Microservices Introduction - Monolith Vs Microservices

This post is a beginning of a long series which will cover Microservices, Devops, Containers, Dockers and many other futuristic concepts.

All these concepts are vast and range from simple to complex implementations. So let’s take it slow.
We should learn about Monolith application before learning about Microservices.

Monolith Application

This is the regular way of application development we followed earlier. Typical 3 tier application with Presentation Layer, Business Layer, Data Access Layer. Below image explains what we call a Monolith application.


Microsoft Flow Basic Sharepoint Interactions

Objective: In this post we will look at basics of Microsoft Flow performing Sharepoint list operations.

We always drive our discussion based on a use-case. Below are the two scenarios we will consider for this post. 

1. Action based on a item creation or update
2. Action on list of items filtered from a list based on a condition. 

As i mentioned earlier, this is for Flow newbies with basic  Sharepoint interactions.


Adaptive Cards in Bot Framework

If you are new to Bot development, you better check Basics from my earlier post.

As mentioned in earlier post we will learn various components that can be used for better interactions with users. As part of it we will look at Adaptive Cards, shown below.
And also how to handle the events generated from actions in adaptive cards.

From above mentioned Basics article, you should be able to create a bot and can test it in emulator.

Now i will show you a basic adaptive card.


Basics of Bot Development

What is a Bot?
To begin with , If i think i can give better conventional explanation than Microsoft about "What is a BOT?", I will be an idiot.  Check here for that conventional stuff.
But, i have funny way to begin this series.

Got it ?
Jokes aside, The way we have a automated robot to do regular checks and clean the dust, the same way an app which performs some moderate to intelligent tasks without human intervention is a BOT. This can free man hours for better job, "Imagining and Thinking".


Sharepoint Online Authentication for API Access using POSTMAN

Objective: We know most of the collaboration part of sharepoint has been pushed to Teams, with its planner, conversations, a dedicated site for document uploads and many other features.
So the sharepoint site is now used mostly for document management. Being said that how we can accomodate SPO API for other applications.

In this post we will use SP Online OOTB API to upload and download a file. We dont need to write a seperate application for this, instead we will use POSTMAN to interpret the calls.

When API is avilable OOTB why do we need this post?
Well Service API is available OOTB, but there is specific way we need to authenticate to use that API. That is what we are going to show here.

Let me give a highlevel overview of how authentication works in Office365 Sharepoint site in this case.


React Component Life Cycle

What is your favorite technical article?
For me, Understanding ASP.Net View State is my all time favorite article. I might have read it hundred's of times. It helped me all my career as a dot.net & sharepoint developer.

so, when we have our basics clear, complex tasks will be easy to handle. So the same applies for REACT as well.

I have recently worked on a SPFX webpart integration with JqueryUI.


React Component Basics

For this post , i assume you are familiar with basics of SharePoint framework development, using yoman templates , node package manager and gulp. Else please refer to my earlier post Basics of SPFX

Sharepoint Framework (SPFX) is becoming popular as it is the only way to add custom functionality to a Sharepoint Online modern pages.

We can integrate any java script framework to work with SPFX. In last post we did integrate Angular with SPFX.  But, we need to do everything from scratch like importing packages and then adding them in config files, etc.

REACT is one of the java script framework which comes with yoman scaffold out of the box. So the installation, references and default code were taken care by yoman generator. React got lot of plugin support and its consistently improving by each version.

So REACT became a mandatory component to learn for SPFX development.
REACT coding is mostly dealing with properties and state on client side. 
For this we have 2 types of components in REACT.


Basics of Angular SharePoint Framework Webpart

When you search angular sharepoint framework, you gonna encounter the "ToDoApplication". Let me tell you that is not an example suitable for a beginner to understand how to integrate angular with sharepoint framework.

Objective: Create a sharepoint framework webpart from scratch and integrate it with angular framework.

So to begin with, i assume you are aware of basics of angular and sharepoint framework. If not you can checking below mentioned articles before this article.

AngularJS : Basics


Basics of Sharepoint Framework Webparts

This post is intended to share my knowledge on basics of sharepoint framework webparts.
Below are the tasks we address:

1. Why sharepoint framework (SPFx).
2. How to setup a machine for it
3. How to develop your first SPFx webpart
4. How to deploy it to your SPO.
5. How to Consume it on client SPO site.
6. How to upgrade your SPFx app/webpart.


Sharepoint Online Tabular Custom Search Display

         We know search is becoming sophisticated in newer versions of SharePoint. But still all clients are not fond of the OOTB search results display. So in this post we see how to transform Sharepoint Online search results into Tabular display using Display Control templates, Display item templates and Hover panel templates.

Note: We are dealing with "Search Results webpart" in this post, not the "Content search webpart" for search results display.

Transform this display

 into this display

It is my first try of doing this, and it is not a straight forward thing.