Slides and Demo Scripts from SharePoint Saturday Twin Cities 2016

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   A big thank you out to the organizers, attendees, and sponsors from SharePoint Saturday Twin Cities.  It has been a number of years since I was last at this event and great to see it alive and well.  I had a great time getting to talk with attendees and fellow speakers as well as presenting two sessions.  Slides, code, and scripts from my sessions are below.  If you have any feedback or follow up questions please leave a comment below.

 

   On a personal note I was completely flattered when Jeff Teper (“father of SharePoint” himself) and James Phillips (CVP for Business Apps at Microsoft) tweeted back to me during my prep time this morning.  Great to see the Corporate Vice President or SharePoint and OneDrive engaged and supporting community events.  A sign of good things to come from the SharePoint and PowerApps leadership.

 

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PowerApps and Microsoft Flow Intro for Developers

GitHub link to demo project files

https://github.com/BrianTJackett/BTJ.PowerApps.AzureDBSample

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Running Your Azure Dev / Test VMs for Cheap

PowerShell script for creating new Azure RM VM

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Slides and Demo Scripts from Dog Food Conference 2016

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   A big thank you out to the organizers, attendees, and sponsors from Dog Food Conference.  I had a great time getting to talk with attendees and fellow speakers as well as presenting two sessions.  Slides, code, and scripts from my sessions are below.  If you have any feedback or follow up questions please leave a comment below.

 

PowerApps and Microsoft Flow Intro for Developers

GitHub link to demo project files

https://github.com/BrianTJackett/BTJ.PowerApps.AzureDBSample

Slides

 

Running Your Azure Dev / Test VMs for Cheap

PowerShell script for creating new Azure RM VM

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Slides and Demos from SharePoint Saturday Detroit 2016

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   After a few years away I was able to present at SharePoint Saturday Detroit 2016.  A big thank you to all of the attendees, sponsors, organizers, and other speakers.  Below are my slides and a link to a GitHub repo with the demo projects that I used for the final demo.  This includes the Azure SQL DB project, API app, and Web App.  If you have any feedback or questions feel free to leave a comment below.

GitHub link to demo project files

https://github.com/BrianTJackett/BTJ.PowerApps.AzureDBSample

 

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Upcoming Speaking Events September 2016

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   After many months away from blogging and speaking (baby #2 was born recently) I’m speaking at a few conferences in the coming months.  If you are attending any of these conferences please stop by and say hi.  Looking forward to returning to each of these events.  Here are the sessions and abstracts.

 

Sessions

SharePoint Saturday Detroit (Sept 17th, 2016)

Title: PowerApps and Microsoft Flow for the SharePoint Developer

Abstract: PowerApps and Microsoft Flow are enterprise services (currently in preview) that allows power users and developers to build scalable applications that connect with numerous consumer and enterprise sources using PowerPoint and Excel-like tools. In this session we will overview the integration points for PowerApps and Microsoft Flow with various sources such as OneDrive, Twitter, Azure, and more. We will also talk about the developer story for integrating with custom APIs and on-prem data sources such as SQL Server and SharePoint. Lastly we will demo a number of scenarios to show how easily you can create and consume apps across Windows, iOS, Android, and web.

 

DogFood Con (Oct 5-6, 2016)

Title: PowerApps and Microsoft Flow Intro for Developers

Abstract: PowerApps and Microsoft Flow are enterprise services (currently in preview) that allows power users and developers to build scalable applications that connect with numerous consumer and enterprise sources using PowerPoint and Excel-like tools.  In this session we will overview the integration points for PowerApps and Microsoft Flow with various sources such as OneDrive, Twitter, Azure, and more.  We will also talk about the developer story for integrating with custom APIs and on-prem data sources such as SQL Server and SharePoint.  Lastly we will demo a number of scenarios to show how easily you can create and consume apps across Windows, iOS, Android, and web.

