In our continuing example of purchase orders, we move from our examination of dynamic field binding in repeats to the filter used on the source view to select the competition questions we want to appear in that repeat control.
Depending on the type of competition, the source selection method and the dollar amount of the purchase order, there are different questions that the person preparing the purchase order needs to answer about the competition. There are several categories of competition questions, but the layout for the questions and answers remains the same, so I created a custom control that is used by all categories and the custom control appears on the XPage multiple times.
Each time, I pass the category as one of the properties of the custom control, as well as the criteria (type, method and amount). My view is set up with four sorted columns to filter my competition questions, so with the help of Per Henrik Lausten on StackOverflow, I learned that all I have to do is create an array to be used as the key, just as I would in LotusScript for a GetAllDocumentsByKey.
On our Purchase Order XPage, the syntax for one of the custom control insertions would appear as follows:
When referring to the custom properties of a custom control within that control, you use compositeData followed by the property name. It makes it rather easy to pass parameters to the control.
In Java, arrays are handled by using a Vector. Simply create the Vector, then addElement to add each of my four filters (category, type, method and amount). When this is assigned to the Keys element of a dominoView used as a source, it filters the documents returned to provide only those that match our filter criteria. Here’s our filter in action:
*Updated to us vArray.add instead of vArray.addElement on Jesse Gallagher’s advice. Thanks, Jesse!
This is definitely a good trick to keep familiar with. One pedantic note, though: it’s better to use “add” instead of “addElement” when working with Vectors (same goes with “get” instead of “elementAt”). The reason is that “add” and “get” are the standard methods common for all Lists – using them will save some headache down the line, particularly since some XPage controls wisely prefer ArrayLists to Vectors. The “element” methods in Vector are just a byproduct of Java’s misguided 1.0 API.