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?
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:
On May the 4th Microsoft announced a new development framework for SharePoint, based on pure client side technologies. This framework would be utilising a combination of Node.js, Gulp, TypeScript, React and Knockout. It marked a radical change to the way we develop apps using established open source frameworks for pure client side with SharePoint office 365 and eventually SharePoint 2016.
Yesterday (18th August) Microsoft announced the release of SharePoint framework in Preview: See announcement: SharePoint Framework Developer Preview Release. So we are going to create a new app with this framework.