Category Archives: SharePoint 2013

SharePoint File Extractor

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Do not try and find SharePoint files, that’s impossible.  Instead, only try to realize the truth… there are no SharePoint files.

In SharePoint, most (not all) files don’t actually exist in the conventional way.  What I mean by this is that you can’t just browse to a directory and open a SharePoint page in your favorite text editor and make changes.  Instead, most files in SharePoint exist as BLOB data in a SQL database and the only way to actually edit these files is through SharePoint Designer.

So what if you want to have any of these files in source control?  Of course you could use SharePoint Designer to copy/paste the contents of each target file to your file system, but that is extremely cumbersome (you can’t just copy/paste a file itself, you need to actually open it and copy the contents).  As our clients have become more and more proficient with using SharePoint Designer to make their own changes we have had an increasing need to actually get these changes in source control.

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SharePoint Document Libraries, Versioning and REST

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One of my more recent projects in SharePoint 2013 had the client asking for a pretty basic document management system.  This project was done primarily with Javascript using REST calls to the SharePoint server.  Part of what the users needed to accomplish regarding document management was:

  1. Upload documents from the application
  2. Fill in metadata about the document
  3. Allow for uploading a revised version of a document as a new version of that document

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Using a Text Editor With Sharepoint 2013

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One thing I found irritating when using SharePoint was the built-in editor.  Other than color coding the code, it didn’t really have any other features. I was working by copy/pasting the file into Atom, and then editing the file, and copy/pasting it back.

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