Select editor

Configure the select editor component for Skedulo Plus flat page mobile extensions.


The selectEditor component allows users to select an item from a set of data, such as a list of products, items, or services.

The data can be sourced from a local or online data source. Items in the set are either displayed as a list of items to be selected or as a searchable list of items.

The selectEditor component used in a flat page component.

Note that the selectEditor component is for users to select a single item. If you would like the ability for multiple items to be selected, consider using the multi-select component.

selectEditor component properties

The following table describes the properties that are used to configure the selectorEditor page component.

Property Description
Common flat page components Common properties in Flat page components.
structureExpression When a user selects an item’s data object, it is cloned and bound to the structureExpression. For example, if the form defines "structureExpression": "pageData.Product", the form can use the data of the Product in other parts of the extension. For example, it can show the selected item’s name by "pageData.Product.Name".
valueExpression Defines the data context binding expression. The UID of the selected item is bound to this expression. Therefore, when the user selects an item, the item’s UID is bound to the pageData.ProductId.
sourceExpression The data expression that returns the list of items to be selected.
onlineSource The online source that is used to retrieve the data. This data is read-only from online mode.
displayExpression Indicates which property’s value is shown.
For example, if the displayExpression is "pageData.Product.Name", the value of field Name of the "pageData.Product" is displayed in the UI of the editor after the user has selected the item.
caption A localized expression string providing additional information about the selected item in the editor.
placeholder The placeholder text that is a hint or description shown inside the text field before the user enters a value. =
selectPage Specifies the page displaying the list of selectable items.
selectPage.itemTitle A localized expression defining how to render the title of each selected item.
selectPage.itemCaption A localized expression defining how to render the caption of each selected item.
selectPage.emptyText A localized expression defining the text displayed when there are no items to select.
selectPage.title A localized expression defining the title of the select page.
selectPage.hasSection Groups items by corresponding sections, similar to the list page hasSection component.
selectPage.orderBy An array defining the properties used to sort the order of items in the list, similar to the list page orderBy component.
searchBar Enables the search bar on the selected page. If not defined, the search bar won’t be shown.
searchBar.placeholder A localized expression defining the placeholder text displayed in the search bar.
searchBar.filterOnProperties An array defining the properties used to filter items in the list.
filterExpression The data expression returning a boolean value. (See details in the linked section.)

Example configuration

The following example demonstrates how the two select editors in the screenshot from the UI Components Showcase example form above are configured in the ui_def.json file.

The first selectEditor component is used to select a product from a list of products when the user taps on the field. The second selectEditor component uses a search bar to filter products from a list of products when the user taps on the field. The data is sourced from an online source.


Select editor with a static list of products

Configuration Screenshot
The selectEditor offline configuration in the ui_def.json file The selectEditor component referencing a list of products in the extension.

Select editor with a searchable list of products from an online source

Configuration Screenshot
The selectEditor online configuration in the ui_def.json file The selectEditor component showing a selector page with a search bar and default keyboard.


The corresponding localized strings for the above offline and online select editor options in the /static_resources/locales/en.json file are:

      "SelectorSection": "Selector Components",
      "SelectProduct": "Selector Title",
      "SelectProductHint": "Selector Hint",
      "SelectProductItemTitle": "${item.Name}",,
      "SelectProductEmpty": "No Products",,
      "SelectProductTitle": "Choose a Product",
      "SelectProductValidation": "Validation message",
      "EditorHint": "Hint for editor",

Using the structureEditor and valueEditor properties

In contrast to most editor components, the control data for this component involves two parts:

  • Normalization: Typically, other editor controls require only this aspect.

  • Structure: This aspect is managed through two expressions:

    valueExpression: This expression points to a field containing the referenced object ID.

    structureExpression: This expression indicates an object that will clone the entire object selected by the user.

