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SharePoint Utilities – a promising JavaScript Framework

My colleagues at Bool have developed a new JavaScript framework for SharePoint – sharepoint utilities. It started on our DevDay last year – a whole free day when we could learn new things, try out new techniques or build something that was not even requested from a customer. I was not working on sharepoint utilities, so I almost forgot it until…

I recently  re-discovered sharepoint utilities. It is on Github, it is MIT licensed and contributions are welcome. The core of sharepoint utilities (sputils) is a set of wrappers for Search, TermStore, REST that allow you be more productive as a developer.

What I find especially compelling with that it contains some other fundamental stuff that every SharePoint developer needs:

  • XHR, you only need to use sputils.rest.get or sputils.rest.post to make Ajax requests to SharePoint, no need for jQuery or sprequestexecutor.js
  • Promise, it contains a minimalist Promise framework – no need for jQuery.Deferred. All calls to SharePoint _api are wrapped in promises. So there is a better way of making calls to SharePoint.
  • DateTime, it contains some useful functions for working with dates and time.
  • Functional JavaScript. No need for underscore.js or lodash.js.

To me, XHR and Promises are two important parts that I need in every solution. So instead of linking jQuery and preparing reusable XHR functions for SharePoint, I’d recommend using sharepoint-utilities.

Bootstrap and Sharepoint

Twitter Bootstrap is awesome, based on less.js,  ust add this line in your html code:

<link rel="stylesheet" href="http://twitter.github.com/bootstrap/1.3.0/bootstrap.min.css">

And your page looks already good. If you use css classes like btn label warning danger and much more, you get a right design directly out of the box. Now I want to test it in Sharepoint. Will it work? What do you think?

jQuery Theme RollerAnother interesting resources are jQuery ThemeRoller. WebResources Depot:

ThemeRoller is a web based application that helps theming jQuery UI components.

Using ThemeRoller, you can create your theme for your web applications within minutes. It’s completely intuitive, comes wich rich controls to change the color and design of each state.

And don’t forget the solid Blueprint CSS Framework

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