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Status Future consideration
Created by Guest
Created on Nov 3, 2020

Add option to views in UI Toolkit that have "Items from Service" to not run on page load

The BPM UI Views such as Single Select, Multi Select, Checkbox Group, Radio Group always call the List Item Service when configured with Items from Service on page load.

These views also offer methods such as setServiceInputData and reloadServiceItems, which will set the data that is sent to the List Item Service and will call the List Item Service.

We would like to use a List Item Service, but not have it be called on page load. The reason being that we may want to wait for other data before making the XHR call to the service. Such as having a user input a value that is passed into the List Item Service (we then call reloadServiceItems to retrieve the list items). This call on page load in these cases is superfluous and slows down the loading of the coach and wastes service resources.

In contrast, the Service Call view does NOT automatically call on page load unless "Auto run" is selected. It would be an improvement if these other views had an option such as "Auto run" to not call the List Items Service automatically.

The example provided in the documentation here: https://www.ibm.com/support/knowledgecenter/SS8JB4_20.x/com.ibm.wbpm.ref.doc/bpmui/SingleSelect.html
Has an example of this running in the on load event:
me.setServiceInputData({"Default"})

However in this example this would also run the List Item Service twice, once on load with whatever data may have been set to the configuration option, then again passing in {"Default"}. So even the documentation has an example with these poor results of making and XHR call twice unnecessarily.

We would like a way to use these views without calling the List Item Service on load.

Currently there is a workaround by setting the "Items lookup mode" to "Start Empty" after selecting a "List items service". However this is not ideal as it hides the selected service so it appears it is not attached to a service anymore. If the product is changed to not hide the selected service this workaround would be acceptable.

Idea priority Medium
RFE ID 146485
RFE URL
RFE Product IBM Business Process Manager