October 17, 2016

0 Accessing Radio Buttons using JQuery in SharePoint Online

I couldn't find anything obvious for accessing SharePoint Radio Buttons so chucked this together, hopefully useful for someone else :)

Note: The below code/solution is applicable to accessing radio button in a custom SharePoint List forms. To know how to create a custom form in SharePoint Online, read this article 
"Get Current Logged in User & Manager using REST API in SharePoint Online". 

Accessing Radio Button control in SharePoint is little tricky than accessing the radio buttons in HTML. The reason being, radio buttons are rendered as a table instead of a single control as shown below (radio button and it's preview in developer tools - Chrome):

So, each radio button is rendered inside SPAN tag in a table. To access the normal SharePoint controls, we will use either ID or title property but for Radio Buttons it is little complicated.
1. The actual radio button control is in "input" tag 
2. The values (Example here: Yes, No) are inside "label" tag 
3. But each control (Yes & No) are represented by ID which is generated by SharePoint 
4. If you keenly look at the ID, there is "ff41" which is the ID of the control generated randomly by SharePoint.

Now, open the designer, add an ID to the TD of the Radio button so that we can query it easily using JSOM as shown below:

//Radio button change event
$("td[id='tdApproved'] input:radio[name*='ff4']").change(function(){
     // do something

//Clear the values of radio button - reset the values of radio button
$("td[id='tdApproved'] input[name*='ff4']")[0].checked = false;
$("td[id='tdApproved'] input[name*='ff4']")[1].checked = false;

//Checking the value of radio button
if($("td[id='tdApproved'] input:radio[name*='ff4']:checked +  label").text() != 'Yes'){
    // do something

//Focus Radio button 1st element in control
$("td[id='tdApproved'] input:radio[name*='ff4']:eq(0)").focus();

//Align all Radio Buttons in the page horizontally
function HorizontalAlignChoices() {
    var objSpans = $(".ms-RadioText");
    objSpans.each(function () {
        if ($(this).is("span")) {
            $(this).closest("tr").css({ "float": "left" });

*** "tdApproved" is the ID of the SharePoint Radio Button Control, "ff4" is the unique ID of the SharePoint Control in your List form. Change this ID according to your form to get the exact result.
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October 13, 2016

0 Get Current Logged in User & Manager using REST API in SharePoint Online

Environment: SharePoint Online 
Approach:      Populating Current logged in user in People Picker. Also populating user's Manager automatically using REST API and SP Services.
1. Create an SharePoint custom list "Learning" (in my case).
2. Create two columns with the following names and data types shown below:
         Internal Name                      Title                                                   Type
CurrentLoggedinUser           Current Logged in User Person or Group (People Only)
Manager                              Manager Person or Group (People Only
3. When you try adding a new item in the list, it should look like:
Here the two people pickers are SP 2013 people picker type where it will show the matching users while typing few words automatically.
4. Now open the list in SharePoint Designer, Create a New Custom Form and make it as default as shown below in the screenshots:

Open the new custom form in Advanced Mode, where you can edit the List Form. Try viewing the page by clicking F5 or Preview in Browser icon in top left corner in the designer.
5. You can see the difference in People Picker. When you create a custom list form, the default forms are automatically changed to SharePoint old type. (for more details read this blog).
6. Now add the ID for both fields as shown below. Also, add the reference the JQuery in the form 
7. Now add the ID's for the two people picker values so that it will be useful for querying the SharePoint controls as shown below
 8. Add a JS file ("Learning.js") in the Site Assets Library and refer it in the new form. Add the below code in the newly created "Learning.js" file.
$(document).ready(function() {
 var userAccountName= $().SPServices.SPGetCurrentUser();
 //Set current logged in user and manager name in people picker
 //Show the form fields on document.ready()
/****************** All function defintions starts here********************************/
//Function to set people picker values
function LoadPeoplePickerDetails()
 var url=_spPageContextInfo.webAbsoluteUrl + "/_api/SP.UserProfiles.PeopleManager/GetMyProperties"
         //Get properties from user profile Json response  
         var userDisplayName = data.d.DisplayName;
         var AccountName = data.d.AccountName;
         $("#tdCurrentUser [id$='upLevelDiv']").html(AccountName);
         $("#tdCurrentUser [id$='checkNames']").click();
         var Manager = data.d.ExtendedManagers.results;
         $("#tdManager [id$='upLevelDiv']").html(Manager[Manager.length-1]);
         $("#tdManager [id$='checkNames']").click();             
       //alert("some error occured in getting current User info");

function getReqData(reqUrl,success, failure) {
  url: reqUrl, 
  method: "GET",
  headers: { "Accept": "application/json; odata=verbose" },
  success: function (data) {
  error: function (data) {
9. Save the JS and the custom new form as well.
10. Now, try adding a new item. The current logged in user and the current logged in user's manager name will be automatically set in the people picker as shown below.

