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Method Summary
String dateFormat(date, format)
Format a date object to a text representation.
String getUnicodeCharacter(unicodeCharacterNumber)
Returns a string containing the character for the unicode number.
Boolean hasRecords(foundset)
Returns true if the (related)foundset exists and has records.
Boolean hasRecords(record, relationString)
Returns true if the (related)foundset exists and has records.
Boolean isMondayFirstDayOfWeek()
Returns true when Monday is the first day of the week for your current locale setting.
String numberFormat(number, digits)
Format a number to have a defined fraction.
String numberFormat(number, format)
Format a number to specification.
Date parseDate(date, format)
Parse a string to a date object.
String stringEscapeMarkup(textString)
Returns the escaped markup text (HTML/XML).
String stringEscapeMarkup(textString, escapeSpaces)
Returns the escaped markup text (HTML/XML).
String stringEscapeMarkup(textString, escapeSpaces, convertToHtmlUnicodeEscapes)
Returns the escaped markup text (HTML/XML).
String stringFormat(text_to_format, parameters)
Formats a string according to format specifiers and arguments.
String stringIndexReplace(text, i_start, i_size, replacement_text)
Replaces a portion of a string with replacement text from a specified index.
String stringInitCap(text)
Returns all words starting with capital chars.
String stringLeft(text, i_size)
Returns a string with the requested number of characters, starting from the left.
String stringLeftWords(text, numberof_words)
Returns the number of words, starting from the left.
String stringMD5HashBase16(textString)
Returns the md5 hash (encoded as base16) for specified text.
String stringMD5HashBase64(textString)
Returns the md5 hash (encoded as base64) for specified text.
String stringMiddle(text, i_start, i_size)
Returns a substring from the original string.
String stringMiddleWords(text, i_start, numberof_words)
Returns a substring from the original string.
String stringPBKDF2Hash(textString)
Returns the PBKDF2 hash for specified text.
String stringPBKDF2Hash(textString, iterations)
Returns the PBKDF2 hash for specified text.
Number stringPatternCount(text, toSearchFor)
Returns the number of times searchString appears in textString.
Number stringPosition(textString, toSearchFor, i_start, i_occurrence)
Returns the position of the string to search for, from a certain start position and occurrence.
String stringReplace(text, search_text, replacement_text)
Replaces a portion of a string with replacement text.
String stringReplaceTags(text, scriptable)
Returns the text with %%tags%% replaced, based on provided record or foundset or form.
String stringRight(text, i_size)
Returns a string with the requested number of characters, starting from the right.
String stringRightWords(text, numberof_words)
Returns the number of words, starting from the right.
Number stringToNumber(textString)
Filters characters out of from a string and leaves digits, returns the number.
Number stringToNumber(textString, decimalSeparator)
Filters characters out of from a string and leaves digits, returns the number.
String stringTrim(textString)
Returns the string without leading or trailing spaces.
Number stringWordCount(text)
Returns the number of words in the text string.
Date timestampToDate(date)
Returns a datestamp from the timestamp (sets hours,minutes,seconds and milliseconds to 0).
Boolean validatePBKDF2Hash(password, hash)
Validates the given password against the given hash.



Method Details

dateFormat

String dateFormat (date, format)
Format a date object to a text representation.

Parameters

{Date} date - the date
{String} format - the format to output

Returns

String - the date as text

Sample

var formattedDateString = utils.dateFormat(dateobject,'EEE, d MMM yyyy HH:mm:ss');
 

getUnicodeCharacter

String getUnicodeCharacter (unicodeCharacterNumber)
Returns a string containing the character for the unicode number.

Parameters

{Number} unicodeCharacterNumber - the number indicating the unicode character

Returns

String - a string containing the unicode character

Sample

//returns a big dot
var dot = utils.getUnicodeCharacter(9679);
 

hasRecords

Boolean hasRecords (foundset)
Returns true if the (related)foundset exists and has records.
Another use is, to pass a record and qualified relations string to test multiple relations/foundset at once

Parameters

{JSFoundSet} foundset - the foundset to be tested

Returns

Boolean - true if exists

Sample

//test the orders_to_orderitems foundset
if (elements.customer_id.hasRecords(orders_to_orderitems))
{
	//do work on relatedFoundSet
}
//test the orders_to_orderitems.orderitems_to_products foundset to be reached from the current record
//if (elements.customer_id.hasRecords(foundset.getSelectedRecord(),'orders_to_orderitems.orderitems_to_products'))
//{
//	//do work on deeper relatedFoundSet
//}
 

hasRecords

Boolean hasRecords (record, relationString)
Returns true if the (related)foundset exists and has records.
Another use is, to pass a record and qualified relations string to test multiple relations/foundset at once

Parameters

{JSRecord} record - A JSRecord to test.
{String} relationString - The relation name.

