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shisamud



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 01, 2010 6:06 pm    Post subject: DataLoad Forms recording/playback questions Reply with quote

Hi,

I have a few questions about using the Forms recording/playback feature in DataLoad:

- Can the playback file be directly created in the DataLoad UI or do we have to start using a Forms recording session
- Can the playback file be edited in the DataLoad UI? Is there any documentation on this?
- Can we assign field values dynamically (ex: contract due date based on today's date)
- Can we select data from LOVs
- Is there a way to way to check for success/failure of a playback session (check against expected values)
- Can we add "waits" to the playback
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 01, 2010 6:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi,

Here are the answers to your questions:

- Can the playback file be directly created in the DataLoad UI or do we have to start using a Forms recording session. These have to be created through a Forms recording session because that is the only way we can collect the commands required to deliver your load.
- Can the playback file be edited in the DataLoad UI? Is there any documentation on this? The playback file's commands cannot be edited through DataLoad because this requires some care and often some technical knowledge, however these files can be edited in a text editor and we will help any users who need to edit these files.
- Can we assign field values dynamically (ex: contract due date based on today's date). You could use DataLoad Scripting to insert today's date in certain fields. With that approach you would add code to the Save event handler that updates the DataLoad cells before DataLoad writes the FLD file.
- Can we select data from LOVs. Yes. However, we recommend LOVs are not used where they are just being used to insert data in a field where the field data can also be directly entered in to the field. Using a LOV means the load has to do more work and LOVs often means the cell data in DataLoad becomes more complex, because LOVs are often comprised of more than one value, so don't use LOVs where possible.
- Is there a way to way to check for success/failure of a playback session (check against expected values). Yes, open the playback log file in DataLoad.
- Can we add "waits" to the playback. No, this is not supported by Oracle Forms although we agree this would be a useful addition.

Thanks,

Jonathan Stuart
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