SKILLS & TRICKS
Yes the heading says it all and i literally mean it. I am actually getting more and more concerned where we are blindly heading with SharePoint Framework without any strategy and common sense. Since its availability it has been released with a number of new versions and i am not sure for how long the developers can keep up with new features and new scenarios. Can we really always use the latest version of SharePoint Framework and keep on changing stuff we have developed? Well this post is all about what needs to be considered, analyzed and thoroughly digested before jumping to new releases.
Which Version - The Risks
Both versions, SharePoint On Premise and Online can be used with SharePoint Framework but with on premise the story is very different. SharePoint On Premise currently has only one version of framework which makes it easy to control through patch updates at farm level. I am not sure if Microsoft will release more versions for On Premise also - i hope they release them with some intervals rather then frequent monthly updates. On the other side SharePoint Online continously recieves updates and though they are compatable with older versions still you do get some nasty surprises.
Since the framework uses a toolchain with dependency tree and also third party inherent using Node based development stack - if you update one package then it could trigger updates on other packages. This can be a pain if it turns out uncompatible with other packages in your solution. I haven't come across much people who have given me a valid reason for updating the solution to latest framework and in most cases i have seen people try to fix messed projects.
Know the SharePoint Framework Solution before Deploying
Usually when you deploy the package to your app catalog, these scripts will be copied to a document library in your tenant.