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Formatting the JSON result for multiselect tokens control

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  • Formatting the JSON result for multiselect tokens control

    I have a MultiselectTokens control that I'm trying to use an Xbasic to populate the choices. However, I can't get the JSON result formatted correctly. The genie produces this.

    +setToken := <<%str%
    {"value" : "1000", "display" : "XXS"},
    {"value" : "1001", "display" : "XS"},
    {"value" : "1002", "display" : "SM"},
    {"value" : "1003", "display" : "MED"},
    {"value" : "1004", "display" : "LG"},
    {"value" : "1005", "display" : "XL"},
    {"value" : "1006", "display" : "XXL"},
    {"value" : "1007", "display" : "0X"},
    {"value" : "1008", "display" : "1X"},
    {"value" : "1009", "display" : "2X"},
    {"value" : "1010", "display" : "3X"},
    {"value" : "1011", "display" : "4X"},
    {"value" : "1012", "display" : "5X"},
    {"value" : "1013", "display" : "00"},
    {"value" : "1014", "display" : "0"},
    {"value" : "1015", "display" : "2"},
    {"value" : "1016", "display" : "4"},
    {"value" : "1017", "display" : "6"},
    {"value" : "1018", "display" : "8"},
    {"value" : "1019", "display" : "10"},
    {"value" : "1020", "display" : "12"},
    {"value" : "1021", "display" : "14"},
    {"value" : "1022", "display" : "16"},
    {"value" : "1023", "display" : "18"},
    {"value" : "1024", "display" : "20"},
    {"value" : "1025", "display" : "22"},
    {"value" : "1026", "display" : "24"},
    {"value" : "1027", "display" : "26"},
    {"value" : "1028", "display" : "28"},
    {"value" : "1029", "display" : "30"},
    {"value" : "1030", "display" : "32"},
    {"value" : "1031", "display" : "One Size"}
    Which is almost right, but missing the 'data' array name. Here's the xbasic with sample JSON.

    function setToken as c (e as p)
    'Generates the choices for a multi-select token control.
    'The e object that is passed in includes:
    'e.tmpl = UX definition
    'e.arguments - argument values
    'Your code must return a JSON object that defines the control choices.
    'setToken = <<%str%
    '	data: [
    '		{ value: '', display: 'Bob Smith' },
    '		{ value: '', display: 'Fred Jones' },
    '		{ value: '', display: 'Louise Teeger' },
    '		{ value: '', display: 'Cecelia Bouchard' },
    '		{ value: '', display: 'Dan Bachman', listDisplay: 'Dan Bachman (C.E.O.)' }
    '	]
    'Notice that the data array has a list of objects. Each object must have a 'value' and a 'display' property. The 'listDisplay' property is optional.
    'The 'value' property is used for the control value, the 'display' property is used in the token display and the 'listDisplay'
    'property is used in the drop-down list that displays the control's choices.
    'DIM a SQL arguments object
    dim args as sql::arguments
    'DIM an Xbasic AlphaDAO connection object
    dim cn as sql::connection
    dim flag as l
    ''open the connection object to connect to the Database
    flag ="::Name::SQL")
    dim sql as c
    sql = "SELECT SizeID as value, Size as display FROM Web_Sizes"
    'turn portable SQL on. (for more information on portable sql search in help (
    'execute the SQL - pass in the sql::arguments object
    flag = cn.execute(sql,args)
    if flag = .f. then 
    	'an error occurred - get the error message from cn.callresult.text 
    	'report the error, close the database and then end the script
    	dim errortext as c 
    	errortext = cn.callresult.text
    end if
    'DIM a SQL::Resultset object
    dim rs as sql::resultset
    rs = cn.resultset
    'get the JSON from the query
    dim json as c 
    json = rs.toJSON()
    setToken = json
    'Clean up by freeing the resultset and then closing the database
    end function
    What do I have to add at the result level to get the data name?

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    Re: Formatting the JSON result for multiselect tokens control

    What Genie did you use to produce that setToken string? Why the + sign in front of setToken and why they use of :=. It looks very messy... and a bit dangerous.

    You are producing JSON from a SQL Statement, so, again, I'm not sure why you'd include static Genie output.

    The whole point is returning a string from XBasic. You've got a properly formatted JSON string in your json var. The JSON string is a list of object, all in an Array. All you need to do is add the bit that Alpha requires... a name for the Array... all inside an object. So... add it as a string. Alpha figures out the format on the client side.

    Your code will be...

    dim json as c 
    json = rs.toJSON()
    json = "{data:" + json + "}"
    setToken = json
    If you debug through XBasic, you'll see that your json var now carries the same format as the XBasic example... and that it's all just a string passed back to the client.