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Researching Site Template Structure with SPD workflows

Introduction

Usually SharePoint development process looks as follows. You create a new site which is based on one of the standard SharePoint templates (Team Site, Blog, Project Site, etc.) after that, you work hard and customize it very deep (add new lists, views, workflows, customize UI) and finally you will get complete business solution.

But there is another question: “How to deliver your solution to a client?”. One of the answers to this question is to use site templates. You can save customized site to WSP package and deploy the package to the customer’s environment.

The issue with deployment of template with custom workflow actions

Looks very interesting and useful, but in SharePoint’s world the Devil is in the detail. For example if you’re using custom workflow actions in your workflows you will get an error during deployment process:

Microsoft.Workflow.Client.ActivityNotFoundException: The activity named 'WorkflowXaml_988fe3c3_dc3e_47a9_8ff3_c912c82eb56d' from scope '/spo/216722f1-1dc0-4c6d-aafd-86b12ef60a14/1f87e1ae-da77-44d4-92d1-502507b5f2d4/34ceaf02-5217-46be-a307-e09dd93da230' was not found. HTTP headers received from the server - ActivityId: 224e672a-4e00-44ed-8b55-894a059608c2. NodeId: . Scope: . Client ActivityId : f6cadd9c-c011-1000-aa42-85eedd28fc19. ---> System.Net.WebException: The remote server returned an error

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Posted in: Products, R&D, Workflow Actions Pack

SharePoint Office App store some facts and interesting statistics

Introduction

A couple of months ago I wrote article where I described REST API of SharePoint App Store. It can be used to get some interesting information. In this article I want to show you some interesting statistics based on data which I’ve collected using the API during last several months.

The ‘downloads‘ column shows absolute values of total downloads from the date of publication.
The ‘Prev down‘ column shows number of downloads this app a month ago.
The ‘Change down’ column shows changes in absolute values.
The ‘Change %’ column shows changes in percents.

TOP 20 Most popular free Apps in SharePoint App Store

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Analyze and start using API of SharePoint App Store to collect data about apps.

SharePoint App Store already exists for two years, but there are not so much apps published yet and quality of existing apps is questionable. Nonetheless App store and Office 365 platform are evolving and new apps appear every month. This article is the first in the cycle of articles about analyzing SharePoint App store using API. During this cycle I will show how to access data about popularity of each app in the store.

There are not open documentation for SharePoint App Store API and in this article I will show how to research SharePoint App Store API and how to start using it.

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Posted in: R&D