SharePoint web service a Beginner guide

The post gives a basic Idea about the web services inbuilt with the SharePoint which can be used in other types of desktop application and Silverlight application.

    The SOAP request has to be sent in the web request body to get the response from the web service.
    eg: SOAP call for getting the WebCollection.

"<?xml version=""1.0"" encoding=""utf-8""?> 
<soap12:Envelope xmlns:xsi="""" xmlns:xsd="""" xmlns:soap12=""""
    <soap12:Body><GetWebCollection             xmlns="""" /> 

    The most commonly required url’s for interrogating with the SharePoint web. Replace the localhost with your SharePoint server url and hit the enter and you will see the SOAP request and reply format.

    • http://localhost/_vti_bin/Webs.asmx – sites and sub sites
    • http://localhost/_vti_bin/Lists.asmx – Lists
    • http://localhost/_vti_bin/Alerts.asmx – Alerts
    • http://localhost/_vti_bin/DspSts.asmx –Schemas and data
    • http://localhost/_vti_bin/DWS.asmx – Document Workspaces
    • http://localhost/_vti_bin/Forms.asmx –User interface forms
    • http://localhost/_vti_bin/Imaging.asmx – Picture libraries
    • http://localhost/_vti_bin/Meetings.asmx – Meeting Workspaces
    • http://localhost/_vti_bin/Permissions.asmx – SharePoint Services security
    • http://localhost/_vti_bin/SiteData.asmx – SharePoint Portal Server
    • http://localhost/_vti_bin/Sites.asmx – Site templates
    • http://localhost/_vti_bin/UserGroup.asmx – Users and groups
    • http://localhost/_vti_bin/versions.asmx – File versions
    • http://localhost/_vti_bin/Views.asmx -  views of lists
    • http://localhost/_vti_bin/WebPartPages.asmx – Web Parts

    Hope this gives a basic idea about web services and the further post will explain in making a web service call.. 

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    This really helps people stay in touch.

    The apps that I found to be the best ones.


    Witty –

    Seesmic – (Updated 20/6)

    Desktop Gadget (Vista / Win 7)

    Tweetz –

    Google Desktop

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    Java Based

    Snaptu –  (Updated 20/6)

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    Hope this helps the newbie.

    If you find something interesting and I have missed it feel free to comment on it.

    Chrome OS Review

    Today I got a chance to preview Chrome OS and I would like to share the experience.

    Downloaded the chrome VM and loaded it on my PC.

    It didn’t login at first and finally found the trick to use the login name chromium to login.

    • Google Chrome OS focuses on three things Speed, Simplicity, Security
    • All data on Chrome OS is in the cloud
    • Chrome OS looks like Chrome browser
    • User data on machine is always encrypted and always synced to the cloud – local data is just a cache
    • Cold reboot demo – to logon screen in 7 sec, full OS in another 3 sec
    • It can be used on Netbooks.
    • Chrome OS is open source and you can download it from here

    VM download –

    Direct VM –