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* How to use org-capture with "dynamic ID" targets?
@ 2013-01-16 22:38 Darlan Cavalcante Moreira
  2013-01-24 19:01 ` Bastien
  0 siblings, 1 reply; 5+ messages in thread
From: Darlan Cavalcante Moreira @ 2013-01-16 22:38 UTC (permalink / raw)
  To: emacs-orgmode


I'm trying to set-up some org-capture templates using the ID target
type. However, I need the ID to be determined either as the return value of
a function or as the value of a variable.

When I use a template such as
--8<---------------cut here---------------start------------->8---
("f" "The template description" table-line
    (id "someIDstring")
    "this is the template content"
    :table-line-pos "II-1"
    :immediate-finish t)
--8<---------------cut here---------------end--------------->8---

everything works as expected and a table in the headline with ID
"someIDstring" is used. However, if I try

--8<---------------cut here---------------start------------->8---
("f" "The template description" table-line
    (id some_variable)
    "this is the template content"
    :table-line-pos "II-1"
    :immediate-finish t)
--8<---------------cut here---------------end--------------->8---

or

--8<---------------cut here---------------start------------->8---
("f" "The template description" table-line
    (id (some_function))
    "this is the template content"
    :table-line-pos "II-1"
    :immediate-finish t)
--8<---------------cut here---------------end--------------->8---

then it does not work even if some_variable or (some_function) provides the
correct ID value. It seems that
(id something)
will always interpret "something" as a string (no matter if I put it inside
quotes or not).

Is it possible to achieve what I want with the current org-capture
implementation? If not, consider this as a feature request.

The reason behind this is that each month I want a different target table
for this capture template and I already implemented a function that returns
the correct ID. If I can somehow make the ID target type use the return
value of this function then this capture template will use the correct
table each month. If not, I would be forced to manually change the capture
template in the beginning of each month (something I will definitely
forget).


--
Darlan

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* Re: How to use org-capture with "dynamic ID" targets?
  2013-01-16 22:38 How to use org-capture with "dynamic ID" targets? Darlan Cavalcante Moreira
@ 2013-01-24 19:01 ` Bastien
  2013-01-28 18:05   ` Darlan Cavalcante Moreira
  0 siblings, 1 reply; 5+ messages in thread
From: Bastien @ 2013-01-24 19:01 UTC (permalink / raw)
  To: Darlan Cavalcante Moreira; +Cc: emacs-orgmode

Hi Darlan,

Darlan Cavalcante Moreira <darcamo@gmail.com> writes:

> everything works as expected and a table in the headline with ID
> "someIDstring" is used. However, if I try
>
> ("f" "The template description" table-line
>     (id some_variable)
>     "this is the template content"
>     :table-line-pos "II-1"
>     :immediate-finish t)

Can you provide the full (setq org-capture-templates ...)
s-expression?

Did you tried this?

(setq org-capture-templates
 `(("f" "The template description" table-line
        (id ,some_variable)
        "this is the template content"
        :table-line-pos "II-1"
        :immediate-finish t)))

> then it does not work even if some_variable or (some_function) provides the
> correct ID value. It seems that
> (id something)
> will always interpret "something" as a string (no matter if I put it inside
> quotes or not).

Yes, it expects a string.

> Is it possible to achieve what I want with the current org-capture
> implementation? 

See above.  The problem being, of course, that the capture template
for "f" will use some_variable *statically* -- if the value of the
some_variable variable changed after you evaluated the s-expression
(setq org-capture-templates ...) then the new value will not be
known.

> If not, consider this as a feature request.

What feature exactly?  To allow a function here that would dynamically
set the id? 

> The reason behind this is that each month I want a different target table
> for this capture template and I already implemented a function that returns
> the correct ID. If I can somehow make the ID target type use the return
> value of this function then this capture template will use the correct
> table each month. If not, I would be forced to manually change the capture
> template in the beginning of each month (something I will definitely
> forget).

If you want to use a function ,some_variable will not work, check 
,@ constructs in the Elisp manual.

Thanks,

-- 
 Bastien

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* Re: How to use org-capture with "dynamic ID" targets?
  2013-01-24 19:01 ` Bastien
@ 2013-01-28 18:05   ` Darlan Cavalcante Moreira
  2013-01-29  5:26     ` Eric Abrahamsen
  0 siblings, 1 reply; 5+ messages in thread
From: Darlan Cavalcante Moreira @ 2013-01-28 18:05 UTC (permalink / raw)
  To: Bastien; +Cc: emacs-orgmode

At Thu, 24 Jan 2013 20:01:47 +0100,
Bastien wrote:
> 
> Hi Darlan,
> 
> Darlan Cavalcante Moreira <darcamo@gmail.com> writes:
> 
> > everything works as expected and a table in the headline with ID
> > "someIDstring" is used. However, if I try
> >
> > ("f" "The template description" table-line
> >     (id some_variable)
> >     "this is the template content"
> >     :table-line-pos "II-1"
> >     :immediate-finish t)
> 
> Can you provide the full (setq org-capture-templates ...)
> s-expression?

