Project Description

FluentSP implements a modern fluent interface around the classic SharePoint 2010 API.

What is a fluent API?

Checkout this CodeProject article A Look at Fluent APIs and Wikipedia Fluent interface

To start into the fluent API you call the Use() method on SPSite, SPWeb, SPWebCollection or SPListCollection. The Use() method is implemented as an extension method that will return the entry facade object (see facade table below). Another entry point to the fluent API is the static class SP with its static methods CurrentSite, CurrentWeb, CurrentLists or RootWebLists.

SPContext.Current.Site.Use()... // => Returns the SPSiteFacade as entry point

// OR:
SP.CurrentSite()...       // => Returns the SPSiteFacade as entry point 
Using the entry facade instance you can start chaining the available facade methods as follows:

SP.CurrentSite().Web("Home").List("Tasks").Items().ForEach(i => // Do something with the item i of type SPListItem...);

// OR:
         .ForEach(i => // Do something with...);
Each facade object is actually wrapping an underlying data item, for instance the SPSiteFacade class is the fluent wrapper of the SPSite class. Depending on what kind of facade methods you are calling the method is returning either the current facade instance (e.g., ForEach() or Where()) or the method is returning a new child facade object (e.g. Items()). During the process of chaining methods in such a way you will build up a tree or hierarchy of facade instances. In order to step back to the parent or previous facade instance you need to call the End() method:

       .End()		// Returns SPWebFacade  as parent facade
       .End()		// Returns SPWebFacade  as parent facade
     .End();		// Returns SPSiteFacade as parent facade
FluentSP is currently missing a number of possible useful methods, but you can easily extend the FluentSP API with custom facade classes and extension methods, see below and source code for implementation examples.

For more details about FluentSP and other SharePoint related work feel free to visit my website at


SPSite site = SPContext.Current.Site;

// ----------------------------

// Outputs titles of all lists of the root web where the list title starts with T
site.Use().RootWeb().Lists().Where(l => l.Title.StartsWith("T")).ForEach(l => Console.WriteLine(l.Title));

// Outputs titles of all lists of the root web where the list title ends with a ts (using RegEx)
site.Use().RootWeb().Lists("ts$").ForEach(l => Console.WriteLine(l.Title)).Count(out c);

// Outputs titles of all lists of the root web in ascending order where the starts with T
site.Use().RootWeb().Lists().Where(l => l.Title.StartsWith("T")).OrderBy(l => l.Title).ForEach(l => Console.WriteLine(l.Title));

// Outputs titles of all lists of the root web in descending order where the starts with T
      .Where(l => l.Title.StartsWith("T"))
      .OrderByDescending(l => l.Title)
      .ForEach(l => Console.WriteLine(l.Title));

// ----------------------------

// Delete all items in the Members list, then add 7 new members and then select and output 
// the titles of a few of the newly created items
      .Do(w => Console.WriteLine("Deleting all members..."))
      .Do(w => Console.WriteLine("Adding all members..."))
      .AddItems(7, (i, c) => i["Title"] = "Member " + c)
       .TakeUntil(i => ((string)i["Title"]).EndsWith("6"))
       .ForEach(i => Console.WriteLine(i["Title"]));

// ----------------------------

// Search for lists that are created by specific a user and depending on the results
// displays different messages by calling the IfAny or IfEmpty methods
      .ThatAreCreatedBy("Unknown User")
      .IfAny(f => f.ForEach(l => Console.WriteLine(l.Title)))
      .IfAny(l => l.Title.StartsWith("M"), f => Console.WriteLine("Lists found that starts with M*"))
      .IfEmpty(f => Console.WriteLine("No lists found for user"))
    .Do(w => Console.WriteLine("---"))
      .ThatAreCreatedBy("System Account")
      .IfAny(f => f.ForEach(l => Console.WriteLine(l.Title)));

// ----------------------------

var items = new List<SPListItem>();

// Query with Skip and TakeUnitl methods
site.Use().RootWeb().List("Members").Items().Skip(2).TakeUntil(i => i.Title.EndsWith("5")).ForEach(i => { items.Add(i); Console.WriteLine(i.Title); });

