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Getting Started with the Search REST API in SharePoint 2013 Preview

We have a brand new REST based API for interacting with Search in SharePoint 2013 Preview.  Unfortunately, there is not a lot of information out there yet on how to interact with it.  I have pieced together a couple of bits to help get you started.  If you are looking to bring Search into an HTML / JavaScript based application, you’ll be able to get started right away.  The first piece of the puzzle is putting together the right URL to access Search via REST.  To do this, we start with the server name and append /_api/search/query.  Just typing this into the browser will start giving you useful information.  For example:

http://server/_api/search/query

SearchRESTAPIDefault

If you look towards the bottom, you will see the Key SerializedQuery.  This actually shows you the parameters passed into the request.  It also provides you a hint as to what type of parameters you can pass to the REST interface.  The one that might immediately stand out is QueryText.  This is the actual search query.  Think of it as the equivalent of what you type into the search box.  There are a few other parameters that you can customize here as well such as the SummaryLength, MaxSnippetLength. and more.  Let’s try adding QueryText to our URL and passing in a value.

http://server/_api/search/query?querytext=SharePoint

SearchRESTAPIFailedQuery

It turns out the value always has to be enclosed in single quotes (‘) like this:

http://server/_api/search/query?querytext=’SharePoint’

Now, we get some results:

SearchRESTAPIResults

The search results themselves are included in the d:RelevantResults element.  It contains an element d:Table which has   Bare with me as I am going to post the XML for one of the results so that we can inspect it further.

<d:element m:type="SP.SimpleDataRow">

  <d:Cells>

    <d:element m:type="SP.KeyValue">

      <d:Key>Rank</d:Key>

      <d:Value>20.268159866333</d:Value>

      <d:ValueType>Edm.Double</d:ValueType>

    </d:element>

    <d:element m:type="SP.KeyValue">

      <d:Key>DocId</d:Key>

      <d:Value>31</d:Value>

      <d:ValueType>Edm.Int64</d:ValueType>

    </d:element>

    <d:element m:type="SP.KeyValue">

      <d:Key>WorkId</d:Key>

      <d:Value>31</d:Value>

      <d:ValueType>Edm.Int64</d:ValueType>

    </d:element>

    <d:element m:type="SP.KeyValue">

      <d:Key>Title</d:Key>

      <d:Value>Getting the most out of SharePoint Search</d:Value>

      <d:ValueType>Edm.String</d:ValueType>

    </d:element>

    <d:element m:type="SP.KeyValue">

      <d:Key>Author</d:Key>

      <d:Value>Corey Roth;SharePoint Setup</d:Value>

      <d:ValueType>Edm.String</d:ValueType>

    </d:element>

    <d:element m:type="SP.KeyValue">

      <d:Key>Size</d:Key>

      <d:Value>2425342</d:Value>

      <d:ValueType>Edm.Int64</d:ValueType>

    </d:element>

    <d:element m:type="SP.KeyValue">

      <d:Key>Path</d:Key>

      <d:Value>http://sp2010/Shared Documents/Getting the most out of SharePoint Search - SharePoint Saturday Denver.pptx</d:Value>

      <d:ValueType>Edm.String</d:ValueType>

    </d:element>

    <d:element m:type="SP.KeyValue">

      <d:Key>Description</d:Key>

      <d:Value>

        Template: Sam Moore; Silver Fox Productions, Inc.&#xD;

        Formatting:&#xD;

        Event Date: October 3-6th, 2011&#xD;

        Event Location: Anaheim, CA&#xD;

        Audience Type: Internal/External

      </d:Value>

      <d:ValueType>Edm.String</d:ValueType>

    </d:element>

    <d:element m:type="SP.KeyValue">

      <d:Key>Write</d:Key>

      <d:Value>2011-11-10T00:00:00.0000000</d:Value>

      <d:ValueType>Edm.DateTime</d:ValueType>

    </d:element>

    <d:element m:type="SP.KeyValue">

      <d:Key>CollapsingStatus</d:Key>

      <d:Value>0</d:Value>

      <d:ValueType>Edm.Int64</d:ValueType>

    </d:element>

    <d:element m:type="SP.KeyValue">

      <d:Key>HitHighlightedSummary</d:Key>

      <d:Value xml:space="preserve">Passed all &lt;c0&gt;SharePoint&lt;/c0&gt; 2010 certification exams &lt;ddd/&gt; Introduce Search in &lt;c0&gt;SharePoint&lt;/c0&gt; Online &lt;ddd/&gt; The talk will be slides with quite a few demos of &lt;c0&gt;SharePoint&lt;/c0&gt; Online features &lt;ddd/&gt; </d:Value>

