C#, CRM, Web Services

CRM Service Client Connection Problems

This article describes my solution to an intermittent connection problem when using IIS Express to connect to CRM

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JavaScript, SharePoint, Web Services

Using SharePoint REST to create a folder

I was tasked with creating some folders in a Picture Library and I thought that this would be the perfect opportunity to use the SharePoint 2013 REST API for the first time.
It was actually quite easy:

function CreateFolder (){
    var url_web;
    var pictureLibrary
    var folder_name;
    var folder_path;

    url_web = _spPageContextInfo.webAbsoluteUrl;
    pictureLibrary = 'Pictures';
    folder_name = 'jasonscript';
    folder_path = pictureLibrary + '/' + folder_name;

        'url' : url_web + "/_api/Web/Folders/Add('"+ folder_path + "')",
        'type' : 'POST',
        'headers' : { 
            'accept' : 'application/json; odata=verbose', 
            'content-type' : 'application/json; odata=verbose',
            'X-RequestDigest' : $('#__REQUESTDIGEST').val()
        'success' : function (evt){
            // folder has been created
        'error' : function (jqXHR, textStatus, errorThrown){
            // handle the error

The biggest problem that I had was that I found that the Add method seems to only accept values wrapped in single quotes.
I typically use single quotes to define my strings

    var myString = 'wrapped in single quotes';

However, when I tried this

    url_web + '/_api/Web/Folders/Add("'+ folder_path + '")'

I kept getting ‘bad request’ errors. Switching the quotes around resolved this problem.

    url_web + "/_api/Web/Folders/Add('"+ folder_path + "')"


C#, JavaScript, Web Services

JSON and the JavaScriptSerializer

Today I was trying to write a web service method that would allow me to run some stored procedures on my table. Rather than having multiple web service calls for each stored procedure I wanted to come up with some generic functions that could call a range of stored procedures:

  1. Scalar
  2. NonQuery
  3. Retrieve DataTable

Each of these stored procedures require a Stored Procedure name and a collection of SQL Parameters. I decided to instead take a JSON string which would be easy to create from the client and easy to parse on the server.

Here’s the JSON snippet that I came up with

    "procName" : "sp_updateUser",
    "procVars" : 
              "paramName" : "firstname",
              "paramValue" : "jasonscript",
              "paramDirection": "Input"
              "paramName" : "planet",
              "paramValue" : "Earth",
              "paramDirection": "Input"

Pretty simple. Then in my web service I created two classes:

  1. for my container
    internal class Proc
        public string procName;
        public List<ProcArg> procVars;
        public Proc()
            this.procName = "";
            this.procVars = new List<ProcArg>();
  2. for my parameters:
    internal class ProcArg
        public string paramName
        public string paramValue
        public string paramType;
        public ProcArg()
            this.paramName = "";
            this.paramValue = "";
            this.paramType = "";

Next step was to parse the JSON string to these classes

var jsSerializer = new JavaScriptSerializer();
var spInfo = jsSerializer.Deserialize<Proc>(json);

Now I can access everything from my JSON string in my spInfo object

spInfo.procName               == "sp_updateUser"
spInfo.procVars.Count         == 2
spInfo.procVars[0].paramName  == "jasonscript"
spInfo.procVars[1].paramValue == "Earth"

The JavaScriptSerializer will attempt to match the keys of the JSON string to the public properties of each Class.

JSON.procName                 == Proc.procName

These mappings can be altered using DataMember attributes. For example, I could re-write the Proc class as follows:

internal class Proc
    [DataMember(Name = "procName")]      // specify the name to use for serializing
    public string spName;                // renamed so no longer matches JSON snippet
    public List<ProcArg> procVars;

    public Proc()
        this.spName = "";
        this.procVars = new List<ProcArg>();

Thanks to the DataMember property, the JavaScriptSerializer can still map the JSON string to the class property