Sunday, September 27, 2015

I have deactivated my Facebook account...

First I would like to thank the people who liked my SharePointBabe Facebook page! But I have decided to leave Facebook on which I have had an account since 2008, because I think it has turned into a real spam place and it feels like such a waste of valuable life time to scroll through the endless noise that is on the facebook news wall. And I must say, it feels like I've left a cult or something :) I have really thought long about this decision, do I dare to leave the biggest social area online and will I loose contact with my friends if I leave?? Will other people think I am weird if I leave, and will I be left out of Events and Groups and what someone ate the other day or if their cat did a cute thing? And I thought that I can really live without all that noise! The only thing that is hard to separate from is Messenger. That is just a brilliant app! But of course you must be a Facebook user (at least yet, in other countries you can add your mobile number and use it) and that is so sad, because I used that app a LOT. So why not just use Messenger you might think, well the thing is that if you go in there you will also visit Facebook at the same time, it just works like that. So I made the choice to sacrifice Messenger, buhuu :)

How do I keep in contact with my friends now then? Well, I think that 50% of my "friends" on Facebook are "connections" like on LinkedIn. That means, that I don't really hang out with these people like I do with my friends, they are more acquaintances like old collegues, someone I met in a bar, someone in the SharePoint business, and these people I have on other social media like Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn so I will still have them somewhere in my life. Which is good, my point with leaving Facebook is not to loose my friends or connections!! It is to get out of the constant scrolling of the Facebook news feed that doesn't give me any satisfaction! I'd rather scroll Twitter where there actually are real news and interesting users and hashtags that I can follow. On Facebook I have to scroll through all other peoples hobbies or activities, of which I might have no interest. On Twitter I can choose what I want to follow, and it's just so easy to click Follow or Unfollow - you will not offend anyone by unfollowing people (like when you unfriend on Facebook, that is a total different thing...) and you don't have to confirm if someone wants to follow you. So simple and brilliant.

But I started with small steps, I must admit, I did not DELETE my Facebook account, I only DEACTIVCATED :) Cult, like I said, a bit brainwashed thinking that I might loose a whole part of my personality or life if I leave... ;) So who knows when I can take the next step? Maybe I will regret this and crawl back with the tail between my legs and give in to Facebook later but right now it just feels good. I think I have saved at least 1,5 hours just today by not having Facebook! Something to think about. Instead, I took a long powerwalk, listening to an interesting podcast that talks about something that I like and that was a better invested 1,5 hours for me.

So, if you want to follow me now, and I hope you want to, just type in @SharePointBabe on Twitter or Instagram instead and click on Follow. Or subscribe to my YouTube channel, I will post more there shortly. And of course, you can follow me on this blog (and I was about to write Google+ but I actually don't know if anyone uses that?).

Best regards from a happy SharePointBabe who still loves social media :)

Friday, September 25, 2015

NAPA dev tool on Office 365

Create Office Add-ins/SharePoint Add-ins (it's not called Apps anymore) by using Napa with an Office 365 Developer Site

This is a cool tool, and easy for us who hasn't a developer background. It's very straight forward.

To get started, you need the proper O365 license, for example I have the E3. You need to have any of these:
Office 365 Midsize Business
Office 365 Enterprise E1, E3, E4, or K1
Office 365 Education A2, A3, or A4
Office 365 Government G1, G3, G4, or K1

Then open the Office365 Admin center and create a new Private Site collection using the template "Development Site".

Wait for your Developer Site to finish setting up. After provisioning is complete, refresh the admin center page in your browser and there will be a link to the site or just open the URL you just created. You should see a site that contains the "Get Started" web part with buttons to "Build an app" "Publish" and "Samples":

(I added this site to the Tiles, to have quick access to it. See how you can do that here.)

Click on the "Build an app" icon and select what type of App, sorry Add-in, you want to create and give it a name.

Click OK and you are in code mode :)

The left side task bar contains buttons for Run, Retract, Open in VS, Share, Publish and Quick Open (if you need to search in the project)

The code editor of course has intellisense, and you can right click! Not so common when it comes to SharePoint sites! You can right click to create new files, upload files, etc. Sweet.

For me, as a non .NET developer, this tool is very useful because even I could quickly build a small app that displays all pictures tagged with "sharepointbabe" from Instagram. Cool right? Not many lines of code to get that. And then you can put CSS on it to make it look nicer, and so many more things to make it look good. And make it a web part so the user can add their own values.

I will try to import my blog posts from this blog now. 

To Publish, you have to create an App Catalog site first in the O365 Admin center:

Next step:

But I am missing something: the option to build InfoPath apps, add-ins, but I don't think it is supported which is sad. It supports the common Office family of course like Excel, Word, PPT, Outlook, you can build task panes and contents and mail forms. You think you have found a perfect way to do something and it is like 90% satisfaction, but the last bit missing. Maybe it's because Microsoft had planned to stop supporting InfoPath (and then changed their minds), but I think a LOT of companies uses InfoPath. And it is a brilliant, from-easy-to-super-complex, software, I love it! As you can tell from my many post blogs about InfoPath :) But it's just so smart with the Rules, you can add code, lookup info from SharePoint lists or other media, and you can design it to look really good. And you can import/export data. I mean, how useful isn't InfoPath!! I have a few forms that I would like to package as add-ins but maybe I am thinking wrong, maybe that should be done in another way rather than from the app store. But for me, it would make most sense. 

Anyway, this tool is probably super old for many of you, and I have not had the need to use any development tool like this before but it's never too late to change! :)