SharePoint Add-Ins and REST API Utility

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A while back I had to work on a project that ended up using SharePoint REST APIs. I found a few links that were helpful to me as I built some neat functionality for a customer. 

First was an overview of SharePoint Add-ins, previously called “apps for SharePoint.” Another was this article about understanding and using the SharePoint 2013 REST Interface. Lastly, this article was helpful in understanding how to use the SharePoint cross-domain library.

While those articles are a good overview, sometimes you just need to know what APIs are available and, possibly, an example of how to do something. Now that it’s looking like I’ll be working with SharePoint again on a new version of an old project, it got me started thinking about how I often had a hard time finding whether the API I was looking for even existed, or if I knew it didn’t exist, finding the right syntax and/or an example. As I started doing some research I came across a useful resource: the Architecting Connected Systems REST Navigator Tool. I found the Down REST Navigator particularly helpful because it allows you to select a starting point and then investigate all the different paths. It basically allows you to search the APIs in a systematic way. When you find the API that you’re looking for, it will show you the path and give a link to see an example. Nothing quite like having good examples of code that help get you started.

Hopefully these articles are as helpful to you as they were to me if you’re getting started with SharePoint Add-in development and using the REST API!

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