Idea ID: 1636148

Flags/Symbols hinting at the kind of input/system property/variable something is

Status : Declined
over 3 years ago

Hello all OO-Authors,
wouldn't you like to have a graphical hint within OO-Studio to easily see, what you reference?

Take the Step-Inspector's Input tab:
- we can see wether the value of the colum "Type" is "Single Value" or "List of Values"
- but for the column "Assign From" we can only see a name - say "x" - but not the name space:
  is it the flow variable "x" or the system property "x" of the flow input "x" or the step input "x", etc?
  System Properties can be stored within Folders, so if the name contains a slash it must be one,
  but we do not have that kind of a hint for the others
- Same for the column "Assign To"

Can we have symbols for all these different origins/name spaces, please?

  • Moving this idea to declined as there are no plans to implement it in the near future.

  • One of the reasons you cannot really say what is what (step variable, flow variable, system property) while you see the inputs list is because their actual run-time value depends on the actual runtime environment. For instance, as a very short example you might have some values in your Studio - in which case Studio will tell you something - but completely different values in Central. Studio allows you to understand how flow variables are passed and which flow variables you have on a particular flow through the Flow Variables panel. I personally think that panel is strong enough and provides valuable information for authors. It also has filtering thus you can check particular items.

    Do you happen to use that one during flow authoring? If yes, I wonder how exacly you rely on it and how exactly it helps you during flow authoring.