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    Blog: ***NOW AVAILABLE*** Online Course: Building SharePoint Apps as Single Page Apps with AngularJS

    With great pleasure I’m thrilled to announce my latest Pluralsight course is finally live: Building SharePoint Apps as Single Page Apps with AngularJS . It took a bit longer to get this one published due to some last minute feedback I got from a few reviewers who saw a preview of it. Based on the feedback I added some disclaimer and prerequisite info to the first module. I do not try to teach you AngularJS in this course or every thing about building a SPA, rather I take the liberty of assuming you are versed in these areas and you just want to do how to do this in SharePoint.
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    Blog: Sharing my SharePoint Hosted Apps as a SPA UX Templates

    So, you’ve decided you want to build a single page app (SPA) as a SharePoint-Hosted App. One question will have to address is how you want to implement the user experience of your app. There are plenty of options… some are tempted to use the awesome libraries jQuery UI or Bootstrap to name just two of those. However I do prefer to make the UX of my SPA to match the SharePoint UX as much as I can when it’s a SharePoint-Hosted App.
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    Blog: I'm Presenting at the SharePoint Evolutions Roadshow this June: England, Scotland and Ireland

    I’m very excited to say that I’m joining the traveling SharePoint / Office 365 roadshow through the United Kingdom this June! As you may know, usually every April there’s a conference in London called the SharePoint Evolutions Conference . It’s one of my favorite shows as it has some of the best speakers, attendees, content and activities. This year they elected to not schedule a show so close to the SharePoint Conference and instead created a new type of event.
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    Blog: I'm Presenting at SPTechCon in San Francisco, April 2014 - Keynote and Breakout Sessions

    We’re just a few weeks away from the next installment of SPTechCon . The next show will be in San Francisco, CA the week of April 22-25, 2014 at the and if you register before April 4th you can get a $100 Amazon gift card… make sure when you register to use the coupon code CONNELL to get a discount when registering! I love this show and will be presenting a few sessions in San Francisco on my favorite topics: WCM, workflow and apps!
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    Blog: Office 365, SharePoint Online and SharePoint 2013 On-Prem Feature Matrix Updated

    Last year I blogged about an Excel spreadsheet I posted to my public SkyDrive OneDrive that contained the same data form the TechNet article which listed a feature matrix of what things you would and would not find in Office 365, SharePoint Online and SharePoint 2013 On-Premises deployments. The spreadsheet, as you can see from the screenshot below, seperates the different deployment options into different worksheets within the same workbook and color-codes the the features, making it much easier to consume than what Microsoft presents on TechNet:
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    Blog: Getting BreezeJS to Work with the SharePoint 2013 REST API

    In this post I want to explain how you can use it. This breaks down into a few different tasks: setup Breeeze, create an entity model & using it!
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    Blog: Understanding Challenges Using Breeze & SharePoint Out-Of-The-Box

    In this post, I’ll explain why Breeze doesn’t work out of the box (OOTB) with SharePoint’s REST API and the how you can get around it to make it work for you.
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    Blog: BreezeJS Makes Client-Side SharePoint REST Development a BREEZE!

    In this post, I introduce you to the JS library Breeze. Think of it like Entity Framework for JavaScript. Learn how you can use it with SharePoint REST queries!
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    Blog: Update on the Forms Story from the SharePoint Conference 2014 (Update on the Future of InfoPath)

    Earlier today, at the SharePoint Conference in Las Vegas, Microsoft talked about the future of not just InfoPath but also with the entire electronics forms story from Microsoft. Earlier this year, they announced they were discontinuing future versions of InfoPath as I talked about in my post Now InfoPath is Dead - RIP InfoPath, but Now What? . In the session they affirmed that InfoPath is not dead, it has simply been discontinued.
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    Blog: Coming Soon - New Pluralsight Course: Building SharePoint Apps as Single Page Apps with AngularJS

    When I first started learning about the new SharePoint 2013 app model, I gravitated towards the cloud model, specifically the provider-hosted implementation. This was natural as I was more suited to doing server-side development. But over time I found the SharePoint-Hosted (SPH) model was quite appealing as I didn’t have to worry about extra components to deploy, manage and maintain. Then last year I started to dive into the world of single page apps (SPA)… I presented on the topic a few times last year at difference conferences and wrote a decent amount as well like this post: SharePoint Hosted Apps in SharePoint 2013 as Single Page Apps .
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    Publication: Pluralsight: Building SharePoint Apps as Single Page Apps with AngularJS

