Creating a SharePoint SPA using AngularJS and Breeze

Today, we will look at creating a SharePoint SPA using AngularJS and Breeze in a SharePoint hosted app. Single Page Apps or SPA does not mean the application is limited to one page. The experience of navigating between pages is seamless for the user without the postback which happens when navigating to a page.
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Workflows in SharePoint 2013 using Visual Studio

The SharePoint 2013 workflow architecture has introduced a workflow manager farm. Workflow manager communicates with SharePoint 2013 using the REST API. Workflow manager requires the user profile application to be already created and configured.

Read on to understand workflows in SharePoint 2013. We’ll go over an example of creating a workflow for a contacts list which creates a task to categorize the contact as Developer, Team Lead or Manager instead of the out of box Approve, Reject options in the task form.
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Using JavaScript or JQuery and JSOM in SharePoint

In this article we’ll see how to plug in some JavaScript and use the JavaScript object model or JSOM to interact with SharePoint. The advantage with JSOM is that it allows you to batch the requests to the server.

It would also be easier to make REST API calls from JavaScript. And, it would be easier to work with the return data like json from these REST calls using JavaScript as well.
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WebMethods in SharePoint using JQuery

Lets say we have a SharePoint Site Page or Application Page which has a server side method and we would like to call this method from JavaScript code. Wouldn’t it be great if we can do the server side processing and return the result such as a string or a json object back to the client side? Well, this is precisely what we can do using WebMethod framework.
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Download files from SharePoint document library using C#

How to download files from SharePoint document library programmatically using C#

Sometimes, we would want to download multiple files based on a pre-defined query such as a monthly report or a bulk download.

If it is a few files or if it is a complete folder, we can use the explorer view to copy paste the files. However, if we want to customize the query or automate the process, then we need to write custom code to download the files programmatically. This is also true, if we want to access the metadata of the files along with downloading the actual files.
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Display the SharePoint list item permissions using REST API

Lets see how we can display the SharePoint list item permissions using REST API

I am going to use the SharePoint hosted app and SharePoint online. You could use an on premises installation as well.

Lets start by creating a SharePoint hosted app. Update the App.js as follows:
‘use strict’;

var hostweburl;
var appweburl;
var executor;

$(document).ready(function () {

// retrieve the hostweb url and appweb url from the query string
function getCustomPermission() {
$(document).ready(function () {
hostweburl =
appweburl =

var scriptbase = hostweburl + “/_layouts/15/”;

$.getScript(scriptbase + “SP.RequestExecutor.js”, getRoleAssignments);

//make the rest call
function getRoleAssignments() {
executor = new SP.RequestExecutor(appweburl);

appweburl +
“/_api/SP.AppContextSite(@target)/web/lists/getbytitle(‘Test’)/items(1)?$expand=RoleAssignments/Member/Users&@target='” +
hostweburl + “‘”,
method: “GET”,
headers: { “Accept”: “application/json; odata=verbose” },
success: successHandler,
error: errorHandler

//display results
function successHandler(data) {
var jsonObject = JSON.parse(data.body);
var roleAssignmentHTML = “”;

var results = jsonObject.d.RoleAssignments.results;
for (var i = 0; i < results.length; i++) {

roleAssignmentHTML = roleAssignmentHTML +
“<p><b>” + results[i].Member.OwnerTitle +
var users = results[i].Member.Users.results;
if (users) {
for (var u = 0; u < users.length; u++) {
roleAssignmentHTML = roleAssignmentHTML + “<p>” + users[u].Title + “</p>”;
document.getElementById(“message”).innerHTML =

function errorHandler(data, errorCode, errorMessage) {
document.getElementById(“message”).innerText =
“Could not complete cross-domain call: ” + errorMessage;

function getQueryStringParameter(paramToRetrieve) {
var params =
var strParams = “”;
for (var i = 0; i < params.length; i = i + 1) {
var singleParam = params[i].split(“=”);
if (singleParam[0] == paramToRetrieve)
return singleParam[1];

Notice that we are using the $expand=RoleAssignments/Member/Users to get the user information present in each assignment.

In deploying to production you need to try out the different permission levels to ensure you are using the minimum required permissions.

This approach requires that we have a high enough permission level because we are listing the information of other users also.

When you build and execute the code, it should list the users and SharePoint groups which have the permission on the item.

I have uploaded the code for this solution in github at ItemLevelPermissions

Customizing SharePoint 2013 Search Center

In SharePoint 2010, FAST search existed alongside with SharePoint Search. In SharePoint 2013, both have been integrated and you now have a single interface of SharePoint Search.

In this post, we’ll go over some SharePoint 2013 Search concepts such as crawled properties, managed properties. Then, we’ll see how you can customize the search center with Custom result page and navigation, Result Source, Display template, Result type, Query Rules and Refiners.

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Using eDiscovery in SharePoint Online

What is eDiscovery?

Auditors, Record managers and litigators can use eDiscovery to discover content in electronic format. It allows to collect content from multiple sources such as documents, files, emails etc. which could be used in a legal case.
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Work with external users in SharePoint Online

Who are external users in SharePoint Online?

External users are someone outside of your organization, who needs to work on your SharePoint online sites such as documents and libraries. However, they do not have an account within your Office 365 or SharePoint Online tenant.
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