Populate another local field with data from elsewhere

As one of our most commonly used rules, this is used to pull data from different blocs. This is a way of looking up data elsewhere based on certain values/criteria, once we find the data we can set the local field which will get populated.

Hint: Don't forget, we can have a chain of rules on different fields, so once data gets populated to a local field as a result of this rule, we can have the exact same rule on that local field and it will automatically get triggered. It is a useful way to gather several bits of data from several blocs even if we dont always have the same joining values.

Rule Parameters



Bloc to Look Up

The Bloc that contains the data we are looking for. (Note, the "Type Module or Job Name" field is not a rule parameter and is simply used for finding blocs in your instance.)

Data Required Field

The field in that bloc which contains the data you want.

Local Field to populate

This is the field on your existing bloc where you are adding the rule, its the field you are going to populate with the response of this rule.

Default Data if Field not found

If this is filled, when it does its search for data, if it fails to find it we can populate the local field with this value, e.g. "No Data Found". By default if nothing is found it overrides any data in the local field with a blank entry. By typing "IGNORE" it will keep the existing data in the local field.

Choose Fields that must match in the other bloc

Here we send over matching pairs of local fields and fields from the other bloc.

For example, we might want to find data about an individual in another bloc, but just searching their name may not be accurate enough, so we will send over both their name and date of birth, and both of these will then need to match in the other bloc so the person can be found.

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