Today I published the first beta version of the upcoming PnP/SFPx version 1.6.0. It is the most significant releases since the launch of the Angular Elements support for SPFx.
Instead of adding new frameworks at the moment this release focuses more on your development workflow. There are updates included that helps you to write cleaner code, reduce bundle sizes and last but not least helps you on testing your ReactJS projects.
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?
The previous version had merely a blocking mechanism implemented that checked if the current project was created using version 1.6.
Sometimes there is the requirement to move files from your source code directory to the lib folder. These files can be images, JSON files or any imaginable asset that is not recognised by the build chain of SPFx.
There are two ways to achieve this one. One used gulp the other gets accomplished through the configuration of a copy-static-assets.json. Let me explain these to methods what scenarios suites best in which case.
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.
The second blog post in this series was pretty long. This time I keep it way shorter. This time I focus more on the user experience and the ideas behind the final web part that consumes the third party API. Like I promised the web part code itself contains only a single REST query against my Azure Function and that’s it.
Let’s first take at the typical behaviour of the first party video web part available on Office 365.
In my first blog post of this series, I discussed how many intelligence you need in your web part when it comes to third-party API. Sometimes it makes more sense to remove the business logic out of the web part and use web parts just as the presentation layer. In the previous post, I also mentioned that might Azure Functions can be beneficial.
The Azure Portal is capable of implementing any Azure Function directly on their user interface, but there is also another option. It is possible to write Azure Functions nowadays locally and deploy them later to the cloud. This approach is in most cases more convenient, less error-prone and more comfortable to debug directly from Visual Studio Code for example.
You might have recognised that the workbench of the SharePoint Framework has a responsive design tester included. In this blog post, I take a look what possibilities we have to properly test the responsiveness and the user experience of a web part.
There are also some pitfalls included if you entirely rely on the integrated too.