WHAT’S NEW IN OFFICE 365 (NOVEMBER 2018)

October was a great month for those of us in the IT Pro space in Office 365, especially with the SharePoint Online Admin center enhancements. Unfortunately, we have yet to see the Teams Administration Dashboard in our tenant or any of our customers tenants but hopefully by typing this up we will assure ourselves of sticking our foot in out mouth and it will pop up. While many of the “big” developments from October are geared towards IT folks, there were still a couple noteworthy updates for the user base as well.

Side-note: If you plan to be in or around Chicago, IL in the beginning of December and want to increase your knowledge on Office 365/SharePoint head over to the SharePoint Fest Chicago event being held 12/3/2018 – 12/7/2018. Don’t let the name mislead you, they cover a lot of SharePoint items, but you will also see many other Office 365 applications covered as well as Azure topics. The event has different levels of sessions for end users, power users, IT professionals and developers so it really is for everyone. Continue reading “WHAT’S NEW IN OFFICE 365 (NOVEMBER 2018)”

SharePoint Conference 2018 Day 1 Recap

I was watching the SharePoint Conference North America 2018 Keynote (#SPC18 on Twitter) and I must admit, I “geeked out” a little bit about SharePoint Spaces and started to contemplate how I could convince the executive team to sign off on a Commercial Duane OdumHoloLens. If you are not familiar with SharePoint Spaces head over to the GeekWire article on SharePoint spaces by Nat Levy.  Essentially Microsoft is using Office 365/SharePoint Online to bring mixed reality creation to the masses.  The astute reader will notice that you don’t need the HoloLens but to you good reader, I say phooey…go big or go home.  If you or your organization want to get in on the private preview you can nominate your organization using the SharePoint Spaces Form (love that they are using MS Forms for this😊).  Continue reading “SharePoint Conference 2018 Day 1 Recap”

Codemash 2018: Drone Racing

AJThis year at Codemash I thought it’d be fun to do a “precompiler” session (aka an in-depth session before the conference gets started), despite the fact it may not specifically help in my software development area. But I hadn’t done any sort of embedded systems work since college and I thought this would be a great opportunity to get back into it.

As you may know, drone racing has been picking up a lot of steam lately. In fact, they’re even broadcasting it on ESPN these days. It’s actually very exciting to watch: Drones fly at impressive speeds through complex courses that require an amazing amount of maneuverability that takes nothing less than a wiz to handle.

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What really grinds my gears at conferences

Duane OdumYes, it is that type of blog post.  I have been attending conferences for almost 20 years now in varying industries and for the most part, I truly enjoy the experience. However, there are a couple things that simply infuriate me that I keep noticing more and more frequently.

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React Starter Kits

Duane OdumReact in itself is pretty easy to pick up if you have a good background in JavaScript, and that is ultimately one of its biggest selling points: simplicity.  Whether you choose to use JSX, ES6, or even TypeScript is completely up to you, but because React is meant to handle the View layer, you need to bring in other technologies to really get a full-fledged application up and running. This has lead to a plethora of React starter kits being created and published. So the great question is “Do I create yet another React starter kit or use an existing one?” As is the case in most other development exploits, it depends.

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CodeMash 2017: Science of Great UI Session Review

Duane OdumEvery year when I go to CodeMash, I try to do a pre-compiler session on something that makes me uncomfortable or I know little about.  This year, it was the Science of Great UI session presented by Mark Miller (@greatui). I am not completely lacking in artistic ability, as I can play quite a few musical instruments well, but when it comes to visual art, I am beyond deficient. I know CSS and if you give me a design I can make it happen, but to say that I do not have an eye for design is a significant understatement. Thankfully, there are folks on our team with better design taste to save me from myself.

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That Conference 2016 Recap

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Rick HerrmannI had the good fortune this year to be able to attend That Conference (https://www.thatconference.com) at the Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells August 8-10.  This was my first time attending the “Summer Camp for Geeks” and it was definitely worth the long drive from Livonia, MI (even with 8 kids in the car).

The Kalahari is a great conference venue (my kids loved it) and the conference was well organized and was loaded with good sessions.  During several of the time slots I had a hard time deciding which session to choose.

My post-conference list of things to follow up on includes:
  1. Angular 2.  I have actually been starting to learn Angular 2 the last two weeks.  One good session I attended was a side by side comparison between Angular 1 and 2 by Tony Gemol.
  2. RxJs.  I did not attend any sessions that were specific to RxJs but part of learning Angular 2 requires being familiar with RxJs.
  3. Firebase.  I had been wanting to take a look at Firebase for awhile and one of the sessions by Anne Bougie was a good getting started overview.
  4. git.  Yes git.  I have been working with git 5 years and thought I knew it pretty well.  But after attending the git session by Kieth Dahlby I realize there are a lot of advanced features that I am not familiar with.
I am already looking forward to attending That Conference again next year.