Configuration screen for creating data sources: (1) list of existing data sources, (2) area for editing the selected data source, (3) settings panel of the data source, (4) servlet URL for accessing the data source.

The sources or rather data sources are lodged as text in the format CSV, JSON or XML and can be worked up through the Xima® Formcycle Designer/the form.
To have an access to data sources in the script area via javascript too, all data sources are converted into a JSON structure and customized in the object XFC_METADATA.urls.datasource_[csv|json|xml]. The structure of this JSON structure for the different data sources is expounded in the respective section.

Servlet URL
The servlet URL of a data source will be displayed on the configuration screen (see point 4 in figure) and is provided in the JS object XFC_METADATA.urls.datasource_[csv|json|xml].

Creating a data source

Open the module "Data > Sources" and click the button "New" in the header of the list (see point 1 in figure). After that you will be prompted to either create an empty data source or import one from a file. Three types of data sources can be created: XML, CSV und JSON.

Every data source needs:

  • a unique name (in the settings panel: see point 3 in figure)
  • the actual data in the editing area (see point 2 in figure)

Import of data sources from files

The following Data types can be used to import data sources:

  • XML: .xml
  • CSV: .csv, .xls, .xlsx (Excel)
  • JSON: .json


CSV data sources

CSV data sources can be imported from different file types:

  • .csv
    Opens up a dialog for configuring the import:
    • Delimiter: Determines which symbol is used in the file for separating data fields/ colunms (typically: comma).
    • Text qualifier: Determines the text qualifier. This symbol is used to support special characters inside data fields (e.g. comma in numbers with decimal places).
    • Start at line: Determines where to start importing the data source from.
    • Ignore empty lines: When activated ignores empty lines during import.

  • .xls, .xlsx
    Opens up a dialog for configuring the import:
    • Sheets to import: Determines which worksheets/tables should be imported from the file.

Drag&Drop

Data sources can be imported by Drag&Drop as well. If a file is being dropped over the list (green area) than a new data source of the corresponding type will be created (for Excel files: one data source per worksheet will be created). If a file is being dropped over an existing data source than it will be updated. Changes will only take effect after the "Save"   button is clicked.

CSV

The JSON structure of a CSV data source. This JSON structure can be accessed through JavaScript via XFC_METADATA.urls.datasource_csv. (1) On the left there is the JSON structure of the data source with out using the first row as a header. Instead the headers are of the form: colX. (2) On the right there is the data source where the first row is being used as the header.

CSV data sources can be viewed in a source code view or in a table view. The view can be switched by clicking the appropriate button /  beneath the editing area.

Source code view of a CSV data source: (CSV file format)


Table view of a CSV data source:

Editing CSV tables

There is a row of buttons beneath the editing area for editing the CSV data table:

  • Insert: Inserts new rows or columns relative to the selected cell.
  • Remove: Removes the selected row(s) or column(s) or empties the selected cell.
  •   Import: Opens up the dialog for importing CSV data sources.
  •   Source code view: Switches to source code view.

Header of CSV data sources

There is an additional option for CSV data sources in the data source settings. The option First row is header determines how the values of the data sources are being accessed via its servlet (XFC_METADATA.urls.datasource_csv):

  • Activated:
    The cells of the first row will be used as keys for accessing the values of the respective columns (see example).
  • Deactivated:
    The keys for accessing the values of individual data fields/ rows are enumerated, starting with 0. These keys have the following form: colX where X stands for the column index.

CSV data sources can be accessed in the Xima® Formcycle Designer via its servlet: XFC_METADATA.urls.datasource_csv.

Servlet parameters

Servlet-URL
http(s)://<server>/formcycle/datenquellecsv?mandantName=<Mandant-Name>&name=<Datenquellen-Name>

Bei Zugriff aus dem Xima® Formcycle Designer verwenden Sie immer das globale Variablen-Objekt XFC_METADATA, siehe hierzu auch Globale Designer Variablen. Beispielsweise kann wie folgt darauf zugegriffen werden: XFC_METADATA.urls.datasource_csv.

Always use the global variables object XFC_METADATA when accessing data sources from the Xima® Formcycle Designer, see also global designer variables. The servlet URK can be accessed as follows: XFC_METADATA.urls.datasource_csv.