    Learn how to implement a SharePoint-hosted App as a Single Page App (SPA) using the popular AngularJS presentation framework.
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    Blog: Pluralsight's SharePoint 2013 Workflow - Web Services

    Today Pluralsight published a course dedicated on creating workflows that talk to various types of web services: SharePoint 2013 Workflow - Web Services.
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    Blog: Check out my post on the Pluralsight blog - Workflow in SharePoint 2013: More options, easier solutions

    Yesterday Pluralsight published a guest entry I wrote for their blog on SharePoint 2013 workflow. It talks about a lot of stuff that you see my two workflow courses I’ve already published in their catalog: SharePoint 2013 Workflow - Fundamentals SharePoint 2013 Workflow - Advanced Topics Oh, and I’ll have a bit more SharePoint 2013 workflow lovin to share with you later today, via Pluralsight… stay tuned!
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    Blog: My Recent Interview with SPTechWeb

    Earlier this week I had a chance to catch up with David Rubinstein of SPTechWeb to talk about the curren state of Office365, training and where we are today. We had a very good candid talk and I shared what I am seeing in the marketplace, specifically around those who use SharePoint, who are looking or adopting Office 365 as well as developers. We even, albeit briefly, talked a little about the subject of updates to Office 365, something I wrote about earlier today .
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    Blog: Now InfoPath is Dead - RIP InfoPath, but Now What?

    Remember that Monty Python movie The Holy Grail? There’s a scene where a guy is walking through a village with a cart of dead people yelling “bring out your dead.” A guy walks up with a not-quite-dead person and the dialog goes a little like this: Person: Here’s one! Not-Quite-Dead-Guy: I’m not dead! Cart Guy: He says he’s not dead. Person: Oh no, he’s well on his way. Not-Quite-Dead-Guy: I’m getting better!
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    Blog: Office 365 Needs to Treat the UX as an API if Our Customizations are to Stay Off the Server

    If you’ve been watching the social space around SharePoint or Office 365 lately, you may have noticed that Office 365 has been surfacing a few regression issues that are breaking people’s client-side solutions. Let me give you three examples I’ve seen in the last week: Issue #1: Changing the Title Field The first one I saw was highlighted by Marc Anderson’s blog: Office 365 Update Changes ‘Display Name’ on Required Fields .
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    Blog: ***NOW AVAILABLE*** Pluralsight's SharePoint 2013 Workflow - Advanced Topics

    Following up on a Pluralsight course I published in June 2013, SharePoint 2013 Workflow - Fundamentals , I’ve published a sequel called SharePoint 2013 - Workflow Advanced Topics . This course is available to all Pluralsight subscribers. Course Description Workflow changed quite a bit in the SharePoint 2013 release from previous versions of SharePoint. The new workflow platform is implemented with a new product called Workflow Manager 1.
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    Publication: Pluralsight: SharePoint 2013 Workflow - Web Services

    Building off the SharePoint 2013 Workflow - Fundamentals and SharePoint 2013 Workflow - Advanced Topics courses, this course will demonstrate how you can use web services within your SharePoint 2013 workflows.
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    Blog: I'm Presenting and a Keynote Speaker for SPTechCon in San Francisco, April 2014

    One of my favorite SharePoint related conferences of the year is easily the SPTechCon show that’s held twice a year. They have a show in San Francisco, CA in the first part of the year and another in Boston in the latter part of the year. This year’s San Francisco, CA show is held April 22-25, 2014 and I’ve been honored to ask to present as well as be one of the two keynote speakers at the show!
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    Blog: I'm Presenting at the SharePoint Conference 2014

    Here we go again, another great SharePoint conference in the desert in Las Vegas in just under two months time from now! The SharePoint Conference 2014 will be held at the Venetial Hotel in Las Vegas from March 3-6, 2014. It is clearly THE place to learn what’s coming down the pipe from Microsoft with everything related to SharePoint. And if you didn’t see the news that came out yesterday, the attendee party is going to be high-octane at the Las Vegas motor speedway!
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    Blog: Status Update for my SharePoint 2013 Advanced Workflow Pluralsight Course

    Earlier this year I released a course on Pluralsight on SharePoint 2013 Workflow - Fundamentals for developers. In my blog post announcing the course, I told people I was working on a sequel to this course, an advanced version, that would go into a lot more depth on workflow in SharePoint 2013… I also pointed to a specific page on my site, Pluralsight’s SharePoint 2013 - Workflow Advanced Topics , that I would keep updated.
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    Blog: *** NOW AVAILABLE *** Inside Microsoft SharePoint 2013