11. It is basically, on document.ready(), REST API call is made and it populates the data on the form load.

1. The people picker for Manager field is loaded after getting the value from current logged in user field. Hence if you have to change the user, the manager value is set during document.ready(). If you want to change the user and set the manager field, then write a method for setting value of manger and call it on value set in first people picker
2. I have implemented only in  Custom New Form only.

For ease of use, I have shared the js and the List Template. Please use this link to download.

In the above tutorial, you have learned how to create a Custom Form in SharePoint Online, make REST API calls and also set the values to the People Picker in the list form.

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October 10, 2016

0 Deploying List Workflow in SharePoint Online

Recently, I had a query from one of my readers about migrating the Workflows from development to production and the environment is SharePoint Online.

Suppose that you have created a List Workflow in development site in SP Online and now it is ready to move to Production in SP Online, you can follow the following steps to deploy the workflow. This method is easy, cheaper since no third party tool (licensing cost) is used for migration/deployment.

1. Take the backup of SP list with or with out content (depending upon the requirement). List backup will be in .stp format.
2. Download the List Template from List Templates (Site Settings -> Web Designer Galleries -> List Templates).
3. Upload the List Template in the PROD site in the same path (Site Settings -> Web Designer Galleries -> List Templates).
4. Create a new app from "Add an App" and create the list with the same Internal Name (impt: the internal name of the list created in the PROD should be the same as DEV environment)
5. Open the DEV site SP designer, point to the List Workflow -> Click save as template from ribbon (in Manage section) - This will save your WF as web part solution (.wsp) in the Site Assets Library. 
6. Download the WSP and upload it to the PROD site solutions: Site Settings ->  Web Designer Galleries -> Solutions -> Upload & Activate the solution
7. Now navigate to the Site Settings -> Site Actions -> Manage Site Features -> Activate the workflow (it should be in the name Workflow Template "name of the workflow" from web template "name of the site")
Note: If you do not the create the list with the same internal name in the PROD, you will get an error while activating the feature.
8. Now, navigate to the list -> list settings -> workflow settings -> you should see the Workflow associated with the list already. If you face any issues, remove the associated workflow, add it again either from SP designer or from SharePoint UI itself.

Hope this helps you in deploying the workflow from development site to production site in SharePoint Online.

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September 28, 2015

0 Creating reports using OData Feed in Power BI

Today, I published my second Tech Net article about creating reports in Power BI using OData feeds after winning gold winner for TechNet Guru August month :)

To learn about basics of Power BI, click this article: Power BI in SharePoint Online

In this article, let’s get the data from OData (Open Data Protocol) feeds and use the Power BI desktop software to design reports and publish it to Power BI site

To learn more about what OData is and how to integrate, read the following articles:
  1. https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/data/hh237663.aspx 
  2. https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Access-OData-Feeds-from-Power-Query-82BD48B9-6A2F-4F2A-83C9-6868BA1D30E2
  3. http://www.odata.org/   
    Read my article from the following TechNet link and share your valuable comments:

                     Creating reports using OData Feed in Power BI

    Power BI Dashboard screenshot reference:

    Power BI Dashboard from mobile app reference:


    Update 26-Oct-2015
    I am happy to share with you all that my second TechNet article is awarded for SQL BI and Power BI Technical Guru - September, 2015.
    Gold Winner!!!!
    Also, this post is highlighted in TechNet Wiki Magazine, 12th edition | Last Articles Spotlight and Guru Awards Edition. :)
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    August 28, 2015

    0 Tabbed View Report using SSRS

    Today, I published my first Tech Net article about creating Tabbed View Report using SSRS. SQL Server Reporting Services is a powerful BI tool by Microsoft.
    Soon, I will publish articles about SSRS and its integration with SharePoint. Read my article from the following link and share your valuable comments:
    Scenario Explained in the article:
    Suppose take an example employee database which stores their professional summary, salary information, personal information, etc. The end user will search for an Employee by Emp ID as the parameter only one time and the result will be displayed in a tabbed view like professional summary in one tab, salary in another tab and personal information in another tab. Each tab should be clickable and when a Tab1 is clicked, other Tab result should be hidden. In the similar way, show and hide data should work for all the other tabs.
    Don't forgot to share this post if this helps you!

