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Building Composite Solutions for SharePoint 2013 with the Browser Part One

Asif Rehmani, SharePoint MVP and President, Rehmani Consulting, Inc presented at the SharePoint Conference 2012. Asif’s topic was “Build SharePoint 2013 composite solutions – all you need is a browser!”. His presentation was delivered on November 15, 2012 to a standing room only audience. As Rehmani noted at the start, this presentation marked ” . . . a big change from what I normally do, which has been a lot of SharePoint Designer, Workflows, InfoPath, BCS . . . ”

As Asif noted in the introduction to his actual presentation, the assumed skill level for his attendees was above “SharePoint 1010”, meaning people using SharePoint who would play the role of an administrator, developer, architect or power user.

In this presentation, Asif opted to take a new direction with this presentation as the result of the changes that have been made in SharePoint Designer, 2013. He noted that “there’s definitely a huge paradigm shift in where [SharePoint Designer 2013], and also where Infopath and everything else is going.” However, his presentation does not, in any way, touch on those changes. Rather, he used his presentation time to present how browser based, no code, process development methods can be successfully exploited to produce useful systems for SharePoint 2013.

The training content for his session was entirely focused on browser-based process development. Rehmani noted at that there would be ” . . . no Visual Studio, no code [development methods], not even the other stuff [that Asif] usually loves to talk about, which is workflows and SharePoint Designer and InfoPath . . .” Asif Rehmani explained that he had planned his presentation for an audience of Information Workers (meaning the people tasked, ” . . . day in and day out with doing the SharePoint work”; Business Analysts, and Developers (as Asif noted, his talk was classifed as a Developer track presentation). In fact his planning was accurate. The audience broke down along the lines of the type of SharePoint users that he expected, though the proportion of developers in the audience was rather high. As well, a number of IT pros attended the presentation.

Asif noted that there is a “huge proportion of no code process development available for SharePoint”. He explained that his talk would center around how browser-based process development can be undertaken without had coding, but independent of the usual development technique that would otherwise utilize SharePoint Designer to build applications via workflow. Nevertheless, he explained that the techniques he planned to demonstrate would, nevertheless, still make substantial use of site columns, content types, and even workflow solutions (though without use of SharePoint Designer).

In the next post to this blog we will proceed further with a summary of Asif Rehmani’s presentation at the SharePoint Conference, 2012 held in Las Vegas, NV in November, 2012.

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