SharePoint PnP Webcast – Using modern web stack with SharePoint on-premises deployments

In this PnP Webcast, we cover how to get started on using modern web stack development in on-premises deployments. SharePoint Framework is currently in developer preview at SharePoint Online and is planned to get released to SharePoint 2016 during calendar year of 2017. You can however start using modern web stack development processes and tooling in on-premises deployments without SharePoint Framework. This will give you potentially easier migration / transition story to SharePoint Online in future and it gives you a possibility to learn same tooling in both on-premises and SharePoint Online deployments.

SharePoint 2016 and SharePoint 2013 have almost identical remote APIs (REST) as in SharePoint Online, so by building your JavaScript implementations using TypeScript and modern web stack tooling, you can easily then transform your customizations to SharePoint Framework, when needed. Situation is slightly different with older versions of SharePoint, where the remote APIs are completely different. SharePoint 2010 already supported REST APIs, but the implementation was highly limited. Technically you can also use the classic web services (*.asmx) to perform operations towards SharePoint from JavaScript. 

Presentation covers following topics:

  • What's modern web stack development?
  • What does this mean in practice?
  • Screenshots of the provided sample in SP2016, SP2013 and in SP2010
  • What would I need to get started?
  • SharePoint Framework will ONLY be available in SharePoint Online and SharePoint 2016

Web cast demo (7:55) shows following details

  • Prerequisites for the provided sample (Node and npm install)
  • Walkthrough the solution structure which provides similar development experience as development with SharePoint Framework
  • Running the sample solution outside of SharePoint
  • Demonstration of hot reloading hooked in the sample code
  • Hosting React sample in SharePoint on-premises deployment using script editor web part

Webcast presenters: Vesa JuvonenWaldek Mastykarz

Presentation used in this web cast is available from http://docs.com/OfficeDevPnP.

Video at YouTube.

Additional resources

See following resources around the SharePoint Framework. 

What is SharePoint / Office DevPatterns & Practices (PnP) web cast series?

SharePoint / Office Dev Patterns and PracticesSharePoint / Office Dev Patterns & Practices (PnP) webcast series covers different patterns, practices and topics around development with Office 365 and SharePoint. Majority of the topics are valid for the Office 365 and SharePoint on-premises. Our objective is to release new around 30 minute long web cast each Monday with few slides and a live demo on the covered topic. All web casts are published at the PnP YouTube channel with additional references on the existing materials.

PnP is community driven open source project where Microsoft and external community members are sharing their learning's around implementation practices for Office 365 and SharePoint on-premises (add-in model). Active development and contributions happen in our GitHub repositories under dev branch and each month there will be a master merge (monthly release) with more comprehensive testing and communications. Latest activities and future plans are covered in our monthly community calls which are open for anyone from the community. Download invite from http://aka.ms/SPPnP-Call

This is work done by the community for the community without any actual full time people. It’s been great to find both internal and external people who are willing to assist and share their learning's for the benefit of others. This way we can build on the common knowledge of us all. Currently program is facilitated by Microsoft, but already at this point we have multiple community members as part of the Core team and we are looking to extend the Core team with more community members.

If you have any questions, comments or feedback around PnP program or this blog post, please use the Microsoft Tech Community (SharePoint Developer group).

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Vesa Juvonen, Senior Program Manager, SharePoint, Microsoft - 26th of December 2016

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