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Welcome to the Houston SharePoint User Group!

We are a talented community of Houston area people that have an interest in SharePoint.  We meet monthly, every third Wednesday, at the Microsoft Houston offices to network, discuss, collaborate.  After our meeting, we continue with our Social to continue our collaboration and have some fun!

Please note that the parking at the Microsoft Offices has changed. We still park in the same garage, but only on the first floor. No tickets necessary, but you will not be able to get to higher floors of the garage.



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Presentations for October 2014


General Presentation - Access Apps for Business Users

by Chris McNulty, HiSoftware

Microsoft may be taking away InfoPath - but Access is moving to the forefront for user-created no-code solutions on SharePoint and now Office 365 with Service Pack 1. Learn how! You’ll see how to create your first SharePoint app in one minute and how to import your existing data to create a custom app. Finally, we’ll go behind the scenes to show you the SQL Azure database and how to transform a plain vanilla Excel file into a cloud hosted interactive app, with stunning data visualizations and natural language queries in Power BI.


Technical Presentation - Developing Applications with the Office 365 APIs and SharePoint Online

by Scot Hillier, Scot Hillier Technical Solutions, LLC

SharePoint developers are in a world of rapid change. Development is shifting from full-trust solutions to apps while organizations are moving from on-premises farms to the cloud. The latest trend is to create applications that live "outside" of SharePoint but make use of SharePoint resources through OAuth and REST. The key to this new style of application is the Office 365 APIs. These new APIs allow developers to easily navigate the complexities of OAuth and REST by providing an abstraction layer to simplify programming. In this session, we'll review the basics of the Office 365 APIs, OAuth, REST, and application permissions through examples that demonstrate functionality with essential items like contacts, events, and documents. Attendees will exit the session with a good understanding of the fundamentals of the Office 365 APIs.