Posts Tagged ‘asset:scatter’

Some times, we need to modify the Fatwire Flex Content Definitions, that have been already created.

Say for example, there are thousands of Flex Assets, created using a Flex Content Definition. I would wish to remove / add few attributes to the content definition. I’ve done it.

Now, how the new attributes will reflect in the existing thousands of assets?

Simple answer: Just edit and save the assets. The new attributes will be reflected in the existing assets as well.

This is okay, if there are assets in tens, or around that. But, there will be thousands of assets, in reality. We can’t go and edit all the assets which are there in the system, as it is a lot of time taking process.

So, what to do now?

We can load all the assets through code, and use the tags like asset:load, asset:canedit, asset:save, etc to perform our job.

Here is a sample code, which loads and edits the asset, adding a value for the DESCRIPTION field.

//Checkout the asset. This is optional. But, suggestible to be used.

< asset : checkout type=”<%=ics.GetVar(“c”)%>” objectid='<%=ics.GetVar(“cid”)%>’>


//Load the asset.

< asset : load name=”SampleAsset” type='<%=ics.GetVar(“cid”)%>’ objectid='<%=ics.GetVar(“cid”)%>’ editable=”true”  >

//Scatter the asset’s attributes.

<asset:scatter name=”SampleAsset” prefix=”Sample“/>

//Set the new value

< ics:setvar name=”Sample:description” value=”THIS IS NEW DESCRIPTION” />

//Gather all the variables
<asset:gather name=”SampleAsset” prefix=”Sample” />

//Save the asset to the database
<asset:save name=”SampleAsset” />

//Checkin the asset.
<asset:checkin name=”SampleAsset” />

Now, INSPECT the assets from the Admin UI. You will find them updated.

Earlier, in one of my posts, we have discussed some of the important tags in Fatwire. We will now see them in detail, along with their usages as well.


This tag is used to insert another page as a pagelet. This page is something which has been created by a siteentry. We can pass arguments to the page using render:argument tag. This tag will invoke the page specified by the pagename parameter of this tag.


<render:satellitepage pagename=”Sample\Header”>



Say if I want to call someother element from my page, to perform some logic, we can use this render:callelement tag. This tag will invoke the element specified in the elementname parameter.

Here, elementname is a required field, and scoped is an optional field. The possible values for scoped field are local, stacked, global.


<render:callelement elementname=”Sample\BusinessLogic” scoped=”global”>
<render:argument name=”variable1″ value=”value” />


If I want to call another template from my template, to display some pagelet / perform some logic, then we should use this render:calltemplate tag. This tag will invoke the template specified in the tname /  tid field.

Here, we have three required fields : site, slotname, tid.

The optional fields are as follows: tname, ttype, c, cid, context, style

The style field helps us in determining whether this tag is going to invoke the template as a pagelet or as an element. The possible values of style field are: pagelet, element, embedded. If embedded is the value of style field, then the template is going to be called as a pagelet, without being cached as an independent page in satellite server.


tname'<%=ics.GetVar(“templateName”)%>’ >
<render:argument name=”variable1″ value=”value” />


This tag queries the database for the asset which is specified in the type field, along with the objectid. Then loads the asset into the memory. This tag is to be used only with Basic assets. Or else, performance issues may arise. To load flex assets, use assetset:setasset tag.


<asset:load name=”sample” type=”sampleassettype” field=”samplefield” value=”value” site=”sitename” deptype=”exists” />


This tag gets a single attribute value from the asset, which has been loaded earlier into the memory using asset:load


outputVariable” />


Retrieves and scatters all the field values from the object loaded in the memory using asset:load

Example:   scatter vs get
<asset:scatter name=”MainArticle” prefix=”main” />
<ics:getvar name=”first:name”/>,

<asset:load name=”NewsSectionFront” type=”Page” field=”name” value=”News” site='<%=ics.GetVar(“site”)%>’/>
<asset:get name=”NewsSectionFront” field=”name” />
<asset:get name=”NewsSectionFront” field=”description” />
<ics:getvar name=”name”/>,


After loading the asset with asset:load, the asset:children tag is used to load the children of that particular asset. This tag queries the AssetRelationTree table and builds the children list.


This code retrieves the page assets that has been associated under LatestNews association with the parent. This code is to be used only after asset:load.

<asset:children name=”HomePage” list=”LatestPages” objectype=”page” code=”LatestNews”/>

This code retrieves the page assets that have been associated under LatestNews association with the asset specified in the assetid field. This code can be used without loading the asset:

<asset:children type=”Page” assetid='<%=ics.GetVar(“cid”)%>’ list=”LatestNewQuery” objectype=”Query” code=”LatestNews”/>

 More tags along with usage on the way…

Stay Tuned…