Custom Type

You can create your own type in Linx by defining its’ structure. These are typically complex types, types that consist of a variety of other types and sub-types.

You can drag a custom type onto the canvas and populate it with data that conforms to its’ structure. For example, a custom type might be a ‘Customer’. Such a customer would probably have properties like Name, Address and a list of purchases. When you create this type, you will want to specify that the type has a string field called ‘Name’, another string field with an address and a list of purchases. A purchase is also a type and you will need to create it first. It may consist of a purchase date, an amount and a product. So, you will also need to create a purchase type with a date type called ‘purchase date’, a decimal called ‘purchase amount’ and a string called ‘Product Name’. You have now created a complex type for storing a customer and all related purchases.

When you point this type at a database query result that has the same fields, you can get Linx to automatically populate the complex type directly from your SQL query.

An example of the definition of a custom type is shown below. This definition is for a list of articles. Each article consists of a collection of fields, such as publish_date, summary and title.