How the Tree view feature helps working with Entity transformers

Table of contents

  • Introduction
  • The Tree view functionality
  • Ending note


As you may know, Alumio is trying to give our users more flexibility when working with transformers, therefore, in today’s article we are talking about the functionality that tracks all your transformer settings, We used to call this feature the “Tree view”. Why do we call it so? Keep reading on!

The Tree view functionality

The Tree view begins the moment you select the data transformer, and then the system immediately triggers displaying it in the Tree view.

Once you select the transformer, you’ll see the corresponding settings for the chosen transformer, as usual. On the left side, under the “Home” icon, there will be a new record - the selected transformer, which can be renamed by clicking on the “Edit” icon. For our example, let’s choose “Conditional transformer” and fill out the required fields.

Once you apply transformers, the Tree view will automatically show this information on the left side:

This way you can see relations in the transformer and always switch between the “Key mapper” and “Conditional transformer”. If you click on the “Configure” button near the selected transformer, you’ll see details of the settings for the corresponding transformer. For example, the “Key mapper,” will look as follows:

If you need to add more transformers or conditions, just return to the “Conditional transformer” by clicking on it in the Tree view:

The more transformers and conditions you want to have, the bigger the Tree view will be and the logic of navigating to each transformer will remain the same.

Perhaps, you could catch yourself on a thought, what if the Tree view becomes really big?

And here we have an answer for you: if you are going to create the huge entity transformer, then you’ll be given 2 options to work further on your transformer:

  1. It’s possible to scroll through the Tree view;
  2. It’s possible to hide the details of each transformer.

Here is the time to speak about tips and tricks for using the Tree view functionality!

At the top of the feature, there is a number of icons which can help you organise the Tree view in the wanted order. Let’s define them:

  • Home icon - if you followed this article well, then you could find out that when setting up appropriate transformers, there is no option to get back to the first page. That’s why we need the “Home” icon. It allows you to return to the primary page and fill out the name, description and set up more transformers, which will be displayed in the Tree view as well, once you select the proper one.
  • Hidden eye icon - this is what we have mentioned when speaking about tips and tricks! If your Tree view is too big, select the functionality you want to hide and that’s it - it collapses from the Tree view, but won’t be deleted! However, be aware: if you have only one transformer and want to hide functionality from it, for example, “Value setter”, the system will hide all details of this specific transformer. See the screenshot below. To make the functionality visible again, use the next icon.
  • Exposed eye icon - allows you to view the hidden details. Besides, you can use the “+” icon near the transformer to open all hidden details or press the “-” icon to hide them again.
  • Up one Level option - instead of clicking on different details, you can use the “Up one Level” button to get to the previous settings. For example, in the previous screenshot, you see the details of the “Value setter”. If you click on the “Up one Level”, you’ll be redirected to the primary functionality where the “Value setter” was created. This option is useful when you have a lot of configurations.
  • Last but not least is the ability to expand the Tree view whatever you like: drag it to the left or right.

Ending note

This is how the feature looks in the new layout. Feel free to connect with us if you have any questions or suggestions regarding improvements to the Tree View feature as well!

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