Dashboard List Advanced Formatting null $datapoint values?

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jamesw
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I have a map layer that I am using to create a list of features in an ArcGIS Online dashboard. The list is set up to display some basic data from each feature, but I want to use Arcade to add an extra line that shows when the feature was last updated.

The last update timestamp is stored as a string in each feature ('YYYYMMDDHHMMSS') in a field called "LastGPSUpdate". I've written an Arcade Expression that works when I manually plug in a string, but whenever I try to reference the actual data, it returns null values. In fact, all of the "$datapoint.XYZ" globals return null values.

Any assistance would be much appreciated!

var dateInitial = $datapoint.LastGPSUpdate

var yearParse = Left(dateInitial, 4)
var monthParse = Right(Left(dateInitial, 6), 2)
var dayParse = Right(Left(dateInitial, 8), 2)

var dateParse = monthParse + '/' + dayParse + '/' + yearParse

Console(dateParse, $datapoint.BattalionArea,$datapoint.Beat,$datapoint.DispatchGroup,$datapoint.LastGPSUpdate,$datapoint.StationArea,$datapoint.Team,$datapoint.UnitType)

return {
  textColor: '',
  backgroundColor: '',
  separatorColor:'',
  selectionColor: '',
  selectionTextColor: '',
  dateText: dateParse
}

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jcarlson
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I'm not sure what input value you're testing this with, but you could try to convert the string to a true date value first, then use the Text function to format it.

And also, you can use Mid to get a set of characters from the middle of your text, rather than nesting right and left.

Additionally, you could check if the date string is null first, and return a default string.

var dateInitial = $datapoint.LastGPSUpdate

// stop expression early and return message if field is empty
if(IsEmpty(dateInitial)){
    return 'Date string is empty!'
} else {
    
    // convert to date
    var dateval = Date(
        Left(dateInitial, 4),
        Mid(dateInitial, 4, 2),
        Mid(dateInitial, 6, 2)
    )
    
    var dateParse = Text(dateval, 'MM/DD/YYYY')
    
    return dateParse
}

 

- Josh Carlson
Kendall County GIS
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jamesw
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New Contributor III

Thanks for the tip about the Mid function, I haven't seen that one before.

It might just be my lack of understanding of Arcade in general, but I can't get any attribute to return a non-null value in the expression. I know that the data exists -- I can display it in the Line item template just fine, but for whatever reason, everything returns a null value when I try to use it in an expression.

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JenniferAcunto
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return {
  textColor: '',
  backgroundColor: '',
  separatorColor:'',
  selectionColor: '',
  selectionTextColor: '',
  dateText: dateParse
}

Are you calling it as {expression/dateText}? In your response you are using {expression/dateParse} but that is not correct going by the return statement you had above. To make things simple, I always name the attributes the same name as my variable:

dateParse: dateParse

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jamesw
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Whoops, that was a typo in my example, thanks for catching that.

Unfortunately, changing to call it as {expression/dateParse} did not work. It is still returning null values in the console and no data is displayed in the list.

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