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How to build a conditional picture gathering app

Good morning. I haven't started on this build yet beyond some basic experimentation but I'm hoping someone will be able to give me some pointers on how it could be structured.

 

What I'd like to do is build an app that gathers pictures of components. 

In  my company we have Assemblies that are made up of components. Many of the components are common to multiple assemblies, certain bolts, valves, etc. I don't want to retake and store pictures for all these common components.

 

The app flow would be something like this:

 

1. Open app, input a unique Assembly ID number

 

2. App reads in a list of components associated to that Assembly. This is already a problem because as far as I know I can't change the data source of a list dynamically based on a text input box. Maybe if I have individual lists (hundreds of them) for each assembly number connected to the app such that the app could choose which one to look at based on a text input? I did some quick preliminary experimenting with this and didn't get it working.

 

3. App reads in a list of ALL components that have had pictures taken. This is more straightforward because the source for this list would never change.

 

4. App compares the two lists and creates a collection of only the components in the first list that are not found on the second list.

 

5. App displays gallery of the newly created collection (component numbers) with arrow button to go to detail page where a picture would be taken for that component.

 

6. Picture is uploaded to common picture library and component ID number is added to the the second list (the one from step 3).

 

Thank you very much for any input. It seems to be this should be possible however I'm struggling a bit with step 2 above. I'm thinking the functionality is achievable but it might come down to how much Excel/VBA will have to be set up on the backend.

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What is your data source going to be? (Excel, SharePoint, SQL, etc..)

Anonymous
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Could be any of those data sources, right now I'm trying to basically prove out this concept so I can show the bosses but if/when it gets rolled for real I'll have to get our IT people involved to feed me data from a SQL server. I'm now playing with using one gigantic list of ALL components of ALL assemblies with a key column based on Assembly number. Then filter the assembly number based on a text input in the app. For this I don't think onedrive/excel table will work since that function doesn't delegate and I certainly can't be pulling in thousands of component numbers to app.

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Here's how I would do the table structure:

Table 1: Assemblies

AssemblyIDAssemblyNameAssemblyDescriptionEtcEtc
100001First Assemblyassembly description textBlahBlah
100002Second Assemblyassembly description textBlahBlah
100003Third Assemblyassembly description textBlahBlah

Table 2: Components

ComponentIDComponentNameComponentDescription
100001Screw #102Screw with thread blah blah
100002Bolt #205Bolt with thread blah blah

Table 3: AssemblyComponents

AssemblyIDComponentID
100001100001
100001100002
100002100001

Now you have a table for all assemblies, a table for all components, and a table linking them together. Now if a component is reused in all assemblies, you just insert a row in table 3 instead of storing all component data multiple times.

If you're using a SharePoint list, you can add images as attachments to a SharePoint list item. That would be the easiest way to store images related to a component. You can add or remove images in PowerApps.

Even if those tables are in SQL I would recommend having a SP List called ComponentImages strictly for storing images in an attachment with a list item with the component ID.

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