Beau Cameron

Beau Cameron
Beau no longer works at Aerie. We are thankful for his many contributions and wish him happiness and success in the future. Please feel free to contact us if you have questions regarding this blog by filling out one of our contact forms.
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Debug Modern Web Parts using Maintenance Mode

Posted by Beau Cameron on 12.13.17

Did you know modern SharePoint has a maintenance page for modern web parts?  That's right!  Have you ever had a need to figure out what versions of front end frameworks your modern SPFx web parts use or find specific internal properties of your web parts? In this post I am going to show you a surprisingly uncommon (many devs aren't aware this exists) feature built into modern SharePoint web parts! 


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Topics: Office 365, SharePoint Framework

Clippy365 - Your Office 365 assistant is back

Posted by Beau Cameron on 12.08.17


It's true. Clippy is back! I've come to find that there are three types of people when it comes to opinions of our favorite Microsoft Office productivity friend. The first type of person is "oh no, please don't!". The second type of person is "Wow, this is great! Very retro!". Followed up by the people who are too young to even know who Clippy is. 

Well it's 2017 and it's about time he came back to our Microsoft products. A few months ago, a friend tempted me to incorporate Clippy into a SharePoint Framework application customizer. It didn't take long before I found a Clippyjs Library online. This was quite fantastic and it even lets you configure multiple agents, I fell in love.

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Topics: Development, SharePoint Framework

Augment People Fields using Column Formatting in SharePoint

Posted by Beau Cameron on 11.13.17


Column Formatting is a new feature that is rolling out into first release tenants in Office 365. Column Formatting provides a new way for users to format the physical appearance of columns within a SharePoint List. To learn more about column formatting, please follow this post.

In this blog post, I am going to show you a very cool way to improve the out of the box column formatting for person/group fields in SharePoint

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Topics: Development, SharePoint Framework

Column Formatting or SPFx Extensions in SharePoint

Posted by Beau Cameron on 11.09.17


Column formatting is nothing new in SharePoint. For years, citizen developers have greatly improved the standard List and Library UI provided by SharePoint, by injecting HTML into SharePoint item fields. It was a way to augment the views and provide some very visually appealing KPI indicators above and beyond out of the box. However, throughout the years the methods and practices for implementing this has changed over and over. No surprise that the new "modern" SharePoint interface has brought about a couple new methods as well in the form of "Column Formatting" and "SharePoint Framework Extensions".

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Topics: Office 365, Customization

The best SharePoint updates from Microsoft Ignite

Posted by Beau Cameron on 09.26.17

In case you've missed it, I've been at Microsoft Ignite this week in Orlando. The sessions so far have been incredible, with lots of new updates for Azure, SharePoint, Office365 and more. This morning, I attended a SharePoint session by Jeff Teper. It was so good, I had to immediate get to the blog and start writing.

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Topics: Development, SharePoint Intranets

How to embed a PDF in a modern SharePoint page

Posted by Beau Cameron on 09.15.17


"This website doesn't support embedding using just the address. Try pasting the embed code instead. If it's important to embed from this site using just the address, please send us feedback."

If you've just started using modern SharePoint you may find you want to embed PDFs on a page. Document embedding is quite easy, all you have to do is use the Document webpart and add a link to your file. However, you'll quickly find that does not support PDFs. However, if you try to add it using the Embed webpart, you may have come across this error above. In this post, I am going to show you how to overcome this issue and successfully add a PDF to a modern SharePoint page.

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Topics: Development

Surface on-premise data in Office365 using ADAL.js, WebAPI and Azure AD

Posted by Beau Cameron on 09.07.17


SharePoint Framework is the new development model proposed by Microsoft to build webparts in modern SharePoint. One question I see alot is, "What about SharePoint Add-Ins? Are they gone?".

For those of you who do not know what a SharePoint Add-In was a new development model for SharePoint 2013 which was meant to replace farm solutions within SharePoint. You can find more information about the SharePoint Add-In Model here (used to be called "SharePoint App Model".

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Topics: Office 365, SharePoint 2013, JavaScript, Development

Is it too early for the SharePoint Framework (SPFx)

Posted by Beau Cameron on 08.14.17


It's been a big year for Office365 and SharePoint. If you are a developer, you have likely seen all of the news around the SharePoint Framework. Currently, we have access to:

This new framework is a modern take on the old SharePoint development models and gives you the ability to customize the new "Modern UI" for Office 365. SharePoint 2016 On-premise will receive the SharePoint Framework in Feature Pack 2. Now this is all great, but one of the questions I always see is: 

"Is it too early to look at the SharePoint Framework?"

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Topics: SPFx

Augment SharePoint list view People field with SPFx Field Customizers

Posted by Beau Cameron on 08.08.17


Welcome back to another series of "beau experiments with SharePoint Field Customizers". If you saw my last post you'd see that I have been experimenting with SharePoint Framework Field Customizers (in preview). In this tutorial I wanted to augment the OOTB person field by rendering more relevant content about the user specified on the list item.

Here is the end result of this tutorial.

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Topics: Development, SPFx, SharePoint Framework

Building Multilingual SharePoint views using SPFx Field Customizers

Posted by Beau Cameron on 08.08.17

I swear, exploration always gets the best of me. I've been using the SharePoint Framework for some time now and I always try to figure out cool things I can build with it. I've been really enjoying figuring out how I can replace existing JSLink implementations with the new SharePoint Extension framework.

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Topics: Development, SPFx, SharePoint Framework

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