The SharePoint app model and the health of the SharePoint partner community

As Microsoft has attempted to hasten the rate at which its enterprise customers for SharePoint server, on-premises, adopt its flavorful Office 365 cloud, SaaS offer, members of its partner community have vocalized concerns. One prominent component of this adoption campaign, in particular, has come to serve (in my opinion) as a barometer built to measure the health of the partner community. The component is the SharePoint 2013 App Model and the notion of “SharePoint customizations”. I recently wrote several posts to this blog on topics related to the App Model. There is a lot of recently published technical content on…
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A demonstration of how to custom brand SharePoint sites with the Alternate CSS property included with the April 2014 CU for SharePoint 2013

The last half hour of the second video tutorial on how to transform SharePoint customizations to conform with the SharePoint App Model is taken up with a demonstration of how to use the AlternateCSSUrl web property. The title of the video tutorial is Transform SharePoint Customizations to SharePoint App Model: (02) Controlling Branding in SharePoint Using App Model. The tutorial is led by Steve Walker and Vesa Juvonen, two Senior Program Managers at Microsoft. The AlternateCSSUrl web property was included in Microsoft’s April 2014 CU for SharePoint 2013. This property, “Alternate CSS”, is exposed in the Client Side Object Model…
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Microsoft shoulders the burden of hastening SharePoint developer adoption of the App Model

In the last 30 mins of the first of six video tutorials on the SharePoint App Model published on Microsoft’s Virtual Academy, Steve Walker and Vesa Juvonen use some of the techniques likely to be familiar to anyone involved in an effort to persuade people to adopt a new method of computing. The title of this video is Transform SharePoint Customizations to SharePoint App Model: (01) Introduction to App Model Transition Tasks. The experience of this tutorial as an effort to persuade an audience to do something differently, is exemplified by the frequency of repetition of several recommended approaches. The…
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Microsoft addresses the need to transform full trust solutions to conform with the SharePoint app model

Microsoft addresses the burning need most communities of SharePoint 2013 users will face when they consider eschewing full trust solutions for systems built with the new Office (SharePoint) App Model in a video tutorial titled Transform SharePoint Customizations to SharePoint App Model: (01) Introduction to App Model Transition Tasks. This video is led by 2 Senior Program Managers at Microsoft: Steve Walker and Vesa Juvonen The video is the first of a set of six video tutorials on this topic, which were all published on December 18, 2014. The intended audience are “IT pros, consultants, Office developers, and Microsoft partners”….
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While promoting the availability of Office 365 APIs, Microsoft also recently provided extensive video training on the SharePoint App Model

During the month of December, 2014, Microsoft published over 5 hours of video training content on the SharePoint App Model. This training has been packaged into 6 segments, each approximately 50 minutes in length. Each segment is led by two senior program managers who each bring extensive experience with SharePoint to the task: Steve Walker and Vesa Juvonen. I have already written a post to this blog on the second segment in this set. The title of my post is Microsoft recommends branding SharePoint Online, Office 365 with themes, alternate CSS and other CSOM methods rather than creating custom master…
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Microsoft announces roadmap to Typescript 2.0

SharePoint-Videos offers several sets of specialized video training content on the Office 2013 (and, by definition, the SharePoint 2013) App Model. Just to cite one of these sets here, we have published a set on JavaScript and jQuery led by Marc D. Anderson, a widely recognized authority on his topics. JavaScript and jQuery (which is a library of functions written for JavaScript), HTML, and CSS are the core tools for building Office Apps, per the App Model. But what is Microsoft up to, if anything, as regards tools for building these Apps? Microsoft has supported the development of a standards…
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Exploring How SharePoint Online, Office 365 Might Impact the Future of SharePoint Branding

Correct branding is a mission critical feature of, arguably, most, if not any successful implementation of SharePoint. In turn, adding an effective brand to SharePoint components — sites, libraries, lists, even newsfeeds — supports and hastens user adoption of the computing platform. So getting a glimpse of the likely future of best of breed branding methods for SharePoint and SharePoint Online, Office 365 makes sense. SharePoint-Videos has published sets of specialized training content on branding for SharePoint 2010 and 2013. These sets have been led by Yaroslav Pentsarskyy, an acknowledged subject matter expert on the topic, published author, SharePoint MVP…
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Organizations developing custom apps to surface external data in SharePoint 2013, need to follow a specialized set of procedures

In a set of video tutorials on the topic of how to work with BCS to surface external data in SharePoint 2013, or SharePoint Online, Office 365, Fabian Williams, a SharePoint Server MVP provides a set of guidelines likely to be very useful for any organizations planning on developing custom apps for similar needs. The title of this video tutorial set is Working with External Data in SharePoint 2013 using BCS and Workflows – On Premises and Online. The first 3 video tutorials in this set of training content are full of references to the preliminary steps any developer should…
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How to Migrate a Full Trusted Solution to an App for SharePoint 2013 and SharePoint Online, Office 365

Many organizations with a commitment to SharePoint 2010, on premises, permit their communities of SharePoint users to consume full trusted solutions.. These custom processes are both a plus and a minus for the organization, as Thomas Mechelke, a Senior Program Manager for Microsoft’s Office Developer Platform team spells out in a video tutorial on MSDM’s “Reimagining SharePoint Development” web site. The title of this video tutorial is Understanding the Differences Between Server-Side Object Model (SSOM) and the Client-Side Object Model. Regardless, when one of these organizations consider either migrating to Office 365, or at least adding an Office 365 component…
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Project Siena, a New No-Code Solution for Building Apps for Office 365 and SharePoint 2013

Anyone paying a recent visit to the Business and Productivity homepage of Microsoft’s MSDN content site will notice a mention of Project Siena, a mobile app builder for enterprise class organizations. This development tool can be downloaded as an app to any computer running Windows 8.0 or 8.1. Best of all, it appears to be a no-code solution. Back on December 19, 2013, this project appears to have received its first public exposure via post to Technet authored by a Corporate Vice President and Microsoft, S. Somagar. The blog post, titled Project Siena: Enabling Business Users to Create Mobile Apps…
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