Bootstrapping in OutSystems?

I've been looking all over the place and I cannot figure out the context of the term "bootstrap" as it's used with Outsystems. Does "bootstrapping data from Excel" literally just mean importing the data from Excel? I know there are several definitions and uses for "bootstrap" but none of them seem to fit cleanly with what's being said in some of the tutorials.

Solution

Hi Nick,

In OutSystems, "bootstrapping" means initializing an entity (Table) with data.
When you bootstrap from excel, you are doing 3 things:

1. Uploading an excel to the server.

2. Creating a Server Action that will load this excel data into the entity.

3. Creating a timer that will run when you publish, executing the server action created in step 2.

And that's it. 

Is this what you want to know?

Cheers.

Solution

Yes! Thank you so much. That's perfect. I don't know if I missed that definition somewhere earlier on, but that's exactly what I've been looking for.


Thank you again!

You're welcome! :)