DonG2


In the mashup editor, how does one find out what output data (fields) are provided by a block I can't seem to find a button or anything that provides this information.

Thank you.





Re: How to Know what Block Outputs Are?

AndyS


The only way to tell what is outputed by a block is to connect it to another block as there isn't a kind of preview mode as you noticed. Thanks for the suggestion though :-).





Re: How to Know what Block Outputs Are?

DonG2

You're welcome Andy, and thank you for your reply. Guess I'll have to dust off my PrintScreen button and grab some screenshots, since one can't copy and paste the contents of a dropdown control.







Re: How to Know what Block Outputs Are?

AndyS

The other alternative is to open a new tab/window and have the block editor open (Create -> Block) then you can rip the block you're interested in from the left hand search panel this will drop the XML code for the block into the main panel as all the inputs/outputs are defined in XML you should see the list of allowed values.




Re: How to Know what Block Outputs Are?

DonG2

Thank you once again Andy Smile. Yes, I have tried this option but with a hundred (or more) lines of code in some of the more complex blocks, and having NO whitespace separating sections of code, the block description and code sections are tough (for my sore eyes) to work through, without editing them first. For simpler blocks, this option works just fine Smile.






Re: How to Know what Block Outputs Are?

AndyS

Yea the block editor is a far from ideal editor for this release we hoped it would just be used to upload code that had been written using Visual Studio or such.




Re: How to Know what Block Outputs Are?

DonG2

Thank you for your reply Andy. I understand completely.

A few weeks back, I had to re-install Windows due to Registry corruption, wiping out the Registry information for over 250 installed apps on my PC <sigh>. I've not gotten around to re-installing VS 2005 yet, since VS 2008 is now available in beta ... and yes, I'm aware that Popfly has not been tested with VS 2008 yet Smile. So, I don't currently have any MS development stuff installed, thus I've not yet tried anything Popfly-related in VS 2005, or Popfly Explorer, let alone just uploading (pasting) code into the Popfly Block Editor. But, I have much more to learn about JS, XML, XAML, etc., before being able to write my own Blocks anyway.