Speaking at the European SharePoint Conference 2014

In case you missed it, the European SharePoint Conference 2014 programme is now available and I’m delighted to announce that I am speaking at Europe’s largest SharePoint event in Barcelona, Spain from the 5-8th May 2014.

I will be conducting a session on “Developing Hybrid SharePoint Apps that Run On-Premise & in the Cloud” aimed at Developers.

“Developing Hybrid SharePoint Apps that Run On-Premise & in the Cloud”

"With the new SharePoint App model running outside the SharePoint worker process it introduces new authentication models. As a developer you don’t want to build multiple versions of the same app implementing each authentication model separately. This session explains the differences between securing SharePoint apps with OAuth in Office 365 and S2S High Trust in on-premise deployments. You will learn how to build a single app that will run on-premise, online and hybrid SharePoint environments.”

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The European SharePoint Conference will be run over four days and will feature over 100 informative SharePoint sessions and 6 preconference tutorials providing you with a fantastic opportunity for learning and building your SharePoint skills. Check out the full Conference Programme to see all sessions and topics that are being covered by myself and world renowned SharePoint experts.

If you want to deepen your SharePoint expertise, to understand the trend of the SharePoint market, and to learn how to leverage Microsoft Office 365 for your business, including the revolutionary Enterprise Social wave, the European SharePoint Conference is the best place to be in 2014!

Prices start as low as €995! There is also special group discounts for bookings of 3 or more people.

Book Now and I’ll see you in Barcelona in May

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SharePoint Connections Amsterdam 2013 slide deck and Silly Facts demo source code

Last Tuesday and Wednesday the SharePoint Connections Amsterdam 2013 were held in Amsterdam, Netherlands. I did a session on Developing SharePoint 2013 Apps with Visual Studio 2012 and enjoyed it very much.

Besides my session I was on the Ask The Experts team for the DIWUG. Handed out the new edition of the DIWUG SharePoint eMagazine (download for free) and helped people with their questions. At the start of the conference is was quite, but along the way more and more people came up the Ask The Experts panel. Some interesting question, a big thanks for that!

In this article:

Demo 1: Silly Facts SharePoint-hosted App

The Silly Facts demo is about creating a list with silly facts, like the ones below. The list is provisioned in the App web using a Content Type and List Instance artifact.

Site Contents showing the Silly Facts app Default page as part of the app displaying the Facts list instance with generated silly facts 

Once the list is in place I added a App Part (Client Web Part) to the Host web which shows a random fact every time the page gets loaded.

Adding the App Part onto the page (simular like a web part) App Part showing random silly fact on page load

Next to generating silly facts via the JavaScript CSOM a Custom Action is hooked to an Announcement list in the Host web allowing users to easily add new facts to the Facts list.

Extending the context menu via the Custom Action 

Demo 2: Provider-hosted App retrieving data via CSOM and REST

The next demo is extending demo 1 and changing it to a Provider-Hosted app and adding logic for retrieving data with SharePoint via CSOM (Taxonomy) and REST (Search). Changing the SharePoint-Hosted app to a Provider-Hosted app is done in the AppManifest.xml. Here you can change the type and instantly it will ask to generate a Web Project for you.

Next step is adding the chrome which allows you to add a custom menu shown in the top right corner. You can add you own options which integrate with the chrome.

Changing the app type in the AppManifest.xml (in Visual Studio) Provider-Hosted app with chrome and menu customizations (top right corner) 

With everything in place we will retrieve Taxonomy data via the CSOM and perform search queries via the REST API. This is done via code-behind of the Default.aspx on the button click.

After clicking the button "Get Facts" it shows the silly facts with actual data from SharePoint The retrieved data is stored as a facts in the Facts list

Downloads

You can check the slide deck and source if you want. When you have question, please use the comments section below.

Source code is found on Codeplex: https://sillyfacts.codeplex.com/

SharePoint 2013 Client Browser: Now support for Taxonomy and User Profiles

It’s been around 2 months since the last release of the SharePoint 2o13 Client Browser but work has progressed! Today I updated the tool with two new features.