// Query with Skip and TakeWhile methods
       .TakeWhile(i => i.Title.StartsWith("Member"))
       .ForEach(i => { items.Add(i); Console.WriteLine(i.Title); })
       .Where(i => i.Title == "XYZ")
       .ForEach(i => { items.Add(i); Console.WriteLine(i.Title); });

// ----------------------------

// Adds new items using the Do method with the passed facade object
      .Do((f, l) => {
        for(int c = 1; c <= 5; c++)
          f.AddItem(i => i["Title"] = "Standard Member #" + c);
      .AddItem(i => i["Title"] = "Premium Member")
        .OrderBy(i => i.Title)
        .ForEach(i => Console.WriteLine(i["Title"]));
Extensibility Samples

// This sample is using the ThatAreCreatedBy extension method defined in Extensions.cs to show how to extend the fluent API
          .ThatAreCreatedBy("System Account", "jbaurle")
          .Count(c => Console.WriteLine("Lists found: {0}", c))
          .ForEach(l => Console.WriteLine(l.Title));

// This sample uses the new SPWebApplicationFacade extenion defined in SPwebApplicationFacade.cs to show how to extend the fluent API
              .ForEach(i => Console.WriteLine(i.Url));

// This sample uses an alternative implementation for SPSiteFacade defined in SPSiteFacadeAlternate.cs to show how to extend the fluent API
The custom method ThatAreCreatedBy which is used in the first query of the extensibility samples is implemented as follows:

static class Extensions
  public static SPListCollectionFacade<TParentFacade> ThatAreCreatedBy<TParentFacade>(this SPListCollectionFacade<TParentFacade> facade, params string[] names)
    where TParentFacade : BaseFacade
    // NOTE: This sample uses the GetCollection method of the given facade instance to retrieve the current 
    // collection and adds the its query (see LINQ Deferred Execution). The Set method updates the 
    // underlying collection. The GetCurrentFacade method will then return the current facade to allow 
    // method chaining.

    if(names.Length > 0)
      facade.Set(facade.GetCollection().Where(i => names.Contains(i.Author.Name)));

    return facade.GetCurrentFacade();
For more samples and details check out the source code you can download from this site.

Built-In Facades and Methods

Facade Base Class Methods Description
SPSiteFacade BaseItemFacade RootWeb Returns a SPWebFacade instance for the root web of the given site
AllWebs Returns a SPWebCollectionFacade instance with all site webs
SPWebFacade BaseItemFacade AllowUnsafeUpdate Sets the SPWeb.AllowUnsafeUpdate property to true for the SPWeb object
List Returns a SPListFacade instance with the selected list
Lists Returns a SPListCollectionFacade instance with the selected lists
Site Returns a SPSiteFacade instance with the associated parent web
Webs Returns a SPWebCollectionFacade instance with the selected webs
SPListFacade BaseItemFacade AddItems Adds a given number of items to the current list
AddItem Adds a item to the current list
Item Returns a SPListItemFacade instance with the selected item
Items Returns a SPListItemCollectionFacade instance with the selected items
Update Calls the Update() method of the underlying SPList object
SPListItemCollectionFacade BaseCollectionFacade Add Adds a new item to the current list
Delete Deletes all selected items
SPListCollectionFacade BaseCollectionFacade ThatAreCreatedBy Filters by author
BaseCollectionFacade BaseItemFacade Count Returns the number of items in the current filtered items list
ForEach Calls an action to execute on each item
IfAny Calls an action if there are any filtered items available
IfEmpty Calls an action if there no filtered items available
OrderBy Sorts the items in an ascending order
OrderByDescending Sorts the items in an descending order
Set Sets the collection (needed for extensibility)
Skip Skips a given number of items
Take Selects a given number of items
TakeUntil Selects items until a given criteria is true
TakeWhile Selects items as long as a given criteria is true
Where Filters the items
WithFirst Calls an action on the first item
WithFirstThat Calls an action on the first item for that a given criteria matches
WithLast Calls an action on the last item
WithLastThat Calls an action on the last item for that a given criteria matches
BaseItemFacade BaseFacade Do Calls a passed delegate action for the current item
Get Returns the underlying object
BaseFacade GetCurrentFacade Returns current facade instance
GetParentFacade Returns parent facade instance
End Returns parent facade instance to step back in the facade tree

Last edited Sep 20, 2011 at 11:16 AM by jbaurle, version 13