I was given a spreadsheet with the names of 85 departments. They want a list where each department will have 3 text boxes to be filled in with a numeric value. Example: enter image description here

As you can tell when you do the math, I will have to create 255 columns. I refuse to do that, so with the help of stackexchange, I created code using JSOM that allowed me to create the columns dynamically. Here's my problem, not all the columns were created. When I ran the code, maybe about 75 columns or so were missing and they were not the same 75 or so every time I recreated the columns. Here's part image of what was generated showing the missing columns. enter image description here

As you can see, there are several gaps. When I console.log() the error, here's what I received. Request failed. The specified program requires a newer version of Windows. (Exception from HRESULT: 0x8007047E)

Here's the code that you can even run yourself to test.


function getColumnNames() {
//Department Test contains all 85 department names
    var endPointUrl = _spPageContextInfo.webAbsoluteUrl + "/_api/web/lists/getbyTitle('Department Test')/items?$select=Title,ID";

        url: endPointUrl,
        type: "GET",
        headers: { "Accept": "application/json; odata=verbose" },
        success: function (data) {
            detailComplete(data); // Returns JSON collection of the results
        error: function (err) {
            alert("Error Occured:" + JSON.stringify(err));

function detailComplete(data) {
for (var i=0; i<data.d.results.length; i++)
    departMentNames.push(data.d.results[i].Title.replace(/[^A-Z0-9]/ig, ""));

var gsf = ["Before", "After", "Delta"];
var newFieldNames =[];
var z=0;

//Create the 255 fields in the list
for(var x=0; x<departMentNames.length; x++) {
    for(var y=0; y<gsf.length; y++) {


function addFields(NewField) {
var clientContext = new SP.ClientContext.get_current();
var oWebsite = clientContext.get_web();
//Getting reference to the list where I will create 255 columns
oList = clientContext.get_web().get_lists().getByTitle('Test 2');

// Get filed collection
var fldCollection = oList.get_fields();

var f1 = clientContext.castTo(fldCollection.addFieldAsXml('<Field Type="Text" DisplayName="'+NewField+'" Name="'+NewField+'" />', true, SP.AddFieldOptions.addToDefaultContentType), SP.FieldText);
console.log("About to set the field");

//f1.set_description("sample desc");

    Function.createDelegate(this, this.onQuerySucceeded),
    Function.createDelegate(this, this.onQueryFailed)

function onQuerySucceeded() {
console.log("List Field Updated");

function onQueryFailed(sender, args) {
console.log('Request failed. ' + args.get_message() + '\n' + 

Does anyone know why all the columns aren't being created?

Thanks for any help you can provide.

1 Answer 1


I feel like these requirements can be solved in a simpler way without the use of code. Why not have a column called "Department Name", make it a choice field with all of your department choices. Then 3 Single Line of Text columns, call them "Before", "Delta", and "After". Add 85 items to the list, each item representing a different department.

  • I agree with you but the problem is, the client wants to see all 85 on the screen. I know, it's insane.
    – JustMe
    Jul 5, 2017 at 20:32
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    If that's the case, I would modify the Item Limit on your default view to show all 85 items. You aren't limited to the top 30. Jul 5, 2017 at 20:38
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    Also, OP states that they should have numeric values... so... why not make them Number fields instead of Text? And then you can make the Delta field a calculated column that calculates the difference between Before and After automatically... Jul 5, 2017 at 20:41
  • I see where you all are going with this. It makes sense. One slight detail I accidentally left out. So there will be hundreds of projects and each project will need what I described above. How do you think I can set that up?
    – JustMe
    Jul 5, 2017 at 21:07
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    @JustMe does one project belong to just one Department? If so, I would probably just create another column for Project. That way you can filter by Department and see all projects for that Department, or filter by Project to see a specific set of projects (no matter what department they belong to) next to each other, etc. If multiple departments are working on the same project, that's a different story, and you may want to think of a different way to organize the data. If all 85 departments work on every project, you may want to have a separate list per project. Jul 6, 2017 at 13:32

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