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What is a Search Field?

Enable self-service for your business enabling them find what they are looking for and thereby get their own answers. You do not need to know, design and code in advance to find the data you are looking for!

A Search Field is used in Log Views to facilitate search conditions and can also be used for applying restrictions. Another powerful feature is the ability for end-users to perform Group By operations in the Log Views. An example can be; 'List all business transactions grouped by Order Number' (for example get order and order response, invoice and payment presented together).

graph RL subgraph "MessageTypes" roMTPurchaseOrder(fal:fa-file Papinet.PurchaseOrder/2.31) roMTOrder(fal:fa-file EDIFACT.ORDRSP.D96A) end subgraph "Search Field Expressions" roSFEOrderIdFromEdifact(fal:fa-flask RegEx with Capturing Groups) roSFEOrderIdFromXML(fal:fa-flask XPath) end subgraph "Search Fields" roSFOrderId(fal:fa-search-plus Order Number) end roMTPurchaseOrder --- roSFEOrderIdFromXML roSFEOrderIdFromXML --- roSFOrderId roMTOrder ---roSFEOrderIdFromEdifact roSFEOrderIdFromEdifact --- roSFOrderId

The Web Client provides a test bench for working with Search Field Expressions and related logged data. The actual tests are performed in real-time in the background by the Logging Service. This feature ensures that your tests will work with real data during processing and re-processing (re-index).


Any logged message may be reprocessed (re-indexed) and additional Search Fields on existing data can be added to Nodinite. From a support and maintenance perspective this means that you can find messages based on added criteria in a very late stage. You do not need to know, design and code in advance to find the data you are looking for.

If old data already exists and you want to be able to search according to the new settings for the Search Fields, a re-index user initiated operation must be executed. The re-index operation is based on Message Type.

There are no prerequisites on the logged data and the values can origin from:

  • Message Body (payload)
  • Context Properties (meta data/key-value pairs)

The Logging Service will process all messages based on Message Type. Nodinite supports the following formats for messages out of the box:

  • XML
  • Flat File
  • EDI
  • ...

Custom plugins

It is possible to write your own Search Field Expressions Type Plugins using .NET.

graph TD subgraph "Nodinite" rols(fa:fa-hdd Logging Service) subgraph "Search Field Expression Type Plugins" roCPL(fa:fa-code Custom Plugin) roNPL(fa:fa-code Nodinite Plugins) end end

The business case can among others be any of the following:

  • Lookup table in some data source (SQL, file based sources, ...)
  • Encrypted messages (keep the messages encrypted but do provide values to be used in Search Fields)
  • Compressed files (Zip, Rar, ...)
  • Special cases, for example: 'Get last 2 characters on line 3 in reverse and with uppercase'
  • ...

Contact our support to acquire a Visual Studio C# project template.

Next Step

Add or manage Search Field
Add or manage Message Types
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Search Field Expressions
Repository Model
Logging Service
Message Type Overview
Search Fields Overview