Category Archives: SharePoint Framework

The Pros and Cons of Fluent UI React

I recently got to know Fluent UI React when I used it in custom SPFx webpart. Fluent UI React is a framework of customizable components from Microsoft that fit seemlessly into Microsoft products like SharePoint. If you aren’t familiar with Fluent UI, don’t feel bad. It is the relatively new rebranded Office Fabric React. Ahh, you gotta love how Microsoft is always renaming things! Just when we get used to saying something, they decide to change it. So whether you know it as Office Fabric or Fluent UI, here is my take on working with it.

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SharePoint Framework On-Premise Deploy via Gulp

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SharePoint 2016 Server has support for SharePoint Framework, however there are some features missing that are present in SharePoint Online.

When first learning SharePoint Framework (SPFx), the tutorials provided by Microsoft are geared towards using SPFx in SharePoint Online.  A lot of the knowledge and concepts transfer to SharePoint 2016 Server, however I found a key feature missing: Asset deployment.

SPFx solutions expect you to host your assets (html, javascript, css) in some location that is accessible from your SharePoint site.  In SharePoint Online, the deployment gulp task that comes packaged with SPFx can (and by default, does) deploy your assets to the SharePoint Online App Catalog site.  With SharePoint 2016 Server, asset deployment is your responsibility.  I did not like this at all – I wanted a simple, configurable script/task to run that would deploy my assets where I wanted them to go.

First the setup.  Read more