I have a list with an custom append only field for collecting comments from supervisors. When I query the list using SPQuery I always get null back for the value of the append only field. I have tried explicitly requesting that field with setting


All of my other values come back fine, and I am able to view the comments via the out of the box functionality through the web ui.

  • Make sure you are using the internal name of the field. Show some more code...
    – BlueBird
    Jun 11, 2013 at 18:05

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I was able to get it working by iterating through the versions of the item and when I find the first value I push it into my custom object.

        int i = 0;
        foreach (SPListItemVersion oVersion in myListItem.Versions)
          String s = Convert.ToString(myListItem.Versions[i]["SiteColumn_SupervisorSummary"]);
          if (s.Trim() != String.Empty)
            myObject.SupervisorSummary = s;

AppendOnly fields will only work if versioning is turned on the list. The latest version of the item is available at listItem.Versions[0] however, in that version, my field was null. My assumption is that the versioning of list items saves deltas and the lastest version had some other change than the Supervisor Summary.

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