    Update 22-Sep-2015
    I am happy to share with you all that my first TechNet article is awarded for SQL BI and Power BI Technical Guru - August, 2015.
    Gold Winner!!!!
    Ref: http://blogs.technet.com/b/wikininjas/archive/2015/09/19/technet-guru-awards-august-2015.aspx

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    August 26, 2015

    0 Deprecated Features in SharePoint 2016 Preview

    SharePoint Foundation
    1. SharePoint Foundation 2013 remains available for use
    2. Previous releases of SharePoint Server included SharePoint Foundation, a free edition of SharePoint that included most of the core functionality and architecture provided by the commercial editions of SharePoint. SharePoint Foundation is no longer available in the SharePoint Server 2016 release.
    Standalone Install mode
    SharePoint Server 2016 IT Preview doesn't support the standalone install option, so it is no longer available in the setup program. Use the MinRole during installation and choose one of the available install options. The Single Server Farm option where everything is installed on the same computer is supported for dev/test/demo purposes. When you use this option, you must install SQL Server yourself and then run the SharePoint Server 2016 farm configuration wizard.. For more information, see "MinRole farm topology" in New and improved features in SharePoint Server 2016 IT Preview.
    ForeFront Identity Manager client (FIM)
    Earlier versions of SharePoint used ForeFront Identity Manager client (FIM) to synchronize between Active Directory and SharePoint. SharePoint Server 2016 IT Preview no longer uses FIM as the synchronization client. The default process is Active Directory Import. You can also use any synchronization tool such as Microsoft Identity Manager 2016, or any third-party tool. We'll soon release tools to help you deploy and configure Microsoft Identity Manager 2016 to work with SharePoint Server 2016 IT Preview for identity synchronization.
    Excel Services in SharePoint
    Excel Services and its associated business intelligence capabilities are no longer available in SharePoint Server. Excel Services functionality is now part of Excel Online in Office Online Server Preview, and SharePoint users can use the services from there.
    The following Excel Services functionality has been deprecated:
    • Trusted data providers
    • Trusted file locations
    • Trusted data connection libraries
    • Unattended service account
    • Excel Services Windows PowerShell cmdlets
    • Opening of Excel workbooks from SharePoint Central Administration site
    The following Excel Services functionality requires Excel Online in Office Online Server Preview:
    • Viewing and editing Excel workbooks in a browser (with or without the Data Model)
    • Excel Web Access web part for SharePoint
    • ODC file support (no longer requires Data Connection Librariees)
    • Programmability features such as JavaScript OM, User Defined Function Assemblies, SOAP and REST protocol support
    SharePoint BI capabilities
    SharePoint Server 2016 requires updated versions that will ship later this year. The SQL Server 2014 Power Pivot and Power View add-ins for SharePoint 2013 cannot be deployed or used in SharePoint Server 2016 IT Preview. The following business intelligence features won't be available until then:
    • Power Pivot Gallery
    • Scheduled Data Refresh
    • Using another workbook's Data Model as a data source
    • Power View reports (standalone or embedded in Excel workbooks)
    • Power View Subscriptions and Report Alerting
    Power Pivot Management Dashboard
    • BISM Link support
    Tags and Notes
    The Tags and Notes feature is no longer available in SharePoint Server 2016 IT Preview. Users can no longer create new tags and notes or access existing ones.
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    August 25, 2015

    0 SharePoint 2016 Preview Arrived

    I am excited to share the news with my blog readers that SharePoint 2016 Preview is arrived and it is available for download in the below link:

    SharePoint 2016 Forum Discussions:
    Customer Feedback Link:

    Soon will explore on SharePoint 2016 and post you all about the new features and updates :)
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