SharePoint Framework (SPFx) Quick Start (Updated 2023)

UPDATE2: Almost 4 years ago, I wrote a post on how to setup up your SPFx developer environment because, at that time, I found the available documentation to be very “challenging” to understand. Since then, the official documentation has gotten much better and if you want a walk-through that explains everything, follow the link in the next paragraph. BLAH BLAH BLAH! Just take me to the code! This is the Quick Start guide I use when I am setting up a new computer to work with SPFx.

Using Teams Toolkit in WSL (updated)

I recently started a training course with the amazing Andrew Connell through his company Voitanos. The subject for this course is Microsoft Teams Development. This is an area I have wanted expand my professional expertise in for a while, so I am very excited about the course. We are using the Teams Toolkit to develop all of the project types available in MS Teams. Our first project is an app to be surfaced as a personal tab and since we want to build a modern UI, we are using the Tab option for “React with Fluent UI.

Using Multiple Desktops for Presentations

Have you ever sat through a presentation, watching the presenter struggle to find the next browser tab, code window, slide deck, etc, to continue the show? Or watch that awkward transition from slides to demos and back? Or the presenter uses Alt-Tab, but has dozens of apps open and strugles to find the right one? I know you have and it might have been one of my sessions! I learned a while back about a technique to make your presentations just flow from one section to the next.

Microsoft 365 Conference 2023

updated from 2022-01-22 I am thrilled to announce I was selected to speak at this year’s Microsoft 365 Conference in Las Vegas on April 30th-May 5. This is always one of the premier conferences, with a large supporting cast from Microsoft and the MVP community. I am really looking forward to connecting with attendees and learning how they are using Microsoft technology to make the world better.

Renewed - Teams Application Developer Associate Certification

I recently took the certification renewal appraisal and passed! This used to be the certification earned with the passing of MS-600 exam titled “Building Applications and Solutions with Microsoft 365 Core Services.” The certification was orignially called the “Microsoft 365 Developer Associate” certification, but is now called “Microsoft 365 Certified: Teams Application Developer Associate.” Originally, I heard that recertifications would be via an exam that was just like the original exam, but not as long.

The Thrive Conference 2023

I am so exited to announce that I will be traveling to Slovenia this May as a speaker at the Thrive Conference! I will be presenting a session on “Custom List Formatting.” Thrive is not as well known as some of the bigger conferences in Europe, but it has an amazing reputation for being a smaller conference where interactions with the speakers and sponsors are much easier to arrange.

European Collaboration Summit 2023

Wow! After several attempts, I was finally selected to speak at this year’s European Collaboration Summit (ECS) in Düsseldorf, Germany! This is considered by many to be the premier conference on Microsoft 365 and relate technologies and I have wanted to attend or speak for several years. (Full disclosure, I was selected to co-present in 2021, but Covid-19 caused the conference to be cancelled.) At ECS, I will be presenting a session titled “Simplify SharePoint Development with Containers”.

Upgrade your SPFx project (Community Demo)

Last week, I had the privilege of doing a live demo during the bi-weekly “Viva Connections & SharePoint Framework” community call hosted by Microsoft. This was my first time presenting in one of these calls, so I was a little nervous, but once the lights are on, all nerves disappear and there is no other option but to press on. The topic I chose to demonstrate was “Upgrading SPFx solutions to the latest version using the CLI for Microsoft 365.