Thursday, September 3, 2015

sharepoint 2013 and angular js - development tutorial

so we want to just do an SPA with angular for the "front end" site, and leave SP as a CMS

well unless you put he main html file in the root, as in <server>\index.html, you will get a download everytime you try to browse to the file. this is a security feature and can be canceled with simple PS from here the example is about html files.

next thing, SP-wise, is getting your data. there you have 2 options, the "regular" rest api and the search rest api. the search, for getting data, is much faster, but you need to activate the search.

url for search will always be like this
/_api/search/query?querytext=<your query>&selectproperties='<Title,ListItemID, ect.>'

notice that in the search you dont have the standard "Id" property but ListItemID.

to map this enormous object to something normal, you can create a simple mapping function

var toNormalItem = function (cells) {    var normalItem = {};    angular.forEach(cells, function (singleCell) {       this[singleCell.Key] = singleCell.Value;    }, normalItem);
   return normalItem; };

and just call it in the success

   { headers: { "accept": "application/json; odata=verbose" } })
   .success(function (data, status, headers, config) {
       function (searchItem) {
   }, myNormalArray);

}).error(function (data, status, headers, config) {
    alert("AJAX failed!");

on the way I showed you the MUST HEADER of accept, if you want json as a response.

when you want to call ajax to your app, always make the requests in services, initiating an empty array, and connecting it to the view via a controller

it will go like this

app.service('svc', function($http, $log){
   var self = this;
   self.arr = [];

app.controller('ctrl', function(svc, $log){
   this.svc = svc; //or $scope.svc = svc; for the pre 1.4 users

ng-repeat="x in <ctrl allias if no $scope>svc.arr"

if you want to use the direct rest the only thing that changes here is the url structure

/_api/lists/getbytitle('" + encodeURIComponent(listTitle) + "')/items?$select=Title,Id,...

and the response object is simpler, just data.d.results  and each item has a property by its name (item.Title ect.)


when posting stiff, as is   edit / update / add / delete   stuff become a bit more complex.
1st thing is that you need to authenticate to SP, and you do this by asking for the RequestDigest.

   { headers: { "accept": "application/json; odata=verbose" } })
.success(function (data, status, headers, config) {
    FormDigestValue = data.d.GetContextWebInformation.FormDigestValue;
}).error(function (data, status, headers, config) {
    $log.error("get FormDigestValue ajax failed ");

NOTICE the 2nd parameter of '',  in post the 2nd param is the body, and only the 3rd is the headers...
after that you have about 30 mins before needing the refresh the digest.

so finnaly, you want to create and item, you will get this error
"A type named 'SP.Data.DemoListItemas' could not be resolved by the model. When a model is available, each type name must resolve to a valid type."

to actually know your real type just put this in your browser
http://<server>/<web>/_api/Web/Lists/GetByTitle(<list title>)?$select=ListItemEntityTypeFullName

you will see a piece of xml with "<d:ListItemEntityTypeFullName>" in the end containing you real SP.DATA type, which can be long and ugly sometimes.

now to build the request body

var requestBody = {
    '__metadata': { 'type': 'SP.Data.<something>' },
    'Title': "test",
    'myField': "test"
var jsonBody = JSON.stringify(requestBody);

and your post...

$, requestBody,
   { headers: {
      "X-RequestDigest": FormDigestValue, //instead of $("#__REQUESTDIGEST").val(),
      "accept": "application/json;odata=verbose",
      "content-type": "application/json;odata=verbose"


how to send lookup to sharepoint rest when creating item?
well, I cant steal the show, here, just read and find out that you need the ID of the lookup.
btw - for single lookup is just <lookupName>Id : integer;

and managed metadata fields?
 also in this answer, you just send the ID with a WssId of -1.