Discussing the New SharePoint Framework

At the Future of SharePoint event in San Francisco in May, Microsoft announced a number of new features and capabilities expanding on the SharePoint platform. As part of their roadmap, they announced the SharePoint Framework, a new development model that "enables fully supported client-side development, easy integration with the Microsoft CollabTalk tweetjam Aug 2016Graph and support for open source tooling."

Microsoft has been "dog-fooding" the framework with the development of some of their latest innovations, including their latest mobile applications, and new document library and list experiences in SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business. Reactions from the community have been mixed, but mostly positive as it allows customers and partner to leverage the latest JavaScipt frameworks like React and Angular, and better supports dynamic user experiences that are responsive and mobile-ready.

On Tuesday, August 30th at 9am PDT we will be convening again as a community to discuss "Building on the SharePoint Framework" as part of the monthly CollabTalk tweetjam, and picking at the seams of the SP Framework. We’ll talk pros and cons, share experiences from the preview, and discuss the future of SharePoint development – from a technical and business standpoint.

Follow along on Twitter using the #CollabTalk hashtag, or via the tweetjam page on Twubs.com/CollabTalk

Joining me on these sessions are a wide variety of experts and community members from around the world, including many MVPs, engineers, project and product managers, and so forth.

If you’ve never participated in one of these tweetjams, it's pretty simple: anyone can jump in and share their thoughts, or just lurk in the wings and absorb the wisdom of the crowd. Either way, it’ll be a TON of content to consume in a single hour. You can follow the live session using the Twitter UI of your choice (Twitter.com, Hootsuite, Tweetdeck, Twubs, whatever). How it works is that I’ll post a series of questions every few minutes, and people will respond to Q1, Q2, Q3 and so forth with A1, A2, A3, always including the #CollabTalk hashtag with their answers. Feel free to reply as often (or as little) as you’d like, ask your own follow up questions, share relevant links, retweet others, and engage with the audience.

The questions we will discuss during the session include:

  1. What do non-developers need to know about the SharePoint Framework?
  2. Does the SharePoint Framework replace, or coincide, with old models?
  3. What is the impact of the SP Framework on existing solutions and customizations?
  4. Microsoft has changed dev models with each version: Do you think they'll stick with this new model?
  5. How does the SharePoint Framework impact how you design solutions today?
  6. What new skills are required to use the SP Framework, and will old devs need to learn new tricks?
  7. Will Enterprises adopt this, or is it too much down the modern javascript dev path?

Undoubtedly, there will be side-questions, side-conversations, and wise-cracking throughout. The dialog is usually thought-provoking but also fun. Participating on this panel are a number of MVPs and experts on SharePoint and Office 365. The tweetjam is open to the public, so please join in the discussion!

  • Marc Anderson (@sympmarc), SharePoint MVP and co-founder, president of Sympraxis Consulting
  • Randy Drisgill (@drisgill), SharePoint MVP and branding and design expert at Rackspace
  • Wictor Wilen (@wictor), SharePoint MCA, MCSM, MCM, and MVP, and Nordic digital workplace lead at Avanade
  • Bill Ayers (@SPdoctor), SharePoint MCMC/MCSM, solution architect and developer
  • Stefan Bauer (@StfBauer), Office Development MVP, information architect and UX consultant
  • Doug Ware (@DougWare), SharePoint MVP and founder of Elumenotion
  • Rob Windsor (@robwindsor), .NET/SharePoint developer and MVP, trainer, and author
  • Ryan Schouten (@ShrPntKnight) senior SharePoint architect and evangelist at ZAACT
  • Bill Baer (@williambaer), senior technical product manager at Microsoft 
  • Eric Riz (@rizinsights), SharePoint MVP and ceo of Empty Cubicle 
  • Scot Hillier (@scothillier), SharePoint MVP and independent consultant
  • Chakkaradeep Chandran (@chakkaradeep), program manager on the SharePoint dev platform at Microsoft
  • Dan Usher (@binarybrewery), SharePoint MVP and lead associate at Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Hugh Wood (@hughajwood), core engine developer at Rencore AB
  • John White (@diverdown1964), SharePoint MVP and cto at UnlimitedViz Inc.
  • Eric Overfield (@ericoverfield), Office Servers and Services MVP, founder of PixelMill
  • Asif Rehmani (@asifrehmani), consultant, trainer and SharePoint MVP at VisualSP
  • Jared Shockley (@jshoq), senior systems engineer with SESIT at Microsoft
  • Gokan Ozcifci (@gokanozcifci), SharePoint MVP and IT infrastructure consultant at Neoxy
  • Benjamin Niaulin (@bniaulin), Office 365 MVP and evangelist at ShareGate
  • Brian Culver (@SPbrianculver), SharePoint MCM and founder, president of Expert Point Solutions
  • Sebastien Levert (@sebastienlevert), Office365 MVP and specialist in Azure, SharePoint, and O365 at Pollen
  • Naomi Moneypenny (@nmoneypenny), Office365 MVP and cto at ManyWorlds
  • Eli Robillard (@erobillard), SharePoint MVP, musician, fly-fisher, collaboration technology guy
  • Jeff Fried (@jefffried), cto and vp of engineering at BA Insight
  • and your host, Christian Buckley (@buckleyplanet), Office Server and Services MVP and cmo for Beezy

As always, it should be a fantastic discussions. Everyone is invited to participate whether or not you’re part of the panel. Join the conversation using the #CollabTalk hashtag and share your ideas and feedback. Thanks!

Christian Buckley

Christian is a Microsoft Regional Director and Office Servers and Services MVP, the Founder & CEO of CollabTalk LLC, an independent research and technical marketing services firm based in Salt Lake City, Utah, and CMO of revealit.io, a blockchain-based video technology company.