A path is a specific route to the location of an attribute in the object model. It is a sequence of object attributes separated by periods (.) that identifies the location of the needed value.
For example: .mainAssignee.type is a path that identifies the role of the project's main assignee.
Depending on the starting object table, you can distinguish two types of paths:
- Simple—An attribute in the current object table (the starting table) without traversing other tables.
For example, if you want a rule to check which user created a record, you could select the createdBy-> bridge attribute in the current object table without traversing to another table. TeamConnect follows the resulting .createdBy path to find the value.
- Complex—A sequence of attributes that traverse various object tables, using the relationships between them (bridges and bridge attributes). If the required value resides in a different table, you must build a complex path to it.
For example, if you want to include the plaintiff's name in the record naming pattern of the custom object Litigation, you could navigate to Plaintiff, a custom field of type Involved:
detailList-> Litigation-> Plaintiff
The resulting path appears as:
After you have used Object Navigator to create a path to an attribute, the path appears as text in the field associated to the Object Navigator icon .