    I couldn’t think of a better gift for your loved one this holiday season, or just a treat for yourself! Finally the latest installment of the Inside SharePoint series is available for order and will start shipping in the next week or two according to Amazon! Inside SharePoint 2013 is a developer book for SharePoint 2013 & Office 365 that is a collaborative effort between myself as well as Scot Hillier , Mirjam van Olst , Ted Pattison, Wictor Wilen & Kyle Davis .
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    Blog: SPLive 360 Conference - Session Wrap Up

    Last week I participated in the SP Live 360 conference in Orlando, FL . To everyone who attended, thanks for coming to a fantastic show! You know very well how great the show was and how interactive the attendees and speakers were! You can see some of the photos from the show in this album on Picasa . I had quite a few responsibilities at this show… more than any other conference I’ve participated in!
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    Blog: Inspecting the SharePoint OAuth Token with a Fiddler Extension

    A few months ago Kirk Evans of Microsoft published two blog posts explaining the SharePoint tokens and then followed it up with a custom Fiddler extension he wrote that you can use to extract, decode and inspect the OAuth token used in SharePoint 2013: Kirk Evans: Inside SharePoint 2013 OAuth Context Tokens Kirk Evans: Creating a Fiddler Extension for SharePoint 2013 App Tokens I pushed Kirk to put his extension in GitHub so others could grab the source, which he does share on his blog, but could also log issues, enhancements as well as fork it to improve it.
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    Blog: Two new SharePoint 2013 Workflow Articles on MSDN - Debugging & Workflow CSOM

    Two articles I contributed to MSDN have recently been published. They are related to SharePoint 2013 workflow: MSDN: Debugging SharePoint Server 2013 workflows Microsoft has taken a different approach to workflows in SharePoint Server 2013 than in previous versions of SharePoint. The workflow team worked with the Windows Azure team to create a new product called Workflow Manager. Workflow Manager hosts the latest version of the Windows Workflow Foundation runtime and all the necessary services in an available and scalable way.
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    Publication: Working with the SharePoint 2013 Workflow Services Client Side Object Model

    This article touches on one of the things that Microsoft added to SharePoint 2013 to support the new style of creating custom workflow forms: the improvements to the CSOM and addition of the Workflow Services CSOM API.
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    Publication: Debugging SharePoint Server 2013 Workflows

    Demonstrates how SharePoint now relies on Workflow Manager 1.0 for all workflow processing and management, and demonstrates debugging options.
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    Blog: I'm presenting at SP Live 360 Next Week - Hope to see you there!

    Next week I’ve got quite a busy schedule at the SP Live 360 conference in Orlando, FL. The conference is packed with some great speakers & sessions so you’ll be sure to see some great stuff and walk away with some great guidance! Here’s what my schedule looks like: SharePoint Live! Keynote with Dan Holme: SharePoint 2013 & Office 365 - Big Questions, Answered Tuesday, November 19, 8:00a - 9:00a Session: Building SharePoint Hosted Apps as Single Page Apps Tuesday, November 19, 2:00p - 3:15p Session: SharePoint 2013 Workflows - Creating Custom Forms, Events & CSOM Wednesday, November 20, 4:00p - 5:15p Session: Building a Content Site Using SharePoint 2013 Web Content Management Thursday, November 21, 8:00a - 9:15a Session: Automating Biz Process with Workflows using SharePoint Designer 2013 Thursday, November 21, 9:30a - 10:45a Panel: Live 360!
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    Blog: RESOLVED: SharePoint Workflow Designer Fails to Load in Visual Studio 2013

    Ran into a nasty little error this afternoon and after stumbling around finding very little in the way of answers in forums or using Bing and Google, when I stumbled across the resolution that seems to work, I thought I’d post it. My Scenario Wasn’t all that Uncommon I had been using Visual Studio 2012 with Update 3 applied and the Office Developer Tools for SharePoint 2013 until just recently.
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    Blog: [MicrosoftCloudShow] Episode 5 is live - SharePoint Deployment Options - On Premises vs. Hosted

    Episode 5 of the Microsoft Cloud Show is now available! In this episode my co-host Chris Johnson and I discuss the world of SharePoint deployments being on-premises, hosted and in the cloud. In addition we also answered questions from Laura Rogers & Jeremy Thake . » Episode 5 - SharePoint Deployment Options - On Premises vs. Hosted
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    Blog: Slipped in Under Our Noses: SharePoint 2013 Now has the OData/REST $metadata Operator!