      <d:ValueType>Edm.String</d:ValueType>

    </d:element>

    <d:element m:type="SP.KeyValue">

      <d:Key>HitHighlightedProperties</d:Key>

      <d:Value m:null="true" />

      <d:ValueType>Null</d:ValueType>

    </d:element>

    <d:element m:type="SP.KeyValue">

      <d:Key>contentclass</d:Key>

      <d:Value>STS_ListItem_DocumentLibrary</d:Value>

      <d:ValueType>Edm.String</d:ValueType>

    </d:element>

    <d:element m:type="SP.KeyValue">

      <d:Key>PictureThumbnailURL</d:Key>

      <d:Value m:null="true" />

      <d:ValueType>Null</d:ValueType>

    </d:element>

    <d:element m:type="SP.KeyValue">

      <d:Key>ServerRedirectedURL</d:Key>

      <d:Value m:null="true" />

      <d:ValueType>Null</d:ValueType>

    </d:element>

    <d:element m:type="SP.KeyValue">

      <d:Key>ServerRedirectedEmbedURL</d:Key>

      <d:Value m:null="true" />

      <d:ValueType>Null</d:ValueType>

    </d:element>

    <d:element m:type="SP.KeyValue">

      <d:Key>ServerRedirectedPreviewURL</d:Key>

      <d:Value m:null="true" />

      <d:ValueType>Null</d:ValueType>

    </d:element>

    <d:element m:type="SP.KeyValue">

      <d:Key>FileExtension</d:Key>

      <d:Value>pptx</d:Value>

      <d:ValueType>Edm.String</d:ValueType>

    </d:element>

    <d:element m:type="SP.KeyValue">

      <d:Key>ContentTypeId</d:Key>

      <d:Value>0x010100B1CF83A7F86DFC468C975FFF33126DFD</d:Value>

      <d:ValueType>Edm.String</d:ValueType>

    </d:element>

    <d:element m:type="SP.KeyValue">

      <d:Key>ParentLink</d:Key>

      <d:Value>http://sp2010/Shared Documents/Forms/AllItems.aspx</d:Value>

      <d:ValueType>Edm.String</d:ValueType>

    </d:element>

    <d:element m:type="SP.KeyValue">

      <d:Key>ViewsLifeTime</d:Key>

      <d:Value m:null="true" />

      <d:ValueType>Null</d:ValueType>

    </d:element>

    <d:element m:type="SP.KeyValue">

      <d:Key>ViewsRecent</d:Key>

      <d:Value m:null="true" />

      <d:ValueType>Null</d:ValueType>

    </d:element>

    <d:element m:type="SP.KeyValue">

      <d:Key>SectionNames</d:Key>

      <d:Value xml:space="preserve">Getting the most out of SharePoint Search&#xD;

;Getting the most out of SharePoint Search&#xD;

;Corey Roth&#xD;

About me&#xD;

;Key Theme&#xD;

;SharePoint is not a…&#xD;

;SharePoint is a…&#xD;

;Challenges with Search&#xD;

;Agenda&#xD;

;Key Takeaways&#xD;

;You have a choice…&#xD;

;What can search index?&#xD;

;Search in SharePoint&#xD;

;Components of Search&#xD;

;Finding things easier…&#xD;

;Improve search with queries&#xD;

;Built-in Managed Properties&#xD;

;Segmenting results with Scopes&#xD;

;Querying Search and Scopes&#xD;

;Provide more search options&#xD;

;Many options for displaying scopes&#xD;

