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This page belongs to the Minicrm Step-by-Step Tutorial. It explains how create your second page in your project and use it as a child page for your first page. You need to have an existing table page in order to continue.


We already have a page for companies. Quickly create a second top-level page for persons. Then reuse the same page as child page for the existing company page.

A new table page

Here are some notes to guide you:

Add getPersonTableData to the StandardOutlineService. Use SELECT PERSON_NR, LAST_NAME, FIRST_NAME FROM PERSON as your SQL statement.

Person.jpg

If you edited StandardOutlineService manually, make sure to add getPersonTableData to the interface IStandardOutlineService as well.

getPersonTableData doesn't need a parameter, unless you want to create a PersonSearchForm as well; you don't need to do this for the tutorial, but it might be an excellent excercise

Add a New Page... to Child Pages of the StandardOutline; it uses the AbstractPageWithTable template, has the name Person and the type name PersonTablePage

This is how the StandardOutline has two child pages, now:

protected void execCreateChildPages(Collection<IPage> pageList) throws ProcessingException {
  CompanyTablePage companyTablePage = new CompanyTablePage();
  pageList.add(companyTablePage);
  PersonTablePage personTablePage = new PersonTablePage();
  pageList.add(personTablePage);
}

This is how the PersonTablePage loads data from the outline service:

@Override
protected Object[][] execLoadTableData(SearchFilter filter) throws ProcessingException {
  return SERVICES.getService(IStandardOutlineService.class).getPersonTableData();
}

Add the following columns to the table inside the PersonTablePage:

Table Column Template Name Type Name Note
Long Column (empty) PersonNrColumn not displayable
String Column Last Name LastNameColumn width 200
String Column First Name FirstNameColumn width 200


Scout Application With Person Page.png

Using a table page as a child page to another page

Return to the CompanyTablePage, click through to Child Page, and pick Add Existing Page... (we don't need to create a new page because we want to reuse the person table page), and pick PersonTablePage.

If you test your application now, you will see the complete list of people under every single company. What you're missing is a way to pass the currently selected company to the SQL statement selecting the persons.

This is what we want, basically:

  1. when the child page is created using execCreateChildPage, the value of the CompanyNrColumn acting as the parent is copied into a variable on the PersonTablePage
  2. the PersonTablePage uses the variable as an argument in its call to getPersonTableData on the standard outline service (this requires a change to the service implementation and to the service interface)
  3. getPersonTableData will then use the variable in its WHERE clause in order to select the appropriate persons

First, return to the PersonTablePage, click through to Variables, and pick New Property Bean... from the context menu. Use CompanyNr for the Name and use Long for the Bean Type.

NewPropertyBean personTablePage.png

NewPropertyBean 1.png

Scout Variable For Table Page.png

But how do we set it? We need to set the CompanyNr when the person table page is being created by its parent. Return to the CompanyTablePage and click on the Exec Create Child Page link in the Properties view. Change it as follows:

@Override
protected IPage execCreateChildPage(ITableRow row) throws ProcessingException {
  PersonTablePage childPage = new PersonTablePage();
  childPage.setCompanyNr(getTable().getCompanyNrColumn().getValue(row));
  return childPage;
}

Notice how we get to use the row argument.

So now, as the person table page instance is created, it "knows" what its company is. It's stored in the CompanyNr variable. Now all we need to do is pass this number on to the outline service.

Go to the PersonTablePage and click on Exec Load Table Data in the Properties view. Change its definition as follows:

@Override
protected Object[][] execLoadTableData(SearchFilter filter) throws ProcessingException {
  return SERVICES.getService(IStandardOutlineService.class).getPersonTableData(getCompanyNr());
}

You'll note that this produces an error because the outline service is not yet ready to accept an extra parameter!

IStandardOutlineService.png

Return to the StandardOutlineService and click on IStandardOutlineService to change the interface for getPersonTableData as follows:

public Object[][] getPersonTableData(Long companyNr) throws ProcessingException;

Now go to the StandardOutlineService and change its definition of getPersonTableData as follows:

public Object[][] getPersonTableData(Long companyNr) throws ProcessingException {
  if (companyNr == null) {
    return SQL.select("SELECT PERSON_NR, LAST_NAME, FIRST_NAME FROM PERSON");
  } else {
    return SQL.select("" +
	"SELECT PERSON_NR, LAST_NAME, FIRST_NAME" +
	" FROM PERSON WHERE COMPANY_NR = :companyNr",
	new NVPair("companyNr", companyNr));
  }
}

Done!

Notice how we used NVPair to match a bind variable with a variable value. When we wrote our first form we just used the form data object to provide the bind variables, relying on the naming conventions. Here, we can no longer do that and need to be explicit about it.

Test it. Make sure you restart the server since you changed the services.

Scout-SecondpageDone.png