SharePoint List Data & XML (3)

Jun 13, 2011

Sharepoint List Data as XML

                           When working with the Sharepoint List/Library, sometimes we need the xml specification of the list/library data. A simple example I can give here is like when we are working with a column in the list, later if the name of the column is changed, we will try to get the value using its current name but we can get the result only when we use its original name which was given at the time of column creation.

In that case to find the actual name of the column we can use these steps to know the original name.
This is not only the case where we need the XML data of the list, there are some other cases like when we are working with script to get the sharepoint data from its webservices, we will need this a lot.
These are the steps to find the XML view of a Sharepoint list /library
  • 1.      Find the GUID of the list/library
  • 2.      Place the GUID Iin XML view link
Step 1: Find the GUID of the list
Go to view all site contentàList settingsà in Url you will find
Replace %7B with “{“, %2D with “–“and   %7D with “}”
So your GUID looks like ={ccd41672-d08d-41f4-88a4-d9d8c741b0c6}.
Get full information here
Step 2: Place your list GUID in this url
http://yourservername: port/_vti_bin/owssvr.dll?Cmd=Display&List={345e3a5e-6855-4ef7-b901-cb3f0a196872}&XMLDATA=TRUE


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