Last week was a busy one for me, not so much with client work (though I managed to get a lot of that in, too), but with speaking at SharePoint events.
On Saturday, September 22, I was honored to deliver one sixth of the sessions in the keynote slot which kicked off the day. My session was called Getting Started with SharePoint 2013 Development. My goal with the session (it was the Standard development session to Bob German’s Advanced session) was to give an overview of what I see as some of the big changes that developers can expect when they start working with 2013. Rather than try to cover every nook and cranny (or even a large portion of them), I tried to give some links to articles out in the blogosphere that I thought gave good overviews of some of the topics. Thanks to people like Eric Shupps, Randy Drisgill, and others – I pointed to their content for later reading.
On 25 September at SharePointFest Chicago, I was lucky to be able to present a full day workshop called SharePoint Design Essentials with the great Kyle Schaeffer (@kyleschaeffer). Watching Kyle do the design stuff he does live is a sight to see. Make time for it someday if you have any interest in SharePoint design at all. Kyle’s posted the main slide deck we used over on his blog. For the jQuery section, I did an abbreviated version of my A jQuery Primer for SharePoint slides from SharePointFest Denver.
My first regular session in Chicago was one that I’ve been doing different versions of over the last year or so-called Flying in the Cloud: New Ways to Develop for SharePoint. It’s different every time because I am always adding new examples based on the client work I’ve been doing. It’s gotten a bit long in the tooth, and it’s probably time to retire it. To me it’s not a new way of working, but with SharePoint 2013 coming along with its new app model, it’s becoming almost fashionable to use things like jQuery, Web Services, DVWPs, XSL, and CSS. You know, that “no code” stuff.
If you’re interested in the demos I showed, I’ve packaged them into a couple of WSPs which you can download and instantiate in your own environment if you’d like. Additionally, for each of the examples, I’ve done other blog posts which describe what I did and how they work, along with the code. If you can’t find the posts, feel free to ping me via the contact for or on Twitter (@sympmarc) and I can shoot you a link for what you’re looking for.
Finally, I did a session at SharePointFest Chicago called SharePoint Solutions with SPServices. It’s a live tour of the SPServices site, along with some demos from my inner sanctum: the WSS site where I do all of the development for SPServices. No slides, no net. I couldn’t find my HDMI-VGA adapter, but thanks to the very nice gentleman in the second row who loaned me his laptop, we managed to cover just about what I would have from my local VM. If you attended that session or you just have questions about SPServices, please post them in the SPServices Discussions on Codeplex.