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  "Status" Field

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"Status" Field

A dedicated “Status” field in a database table is a simple and easy to implement method of separating “draft” and “committed” data. For example, orders stored in a database will be explicitly marked with a status of “Committed” if no changes are allowed to them. Orders still being composed will be marked with a status of “Draft”. The application must ignore draft data and have it visible only on the order entry page.

Adding the “Status” Column

Start SQL Server Management Studio. In the Object Explorer, right-click on Databases / Northwind and press New Query.

Creating a new query for Northwind database.

Paste in the following script to add the table column and mark all existing orders as “Committed”.

alter table Orders
add Status nvarchar(50) default 'Draft'
go

update Orders
set Status = 'Committed'
go

On the toolbar, press Execute to run the query.

Controlling Display of Draft Orders

Start the web application generator. Select the project name and click Settings. Press Business Logic Layer and enable shared business rules. Click Finish and regenerate the project.

Enabling shared business rules.

Start the Project Designer. In the Project Explorer, switch to the Controllers tab. Right-click on Orders controller node, and press Edit Handler in Visual Studio.

Using the context menu action to edit the handler in Visual Studio.

The shared business rule file will open in Visual Studio. Replace the file with the following code:

C#:

using System;
using System.Data;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Linq;
using MyCompany.Data;

namespace MyCompany.Rules
{
    public partial class SharedBusinessRules : MyCompany.Data.BusinessRules
    {
        
        public SharedBusinessRules()
        {
        }

        protected override void EnumerateDynamicAccessControlRules(string controllerName)
        {
            if (Context.Request.UrlReferrer != null)
            {
                if (Context.Request.UrlReferrer.ToString().ToLower().Contains("orderform.aspx"))
                    RegisterAccessControlRule("OrderID", 
                        "select OrderID from Orders where Status = 'Draft'", 
                        AccessPermission.Allow);
                else
                    RegisterAccessControlRule("OrderID", 
                        "select OrderID from Orders where Status = 'Committed'", 
                        AccessPermission.Allow);
            }
        }
    }
}

Visual Basic:

Imports MyCompany.Data
Imports System
Imports System.Collections.Generic
Imports System.Data
Imports System.Linq

Namespace MyCompany.Rules

    Partial Public Class SharedBusinessRules
        Inherits MyCompany.Data.BusinessRules

        Public Sub New()
            MyBase.New()
        End Sub

        Protected Overrides Sub EnumerateDynamicAccessControlRules(controllerName As String)
            If Context.Request.UrlReferrer <> Nothing Then
                If Context.Request.UrlReferrer.ToString().ToLower().Contains("orderform.aspx") Then
                    RegisterAccessControlRule("OrderID",
                                            "select OrderID from Orders where Status = 'Draft'",
                                            AccessPermission.Allow)
                Else
                    RegisterAccessControlRule("OrderID",
                                            "select OrderID from Orders where Status = 'Committed'",
                                            AccessPermission.Allow)
                End If
            End If
        End Sub
    End Class
End Namespace

The implementation will conditionally register a dynamic access control rule that will apply to a view of any data controller with an OrderID data field. If the user is interacting with an application page ~/Pages/OrderForm.aspx, then only data that matches orders with a status of “Draft” is allowed. Otherwise, only data that matches orders with a status of “Committed” is included in the returned data set.

Adding “Submit Order” Action

In the Project Explorer, right-click on Orders / Actions / ag2 (Form) node, and press New Action.

Context menu option 'New Action' for action group 'ag2'.

Assign the following values:

Property Value
Command Name Custom
Command Argument SubmitOrder
Header Text Submit Order

Press OK to save the action. Drop Orders / Actions / ag2 (Form) / a101 – Custom, SubmitOrder | Submit Order node on the left side of a100 – Report | Order Report to place it first.

Dropping action 'a101' on the left side of 'a100'.     Action 'a101' has been placed first in the form.

Adding Business Rule

Right-click on Orders / Business Rules node, and press New Business Rule.

Creating a new business rule for Orders controller.

Assign these values:

Property Value
Type SQL
Command Name Custom
Command Argument SubmitOrder
Phase Execute
Script
update Orders
set Status = 'Committed'
where OrderID = @OrderID

set @Result_NavigateUrl = 'OrderForm.aspx'

The business rule will set Status column of the selected order to “Committed” and refresh the page loaded in the web browser. Press OK to save.

Testing the Results

On the toolbar, press Browse. Navigate to the Order Form page. Create a new order and return to the grid. Note that only a single draft order is listed.

A single draft order is displayed in the Order Form list.

Navigate to the Orders page. Note that the all of the orders are displayed except for the draft order.

Orders page only displays committed orders.

The draft order will also not be visible in any data controllers based on database views if they relate to orders. For example, page Reports | Order Subtotals will not display the new order. The dynamic access control rule explained above filters the order out.

Other views and reports will not display draft reports.

Go back to the Order Form page, and select the draft order. Click on the “Submit Order” button.

Clicking on the 'Submit Order' button in the Order Form.

The browser will refresh the page and display an empty list of orders.

The Order Form grid does not display any records.

The order will now be displayed on Orders page.

The committed order is now displayed on Orders page.

It will also be displayed on Order Subtotals page that can be found under the Reports option in the application navigation menu.

Committed order displayed on Order Subtotals page.

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