The Lookup element is used with datalayer elements to perform a "look up" of related data. It runs its own datalayer once for each row in its parent datalayer and joins the results. Unlike a typical join, it doesn't require that all of the target data be downloaded before the join occurs. This topic discusses use of this element.
- About Lookup
- Use Lookup
This element is not available in Logi Report.
The Lookup element, introduced in v10.1.18, is available for use with all datalayer elements. It's particularly useful and provides improved performance when trying to join small data sets to very large data sets. For example, when trying to correlate the IDs and names of a few dozen sales people with the employee IDs found in thousands of sales records.
In operation, the element basically runs its child datalayer once for each row in its parent datalayer. In other words, it loops through its entire parent datalayer, performing for each row a "look up" in its child datalayer for matching data. Logi developers who work with Process tasks may recognize this as behavior analogous to the operation of the Procedure.Run DataLayer Rows element.
The following example illustrates how the Lookup is used:
- As shown above, a Lookup element is added as a child to a datalayer element. There are no required attributes for the element.
- Beneath it, add a child datalayer, as shown above. In the example, it's a DataLayer.SQL element and its Source attribute will use a token (which refers to the data in the parent datalayer) in its query for the correct Employee record:
SELECT * FROM Employees WHERE EmployeeID = @Data.EmployeeID~
If the child datalayer is a different type that doesn't support a query, such as DataLayer.XML File, use the @Data token from above in a Condition or Compare Filter to get the correct data. Note, however, that you must use a special "nested" @Data token. Basically, this is a token-within-a-token; the inner token gets evaluated first, then the outer token. It looks like this:
Yes, it has two @ signs and two tildes. The Request token gets evaluated first, providing the column name for the @Data token. This is necessary due to the order in which the Logi Engine processes elements.
After the look up is complete, the data found by the Lookup element will be available for display, etc. using regular @Data tokens.
If the value of this attribute is left blank or Lookups a formula that evaluates to True, the element is applied to the datalayer. If the value evaluates to False, the element is ignored and does not affect the datalayer. This powerful feature allows developers to dynamically determine if the Lookup element will be used or not.