I presented recently at the SharePoint Saturday London 2016 event, on the topic of developing with the new SharePoint Framework. As more and more SharePoint developers are coming to realize, it’s a time of big changes and although the SharePoint Framework has not yet hit general availability (at the time of this article), it’s very very close and so it’s good to start soaking up the information. I held back publishing this slide deck, as I knew Microsoft were making some changes to the Framework since I first saw it and were going to release some updated bits to us folks with early access. I wanted this ‘early preview’ information to remain as accurate as possible for when *you* get the Framework, and I’ve now verified everything in the deck is still accurate.
The deck is available for download on SlideShare at http://www.slideshare.net/chrisobrien/chris-obrien-introduction-to-the-sharepoint-framework-for-developers, but you can also flick through the slides below. Unfortunately the demos weren’t recorded at the event – so I’ve added a couple of slides to describe them in case that helps.
Hopefully the SharePoint Framework will start rolling out to Office 365 tenants in First Release mode soon. It’s a radically different development experience, and the payback is that you can develop performant web parts that work well in responsive design and can be used in “modern pages”. Rememeber that it's not possible to use what we're now calling "classic" web parts in modern pages, and given that both team sites and publishing sites in Office 365 will soon be able to use modern pages, that alone makes the new model worthy of attention. Additionally, it will come to on-premises SharePoint 2016 in a Feature Pack in 2017, so even if you're on-prem only it's perhaps advisable to start looking at this.
Onwards and upwards!