In early April, Microsoft quietly shipped two updates to the Yeoman generator for the SharePoint Framework, @microsoft/generator-sharepoint . The latest version is v1.0.2. The updates were fairly minor… I recently blogged about what you will find in the updates and how I figured out what the updates were as they aren’t well documented: SharePoint Framework Generator Updated to v1.0.2 .
The SharePoint team also published some new documentation guidance to their site. Not all docs are updated on the dev.office.com site as of this writing, so I included some links to the docs in the associated GitHub repo.
- Debug SharePoint Framework solutions in Visual Studio Code
- Localize SharePoint Framework client-side web parts - updated for the GA release of SPFx
- Validate web part property values - updated for the GA release of SPFx
The SharePoint PnP team also published a few webcasts recently that are more about project planning from an organizational and management point of view. These include the following:
- What should SharePoint Admins know about SPFx? - this webcast covered topics such as approval processes, responsibilities, security considerations, the deployment process and impacts of hosting locations.
- SPFx & Organization Considerations - this webcast covered topics such as organizational considerations (new toolchain, hosting location, governance plan), considerations for customers (standardizing client-side libraries, external scripts policies, hosting location, agreements with ISVs) and considerations for developers / architects (development practices, testing processes, production deployments and updates).
So what is the SharePoint Framework engineering team working on? We’re likely to see quite a few bits of news from Microsoft’s Build conference next week… in fact, you might want to tune into my podcast next week, the Microsoft Cloud Show , specifically episode 193, for some special coverage… wink wink….
In the webcast last week, Vesa teased out the following things:
- Modern UI extensions - this includes bringing things like JSLink (customizing list & library field rendering) and custom actions (extending the ECB & toolbar menu in lists and libraries) to the SharePoint Framework… with new Yeoman templates!
- Client-side Web Part connections - the ability for two web parts to be connected to talk to each other. This brings a capability we have with server-side web parts to the SPFx client-side web parts.
- SharePoint Workbench improvements - no more details shared on this… curious…