</d:Value>

      <d:ValueType>Edm.String</d:ValueType>

    </d:element>

    <d:element m:type="SP.KeyValue">

      <d:Key>SectionIndexes</d:Key>

      <d:Value>1;2;3;4;5;6;7;8;9;10;11;12;13;14;15;16;17;18;19;20</d:Value>

      <d:ValueType>Edm.String</d:ValueType>

    </d:element>

    <d:element m:type="SP.KeyValue">

      <d:Key>SiteLogo</d:Key>

      <d:Value m:null="true" />

      <d:ValueType>Null</d:ValueType>

    </d:element>

    <d:element m:type="SP.KeyValue">

      <d:Key>SiteDescription</d:Key>

      <d:Value m:null="true" />

      <d:ValueType>Null</d:ValueType>

    </d:element>

    <d:element m:type="SP.KeyValue">

      <d:Key>deeplinks</d:Key>

      <d:Value m:null="true" />

      <d:ValueType>Null</d:ValueType>

    </d:element>

    <d:element m:type="SP.KeyValue">

      <d:Key>importance</d:Key>

      <d:Value>0</d:Value>

      <d:ValueType>Edm.Int64</d:ValueType>

    </d:element>

    <d:element m:type="SP.KeyValue">

      <d:Key>SiteName</d:Key>

      <d:Value>http://sp2010</d:Value>

      <d:ValueType>Edm.String</d:ValueType>

    </d:element>

    <d:element m:type="SP.KeyValue">

      <d:Key>IsDocument</d:Key>

      <d:Value>true</d:Value>

      <d:ValueType>Edm.Boolean</d:ValueType>

    </d:element>

    <d:element m:type="SP.KeyValue">

      <d:Key>LastModifiedTime</d:Key>

      <d:Value>2011-11-10T00:00:00.0000000</d:Value>

      <d:ValueType>Edm.DateTime</d:ValueType>

    </d:element>

    <d:element m:type="SP.KeyValue">

      <d:Key>FileType</d:Key>

      <d:Value>pptx</d:Value>

      <d:ValueType>Edm.String</d:ValueType>

    </d:element>

    <d:element m:type="SP.KeyValue">

      <d:Key>IsContainer</d:Key>

      <d:Value>false</d:Value>

      <d:ValueType>Edm.Boolean</d:ValueType>

    </d:element>

    <d:element m:type="SP.KeyValue">

      <d:Key>WebTemplate</d:Key>

      <d:Value m:null="true" />

      <d:ValueType>Null</d:ValueType>

    </d:element>

    <d:element m:type="SP.KeyValue">

      <d:Key>SecondaryFileExtension</d:Key>

      <d:Value>pptx</d:Value>

      <d:ValueType>Edm.String</d:ValueType>

    </d:element>

    <d:element m:type="SP.KeyValue">

      <d:Key>OriginalPath</d:Key>

      <d:Value>http://sp2010/Shared Documents/Getting the most out of SharePoint Search - SharePoint Saturday Denver.pptx</d:Value>

      <d:ValueType>Edm.String</d:ValueType>

    </d:element>

    <d:element m:type="SP.KeyValue">

      <d:Key>DisplayAuthor</d:Key>

      <d:Value>Corey Roth;SharePoint Setup</d:Value>

      <d:ValueType>Edm.String</d:ValueType>

    </d:element>

    <d:element m:type="SP.KeyValue">

      <d:Key>Created</d:Key>

      <d:Value>2012-07-26T23:21:29.0000000</d:Value>

      <d:ValueType>Edm.DateTime</d:ValueType>

    </d:element>

    <d:element m:type="SP.KeyValue">

      <d:Key>PeopleInMedia</d:Key>

      <d:Value></d:Value>

      <d:ValueType>Edm.String</d:ValueType>

    </d:element>

    <d:element m:type="SP.KeyValue">

      <d:Key>MediaDuration</d:Key>

      <d:Value m:null="true" />

      <d:ValueType>Null</d:ValueType>

    </d:element>

    <d:element m:type="SP.KeyValue">

      <d:Key>PictureWidth</d:Key>

      <d:Value m:null="true" />

      <d:ValueType>Null</d:ValueType>

    </d:element>

    <d:element m:type="SP.KeyValue">

      <d:Key>PictureHeight</d:Key>

      <d:Value m:null="true" />

      <d:ValueType>Null</d:ValueType>

    </d:element>

    <d:element m:type="SP.KeyValue">

      <d:Key>DefaultEncodingURL</d:Key>

      <d:Value>http://sp2010/Shared%20Documents/Getting%20the%20most%20out%20of%20SharePoint%20Search%20-%20SharePoint%20Saturday%20Denver.pptx</d:Value>

