Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Dialog field with multiple choice

This is a small tutorial class on how to work with the new AX 2012 SysLookupMultiSelectCtrl class.

There are good examples on the internet as well as a tutorial class in AX 2012 itself but I want to explain how to pack/unpack values for this field and make it mandatory.

Let's say we need to select multiple sites in the dialog.

I hope my comments inline will be enough. If not let me know, please.

class tmxMultiSelectSiteTutorial extends RunBase
    FormBuildStringControl      fbscMultiSite;
    FormStringControl           fscMultiSite;
    container                   siteIds;
    str                         siteIdsStr;

    SysLookupMultiSelectCtrl    multiSiteCtrl;
    DialogRunbase               dialog;


protected Object dialog()
    dialog = super();
    // add a new form build control for multiple choice; string type
    fbscMultiSite        = dialog.curFormGroup().addControl(FormControlType::String, identifierstr(AnyFormControlNameYouLike));

    return dialog;

public void dialogPostRun(DialogRunbase _dialog)
    FormRun formRun;


    formRun = _dialog.dialogForm().formRun();

    if (formRun)
        // to get the access to the form control we created on the dialog
        fscMultiSite =;
        // create multiple loookup of SysLookupMultiSelectCtrl type
        // cgiInventSite query must exist in AOT; simply SiteId and Name from InventSite table
        multiSiteCtrl = SysLookupMultiSelectCtrl::construct(formRun, fscMultiSite, querystr(cgiInventSite));
        // to underline it red; actually it does not validate; so check the Validate method
        // if we restored from last values
            //then we convert the string to container
            siteIds = str2con(siteIdsStr);
            // after create the special container of SiteIds and Names

public boolean getFromDialog()
    if (multiSiteCtrl)
        // selected sites convert to container of RecIds
        siteIds     = multiSiteCtrl.get();
        // convert it to string for pack/unpack
        siteIdsStr  = con2Str(siteIds);
    return super();

private container siteIds2Names(container _c)
    InventSite      inventSite;
    container       contSiteId, contRecId;
    int             i, cLen = conLen(_c);

    for (i = 1 ; i <= cLen ; i++)
        inventSite = inventSite::findRecId(conPeek(_c, i));
        // this part will be visible
        contSiteId += [inventSite.SiteId];
        // this part will be used by SysLookupMultiSelectCtrl as invisible
        contRecId  += [inventSite.RecId];
    return [contRecId, contSiteId];

public boolean validate(Object _calledFrom = null)
    boolean ret;

    ret = super(_calledFrom);

    if(!conPeek(siteIds, 1))
         ret = checkFailed('Site must be selected!');

    return ret;

public void run()
    InventSite  inventSite;
    int         i;
    int         conNum = conLen(siteIds);

    // any business logic for the selected sites
    for( i = 1; i<=conNum; i++)
        inventSite = inventSite::findRecId(conPeek(siteIds, i));
        info(strFmt("Site: %1 - %2", inventSite.SiteId, inventSite.Name));

1 comment:

Guven Sahin said...

thanks. its really helpfull.