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Making SharePoint Apps Scale with Azure Redis Cache
This post will show how to create custom classes for a SharePoint 2013 app that enable the use of Azure Redis Cache. Background Often times there are web application design constraints that require use of session state. From Scott Guthrie’s book: It's often not practical in a real-world...
28 Sep 2014
I Love Orchard CMS, And You Should Too
This post will show some of the features of Orchard that I have recently fallen in love with. Background I have been playing with several CMS solutions in Azure Websites. For instance, I recently built a site for my son’s high school football team using DNN . Lately I have been tinkering...
14 Aug 2014
Solving a Throttling Problem with Azure
This post shows how we addressed a throttling problem when writing to an existing system using Microsoft Azure. Background I am working on a project with a customer, and we had the need to write to an existing system. The idea was to collect input from lots of systems and input them into a single...
8 Aug 2014
High Trust SharePoint Apps on Non-Microsoft Platforms
This post will discuss some options for building high-trust apps for SharePoint when the app is not running on a Microsoft platform. Background Let me start this post by saying I don’t have code to announce or a solution to provide. I am merely pointing out that building both low-trust and...
14 Jul 2014
Initiate a Skype chat from a Windows app
This post will show how to initiate a chat using Skype from a Windows app. Background I am working on a team project that needs to add a bunch of functionality such as sharing to social networks and initiating discussion with others. We have a very limited amount of time to build this functionality...
20 May 2014
Sharing in Windows 8 Apps
This post will show an example of sharing using a Windows 8 app. Background I am working on a team project with a requirement to post information to Twitter and Facebook from a Windows 8 app. We started looking at writing our own user interfaces to do this, and then realized this was kind of nuts...
19 May 2014
Call Multiple Services With One Login Prompt Using ADAL
This blog will show how to create a client application using Active Directory Authentication Library (ADAL) that authenticates to multiple Web API applications in Azure Active Directory while only prompting the user a single time for credentials. Background I wrote a previous post that showed how you...
23 Apr 2014
Build Android Apps With Xamarin Using Portable Class Libraries
This post will show how to use Xamarin.Android and Visual Studio 2013 to build an app for Android reusing an existing portable class library. Background In a previous post, Using Portable Class Libraries to Reuse Models and ViewModels , I showed an example of creating a portable class library (PCL) and...
21 Apr 2014
Calling O365 APIs from your Web API on behalf of a user
This post will show how to create a custom Web API that calls the Office 365 APIs on behalf of a user. Background How about that title?!? That’s pretty geeky. I’ve been working with a customer who is interested in the new Office 365 APIs that were announced at SharePoint Conference. They...
15 Apr 2014
Using Portable Class Libraries to Reuse Models and ViewModels
This post will show you how to create a portable class library (PCL) to reuse logic across client applications. We show how to reuse the model and view model in various Windows platforms in this post, and show how to reuse it within an Android application in the post Build Android Apps With Xamarin...
9 Apr 2014
Deploying a SharePoint App to Azure As Part of a Build
This post will show how to use continuous integration with a SharePoint provider-hosted app deployed to an Azure web site. Background I’ve written on the topic of SharePoint apps and ALM before, but I couldn’t get the whole thing to work with Azure web sites, just my own IIS server. I decided it...
2 Apr 2014
Deploying an Azure Web Site Using Git and Continuous Integration
This post will show how to deploy an Azure Web Site using Git and Continuous Integration. By the time I typed that long title, I’ve told you pretty much the whole story. Background I attended the Global Windows Azure Bootcamp today and had a blast going through labs and watching demos. ...
31 Mar 2014
Git for Team Foundation Developers - Merging
This post will show how to merge using Git. This is the third post in a series. Git for Team Foundation Developers Git for Team Foundation Developers – Branches Git for Team Foundation Developers – Merging (this post) The series focuses on introducing Git for developers who are familiar with Team...
