Marc Anderson will Present a Workshop and Two Sessions at SharePoint Fest Chicago

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Marc Anderson, Co-Founder and President of Sympraxis Consulting LLC, will present a workshop and two sessions at SharePoint Fest Chicago, December 8-10, 2015 at McCormick Place South.

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It’s never been a more exciting time to be working with Microsoft technologies, but the flip side is there’s so much to learn. Keeping your skills up to date is critical, and client side development should be firmly in everyone’s sights.

Marc Anderson will present a workshop and two sessions at SharePoint Fest Chicago which will take place December 8-10, 2015 at McCormick Place South in Chicago, Illinois.

SharePoint Fest is a two-day training conference (plus an optional day of workshops) that will have over 70 sessions spread across multiple tracks that brings together SharePoint enthusiasts and practitioners with many of the leading SharePoint experts and solution providers in the country.

Marc Anderson's workshop:

8:30 am - 12:00 pm Tuesday - Building SharePoint Solutions with KnockoutJS

Building SharePoint solutions is changing a lot. Just a few years ago, creating an entire application client-side seemed to many like a foolhardy idea. However, with the maturing of many solid JavaScript development tools and frameworks, it's not only possible, but in many cases preferable to server-side development.

In this workshop, attendees will look at how they can use KnockoutJS as part of their development toolkit. Whether they're building on SharePoint 2007 with SPServices as the data layer or in SharePoint 2013 using REST, KnockoutJS can help them build rock solid SharePoint solutions that are adaptive and maintainable.

Using real solutions that have been built for clients, attendees will look at topics such as:

  • Using RequireJS to bootstrap their application
  • Pulling data from multiple lists and libraries using REST and SOAP (Using SPServices)
  • Combining data into observable arrays
  • Manipulation of data for optimal performance
  • Developing “bindable” markup
  • Binding the data to your HTML markup
  • Developing custom bindings
  • And more…

Level: Experienced Developer

Marc Anderson's sessions:

4:20 pm Wednesday - Creating a Great User Experience in SharePoint

Building solutions in SharePoint isn’t simply about getting the functionality right based on the business requirements. Developers must think about the entire user experience (UX), which goes far beyond the technical aspects of the solution. It’s no longer good enough to meet the specifications. Attendees must exceed them in terms of usability. This takes many developers out of their comfort zones and into the messy world of end users.

In this interactive session, attendees will discuss questions like:

  • How should the user feel when they use this piece of functionality?
  • Will they perceive that this functionality saves them work or creates new work?
  • How will the functionality compare to what they see on the consumer Web?
  • How can they use technologies which haven’t historically been considered mainstream SharePoint developer tools (like jQuery and CSS) to make SharePoint feel more like the sites people love?

Attendees will look at good and bad examples from SharePoint itself as well as specific customizations.

3:50 pm Thursday - Moving from SOAP to REST – Attendees Will Have to Do It Sometime

If attendees have been developing client side applications or functionality using SPServices and the SOAP Web Services, sooner or later they’ll want to move to REST instead. This session takes the patterns shown in Marc's article series on ITUnity and his blog and makes it real with real-world examples. There are some things they can do now to prepare for this eventuality, whether it’s part of an upgrade to SharePoint 2013 or simply because they’ve got “legacy” code that uses SOAP instead of REST. Attendees will go through the decision points, specific code examples, and better practices.

About Marc Anderson

Marc is the Co-Founder and President of Sympraxis Consulting LLC, located in the Boston suburb of Newton, MA, USA. Sympraxis focuses on enabling collaboration throughout the enterprise using the SharePoint application platform. Marc has over 30 years of experience in technology professional services and software development. Over a wide-ranging career in consulting as well as line manager positions, Marc has proven himself as a problem solver and leader who can solve difficult technology problems for organizations across a wide variety of industries and organization sizes. Marc is the developer of the jQuery Library for SharePoint Web Services (SPServices) and The SPXSLT Codeplex Project. He is a repeat recipient of the Microsoft MVP award for SharePoint Server (2011-2015).

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