Sunday, April 24, 2011

Chris Mayo’s Recent SharePoint Online Beta Posts

Now that Office 365, which includes Access Services, is available in a public beta, I’ll be including articles on SharePoint Online topics in this blog.

Note: I’ll cover linking Access tables to SharePoint Online lists and upsizing to Access Web Databases using SharePoint Online in my Moving Access Tables to SharePoint 2010 and SharePoint Online Lists Webcast of 5/10/2011. See my Three Microsoft Access 2010 Webcasts Scheduled by Que Publishing for March, April and May 2011 post for more details.

SharePoint Online for Office 365: Developer Guide (4/21/2011)

image The SharePoint Online team has released the SharePoint Online for Office 365: Developer Guide to provide a comprehensive overview of the SPO platform and how developing for SPO differs from SP2010. Give it a read, it’s a great reference.

Chris is a Microsoft technology specialist focusing on Office 365 and SharePoint Online.

Visual Studio 2010 SharePoint Power Tools for SharePoint Online (4/21/2011)

Developing solutions for SharePoint Online requires they be built using Sandboxed Solutions .  Sandboxed solutions are developed against a scoped version of the Microsoft.SharePoint API specific to the capabilities of the sandbox.

While Visual Studio 2010 provides IntelliSense support for the sandbox, compilation support would be even better (so you can catch issues with code copy/pasted from other projects or online samples, etc.).

Enter the Visual Studio 2010 SharePoint Power Tools. These tools provide sandboxed solution compilation support and a Visual Web Part (Sandboxed) project item template so you can create Visual Web Parts that will run in the Sandbox.

Download and install the tools today. They are a huge time saver for SharePoint Online and sandboxed solutions development.

Building a SharePoint Development Machine Using the Easy Setup Script on SharePoint Sideshow (4/19/2011)

Now that the Office 365 Training Course is available for the Office 365 beta, I’m putting together a blog post on setting of a development environment for Office365.  A good place to start is either setting up a SharePoint VM , using the 2010 Information Worker VMs ( native boot is a great way to go for VMs), or using the new SharePoint 2010 Easy Setup Script .  The Easy Setup Script installs all the SharePoint 2010 development components either locally of onto a native boot VHD without a lot of manual labor.  [Click for] details on the SharePoint Sideshow episode and video!

Couple of interesting Office 365 articles (4/29/2011)

Interesting article on the economics of Office 365 on PC World and another on the marketplace in the LA Times.

New Office 365 Developer Training Course on MSDN (4/28/2011)

Since we announced Office 365 around the same time as PDC last year, I’ve been talking to a lot of other developers about the platform opportunities for building solutions for Office 365. In those discussions, the most common question I get is “how is the SharePoint Online/Exchange Online/Lync Online platform different from the SharePoint 2010/Exchange 2010/Lync Server 2010 platform?”. In order to answer those questions and help you build solutions for the cloud with Office 365, I’m really happy to announce the release of the Office 365 Developer Training Course on MSDN. This training course includes 7 modules with over 10 hours of video and 17 hands-on-labs to help you get started building cloud based communication and collaboration solutions for Office 365, including:

  • Developing in the Cloud with Office 365
    • Office 365 provides a communication and collaboration service in the cloud that you can leverage to build custom solutions for SharePoint Online, Exchange Online and Lync Online. In this session, you’ll learn about this new cloud service and the breadth of solutions that can be developed using the same skills, tools and SDKs you use today when building on-premises solutions.
  • Developing for SharePoint Online with Sandbox Solutions
    • Sandboxed Solutions are the development paradigm for SharePoint Online. In this session, you’ll learn about sandboxed solutions including how to develop, debug and deploy solutions. You’ll also learn the breadth of solutions that can be developed in the sandbox and strategies for developing common scenarios that are not enabled in the sandbox.
  • Building Workflow Solutions for SharePoint Online
    • Building Workflow solutions for SharePoint Online allows you to automate collaboration-centric business processes and surface them to your users via SharePoint Online. In this session, you’ll learn the differences between declarative and code-based workflows, design workflow using Visio 2010, implement that workflow in SharePoint Designer 2010 and customize the workflow using Visual Studio 2010 and custom actions.
  • Developing SharePoint Online Solutions with the Client Object Model
    • The SharePoint Client Object Model provides libraries for programmatically accessing SharePoint Online via Silverlight and JavaScript. In this session, we’ll go deep into the Client Object Model and show you how to develop solutions using both Silverlight and JavaScript.
  • Leveraging Excel and Access Services in SharePoint Online
    • Excel and Access Services provide powerful features for building SharePoint Online solutions. In this session, you’ll get an inside look at both Excel and Access services and how each can be accessed programmatically when building SharePoint Online solutions. [Emphasis added.]
  • Developing Communication Solutions for Lync Online
    • In this session, you learn how to integrate Lync features into your WPF and Silverlight clients much in the same way that Office and SharePoint do, including presence, contact lists and click-to-communicate features. You will also learn how to extend Lync communications to include data and features from your client applications much in the same way that Outlook 2010 does with the
      "IM" and "Call" features within an email.
  • Developing Messaging Solutions for Exchange Online
    • In this session, you'll learn how to integrate Exchange Online mailbox data such as mail, calendar and task items as well as Exchange Online services such as the free-busy service into your applications using an easy to discover and easy to use managed API.

To use this training course as self-paced training, you’ll need to do the following:

  1. Download and configure the 2010 Information Worker Demonstration and Evaluation Virtual Machine (RTM) to provide you a local development environment for SharePoint if you don’t already have one configured.
  2. Download and install the Office 365 Developer Training Kit onto the 2010a VM.
  3. Sign up for the Office 365 Beta to receive access to the service.
  4. Visit the Office 365 Training Course on MSDN to watch the videos and get started with the labs and demos.

As always, I really appreciate your questions/feedback.  Please ping me via the Email Blog Author link!

More Beta details on Microsoft Office 365 Blog (4/18/2011)

More details on the beta can be found on the Microsoft Office 365 Blog.  This is a great blog to mark if you’re working with Office 365.

Office 365 Beta on PC World and PC Magazine (4/18/2011)

Nice write ups on both PC World and PC Magazine.

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