    When SharePoint 2013 was released, one of the biggest additions was the mostly full adoption and implementation of the OData [REST] API. I’ve writted in the past how I prefer the OData API over the CSOM API ( as well as some of the libraries I use to make life easier ), but one knock on them was the lack of one big piece: the implementation of the $metadata operator .
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    Blog: Simplifying SharePoint 2013 REST API

    A few months ago I wrote how I prefer using the REST API in SHAREPOINT over using the CSOM . Sure there are some downsides to this (no coverage for workflow or taxonomy, no batching just to name a few). However the advantages outweigh the downsides (3rd part libraries and frameworks mostly work with REST, more standards, more samples because it isn’t SharePoint specific, etc). One complaint I get from people is from the fact you have a bit more code to write for each call.
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    Blog: SharePoint Intersection: Where Business, Technology, and Solutions Intersect

    FOR ALL YOU’RE DOING – FOR YOUR ENTIRE TEAM – SUCCEED, TOGETHER And get a free Surface or XBox One!* I’ll be there presenting a workshop and a few breakout sessions… join me and a great number of other great speakers! **October 27-31, 2013 **MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada Register Now! [Use the code CONNELL for a discount] SHAREPOINT INTERSECTION 2013 is an entirely new type of event, and it’s the one event you won’t want to miss.
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    Blog: Named Dynamics101 Top 50 SharePoint Blog

    The folks at Dynamics101 have compiled a list of the top 50 SharePoint blogs out there. I’m not certain of the criteria they used to determine their list, but I’m in good company. Thanks guys! » Dynamics 101: Top 50 SharePoint Sites
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    Blog: SharePoint Conference 2014 Registration is Open!

    Looks like the conference site is now accepting registrations. The show will be in Las Vegas, NV the week of March 3, 2014. If you’re interested in attending, best to jump on this sooner rather than later so you aren’t stuck in a remote hotel! Next question… what will be discussed at the v2014 show? » SharePoint Conference 2014 - Registration
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    Blog: ANNOUNCING the SharePoint Developer-Designer-Implementer Report - September 2013 Survey

    I’m running a research project on what SharePoint developers, designers and implementors type of work they are doing as well as how they do it. You’ll find the survey goes quite quick and it should only take about 60 seconds to complete. The survey will be available through the end of September to collect responses. After the survey closes, I’ll publish a comprehensive report. If you don’t mind, please fill out this form: http://aconn.
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    Blog: ANNOUNCING the SharePoint Browser Report - September 2013 Survey

    I’m running a research project on what browsers people are using / designing for in SharePoint. It should only take 10 seconds to complete. The survey will be available through the end of September to collect responses. After the survey closes, I’ll publish a comprehensive report. If you don’t mind, please fill out this form: http://aconn.me/spbrpt201309 . No, it doesn’t ask every single question as the goal is for it to generate as many responses as possible, thus the stream-lined bit.
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    Blog: Clarification on the Current State & Future of Sandboxed Solutions

    In the past there has been a lot of confusion around sandboxed solutions within SharePoint 2013 and SharePoint Online. A statement in MSDN uses the deprecated word that throws the usage of them into question. Thankfully last night we got some confirmation from Microsoft that clears it up. The part that is deprecated is the user code part of sandboxed solutions. This is the managed code that you can include in your sandboxed solutions that runs in the sandboxed user code service.
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    Blog: My Favorite SharePoint Development Utility: Postman (Chrome Extension)

    A few months back I switched over to using Chrome as my primary development browser of choice. There are two characteristics that make it stand out from all the others that I really like as a browser development platform: Login & sync of my settings, extensions & bookmarks - I created a development profile and use it on all my development environments (virtual machines mostly). Chrome Extensions - basically add-ins for Chrome.
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    Blog: Great SharePoint Apps & Security Post Resources

