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EdHansberry
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How to see the result of an expression or formula in a flow?

This may be a 100% noob question. I spent the better part of an hour coming up with the below formula to allow me to test the time and only further process the flow if it is after 4pm (or 16 hours)

 

int(substring(convertFromUtc(utcNow(),'Pacific Standard Time'),11,2))

The issue is it took me a long time to figure out why it was failing to work properly. I was guessing what the convertFromUtc() was returning based on the help pages, then figuring out what the substring() was returning because I finally figured out it starts at 0 and not 1, etc.

 

I could have saved myself about 30min easily if there was a box or a way to just key that formula in and press {ENTER} and get a result to see if it is what I need. Instead I had to keep testing the flow and then looking at the error messages. Very time consuming. Is there an action, or something that can help, or is this in the UI somehwere and I just don't know it?

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Re: How to see the result of an expression or formula in a flow?

Hi @EdHansberry 

 

expressions are evaluated at run time and hence you can only say the results after the Flow has run

 

Regards,

Reza Dorrani

 

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Re: How to see the result of an expression or formula in a flow?

To add to what @RezaDorrani is saying.  If you look at the run history for a Flow you can normally open up an action and see the actual input and output values that the action is using.  If the action fails then sometimes you can't see the values.  In that case I use a variable to expose the value just prior to the action that is failing.  You do have to run the flow to get the values to populate, but after the run you can see the actual value results from a formula



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EdHansberry
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Re: How to see the result of an expression or formula in a flow?

How would I use a variable to do that? For example, in building my formula, I would want to see what:

convertFromUtc(utcNow(),'Pacific Standard Time')

generated, then I could work up to 

int(substring(convertFromUtc(utcNow(),'Pacific Standard Time'),11,2))

step by step.

 

Ideally I'd like a msgbox action similar to msgbox in VBA that lets me just print to screen the result of something in testing.

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Re: How to see the result of an expression or formula in a flow?

Flow doesn't have a UI, so there is no message box availabe.  You have to generate a variable and initialize it for the formula that you want.  Then run the Flow and you can examine the variable to see the value.  The variable will probably be a string so I would use this for your test formula.

formatformatDateTime(convertFromUtc(utcNow(),'Pacific Standard Time'),'dd/MM/yyyy HH:mm')


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