Modern Site Themes

One of many cool announcements from Microsoft Ignite 2017, was the introduction of SharePoint Modern Themes. The SharePoint team have now launched a way to customise  themes, colours and the presentation of Modern Sites.

Typically, theming of sites has been randomly chosen at the time of creation making it very difficult to apply consistent branding across SharePoint sites and Office 365 groups.

What do the new themes look like?

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Importance of aligned SharePoint Development environments

In numerous projects I have seen development environments that resemble nothing like production. Only to result in a problematic transition through the ALM process, bugs caused by inconsistency, significant differences in SharePoint updates, configuration and even permissions.

I am not saying that you shouldn’t write your app to “expect a specific configuration” or to avoid best practices around handling configuration issues. However, to reduce issues down the line, as a minimum, environments should be setup with the following:

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Gulp Task Runner – Failed to load in VS2015

I am working on a project, using open-source development techniques, similar to the SharePoint Framework (i.e. using Node.js, Gulp, SASS, Typescript and Angular) to aid my development of a SharePoint-Hosted app.

Problem

When working in Visual Studio 2015 (with update 3) with Node.js tools installed, I needed to re-install the NPM modules and found after this, the Gulp Tasks are not loaded properly showing the following error:

Task Runner Error

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