After reading Scot Hillier’s post on the new technology matrix at SPC14 I was inspired to write my own post too. Now picking the best 10 sessions out of the entire SPC14 sessions was HARD and I apologize to those speakers who aren’t included (please don’t attack me at SPC14).
For me, SPC14 will be about seeing:
- what the experienced/hands on developers are presenting on the SharePoint App model…the future of SharePoint development.
- what Microsoft key people’s messaging is around key development areas to get hints on future directions of the platform
The beauty of the SharePoint Conference this year is that SharePoint 2013 has been out for a while now and so a lot of tips and tricks will be talked about and very polished getting started sessions for newbies.
0. The keynote – Connect. Reimagine. Transform.
Yes, Bill Clinton will be on stage and yes I’m looking forward to seeing a former President present on technology…but I’m more excited to see how Microsoft message SharePoint and Office 365. This is a great way to get a birds eye view of the products with both a Business User, IT Pro and Developer viewpoint. Plus there are no other sessions on at this time so unless you’re sleeping in after a big Sunday night in Las Vegas…be there!
1. The developer audience keynote
Rob Lefferts has been at Microsoft in the SharePoint engineering team for a LONG time and I can’t think of anyone better to present ‘What’s new for the Office & SharePoint developer’. This is a really important session to attend to get a broad sweep idea of what is new for SharePoint Online and SP1 for on-premises environments.
2. SPC408 -SharePoint 2013 Apps with AngularJS
3. SPC417 – Speed up your app development skills with API abstraction
4. SPC413 – Complex problem solving with the new HTML5 APIs
Scot is one of my favorite Developer Speakers as a full-time SharePoint Trainer. I really like what Scot has posted on what he’ll be demoing in his sessions to set the expectation with his audience. For SharePoint developers who’ve had their head in the ASP.NET stack in Web Parts and Application pages this will be a real eye opener. I would also recommend ALL of his other sessions too.
5. SPC419 – Developing Cloud-Hosted Apps with MVC5
6. SPC288 – TypeScript for SharePoint 2013 Developers
7. SPC302 – Advanced development patterns for SharePoint Apps
I can’t say enough how impressed I am with the content that Nathan Miller and Richard diZerega have been pumping out. Its obviously these guys are deep in large implementations in their Microsoft roles. The demo you’ll see around the HelpDesk App has ben demoed before, but expect a lot more information this time round.
8. SPC323 – SharePoint App best practices using OData and the SharePoint REST API
Ted Pattison has been a SharePoint trainer for a long time and has a great style of presenting and breaking complex scenarios down. This session on OData and REST is a core aspect of SharePoint development and I HIGHLY recommend you attend this one.
9. SPC325 – Real-world examples of FTC to CAM transformations
Steve Walker has been doing a great job since transitioning to his new role in the Office 365 team and Vesa Juvonen is one of the few Microsoft Certified Solution Master. This session will really help to get you to understand where it is realistic to move your customizations from the Full Trusts Solution Model to the new Cloud App Model. These guys have been involved in large projects globally so expect a lot of real world examples to prove their points.
10. SPC348 – Update on InfoPath and SharePoint Forms
So I was never the biggest fan of InfoPath, as I explained when they announced InfoPath would be no more. Sonya Koptyev and Greg Lindhorst (Mark Rackleys’ doppelganger) will present Microsoft’s vision on the future of Business Forms on SharePoint. Now as a hard core developer…why does this affect you? Well I think whatever they come up with…you’ll still be involved in taking what Power Users have done and adding your customizations on top.
So, these sessions will all be recorded and the slide decks available on MySPC. But there is a big difference between being their in person and having the ability to ask questions during the session and also interact with them after the session. So I encourage you guys to make sure you pick your session wisely during SPC14 and enjoy the week!