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Creating a Section Aware webpart in SPFx

Recently, I built a web part for a client, which led to a discussion about why the web part background was static white, which did not reflect the branding on the page. My quick fix was to just change the color manually, but now I wanted to know more about how I could build webparts that are aware of the area that they are in. It turns out, there are several options, depending on the capabilities needed and the web part framework.

SharePoint Devs be aware! DOM changes are happening!

Microsoft warned us! The Document Object Model (DOM) on web pages was a common target in my pre-SPFx solutions, especially the ones that used jQuery. When SPFx came along, Microsoft was very clear that the classes and element ids on the modern page were not an API. By that, they meant that there was no contract with developers that those values would not change in the future. The future is here!

SPFx 'gulp clean' - don't neglect its use during deployments

I recently ran into a situation where building and debugging a SPFx web part seemed to go off the rails. Then I figured out that my normal pattern of skipping the ‘gulp clean’ command during project deployment had cause what I thought was bizarre behavior in Site Collection Features and toolbox. I was working for a client that does not have a dedicated development or QA environment due primarily to political reasons.

Wrap-up: North American Collaboration Summit

There were definitely doubters, but the North American Collaboration Summit has successfully executed the first “hybrid model” conference. And the results were better than any of us imagined. To read a full summary, including lessons learned, from conference organizer Mark Rackley, click here The decision to go Honestly, my beautiful wife, Tracy, and I were excited to just get out of the house and go somewhere. We have tried hard to abide by the recommended protocols of social distancing and protective measures.

UPDATE #3: North American Collaboration Summit

Original post: 2020-01-22 UPDATE-MARCH 30 Due to the global pandemic, NACS has been rescheduled for Sep 28-30, 2020. Click the image above for the latest information UPDATE-AUGUST 14 NACS is officially a go for Sep 28-30, 2020. The event sill be the first hybrid conference! Click the image above for the latest information, including what session(s) I will be presenting! UPDATE-AUGUST 24 The schedule has been published, so I have updated my sessions below.

Flicon: Find your Fluent UI icons in one simple place

Have you ever found yourself looking for an icon, but not able to quite track down the perfect one? Between SPFx projects and the new modern list formatting capabilities in Microsoft 365, I am often looking for the icon to perfectly represent my idea. Until now, this process involved browsing through the Fluent UI website in hopes that I will stumble across one that works. Now there is a better way: Flicon.

UPDATE #2: North American Collaboration Summit

Original post: 2020-01-22 UPDATE-MARCH 30 Due to the global pandemic, NACS has been rescheduled for Sep 28-30, 2020. Click the image above for the latest information UPDATE-AUGUST 14 NACS is officially a go for Sep 28-30, 2020. The event sill be the first hybrid conference! Click the image above for the latest information, including what session(s) I will be presenting! Click the image above for the latest information

Getting involved in the "Sharing is Caring" community

Anyone that knows me, knows my passion for community. This comes from the appreciation of so many people that have helped me over the years on their own time and free of charge because of their own passion for community. While I have seen this behavior in other IT “communities,” the SharePoint community is a special group that loves sharing knowledge with others. (It is right in the name!)