Speaking at SharePointFest Chicago 2018

I am very lucky enough to have been accepted to speak at SharePointFest Chicago for the third year running now. The subject is Automated Build and deploy of SharePoint Framework webparts.

One of the really fascinating things about working in a modern large development team is the outstanding benefits for automated testing, automated build, and automated deployment. Even for something which might not on the surface seem to be a “big deal” such as SPFx webpart development, has many advantages to be gained by using a professional automated development environment.

Since I submitted and was accepted to speak, VSTS has been renamed to Azure DevOps, so this might be difficult to pull off as a topic – but i think we will be ok 😉

SharePointFest is always  alot of fun with a good crowd of speakers and attendees. I am excited to attend and excited to speak 🙂

 

DEV304 – Using VSTS to automate build and deployment tasks for SharePoint Framework webparts

Working on your own and building SharePoint Framework webparts is one thing, but when you have to work in a team on a larger project, the team approach to development has to be more structured and automated.

Modern team web development practices demand the use of unit tests, load testing and automated build and deploy methodologies. Why should developing for the Sharepoint framework be any different?

In this presentation Mark will highlight the advantages to using VSTS to create and manage and continuous build and deploy process for working with the Sharepoint Framework. Come and see how modern team development techniques can be applied to SPFx.

S106A Fri 2:20 PM – 3:30 pm

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SharePoint now accessible via the Microsoft Graph beta

Last week at Ignite it was announced that finally Microsoft was bringing O365 SharePoint access to the Microsoft graph as an API. This is a huge deal for those of us who want to use O365 as a platform and develop engaging applications for customers. In my case for Office Add-ins this is great because it reduced the number of OAuth hoops I have to jump through and manage to get the data I want.

Here is a link to the documentation: Working with SharePoint sites in Microsoft Graph and a quick example.

NOTE: this is beta and will change – this is purely a demonstration of what is possible today (Oct 2016) and not to be used as future reference.

Example

Using the graph explorer demo I am able to bring up content from my default SharePoint site very easily

https://graph.microsoft.io/en-us/graph-explorer#

Here is my copper site within my SharePoint tenant

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and here it is referenced from the graph API

https://graph.microsoft.com/beta/sharepoint/sites/site-id

sh2

here is the API response of the lists
https://graph.microsoft.com/beta/sharepoint/sites/site-id/lists

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and here is a reference to the documents in the Shared Documents folder

https://graph.microsoft.com/beta/sharepoint/sites/site-id/lists/list-id/items

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How cool is that !!!!!