Hi Bastien,

First I created an org-mode file with the following content to act as the
target.
--8<---------------cut here---------------start------------->8---
* Test table
  :PROPERTIES:
  :ID:       MyTestID
  :END:


|   | Nome           | Valor |
|---+----------------+-------|
|   | something      | 12.00 |
|   | something else | 23.45 |
|---+----------------+-------|
| # | Total          | 35.45 |
#+TBLFM: @4$3=vsum(@2..@-1);%.2f
--8<---------------cut here---------------end--------------->8---

The capture template is something as simple as 
--8<---------------cut here---------------start------------->8---
(setq org-capture-templates
      '(
        ("f" "Add a new product and value")
        ("ff" "Table" table-line
         (id "MyTestID")
         "|| %^{Product} | %^{Value} |"
         :table-line-pos "II-1"
         :immediate-finish t)))
--8<---------------cut here---------------end--------------->8---

This works as expected, but for my use case each month the target should be
a different table (which I create with a different ID). Obviously manually
changing the capture template each month is error prone and easy to
forget. Therefore, tried to change the ID to a function providing the new
target or a variable. For instance the code below.

--8<---------------cut here---------------start------------->8---
(setq myIDVar "MyTestID")

(setq org-capture-templates
      '(
        ("f" "Add a new product and value")
        ("ff" "Table" table-line
         (id myIDVar)
         "|| %^{Product} | %^{Value} |"
         :table-line-pos "II-1"
         :immediate-finish t)))
--8<---------------cut here---------------end--------------->8---

When I try to capture with this second template Emacs complains that it
cannot find the target ID "myIDVar". What I expected is that it would
search for the ID "MyTestID" that is the value of myIDVar and not for an ID
"myIDVar"

I have also tried the code below and it does not work either
--8<---------------cut here---------------start------------->8---
(defun some-function-return-the-id ()
  "DOCSTRING"
  (interactive)
  "MyTestID")

(setq org-capture-templates
      '(
        ("f" "Add a new product and value")
        ("ff" "Table" table-line
         (id (some-function-return-the-id))
         "|| %^{Product} | %^{Value} |"
         :table-line-pos "II-1"
         :immediate-finish t)))
--8<---------------cut here---------------end--------------->8---
 
> Did you tried this?
> 
> (setq org-capture-templates
>  `(("f" "The template description" table-line
>         (id ,some_variable)
>         "this is the template content"
>         :table-line-pos "II-1"
>         :immediate-finish t)))
> 
> > then it does not work even if some_variable or (some_function) provides the
> > correct ID value. It seems that
> > (id something)
> > will always interpret "something" as a string (no matter if I put it inside
> > quotes or not).
> 
> Yes, it expects a string.
> 
> > Is it possible to achieve what I want with the current org-capture
> > implementation? 
> 
> See above.  The problem being, of course, that the capture template
> for "f" will use some_variable *statically* -- if the value of the
> some_variable variable changed after you evaluated the s-expression
> (setq org-capture-templates ...) then the new value will not be
> known.
>

This is something I'll have to keep in mind. However, I don't expect this
to be a problem since I start Emacs everyday. It is enough for me if I can
set the ID to a variable (before setting org-capture-templates) and it uses
the variable value as the ID, instead of trying to interpret the variable
name as the ID. In fact, even if I ever need to change the variable value
after org-capture-templates was set I'm fine by just reevaluating (setq
org-capture-templates ...) again so that it sees the new value.


> > If not, consider this as a feature request.
> 
> What feature exactly?  To allow a function here that would dynamically
> set the id? 
>

Exactly. Simple using the value of whatever list object I put there. Be it
a variable value or a function that provides the. I'm fine if the value
provided by a variable or a function is only read when
org-capture-templates is set.


> > The reason behind this is that each month I want a different target table
> > for this capture template and I already implemented a function that returns
> > the correct ID. If I can somehow make the ID target type use the return
> > value of this function then this capture template will use the correct
> > table each month. If not, I would be forced to manually change the capture
> > template in the beginning of each month (something I will definitely
> > forget).
> 
> If you want to use a function ,some_variable will not work, check 
> ,@ constructs in the Elisp manual.
>

My lisp knowledge is very limited to what I have seen in my Emacs
initialization (and a lot of trying and error). But I have never seen "@"
used in lisp nor I know what terms to search for it..


