[Laszlo-user] Data Manipulation Confusion

James Howe openlaszlo at wingspread.imap-mail.com
Wed Apr 12 15:28:49 EDT 2006

Actually I just looked again and the setPointer method *is* mentioned in  
the hierarchy of LzDatapath in the LZ Reference documentation.  I just  
overlooked it (several times).

On Wed, 12 Apr 2006 15:18:45 -0400, James Howe  
<openlaszlo at wingspread.imap-mail.com> wrote:

> Thanks.  That did the trick.  The one thing I had been missing was the
> 'setPointer' method on LzDatapath.  I was looking at the reference
> documentation for LzDatapath and I did not see any reference to a
> 'setPointer' method.  It's not listed as one of the methods inherited  
> from LzDatapointer.  The reference documentation for LzDatapointer does  
> contain a description for setPointer.  What had been confusing me was  
> that I
> wasn't seeing a method which would let me change things based on a data
> node.  The setPointer method was what I had missed.
> Thanks again and I think I'll file a documentation error report on the
> setPointer thing.
> On Wed, 12 Apr 2006 12:09:01 -0400, Adam Wolff <adam at laszlosystems.com>
> wrote:
>> Here's the general approach you want to take.
>> What you want to do is to hand your editor a LzDataElement that is  
>> cloned
>> from the template. Note that this node doesn't need to be part of a
>> dataset; you can hand an xml node directly to a datapath that you've
>> declared
>> <class name="editor" extends="window">
>>     <!-- be sure to create a datapath, since we're not going to use  
>> xpath
>>          for databinding here -->
>>     <datapath/>
>> var newnode = template.getFirstChild().getFirstChild().cloneNode( true  
>> );
>> editor.datapath.setPointer( newnode );
>> //user fills out form
>> ....
>> //when user clicks ok
>> editor.datapath.updateData();
>> ds1.getFirstChild().appendChild( editor.datapath.p );
>> Hope this helps.
>> A
>> On Apr 11, James Howe wrote:
>>> I've been working on a data related problem for the last few days which
>>> really has me confused.  I must be missing something.  I'm trying to do
>>> something very simple.  I have two XML datasets:
>>> <dataset name="ds1">
>>> 	<items>
>>> 		<item name="foo" address="bar"/>
>>> 	</items>
>>> </dataset>
>>> <dataset name="template">
>>> 	<items>
>>> 		<item name="" address=""/>
>>> 	</item>
>>> </dataset>
>>> I have a simple editor which is bound to ds1 with a datapath like this:
>>> datapath="ds1:/items/item"
>>> The user can change things in the editor and save them.  They can also
>>> select 'New' to start again.  What I've been trying to figure out is  
>>> how
>>> to clone the item element from my template dataset and use it to  
>>> replace
>>> the edited value found in ds1.  Looking in the documentation I can see
>>> how
>>> I could add the template item to ds1 and then delete the original node
>>>  from ds1 using the addNodeFromPointer, but then if the user edits the
>>> values, the values in my template are disturbed.  What I want to do is
>>> add
>>> a deep clone of my template node to the ds1 dataset so that if/when it
>>> gets edited, my template remains unaffected.
>>> What am I missing?  I can find the node I'm interested in by doing
>>> xpathQueries.  I can clone the LzDataElement returned from the
>>> xpathQuery.  Once I have that, I don't see how I can add that element
>>> as a
>>> node in my ds1 dataset.
>>> Any help on this would be greatly appreciated.
>>> Thanks!

James Howe

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