  • Taxonomy support by showing the hierarchy of Term Store, Groups, Term Sets and Terms.
  • Limited support for User Profiles by showing the User Profile of the current user with the related properties and peers.

Download the SharePoint 2013 Client Browser here!

Taxonomy

By using the Microsoft.SharePoint.Client.Taxonomy namespace it’s possible to get the complete hierarchy of the Term Store and even manipulate it.

SharePoint 2013 Client Browser showing the Taxonomy

User Profiles

Next to the Taxonomy SharePoint 2013 client object model is extended with the Microsoft.SharePoint.Client.UserProfiles namespace for interaction with the User Profiles. For now I only included the current user profile. Future releases will be extended with other properties and showing more user profiles of other users within the environment.

SharePoint 2013 Client Browser showing the User Profile of the current user

Ping, nslookup and ipconfig cmd via PowerShell

I’m used to regularly work with ping.exe, nslookup.exe and ipconfig.exe in the command prompt. With PowerShell becoming more and more the default it’s time to change my default behavior, sounds like a real programmer…

PowerShell 4.0 provides cmdlets for these commonly used command-line executables. Since I’m often searching for the cmdlet name, I thought to write a personal reminder and share it with you!

Another nice cmdlet to retrieve your IP addresses is:

Upcoming speaking engagements and discount on your tickets

The SharePoint Connections Amsterdam is almost here! Only 2 weeks left and I’m prepping my session on Developing SharePoint Apps. After the SharePoint Connections there is more to come with the European Office 365 Connect in The Netherlands and European SharePoint Conference in Barcelona where I’ll be presenting as well.

SharePoint Connections Amsterdam 2013

The SharePoint Connections will be held in The Meertvaart in Amsterdam on 19-20 November 2013. More information is found on the website or Twitter with #SPCon13.

Below my session on developing SharePoint Apps.

Developing SharePoint 2013 Apps with Visual Studio 2012 (Level 300 – Devoper)

The new SharePoint App Model provides different ways of building apps. As a developer you have to choose between development techniques, hosting options and more. This session discusses the architecture, various types of apps, application identity and permissions, and how to build these different types of apps.

The session contains demos covering building SharePoint-hosted apps, implementing SharePoint 2013 chrome control, setting the right permissions, and more with Visual Studio 2012.

Besides presenting, I’ll be on the Ask The Experts boot for questions. Come and say Hi!

European Office 365 Connect 2014

The first Office 365 conference in Europe is held on 28-29 January 2014 in Haarlem, The Netherlands. All about Office 365 including Exchange, Lync, SharePoint and much more. Check the website for more information and get discount when buying your ticket by using the promo code “GB243”. Follow Twitter via #O365Con14.

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Develop, build, package, license and deploy apps for Office 2013 with Visual Studio 2012 (Level 300 – Developer)

Office apps have been around for a while, but things have changed with the introduction of Office 2013. A new App Model for Office 2013 provides apps that live both in the Office client and browser. Attend this session to discover what apps for Office are and how to create them using standards-based technologies like HTML5, JavaScript, CSS3, and XML.
The session covers different types of apps for Office 2013 like the task pane, content apps for Word, Excel and mail apps for Outlook. We’ll talk about how to develop, build, license and deploy Office apps. You will see demos cover creating apps with Visual Studio 2012 and deploying them for availability in the Office Store.

European SharePoint Conference 2014

It will take a while before this conference takes place, but it’s the 5-8 of May 2014 before you know it. This conference is in Barcelona, Spain and I’ll be talking about Hybrid SharePoint Apps. All sessions and speakers are on their website and follow the hashtag #ESPC14.

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Developing Hybrid SharePoint Apps that Run On-Premise & in the Cloud (Level 300 – Developer)

With the new SharePoint App model running outside the SharePoint worker process it introduces new authentication models. As a developer you don’t want to build multiple versions of the same app implementing each authentication model separately. This session explains the differences between securing SharePoint apps with OAuth in Office 365 and S2S High Trust in on-premise deployments. You will learn how to build a single app that will run on-premise, online and hybrid SharePoint environments.