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    Blog: Leveraging the Webpack Define Plugin in SPFx Projects

    Here’s a post that teaches you a technique that you can start leveraging in your SharePoint Framework (SPFx) projects right away! You know those projects where you have certain values you use in development or testing while others that you use in production? This would include things like different account or IDs used for telemetry services, different endpoints to sample or production data that you’re interacting with in your project.
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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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    Publication: Microsoft Learning: Work with SharePoint Content using the SharePoint Framework

    This module will introduce you to working with SharePoint content in SharePoint Framework projects. You’ll learn about the SharePoint REST API, do CRUD operations with SharePoint data, the local workbench, and creating mock data in SharePoint Framework.
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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: Securing an Azure Function App with Azure AD - Works with SharePoint Framework!

    I recently published a new chapter in my Mastering the SharePoint Framework on-demand course for developers that included a section that showed how to call a REST API deployed using an Azure Function App and secured with Azure AD from the SharePoint Framework. When I was working on this chapter, it felt like the process of configuring an Azure Function App to be secured with Azure AD was harder and more complex than it should have been. Specifically, some of the things you do aren’t explained as well… so I decided to blog about it here!
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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. I will continue to make edits to existing chapters updating content when circumstances warrant, but at this time no new chapters or lessons are planned.
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    Publication: Microsoft Learning: Leverage Microsoft Graph & third-party APIs

    This module introduces you to using external APIs in your SharePoint Framework projects. SharePoint Framework projects can incorporate data from anonymous APIs, those REST APIs secured with Azure AD, and Microsoft Graph.
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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: Testing SPFx Projects Efficiently with Minimal Distractions: Wallaby.js

    You know what I don’t like about automated tests? Most of the time, we don’t automate them, we just instrument them. We write our tests and then open a console window to run them periodically. Maybe we set up a watcher to automatically rerun them when either a test or the code file changes, and maybe we use an integrated console window in our editor to monitor when things change.
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    Blog: Workarounds for package manager issues with React and tslint

    In this post, I explain a pair of workarounds to address issues uncovered with tslint since the SharePoint Framework (SPFx) v1.7 release.
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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: Don't be alarmed by vulnerabilities after running NPM Install

    I’ve seen more and more questions since the folks at NPM added an automatic scan for vulnerabilities after every NPM install. What’s going on? The NPM registry runs a security audit on NPM packages. With the release of NPM v6, this command is run automatically when you execute an npm install on your project. You can manually run one of these audits by executing the command npm audit (ref: npm-audit docs ).
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    Blog: Mastering the SharePoint Framework - Course update November 2018 (sprint 12 complete)

    This month’s update on my Mastering the SharePoint Framework course features the transition from one sprint to the next. Sprint 12 Complete I published the final pieces of Sprint 12 this week. This includes a new chapter in the Ultimate Bundle, new lessons in two Fundamentals Bundle chapters and a bunch of fixes! Want to get the details? Join me on Facebook Live for a sprint release party tomorrow, Thursday, November 1 at 1pm ET to see what’s in sprint 12 & get a sneak peek to what is planned for sprint 13, Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals & more!
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    Blog: Mastering the SharePoint Framework - Course Update September 2018 (Sprint-11 complete)

    This month’s update on my Mastering the SharePoint Framework course features the transition from one sprint to the next. Sprint 11 Complete Earlier this week, I published the final pieces of Sprint 11. Two new chapters, the first chapters in the Ultimate Bundle! I also hosted the first Facebook Live sprint release party this week… if you missed it, you can get access to the recording here: Voitanos @ Facebook Live Automated Testing of SharePoint Framework Solutions This chapter starts with an overview of automated testing for client-side projects.
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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: Mastering the SharePoint Framework - Course Update July 2018 (Sprint-10 complete)

    This month’s update on my Mastering the SharePoint Framework course features the transition from one sprint to the next. Sprint 10 Complete Earlier today, I published the final pieces of Sprint 10. This update included categories of updates. Many lessons were updated to address a few minor issues such as typos in the slides or things that have changed since the lesson was originally published. Changes include APIs making it from preview to the GA milestone (ALM APIs).
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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: NPM, Yarn and PNPM: Which Package Manager Should You Use for SharePoint Framework Projects?

    I thought this would be a good time to do a deeper comparison between the three most popular options that the SPFx generator supports: NPM, Yarn & PNPM.
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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: Chris Kent 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: 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: Honored to be Joining the Office 365 SharePoint PnP Core Team

    The last few weeks have been quite hectic filled with travel and I’ve been remiss in drafting this post. On February 28th (which happened to be my birthday), the SharePoint Patterns and Practices (PnP) team announced three new members to their core team. I was one of these three and I’m honored to be considered a member of the core team. You can read more about the announcement from Microsoft here: Extending SharePoint Patterns and Practices team with new MVP community members SharePoint Patterns and Practices (PnP) is a nick-name for SharePoint Dev Ecosystem activities coordinated by SharePoint engineering.
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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: SharePoint Framework Generator Updated to v1.4.1: Inspecting the Changes

    Microsoft released a new version of the SharePoint Framework (SPFx) v1.4.1. In this post, I explore what’s in this new release!.
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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: 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.