      <d:ValueType>Edm.String</d:ValueType>

    </d:element>

    <d:element m:type="SP.KeyValue">

      <d:Key>ExternalMediaURL</d:Key>

      <d:Value m:null="true" />

      <d:ValueType>Null</d:ValueType>

    </d:element>

    <d:element m:type="SP.KeyValue">

      <d:Key>UserEncodingURL</d:Key>

      <d:Value m:null="true" />

      <d:ValueType>Null</d:ValueType>

    </d:element>

    <d:element m:type="SP.KeyValue">

      <d:Key>Community_MembersCount</d:Key>

      <d:Value m:null="true" />

      <d:ValueType>Null</d:ValueType>

    </d:element>

    <d:element m:type="SP.KeyValue">

      <d:Key>Community_RepliesCount</d:Key>

      <d:Value m:null="true" />

      <d:ValueType>Null</d:ValueType>

    </d:element>

    <d:element m:type="SP.KeyValue">

      <d:Key>Community_TopicsCount</d:Key>

      <d:Value m:null="true" />

      <d:ValueType>Null</d:ValueType>

    </d:element>

    <d:element m:type="SP.KeyValue">

      <d:Key>ReplyCount</d:Key>

      <d:Value>0</d:Value>

      <d:ValueType>Edm.Int64</d:ValueType>

    </d:element>

    <d:element m:type="SP.KeyValue">

      <d:Key>LikesCount</d:Key>

      <d:Value m:null="true" />

      <d:ValueType>Null</d:ValueType>

    </d:element>

    <d:element m:type="SP.KeyValue">

      <d:Key>Discussion_BestAnswerID</d:Key>

      <d:Value m:null="true" />

      <d:ValueType>Null</d:ValueType>

    </d:element>

    <d:element m:type="SP.KeyValue">

      <d:Key>Discussion_Category</d:Key>

      <d:Value m:null="true" />

      <d:ValueType>Null</d:ValueType>

    </d:element>

    <d:element m:type="SP.KeyValue">

      <d:Key>Discussion_Post</d:Key>

      <d:Value m:null="true" />

      <d:ValueType>Null</d:ValueType>

    </d:element>

    <d:element m:type="SP.KeyValue">

      <d:Key>Discussion_LikesCount</d:Key>

      <d:Value m:null="true" />

      <d:ValueType>Null</d:ValueType>

    </d:element>

    <d:element m:type="SP.KeyValue">

      <d:Key>ListItemID</d:Key>

      <d:Value>6</d:Value>

      <d:ValueType>Edm.String</d:ValueType>

    </d:element>

    <d:element m:type="SP.KeyValue">

      <d:Key>FullPostBody</d:Key>

      <d:Value m:null="true" />

      <d:ValueType>Null</d:ValueType>

    </d:element>

    <d:element m:type="SP.KeyValue">

      <d:Key>PostAuthor</d:Key>

      <d:Value m:null="true" />

      <d:ValueType>Null</d:ValueType>

    </d:element>

    <d:element m:type="SP.KeyValue">

      <d:Key>RootPostOwnerID</d:Key>

      <d:Value m:null="true" />

      <d:ValueType>Null</d:ValueType>

    </d:element>

    <d:element m:type="SP.KeyValue">

      <d:Key>RootPostID</d:Key>

      <d:Value m:null="true" />

      <d:ValueType>Null</d:ValueType>

    </d:element>

    <d:element m:type="SP.KeyValue">

      <d:Key>AttachmentType</d:Key>

      <d:Value m:null="true" />

      <d:ValueType>Null</d:ValueType>

    </d:element>

    <d:element m:type="SP.KeyValue">

      <d:Key>AttachmentURI</d:Key>

      <d:Value m:null="true" />

      <d:ValueType>Null</d:ValueType>

    </d:element>

    <d:element m:type="SP.KeyValue">

      <d:Key>MicroBlogType</d:Key>

      <d:Value m:null="true" />

      <d:ValueType>Null</d:ValueType>

    </d:element>

    <d:element m:type="SP.KeyValue">

      <d:Key>ModifiedBy</d:Key>

      <d:Value>

        Corey Roth

 

