Viva Connections & SharePoint Framework Community Call – 18th of May, 2023

Viva Connections & SharePoint Framework Community Call – 18th of May, 2023

Call summary

Welcome to the bi-weekly call focused on Microsoft 365 client-side development. In this call, we focus on using Viva Connections and SharePoint Framework to build solutions for Microsoft Teams and SharePoint Online.

New this week


  • Introduction to updated SharePoint Starter Kit v3 – this latest technology demonstrator solution was released 2 months ago. Kit consolidates SharePoint dev and provisioning into one piece. Full bundle of capabilities includes webparts, extensions, library, PnP and customizable SharePoint provisioning templates for sites, pages, content + documentation. Uses SPFx v1.16.1, Fluent UI, PnPjs v3.11. Normalized coding approaches. Integrations with related products. Stand up an example site in less than 10 minutes. All open-source.
  • Creating custom SPFx components for Microsoft Viva Connections for Education – targeting the student persona. Viva Connections for Education (student’s digital home dashboard with cards for resource access, student-teacher connections, and more), EDU specific code samples (tuition fees, library loans, book a space, internships, scholarships), Adoption Toolkit (Best practices for Viva Connections Adoption, Day in a life for a student using VCE, Communication templates and documentation) what’s next?
  • SPFx framework at Microsoft - Accelerator Domain Models – understand the “SPFx Solution Accelerator” framework by going deep into the Rhythm of the Business Calendar sample app to see patterns and practices for building enterprise-class apps on SharePoint. This accelerator, inspired by Domain Driven Design, has evolved since SPFx v1.0. Today’s focus is on “Entities” (including class, relationships, validation, categories and states) and the implementation of a rich entity domain model for your application.

The host of this call is Hugo Bernier (Microsoft) @bernierh. Q&A takes place as always in chat throughout the call.

Agenda items

00:00 – Intro – Hugo Bernier (Microsoft) | @bernierh

06:05 – SharePoint Framework – Vesa Juvonen (Microsoft) | @vesajuvonen

08:12 – PnPjs Client-Side Libraries – Beau Cameron (Aerie Consulting) | @beau_cameron

09:48 – CLI for Microsoft 365 – Garry Trinder (Microsoft) | @garrytrinder

10:49 – Microsoft Graph Developer Proxy – Garry Trinder (Microsoft) | @garrytrinder

11:51 – PnP SPFx Controls – Alex Terentiev (Microsoft) | @alexaterentiev

12:49 – Viva Connections Toolkit for Visual Studio Code – Vesa Juvonen (Microsoft) | @vesajuvonen

15:09 – PnP Modern Search – Hugo Bernier (Microsoft) | @bernierh

15:31 – Together mode picture

16:38 – Demo – Introduction to updated SharePoint Starter Kit v3 – Eric Overfield (PixelMill)​ | @EricOverfield

28:34 – Demo – Creating custom SPFx components for Microsoft Viva Connections for Education – Jethro Seghers (Microsoft)​ | @jseghers

38:30 – Demo – SPFx framework at Microsoft - Accelerator Domain Models – Daniel Turley (Avanade)​

57:12 – Closing

Together Mode


Thanks everybody for joining the call today. Smiles, waves and even orange shirts yes! Great seeing you. Perhaps we will see each other at ECS next week.


Demo references

Thank you for your great work. Samples are often showcased in Demos.

Open-source project status

PnP ProjectCurrent versionRelease/Status
SharePoint Framework (SPFx)v1.17.2 (GA)
PnPjs Client-Side Librariesv3.15 (GA)
CLI for Microsoft 365v6.8 (beta)
Microsoft Graph Developer Proxyv0.7 (Preview)v0.8 to be released May 31
Reusable SPFx React Controlsv3.14.0 (GA), v2.9.0
Reusable SPFx React Property Controlsv3.13.0 (GA), v2.7.0
Viva Connections Toolkit for VS Codev0.5.2 (GA)
PnP SPFx Generatorv1.16.0v1.17.0 on the way
PnP Modern Searchv4.8.0 (GA), v3.23.0 (GA)
  • Microsoft 365 & Power Platform community videos -
  • LinkedIn group for discussions and updates -
  • Open-source assets –
  • Unified Sample gallery -
  • Product sample galleries
  • One place for Open-source initiatives and samples -
  • Microsoft 365 & Power Platform community calls -
  • Community call agendas -
  • Request to Present -
  • Invite (ics) for the Microsoft 365 & Power Platform call -
  • Learn how to get started in the open-source PnP community! –
  • Community Recognition Program –
  • Project Specific
    • SharePoint Framework
      • Release notes -
      • Repo -
    • PnPjs Client-side Libraries
      • Repo/Docs –
      • nightly builds – npm install @pnp/sp@v3nightly –save
    • CLI for Microsoft 365
      • Repo –
      • CLI community on Discord
      • Twitter @climicrosoft365
      • Documentation -
    • Microsoft Graph Developer Proxy –
    • Reusable SPFx Controls
      • Release notes -
      • Documentation -
      • Twitter - @M365PnPControls
    • React Property Controls –
      • Release notes -
      • Documentation -
      • Twitter - @M365PnPControls
    • Viva Connections Toolkit for Visual Studio Code
      • Repo -
    • PnP Modern Search
      • Documentation -
      • Repo -
  • All community calls –
  • Feedback on this call -
  • Follow us on Twitter for updates - @m365pnp, and @Microsoft365Dev

General Resources

Other mentioned topics

Upcoming calls | Recurrent invites


Viva Connections & SharePoint Framework bi-weekly calls are targeted at anyone who is interested in the JavaScript-based development towards Microsoft Connections, Microsoft Teams, SharePoint Online, and also on-premises. Calls are used for the following objectives.

  • SharePoint Framework engineering update from Microsoft
  • Talk about PnP JavaScript Core libraries
  • CLI for Microsoft 365 Updates
  • SPFx reusable controls
  • PnP SPFx Yeoman generator
  • Share code samples and best practices
  • Possible engineering asks for the field - input, feedback, and suggestions
  • Cover any open questions on the client-side development
  • Demonstrate SharePoint Framework in practice in Microsoft Viva, Microsoft Teams or SharePoint context
  • You can download a recurrent invite from Welcome and join the discussion!

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Microsoft 365 PnP team, Microsoft - 18th of May 2023