharepoint Framework Development

    I just a few short weeks I will be at the SharePoint Fest (SPFest) conference in Seattle presenting a few sessions for developers. This is expected to be a great conference just like other SPFest conferences such as those in Washington DC and Chicago. You’ll find me presenting full-day & half-day workshops as well as 3 sessions at this show.
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    Blog: JavaScript + SharePoint Framework Summer Camp Calls - July 3 & July 18, 2019!

    Microsoft regularly hosts three different community calls under the SharePoint PnP program on various topics. You can learn all about these from the community page in the SharePoint docs at SharePoint Development > Community > Community Calls . These calls are always recorded and published to the SharePoint PnP YouTube channel. 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.
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    Blog: SharePoint Framework v1.8.2 (and v1.8.1) - What's in the latest Update(s) of SPFx?

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

    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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    Blog: SharePoint Framework v1.8.0 - What's in this SPFx drop?

    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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    Blog: Leverage Custom Permissions in Azure AD Applications

    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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    Blog: Consider Avoiding Declarative Permissions with Azure AD Services in SharePoint Framework Projects

    I recommend people avoid this option for granting their SPO tenant permissions to endpoints and services secured with Azure AD.
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    Blog: Mastering the SharePoint Framework Sprint 13 Published with over 3hrs of Microsoft Graph & Azure AD Lessons!

    I’m excited to share this latest update to my course, Mastering the SharePoint Framework for developers. Today’s update, packaged as sprint 13, includes two new chapters and a few updates… and it’s a huge release… the biggest yet adding over 3 hours of new content! Sprint 13 also marks a milestone: the Fundamentals Bundle of the course is now content complete! This means all planned chapters are now published.
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    Blog: Enable Jest testing of SharePoint Framework Projects in One Simple Step

    Setting up projects to use Jest, esp to test the rendering of your @reactjs #SPFx projects & use the popular tool Enzyme by @Airbnb for testing rendering, isn’t a trivial task, until now!
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    Blog: SharePoint Framework v1.7.0 - What's in the latest update of SPFx?

    On November 8, 2018 (last Thursday), Microsoft released v1.7.0 of the SharePoint Framework (SPFx). This release is filled with a lot of new things Microsoft has been talking about for a few months. In this post, I’ll summarize some of what you can find, but also share some disappointments I had after spending some time picking apart v1.7.0. A new @SharePoint Framework Yeoman generator has been published by @OfficeDev: 1.7.0 #SPFx @Office365 !
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    Blog: HowTo: Angular Elements in SharePoint Framework Projects - Two Projects

    In my last post, I talked about using Angular Elements in SharePoint Framework projects. That post showed how to do this using a single SharePoint Framework Project. In this post, I show you a much better option that uses two projects.
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    Blog: HowTo: Angular Elements in SharePoint Framework Projects - One Big Project

    In my last post, I talked about using Angular Elements in SharePoint Framework projects. When doing this, you have two options on how you will implement this and in this post, I will talk about doing it in one big project that includes everything. In tomorrow’s post, I’ll show you a much better option that uses two projects.
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    Blog: Join me at SPFest Seattle for the Keynote and SharePoint Framework Development

    Around this time last year, I attended my first SharePoint Fest conference in Seattle, an event I had wanted to be involved in for quite some time. And you know what? It was worth the wait! This is one of the most professional and well-run events in the community puts on in the SharePoint space. It’s about that time for the 2018 show… and I’m thrilled to be involved with the event again!
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    Blog: ngOfficeUIFabric for AngularJS v1.6.10 Now in a Archive / Read Only State

    The ngOfficeUIFabric project, something I kicked off and managed for a few years, has lived it’s usefulness. In this post, learn why I’m retiring the project.
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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: 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: 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: 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: Managing SharePoint Online Site Collection App Catalogs with the CLI for Microsoft 365

    Microsoft gives us a few options for managing our SharePoint Online environments. We can use the SharePoint Admin center, REST APIs, the CSOM and the SharePoint Online PowerShell . To fill the gaps, the SharePoint PnP group has created PowerShell cmdlets that cover additional tasks not covered by the Microsoft provided PowerShell. While these are good options, they aren’t very friendly to those who aren’t on the Windows platform. These two PowerShell options don’t leverage the cross-platform PowerShell, rather they are only available for the Windows platform.
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    Blog: Webinar - Introducing and Using the Office 365 CLI with MVP Waldek Mastykarz

    Office 365 & SharePoint Online provide multiple management options. From the tenant to site level, developers and administrators can leverage browser-based administrative interfaces to perform many tasks. However, some tasks can only be implemented via an API or the command line. The Office 365 CLI, a cross-platform and community-driven project from the SharePoint PnP team, expands these command line tasks beyond the Windows platform and existing PowerShell options. In this webinar, join me as I invite MVP Waldek Mastykarz from Rencore for a 30-minute discussion and demonstration heavy webinar on the Office 365 CLI.
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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: Wrapping up 2017 at Voitanos and Charging into 2018!

    I’m sitting here with a smile on my face as I sit back in these last few days of 2017, reflecting on the previous year and looking forward to next year. It’s been quite a ride, finally getting Voitanos off the ground and working up production. While the stakes are not comparable, I cannot help but see similarities with my experience this past year and what Tesla has been doing with their Model 3 sedan.
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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.