The must have features of an app in Power Apps using community connectors (well, on a Friday afternoon that is) Microsoft Office 365 Serious app

Every week there are new connectors added to Power Apps and Power Automate. This week I’m looking at two community connectors that were added recently by on of the Power Platform community leaders, Daniel Laskewitz.

Community connectors

Until recently, it was possible to submit your custom connectors to APIs that you owned, however this has been made easier to that publicly available APIs can be used for connectors and community members can submit the custom connectors using these APIs without too much effort.

Recently two new must have connectors were added.

  • icanhazdadjoke
  • Chuck Norris IO

In flows you can use these to get some random jokes returned.

community connectors in flows

Now if we take a serious app

The must have features of an app in Power Apps using community connectors (well, on a Friday afternoon that is) Microsoft Office 365 Serious app 1

We can add, a joke to the top of the screen. Just imagine how many people will start to use your app, just to read the daily jokes.

community connectors in Power apps

All you have to do is add a connection to the icanhazdadjoke connector and then use the following line of code:

'icanhazdadjoke(IndependentPublisher)'.FetchRandomJoke().joke

Maybe rather than FetchRandomJoke it should have been called GetTheJoke but this connector does show how easy it is to create your own connector.

Which connector are you going to submit?

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By Pieter Veenstra

Business Applications and Office Apps & Services Microsoft MVP working as a Microsoft Productivity Principal Consultant at HybrIT Services. You can contact me using contact@veenstra.me.uk.

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