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Creating a property pane for editing items in your SPFx web parts

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It’s a great privilege and great fun to work with the exceptional team at Shire that’s building a bleeding edge intranet to support their now 24,000 employees and growing. The team is exploring some very new territory and learning a lot along the way. During last weeks webinar, Microsoft’s Mark Kashman promised we’d post some of the lessons learned in the project. It’s my pleasure to share with the greater world a tidbit of that knowledge in the form of how to create a property pane for an individual item, not just the web part using the SharePoint Framework (SPFx). [Read More]

SharePoint + Flow (+ Azure Functions): Launching a Microsoft Flow from Client-Side Code

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The requirement seemed deceptively simple… and it was, somewhat… simple. I’ll start with showing you how very simple it is to launch a Microsoft Flow (“flow”) from your client-side code hosted, well… wherever. I will give you this caveat, launching a flow this way requires no authentication. The URL is entirely obscure, but if you’re concerned that the flow you’re starting does something you only want to allow authenticated users in your organization to do then you may want to rethink this. [Read More]

Utilizing ngOfficeUIFabric People Picker in SharePoint

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One of the great joys of developing custom forms in SharePoint is developing the controls for some of the more complicated field types, specifically the Taxonomy Picker and the People Picker. If you’re sensing sarcasm, you would be correct. There are brave souls out there who recreated these components for us that utilize no less than five (and sometimes more) Microsoft Javascript libraries. The reality is, for the People Picker, which is what I’m going to be discussing today, you’re really looking for a type ahead input field that filters a list of people that you can retrieve from SharePoint. [Read More]

SharePoint time, is not your time, is not their time.

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If you develop client side solutions for SharePoint you’ve either run into this or you will run into the following scenario. SharePoint stores all its date/time fields in UTC time. The site collections, sites, and the users, can have their own time zone settings. If you’re using SharePoint out of the box because all the content is rendered on the server and pushed to the client with all the date/time translation has been done for you. [Read More]

A Big, Thank You!

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Yesterday was a huge day for me professionally as I was awarded my first (and hopefully not last) Microsoft MVP Award. It was such a huge honor, and I felt it appropriate to give a shout out here to the Microsoft community for their support. There have been so many great mentors in my life over the years, many of whom I still collaborate with on a regular (if not daily) basis. [Read More]

Greetings from New Hampshire, Where I’m Co-Authoring a Document

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As Marc said in his post on this experience, which of course he published before me, he and I needed to do some work on a Word document together today. We started by emailing, but almost immediately realized we should just share it on our OneDrive. I was in browser at the time, but have since continued to co-author it in Word on my desktop. I’m not going to lie, I’ve had problems with the co-authoring experience in the past, but was keeping an open mind since Marc and I recently “upgraded” (not sure that’s the right word) to the “First Release for Current Channel (Office Insider Slow)” version of Office 2016. [Read More]

Extending SharePoint with ADAL and the Microsoft Graph API - Part 3 (The Execution)

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Introduction In Part 1, I discussed the background and setup information you would need to successfully embark on a client site widget for SharePoint that accesses the Microsoft Graph API (MSGraphAPI). In Part 2, we went in depth to the various ways of utilizing the adal.js and adal-angular.js libraries for authentication. Now, here in Part 3 we’re going to get right into the nuts and bolts of a real solution that does the following: [Read More]

Extending SharePoint with ADAL and the Microsoft Graph API – Part 2 (The Authorization)

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Introduction In Part 1 of this series I covered all the setup needed to start your Microsoft Graph API (MSGraphAPI) client side widget. In Part 2, we’re going to dive into the many ways to use adal.js and its counterpart adal-angular.js. I’ve included the same resources I included in Part 1, under the section for ADAL you’ll find a lot of references to Cloud Identity blog by Vittorio Bertocci a Principal Program Manager at Microsoft who has blogged extensively on the library, explaining in depth the technical workings of it. [Read More]

Extending SharePoint with ADAL and the Microsoft Graph API – Part 1 (The Setup)

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When Marc and I were at Ignite this past September, #SharePoint was the most tweeted hashtag. We heard a lot about the new SharePoint Framework (SPFx), which was clearly the focus for developers. But another oft-discussed technology topic centered on the expansion of the Microsoft Graph API (MSGraphAPI). It’s clearly going to be the API of choice going forward to access all Office 365 content, but its maturity is still early days. [Read More]

Create SharePoint Document Set (and set metadata) using REST

A quick post today to augment what’s out there in the “Googleverse”. I needed to create a Document Set in client side code, and went out to find the appropriate calls to make that happen. To update the metadata on the folder you create (which is all a Document Set really is under the covers), you simply make an “almost” normal list item update call. So the following is the various “functions” you need and how to string them together to do this task. [Read More]