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# Monday, 11 February 2013

After wrestling with this tonight for sometime I’ve finally cracked it. SP2013 RTMed and alot of the sample code fails due to the fact that you need to now add ‘..;odata=verbose’ onto pretty much every call to SharePoint.

Basically you get a series of errors such as:

MIME type could not be found that matches the content type of the response. None of the supported type(s) 'application/atom+xml;type=entry, application/atom+xml, application/json;odata=verbose


Previously alot of the sample code has

$.getJSON(….) as part of the call to the server – as mentioned we now need to add some custom header values of ‘odata=verbose’, so to save you hours of slogging on this, the getJSON call doesn’t allow custom header values. You need to use the $.ajax(…) for these calls.


function getCustomers() {

  // begin work to call across network
  var requestUri = _spPageContextInfo.webAbsoluteUrl +
                "/_api/Web/Lists/getByTitle('CustomersREST')/items/" +
                "?$select=Id,FirstName,Title,WorkPhone" +
  var requestHeaders = {
      "accept": "application/json;odata=verbose"
    // execute AJAX request
      url: requestUri,
      type: 'GET',
      dataType: 'json',
      headers: requestHeaders,
      success: onDataReturned,
      error: onError



//Sample code to update a Customer List Item in a Customer List called ‘CustomersREST’

function updateCustomer(dialogResult, returnValue) {

  if (dialogResult == SP.UI.DialogResult.OK) {
    var Id = returnValue.Id;
    var FirstName = returnValue.FirstName;
    var LastName = returnValue.LastName;
    var WorkPhone = returnValue.WorkPhone;
    var etag = returnValue.etag;

    var requestUri = _spPageContextInfo.webAbsoluteUrl +
              "/_api/Web/Lists/getByTitle('CustomersREST')/items(" + Id + ")";

    var customerData = {
      __metadata: { "type": "SP.Data.CustomersRESTListItem" },
      Title: LastName,
      FirstName: FirstName,
      WorkPhone: WorkPhone

    requestBody = JSON.stringify(customerData);

    var requestHeaders = {
        "accept": "application/json;odata=verbose",
        "X-RequestDigest": $("#__REQUESTDIGEST").val(),
        "X-HTTP-Method": "MERGE",
        "content-length": requestBody.length,
        "content-type" : "application/json;odata=verbose",
        "If-Match": etag

      url: requestUri,
      type: "POST",
      contentType: "application/json;odata=verbose",
      headers: requestHeaders,
      data: requestBody,
      success: onSuccess,
      error: onError



Monday, 11 February 2013 22:47:06 (AUS Eastern Daylight Time, UTC+11:00)  #    Comments [0] -
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# Thursday, 07 February 2013

While setting up a new SharePoint solution one of the requirements was to embed a Yammer Feed.

So I followed the help document only to have an unusual situation:

1) the feed wouldnt render in browse mode.

2) the feed WOULD render in Edit Mode.

The key to the situation was to declare a little more on the sample script Yammer gave – adding ‘text/javascript’

Here’s the working script – (one for the bat –utility belt)

*tested from Win8, Firefox *

<script data-app-id='hyB2pTvrL36Y50py8EWj6A' type='text/javascript' src=''></script>
<script type='text/javascript'>
{ container: '#embedded-feed'
, network: 'yournetworkhere'
<div id='embedded-feed'></div>

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# Tuesday, 20 November 2012

While on SharePoint 2013 training we came across all the different ways of calling SharePoint and it’s data through JavaScript, JQuery and all the bits.

It was all looking good until we needed to update sharepoint – e.g. a list, a list item etc.

The MS Course notes say – “if you’re in SharePoint you can get the Form Digest from the main SharePoint Form….”


What about if you’re running outside of SharePoint (a Provider App – they now call it, or Cloud Hosted…depending on who wrote the help article)


The answer in the notes is… go and make an old fashion call to Sites.asmx SOAP WebService…. from client side javascript this is going to be a feat.


The Answer – make a REST call to get the ‘Context Info’ first, then you’ll have the form digest and you’re done. (just at the top of this page)


Table 1. SPContextWebInformation structure initialization properties




Gets the server-relative URL of the nearest site.


Gets the server-relative URL of the root of the site collection that the site is contained within.

If the nearest web is the root of a site collection, then the value of the webFullUrl property is equal to the siteFullUrl property.


Gets the server's request form digest.


Gets the current version of the REST library.


Gets the versions of the schema of the REST/CSOM library that are supported.

To access this information, use the /contextinfo operator. For example:


To increase security against cross-site scripting attempts, the /contextinfo operator accepts only POST requests.

Tuesday, 20 November 2012 15:43:32 (AUS Eastern Daylight Time, UTC+11:00)  #    Comments [0] -
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# Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Hi folks, I’m just blown away by all the goodies in these 2 releases

1) the SP1

2) the Feature Pack SP1

Both have some pretty big improvements, especially around the SharePoint 2013 <-> SQL scenario and pivot tables, analysis, mining etc.

There’s even SQL Services that continuously copy data from Oracle to SQL – this I’ll have to try on my next BizTalk project.

Check it out -

Now I’d love to have a single download for them all…. Smile

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