28 Mar 2014
Git for Team Foundation Developers–Branches
This post will illustrate branching with Git. This is the second post in a series. Git for Team Foundation Developers Git for Team Foundation Developers – Branches (this post) Git for Team Foundation Developers - Merging The series focuses on introducing Git for developers who are familiar with...
27 Mar 2014
Building SharePoint 2013 Apps with Windows Azure PaaS
This post will show how to create a SharePoint 2013 app leveraging Windows Azure PaaS and the Windows Azure SDK 2.2. You can watch the video online of the presentation that I did about this solution at SharePoint Conference 2014, Building SharePoint Apps with Windows Azure Platform as a Service, at...
4 Mar 2014
Building a SharePoint App as a Timer Job
This post will show how to create an app as a timer job. Background One of the complicated parts of the app model today is trying to figure out how to do things that I used to do in full trust code using the app model. Honestly, things look a little different, and this pattern will be useful to...
2 Mar 2014
Attaching Remote Event Receivers to Lists in the Host Web
This post shows how to attach a remote event receiver to a list in the host web for a SharePoint provider-hosted app. Background While working on the SharePoint 2013 Ignite content, apps were still very much new and very little documentation existed. We were fighting a problem of using an app that...
26 Feb 2014
Call O365 using CSOM with a Console Application
This post shows how to use the SharePointOnlineCredentials class to authenticate to O365 from a console application. Background I write a ton of short samples for customers and co-workers. I’ve written this one quite a few times but never seemed to add it to my personal source code control repository...
23 Feb 2014
Setting a SharePoint Person or Group Field Value with CSOM
I recently was asked a question about setting a Person or Group field value in a list using CSOM. This post shows how to programmatically set a user or group field value using CSOM. Background A developer wants to programmatically add users as members to a Community site in SharePoint 2013. ...
30 Nov 2013
What Every Developer Needs to Know About SharePoint Apps, CSOM, and Anonymous Publishing Sites
This post will show what works and what doesn’t with CSOM and REST in a SharePoint 2013 publishing site that permits anonymous access. More importantly, we show what you should and should not do… and why. Overview I frequently see questions about using SharePoint apps with “public-facing web sites...
24 Oct 2013
Enabling the Developer Site Collection Feature in SharePoint Online
I have been doing a bit of work updating some of our content for apps lately, and I found a couple areas where I needed to enable the developer site collection feature for a new site collection. You might want to enable the developer site collection feature when you need to side-load an app and...
5 Oct 2013
Introducing SharePointContext for Provider-Hosted SharePoint Apps!
One of the more frustrating parts of building provider-hosted apps for SharePoint 2013 was that you needed to choose ahead of time if you were targeting a low-trust app or a high-trust app and use the appropriate methods in TokenHelper.cs. Not only that, but figuring out how to use the app-only...
24 Sep 2013
Creating a Fiddler Extension for SharePoint 2013 App Tokens
This post will show how to create a Fiddler extension to inspect SharePoint 2013 context and access tokens. [ Update 11/21/2013: Andrew Connell was nice enough to post this project to GitHub to allow the community to make contributions to the project. Visit his blog for more information on contributing...
25 Aug 2013
ALM for SharePoint Apps – Understanding Provider Hosted App Publishing
This post shows how to create a publishing profile for provider-hosted apps and use them as part of the build process. Overview This is part 4 in a series on ALM for SharePoint 2013 apps. Part 1 - ALM for SharePoint Apps: Configuring a TFS Build Server with Team Foundation Service Part 2 - ALM for SharePoint...
20 Aug 2013
ALM for SharePoint Apps: Customizing the Build Process with a Custom Workflow Activity
This post shows how to create a custom customize the build process for provider-hosted apps with a custom workflow activity that will update the appmanifest.xml file for a provider-hosted app to point to different web servers. Overview This is part 3 in a series on ALM for SharePoint Apps. Part 1 - ALM...
16 Aug 2013
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