Returns

Boolean - true if the foundset/relation has records.

Sample

//test the orders_to_orderitems foundset
if (elements.customer_id.hasRecords(orders_to_orderitems))
{
	//do work on relatedFoundSet
}
//test the orders_to_orderitems.orderitems_to_products foundset to be reached from the current record
//if (elements.customer_id.hasRecords(foundset.getSelectedRecord(),'orders_to_orderitems.orderitems_to_products'))
//{
//	//do work on deeper relatedFoundSet
//}
 

isMondayFirstDayOfWeek

Boolean isMondayFirstDayOfWeek ()
Returns true when Monday is the first day of the week for your current locale setting.

Returns

Boolean - true if Monday is first day of the week in current locale

Sample

if(utils.isMondayFirstDayOfWeek())
{
	//a date calculation
}
 

numberFormat

String numberFormat (number, digits)
Format a number to have a defined fraction.

Parameters

{Number} number - the number to format
{Number} digits - nr of digits

Returns

String - the resulting number in text

Sample

var textalNumber = utils.numberFormat(16.749, 2); //returns 16.75
 

numberFormat

String numberFormat (number, format)
Format a number to specification.

Parameters

{Number} number - the number to format
{String} format - the format

Returns

String - the resulting number in text

Sample

var textalNumber2 = utils.numberFormat(100006.749, '#,###.00'); //returns 100,006.75
 

parseDate

Date parseDate (date, format)
Parse a string to a date object.

Parameters

{String} date - the date as text
{String} format - the format to parse the to date

Returns

Date - the date as date object

Sample

var parsedDate = utils.parseDate(datestring,'EEE, d MMM yyyy HH:mm:ss');
 

stringEscapeMarkup

String stringEscapeMarkup (textString)
Returns the escaped markup text (HTML/XML).

Parameters

{String} textString - the text to process

Returns

String - the escaped text

Sample

var escapedText = utils.stringEscapeMarkup('<html><body>escape me</body></html>')
 

stringEscapeMarkup

String stringEscapeMarkup (textString, escapeSpaces)
Returns the escaped markup text (HTML/XML).

Parameters

{String} textString - the text to process
{Boolean} escapeSpaces - indicating to escape spaces

Returns

String - the escaped text

Sample

var escapedText = utils.stringEscapeMarkup('<html><body>escape me</body></html>')
 

stringEscapeMarkup

String stringEscapeMarkup (textString, escapeSpaces, convertToHtmlUnicodeEscapes)
Returns the escaped markup text (HTML/XML).

Parameters

{String} textString - the text to process
{Boolean} escapeSpaces - indicating to escape spaces
{Boolean} convertToHtmlUnicodeEscapes - indicating to use unicode escapes

Returns

String - the escaped text

Sample

var escapedText = utils.stringEscapeMarkup('<html><body>escape me</body></html>')
 

stringFormat

String stringFormat (text_to_format, parameters)
Formats a string according to format specifiers and arguments.

Parameters

{String} text_to_format - the text to format
{Object[]} parameters - the array with parameters

