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 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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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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Workarounds to Backup an Access 2013 Database Published as an App in SharePoint Online

For organizations choosing a public tenancy SharePoint Online solution, via Office 365, publishing Access 2013 databases as SharePoint 2013 Apps certainly poses a problem. As I wrote in a post to this blog published yesterday, once the Access 2013 database has been published to SharePoint Online as an App, the data layer will no longer be retrievable for local back up and data storage. However there is a workaround. The workaround is to select a “Datasheet” view of the App, rather than the “List” view. Once the “Datasheet” view has populated, all of the table rows and columns should be…
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Microsoft Turns Up the Volume on Why Developers Should Embrace The Office and SharePoint 2013 App Model

Microsoft has started a concerted effort to persuade Office Developers and SharePoint 2013 Developers to embrace the new App model. This effort includes the launch of a Reimagine SharePoint development site, a set of videos with the same title on MSDN Channel 9, and even dedicating an Office 365 technical webcast to the topic. This webcast took place on June 5, 2014. This technical webcast was led by Vesa ”Vesku” Juvonen, who is a Principal Consultant at Microsoft. Why is Microsoft accelerating its efforts now? Perhaps all of this new activity reflects a greater sense of urgency. After all, the…
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IT Professionals Looking for Windows App Certification can Find Lots of Video Training On MSDN’s Channel 9

SharePoint-Videos offers three sets of video training on the SharePoint 2013 App Model: SharePoint 2013 Development SharePoint 2013: JavaScript and jQuery and SharePoint 2013: Beginning Development Any reader looking to achieve certification for “Windows 8 Apps with HTML5” should take a look at the list of video courses offered on MSDN’s Channel 9 on the topic. The first of these, Developing Windows 8 Apps with HTML5 Jump Start is led by Jeremy Foster and Michael Palermo. It should be noted, as Michael Palermo explains, “all of the code samples are on codeshow.codeplex.com”. Selecting CodePlex as the repository of the code…
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