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Working with Entry Templates

The two states of the Entry Templates

Be careful with the Entry Template, they can have two states, retrieved or not retrieved. They contain a lot less information when they are not retrieved.

Here is how to check if it’s retrieved or not, and retrieve it if you need to:

if (!entryTemplate.isRetrieved) {
    // Retrieve it
    entryTemplate.retrieveEntryTemplate(lang.hitch(this, function (retrievedEntryTemplate) {
        // Do something with retrievedEntryTemplate
    }), false, true);

Here is the JSDoc of the ecm.model.EntryTemplate class, and the one of the retrieveEntryTemplate function. Actually the entry template object itself is updated so most of the time you won’t have to do anything in the callback except wait for it to happen. Example (function converting to classic callback to promise):
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Developing with IBM Content Navigator

I really think IBM Content Navigator lacks a good documentation, especially the JavaScript model. This is definitely not as good as for other IBM’s products, like FileNet P8 for instance. That’s why I thought I would write small examples in the same way that IBM does for developers in the P8 documentation (Working with …).

Of course before looking for information is this post, I can’t recommend you enough the Red Book for developing with IBM Content Navigator, the Javadoc and the JSDoc. This is the first thing every developer should read. However as good as it is, what’s next might come handy for your developments.

Update: Actually the JavaScript model really needs more documentation/examples so I will split the page in several of them to keep this understandable.

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