Don Kirkham

Information & Communications Technology

SharePoint Framework SharePoint Office 365 SQL Server Office 365 SharePoint Productivity SharePoint Online SharePoint Web Development SQL Server Data Tools Azure SQL Database Azure Azure Functions Visual Studio Visual Studio Code Visual Studio Team Services

Arlington, Texas, United States

Don Kirkham

Microsoft MVP | Enterprise Architect, DMI

Microsoft MVP in Office Development. Don has spent the last 15 years working with companies of all sizes, helping them maximize their productivity in SharePoint, Office 365 and Azure. With over 30 years of programming experience, Don's passion for coding is centered around the complete Microsoft ecosystem of cloud technologies. He loves working the entire development stack, from database design to the user interface, including Business Intelligence solutions. Prior to working full-time in the IT world, Don spent 20 years as a pilot in the Air Force, accumulating over 4500 hours in various aircraft, including the T-1A, E-3B/C, and T-38.

Current sessions

GitHub Codespaces and SPFx - The Fastlane to Development

The Microsoft 365 development space is continuing change at a rapid pace, including SharePoint web parts & extensions, Teams apps, MS Graph, PowerShell and so much more. One of the challenges of this rapid pace is that API and Framework versions are constantly being updated, so working on projects written against previous versions means a scramble to keep multiple environments available. GitHub Codespaces allows developers to build environments on-demand that are fast, cheap, and disposable. These environments are available to use in the browser or with modern IDEs on your local machine. This session will cover this new technology and walk through how to get your Codespaces environment set up to take your Microsoft development efforts to the next level.


Office 365 Development using the SharePoint Framework (SPFx)

Microsoft recently released a new page and web part model called the SharePoint Framework (SPFx). Microsoft used this new framework to build the Modern list and library user experiences that have been rolling out to SharePoint Online. As you’ll see in the session, developing for the SharePoint Framework using the developer preview is nothing like “traditional” SharePoint development. There’s no File | New Project in Visual Studio; instead we’ll be using tools like Node, Yeoman, Gulp and TypeScript. We’re not in Kansas anymore Toto.


Getting started in Microsoft Patterns & Practices

The Patterns & Practices (PnP) program is the largest open community in the Microsoft ecosystem. While it is a haven for developers of all levels to learn from MVPs and Microsoft engineers, the real magic happens when you get involved. Learn how to become an active contributor in the technologies that interest you most. From creating or correcting official online documentation to providing sample applications to building cutting edge tools like the Microsoft 365 CLI, everything is available to community, with plenty of help from the PnP Team to other community contributors. Learn how you can get involved and take your skills to the next level.

This covers the various areas of the PnP program and will include demos on how to become a contributor.


Take your Lists to the next level

Modern lists in SharePoint have seen a complete overhaul. While the Lists app in Office 365 is new addition, it uses the same modern SharePoint lists as Office 365. These lists have a lot of customization available natively, but the real power comes from custom list formatting. We'll start with some simple tips and them level up to making list views one of the most powerful no-code solutions in your toolbelt.

This session will cover simple tweaks to complete replacement of the list rendering template. It will also cover some customization of the modern forms used by lists.


Past and future events

365 EduCon Dallas 2022

31 Jan - 4 Feb 2022
Irving, Texas, United States

DFW ShareCloud Summit

28 Sep 2021
Irving, Texas, United States

The North American Collaboration Summit 2021

9 Aug - 11 Aug 2021
Branson, Missouri, United States

The North American Collaboration Summit 2020

28 Sep - 30 Sep 2020
Branson, Missouri, United States

The North American Collaboration Summit 2019

14 Mar - 16 Mar 2019
Branson, Missouri, United States