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Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Project Server 2013 - Create project in PWA - CSOM

In this article, I will show you how to create project in PWA site using CSOM in project server 2013. In this series of articles, I am taking windows application as a working example to read/write data from PWA.
1.      Visual studio 2010/2012/2013/2015
2.      Copy Microsoft.ProjectServer.Client.dll from SharePoint 2013 servers from the location
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Web Server Extensions\15\ISAPI
Step1: Create windows application from visual studio
Step2: Add Microsoft.ProjectServer.Client.dll
Step3: Add one two text boxes and one button control to the form.
Step4: Declare PWA site URL in form load. Change URL accordingly based on your environment
private const string pwaPath = "https://dev.xxx.com/PWA/";
Step5: Declare project context and project type on Form load
private static ProjectContext projContext;
private static string basicEpt = "Enterprise Project - Default";   // Basic enterprise project type.
Step6: Add following code on button click event
private void createproject_Click (object sender, EventArgs e)
// create PWA context
projContext = new ProjectContext(pwaPath);
// Access with default logged in credentials
projContext.Credentials = System.Net.CredentialCache.DefaultNetworkCredentials;
                ProjectCreationInformation newProj = new ProjectCreationInformation();
                newProj.Id = Guid.NewGuid();
                newProj.Name = txtProjectName.Text;
                newProj.Description = txtProjectDesc.Text;
                newProj.Start = DateTime.Today.Date;
                newProj.EnterpriseProjectTypeId = GetEptUid(basicEpt);
                PublishedProject newPublishedProj = projContext.Projects.Add(newProj);
                QueueJob qJob = projContext.Projects.Update();
                JobState jobState = projContext.WaitForQueue(qJob, timeoutSeconds);
                label1.ForeColor = Color.Green;
                label1.Text = "Successfully created project-" + txtProjectName.Text;
                txtProjectDesc.Text = "";
                txtProjectName.Text = "";
            catch (Exception ex)
                label1.ForeColor = Color.Red;
                label1.Text = ex.Message.ToString();
            //Get/Read the GUID of the specified enterprise project type.
        private static Guid GetEptUid(string eptName)
            Guid eptUid = Guid.Empty;
projContext.Credentials = System.Net.CredentialCache.DefaultNetworkCredentials;
                var eptList = projContext.LoadQuery(
                        ept => ept.Name == eptName));
                eptUid = eptList.First().Id;
            catch (Exception ex)
                string msg = string.Format("GetEptUid: eptName = \"{0}\"\n\n{1}",
                    eptName, ex.GetBaseException().ToString());
                throw new ArgumentException(msg);
            return eptUid;
Happy project server programming...

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