Saturday, October 20, 2012

Order Form Sample–Part 10

When creating a new order, the order date should default to the current date.

There are three types of business rules that can be used for this purpose. Choose any one of the suggested implementations below.

SQL Business Rule

Switch back to the Project Designer. In the Project Explorer, open the Controllers tab. Right-click on Orders / Business Rules node, and press New Business Rule option.

New Business Rule context menu option for Orders controller.

Specify the following values:

Property New Value
Type SQL
Command Name New
Phase Execute
set @OrderDate = getdate()

Press OK to save the business rule. Press Browse in the top left corner, and wait for the page to load. Navigate to Order Form, and create a new order. Select a customer and employee. You will see that the current date has been inserted into the Order Date field.

Order Date has been populated with the current date.

Code Business Rule

C# or Visual Basic may be used as an alternative to SQL.

Switch back to the Project Designer.

If you have implemented the business rule above, then delete it. In the Project Explorer, right-click on Orders / Business Rules / New (SQL / Execute) – r100 node, and press Delete.

Deleting the SQL business rule.

Create a “code” business rule with the following properties:

Property New Value
Type C# / Visual Basic
Command Name New
Phase Execute

Press OK to save.

Code business rules cannot be directly edited using the Project Designer, and do not exist until the project has been regenerated.

On the toolbar, press Browse to regenerate the project.

When complete, right-click on Orders / Business Rules /  New (Code / Execute) – r100 node, and press Edit Rule in Visual Studio.

Edit Rule in Visual Studio context menu option available on the code business rule node in the Project Explorer.

The rule file will be opened in Visual Studio. The entire class definition and parameters of the business rule method are already defined. Replace the body of the rule with the UpdateFieldValue method:


using System;
using MyCompany.Data;

namespace MyCompany.Rules
    public partial class OrdersBusinessRules : MyCompany.Data.BusinessRules
        public void r100Implementation(
                    int? orderID, 
                    string customerID, 
                    string customerCompanyName, 
                    int? employeeID, 
                    string employeeLastName, 
                    DateTime? orderDate, 
                    DateTime? requiredDate, 
                    DateTime? shippedDate, 
                    int? shipVia, 
                    string shipViaCompanyName, 
                    decimal? freight, 
                    string shipName, 
                    string shipAddress, 
                    string shipCity, 
                    string shipRegion, 
                    string shipPostalCode, 
                    string shipCountry)
            UpdateFieldValue("OrderDate", DateTime.Now);

Visual Basic:

Imports MyCompany.Data
Imports System

Namespace MyCompany.Rules

    Partial Public Class OrdersBusinessRules
        Inherits MyCompany.Data.BusinessRules

        <Rule("r100")> _
        Public Sub r100Implementation( _
                    ByVal orderID As Nullable(Of Integer), 
                    ByVal customerID As String, 
                    ByVal customerCompanyName As String, 
                    ByVal employeeID As Nullable(Of Integer), 
                    ByVal employeeLastName As String, 
                    ByVal orderDate As Nullable(Of DateTime), 
                    ByVal requiredDate As Nullable(Of DateTime), 
                    ByVal shippedDate As Nullable(Of DateTime), 
                    ByVal shipVia As Nullable(Of Integer), 
                    ByVal shipViaCompanyName As String, 
                    ByVal freight As Nullable(Of Decimal), 
                    ByVal shipName As String, 
                    ByVal shipAddress As String, 
                    ByVal shipCity As String, 
                    ByVal shipRegion As String, 
                    ByVal shipPostalCode As String, 
                    ByVal shipCountry As String)
            UpdateFieldValue("OrderDate", DateTime.Now)
        End Sub
    End Class
End Namespace

Save the file. If you create a new order in the web application, the Order Date will be populated with the current date.

JavaScript Business Rule

Business rules can also be written in JavaScript if default values can be calculated entirely on the client.

If you created one of the above business rule implementations, delete it now.

Deleting the code business rule from the Orders controller.

Create another business rule with this configuration:

Property New Value
Type JavaScript
Command Name New
Phase After
[OrderDate] = new Date();

Note that the business rule must execute after the command “New”, because the record is not instantiated on the client until after the command is executed by the application framework on the server.

Save the file. The business rule will work as shown in the illustration at the top.

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