Returns

String - the formatted text

Sample

// the  format specifier has the syntax: %[argument_index$][flags][width][.precision]conversion
// argument index is 1$, 2$ ...
// flags is a set of characters that modify the output format
// typical values: '+'(The result will always include a sign), ','(The result will include locale-specific grouping separators)
// width is a non-negative decimal integer indicating the minimum number of characters to be written to the output
// precision is a non-negative decimal integer usually used to restrict the number of characters
// conversion is a character indicating how the argument should be formatted
// typical conversion values: b(boolean), s(string), c(character), d(decimal integer), f(floating number), t(prefix for date and time)
// Date/Time Conversions (used after 't' prefix):
		// 'H' 	Hour of the day for the 24-hour clock, formatted as two digits with a leading zero as necessary i.e. 00 - 23.
		// 'I' 	Hour for the 12-hour clock, formatted as two digits with a leading zero as necessary, i.e. 01 - 12.
		// 'k' 	Hour of the day for the 24-hour clock, i.e. 0 - 23.
		// 'l' 	Hour for the 12-hour clock, i.e. 1 - 12.
		// 'M' 	Minute within the hour formatted as two digits with a leading zero as necessary, i.e. 00 - 59.
		// 'S' 	Seconds within the minute, formatted as two digits with a leading zero as necessary, i.e. 00 - 60 ("60" is a special value required to support leap seconds).
		// 'L' 	Millisecond within the second formatted as three digits with leading zeros as necessary, i.e. 000 - 999.
		// 'p' 	Locale-specific morning or afternoon marker in lower case, e.g."am" or "pm". Use of the conversion prefix 'T' forces this output to upper case.
		// 'z' 	RFC 822 style numeric time zone offset from GMT, e.g. -0800.
		// 'Z' 	A string representing the abbreviation for the time zone.
		// 'B' 	Locale-specific full month name, e.g. "January", "February".
		// 'b' 	Locale-specific abbreviated month name, e.g. "Jan", "Feb".
		// 'h' 	Same as 'b'.
		// 'A' 	Locale-specific full name of the day of the week, e.g. "Sunday", "Monday"
		// 'a' 	Locale-specific short name of the day of the week, e.g. "Sun", "Mon"
		// 'C' 	Four-digit year divided by 100, formatted as two digits with leading zero as necessary, i.e. 00 - 99
		// 'Y' 	Year, formatted as at least four digits with leading zeros as necessary, e.g. 0092 equals 92 CE for the Gregorian calendar.
		// 'y' 	Last two digits of the year, formatted with leading zeros as necessary, i.e. 00 - 99.
		// 'j' 	Day of year, formatted as three digits with leading zeros as necessary, e.g. 001 - 366 for the Gregorian calendar.
		// 'm' 	Month, formatted as two digits with leading zeros as necessary, i.e. 01 - 13.
		// 'd' 	Day of month, formatted as two digits with leading zeros as necessary, i.e. 01 - 31
		// 'e' 	Day of month, formatted as two digits, i.e. 1 - 31.

		// common compositions for date/time conversion
		// 'R' 	Time formatted for the 24-hour clock as "%tH:%tM"
		// 'T' 	Time formatted for the 24-hour clock as "%tH:%tM:%tS".
		// 'r' 	Time formatted for the 12-hour clock as "%tI:%tM:%tS %Tp". The location of the morning or afternoon marker ('%Tp') may be locale-dependent.
		// 'D' 	Date formatted as "%tm/%td/%ty".
		// 'F' 	ISO 8601 complete date formatted as "%tY-%tm-%td".
		// 'c' 	Date and time formatted as "%ta %tb %td %tT %tZ %tY", e.g. "Sun Jul 20 16:17:00 EDT 1969".

utils.stringFormat('%s Birthday: %2$tm %2$te,%2$tY',new Array('My',new Date(2009,0,1))) // returns My Birthday: 01 1,2009
utils.stringFormat('The time is: %1$tH:%1$tM:%1$tS',new Array(new Date(2009,0,1,12,0,0))) // returns The time is: 12:00:00
utils.stringFormat('My %s: %2$.0f, my float: %2$.2f',new Array('integer',10)) // returns My integer: 10, my float: 10.00
utils.stringFormat('Today is: %1$tc',new Array(new Date())) // returns current date/time as:  Today is: Fri Feb 20 14:15:54 EET 2009
utils.stringFormat('Today is: %tF',new Array(new Date())) // returns current date as: Today is: 2009-02-20
 

stringIndexReplace

String stringIndexReplace (text, i_start, i_size, replacement_text)
Replaces a portion of a string with replacement text from a specified index.

Parameters

{String} text - the text to process
{Number} i_start - the start index to work from
{Number} i_size - the size of the text to replace
{String} replacement_text - the replacement text

Returns

String - the changed text string

Sample

//returns 'this was a test'
var retval = utils.stringIndexReplace('this is a test',6,2,'was');
 

stringInitCap

String stringInitCap (text)
Returns all words starting with capital chars.

