This past weekend (Saturday July 25, to be specific) I attended the SharePoint Saturday New York conference. I’m not a SharePoint developer and my role has nothing to do with Sharepoint, so I must be out of my mind for wanting to get up at 4AM on a Saturday and drive into the middle of Times Square at the peak of summer. The effort however was well worth it as I left there feeling energized and inspired to continue to create (side) projects that run against this platform.
SharePoint Saturday events, if you are not familiar, are free events organized by enthusiastic volunteers and made possible by generous sponsors. We get to hear and interact with individuals that are at the top of their fields of expertise and understand first hand why they deserve the credentials they have been awarded (MVP, etc). In my prior role as a Project Manager, I developed several client-side solution that leveraged SharePoint within the company. As I moved on from that role, I never rally gave up the platform, as to this day I still have side projects that are developed against it and, from time to time, provide freelance development consulting services.
The sessions I attended were:
- “Developing Applidation for SharePoint with Modern Web Development” – Scot Hillier (@ScotHillier, slides)
- “Building Applications with the Office 365 Unified API” – Rich Ross (@rich_ross)
- “Building SharePoint Single Page Applications using AngularJS” – Steve Pietrek (@spietrek, slides)
I also was inspired by Rich Ross’s session on the O365 unified API. Although he had Visual Studio open most of the time and working with C# code (you know: backend stuff… that I have never touched), the capabilities of the new unified Office 365 APIs will enable an entire new set of apps that can integrate with the office products. There is great potential here and ideas were racing through my mind on the drive home.
Overall, the event was great and I can’t believe I have missed a few of these in the last two years. It inspired me, motivated me and in a way, validated that the way I have been building stuff, ever since SharePoint 2007, is actually not so “anti-pattern”. If you want to listen to extremely smart and energized individuals talk about great subjects, I suggest attending these whenever they are available in your area.