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4. Setting Values for Processing Orders#

In this step of the workflow, you will learn how to select and set data before transferring it to Airtable using the Edit Fields (Set) node.

The next step in Nathan's workflow is to insert the employeeName and orderId of all processing orders into Airtable.

For this, you need to use the Edit Fields (Set) node, which allows you to select and set the data you want to transfer from one app/service to another.

Edit Fields node

The Edit Fields node can set completely new data as well as overwrite data that already exists. This node is crucial in workflows which expect incoming data from previous nodes, such as when inserting values into spreadsheets or databases.

Disconnect the Airtable node#

In your workflow, disconnect the Airtable node from the If node in the same way we disconnected it in the Filtering Orders lesson.

Configure the Edit Fields node#

Now add a new Edit Fields (Set) node attached to the If node's true connector by selecting the + icon with that connector and searching for Edit Fields.

With the Edit Fields node window open, configure these parameters:

  • Ensure Mode is set to Manual Mapping.
  • While you can use the Expression editor we used in the Filtering Orders lesson, this time, let's drag the fields from the Input into the Fields to Set:
    • Drag orderID as the first field.
    • Drag employeeName as the second field.
  • Ensure that Include Other Input Fields is set to false.

Select Test step. You should see the following results:

Edit Fields (Set) node
Edit Fields (Set) node

Add data to Airtable#

Next, let's insert these values into Airtable:

  1. Go to your Airtable account.
  2. Add a new table called processingOrders. You can add this table to your existing workspace/table if you choose.
  3. Add two columns to this table:

    • orderId: Number
    • employeeName: Single line text


    If you get stuck, refer back to the Inserting data into Airtable lesson.

  4. Be sure to delete the three empty rows in the new table!

  5. With the new table created, update the Airtable node configuration to point to this new processingOrders table instead of the orders table.
  6. Connect the Edit Fields node connector to the Airtable node.
  7. Test your Airtable node to be sure it inserts records into the new processingOrders table.

At this stage, your workflow should now look like this:

Workflow with the Edit Fields node
Workflow with the Edit Fields node

What's next?#

Nathan 🙋: You've already automated half of my work! Now I still need to calculate the booked orders for my colleagues. Can that be automated as well?

You 👩‍🔧: Yes! In the next step, I'll use some JavaScript code in a node to calculate the booked orders.