Scheduled Task TaskData Structure Parsing

jeff McDaniel asked on January 17, 2017 00:52

When creating and scheduling custom tasks what is the suggested way of passing and parsing Task Data? Some built-in tasks available for scheduling seem to have <data></data> passed in. Is Task Data intended to be an XML like string element <data><foo>1</foo><bar>2</bar></data>? TaskData of a TaskInfo object seems to come in as a string as in the linked example.

Is there method available from one of the helpers when creating custom tasks that parses that XML like string?


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Brenden Kehren answered on January 17, 2017 01:13

If you need structured data Jeff, then pass in the XML, otherwise just pass in plain text.

To parse out that XML string you can use namespace System.Xml.Linq.

Here is a sample XML structure in the cms_class table to get fields.

<form version="2">
  <field column="RoleID" columntype="integer" fieldtype="CustomUserControl" isPK="true" system="true" publicfield="false" guid="0c8cc1de-1c82-4596-b6d0-b2c60bcad3b7" reftype="Required">
  <field column="RoleDisplayName" visible="true" columntype="text" fieldtype="CustomUserControl" system="true" columnsize="100" publicfield="false" guid="c5f83fe3-f362-431f-80be-2d40122e469e" translatefield="true" reftype="Required">
      <fieldcaption>Role display name</fieldcaption>

I use it something like this when I get the ClassFormDefinition out of the cms.class table.

var doc = XDocument.Parse(dci.ClassFormDefinition);
// get a list of all the tables properties by column value
List<string> elements = doc.Descendants("field").Select(el => el.Attribute("column").Value).ToList();

// got the class properties now compare
foreach (string s in elements)
    // see if the class info contains the column in the data row passed in this method
    if (Row.Table.Columns.Contains(s))
        // contains the column so set a value
        newCustomTableItem.SetValue(s, Row[s]);
        okInsert = true;

This code gets all the <field> and gets the column attribute value and puts them into a list of strings. Then I compare that list to a list of columns in a custom table and if they match, then I map the values.

So maybe a bit overkill for what you're looking for but a good example none the less.

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Kristian Bortnik answered on January 17, 2017 01:21

TaskData is simply a string. It can contain any data you need.

It's a good idea to keep some sort of structured data, and if XML is your format of choice, you can use the built-in ContainerCustomData class to serialise/deserialise to XML.

public string Execute(TaskInfo task) {
    var taskData = new ContainerCustomData();

    // Loading the XML data from TaskData
    var taskData = taskData.LoadData(task.TaskData);

    // Accessing the column values
    // taskData["columnName"]

    if(taskData["foo"] == "bar")
       // ...

The expected XML format is along the lines of:

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