April 10, 2019

Tinderbox meal log badges

I track meals in my Tinderbox daybook, and record a Quality” score for each meal; Low, Medium, or High. I like each entry to display an icon ($Badge) based on the quality value.

To do this, I have an Agent (named Set Quality Badge”) which collects meal entries with no assigned $Badge value and assigns one. Here’s agent query…

$Prototype=="protoMealLogEntry" & $Badge==""

Until recently, I’ve been using a set of If statements1 in the Agent query to set the value for $Badge, like this:

if ($Quality=="High") {$Badge="🥇"};
if ($Quality=="Medium") {$Badge="🥈"};
if ($Quality=="Low") {$Badge="🥉"};

Today I learned that Tinderbox has Look-up tables, which act as associative arrays.

Look-up tables seem like a better approach, so I added a new user attribute, QualityBadgeList” (of type set”), then added the following $QualityBadgeList value to the Set Quality Badge” agent:


The agent now uses the look-up table to set the badge…

$Badge=$QualityBadgeList("Set Quality Badge").at($Quality);

This is likely faster and will definitely be easier to maintain.

  1. Tinderbox doesn’t have a Case: statement.

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