Building Apps for SharePoint in Office 365 using Access 2013

Building Apps for SharePoint in Office 365 using Access 2013

Introduction In one of my previous blog posts about The future of Forms with SharePoint and Office 365 I talked about what is going on related to Forms. In this article I will show you the power and ease of using Access 2013 to create a simple App Form that you can use in your Office 365 deployment. Simply put, it’s one of the easiest way to create an App for SharePoint without breaking out any code at all. Say what you want about Access, but these features are pretty slick and I’m going to stick out my…

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Social tool enhancements in the enterprise with Office 365, but not for SharePoint on-premises

Social tool enhancements in the enterprise with Office 365, but not for SharePoint on-premises

Author: Tobias Zimmergren www.zimmergren.net | www.sharepointdiscussions.com | www.pointbird.com |  @zimmergren Introduction What can I say; Microsoft is doing a killer job with Office 365 and their cloud offerings in general. Today during the SharePoint Conference 2014 Keynote, they discussed some of the highlighted new features for SharePoint, Office 365 and related technologies. It is a clear message that cuts across all channels, blogs and presentations alike: Cloud comes first, on-premises may or may not be kept up to date. Let’s dig into some of the announcements. Office 365 is the fastest growing product in Microsoft’s…

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Tools for your SharePoint 2013 development toolbox

Tools for your SharePoint 2013 development toolbox

Some of my students, clients and community peers have asked about my favorite tools for working with SharePoint. So with that in mind, I quickly noted down some of my favorite tools that every developer should have in their toolbox. I’ve written posts about this before but as times and technology moves forward, new tools and techniques are evolving. I may post about the tools I recommend for IT-Pros at some point, but right now let’s stay on track with the dev-focus. If you think I’ve missed out on some great tools, let me know by commenting…

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Automating SharePoint Development - Iterative Development Process

Automating SharePoint Development - Iterative Development Process

Author: Tobias Zimmergren www.zimmergren.net | www.tozit.com | www.sharepointdiscussions.com | @zimmergren Introduction When dealing with SharePoint development, there’s tons of things to consider. There’s the aspects of code quality, aspects of proficient testing taking place and of course having a reliable process to re-do and fix anything that comes up along the way. Most importantly in my opinion is to not do all iterative work manually over and over. Most of these things are part of any common ALM (Application Lifecycle Management) cycles in a modern-day development team. In this article I’ll talk briefly about…

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So today we launched Pointbird.com, let's celebrate!

So today we launched Pointbird.com, let's celebrate!

Introduction The last few weeks and months I’ve been busy setting up the foundation for a new set of products we’re developing. We call them Pointbird. The story behind the name is a tale for another time. Simple but powerful plugins, products and solutions for SharePoint and other services – that’s what we’re currently building. We’ve also simplified licensing so that all our customers can easily understand our model and implement our solutions without any trouble! Easy as 1-2-3. Products We’ve got a set of products lined up in our respositories that are in testing…

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Preparing for upgrade to SharePoint 2013 - Iterative Upgrade Process

Preparing for upgrade to SharePoint 2013 - Iterative Upgrade Process

Author: Tobias Zimmergren www.zimmergren.net | www.tozit.com | www.sharepointdiscussions.com | @zimmergren Introduction Every cycle of SharePoint comes with challenges around upgrades and migrations. In one of my current projects I’ve been part of designing an iterative upgrade process – as I like to call it – which means we’ll be upgrading our Farm (all content databases) from SharePoint 2010 to SharePoint 2013 every week. Yes, that’s right – we upgrade SharePoint 2010 to SharePoint 2013 every single week with the latest content from the production environments. This of course happens on a separate SharePoint 2013 farm setup specifically…

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SP 2013: Extending the SuiteBarDelegateControl by adding the Title Breadcrumb control

SP 2013: Extending the SuiteBarDelegateControl by adding the Title Breadcrumb control

Author: Tobias Zimmergren http://www.zimmergren.net | http://www.tozit.com | @zimmergren Introduction In one of my previous articles where we investigated some of the new and awesome delegate controls in SharePoint 2013. It walks you through some of the interesting DelegateControl additions that I was playing around with. On top of that I got a comment about how you could extend it further by adding the current site title in the Suite bar: Sure enough, I took a dive into the Seattle.master to take a look at how the title is rendered and found the control called SPTitleBreadcrumb.…

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SP 2013: Getting started with the new Geolocation field in SharePoint 2013

SP 2013: Getting started with the new Geolocation field in SharePoint 2013

Author: Tobias Zimmergren http://www.zimmergren.net | http://www.tozit.com | @zimmergren Introduction SharePoint 2013 comes with tons of enhancements and modifications to previous versions of the product. One of the cool features I’ve played around with lately is the Geolocation field. Back in 2010 I wrote a custom-coded solution for displaying location information in our SharePoint lists, integrating some fancy-pants Google Maps – in SharePoint 2013, a similar field exist out of the box. In this article I’ll mention what this field does, a sample of creating and using the field, getting and setting the Bing Maps keys…

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