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  • Blog Post: Displaying Cross-Domain/Secure Images from SharePoint Apps

    One of my biggest frustrations in developing apps are the cross-domain challenges that inherently exist when we decouple apps from the platform(s) they needs to consume. There are a number of approaches for dealing with cross-domain data such as cross-origin resource sharing (CORS) and JSONP. However...
  • Blog Post: Autohosted Apps are Dead…Big Deal!

    When Microsoft introduced SharePoint’s Application Model, they released a preview hosting option called "autohosting". Autohosted apps were exclusive to SharePoint Online and allowed developers automatically provision websites and (optional) databases in Windows Azure on-demand. Developers didn’t...
  • Blog Post: Connected SharePoint App Parts

    Last year I authored a post on using SharePoint 2013's embed code web part as an alternative to custom app parts. The embed code approach has the advantage of not using IFRAMEs, but isn’t repeatable, relies on the client for all application logic, and eliminates the use of server-side technologies...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint Timer Jobs running as Windows Azure Web Jobs

    The Office App Model Samples ( Office AMS ) contain some great examples of writing console applications using CSOM. A console application is the foundation for building timer jobs against SharePoint Online and offers a safer alternative to full-trust timer jobs written for on-premises SharePoint. In...
  • Blog Post: Taxonomy Picker in SharePoint Provider-Hosted App

    One of the exciting announcements at the 2014 SharePoint Conference, was the general availability the Office App Model Samples (OfficeAMS) on Codeplex . OfficeAMS is grass-roots effort by volunteer Microsoft developers to provide code samples using the Office/SharePoint app model that address common...
  • Blog Post: Apps for SharePoint and Yammer

    I have found that almost every app for SharePoint can benefit from leveraging a social platform. It might be as simple as using a social platform for basic profile information/pictures. The most obvious choice for many app developers is to leverage SharePoint as the social platform. After all, the app...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint Sandbox isn't Dead...UserCode is

    With the introduction of apps for SharePoint, many have speculated that sandbox solutions are dead/deprecated. This is accurate for solutions containing assemblies running on the Sandboxed Code Service (aka - SPUCHostService.exe). However, declarative solutions are very much still in play and widely...
  • Blog Post: App Approaches to Common SharePoint Customizations

    NOTE : This post takes an aggressive bias towards the new apps model for SharePoint customizations. Well written farm solutions are a solid and time-tested approach to customizations in on-premise deployments. Regardless of the sentiment in this post, Apps for SharePoint DO have gaps compared to farm...
  • Blog Post: Self-Service Site Provisioning using Apps for SharePoint 2013

    NOTE : Site Provisioning using apps has been better addressed by myself and others in the community on the Office AMS project published on codeplex . You are highly encouraged to reference that material over this. I would also discourage the use of Autohosted apps for this type of customization. Thanks...
  • Blog Post: Corporate YouTube and Video Delivery via SharePoint 2013

    Want to deliver an internal/corporate “YouTube” for your organization using SharePoint? Looking to maximize your SharePoint deployment by incorporating video/media delivery? Worried about the storage/bandwidth implications of allowing anyone in the enterprise to contribute video/media? Then...
  • Blog Post: Real-world Apps for SharePoint 2013 - Kudos (Part 2)

    Several months ago I wrote a post about building real-world apps for SharePoint 2013. In that post, I walked through the creation of an employee recognition app for SharePoint 2013 called Kudos. The original Kudos app leveraged SharePoint lists for storage and wasn’t very configurable. In this...
  • Blog Post: Real-world Apps for SharePoint 2013 - Kudos (Part 1)

    In this two part series, I will explore developing real-world solutions via apps for SharePoint 2013. Part 1 will focus on the basic app delivery without complex tenancy considerations (the solution will store all information in a list on the tenant). In part 2 , we will explore tenancy considerations...
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