About Script Expressions #

Script expressions offer a way of adding dynamic parameters to Xtract Universal. Script expressions are resolved at extraction runtime. The output of a script expression is a string. This string can be used as input for further .NET string operations.

Script expressions can be used in the following scenarios:

Syntax of Script Expressions #

Script expressions use the C# syntax. They must begin and end with a hash symbol (#). The formula starts and ends with curly brackets ({}).

#{ Extraction.TableName }#

Note: XU-specific custom expressions are case sensitive. Make sure to use the exact syntax as documented below.


An IF-statement (ternary operator) is supported and has the following syntax: iif([bool condition], [string trueResult], [string falseResult])


Input Output Description
#{ iif(DateTime.Now.Month==7, "July","Unknown")}# July In month 7 the output is “July”, all else is “Unknown”.
#{Extraction.ExtractionName}##{ iif(string.IsNullOrEmpty(Extraction.Context), string.Empty, "/" + Extraction.Context)}#   Extraction.Context returns a result only with ODP extractions. With all other extraction types the result is empty. If the extraction name is ‘SAP_1’ and the extraction type is ‘Table’, the resulting file path would be SAP_1/[filename]. If the extraction name is ‘SAP_2’ and the extraction type is ‘ODP’ and a SAP DataSource (extraction context: SAPI) is being extracted, the resulting file path would be SAP_2/SAPI/[filename].

Script Expressions based on .NET #

Xtract Universal script expressions support the following .NET objects, properties and methods from the .NET System Namespace of Xtract Universal’s current .NET framework:

Object, Boolean, Char, String, SByte, Byte, Int16, UInt16, Int32, UInt32, Int64, UInt64, Single, Double, Decimal, DateTime, TimeSpan, Guid, Math, Convert.

Note: The most common usage scenario is using the methods and properties of the .NET DateTime and String classes. For further information of supported .NET classes and their properties and methods including DateTime and String see the Microsoft online documentation.

Supported Keywords

The following key words are supported: true, false, null.