Regards,
Darlan


> Thanks,
> 
> -- 
>  Bastien

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* Re: How to use org-capture with "dynamic ID" targets?
  2013-01-28 18:05   ` Darlan Cavalcante Moreira
@ 2013-01-29  5:26     ` Eric Abrahamsen
  2013-01-29 14:20       ` Darlan Cavalcante Moreira
  0 siblings, 1 reply; 5+ messages in thread
From: Eric Abrahamsen @ 2013-01-29  5:26 UTC (permalink / raw)
  To: emacs-orgmode

Darlan Cavalcante Moreira <darcamo@gmail.com> writes:

> At Thu, 24 Jan 2013 20:01:47 +0100,
> Bastien wrote:
>> Did you tried this?
>> 
>> (setq org-capture-templates
>>  `(("f" "The template description" table-line
>>         (id ,some_variable)
>>         "this is the template content"
>>         :table-line-pos "II-1"
>>         :immediate-finish t)))
 
> This is something I'll have to keep in mind. However, I don't expect this
> to be a problem since I start Emacs everyday. It is enough for me if I can
> set the ID to a variable (before setting org-capture-templates) and it uses
> the variable value as the ID, instead of trying to interpret the variable
> name as the ID. In fact, even if I ever need to change the variable value
> after org-capture-templates was set I'm fine by just reevaluating (setq
> org-capture-templates ...) again so that it sees the new value.


> Exactly. Simple using the value of whatever list object I put there. Be it
> a variable value or a function that provides the. I'm fine if the value
> provided by a variable or a function is only read when
> org-capture-templates is set.

> My lisp knowledge is very limited to what I have seen in my Emacs
> initialization (and a lot of trying and error). But I have never seen "@"
> used in lisp nor I know what terms to search for it..

All this above is pretty much exactly what you're looking for. Check out
the "Backquote" section of the elisp manual for a pretty good
introduction. If you quote using a backtick (`) rather than an
apostrophe ('), you can use the comma (,) later on to evaluate variable
values, see the example at top. I don't believe you need the @ here, but
the manual section I mentioned explains it.

I used to do this in my agenda commands, but it wasn't really practical
because of the "only evaluate once" problem. If you restart emacs every
day, that won't really be an issue for you.

E

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* Re: How to use org-capture with "dynamic ID" targets?
  2013-01-29  5:26     ` Eric Abrahamsen
@ 2013-01-29 14:20       ` Darlan Cavalcante Moreira
  0 siblings, 0 replies; 5+ messages in thread
From: Darlan Cavalcante Moreira @ 2013-01-29 14:20 UTC (permalink / raw)
  To: Eric Abrahamsen; +Cc: emacs-orgmode


It works!
Thanks Eric.

The backquote plus ',' did the job. I now understand why my previous
attempts didn't work and I can imagine what would be necessary to implement
the feature I requested (not worth it).

--
Darlan

At Tue, 29 Jan 2013 13:26:05 +0800,
Eric Abrahamsen wrote:
> 
> Darlan Cavalcante Moreira <darcamo@gmail.com> writes:
> 
> > At Thu, 24 Jan 2013 20:01:47 +0100,
> > Bastien wrote:
> >> Did you tried this?
> >> 
> >> (setq org-capture-templates
> >>  `(("f" "The template description" table-line
> >>         (id ,some_variable)
> >>         "this is the template content"
> >>         :table-line-pos "II-1"
> >>         :immediate-finish t)))
>  
> > This is something I'll have to keep in mind. However, I don't expect this
> > to be a problem since I start Emacs everyday. It is enough for me if I can
> > set the ID to a variable (before setting org-capture-templates) and it uses
> > the variable value as the ID, instead of trying to interpret the variable
> > name as the ID. In fact, even if I ever need to change the variable value
> > after org-capture-templates was set I'm fine by just reevaluating (setq
> > org-capture-templates ...) again so that it sees the new value.
> 
> 
> > Exactly. Simple using the value of whatever list object I put there. Be it
> > a variable value or a function that provides the. I'm fine if the value
> > provided by a variable or a function is only read when
> > org-capture-templates is set.
> 
> > My lisp knowledge is very limited to what I have seen in my Emacs
> > initialization (and a lot of trying and error). But I have never seen "@"
> > used in lisp nor I know what terms to search for it..
> 
> All this above is pretty much exactly what you're looking for. Check out
> the "Backquote" section of the elisp manual for a pretty good
> introduction. If you quote using a backtick (`) rather than an
> apostrophe ('), you can use the comma (,) later on to evaluate variable
> values, see the example at top. I don't believe you need the @ here, but
> the manual section I mentioned explains it.
> 
> I used to do this in my agenda commands, but it wasn't really practical
> because of the "only evaluate once" problem. If you restart emacs every
> day, that won't really be an issue for you.
> 
> E
> 
> 

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