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bluphoto
Helper I
Helper I

Splitting string into array adds backslash character in Planner "Update Task Item" > "CheckList Array" Field

I'm trying to dynamically load a planner checklist into a task using power automate.

I have an Excel online table that contains the text for the checklist array in a single cell, but I'm struggling to turn that text into the 2d array required for the checklist field in power automate.

Currently the text in the cell looks like this:

{"id": "Operation_0010","title": "Operation 0010 Work Ctr STORES PULL MATERIAL FROM STOCK","isChecked": false}|

{"id": "Operation_0020","title": "Operation 0020 Work Ctr ELECWSH ASSY - ZEN-GAG-E-ASM-6204","isChecked": false}|

{"id": "Operation_0030","title": "Operation 0030 Work Ctr ELECWSH TEST - ZEN-GAG-TST-6413","isChecked": false}|

{"id": "Operation_0900","title": "Operation 0900 Work Ctr MECHWSH PREP FOR PACK","isChecked": false}|

{"id": "Operation_0999","title": "Operation 0999 Work Ctr STORES BOOK TO STORES","isChecked": false}

which I then "split by pipe character" in the checklist array field of the "Update Task Details" operation.

I confirm this text using a Compose, right before the Update task activity, but what appears in the Checklist Array field is:

[
  "{\"id\": \"Operation_0010\",\"title\": \"Operation  0010  Work Ctr    STORES    PULL MATERIAL FROM STOCK\",\"isChecked\": false}",
  "{\"id\": \"Operation_0020\",\"title\": \"Operation  0020  Work Ctr    ELECWSH   ASSY - ZEN-GAG-E-ASM-6204\",\"isChecked\": false}",
  "{\"id\": \"Operation_0030\",\"title\": \"Operation  0030  Work Ctr    ELECWSH   TEST - ZEN-GAG-TST-6413\",\"isChecked\": false}",
  "{\"id\": \"Operation_0900\",\"title\": \"Operation  0900  Work Ctr    MECHWSH   PREP FOR PACK\",\"isChecked\": false}",
  "{\"id\": \"Operation_0999\",\"title\": \"Operation  0999  Work Ctr    STORES    BOOK TO STORES\",\"isChecked\": false}"
]
Obviously this fails.
 
How should I manipulate this text so that I can put it into the checklist array field successfully?
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eliotcole
Super User
Super User

Hi, @bluphoto ...

 

Place a select after wherever that data is coming in and do the split() in the From field of the select.

Then in the Map field use this expression:

json(item())

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I just tested this as fully working. 👍

Still not quite getting there...

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getting somewhere but need some more help now I'm afraid. Getting duplicated "id" field in Update Task Details when I pass it the array. It requires id, but complains when I give it.

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outputs:

[
  {
    "id""Operation_0010",
    "value": {
      "@odata.type""#microsoft.graph.plannerChecklistItem",
      "isChecked"false,
      "title""Operation  0010  Work Ctr    STORES    PULL MATERIAL FROM STOCK",
      "orderHint""8585449958552975963",
      "lastModifiedDateTime""2022-06-30T17:43:50.1799844Z",
      "lastModifiedBy": {
        "user": {
          "displayName"null,
          "id""6884d381-660e-418a-b26c-34f7720d2c3e"
        }
      }
    }
  },
  {
    "id""Operation_0020",
    "value": {
      "@odata.type""#microsoft.graph.plannerChecklistItem",
      "isChecked"false,
      "title""Operation  0020  Work Ctr    ELECWSH   ASSY - ZEN-GAG-E-ASM-6204",
      "orderHint""8585449958552975963",
      "lastModifiedDateTime""2022-06-30T17:43:50.1799844Z",
      "lastModifiedBy": {
        "user": {
          "displayName"null,
          "id""6884d381-660e-418a-b26c-34f7720d2c3e"
        }
      }
    }
  },
  {
    "id""Operation_0030",
    "value": {
      "@odata.type""#microsoft.graph.plannerChecklistItem",
      "isChecked"false,
      "title""Operation  0030  Work Ctr    ELECWSH   TEST - ZEN-GAG-TST-6413",
      "orderHint""8585449958552975963",
      "lastModifiedDateTime""2022-06-30T17:43:50.1799844Z",
      "lastModifiedBy": {
        "user": {
          "displayName"null,
          "id""6884d381-660e-418a-b26c-34f7720d2c3e"
        }
      }
    }
  },
  {
    "id""Operation_0900",
    "value": {
      "@odata.type""#microsoft.graph.plannerChecklistItem",
      "isChecked"false,
      "title""Operation  0900  Work Ctr    MECHWSH   PREP FOR PACK",
      "orderHint""8585449958552975963",
      "lastModifiedDateTime""2022-06-30T17:43:50.1799844Z",
      "lastModifiedBy": {
        "user": {
          "displayName"null,
          "id""6884d381-660e-418a-b26c-34f7720d2c3e"
        }
      }
    }
  },
  {
    "id""Operation_0999",
    "value": {
      "@odata.type""#microsoft.graph.plannerChecklistItem",
      "isChecked"false,
      "title""Operation  0999  Work Ctr    STORES    BOOK TO STORES",
      "orderHint""8585449958552975963",
      "lastModifiedDateTime""2022-06-30T17:43:50.1799844Z",
      "lastModifiedBy": {
        "user": {
          "displayName"null,
          "id""6884d381-660e-418a-b26c-34f7720d2c3e"
        }
      }
    }
  }
]

OK, I would technically class that as a different issue, to be fair, @bluphoto. The initial response does resolve the issue.

 

Without being able to see your flow, I'd guess that you maybe need to iterate over the separate array entries that you got from the select, and do an add or update for each of them.

JeffGimo
Resolver II
Resolver II

This should be fine. Power Automate puts backslash (\) before double quote ( " ) when transforming data.

This will be gone if you use this data somewhere.

 

How do you put this in the checklist array?

 

Here's a sample of mine. I just took the first element of array.

Compose operation is 

variables('x')[0]

JeffGimo_0-1656617442979.png

 

Thanks @eliotcole, though your initial response still resulted in back slashes in the output string.

I mean ... I could help more if you could show what you're doing, @bluphoto7, mate. 😉

 

So ...

  1. Show screenshots of what you've got in your flow
  2. Paste the expressions you've used into code boxes (use the </> button).

Maybe I'll be able to better understand why you're getting that output string.

Hi, @bluphoto7, would I be right in assuming from this new question that you have seen what was causing your bad strings, here?

Unfortunately not, but as I couldnt get that method to work, I have tried a new way, which I think is getting me a but closer at least, and I no longer have the flow that splits the long string into multiple strings.

I guess the split results in several strings, and as there are multiple quotes within each element, the split function must be converting those to strings by escaping each of the contained quotes. The issue there is that I then need to convert each element to a json object, which difficult if it contains escaped quotes in the form of back slashes.

I could have treated the whole initial string as a json object but the check item field expects an array, not an object.

Hopefully I am getting closer by following my other path, which is at least giving me an array of json objects.

Fingers crossed someone can help with that duplicated id issue. 

Thanks for your help here Eliot.

faissalelb
New Member

Try to remove all the double quotes(") in the array before you split. This worked for me...

1. Create a compose. With following expression: 

replace([YourArray]'"''')
This expression will remove all the double quotes. 
2. Perform split function on the result of the compose action. 
 
Please select my answer as a solution if it helped you. 
Thank you. 

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