The rationale behind this approach is the need to establish a link between the currently edited object and the user-selected object from a data perspective. For instance, when you add a new object, such as JobProduct, it initially appears as follows:

  "UID": "temp-a0K3t00000Z4wfiEAB",
  "__typename": "JobProducts",
  "CreatedDate": "2022-05-31T01:04:18.000Z",
  "ProductName": "Power Saw",
  "Qty": 67

However, when a user selects a ProductId with the above example, the structure is modified to include the entire object:

// Structure
  "UID": "temp-a0K3t00000Z4wfiEAB",
  "__typename": "JobProducts",
  "ProductId": "01t3t00000409jbAA",
  "Product": {
    "UID": "temp-a0K3t00000Z4wfiEAB",
    "CreatedDate": "2022-05-31T01:04:18.000Z",
    "ProductName": "Power Saw",
    "Qty": 67

As you can see from the above, not only is the ProductId included, but the entire Product object from the structure data is also cloned. This approach is required because there are numerous scenarios where you will need to access properties like Product Name or Product Description from anywhere in the mobile extension:

pageData.Product.Name | pageData.Product.Description

With a reference from the structure data, you gain the ability to access the selected data that the user has chosen and display its properties.

It’s worth noting that the Product object lacks a __typename, indicating that it shouldn’t be synchronized from the server in case of any changes. This selective synchronization is a key consideration in the design.

The Filter Expression property

The filterExpression property allows developers to filter which data is shown in the selector.

When you use this property, it introduces a new data context called item. This item represents each piece of data passed to the sourceExpression.

If no filter expression is defined, it means no specific criteria are set, and all the data will be shown. On the other hand, if a filter expression is defined, it will filter the data based on the specified conditions.

For instance, in the given example:

item.Type == 'VIP'

And the following base data:

    "Type": "VIP",
    "Name": "Product A"
    "Type": "Normal",
    "Name": "Product B"
    "Name": "Product C"

After applying the expression, only the data where "Type" is "VIP" will be returned:

    "Type": "VIP",
    "Name": "Product A"

If no expression is defined, then all three pieces of data will be returned.

Vocabulary/Picklist data filtering for Skedulo for Salesforce teams

When dealing with picklist and vocabulary data, often encountered when working with Skedulo for Salesforce teams, the following points should be considered:

  • The data is commonly returned in the format ["String", "String"].
  • As a result, there is no need for structureExpression; valueExpression for the Selector is derived directly from the source.
  • When filtering, skip defining searchBar.filterOnProperties, rather, use "searchBar: {}" for searching functionality.

The following example shows how to define the selectorEditor component for picklist data:

      "type": "selectEditor",
      "title": "UpsertLineItemsListPage.PlantTypeTitle",
      "placeholder": "UpsertLineItemsListPage.PlantTypePlaceholder",
      "mandatory": true,
      "valueExpression": "pageData.PlantType", // No structureExpression is required
      "sourceExpression": "sharedData.__vocabulary.PlantTypeVocab",
      "displayExpression": "pageData.PlantType",
      "selectPage": {
        "itemTitle": "UpsertLineItemsListPage.SelectPlantTypeItemTitle",
        "title": "UpsertLineItemsListPage.SelectPlantTypePageTitle",
        "searchBar": {}
      "validator": [
          "type": "expression",
          "expression": "pageData.PlantType",
          "errorMessage": "FieldIsRequired"

The related data is defined in the staticFetch.json file as:

 "type": "GraphQl",
 "__vocabulary": {
   "PlantTypeVocab": "ReplacementTicketLineItem:PlantType"

The final results displays the selector with the picklist and search functionality:

The selectorEditor component used in a flat page component.

hasSection property

The hasSection property is used to construct the sections or groups of items within the corresponding selections within the selector editor.

For example, the following selector page has two sections: Floor 1 and Floor 2.

The hasSection property used in a selector page.

This property works the same way for both flat page components and list page components. See List Page Components for more information.

orderBy property

The orderBy property controls the ordering of the items within the selector. This property is an array of strings that defines the properties that are used to sort the order of the items in the list.

See List Page Components for more information.