Formula - startswith

startswith

The core functionality of startswith( ) is to check if text(string) starts with a specific letter or word. the result is true if it matches otherwise return nothing.

Quick example

Let's get you started with the following simple demonstration example valid for this Formula plugin. For other and more advanced examples please scroll down on this page to the Examples section.

Input Expression Result

  GMT


startswith('G',body)

true
Text Data startswith expression Unique values

Syntax

On the Message Body :

startswith('Expression',body)

On the Message Context :

startswith('Expression',context('MessageContextKey'))

Features

  • Check matching case at the beginning of given text.
  • Return unique single true value only from Content if the matches occurred.
  • Can be applied on any valid Content that return text; Like jsonpath, xpath functions, review Formula user guide for complete list of functions.

This plugin loads the entire message into RAM, so make sure to apply this function on smaller messages only.

How to use

In order to use the startswith function the Content parameter should contain a text/string (otherwise it will fail and you will end up with garbage result). But first and foremost we have to configure the Formula plugin:

  • Select Formula as expression type plugin.
  • Write down the expression to use in the 'Expression' text area.
  • Input a proper Content as parameter to the function.

Syntax

Use the startswith function with any of the following parameters:

  • From Message Body: startswith(body)

  • From Message Context: startswith(context('MessageContextKey'))

  • Result from previous Formula operation startswith(SomeOtherNestedFormulaFunction(Content))

Examples

Below you will find different common examples for how to use the startswith function.

Body as Content

The message body is "GMT" normal text, by using the provided expression the result will be true.

e.g. startswith('G',body)
startswith

Message Body


  GMT

Expression


startswith('G',body)


Context as Content

Example: The message context value for the corresponding key "id" is "GMT", by using the provided expression the result will be true. e.g. startswith('G',context('id'))

Simple startswith_MessageContext

Message Context Value


  GMT

Expression


startswith('G',context('id'))


Formula Function as Content

Regex function used as content parameter of startswith function, by using the provided expression the result will be true.

e.g. startswith('U,regex('GMT|UTC',body))

startswith_Regex

Message Body


 GMT UTC

Expression


startswith('U,regex('GMT|UTC',body))


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