externalize() Function

Function

externalize( value )

Converts the given value to a string representation so that it can be saved externally. The externalized string must only be used in conjunction with internalize() and must be internalized on the same server. Moreover, the type id of the value is embedded in the externalized string.

See also: internalize()

Parameters

Keyword Type Description

value

Any Type

Value to externalize.

Returns

Text

Usage considerations

Convert back to original value

The returned value can later be converted back to the original value using internalize(). For example, the text returned by externalize(pv!myUserPv) could be stored in an external database and later assigned back to a user PV by passing the externalized representation of the value to internalize().

Externalize record data

This function cannot be used with record data. Instead, you can use a!toJson() to create a text representation of record data to be stored outside Appian. The JSON can then be cast to a record data type with a!fromJson().

This example shows how to cast a JSON string to the Address record type. When casting JSON data to a record type, Appian automatically matches the keys to the record type's fields. Any non-matching key names are ignored.

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cast(
  recordType!Address,
  a!fromJson(
      "{""addressId"":301,""addressLine"":""7950 Jones Branch Dr"",
      ""city"":""McLean"",""stateProvinceId"":75,""postalCode"":""22102""}"
  )
)

Examples

Serialize a process variable of type User

externalize(!pv2) returns 0100000020000000000000000200000004000000 75736572330000017C36F9010100000004000000 where !pv2 is User Mike Smith with a username of user3

Feature compatibility

The table below lists this function's compatibility with various features in Appian.
Feature Compatibility Note
Portals Compatible
Offline Mobile Compatible
Custom Record Field Expressions Compatible
Process Reports Compatible
Process Events Compatible
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