        SharePoint Setup

      </d:Value>

      <d:ValueType>Edm.String</d:ValueType>

    </d:element>

    <d:element m:type="SP.KeyValue">

      <d:Key>RootPostUniqueID</d:Key>

      <d:Value m:null="true" />

      <d:ValueType>Null</d:ValueType>

    </d:element>

    <d:element m:type="SP.KeyValue">

      <d:Key>Tags</d:Key>

      <d:Value></d:Value>

      <d:ValueType>Edm.String</d:ValueType>

    </d:element>

    <d:element m:type="SP.KeyValue">

      <d:Key>ImageDateCreated</d:Key>

      <d:Value m:null="true" />

      <d:ValueType>Null</d:ValueType>

    </d:element>

    <d:element m:type="SP.KeyValue">

      <d:Key>PictureURL</d:Key>

      <d:Value m:null="true" />

      <d:ValueType>Null</d:ValueType>

    </d:element>

    <d:element m:type="SP.KeyValue">

      <d:Key>ResultTypeIdList</d:Key>

      <d:Value>2;6</d:Value>

      <d:ValueType>Edm.String</d:ValueType>

    </d:element>

    <d:element m:type="SP.KeyValue">

      <d:Key>PartitionId</d:Key>

      <d:Value>0c37852b-34d0-418e-91c6-2ac25af4be5b</d:Value>

      <d:ValueType>Edm.Guid</d:ValueType>

    </d:element>

    <d:element m:type="SP.KeyValue">

      <d:Key>UrlZone</d:Key>

      <d:Value>0</d:Value>

      <d:ValueType>Edm.Int32</d:ValueType>

    </d:element>

    <d:element m:type="SP.KeyValue">

      <d:Key>AAMEnabledManagedProperties</d:Key>

      <d:Value>HierarchyUrl;OrgParentUrls;OrgUrls;OriginalPath;Path;recommendedfor;SitePath</d:Value>

      <d:ValueType>Edm.String</d:ValueType>

    </d:element>

    <d:element m:type="SP.KeyValue">

      <d:Key>ResultTypeId</d:Key>

      <d:Value>2</d:Value>

      <d:ValueType>Edm.Int32</d:ValueType>

    </d:element>

    <d:element m:type="SP.KeyValue">

      <d:Key>RenderTemplateId</d:Key>

      <d:Value>~sitecollection/_catalogs/masterpage/Display Templates/Search/Item_PowerPoint.js</d:Value>

      <d:ValueType>Edm.String</d:ValueType>

    </d:element>

    <d:element m:type="SP.KeyValue">

      <d:Key>piSearchResultId</d:Key>

      <d:Value>1_1</d:Value>

      <d:ValueType>Edm.String</d:ValueType>

    </d:element>

  </d:Cells>

</d:element>

As you can see, we now get a ton of information back from Search for a given search result.  Let me point out some of the more interesting values.  We have the usual values such as Title, Path, Author, Write (Modified Date), and HitHighlightedSummary.  However, we also get a ton of new information.  For images, you will get a PictureThumbnailUrl to allow you to easily show a thumbnail.  This particular result is a PowerPoint and search understands the individual sections inside it now which you will see in SectionNamesSiteName provides the site hosting the item.  Tags will provide any use of the Enterprise Keywords field.  You also get a heap of social information about the item as well such as how many likes.  Lastly, the RenderTemplateId tells you which template the result source is using to display it on the search results page.  This is just one example, but you can see we get a lot of useful information about the search.

Looking at the XML in the browser is a great way to get familiar with what the API has to offer.  When you are ready to start developing, it is very easy to take advantage of the REST API using JavaScript.  You can do this with the $.ajax() method in jQuery and pass in the URL you used in the browser.  You want to use the GET method and pass in a header telling it you want the results back as json.  They have a good example of how this works on code.msdn.microsoft.com.  Specifically, take a look at App.js in the example to see the code in action.  It’s pretty simple.

If you want to take advantage of the REST API from C# or another .NET language, that is another story though.  I haven’t been able to add a service reference for the REST API.  All of the server side code examples I have seen call the REST API using HttpWebRequest which requires no less than 60 lines of code or so.  I am hoping there is a better way but I haven’t seen one yet.  If you have had better luck be sure and let me know.