Parameters

{String} text - the text to process

Returns

String - the changed text

Sample

//returns 'This Is A Test'
var retval = utils.stringInitCap('This is A test');
 

stringLeft

String stringLeft (text, i_size)
Returns a string with the requested number of characters, starting from the left.

Parameters

{String} text - the text to process
{Number} i_size - the size of the text to return

Returns

String - the result text string

Sample

//returns 'this i'
var retval = utils.stringLeft('this is a test',6);
 

stringLeftWords

String stringLeftWords (text, numberof_words)
Returns the number of words, starting from the left.

Parameters

{String} text - to process
{Number} numberof_words - to return

Returns

String - the string with number of words form the left

Sample

//returns 'this is a'
var retval = utils.stringLeftWords('this is a test',3);
 

stringMD5HashBase16

String stringMD5HashBase16 (textString)

Returns the md5 hash (encoded as base16) for specified text.

NOTE: MD5 (Message-Digest Algorythm 5) is a hash function with a 128-bit hash value, for more info see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MD5

Parameters

{String} textString - the text to process

Returns

String - the resulting hashString

Sample

var hashed_password = utils.stringMD5HashBase16(user_password)
 

stringMD5HashBase64

String stringMD5HashBase64 (textString)

Returns the md5 hash (encoded as base64) for specified text.

NOTE: MD5 (Message-Digest Algorythm 5) is a hash function with a 128-bit hash value, for more info see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MD5

Parameters

{String} textString - the text to process

Returns

String - the resulting hashString

Sample

var hashed_password = utils.stringMD5HashBase64(user_password)
 

stringMiddle

String stringMiddle (text, i_start, i_size)
Returns a substring from the original string.

Parameters

{String} text - the text to process
{Number} i_start - the start index to work from
{Number} i_size - the size of the text to return

Returns

String - the result text string

Sample

//returns 'his'
var retval = utils.stringMiddle('this is a test',2,3);
 

stringMiddleWords

String stringMiddleWords (text, i_start, numberof_words)
Returns a substring from the original string.

Parameters

{String} text - to process
{Number} i_start - start word index
{Number} numberof_words - the word count to return

Returns

String - the string with number of words form the left and

Sample

//returns 'is a'
var retval = utils.stringMiddleWords('this is a test',2,2);
 

stringPBKDF2Hash

String stringPBKDF2Hash (textString)

Returns the PBKDF2 hash for specified text. This method is preferred above the old MD5 hash for enhanced security.
It uses a default of 2000 iterations.

NOTE: PBKDF2 is the key hash function for the PKCS (Public-Key Cryptography) standard, for more info see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PBKDF2

Parameters

{String} textString - the text to process

Returns

String - the resulting hashString

Sample

var hashed_password = utils.stringPBKDF2Hash(user_password)
 

stringPBKDF2Hash

String stringPBKDF2Hash (textString, iterations)

Returns the PBKDF2 hash for specified text. This method is preferred above the old MD5 hash for enhanced security.

NOTE: PBKDF2 is the key hash function for the PKCS (Public-Key Cryptography) standard, for more info see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PBKDF2

Parameters

{String} textString - the text to process
{Number} iterations - how many hash iterations should be done, minimum should be 1000 or higher.

Returns

String - the resulting hashString

Sample

var hashed_password = utils.stringPBKDF2Hash(user_password,5000)
 

stringPatternCount

Number stringPatternCount (text, toSearchFor)
Returns the number of times searchString appears in textString.

Parameters

{String} text - the text to process
{String} toSearchFor - the string to search for

Returns

Number - the occurrenceCount that the search string is found in the text

Sample

//returns 2 as count
var count = utils.stringPatternCount('this is a test','is');
 

stringPosition

Number stringPosition (textString, toSearchFor, i_start, i_occurrence)
Returns the position of the string to search for, from a certain start position and occurrence.

Parameters

{String} textString - the text to process
{String} toSearchFor - the string to search
{Number} i_start - the start index to search from
{Number} i_occurrence - the occurrence

Returns

Number - the position

Sample

//returns 4 as position
var pos = utils.stringPosition('This is a test','s',1,1)
 

stringReplace

String stringReplace (text, search_text, replacement_text)
Replaces a portion of a string with replacement text.