 

Title: Running Your Dev / Test VMs in Azure for Cheap

Abstract: With an MSDN subscription you can run your dev / test environment in Azure IaaS for less than the cost of a cup of coffee each day. In this session we will overview the basics of Azure IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service), the pieces you will use to be successful deploying SharePoint in Azure (including the new Azure Resource Manager templates), and how to use resources as efficiently as possible to reduce your costs and boost your farm performance. This session is targeted to SharePoint developers and administrators. Prior knowledge of Azure is helpful but not a requirement.

 

SharePoint Saturday Twin Cities (Oct 29, 2016)

Title: PowerApps and Microsoft Flow for Developers

Abstract: PowerApps and Microsoft Flow are enterprise services (currently in preview) that allows power users and developers to build scalable applications that connect with numerous consumer and enterprise sources using PowerPoint and Excel-like tools.  In this session we will overview the integration points for PowerApps and Microsoft Flow with various sources such as OneDrive, Twitter, Azure, and more.  We will also talk about the developer story for integrating with custom APIs and on-prem data sources such as SQL Server and SharePoint.  Lastly we will demo a number of scenarios to show how easily you can create and consume apps across Windows, iOS, Android, and web.​

 

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My Blog Has Moved

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Four months ago I wrote a post about Changes Planned for My Blog.  My initial research into migrating my blog ended up needing much more manual effort migrating content and extra time fine tuning the destination platform.  Additionally the birth of our second child has changed my priorities on time and side projects recently.  Without further delay I’m happy to announce that I am migrated off of my prior GeeksWithBlogs (SubText) platform and now on to WordPress.

Some of you may be asking “but Brian you said you were looking at migrating to Orchard, what happened to that?”.  As part of my migration attempt I had to convert from SubText to WordPress and then WordPress export out to a format that Orchard could understand.  Getting all content exported (including pictures, comments, blog post metadata, etc.) was very tricky and I had to manually update some of the export / import files for it to work properly.  In the end it was taking too much time to convert everything twice.  Everything looked good enough on WordPress and the developer / plug-in support on WordPress is strong.  I do plan to blog out the tools and processes I used in the migration in case anyone else is interested in seeing how that worked.

That being said, yes I’m aware that some content is not displaying 100% the same way that it did on my prior hosting blog.  You may notice that code snippets from years ago aren’t spaced properly or embedded images aren’t showing.  The latter is actually an issue with OneDrive that I had submitted a ticket on and am getting answers on.  If you notice something is not displaying properly or other issues please leave a comment or contact me.  I’ll be fine tuning my blog over time and any and all suggestions are welcome.  Thanks and I look forward to getting back into a more regular blogging schedule the remainder of this year.

   Side note: I am doing some URL rewrite / redirection on my new blog to clean up the URLs from my old blog.  This includes striping out the “bjackett/archive” portion of the URL as it is a remnant from my old host.  If you are accessing any content on the original URL “http://geekswithblogs.net/bjackett/…” you will be redirected to the intended URL of “http://briantjackett.com/…” instead.

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Speaking at Central Ohio Azure User Group June 2016

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Next Monday, June 13th I am excited to be presenting at the Central Ohio Azure user group (COAzure). This will be my first time speaking at this group.  Session details are below.  Meeting is from 6:00pm-8:00pm at the Microsoft building in Columbus near Polaris mall.  Come on out and learn more about Azure VM.

 

Session

Title: Running Your Dev/Test Virtual Machines in Azure for Cheap

Abstract: With an MSDN subscription you can run your dev / test SharePoint environment in Azure IaaS for less than the cost of a cup of coffee each day. In this session we will overview the basics of Azure IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service), the pieces you will use to be successful deploying SharePoint in Azure (including the new Azure Resource Manager templates), and how to use resources as efficiently as possible to reduce your costs and boost your farm performance. This session is targeted to SharePoint developers and administrators. Prior knowledge of Azure is helpful but not a requirement.

 

 

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