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msabau
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Building a form with many fields

Hi, I've looked all over, but I haven't found a feasable solution to this yet.

 

I'm trying to build an app from a SP list with roughly 280 fields in it.

So far I tried to build an auxiliary form that has every single field in it and each field default value is connected to 3 "fake" forms, so that when you send the form, it actually sends the single very large form, instead of 3 instances of the same thing in 3 different records.

 

This obviously isn't the way to go since everytime I try to modify the app, it takes up to 20 minutes to load and if I try to add things too.

 

How would I go about this?

I need a lightweight portable way to fill lots of fields that connects to a SP List. It can't be Excel because it has to be portable/mobile

 

Thank you

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RandyHayes
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@msabau 

Your approach to splitting the forms is the right direction.  If you have not reviewed this video on splitting forms properly, please do so.

 

Your loading time should not be that long - even with that many fields.  So, I would investigate (using the monitor tool) where that delay is coming from.

 

Once you start having a very large master form, even though you will have a lot of fields not as visible on the form, you will need to look at one of two things:

1) The experimental feature in the app settings for "Enhanced performance for hidden controls"

2) Remove all the extraneous controls from your form that are in non-visible fields.  The only thing you need for your form for those fields is a valid Update property...and those should simply be: Self.Default  This way there are no controls needed in the non-visible datacard.

 

I hope this is helpful for you.

 

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Nogueira1306
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I am not seeing a way because you always need the 280 fields.. What you can try is usingpatch function, maybe..

 

But you will still need the 280 fields...

 

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Thanks for the reply, in the meantime I'll keep lookign for a way, 20 minutes at a time.

I swear sometimes it feels like Mr. Microsoft doesn't want people to use more than 3 pieces of information at a time for some reason

I mean, I understand your frustation but we need to see that you are trying to create an item with 280 fields!! 280!!

You can try to split into 3 or 4 pages and use Patch funciton... You just need to save the first id or something unique and re use after

 

 

RandyHayes
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@msabau 

Your approach to splitting the forms is the right direction.  If you have not reviewed this video on splitting forms properly, please do so.

 

Your loading time should not be that long - even with that many fields.  So, I would investigate (using the monitor tool) where that delay is coming from.

 

Once you start having a very large master form, even though you will have a lot of fields not as visible on the form, you will need to look at one of two things:

1) The experimental feature in the app settings for "Enhanced performance for hidden controls"

2) Remove all the extraneous controls from your form that are in non-visible fields.  The only thing you need for your form for those fields is a valid Update property...and those should simply be: Self.Default  This way there are no controls needed in the non-visible datacard.

 

I hope this is helpful for you.

 

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So in the master form all things should be hidden? Didn't know that, thanks

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