This activity can be used in both Microflows and Nanoflows.
The change object activity can be used to change the members of an object. This can be done with or without committing and with or without events.
An example of change object properties is represented in the image below:
There are two sets of properties for this activity, those in the dialog box on the left, and those in the properties pane on the right.
The change object properties pane consists of the following sections:
3 Action Section
The Action section of the properties pane shows the action associated with this activity.
You can open a dialog box to configure this action by clicking the ellipsis (…) next to the action.
You can also open the dialog box by double-clicking the activity in the microflow or right-clicking the activity and selecting Properties.
Object defines the object that is changed.
Commit defines the way the object is committed. See the section How Commits Work in Commit Object(s) for more information on committing.
|Yes with event handlers||The object is saved in the database and the event handlers are triggered|
|Yes without event handlers||The object is saved in the database, but the event handlers are not triggered|
|No (default)||The object is changed without being saved in the database|
3.2.1 Use Cases for Setting Commit
If a flow is triggered from a data view (for example by the ‘on change’ of an text field) you often do not want to commit the changes you make to the data view object yet. The end-user can press the Save or Cancel button to commit or rollback the changes.
However, if the flow is triggered from a data grid button that just performs an operation on a selection you will want to commit the changes to avoid losing them.
3.2.2 Commits in Nanoflows
Nanoflows do not support committing changes without events. Committing while running in an online app sends a commit request to the Mendix Runtime and runs the events. If a change object action is used in an offline app, the changes are committed to the offline database.
3.3 Refresh in Client
This setting defines whether data sources are rerun after data is committed to the database.
To make pages of a Mendix app efficient, many widgets display values from an attribute of an object which is cached on the page. Attributes in widgets which use cached data are always reflected in the client even if they are not committed and irrespective of the value of Refresh in client.
If a widget is only updated when a data source is loaded, then changes will only be seen if changes are committed and Refresh in client is set to Yes.
When testing your app, ensure that the desired data is being displayed by the widgets you have chosen.
3.3.1 Microflow is Called from the Client in an Online App
If Refresh in client is set to No, the change is not reflected in the client.
If set to Yes, the object is refreshed across the client, which includes reloading the relevant data sources.
3.3.2 Microflow is Called in an Offline, Native, or Hybrid App
When inside a microflow that is called from an offline, native, or hybrid app, the Refresh in client option is ignored and functions as if it was set to No.
For more information, see the Microflows section of the Offline-First Reference Guide.
3.3.3 Action is in a Nanoflow
The Refresh in client option is not available when change object is used in a nanoflow. In this case, the refresh behavior depends on the Commit type option. It always reflects the changed attribute values in the client, including visibility.
If Commit type is set to Yes, the object is refreshed across the client as if Refresh in client was set to Yes.
3.4 Change Members
You can specify a list of changes that to apply to the object. Values for members are specified with expressions and must be of the same type as the member.
For a reference set association, it is also possible to add and remove an association (instead of only setting the member). For add, an object or a list of objects can be added to the currently associated objects. For remove, an object or a list of objects can be removed from the currently associated objects.
4 Common Section
For more information on properties in this section, see Common Properties.