Before stumbling across the article, Userscripts Are Fun And Are Still Very Much Relevant, I had never heard of Userscripts. They are pretty useful; kind of like a bare bones browser extension.
The first thing I created was a helper to format and syntax highlight the XML that comes back when navigating to a SharePoint REST endpoint in Chrome or Edge.
Userscript automatically kicks in on all REST API urls
Without it, it'd look like this
- I've installed Chrome Extensions to automatically format/syntax highlight XML, but they perform mediocre at best
- I've experimented with Chrome Extensions to automatically set the request headers to
application/json, but that inevitably causes problems when I forget to turn it off, and sometimes I prefer the ATOM/XML response because it shows you what child properties you can expand on.
- Format and syntax highlight the XML response
- Provide a toggle to switch between XML or JSON response
- Install the ViolentMonkey Chrome Extension
- This is what manages all your Userscripts.
- It's a weird name, but it has worked great so far.
- Add a new User Script from URL
- Open the ViolentMonkey extension Dashboard,
- Then click "New Script from Url" and paste in the following url.
- It's the raw url to this Gist, which is the result of my efforts. Definitely take a look at the code if you're interested.
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