A SharePoint Conference Just for Developers? Absolutely!

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A SharePoint Conference Just for Developers? Absolutely!

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​If you are a SharePoint developer then you have probably resigned yourself to the fact that most conferences offer little in the way of actual content for programmers. More often than not, there are four or five tracks of IT professional, information worker and business sessions with only a single track talking about actual code. Sure, some conferences do a better job of catering to developers than others, but by and large us lowly code-slingers don’t get much respect.

Until now.

The awesome team over at BZ Media have taken notice of this situation and put together an entirely new event called SPTechCon Developer Days. It’s a three day conference targeted specifically at Microsoft developers writing applications that leverage the capabilities of SharePoint and Office 365​. SPTechCon Developer Days will feature Microsoft speakers and MVPs, the brightest minds in Microsoft, Web and SharePoint development, to help you either start down the path to modern application development or help you expand your knowledge.  Offering more than 40 classes, panels and keynotes, SPTechCon Developer Days will help you understand the new application model, modern Web development architecture, languages and techniques, and much more.

If your job requires any type of programming against the SharePoint or Office 365 API’s – from traditional full trust code solutions to the new cloud application model – then you don’t want to miss this event. The cost is a fraction of those bigger events and you are guaranteed to not only receive exceptional developer-focused content but also plenty of time to ask questions of the speakers in a relaxed, comfortable atmosphere. Just look at this line up:

​​​​Marc Anderson
Robert Bogue
Andrew Connell
Timoth Ferro
Bob German
Doug Hemminger
Scot Hillier
Chris Johnson
Christine Matheney
Sean McDonough
Dustin Miller
Eric Overfield
Scott Peterson
Mark Rackley
Paul Schaeflein
Eric Shupps
Travis Smith
Jeremy Thake
Rob Windsor


That’s a lot of SharePoint development expertise all in once place. They even have a downloadable letter template you can use to request approval from your boss – how cool is that? You really don’t want to miss out on three days of great developer content from the folks who know it the best.

I’ll be presenting four sessions at the event:

Creating Cloud-Ready Enterprise Applications with the SharePoint 2013 App Model

Resistance to the cloud is futile. Sooner or later, you’ll be asked to write an app for the cloud. Get ahead of the game and learn the skills you need to create dynamic, cloud-ready applications using the SharePoint App Model and Office 365 APIs. Explore common on-premise application scenarios and discover how these can be reimagined using new techniques, including CSOM, JSOM, REST, OAUTH, and Azure, with a focus on real-world enterprise scenarios. 

Pushing the Boundaries: A Deep-Dive into Real-World SharePoint App Development

You need to build solid apps that deliver real business value but the Cloud Application Model in SharePoint 2013 and Office 365 is a work in progress. How do you avoid the pitfalls and limitations that can sink a project? Where does the app model shine and where does it fall short? What hidden “gotchas” are lurking behind the scenes that you need to know about before getting started? These questions and a whole lot more will be answered in a series of deep-dive demonstrations and live-coding exercises. This is a no-holds-barred session that will show you exactly which techniques are ready for prime time and which don’t quite make the cut. 

Get Some REST: Taking Advantage of the SharePoint 2013 REST APIs

The SharePoint 2013 App Model introduces a new programming framework that provides expanded capabilities for remotely-hosted sites to interact with Office 365 and on-premise environments. A key part of this new model is an expanded and updated set of REST API’s. In this class, we will explore the new REST capabilities in SharePoint 2013, learn how they are used and discuss best practices for implementation, security and performance.

Developing an Intranet on Office 365

Learn how to leverage the power of the cloud to build dynamic, informative and engaging Intranet solutions with Office 365. Get real-world guidance and best practices for driving user adoption and engagement through powerful features like cross-site publishing, metadata navigation and search-driven content, along with proven techniques for custom branding, interface extensions, authorization and app development.  

Be sure to register​ early as attendance is limited and the event WILL sell out. 

We’ll see you in San Francisco!

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