Thursday, October 22, 2020

New Drag and Drop ListView @pnp/spfx-controls-react

This post is about a feature that i was expecting some and was launch in @pnp/spfx-controls-react in version V2.1.0, that was the capability to use drag and drop of files in ListView and capture the file object to make the associated actions afterwards.

The following example explain how we can use the ListView Control to use drag and drop option and  retrieve the file object from the new handler onDrop event and copy to a SharePoint Document Library.

The first thing that needs to be made is to configure the ListView properties in the control with the following:

  • dragDropFiles as True, activates the drag and drop option.
  • OnDrop handler, Method this._getDropFiles retrieves files from drop handler.

The handler  OnDrop retrieves the files object that allow us to manage the content as we want.
This can be upload files to a libraries, validate what type of file, size of file, naming with capability or renaming, in the end multiple business requirements that can be stop or validated before file is included in the system.   

When you test the control using "gulp serve" base in a existing Document Library you can see the normal list of documents as working in the older version. 

To activate the drag and drop pick some files and drag to ListView area and upload information focus will appear, in this moment you can leave the files and the upload process can start.  

After you drop the files in the List View area the handler drop sends objects to method _getDropFiles and uploads the files to a Document Library as explain the code below.

  * Method that retrieves files from drag and drop
  * @param files
 private _getDropFiles = (files) =>{
  let count=0; 
  for (var i = 0; i < files.length; i++) {
    var file = files[i];
    if (file != undefined || file != null) {
      let spOpts : ISPHttpClientOptions = {
        headers: {
          "Accept": "application/json",
          "Content-Type": "application/json"
        body: file        

      var url = `${this.props.context.pageContext.web.absoluteUrl}/_api/Web/GetFolderByServerRelativeUrl('Shared%20Documents')/Files/Add(url='${}', overwrite=true)`;, SPHttpClient.configurations.v1, spOpts).then((response: SPHttpClientResponse) => {

        console.log(`Status code: ${response.status}`);
        console.log(`Status text: ${response.statusText}`);
        response.json().then((responseJSON: JSON) => {
          if(count=== (files.length) ) {

The following method is a reuse function componentDidMount to make refresh of ListView to display the uploaded files that was managed in method below.
public componentDidMount() {
    const restApi = `${this.props.context.pageContext.web.absoluteUrl}/_api/web/GetFolderByServerRelativeUrl('Shared%20Documents')/files?$expand=ListItemAllFields`;
    this.props.context.spHttpClient.get(restApi, SPHttpClient.configurations.v1)
      .then(resp => { return resp.json(); })
      .then(items => {
          items: items.value ? items.value : []
After refresh the ListView should display the files as defined in the method.

The demo below uses "@pnp/sp": "^2.2.0" to upload stream into SharePoint Library.
  * Method that retrieves files from drag and drop
  * @param files
  private _getDropFiles  = async (files) => {
    for (var i = 0; i < files.length; i++) {

      const fr = await  sp.web.lists.getByTitle("Documents").rootFolder.files.configure({
        headers: {
            "content-length": `${files[i].length}`,
    }).add(files[i].name, files[i]);
Simple and in my opinion a very useful feature that was missing for some time in my point of view.
It's always interesting how the concept of open source give opportunity that everyone could contribute, like i did with this new feature ListView Drag and Drop.
If you have a good idea for a improvement and feature that you can identify a very good business case, you can always propose or bug fixing to PNP community, they are pro active and very open to improvements.

Hope you like this simple articles, 
André Lage

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

List of Frameworks that could help you start with SPFX

Since the last years the PnP team is creating a very solid and super fast evolutionary SharePoint framework where developers can make their work, a real integration with Microsoft Teams and Microsoft Graph, not only SharePoint, a real "stonk" case of growth :).

It's really impressive what everyone involve was able to do at this point, since documentation, videos to code..., i remember the beginning of the PnP concept and follow what Vesa Juvonen was generating on the initial steps, cannot believe the amount of years that already past...

But at this point i see people creating samples for everything and reuse existing frameworks without clear information, for people that is working, this can be very confusing on what is provided by SPFX or what needs to be added, i don't what to talk about the SPFX versioning that another article on how to keep everything on track.

But if you are beginning and can understand in what are you in, this Frameworks could help start you development and response the normal question that you make, where i can add a calendar, can i include a metadata control and all this questions that doesn't have a direct  but external answer. :) 

Here a compilation of some Frameworks that i found very useful, you can use to include in your SharePoint Framework (SPFX) solutions.


Full featured image editor using HTML5 Canvas. It's easy to use and provides powerful filters.


A full-sized drag & drop JavaScript event calendar

SharePoint Framework React Controls

Reusable React controls for your SharePoint Framework solutions

PnP Modern Search solution

This is a open source solution that helps you to build engaging search based solutions in the SharePoint modern experience.


Fluent JavaScript API for SharePoint and Microsoft Graph REST APIs


Simple, clean and engaging charts for designers and developers


A collection of UX frameworks for creating beautiful, cross-platform apps that share code, design, and interaction behavior.


Popular icon toolkit


Full-featured photo image editor using canvas. It is really easy, and it comes with great filters.


Pure Javascript OCR for more than 100 Languages

All NPM installers commands can be found in the following web site.

I am sure there are a bunch of other frameworks i didn't reference that make a huge difference, but this ones will give you a huge boost to start and became motivated to develop in this platform.
Lot of the are being used in the samples provided by the PnP team.

SharePoint Framework
Samples SPFX

Personal thought:
I remember when i was starting (in 1985 copying code from a magazine to my spectrum 128k that generate a game of falling pieces and needed to escape from them. Draw a circle with a line and thinking "i just draw Saturn, how fascinating this is.", more than 30 years and now i am going to internet to find code... some things never change)

Best regards,
Andre Lage