Italian SharePoint and Office Conference 2013 – What’s new in SharePoint Designer 2013 Workflows

(again, for my non-Italian readers, I’m switching to Italian language here)

What’s new in SharePoint Designer 2013 Workflows è la terza ed ultima sessione del “trittico” sui workflow che presenteremo alla SharePoint and Office Conference 2013.

Il titolo lascia immaginare quale sarà lo strumento che io e Riccardo useremo durante la sessione.

Uno strumento con cui si realizzano workflow dichiarativi – è sempre stato così, solamente che ora sono dichiarativi anche quelli sviluppati in Visual Studio J – in modo flessibile ed espressivo.

E questa è invece un’enorme novità, se pensate che su piattaforma 2010 non c’era verso (se non con forzature non prive di difetti) di definire loop e tantomeno blocchi di esecuzione non sequenziali.

Anche flussi semplice come quello rappresentato qui sotto diventavano “scomodi” per ragioni di struttura, ancor prima che di complessità nella logica.


Per inciso, questo qui su è un diagramma Visio, che si presenta così *nella* design surface di SPD, perfettamente modificabile quanto ad azioni e relative proprietà.

Insomma, persa(*) una Design View, ecco che ne spunta un’altra 😛

 

(*) Design view and Split view (MSDN)

Description of the change.

SharePoint Designer 2010 has three views for editing HTML and ASPX pages: Code view, Design view, and Split view. Design view and Split view are removed from SharePoint Designer 2013. The removal of Design view and Split view affects the features of SharePoint Designer 2013 that are used for editing Web Parts and master pages. If you edit pages in SharePoint Designer 2013, you must use Code view.

Reason for the change.

Compared to current versions of Internet Explorer, Design view is an older technology that does not support many new HTML5 and CSS tags.

Migration path.

If you edit pages in Code view, you can press F12 to preview the page in the browser. Alternatively, you can use Visual Studio to edit pages.

If you want to visually design or brand your site, and you want a WYSIWYG (“what you see is what you get”) page-editing experience, you can use any professional HTML editor, such as Microsoft Expression Web. Then you can import your HTML files into SharePoint Server 2013 by using the new Design Manager, which is a feature included in publishing sites, such as the Publishing Portal Site Collection site template.

Italian SharePoint and Office Conference 2013 – What’s new with Workflow in SharePoint 2013

(for my non-Italian readers, I’m swithcing to Italian language here, but you can use some online translation service to have this post translated… and have fun with the results J)

Credo che tutti sappiate che il 5-6-7 marzo si terrà a Milano la SharePoint and Office Conference.

Sul sito dell’evento trovate ogni tipo di informazione, dai contenuti alla logistica.

E ovviamente potete (dovete J) registrarvi, sfruttando, se siete veloci J, l’early bird ancora valido per alcuni giorni dal momento in cui scrivo.

Quest’anno terrò quattro sessioni, in coppia con Paolo Pialorsi, Riccardo Celesti ed Elisabetta Sasselli (in rigoroso ordine di agenda J).

Sempre nello stesso rigoroso ordine di cui sopra, inizio quindi a parlarvi della prima: What’s new with Workflow in SharePoint 2013.

La prima in cui sono coinvolto io, ma la seconda di un filotto di tre, tutte incentrate sul tema Workflow, affrontato da prospettive e con premesse diverse.

Paolo inizierà le danze ed introdurrà Workflow Foundation 4.x: chi ha utilizzato (configurato, sviluppato o… troubleshootato, se si può dire) workflow su SharePoint 2010 potrebbe non aver mai avuto modo di giocare con WF4, che è invece alla base di quanto Paolo ed io illustreremo nella sessione successiva.

Le novità legate all’ambito Workflow su SP2013 sono rilevanti (e forse dire rilevanti è poco).

Se mi aveste chiesto, un annetto fa, la mia previsione su questo tema, avrei scommesso in un’introduzione di WF4 (era scontato) su un’architettura analoga all’attuale, in cui SharePoint fa da host del nuovo workflow runtime, sfruttandone ovviamente le novità e i miglioramenti.

Avrei sbagliato!

Perché i workflow in SharePoint 2010 erano così:

E con qualche *lieve* facelifting sono diventati circa così:

Per i più attenti… spot the difference J

Dedicheremo un po’ di tempo a queste slide, nella nostra sessione.

E vedremo insieme che cosa si porta dietro la nuova architettura, sia dal punto di vista dell’infrastruttura (deployment, monitoring, governance) e soprattutto (visto che Paolo è un dev e io, nonostante i miei continui sforzi, un pochettino ancora J) dal punto di vista dello sviluppatore: nuovo framework, nuove API, nuovi tool, nuove modalità.

Ci si vede a Milano!

SharePoint MVP 2013

Yesterday I received an email from my MVP Lead.
I have been renewed as a SharePoint Server MVP for the fifth year in a row 🙂
It’s a great honor and a huge pleasure for me.

I wish to congratulate with all new and renewed MVPs.

And special compliments to Igor (my friend, colleague and boss @ Green Team) and Robi Voncina, whom I met in Slovenia during the local SharePoint Events and who has been awarded for the first time.
Thank you!

SharePoint Future 2012

SharePoint Future 2012
SharePoint Future 2012

We launched the SharePoint Future brand back in 2009, during the very early days of the SharePoint 2010 beta timeframe.

It was the first event in Italy (and probably the first or the second one in Europe) about SharePoint 2010, just a week after the public disclosure, which took place during the SharePoint Conference in Vegas.

