I apologize for the large number of questions I’m posting nowadays, but I’m finding my way from thinking as a very novice programmer, to switching to Bubble. And don’t get me wrong, I’m in AWE of how robust and well designed this product is. A true game-changer and democratizer of app development.
There is a challenge however, that I keep running into constantly, which in my head really should not be complicated, but is really hard to do in Bubble. I find it near impossible to refer to a set value in the database, unless the user picks that value from a list specifically (RepeatedList/Dropdown/etc), or you can fetch it from the database (User:Gender)
I want to set the State of a Group to a specific Field value upon load. However, I can’t point to that value in any way, You can’t search for value containing X, because that returns a list.
I just find it so strange that you cannot refer to a data point at all, if not the user specifies it for you or it’s already saved in the database.
I have solved it by creating a Data Type called ValueFetcher, with lots of field that point to the right value. For example, it has a field called Female, which only consists of one entry (Female) of the Data Type Gender. Whenever I need to do an IF, based on gender, or set a state, I can call upon the ValueFetcher:Female:First entry to get that specific gender. But it just seems really database heavy and not intuitive. But I may be stuck in a traditional developer mindset.
Please don’t get me wrong, this is not a rant, I’m truly curious, and very open to the possibility that I simply have not fully grasped the basic architecture of Bubble yet. I appreciate all input!