Office Development MVP / Microsoft 365 & Azure Development

Elio Struyf is an independent Engineering Lead working for Valo Intranet, Blogger, and Speaker on a mission to share his tried-and-true wisdom with as many IT developers as possible.

Manual GitHub workflow triggers for Azure Static Web Site

August 16, 2020

In July 2020, GitHub released a new manual trigger feature for its GitHub Actions workflows. This trigger allows you to run a workflow from the UI, or you can also use it to run it via an HTTP POST request. The HTTP POST request option makes it very useful to trigger your workflow to run from an external system.

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How to make local Azure Static Web App development easier

August 14, 2020

Static sites are cool again (actually for a long time), and Microsoft knows that. Their new Azure Static Web App - App Service is currently in preview. At the moment, it still misses some key functionalities, but I am sure that these will get added once they put it in GA (hopefully to be announced at Ignite in September 2020).

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End-to-End testing your Microsoft Teams solutions with Cypress

July 28, 2020

For a long time, I was looking for a way to start end-to-end test solutions in Microsoft Teams. The easiest way to start running these tests is against the web experience (https://teams.microsoft.com). That way, we can use tools like Cypress. Another reason to do these E2E tests with Cypress is that internally we use Cypress for all our E2E tests.

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Utility functions which you might not know existed in SPFx

July 9, 2020

Utility/helper functions, every project uses them, but how do you get them to your projects. For our products, we use a common/shared library private npm package. By sharing this package to all our products, we do not have to reinvent the wheel every time, but also have to fix things in one place when there is a bug.

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Ignoring the JSON comment errors in your SPFx solutions

July 6, 2020

Something that bothers me for a long time is the comments in the SharePoint Framework component JSON manifest files. As you may know, JSON does not allow you to add comments to its content. Visual Studio Code will show some errors for it as well. VSCode comment errors in JSON I understand that comments are needed.

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My setup: get to know what I use

June 25, 2020

In this article, I will tell you more about what I use during my daily work. Feel free to let me know what you are using or what you recommend. My desk in the office Office Desk setup As you can see in the photo above, my setup consists of:

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