Parameters

{String} text - the text to process
{String} search_text - the string to search
{String} replacement_text - the replacement text

Returns

String - the changed text string

Sample

//returns 'these are cow 1 and cow 2.'
var retval = utils.stringReplace('these are test 1 and test 2.','test','cow');
 

stringReplaceTags

String stringReplaceTags (text, scriptable)
Returns the text with %%tags%% replaced, based on provided record or foundset or form.

Parameters

{String} text - the text tags to work with
{Object} scriptable - the javascript object or foundset,record,form to be used to fill in the tags

Returns

String - the text with replaced tags

Sample

//Next line places a string in variable x, whereby the tag(%%TAG%%) is filled with the value of the database column 'company_name' of the selected record.
var x = utils.stringReplaceTags("The companyName of the selected record is %%company_name%% ", foundset)
//var otherExample = utils.stringReplaceTags("The amount of the related order line %%amount%% ", order_to_orderdetails);
//var recordExample = utils.stringReplaceTags("The amount of the related order line %%amount%% ", order_to_orderdetails.getRecord(i);
//Next line places a string in variable y, whereby the tag(%%TAG%%) is filled with the value of the form variable 'x' of the form named 'main'.
//var y = utils.stringReplaceTags("The value of form variable is %%x%% ", forms.main);
//The next sample shows the use of a javascript object
//var obj = new Object();//create a javascript object
//obj['x'] = 'test';//assign an named value
//var y = utils.stringReplaceTags("The value of object variable is %%x%% ", obj);//use the named value in a tag
 

stringRight

String stringRight (text, i_size)
Returns a string with the requested number of characters, starting from the right.

Parameters

{String} text - the text to process
{Number} i_size - the size of the text to return

Returns

String - the result text string

Sample

//returns 'a test'
var retval = utils.stringLeft('this is a test',6);
 

stringRightWords

String stringRightWords (text, numberof_words)
Returns the number of words, starting from the right.

Parameters

{String} text - to process
{Number} numberof_words - to return

Returns

String - the string with number of words form the right

Sample

//returns 'is a test'
var retval = utils.stringRightWords('this is a test',3);
 

stringToNumber

Number stringToNumber (textString)
Filters characters out of from a string and leaves digits, returns the number. Uses locale decimal separator.

Parameters

{String} textString - the text to process

Returns

Number - the resulting number

Sample

//returns 65567
var retval = utils.stringToNumber('fg65gf567');
 

stringToNumber

Number stringToNumber (textString, decimalSeparator)
Filters characters out of from a string and leaves digits, returns the number. Decimal separator is specified as parameter.

Parameters

{String} textString - the text to process
{String} decimalSeparator - decimal separator

Returns

Number - the resulting number

Sample

//returns 65.567
var retval = utils.stringToNumber('fg65gf.567','.');
 

stringTrim

String stringTrim (textString)
Returns the string without leading or trailing spaces.

Parameters

{String} textString - the text to process

Returns

String - the resulting trimmed string

Sample

//returns 'text'
var retval = utils.stringTrim('   text   ');
 

stringWordCount

Number stringWordCount (text)
Returns the number of words in the text string.

Parameters

{String} text - the text to process

Returns

Number - the word count

Sample

//returns '4' as result
var retval = utils.stringWordCount('this is a test');
 

timestampToDate

Date timestampToDate (date)
Returns a datestamp from the timestamp (sets hours,minutes,seconds and milliseconds to 0).

Parameters

{Date} date - object to be stripped from its time elements

Returns

Date - the stripped date object

Sample

var date = utils.timestampToDate(application.getTimeStamp());
 

validatePBKDF2Hash

Boolean validatePBKDF2Hash (password, hash)

Validates the given password against the given hash. The hash should be generated by one of the stringPBKDF2Hash(password [,iteration]) functions. If hash is null or empty string the method will return false.

NOTE: PBKDF2 is the key hash function for the PKCS (Public-Key Cryptography) standard, for more info see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PBKDF2

Parameters

{String} password - the password to test against
{String} hash - the hash the password needs to validate to.

Returns

Boolean - true if his hash is valid for that password

Sample

if (utils.validatePBKDF2Hash(user_password, hashFromDb)) {
   // logged in
}
 



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