Microsoft 365 & SharePoint PnP Weekly – Episode 74

In this session of PnP Weekly, hosts Vesa Juvonen (Microsoft), Waldek Mastykarz (Rencore), and typically a special guest from the PnP Community, discuss the latest news and topics around Microsoft 365 development.  This week, Vesa and Waldek are joined by Fabian Williams – Microsoft MVP – Visual Studios Development Technologies and Director for the Intelligent Process automation (IPA) practice at Withum located in Washington D.C.

In addition to Microsoft and Community activities and articles, the group focused on this question:  Why should a Teams or SharePoint developer care about Azure Functions?   Here are a few reasons:

  1. Deliver a POC in 5 minutes on your browser
  2. I can do C# in the cloud
  3. Modular architecture allows you to build today and easily update functionality in future
  4. Certificate authentication
  5. Language of your choice – .NET, Node, PowerShell, Python, etc…
  6. Capabilities for free like authentication, more bindings and triggers
  7. Global scalability
  8. Very extensible

If you are a SharePoint classic developer today and you are looking to get started using Azure Functions and you use C#, then start by:  1) Moving on-prem DLLs and NuGet packages into Azure Functions, 2) Learn about using Graph bindings and 3) Look at using CDS for storing data that can be exposed across M365 to Power Apps, Power Automate, Mobile Apps….

Ready to set up your first Azure Function?  Have a look at the demo delivered days ago by Paolo Pialorsi (PiaSys) – focused on Getting started using PnP PowerShell within Azure Functions to automate operations in Microsoft 365. Paolo starts off by showing viewers how to create an Azure Function (App) based on PowerShell commands, how to connect to a specific tenant, and use certificates rather than login credentials of a service account for authentication.

It is agreed, Fabian needs to return for a conversation Part II focusing on how ML and AI are used to monitor exceptions in AAD and more.

As always, if you need help on an issue, want to share a discovery, or just want to say: “Job well done”, please reach out to Vesa, to Waldek or to your PnP Community.

This episode was recorded on Monday, March 9, 2020.

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Here are all the links and people mentioned in this recording. Thanks, everyone for your contributions to the community!

Microsoft / PnP articles:

Community articles:

Additional Links:

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SharePoint Team, Microsoft – 10th of March 2020


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