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Zoho Deluge - Store and repopulate a multi lookup list in Creator

A quick reminder on how I got a working snippet of code to store the entries in the lookup already selected, check against another table/form for valid options, repopulate the list with the selected item and filtering the options available for selection.

This was for a multi lookup with staff as the list entries. The lookup needed to filter against various forms such as Staff Rotas, Leave Requests, Qualifications and some others.

The aim/objective is the following:
  1. Store what was already selected in the lookups
  2. Clear the lookups list
  3. Restore what was originally selected as selected.
  4. Repopulate with a filter list of options (not selected but available)
// *************************************************************
// store already selected entries
    // remember remember the 5th of november
    l_RememberLookup = List();
        for each  v_SelectedLookup in input.myLookup
// clear lookup
clear myLookup;
// get list of all valid entries 
l_AllowedEntries = {};
for each  v_AllowedID in myForm[ID != 0]
    v_thisID = v_AllowedID.ID;
// restore item in lookup
input.myLookup = l_RememberLookup;
// repopulate lookup options (not selected items)
for each  r_EntryID in l_AllowedEntries
  1.  // ************************************************************* 
  2.  // store already selected entries 
  3.  // 
  4.  if(!isnull(input.myLookup)) 
  5.  { 
  6.      // remember remember the 5th of november 
  7.      l_RememberLookup = List()
  8.      if(input.myLookup.size()>0) 
  9.      { 
  10.          for each  v_SelectedLookup in input.myLookup 
  11.          { 
  12.              l_RememberLookup.add(v_SelectedLookup)
  13.          } 
  14.      } 
  15.  } 
  16.  // 
  17.  // clear lookup 
  18.  clear myLookup; 
  19.  // 
  20.  // get list of all valid entries 
  21.  l_AllowedEntries = {}
  22.  for each  v_AllowedID in myForm[ID != 0] 
  23.  { 
  24.      v_thisID = v_AllowedID.ID; 
  25.      l_AllowedEntries.add(v_thisID)
  26.  } 
  27.  // 
  28.  // restore item in lookup 
  29.  input.myLookup = l_RememberLookup; 
  30.  // 
  31.  // repopulate lookup options (not selected items) 
  32.  for each  r_EntryID in l_AllowedEntries 
  33.  { 
  34.      input.myLookup:ui.add(r_EntryID)
  35.  } 

Additional Note(s):
  • If removing elements, even if you are using Creator v5, use removeElement() and NOT remove() which got me stuck for a while. This is for error
    ...datatype {0} is not the same as list datatype {1}...
    1.  ...datatype {0} is not the same as list datatype {1}... 
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