SharePoint – Creating a Rotating Image Banner using JavaScript

April 27, 2015 2 comments

In this post I will show you how easily we can create a Rotating Image banner in SharePoint 2013. (I saw the requirement from

Images are stored in an Images Library (Picture Library)

First you need to place anĀ img tag into the Page. This is the tag which loads Images from Library and cycles images every 5 seconds.

<img id="imageRotator" >

Once this is added, you can use below JavaScript code

	var arrayOfImageObjects = new Array();
	var currentImageIndex = 0;
	function GetImagesAndRotate() {
		var url = "http://siteurl/_api/web/lists/getbytitle('ImageLibrary')/items?$expand=File"
			url: url,
			type: "GET",
			headers: { 
				"accept": "application/json;odata=verbose",
				"content-type": "application/json;odata=verbose",
				"X-RequestDigest": $("#__REQUESTDIGEST").val(),				
			success: function(data){
				var result = data.d.results;
					var image = result[i];
					var imageObject = { };
					imageObject.Name = image.File.Name;
					imageObject.Url = image.File.ServerRelativeUrl;
					imageObject.Width = image.File.ImageWidth;
					imageObject.Height = image.File.ImageHeight;					
			error: function(){
				alert("request failed");
	function NextImage(){		
		if(currentImageIndex < arrayOfImageObjects.length) {
			currentImageIndex = 0;		

Finally you can invoke this using


SharePoint – Retrieve SharePoint Timer Job Schedule

Here is a utility function which can give you the Job Schedule

string GetTimerJobStatus(string timerJobName) 
    string schedule = string.Empty;

    SPSecurity.RunWithElevatedPrivileges(() => 
        SPWebApplication webApp = SPContext.Current.CurrentWeb.WebApplication;
        foreach (SPJobDefinition job in webApp.JobDefinitions)
            if (job.Name.Equals(timerJobName))
                schedule = job.Schedule.GetType().FullName;

    return schedule;

SharePoint – JSOM Sample for SP.AttachmentCollection.getByFileName Method

Today I found a question in StackExchange.

The OP was asking how to use this method using Client Side Object Model. Since this is not available in MSDN ( I thought of creating it.

Here is the sample – You should change the LISTNAME, ID & FILENAME

var clientContext = SP.ClientContext.get_current();
var list = clientContext.get_web().get_lists().getByTitle("LISTNAME");
var listItem = list.getItemById(ID);
clientContext.executeQueryAsync(Function.createDelegate(this, onSuccess), Function.createDelegate(this, onFailure));

function onSuccess(sender, args) {
	var item = listItem;
	var total = item.get_attachmentFiles().get_count();
	if (total > 0) {
		console.log(total + " file attachments");

function onFailure(sender, args) {

SharePoint Online – Setting up PowerShell

SharePoint global administrator can use the SharePoint Online Management Shell to manage the site and content.

Following are the steps we should do for that

  1. Install Windows Management Framework 3.0 – You can download it from This require a system restart
  2. Install SharePoint Online Management Shell – You can download it from

Once this is done, you can start “SharePoint Online Management Shell” and use following command to connect

Connect-SPOService -Url -credential

After connection, you can execute SPO cmdlets and work remotely.



will retrieve all sites.

Take a look at this to find the list of supported cmdlets

Categories: Misc, SharePoint Online Tags:

SharePoint 2013 – Read List Items using REST API

December 23, 2014 1 comment

SharePoint 2013 introduced Rich REST endpoints, we can use this to query data asynchronously using jQuery/JavaScript.

Here is a sample code which can be used to read items from a SharePoint list

var siteUrl = window.location.protocol + "//" + + _spPageContextInfo.siteServerRelativeUrl;

	url: siteUrl + "/_api/lists/getbytitle('ListTitle')/Items?$select Title",
	type: "GET",    
	headers: { 
		"accept": "application/json;odata=verbose",
		"X-RequestDigest": jQuery("#__REQUESTDIGEST").val()
	success: function(d) {
		var stringData = JSON.stringify(d);
		var jsonObject = JSON.parse(stringData);
		var results = jsonObject.d.results;
		for(i = 0; i < results.length;i++) {
	error: function() {

We are dynamically forming the site url using various tokens.

First we need to get the SharePoint list, for that we use REST method GetByTitle and pass the list title. Then we are selecting the item Title. You can add more fields by separating with comma.

