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SharePoint Framework and the Office UI Fabric grid system

A while a GitHub issue in the sp-dev-docs came to my attention, where someone had a problem titled as Can’t get grid system working using office fabric ui react. I took a closer look on why it is so challenging to get the grid system running right now and in SPFx projects in general. There are some catches you need to be aware.

Some of those issues are already documented in the a blog post on How to make your web parts responsive to the parent container or How to use Bootstrap in SharePoint Framework projects. Here is the rest of the story.

Office UI Fabric is somewhat like the first and foremost first third-party Framework that you may want to use in all your projects to create a seamless experience with the rest of the Office 365 platform. It is not exclusively to SharePoint or SharePoint Framework Projects.

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OneDrive Files on demand for MacOS has arrived and it is great!

The latest release of OneDrive for Mac comes with an exciting new feature. Files on demand have finally arrived on MacOS. Windows Client was the first client supporting this feature. Now on MacOS, you have better control over your synced files.

Files on demand on Mac

That this feature comes is not new and was already announced on September 18 as a Beta version.

Over the last couple of month, I regularly check if it has become available outside of the Beta releases. Sadly until now, I couldn’t find any indication, but now finally it has become available.

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Introducing the idea of Archive Hub Sites

A common practice these days is to organise site collection in hub sites. It gives you a great possibility to arrange your content more dynamically than ever before in SharePoint. On specific site type, we are dealing in any SharePoint project, for example, are project sites.

These project workspaces only have a defined start and end date. A site collection like this can be useful for a couple of weeks, to month or in case of long-running projects for years. What to do when the workspace reached his end of life?

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‘gulp dist’ in SPFx? One command to create a clean solution package

Many projects that use gulp as the build system mostly implement a particular gulp task that is name ‘dist’ for distribution. This task package and bundle everything for production use.

Can we have a gulp task like this in SPFx too? Yes, we can have this too. First, let us take a look at the steps you need to do when you like to create a clean ‘sppkg’ file in the SharePoint Framework.

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PnP/SPFx Version 1.3.0 released – Check your project version on the fly

Right before the launch of the first version of PnP/SPFx I had a longer chat with a friend of mine Thomas Goelles, and he pointed out that it is great to be able to re-run the generator to add more web parts using a specific version of a framework. There was one fact that we haven’t thought about or maybe overlooked. What happens when the current project setup does not support the required version yet?

Evergreen SPFx project - Version 1.3.0 relased

The previous version had merely a blocking mechanism implemented that checked if the current project was created using version 1.6.

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The Community SPFx generator – The ideas, the patterns and possibilities

I am pretty excited that finally the first version of the open source community driven SPFx generator has been released last Thursday and publicly announced and is part of the SharePoint / Office 365 Pattern and Practices Personally, for me, it was a great journey to bring this to life in collaboration with Microsoft engineering.

It was a longer journey than expected but there were some considerations and decisions to make to have a solid fundament for future improvements and to allow fast and easy integrations.

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