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Setting the DefaultDate in a Power App Date Picker with a Smarter Tomorrow

This is a little one, but sort of cool. I’m building a Power App which takes orders for shipment between stores. The person filling out the form can request a delivery date, but we want to give them a decent default. (It would be great if we could set minimum or maximum date in a date picker, but we can’t.) Generally, something requested...

Power Apps Patch Function for SharePoint’s Complex Column Types

Working with Power Apps, you end up having to know a lot of little stuff that is impossible to remember. This article isn’t something entirely new. In fact, I’ve effectively stolen the meat of it from other posts, which I’m listing as sources at the bottom. However. I haven’t seen these formats all collected together in one place before – I could be...

The SharePoint Maturity Model Turns 10!

Ten years ago today, Sadie Van Buren (@sadalit) released the first version of the SharePoint Maturity Model. As soon as I caught wind of it, I knew it was something special. Sadie had taken the great thinking behind the Capability Maturity Model (CMM) and devised a scheme which could be applied to SharePoint. Happy birthday to the Microsoft 365...

Storman: An Old Workhorse that’s Still Valuable

There probably aren’t a lot of people who use the Storage Management page in SharePoint these days, but I find it really helpful. When we do migrations it’s invaluable, especially when we are looking at a “legacy” – read: classic – pyramid of a Site Collection, with lots of nested subsites. Sure, there are fancier tools – our favorite at Sympraxis is...

Maturity Model for Microsoft 365

It’s been a long time since I posted about Sadie Van Buren’s SharePoint Maturity model in these posts: Applause for Sadie Van Buren’s SharePoint Maturity ModelFrom Annoyance to Harmonizer: Cloud Computing’s Maturity CurveSharePoint Adoption and Success: Navigating the Chasm of Despairand more… As a part of the Microsoft 365 Community...

Update on Microsoft 365 Community Docs – August 2020

It felt like it was time to do an update on the Microsoft 365 Community Docs, which I last wrote about here in Microsoft 365 Community Docs: Call for Content. We also did a post on the SharePoint Community Blog in June: Updates on the Microsoft 365 Community Docs – June 2020. New Articles Since June Since then, the readership has continued...

PnP PowerShell to Retrieve SharePoint List Items: Get-PnPListItem with -Query

This should be one of the most obvious tools in the toolkit. PnP PowerShell is awesome, and we so often want to retrieve a set of items in a list. Get-PnPListItem is the magic cmdlet to do so. This post is yet another of the many where I get to admit being an idiot about something in the hopes that the rest of you won’t have to feel that way....

Solving the `npm ERR! code UNABLE_TO_GET_ISSUER_CERT_LOCALLY` Issue

If you do consulting like we Sympraxians do, sooner or later you will end up working on a client laptop. There are a number of issues you might run into with this, including different ergonomics, software you don’t need or want, etc., but that’s not the point of this post. Or you may be trying to develop in an environment where there is lots of network...

New CodeTour Option for SharePoint Framework (SPFx) Upgrades in the Office 365 CLI

I tried out the relatively new CodeTour option in the Office 365 CLI today to upgrade a SharePoint Framework (SPFx) Web Part solution. I originally built the Web Part to work in SharePoint 2019, so the underlying SPFx version was 1.4.1. I wanted to get it “up to rev” to 1.10.0 to put a cleaned up version of it into the pnp/sp-dev-fx-webparts repo of...

Fixing the ‘OneDrive isn’t Connected’ Error

Recently, I noticed that my OneDrive for Business wasn’t logging in. Every time I checked it by clicking on the little blue cloud in the System Tray, I saw this: No matter how long I let things sit, OneDrive wasn’t logging in. Frankly, I was surprised: OneDrive has been rock solid for a good, long time. I’d put my ODA (OneDrive Angst)...

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