The result is then converted to JSON object using JSON.Parse method.

Finally a loop is used to iterate through the items.

Categories: SharePoint 2013 Tags: , , ,

SharePoint – Updating External Lookup Field

November 21, 2014 Leave a comment

Updating an external look up is a bit different compared to updating other look up fields.

Below is a small snippet which can help you with this task

SPBusinessDataField dataField = item.Fields["Field Display Name"] as SPBusinessDataField;
item[dataField.RelatedField] = EntityInstanceIdEncoder.EncodeEntityInstanceId(new object[] { NEWVALUE }); ;
item["Field_x0020_Internal_x0020_Name"] = newCRMNumber;

For getting SPBusinessDataField you need to get the fields from item which is the listitem we are trying to modify.

item.Fields["Field Display Name"] – This require you to pass the Field Display name

SharePoint – Programatically Starting a Workflow

Here is a code snippet I recently developed for starting a sharepoint workflow from code behind.

public void StartWorkFlow(string listName, int itemID, string workflowName)
        using (SPSite oSite = new SPSite(SPContext.Current.Site.Url))
            using (SPWeb oWeb = oSite.OpenWeb())
                oWeb.AllowUnsafeUpdates = true;
                SPList oList = oWeb.Lists[listName];
                SPListItem oItem = list.GetItemById(itemID);
                SPWorkflowManager wfManager = oSite.WorkflowManager;

                foreach (SPWorkflowAssociation association in oList.WorkflowAssociations)
                    if (association.Name == workflowName)
                        string associationData = association.AssociationData;
                        wfManager.StartWorkflow(oItem, association, associationData);                                
                oWeb.AllowUnsafeUpdates = false;
Categories: SharePoint, SharePoint 2010 Tags:

SharePoint – Timer Job Executing Multiple Times

March 13, 2014 1 comment

Custom timer jobs are created by inheriting SPJobDefinition class. This class is available under Microsoft.SharePoint.Administration namespace.

Recently I was working on a timer job which was scheduled to run every 5 minutes. After deployment I found the job is invoked multiple times during each 5 minute cycle. In my case this was executing 10 times. This happened because I have 10 content database. To avoid this we should make use of the SPJobLockType enumeration.

public MyCustomTimerJob(string jobName, SPWebApplication webapp) : 
base(jobName, webapp, null, SPJobLockType.Job) {
	this.Title = "My Custom Timer Job";

Hope this helps!

PHP – MySQL Insert

January 16, 2014 1 comment

After long wait I got my hands dirty with PHP and MySQL.

$dbServer = 'localhost';
$dbUserName = 'username';
$dbPassword = 'password';
$connection = mysql_connect($dbServer, $dbUserName, $dbPassword);
if(!$connection) {
		  die('Connection Failed : ' . mysql_error());

$insertStatement = 'INSERT INTO TableName(Column) VALUES("Value")';
$returnValue = mysql_query( $insertStatement, $connection );
		  die('Insertion Failed : ' . mysql_error());
echo "Data Inserted.";

Categories: Misc Tags: ,

VB.Net – Keydown event not firing with WinForm application

December 4, 2013 Leave a comment

As part of my recent project I was handed with a job to create a windows form application. In this application I had to capture arrow key events. For my surprise the key event where not firing for arrow keys. I tried setting “KeyPreview” but that didn’t helped. Then I realized these are special keys and controls in the form will intercept these.

The solution was to override ProcessCmdKeys function as below

For demonstration, add a PictureBox control and change its background color. Pressing arrow key will move it around the form

Public Class Form1
    Protected Overrides Function ProcessCmdKey(ByRef msg As Message, ByVal keydata As Keys) As Boolean
        If keydata = Keys.Right Then
            PictureBox1.Left += 10
        End If

        If keydata = Keys.Left Then
            PictureBox1.Left -= 10
        End If

        If keydata = Keys.Up Then
            PictureBox1.Top -= 10
        End If

        If keydata = Keys.Down Then
            PictureBox1.Top += 10
        End If

        If keydata = Keys.Right Or keydata = Keys.Left Or keydata = Keys.Up Or keydata = Keys.Down Then
            OnKeyDown(New KeyEventArgs(keydata))
            ProcessCmdKey = True
            ProcessCmdKey = MyBase.ProcessCmdKey(msg, keydata)
        End If
    End Function
End Class
Categories: VB.Net