What if you want to create a relatively complex text file in Switch? Say… something like an XML file, or a JDF, or a complex JSON file. Yes, you can write a custom script for this, but even with a script, doing this is still very messy and a lot of hard and painstaking work. If only there would be a way to make that easier…
Wait a minute, when you’re generating HTML files for a web site, isn’t that very much the same problem? How do those systems deal with that? Turns out that smart people invented something called a templating engine. You provide a template and can then insert variables in that template in a structured way. Modern templating engines even allow you to create loops, insert conditionals and so on.
The sky is the limit! :) However, some practical examples would be:
Of course you can write a custom script for this (well, if you have access to the scripting module that is). But scripts to write complex text files very quickly become messy. Using this app has the advantage that you separate the business logic from the presentation. Use a script to attach information to a job, or to generate a custom JSON file. Then use this app and a custom template to format your information into the output format you want. Doing things this way both your script and the template become simpler and are more easily maintainable.
Yes, we also have things we find complex and we rather have someone else do for us. This app and the templates it uses we do understand quite well. So get in contact with us and see how we can help you to prepare the template you need (or any other problem you're trying to solve using Switch).