Running a query to add a list item. When setting columns in a list I set a column named '2138023830'. It is the hash code of a string. This is the code that sets it:

for( var i = 0; i < $scope.optionalQuestions.length; i++ ) {
    console.log("Setting optional question with index " + i);
    if( optionalBodyClicked[i] ) {
        newCourseReviewItem.set_item($scope.optionalQuestions[i].hashCode().toString(), $scope.optionalTextAreaTexts[i]);
    } else {
        newCourseReviewItem.set_item($scope.optionalQuestions[i].hashCode().toString(), "");

later on I update and load, and then execute the query:



When I actually run the code, here'e the error I get:

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Okay well that column there does exist, I don't know what crack SharePoint is smoking (hint: every kind). Here is proof if you don't believe me:

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Btw, the list Course-Reviews is stored at /teams/OBDev/Lists/CourseReviews so the correct URL is being accessed. Thanks in advance!

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Go in and check the internal name of the column. You can do this by editing the column and looking at the Field parameter in the url. In my case when I created a column with that name the internal name began with _x003, which is, I think, the ascii character for end of text

Generally I think it is best to not start column names with numbers or special characters.

  • 1
    Fixed by changing the hash function to return positive integers only and adding a letter at the start of the field names. Spot on thank you.
    – ICW
    Apr 19, 2017 at 17:56
  • You'll also want to keep the hash and letter shorter than 32 characters. I think that is the limit on internal name length.
    – Rothrock
    Apr 19, 2017 at 19:32

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