Welcome to my blog!

My name is Gary Lapointe and I’ve been working with SharePoint since the 2003 version though I didn’t get heavily invested until SharePoint 2007. I’m a developer by trade but I do a lot of infrastructure work as I feel that to be a good SharePoint developer you must have a solid understand of how SharePoint works internally and what the best practices and real world complications are around the setup and deployment of SharePoint.

A lot of the work I’ve been doing lately has been centered around open web technologies such as Angular and the myriad of related frameworks and technologies that go with it. Developing for platforms like SharePoint on-premises and SharePoint Online provides numerous complexities from the decision around which development approach to take (FTS, Add-In, SPFx, etc.) to the technologies and platforms to use – I generally try to learn as much as I can when possible so that I can make the appropriate decisions when the time comes but keeping up with all of these technologies is simply mind-boggling and that’s why I pride myself not so much on what I know today but on how quickly I can learn and adopt new technologies and approaches.

When I started this blog many years ago I focused mainly on SharePoint automation using the now deprecated STSADM and the much more preferred and popular PowerShell. With the industry finally adopting PowerShell and recognizing the “power” that is provides I’ve since shifted the focus of my blog to be more general (though I’ll still throw out a lot of PowerShell stuff when I can). I haven’t really been blogging that much in the last year or two but I’m hoping to change that – we’ll see if time allows me to do so.

For anyone looking for my custom extensions for SharePoint please go to the Downloads page; you’ll find links to all of my downloadable source, executables, and solution files there.

If you’re looking for someone to help you with your SharePoint On-Premises or SharePoint Online implementation please feel free to email me at gary@aptillon.com. Aptillon is the company I do all my work through and have been privileged to work with some extraordinary folks both within Aptillon and with our clients – you can find more information about Aptillon at www.Aptillon.com.