Materials for my SPS TC session: “Citizen Developer Tools are not just for Citizen Developers” now available!

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Whoops – this post comes quite late, as the session was a couple of weeks ago already.  I recently had a session at SharePoint Saturday Twin Cities (SPS TC for short) and thought I’d share my materials and document my experiences. Oh, and do the shout-outs, since I referenced some and tools by some extremely talented people!

Don’t want to crawl through the jabbering? Just the materials are here. Thanks for your interest, and you’re welcome!

What was SharePoint Saturday Twin Cities like this year?

The community around Minneapolis & St. Paul is great. It’s constantly one of the bigger SPS events in North America, and the conversations with the attendees are great. This year, the weather conditions were quite adverse, as the Twin Cities area experienced the “Blizzard of a Lifetime”, and weather warnings that forbid traveling. Even then, some 200 hardy Minnesotans drove through the snowstorm to participate in the sessions. Driving conditions were not easy, and I should know – we experience the same weather and similar storms in Finland, but we are allowed to use studded tires… 🙂 

Adverse weather conditions are nothing new, though. Last year in SPTechCon Austin, a tornado hit the city a day before the event – and that was a first for me! I recall Chicago had flood warning before SPS Chicago Suburbs – although I guess that’s not that extraordinary.

Authentic Minnesota Weather

Authentic Minnesota Weather

Anyway, I was in SPS TC with Tiina from Valo, we flew in on Thursday, got to see the city a bit and met some friends and associates on Friday, before the SPS on Saturday. SPS TC itself was great, as always. A lot of active community members braved the weather and came to the sessions and to chat with the vendors. 

My session at SPS Twin Cities had a bunch of hardy Minnesotans despite the weather!

My session at SPS Twin Cities had a group of hardy Minnesotans despite the weather!

Flying in a blizzard is apparently not easy

The way back was way more challenging – since it kept snowing for the whole Saturday and most of Sunday, a lot of roads were in untraversable condition, and there was a ton of cars stuck in the snow – even on the highways! On Sunday, our flight (like hundreds of others) was also canceled, which stranded us in Minneapolis. Luckily, we were able to reschedule a flight later that night.

Montreal had suffered a smaller blizzard in the meantime, mainly consisting of icy hail. That meant that when we came back, everything was covered in a 5mm (1/5 inch) -thick layer of ice. The next morning, my dog was struggling to stay upright, so I’ve got no idea how the plane landed and actually didn’t just slip over the end of the runway.

Even Miina, the animal equivalent of a 4-wheel-drive, was struggling with everything being covered in ice.

Even Miina, the animal equivalent of a 4-wheel-drive, was struggling with everything being covered in ice.

All in all, interesting and cool trip, despite turning out to be a bit more complicated than it was supposed to be.

Materials

This section contains all of the materials I produced for/during the event.

Slides

Okay, long story short, I uploaded my slides to SlideShare, and you can find them here:

https://www.slideshare.net/AnttiKoskela/citizen-developer-tools-session-at-sharepoint-saturday-twin-cities-4142018-by-koskila

See them also below:


Pictures

I also uploaded a couple of photos of the event (especially the weather!) on Twitter, if you want to see what the weather was like!

https://twitter.com/search?q=koskila%20spstc&src=typd

Demo Videos

Demo 1: Resolving Managed Metadata Madness in SharePoint

Demo 2: Mirroring content between Classic SharePoint sites

Demo 3: Push notification via Flow

Shout-outs:

I’m using Tomi Tavela’s awesome SP Chrome Editor to add the webhook in demo 3. Check it out!

I got the idea for the second demo from my chats with Henrik Blåfield and Juha Koivula at Valo, and the awesome folks at Hirschtec.

Vlad Catrinescu from Absolute-SharePoint gave me a lot of actionable feedback on my slides – thanks!

In my Azure Functions, I’m using OfficeDev PnP, which makes development a lot more straightforward. If you’re not using the library, you should check it out.

And last, but not least – thank you to the SPS TC organizers for having me! It was a blast 🙂

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Antti Koskela is a proud digital native nomadic millenial full stack developer (is that enough funny buzzwords? That's definitely enough funny buzzwords!), who works as a Solutions Architect for Valo Intranet, the product that will make you fall in love with your intranet. Working with the global partner network, he's responsible for the success of Valo deployments happening all around the world. He's been a developer from 2004 (starting with PHP and Java), and he's been bending and twisting SharePoint into different shapes since MOSS. Nowadays he's not only working on SharePoint, but also on .NET projects, Azure, Office 365 and a lot of other stuff.This is his personal professional (professional, but definitely personal) blog.

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