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How to workaround creating and returning a list of Things

I need to create a list of Things, and once that’s completed, return this list of Things to the next action in my workflow.

Currently I’m using an API Workflow to create this list of Things, storing it in the DB, and hoping I can access it later, and obviously I found out:

  • I CANNOT know WHEN the API workflow completes, so accessing the DB may not return anything
  • I CANNOT return anything from the API workflow

I know it’s been discussed many times that creating a list of Things without an API workflow is NOT possible. NEITHER is there a looping function in Bubble (a very very very commonly used functionality in coding).

So many fundamental limitations - these always make me second guess my decision to build in Bubble…

I just want to check if there’s any workaround that I missed? Thanks.