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Getting started with REST in SharePoint 2013 – Part V — September 28, 2014

Getting started with REST in SharePoint 2013 – Part V

Welcome to the fifth post in this series about REST in SharePoint 2013. In the previous posts I wrote about how you can connect to a external data source with REST, fetching Flickr photos to SharePoint using JSON and jQuery. In this post I will show you another example of how you can build an APP that get external data into your SharePoint page.

Please read the previous posts in this series before you go on to this post:

Display the current weather from your location in SharePoint

I built this one as a SharePoint hosted APP and it’s published at the SharePoint Store. If you want to try the app in your SharePoint Online public or Intranet or maybe your SharePoint 2013 on prem, go to the SharePoint store and add it. You can find more information about the APP at the Office Store



With help of this script, you can display all the necessary stuff about the current or a forcast of the weather for a specific Place. For example:

  • Temperature
  • Wind speed
  • Wind bearing
  • Humidity
  • Pressure

Download the code

Feel free to modify this the way you want and if you find some cool implementations or Changes in the code please add a comment. Download the Visual Studio Projects here with all stuff included.

Just a few notes about the APP

Basically, I’m using the forecast.IO API to get the weather. You need an API key, and it’s free up to 1000 calls per day and they have a great documentation of the API. In the APP i do also use ‘auto position’ as an option in the APP part settings, I did not used the HTML5 Geolocation because The HTML5 Geolocation specification mandates that before any location data can be retrieved the browser first request permission from the user to share its location.

Only when the user allows does the browser retrieves the users location. Therefore I thought it would be enough to use the client’ IP information, in most cases it’s ok, however if your ISP have routing your autoposition will not work perfect so I added the option to turn of ‘Autoposition’ and instead you can add an exact position with Longitude and Latitude coordinates.

In order to get a name for the location, in case you using autoposition I called Google maps API. This API don’t support HTTPS to take care about this cross domain issue for IE 8 and 9 the solution is to write a little Proxy as a condition.

Note that if you don’t want the autoposition option, you can just use the forecast.IO API, no need for Google Map API or the Free IP services.

        function crossDomainAjax(url, successCallback) {
                // IE8 & 9 only Cross domain JSON GET request
                if ('XDomainRequest' in window && window.XDomainRequest !== null) {
                    var xdr = new XDomainRequest(); // Use Microsoft XDR
          'get', url);
                    xdr.onload = function () {
                        var dom = new ActiveXObject('Microsoft.XMLDOM'),
                            JSON = $.parseJSON(xdr.responseText);
                        dom.async = false;
                        if (JSON == null || typeof (JSON) == 'undefined') {
                            JSON = $.parseJSON(data.firstChild.textContent);
                    xdr.onerror = function () {
                        _result = false;
                    // End IE8 & 9 only Cross domain JSON GET request
                    // Do normal jQuery AJAX for everything else          
                else {
                        url: urlGoogle + lati + ',' + longi + "&sensor=false",
                        cache: false,
                        dataType: 'json',
                        type: 'GET',
                        success: function (data, success) {
                // End Do normal jQuery AJAX for everything else  

If you don’t want to use this as a APP, it’s just JS/HTML/CSS so you can modify this and implement this into a content editor, a page layout or into a web part, maybe as a part in the header for the start page? This script can be implemented in many different ways.

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