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    Blog: How to: CI/CD/IaC for Azure Function Apps and GitHub Actions

    In this article, I show you how to use Github Actions to test an Azure Function App, as well as create all resources & deploy the code in a complete CI/CD process.
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    Blog: SPFx Basics: Configure NPM for a coporate web proxy

    Learn how to configurate your development environment for NPM to work with corporate web proxies to install NPM packages.
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    Blog: State of SharePoint Client-Side Dev - Winter 2022

    In this post, I’ll give you an update on where we are with popular frameworks and tools developers use in the client-side SharePoint development world.
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    Blog: How to set up SPFx development environments for multiple SharePoint Server deployments

    In this post, learn how to set up a development development environment to create SPFx projects for all SharePoint deployments.
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    Blog: Definitive guide for developers: SharePoint Framework for SharePoint Server 2016

    These days, all of Microsoft’s updates about the SPFx, or community content have one thing in common: they ignore SharePoint Server 2016. Not this post!
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    Blog: Definitive guide for developers: SharePoint Framework for SharePoint Server SE

    These days, all of Microsoft’s updates about the SPFx, or community content have one thing in common: they ignore SharePoint Server SE. Not this post!
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    Blog: Definitive guide for developers: SharePoint Framework for SharePoint Server 2019

    These days, all of Microsoft’s updates about the SPFx, or community content have one thing in common: they ignore SharePoint Server 2019. Not this post!
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    Blog: Fix SharePoint Framework projects to enable the React DevTools profiler

    A few years ago, React introduced the React Profiler to React v16.5 in the React DevTools plugin available for Chromium browsers (Chrome & CrEdge) and Firefox. Developers can use the Profiler API to collect timing information about each component that’s rendered in order to identify performance bottlenecks in React applications. You can learn more about the React DevTools profiler from the following deep dive video from the React team: YouTube: Deep dive with the React DevTools profiler For those of us creating React apps in SharePoint Framework (SPFx) solutions, this is a great resource for building well performing apps for your customers!
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    Blog: Get answers to your SharePoint Framework questions

    You’ve hit a roadblock on your SPFx project & have a question. What options do you have? In this post, I’ll share a few options available to you.
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    Blog: Get with the times & ditch TSLint in favor of ESLint in SharePoint Framework projects

    The ECMAScript community came to the consensus, initiated by the TypeScript Team in their 2019 Roadmap post, to deprecate TSLint in favor of ESLint over 2.5 years ago. Yet SPFx projects still use TSLint. In this post, learn how to replace it with ESLint, the standard for linting both JavaScript & TypeScript projects.
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    Blog: Fix the "can't find custom rule directory: tslint-microsoft-contrib" error in SPFx projects

    Ever run into the random error “[tslint] Failed to load ../tslint.json” when you can clearly see it in your project? If so, then this post is for you!
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    Blog: hTWOo: A Microsoft Fluent Design pure HTML & CSS Implementation

    hTWOo is a pure HTML & CSS implementation of Microsoft’s Fluent Design, without the baggage & headaches of Office UI Fabric or Fluent UI.
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    Blog: State of SharePoint Client Side Development | December 2020

    As we near the end of 2020, I wanted to take a look at where we are with respect to the State of SharePoint Client-Side Development. In this post, I’ll give you an update on where we are with popular frameworks and tools developers use in the client-side SharePoint development world.
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    Blog: Join me at the Microsoft 365 Collaboration Conference - learn the SharePoint Framework in my half-day workshop

    Join me for a half-day virtual workshop at the Microsoft 365 Collaboration Conference to get up to speed on the SharePoint Framework.
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    Blog: Get Microsoft 365 Developer Certified - FREE webinar series!

    On Wednesday, April 22, I presented the webinar Get Certified! Overview of the MS-600 exam & Microsoft 365 Developer Associate Certification with Rencore & Waldek Mastykarz. Rencore has posted the recording of the webinar as well as a link to the slides if you weren’t able to join us live or you want to re-watch it. Click here to access the recording. In that webinar I hinted there was more coming - I’m excited to share with you a new webinar series I hosted in May 2020, and all the recordings are available now!
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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: Stop Using Internet Explorer 11

    It’s long past time we as an industry stop using Internet Explorer 11 (IE11) and get more aggressive in dropping support for it.
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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 developers, one thing that comes up often is dealing with a common error. But here’s the interesting thing: it’s not running into the error that comes up all the time, its how to deal with it that surprises them. I’ve always wanted to have something to point to that the scenario & why one option is better than others, even though there are plenty of ways to address the issue. That’s what this post is!