The following parameters are possible:

name of the parameterdescriptionnecessary
nameMust match the name of the CSV data source.Yes
mandantNameMust match the name of the client under which the data source was created.Yes, if projektId is not given.
projektIdMust match the ID of the form. These information can be recalled via XFC_METADATA.currentProject.id.Yes, if mandantName is not given.
kopfzeileIndicates a comma seperated list with column name of the CSV table. If this is not given, the first line of the CSV is used.No
spaltenNamenIndicates a comma seperated list of the column, which columns are redelivered of the servlet with the corresponding value. At this, according to using, the names of the columns of the parameter headline or the name of the first line of the CSV databaseHierbei are expected.No
csvTrennzeichenIndicates the seperator between the single data cells. If this is not set, a comma , is used by default.No
csvQuoteThe seperator with which the values of the lines are seperated. If this is not set, a inverted comma " is used by default. No

Application example

A CSV data source with the option activated: First row is header. It has the following content:

title,firstName,lastName,zip,city
Herr,Max,Mustermann,1000,Musterhausen
Frau,Monika,Mustermann,2000,Musterdorf
Frau, Luise,Musterfrau,3000,Musterstadt

In the Xima® Formcycle Designer the following script is used in the script area for pre-filling form fields:

$.getJSON( XFC_METADATA.urls.datasource_csv + "?name=Demo&mandantName=xima.de", function(json) {
   var obj = json.returnValue[0];

    $('[name=tfTitle]').val(obj.title);
    $('[name=tfFirstName]').val(obj.firstName);
    $('[name=tfLastName]').val(obj.lastName);
    $('[name=tfZIP]').val(obj.zip);
    $('[name=tfCity]').val(obj.city);
 });

This form example is provided as a download.

Exeption selection element

The connection of a data source to a selection element takes place directly in the Xima® Formcycle Designer

If the CSV data source has to be loaded directly in a selection element, this happens via through the properties of the selection element in the Xima® Formcycle Designer.

The content of the CSV data source is processed in a selection element.

visible value, assigned value, optional value, optional value, ...

Columns of the data source are use as follows for selection elements:
col + column index.

If a data source has more than two columns than it contains optional values. These optional values can be accessed with JavaScript via the following jQuery selector:

$('[name=sel2]').find('option:selected').attr('col2');

Optinal values start at column index 2.
If the first row is marked as a header than it will be ignored for selection elements.

XML

The XML data source acts analogously to the CSV data source, but cannot be bound to a selection element.

The JSON structure of the XML data source. To this JSON structure can than be accessed to XFC_METADATA.urls.datasource_xml via Javascript.

Example for an XML data source

<root>
 <person>
   <anrede>
      Herr
   </anrede>
   <vorname>
      Max
   </vorname>
   <nachname>
      Mustermann
   </nachname>
 </person>
  <person>
   <anrede>
      Frau
   </anrede>
   <vorname>
      Monika
   </vorname>
   <nachname>
      Musterfrau
   </nachname>
 </person>
</root>

Servlet parameter

Servlet-URL
http(s)://<server>/formcycle/datenquellexml?mandantName=<Mandant-Name>&name=<Datenquellen-Name>

If you access from the Xima® Formcycle Designer, always use the global variable object XFC_METADATA, see also global designer variables. For example it can be accessed as follows: XFC_METADATA.urls.datasource_xml.

The following parameter are possible:

Parameter nameDescriptionNeccessary
mandantNameMust match the name of the client under which this data source was created.Yes
nameMust match the name of the CSV data source.Yes

JSON

The JSON data source acts analogously to the CSV data source, but cannot be bound to a selection element directly.

The JSON structure of the JSON data source. It is identically equal to the JSON data source. This JSON structure can be accessed via Javascript through XFC_METADATA.urls.datasource_json.

Example for a JSON data source

{"person":[
   {
   'anrede':'Herr',
 'vorname':'Max',
   'nachname':'Mustermann'
 },
   {
    'anrede':'Frau',
    'vorname':'Monika',
   'nachname':'Musterfrau'
    }
]}

Servlet-Parameter

Servlet-URL
http(s)://<server>/formcycle/datenquellejson?mandantName=<Mandant-Name>&name=<Datenquellen-Name>

At an access from the Xima® Formcycle Designer always use the global variable object XFC_METADATA, see also global designer variables. For example you can access as follows: XFC_METADATA.urls.datasource_json.

The following parameter are possible:

ParameternameDescriptionNeccessary
mandantName Must match the name of the client under which this data source was created.Yes
name Must match the name of the CSV data source.Yes
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