Are the Sharepoint Web Services too complex? Looking for something better?

I’m looking for a few people to help beta-test an alternative to Sharepoint’s web services.  The solution allows a simple “object modelish” approach to working with WSS, as shown by the following sample code snippets:

// display all fields of all items of all lists
ListsClient ListClient = new ListsClient();

foreach (ListDescriptor list in ListClient.GetLists(“http://WssSite“))
     Console.WriteLine(“List {0} has {1} items”,list.ListName,list.ListItems.Length.ToString()); 
     foreach(ListItem item in list.ListItems)
           Console.WriteLine(“item {0} fields:”,item[“Title”]); 
           foreach(Field f in item.Fields)
                Console.WriteLine(“{0} = {1}”,f.Name,f.Value); 


// update all list items in the “Tasks” list which are due today 

ListDescriptor tasks = ListClient.GetListItemsByFieldValue(“http://WssSite“,”Tasks”,”DueDate”,strToday);

foreach(ListItem task in tasks.ListItems)


     task[“Description”] += ” <– DUE TODAY!!”;



It also solves some of the WSS web service pain-points, such as download/upload, checkin/checkout, etc. 

Drop me a mail if you are interested.  3/3/2005 Update: The source is now available for download, more details here

Comments (9)

  1. SBC says:

    Sounds very interestin & I’ll like to check it out. I have WSS servers up and running.

  2. I’d love to help and to check it out… we have WSS servers in deployment and can use it in a quasi-production environment.


  3. Joris says:

    Nice, I definitely want to try it out….

  4. Ed Richard says:

    Very interested, am currently doing similar work.

  5. Arno Nel says:

    Hi would be keen to put some details on my blog when its ready,… i could get some more people to help you out

  6. Radrizzi Gilles says:

    I’d really like to try that out as I absolutely do not like Sharepoint Web Services. They are a pain in the a** to use.

    I’ll drop you an e-Mail so you can send them to me for testing