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Developer Track​

Deep dive into any of the subject areas from writing testable code, AGILE in action, TFS, Custom Branding and the new 2013 Apps model! Lots of new content this year.

 Over the next few weeks we will be highlighting speakers and content. Make the most of pre-event activities, join the discussion and ask questions.

 Nick Hadlee is the Track Lead for the Developer Track.

Connect with Nick to ask questions via his MySite (click on his name)

or on the Connect site (click on the bubble above). 

Developer Sessions

Session Description
Client Side, JavaScript
It’s hardly possible to talk about SharePoint development without a good dose of client side technologies getting tossed into the mix. Server side isn’t the only object model to consider – JavaScript object model (JSOM) anyone? – and then there are the REST APIs. Plain old JavaScript or jQuery? Nick Hadlee and Gary Payne’s session will discuss why, what and how to use these various technologies in SharePoint, including some of the new goodness in SharePoint 2013 such as Client Side Rendering. Suitable for developers new to client-side development, as well as experienced devs wanting to find out about some of the 2013 changes.
16/04/2013 11:30 a.m.Nick Hadlee; Gary Payne
Configuring the Search Experience in SP2013
Search has changed dramatically in SharePoint 2013. There are a whole host of new ways to configure the search experience for the end user. It is now much easier to target results and to customise how each item appears. You don't have to buy FAST anymore. The power is built right in. Come to this session to learn how to use display templates,  result types, result rules, and how to create result sources.
16/04/2013 1:30 p.m.Michael Doyle
Writing Testable SharePoint Code
​How do you prove that your SharePoint application works? In this demo-heavy session, Gavin Barron will give you a guide to structuring your SharePoint code to support unit testing, demostrate some new tools which improve the testing experience in Visual Studio 2012 and deliver a crash course in automated testing for SharePoint.
16/04/2013 2:45 p.m.Gavin Barron
Working with Office Apps and SharePoint 2013
Along with the release of SharePoint 2013 came the Office 2013 client applications, and they too got access to the new world of having apps to extend their functionality. In this session, Brian will demonstrate not only how these types of apps can be built, but also how you can integrate SharePoint functionality and data into them enabling you to create more compelling functionality for your users and improve the way that people can work and collaborate with the entire Office stack even better than ever before.
16/04/2013 4:15 p.m.Brian Farnhill
Creating Custom SharePoint Branding
In this session, we will take a deeper look at how branding is created for SharePoint 2013. Some of the topics that will be covered include planning for branding, an in-depth look at how master pages work, how to create custom master pages from scratch using a starter master page, and how branding can be
properly packaged for deployment to a production server. Throughout the session, we will look at common gotchas, as well as tools that can be used to make the job easier.
17/04/2013 10:30 a.m.Brian Farnhill ; Elaine van Bergen
A Practical Guide to Building Public-facing Websites in SharePoint 2013
In this session Gavin Barron will share his tips and tricks for building public-facing sites using SharePoint 2013. The session will cover developer-designer interaction, tricks for making your site work well on mobile devices, and will give you a practical framework for delivering publishing sites on SharePoint 2013.
17/04/2013 11:30 a.m.Gavin Barron
Dare to be Different…
In early 2012 we undertook a review of our project to identify the causes of late delivery, inability to estimate with confidence and continual budget overrun. The team tasked with delivery of the project were a segregated and divided group with little or no synergies between them. The Business had not seen any significant progress or any working software, so we therefore needed to regain their confidence and support. Our assessment at the time was that we were doing "scrum by numbers" and the team did not believe or live the agile values; this obviously needed to change if the programme was to succeed. With that aim in mind we decided that we needed a new approach, to totally rethink the way were tackling the programme of work. So we created a vision for the business of going on a physical journey from Auckland to Wellington.We lobbied resource managers to gain support of our new approach. This was not straightforward and certainly not an easy sell, as there was a great deal of reluctance and scepticism, as we were changing direction and daring to be different in a large corporate environment. Some of the changes we introduced were as follows: Programme Management and not Project Management; A Product Owner that was full time, co-located and fully trained; Introduced an incremental funding and approval model; Changed from traditional functional/component based teams, to feature teams capable of delivering demonstrable working software end to end; Made a creative office environment, lots of daylight, no barriers between team members and the scrum and white boards close by; Introduced the concept of "Stand-up Planning"; Use of "Tactical Product Ownership" and "User Story Mapping" from Jeff Patton and his Passionate Product Ownership training; End of Phase retrospectives with BBQs and Beers;Team-building games and activities such as lunches, go karting, a weekly team quiz and prolific BBQing - in short, we spent time together and got to know each other and build a team culture that would see us through the challenges of an ambitious project. By creating the right conditions, with the right levels of guidance we have created a self-managing team. The business is engaged and thrilled with the product which has led to rapid approval of future phases. We have used simple tools to help increase delivery such as story point counters during sprints to keep progress at a constant pace. The changes we have introduced have been successful now it's time to use what we have learned and apply this approach as a blueprint for the wider organisation.
17/04/2013 1:30 p.m.Craig Third ; Lee Thomas
Automated Build and Deploy with SharePoint 2010 and TFS
From code to production with one click?  Thought it was impossible?  Not really.  With the power of PowerShell and TFS David can show you how.  This session will walk through how he has enabled this for his customers.
17/04/2013 2:45 p.m.David McEwing
Documenting and Sharing SharePoint Governance
You've probably heard by now that having a governance plan for SharePoint is important to the management and wellbeing of your service. You may have also attended sessions on creating service levels and site creation management; but how do you capture what is in your governance plan in the first place, document it and then share it? Alan has been working with customers on SharePoint as a consultant for over five years and has developed tools for capturing what needs to be governed; formulating plans and sharing these within a SharePoint site. In this session Alan will share these tools  and leave you with some great ideas how you too can kick-start your governance plan.
17/04/2013 4:15 p.m.Alan Marshall