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    Blog: Automate Building, Testing and Deploying SharePoint Framework Projects with Azure Pipelines in Four Steps

    In just four simple steps, this post will show you how to automate the build, test & deployment to SharePoint Online of any SharePoint Framework project using Azure Pipelines. I guarantee you can have it done before your coffee is ready! Seriously… go get the pot going and come back to this post. DevOps is all the rage these days. Developers throw it in resumes left and right & the recruiters are always searching for someone who can check that box.
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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: 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.md) 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. A new SharePoint Framework Yeoman generator has been published by OfficeDev: 1.
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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: 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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    Blog: Enable Jest testing of SharePoint Framework projects in one simple step

    Setting up projects to use Jest, especially to test the rendering of your ReactJS SharePoint Framework projects & use the popular tool Enzyme 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: Package Manager Inconsistencies with React & tslint + Workarounds after Updating to SPFx 1.7

    The latest version of the SharePoint Framework (SPFx) released a few weeks ago, v1.7.0, uncovered a few issues between how the various Node.js package managers work. These issues appear to be rooted in the package tslint and came about with a change in how Microsoft was using tslint under the covers from SPFx v1.6 to v1.7. A fix has been submitted to tslint, but they appear to be lagging on their release schedule so there’s no ETA on when it will get rolled out.
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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 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
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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)

    In this post, learn what’s new with our flagship course, Mastering the SharePoint Framework, in Sprint 10, and what’s coming in Sprint 11!
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    Blog: NPM, Yarn and PNPM: Which Package Manager Should You Use for SharePoint Framework Projects?

    In the past, I’ve written how I prefer Yarn over NPM not just for SharePoint Framework (SPFx) projects, but also for all my Node.js based projects that leverage the NPM package registry: https://www.npmjs.org. I wrote that post in December 2016 and things have changed quite a bit since then. Last week Microsoft released SPFx v1.5.0 & the associated Yeoman generator that added support for changing the package manager the generator ran after creating the project scaffolding.
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    Blog: 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.
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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: State Of SharePoint Development Survey - Share Your Thoughts!

    A few months ago, we partnered up 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: 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

    Learn what’s new in the January 2018 update of our flagship course, Mastering the SharePoint Framework, including two new chapters!
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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.

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    Blog: What's up with Angular (v2.x / v4.x) and the SharePoint Framework?

    This post is long, LONG overdue. I’ve explained this multiple times over email & in person to SharePoint Framework developers. It’s about time I have something to point to… so here’s my take on the SharePoint Framework + Angular [v2.0 / v4.0 / v+] state of things. Have you tried to build a client-side web part using the SharePoint Framework using something other than ReactJS? Maybe you prefer using Angular over React… I know I do!
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    Blog: Latest News for the SharePoint Framework: Extensions RC!

    In the most recent SharePoint Patterns & Practices - JavaScript Special Interest Group meeting, Microsoft shared some news on the SharePoint Framework. The news fell into three buckets: Recent Updates Update on SPFx Modern UI Extensions SharePoint Framework Engineering Backlog Recent Updates The big news that in the last few weeks Microsoft introduced a new, and often requested, feature for SPFx: **tenant-scoped deployment for SPFx client-side web parts and extensions.
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    Blog: Modern JSLink, Custom Actions and More coming to the SharePoint Framework

    Today Microsoft announced new updates coming to the SharePoint Framework ahead of their sessions at the Build Conference. In a blog post, Build integrated user experiences with new capabilities of SharePoint and OneDrive, they talked about four big additions that engineering is working on and will make it into a new developer preview of the SharePoint Framework by the end of May 2017. This week in the Microsoft Cloud Show podcast episode’s special coverage for the Build conference, CJ & AC sat down with Microsoft’s Vesa Juvonen about these new features and more.
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    Blog: Early May 2017 SharePoint Framework Updates

    In last week’s SharePoint Framework & JavaScript Special Interest Group meeting, Microsoft’s Vesa Juvonen shared what’s the engineering team at Microsoft is working on and more! Updated SharePoint Framework Yeoman Generator 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.
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    Blog: SharePoint Framework Generator Updated to v1.0.2

    Did you know the SharePoint team at Microsoft updated the Yeoman generator, @microsoft/generator-sharepoint, twice in the last month? Yeah… I didn’t either until yesterday. The final version was released on February 23, 2017, as version 1.0.0. They then slipped two more updates in early April in quick succession as versions 1.0.1 & 1.0.2. Unfortunately, Microsoft still hasn’t published the repo for the generator or made the homepage for it in the NPMJS registry of any use… just some boilerplate copy… so it’s not easy to figure out what’s changed.
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