Use build and release pipelines in VSTS to automate your SharePoint Framework deployments

A while ago I wrote two articles about how you can automate the publishing process of your SharePoint Framework scripts and solution package via custom gulp tasks.

Topics: SPTechCon, SharePoint Framework, Automation

Getting Started with the SharePoint Framework

Microsoft recently announced the general availability of the SharePoint Framework, a new development model for the creation of custom solutions within Office 365. The SharePoint Framework, also known as “SPFx”, provides customers with a way to extend the platform for Intranet and collaboration scenarios with a “pages and parts” model that is lightweight and easily configurable. As with any new model, developers will need to learn a new way of doing things, but SPFx has some specific requirements that may prove challenging for those who have been working with SharePoint for any length of time as well as those who are new to the platform. Before getting started, it is important to learn what skills are necessary, which tools are required, and how to configure an environment to begin creating SPFx solutions.

Topics: SharePoint Framework

Integrating the SharePoint Framework into your custom development strategy

With the introduction of the SharePoint Framework, organizations now have an entirely new option to choose from when designing custom extensions for their cloud and on-premise collaboration solutions. Although this new model provides additional capabilities and addresses many of the feature gaps present in Azure Web Applications and SharePoint Add-Ins, it also makes the development landscape more complicated than ever before, inevitably leading to confusion around which model to use for specific business scenarios. Integrating the Framework into an existing development strategy involves several key decision points and a deeper understanding of why it was introduced and what specific problems it was created to solve.

Topics: SharePoint Framework

Microsoft previews the SharePoint Framework

Microsoft is giving developers a public preview of its new solution for building mobile and web client-side experiences with SharePoint. The company first announced the new framework at the Future of SharePoint event in May.

Topics: SharePoint Framework

Don’t wait to get started with the SharePoint Framework

If you are as excited as I am about the soon-to-be-released SharePoint Framework (#SPFx), then there is much planning to do before the public release.

Topics: SharePoint Framework