SharePoint PnP Webcast – Referencing external JavaScript libraries from client-side web part

In this PnP Web Cast we concentrated on showing how to get use external JavaScript libraries in your SharePoint Framework client-side web parts. SharePoint Framework provides easy way to build client-side web parts, which reference external libraries, like React, Angular or for example Knockout. There are few considerations which should be taken into account, when you reference external libraries, which directly impacts the overall size of your customizations. This webcast shows how to reference external libraries and also covers different optios and considerations to optimize your customizations. 

Notice. When this webcast was released, SharePoint Framework was available as a Developer Preview release.  

Presentation covers following topics:

  • How to reference external libraries in client-side web parts
  • Considerations and options when external libraries are being referenced

Web cast demo shows following details

  • How to reference external library to your client-side web part
  • Needed configuration for your config.json with the external references
  • Bundling options for your customization
  • Development vs production time options

Web cast presenters: Waldek MastykarzVesa Juvonen

Presentation used in this web cast is available from

Video at YouTube.

Additional resources

See following resources around the SharePoint Framework. 

What is SharePoint / Office DevPatterns & Practices (PnP) web cast series?

SharePoint / Office Dev Patterns and PracticesSharePoint / Office Dev Patterns & Practices (PnP) webcast series covers different patterns, practices and topics around development with Office 365 and SharePoint. Majority of the topics are valid for the Office 365 and SharePoint on-premises. Our objective is to release new around 30 minute long web cast each Monday with few slides and a live demo on the covered topic. All web casts are published at the PnP YouTube channel with additional references on the existing materials.

PnP is community driven open source project where Microsoft and external community members are sharing their learning’s around implementation practices for Office 365 and SharePoint on-premises (add-in model). Active development and contributions happen in our GitHub repositories under dev branch and each month there will be a master merge (monthly release) with more comprehensive testing and communications. Latest activities and future plans are covered in our monthly community calls which are open for anyone from the community. Download invite from

This is work done by the community for the community without any actual full time people. It’s been great to find both internal and external people who are willing to assist and share their learning’s for the benefit of others. This way we can build on the common knowledge of us all. Currently program is facilitated by Microsoft, but already at this point we have multiple community members as part of the Core team and we are looking to extend the Core team with more community members.

If you have any questions, comments or feedback around PnP program or this blog post, please use the Microsoft Tech Community (SharePoint Developer group).

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Vesa Juvonen, Senior Program Manager, SharePoint, Microsoft – 12th of September 2016