Azure App Insights

Okay, I admit, this made me wildly overexcited. I was asked by a colleague to add Azure App Insights to a Sitecore (i.e. ASP.NET) website we’ve been building. I’d not really heard of it before, other than vaguely for proper ‘Apps’, not websites. However, I added it – and it blew my socks off. Continue reading “Azure App Insights”

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Azure App Insights

SharePoint vs (?) ASP.NET MVC

I’ve been studying ASP.NET MVC 4 over the last while; this is the subject of second of the 4 exams required for the SharePoint Developer MCSD, and I really need to spend some time on that.

The idea of an MVC (Model-View-Controller) framework is to separate the different concerns of your code, and that usually this allows you to design a data model, and then let your tools create a scaffolding of your site. Such things aren’t new; I implemented a Chinese Chess web site in Ruby on Rails which uses this approach in 2005. I loved the MVC approach. Continue reading “SharePoint vs (?) ASP.NET MVC”

SharePoint vs (?) ASP.NET MVC

Timed Jobs in Azure Provider-Hosted Apps

As I’ve described recently, I’m working on a Provider-Hosted SharePoint App that’s hosted in Azure. I’ve said previously about using Remote Event Receivers, and this whole app is really about sending emails from SharePoint Online (which we’re doing via SendGrid).

One of the things the customer wants is ‘timed’ emails – that is, some sort of service that talks to SharePoint Online, checks to see if there are any items in a list that are due for action, and if so sends an alert email. Simple enough, but with one minor problem. There are no timer jobs in SharePoint Apps. And you can’t put them into Office 365. And Azure doesn’t have an equivalent … yet. Continue reading “Timed Jobs in Azure Provider-Hosted Apps”

Timed Jobs in Azure Provider-Hosted Apps

Register Remote Event Receivers on the HOST web

The project that I’m working on requires that I add remote event receivers to the host web for my Provider-hosted app. This is a little unusual – most of the stuff I found about remote event receivers was using the app web. It turns out, though, that it is possible, and there is a good explanation of how it works by Johnny Tordgeman on CodeProject. Rather than repeat all he’s said, I suggest you take a look. I just want to expand on some of the things I learnt doing this, that he didn’t mention. Continue reading “Register Remote Event Receivers on the HOST web”

Register Remote Event Receivers on the HOST web

App Deployment Error: "Your app handles the uninstalling app event"

When trying to do an F5-Deploy of a Provider hosted app from Visual Studio, I got this error during the deployment:

Error occurred in deployment step ‘Uninstall app for SharePoint’: Your app handles the uninstalling app event. Ensure that the Windows Azure Cloud Web Service project is deployed to the emulator prior to uninstalling the app.

This happened just after the step “Uninstall app for SharePoint” in the process. Continue reading “App Deployment Error: "Your app handles the uninstalling app event"”

App Deployment Error: "Your app handles the uninstalling app event"

Check the ClientId/ClientSecret of your App

I have had a problem today that a provider hosted app that I’ve been working on would deploy and work in an F5-Debug deployment, but when I tried to do a proper deployment, well, it wouldn’t work. I already thought I knew what I needed to change between an F5 and a proper deployment – so what was wrong? Continue reading “Check the ClientId/ClientSecret of your App”

Check the ClientId/ClientSecret of your App

Sending Email from Azure with SendGrid

In SharePoint Online I need to send email(s) when a user updates a document. Who this email goes to involves some fairly complex logic – which we’ll ignore for this post. So how do we send the email? SharePoint Online doesn’t allow you to use SPUtility.SendEmail() or System.Net.Mail.SmtpClient – so unless you’re using standard alerts, or the workflow “Send Email” activity, well, you’re going to have to look elsewhere. I didn’t think SharePoint designer Workflows were quite up to the complexity of it, so I started to look elsewhere – at Remote Event Receivers, provider-hosted in Azure.

This leads to the question “can Azure send email?” I can imagine a few reasons why it maybe shouldn’t (think “spam”). Continue reading “Sending Email from Azure with SendGrid”

Sending Email from Azure with SendGrid

Debug and Publish modes when deploying SharePoint Apps

Recently I’ve been working with a provider hosted SharePoint App. The objective of the app is to register a remote event receiver on a library in the host web, and then handle events from it. There’s a good article about this on CodeProject, and as usual, Chris O’Brien has been there and blogged about this too.

Anyway, working on my app I had a number of problems around deploying it, both for debug and ‘live’, in particular around the AppManifest.xml file. Continue reading “Debug and Publish modes when deploying SharePoint Apps”

Debug and Publish modes when deploying SharePoint Apps