Using the DML Object Browser

About the DML Object Browser

How to use the DML Object Browser

About the DML Object Browser

The DML Object Browser provides access to:

  • all the predefined DML Functions delivered with the software (these Functions are only available via the DML Object Browser window)
  • Tables and Variables in the current WorkFolder (these objects are also available from the left pane)
  • Processing-Context-Out objects in the current Folder

How to use the DML Object Browser

To use objects in the DML Object Browser:

  1. Select DML Object Browser from the Tools menu to display the DML Object Browser window. This window displays the following folders:
    • Variable: contains Variables in the current Folder
    • Table: contains Tables in the current Folder
    • Processing-Context-Out in the current Folder
    • Language Functions: contains all predefined DML Functions
    • Custom Functions: contains all the available Custom Functions
  2. Select a folder to display the tree of objects it contains. For example, select Language Functions to display the set of sub-directories for each category of DML Functions. Select a category, such as Conversion, to display the list of Conversion Functions.
    To display a function template, right-click a function then click Display function or label. Composer automatically updates the list of functions and replaces the function descriptions with the function templates.
  3. Select an object, that is Function, Variable, Table or Processing-Context-Out from the list and drag-and-drop it to the appropriate field of an object Properties window. Composer inserts the name of the object in the field. This object is now referenced in an expression.

To reuse an existing Custom function, you can import it into your environment or export it to another environment.

Export behavior

The export of a custom function contains for each selected function:

  • Name
  • Label
  • Parameters list
  • Definition
  • Description
  1. In the DML Browser, select:
    • The Custom Functions folder to export all custom functions.
    • One or more functions in the Custom Functions folder.
  2. Right-click to select Export action.
  3. Select or enter the path and name of the exported file.

Export behavior

The import of a file generates the custom functions in the Composer as they are. If a function already exists, the import is not done and a message displayed in an import log file.

  1. In the DML Browser, select:
    • The Custom Functions folder to export all custom functions.
    • One or more functions in the Custom Functions folder.
  2. Right-click to select Import action.
  3. Select or enter the path and name of the file to be imported.

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