Adam Mark

Web design and development

Three Ways to Use Text Blocks in App Cloud

With App Cloud text blocks, you can store arbitrary blocks of text in the cloud and retrieve them for any purpose you desire. Now you can bypass your CMS (and your IT department!) when you need to manage certain types of lightweight data in your apps.

To create a text block, go to the Content section of App Cloud Studio, then click “New Content Source”, then click “Text Content”:

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Then enter a name and some text. That’s it! Whenever you want to change the text, just click “Edit” and App Cloud will save a new version. (You can revert to an old version at any time.)

At the code layer, you can request a text block with bc.core.getData(), just like a content feed:

bc.core.getData("my-text-block", function (data) {
    var myText = data.text;
    // do stuff

Here are three ways to use text blocks inside your app:

1. HTML text

Use a text block as a flexible messaging area:

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Then insert the text into DOM using jQuery or the method of your choice:

bc.core.getData("welcome-message", function (data) {

2. JSON text

Use a text block to store structured data in JSON format:

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When you load the text, make sure to parse it using JSON.parse():

bc.core.getData("produce", function (data) {
    var produce = JSON.parse(data.text);

3. CSV text

Store a table of information as CSV:

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After you load the data, split the lines, then split each line on the comma characters:

bc.core.getData("directory", function (data) {
    var people = [];
    var rows = data.text.trim().split("\n");

    for (var i in rows) {
        var row = rows[i].split(",");

            "firstName": row[0],
            "lastName": row[1],
            "phone": row[2],
            "title": row[3],
            "email": row[4]

These are just a few ways to use text blocks. As you can see, you can save any kind of text format you want—it’s flexible by design!