A web service is not displaying from the "manipulate variable" workflow action with IBM Forms with workflow 400

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Problem

A web service is not displaying from the "manipulate variable" workflow action
with IBM Forms with workflow 400

Symptom

In this scenario the user was wanting to pre-populate a form by making a call to a Web Service. The Web Service would return data to the form and populate it.

The user created the dataset following the IBM Forms with Workflow documentation and was able to see the dataset from the Read From Dataset Dialogue.

The screen shot above was taken from Workflow Action -> Manipulate Variable -> Add -> From Database or Web Service



The user then went to use the newly created dataset with the option "Fields from database" that opens the dataset window.


When accessing this dialogue the dataset window does not display the dataset listed


Why is the dataset not showing up here?

Cause

The reason that the dataset is not showing up is because currently the product only supports calling a web service from the "manipulate variable" workflow action.

Resolving the problem

There are two options to work around this issue.

1) Use manipulate variable action in a prior step to create workflow variables. This could be an Action Only Step that holds the web service action. These variables can then be used to pre-populate the form via Pre-populate XForms instance data or via Pre-populate field attributes (select Add >> Field From Workflow).

2) Use the Forms designer to call the web service directly from the form.



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Document information


More support for:

IBM Forms
Forms product family

Software version:

4.0.0.2

Operating system(s):

Windows

Reference #:

1587199

Modified date:

2013-02-04

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