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Leading companies, from the Global Fortune 500 to the smallest companies, are adopting hybrid cloud as the path to business advantage. Hybrid cloud depends on cloud services and on-premises infrastructure working in unison. Successful implementations require new levels of data mobility, enabled by an automated and seamless flow across on-premises and cloud resources. In his general session at 21st Cloud Expo, Greg Tevis, an IBM Storage Software Technical Strategist and Customer Solution Architec...
Coca-Cola’s Google powered digital signage system lays the groundwork for a more valuable connection between Coke and its customers. Digital signs pair software with high-resolution displays so that a message can be changed instantly based on what the operator wants to communicate or sell. In their Day 3 Keynote at 21st Cloud Expo, Greg Chambers, Global Group Director, Digital Innovation, Coca-Cola, and Vidya Nagarajan, a Senior Product Manager at Google, discussed how from store operations and ...
Imagine if you will, a retail floor so densely packed with sensors that they can pick up the movements of insects scurrying across a store aisle. Or a component of a piece of factory equipment so well-instrumented that its digital twin provides resolution down to the micrometer.
A strange thing is happening along the way to the Internet of Things, namely far too many devices to work with and manage. It has become clear that we'll need much higher efficiency user experiences that can allow us to more easily and scalably work with the thousands of devices that will soon be in each of our lives. Enter the conversational interface revolution, combining bots we can literally talk with, gesture to, and even direct with our thoughts, with embedded artificial intelligence, whic...
We are given a desktop platform with Java 8 or Java 9 installed and seek to find a way to deploy high-performance Java applications that use Java 3D and/or Jogl without having to run an installer. We are subject to the constraint that the applications be signed and deployed so that they can be run in a trusted environment (i.e., outside of the sandbox). Further, we seek to do this in a way that does not depend on bundling a JRE with our applications, as this makes downloads and installations rat...
Widespread fragmentation is stalling the growth of the IIoT and making it difficult for partners to work together. The number of software platforms, apps, hardware and connectivity standards is creating paralysis among businesses that are afraid of being locked into a solution. EdgeX Foundry is unifying the community around a common IoT edge framework and an ecosystem of interoperable components.
DX World EXPO, LLC, a Lighthouse Point, Florida-based startup trade show producer and the creator of "DXWorldEXPO® - Digital Transformation Conference & Expo" has announced its executive management team. The team is headed by Levent Selamoglu, who has been named CEO. "Now is the time for a truly global DX event, to bring together the leading minds from the technology world in a conversation about Digital Transformation," he said in making the announcement.
In this strange new world where more and more power is drawn from business technology, companies are effectively straddling two paths on the road to innovation and transformation into digital enterprises. The first path is the heritage trail – with “legacy” technology forming the background. Here, extant technologies are transformed by core IT teams to provide more API-driven approaches. Legacy systems can restrict companies that are transitioning into digital enterprises. To truly become a lead...
Digital Transformation (DX) is not a "one-size-fits all" strategy. Each organization needs to develop its own unique, long-term DX plan. It must do so by realizing that we now live in a data-driven age, and that technologies such as Cloud Computing, Big Data, the IoT, Cognitive Computing, and Blockchain are only tools. In her general session at 21st Cloud Expo, Rebecca Wanta explained how the strategy must focus on DX and include a commitment from top management to create great IT jobs, monitor ...
"Cloud Academy is an enterprise training platform for the cloud, specifically public clouds. We offer guided learning experiences on AWS, Azure, Google Cloud and all the surrounding methodologies and technologies that you need to know and your teams need to know in order to leverage the full benefits of the cloud," explained Alex Brower, VP of Marketing at Cloud Academy, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 21st Cloud Expo, held Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clar...
The IoT Will Grow: In what might be the most obvious prediction of the decade, the IoT will continue to expand next year, with more and more devices coming online every single day. What isn’t so obvious about this prediction: where that growth will occur. The retail, healthcare, and industrial/supply chain industries will likely see the greatest growth. Forrester Research has predicted the IoT will become “the backbone” of customer value as it continues to grow. It is no surprise that retail is ...