Aug 31, 2011, 2:51 AM
15 Posts
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Dynamic field binding for text box in a custom control in a repeat control?

  • Category: Server Side JavaScript
  • Platform: All
  • Release: 8.5.2
  • Role: Developer
  • Tags: ssjs,custom control,repeat,binding
  • Replies: 3
We have a possible upcoming project where one of the requirements is to allow users to define data-entry forms with an arbitrary number of fields, and specify the data-type and UI control for each field, without using Designer or doing any programming.

I have attempted to produce a basic proof-of-concept as follows, which doesn't work:
  • Three custom controls, each containing an Edit Box with a different display type: Date/Time, Number, and Text. Each custom control also has a string property for specifying the field name to bind to.
  • An xpage with a document data source associated with a form that has no fields.
  • The xpage's beforePageLoad event creates two arrays in viewScope from multi-value fields in another document. One array contains field names; the other contains data-types specified as "d" for date/time, "n" for number, and "t" for text
  • A repeat control is bound to the array of field names, and specifies an index variable.
  • The repeat control contains all three custom controls, with the rendered property computed depending on the data-type for the current index.

Here is the SSJS in beforePageLoad:

var cfgDoc=database.getDocumentByID('2536'); //hard-coded noteId for testing

Here is the XML source for the repeat control:

<xp:repeat id="repeat1" rows="#{javascript:viewScope.xpcNames.length}"
    value="#{javascript:viewScope.xpcNames}" indexVar="xpcRow">
    <br />

Here is the XML source for the Edit Box in one of the custom controls:

<xp:inputText id="inputText1" value="${javascript:'#{currentDocument.'+compositeData.fieldName+'}';}">

When I open the xpage in a browser, the result is this error message:
Error while executing JavaScript computed expression
Script interpreter error, line=1, col=11: [ReferenceError] 'xpcRow' not found
JavaScript code
1: viewScope.xpcNames[xpcRow]

This seems to be caused by the value binding in the Exit Box being computed on page load.
I can remove the error by changing the binding to computed dynamically, but then the xpage just shows text in place of the fields.
Does anyone know how I might get this working?
Aug 31, 2011, 12:47 PM
64 Posts
Try value="#{${javascript:'currentDocument.'+compositeData.fieldName}}"
Aug 31, 2011, 8:59 PM
15 Posts
Same error, but fixed another way...
Changing the code made no difference, but I have made it work with the original code just by selecting the option "Create controls at page creation" on the repeat control.
Thanks for just making me think a bit more. 
Sep 1, 2011, 5:21 AM
53 Posts
Re: Dynamic field binding for text box in a custom control in a repeat control?
Have you looked at Tim Tripcony's post (you may have got your basics from this it's fairly similar)?
I was doing exactly this yesterday and got it to work using the basics from his post: