I'm trying to get a single field from a list. The list has columns like this:

Office365Account - Type: Person

Email Address - Type: Email

Manager - Type: Person

Basically what I want to do is find the manager associated with the current user of the system.

In SQL I'd do it something like this:

SELECT Manager FROM organizationContactsList WHERE Office365Account = currentuser

I'm pretty sure a CAML query is what I need to (or at least should) use, but I've just begun with SharePoint/SharePoint App programming and the structure of CAML queries baffle me. Any pointers on what this would look like in CAML?

  • Are you using onpremise sharepoint or sharepoint online? – Aanchal Jun 6 '14 at 14:52
  • SharePoint Online; this is for a App written using the JavaScript Object Model. – Ectropy Jun 6 '14 at 14:53

You can use the following CAML query :

    <FieldRef Name="Office365Account" />
    <Value Type="Integer">
      <UserID />
  • Ah this makes more sense. And to get the UserID for the current user I'd do: currentContext.get_web().get_currentUser().get_id() I think this will solve my issue. – Ectropy Jun 6 '14 at 15:02
  • For current user you don't need to pass an ID. You can try as it is. If there is problem you can try with ID also. – Aanchal Jun 6 '14 at 15:03
  • Oh I see. <UserID /> assumes that you're talking about the integer userid for the current user, if I'm not mistaken. – Ectropy Jun 6 '14 at 15:04
  • Yes, i am assuming Office365Account is a User field. – Aanchal Jun 6 '14 at 15:05
  • Very good. That simplifies things! (It is a User field in my case.) – Ectropy Jun 6 '14 at 15:07

You can certainly use CAML for this, but a simple REST call would spit out the manager if you supply the user's claim.


There's a good blog post about pulling User Profile Properties from REST here: http://www.vrdmn.com/2013/07/sharepoint-2013-get-userprofile.html

  • Ah very good. I'll keep this in mind too, and determine which best fits my needs. – Ectropy Jun 6 '14 at 18:09
  • Oh I see, they have to have a manager associated with their actual account's properties for a query like this to work. In my case our organization doesn't have that manager field filled out, and instead we're using a separate list that groups people and their managers. – Ectropy Jun 6 '14 at 20:21
  • If you can't use people service then you can just use a REST query to your lookup list; still arguably more efficient than CAML (and a more future proof solution given the deprecation of the SOAP services). – webdes03 Jun 8 '14 at 13:43

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