Archives / 2009 / May
  • Determine the URL of SharePoint Web Services using jQuery/Javascript

    If you have read some of the previous posts on this blog related to using jQuery in SharePoint 2007 sites, you probably know that it’s perfectly possible to make call the out-of-the-box SharePoint web services by making use of Javascript running in the client’s browser. This opens up a huge stream of possibilities from which I already covered some of them on my blog. A very important piece of information you need if you want to make a call to a web service is of course the URL of the web service. Figuring out this URL seems to be more trivial than it actually is. My first idea was to use the URL of the page in which the call to a web service actually happened; e.g. you’ve got a Site Page accessible in SharePoint using the URL http://mysite/mypage.aspx, so you strip the /mypage.suffix and add /_vti_bin/lists.asmx (if you’d like to call the Lists web service of course). The thing is, this will only work if your mypage.aspx file is setting in the Root Folder of your SharePoint site. For example: when you would put the Site Page in a Document Library instead, the URL of the page would be http://mysite/Shared Documents/mypage.aspx, so you’d have to strip the /Shared Documents/mypage.aspx and replace it with the Web Service suffix. This can get very complicated when you don’t know upfront in what kind of location the page will be stored (a Site Page in the Root Folder or a Document Library, an Application Page in _layouts, ...). It’s possible to write a bunch of code to figure that out, or you can make use of the following technique!

    A very easy and quick way to get a reference is to make use of the alternate link SharePoint will but by default in the head section of every rendered page:

  • Using jQuery in SharePoint to Display Notifications for Open Tasks

    In my previous post I explained how you can make use of the Lists.asmx web service of SharePoint, to load list items by using the jQuery Javascript library. The example discussed in that post is simple and easy to understand, but very, very boring. Let’s try to do something useful with that technique: display fancy, unobtrusive notifications for open tasks, when a user visits a SharePoint site. The screenshot below shows the result, but it’s static. In real life the user would see the yellow boxes popping up, and after a couple of seconds they would disappear again (they don’t block the user interface at all).

  • Querying SharePoint List Items using jQuery

    Due to popular demand I’ve created another sample of how you can make use of the jQuery Javascript library in your SharePoint sites. This example uses SharePoint’s Lists.asmx web service to retrieve all the list items of a specific list. In my previous posts I showed how you could use jQuery in SharePoint Site Pages (regular .aspx pages uploaded to a Document Library), so let’s do something different now; let’s use jQuery in a plain Content Editor Web Part.