Friday 30 May 2014

Speaking on Office 365 APIs and “modern” SharePoint dev techniques at the SharePoint Evolutions 2014 Roadshow

Speaker_web_banner I’ve been in head-down mode recently preparing two new talks, which I’m looking forward to giving at the upcoming SharePoint Evolutions Roadshow here in the UK. It’s going to be a great event – pretty sure it’s the first time I’ve heard of a “roadshow” conference, but it’s a great idea! As usual for the SharePoint Evolutions event, there’s a great line-up of speakers from the UK, Europe, the U.S. and elsewhere. The roadshow visits 12 UK locations in total – I’m speaking at London and Cambridge, but many of the other speakers (including the U.S. guys) are doing LOTS of locations! Even so, no two locations will have exactly the same speakers/content, so the idea of going to more than one day works out too.

I’ll be speaking on:


An intro to the new developer APIs for Office 365 – London, June 10, 3:45pm

[This is a joint session with Wes Hackett]

Microsoft have stated that they will move away from SharePoint, Exchange and Lync APIs towards generic Office 365 APIs. The preview version of the first APIs were announced in March 2014, and cover several core building blocks for user collaboration - including mail, OneDrive files, calendar entries and contacts. Developers who need awareness of Office 365/hybrid scenarios can expect more such APIs in the future. We’ll demo the core REST API, the recently released .NET client API (which helps simplify authentication etc.) and even show accessing Office 365 from a “multi-device hybrid app” (aka Cordova) using the new JavaScript API for Office 365.

Get on the bus early - come learn about the APIs and the new permissions model ("the Common Consent framework") in this code-focused session.

Modern SharePoint Development - techniques for moving code off SharePoint servers – Cambridge, June 11, 1pm

Those implementing Office 365 know that custom code cannot run on the SharePoint servers, and remote code alternatives must be used. However, it can be valuable to adopt the same "cloud-friendly" development techniques even for on-premises implementations. In addition to increasing platform stability, this enables you to build in flexibility to your deployment - leaving the door open to a potential move to Office 365 in the future without major re-engineering. With several code-focused demos, this session examines approaches for switching to "off-box" code - including Remote Event Receivers, PowerShell and CSOM scripts, and a nod to JavaScript-based approaches. We’ll also take an in-depth look at Microsoft’s Office App Model Samples (AMS) and why you should care about them.

It’s not too late - convince your boss you need to attend for a day!

Since the roadshow is based around the idea of a series of one day events, it’s perhaps less of a big deal to escape from the office and clients to gain some key knowledge (than say, a 3 day conference). As you’d expect, the costs are also lower (£125 per day) and the organisers (Combined Knowledge) are even offering a “register 1, get 1 free” offer for a limited time as we close in on the event! 

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