Three years after, the new “15” wave is the new “future”: SharePoint 2013 reached RTM some weeks ago, bringing to the masses a plethora of new and exciting features in most, if not all, of the pillars that constitute the SharePoint platform.

It’s time for a new edition of the SharePoint Future event!

SharePoint Future 2012 will take place in Milan on November 27.

On the event website, you can find all the information you need: content, logistics, registration.

I will be presenting 2 sessions about Search and Web Content Management and about the new Developer stuff, with special emphasis on the new Workflow platform.

And… well, this is just a small prelude of what we’ll be talking about during the SharePoint and Office Conference 2013.

See you in Milan!

 

 

Office 365 – Porta il tuo business sulla “nuvola”

During the last month Igor and I have been working on a new book, which has finally been published.

It is all about (guess what…) the Office365 platform 🙂

The first chapters represent a high level overview of the services, explaining what you get “out of the cloud” and how you can configure your subscription according to business requirements and user needs.

Then, a section is dedicated to the administration of these services.

Specific chapters are dedicated to Exchange Online, Lync Online and the Office WebApps.

And… oh, yes, SharePoint Online: end-user experience, customizations, workflows and even a short appendix on SharePoint development.

The book is available both in bookstores and online.

A huge, special thank you goes to Riccardo Celesti (who wrote the chapter about Workflows in SharePoint Online) and to Roberto D’Angelo (who wrote such a wonderful foreword).

New Slovenian SharePoint User Group

I wish to say “good luck” to the brand new Slovenian SharePoint User Group.

A first meeting will take place today at 5PM: Robi Vončina and Uroš Žunič will present a couple of sessions about “SharePoint Gotchas” and the “Client Object Model” respectively, and maybe some surprise is on the way 🙂

Well done guys, and hopefully we could manage something together with the Italian SharePoint Community (considering the distance… it takes me less to go from Bologna to Ljubljana than to Genoa :-))

Destinazione Office 365

Destinazione Office 365 (which, as you may argue, is the Italian name for Destination Office 365 :-)) is a new technical event organized by Green Team, together with Microsoft, AvePoint and Nintex. The event, which is free BTW, will take place in Microsoft auditoriums in Milan and Rome.

We have defined an initial schedule with two dates.

  • Milan, February 8, 2012
  • Rome, February 14, 2012

Igor Macori, Riccardo Celesti and myself will be talking about Office 365 from the different perspective of End Users, It Professionals, Site Builder and Developers.

You can find detailed information on the event web site, starting from the agenda:

  • 09:30: Welcome (Microsoft)
  • 09:45: Office 365 Overview (Igor)
  • 10:00: Administering Office 365 (Igor)
  • 11:00: Migrating to Office 365 with AvePoint DocAve
  • 11:30: Customizing SharePoint Online (me and Riccardo)
  • 12:30: Automate Office 365 workflows with Nintex Live

And… there’s something more, which I’ll be talking about in a future post.

Stay tuned, and see you there!!

Back from Slovenia – My Slide Deck

SPDays2011_MySession

I’m back from Bled (Slovenia) where I presented at the local SharePoint Conference (SPDays 2011).

Do you notice the slide title in the picture above? Yes, I’m doing all that I can to disclaim my developer background 🙂

My session was about Performance Optimizations for public, internet-facing web sites based on SharePoint. I talked about quite a wide range of topics, starting from infrastructure considerations and finishing with client-side techniques that you can use to reduce the load on the network and on the browser.

In case you are interested, here you can find my slide deck.

I have to thank Branka and all that stuff. Great job guys! And see you all very soon!

Slovenian SharePoint Conference 2011

After the great success of the previous editions, the Slovenian SharePoint Conference 2011 (a.k.a. SharePoint dnevi 2011, which is the Slovenian term for SharePoint Days 2011) is coming back this year with richer content.

SharePointDnevi2011Slovenian conference SharePoint Days 2011 is the most important event about SharePoint 2010 in Slovenia. We invite you to reserve your time for this event, as we will provide an extremely interesting and timely content. And what is most important, the lectures will be held by excellent lecturers who pride themselves with rich practical experiences in SharePoint projects. Last year’s event has seen very positive reviews so we are sure you will not miss it this year. This commits us to making this year’s SharePoint conference even better and richer than last year. A good voice has also reached professional circles beyond our borders, so in addition to all of last years lecturers, we will also be hosting some renowned professionals, that you may already have met at conferences abroad, but you will surely recall them as the authors of technical literature. In Bled, you will surely get a chance to converse with them.

Lectures for developers and IT Pro experts will be held parallel with others. All lectures will be held on a high technical and professional level (level 300 and 400).

This year’s first day novelty will be a set of lectures for company directors, IT department managers and the heads of personnel and financial services called The leading. Join us and see for yourself how SharePoint significantly contributes to greater staff efficency, eases communication, eases workflow control and makes documentation more transparent

The Kompas Xnet staff has organized a 2 days / 2 tracks event, with several sessions targeting an audience of IT Professionals, Developers and Decision Makers.

I’ve been a speaker at the Slovenian SharePoint Conference in 2009 and 2010, and I’ll be a speaker this year too with a session about Web Sites Performance Optimization. I’m happy because it will be a great chance to meet again my friends and fellow MVPs Toni and Zlatan, as well as Uros, Robi, Boris and Matjaz and all the people I have met there in the past.

Plus… here’s the location, and this is a case where I can say “a picture is worth a thousand words” 🙂

For those who are interested, take a look at the event web site and I definitely hope to see you there 🙂