SPFx: Cut the clutter

SharePoint Framework (SPFx) is new, lots to learn, explore and build new innovative modern features into SharePoint Modern Interfaces. With SPFX, you will notice you get a lot of extra files for configuration, libraries, temp code and compiled code; a lot of clutter and noise that’s not needed as part of the majority of development, it just gets in the way when I want to focus on the code! Huff….

SPFX Files
Lots of extra files, do we really need to see them?

The above example isn’t a large project but you can see lot more files that is necessary to SEE they are necessary for compilation, debugging etc. But really do we need to see these files?

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Using PnP Office 365 CLI in Azure Shell

At the European SharePoint Conference 2017 in the Hackathon results session, Waldek Mastykarz from the PnP team announced the Office365 CLI which gives you the ability to manage an Office 365 on any platform.

We had the idea to run this inside the Azure Shell, giving you the ability to manage the Office 365 platform on any device including mobile Azure app. Awesome!

Initially, this proved to be challenging at the start because running the npm install with the global flag generates an permissions denied error and the command requires elevation.

 

Example connection error when running the NPM install command

 

It doesn’t appear to be a feature of the shell to let the user elevate so we were stuck on installing this package; but we managed to find another Microsoft resource to change the NPM config and run the installation and the Office 365 CLI in the Azure Shell.

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