    Recently I saw that SharePoint & Microsoft notable Steve Peshka published a series of blog posts on the details of security in SharePoint apps. If you are working with SharePoint apps, make sure you dive in here… there are some fantastic details to learn! Security in SharePoint Apps - Part 1 - Overview Security in SharePoint Apps - Part 2 - Understanding Security Contexts for Requests Security in SharePoint Apps - Part 3 - Setting up Low Trust on Premises Security in SharePoint Apps - Part 4 - Working with Context Tokens Security in SharePoint Apps - Part 5 - Permission On-Demand Apps Security in SharePoint Apps - Part 6 - App Only Permission Apps and Tenant Level Permissions Security in SharePoint Apps - Part 7 - High Trust Apps Security in SharePoint Apps - Part 8 - Writing Apps for SAML Sites In addition, check out these two awesome posts on Kirk Evans’ blog .
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    Blog: Deploying Workflow Manager 1.0 for SharePoint 2013 the Right Way

    I get a handful of questions on how to correctly deploy Workflow Manager 1.0 (and Service Bus 1.0) from folks for the use with a SharePoint Server 2013 environment quite often. The common things you hear people ask about are typically related to two things: how do I deploy Workflow Manager & Service Bus in a highly available and scalable way and can I have more control over the certificates used between the these two products and SharePoint.
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    Blog: SPTechCon Fall 2013 Boston Wrap Up

    This past week I was at the regular instance of the SPTechCon conference in Boston, MA that is always held in Boston around this time of year. I really like this show as it does a great job of having it’s own identity. For me I see this as a much more business focused conference than one where the attendees are mostly developers or IT Pros… information workers and business people dominate the makeup of the crowd.
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    Blog: My CMSWire Article on The Future of SharePoint On-Premises is Published

    Yesterday CMSWire published an article I recently wrote for them that you can find here: The Value and Future of SharePoint On-Premises . In this article I wanted to address the a topic that I feel gets confused quite a bit with customers these days. All the marketing message from Microsoft these days is about the cloud, specifically Office 365. The marketing push makes you think the cloud is where you should move to.
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    Blog: I'm Presenting at DEVIntersections in Las Vegas this October

    Have you heard about the new conference this fall? DEVIntersection 2013 will be held the week of October 27-30, 2013 in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand hotel and casino. It contains a bunch of different tracks for ASP.NET, SQL Server, Windows Azure, Mobile and of course, SharePoint! I’m one of two co-conference chairmen for the conference along with Dan Holme and we’ve setup a great show of speakers and sessions.
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    Blog: SharePoint 2013: CSOM vs. REST ... My Preference and Why

    Earlier this week I watched a dialog progress between a few people: which client-side API they prefer in SharePoint 2013. In this post, I share my opinion.
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    Blog: ***NOW AVAILABLE*** DIWUG Article on Building Custom SharePoint 2013 Workflow Forms

    This month I had the opportunity to contribute an article for the online Dutch Information Worker Group (DIWUG) e-magazine . This is great publication and one you should have on your radar as it always has some killer content. It’s available as a PDF and a specially formatted PDF for eReaders. As you have likely noticed if you frequent this blog, my head has been in the SharePoint 2013 workflow space lately so with this article, I decided to write about something that was didn’t have a lot of guidance out there about it.
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    Blog: ***NOW AVAILABLE*** Pluralsight''s SharePoint 2013 - Workflow Fundamentals

    I’m thrilled to announce that today Pluralsight published my new course in their catalog… you can watch it right now! The course is called SharePoint 2013 Workflow - Fundamentals . This course is available to all Pluralsight subscribers. The goal of this course is to help people immediately get up to speed and productive in creating automated business processes as workflows in SharePoint 2013. The target audience for this course are developers and power users as I cover building workflows and assigning tasks using both SharePoint Designer 2013 and Visual Studio 2012.
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    Publication: Pluralsight: SharePoint 2013 - Workflow Advanced Topics

    The goal of this course is to build off my previous course and tackle some of the more complex things you’ll need to accomplish in your day-to-day SharePoint workflow development. The target audience for this course are developers as I cover building workflows using Visual Studio primarily. There is no specific customer focus… everything I show you works both in an on-premises deployment as well as a hosted environment such as Office 365.
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    Publication: Pluralsight: SharePoint 2013 Developer Ramp-Up - Part 6: Automating Business Process, Enterprise Data and Search

    In this course students will learn how to consume and interact with external data sources as well as how to create a custom .NET Assembly Connector.
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    Publication: Pluralsight: SharePoint 2013 Developer Ramp-Up - Part 5: Information Architecture Storage and Data Access

    In this course you will learn how to create lists and document libraries using the SharePoint development tools in Visual Studio 2012. Students will also learn about the various events in SharePoint 2013 including the new remote event receiver capability.