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  • This website is Hornbill's new product documentation website and is currently under development.
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  • Hornbill's current documentation is available at Hornbill Wiki but over time this content will be migrated to this documentation site.
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  • Hornbill's products have moved on considerably since we introduced it almost 10 years ago. At the time, the MediaWiki tool was sufficient, but we have outgrown it.
  • Our customers are more enterprise focused and more self-sufficient than ever before, so for 2023 and beyond we have established a new documentation platform and team to drive our documentation initiative forwards.
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  • Articles organized into books, books into libraries, creating a more natural and logical structure to our documentation.
  • Legacy API documentation and various other documentation sources will all be consolidated into a single unified documentation system.
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Complex Types - customDatabaseFieldType


This type defines a custom database column.


Name Type Occurrence Description
autoValInsert xs:string Optional If you need to generate a sequence number for a column when inserting a new record, you can assign a system or custom defined auto value to it by setting this value.
autoValUpdate xs:string Optional If you need to generate a auto value for a column when updating and existing record, you can assign a system or custom defined auto value to it by setting this value.
dataClassification xs:string Optional // The classification of the data held within this column.
dataType columnDataType Required Describes the data type of this column.
description bpmLabelType Optional
Array (0/∞)
The description or porpose of this custom column. Can be used for automated schema documentation and forms design
displayName bpmLabelType Optional
Array (0/∞)
The display name of this custom column. This is the name used on forms, lists and so on where this column data is displayed.
name customFieldNameType Required The display name of this custom column. This is the name used on forms, lists and so on where this column data is displayed.
nullable xs:boolean Optional
Set to “true” (default) if this column can be null.
precision xs:integer Optional The precision of the number, applies to DECIMAL, FLOAT and REAL.
scale xs:integer Optional The scale of the number, applies to DECIMAL.
size columnSizeType Optional The size of the column, this only applies to VARCHAR.
uid xs:string Required The unique id of the field type
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