Video : Options Extension for Interviews in Intelligent Advisor

In the third of our ongoing series (custom Labels was the first part, custom Inputs the second part) , the video at the end of this article tries to give a good overview of what a custom Options Extension is used for in an Intelligent Advisor Interview. More specifically, it looks at the following topics :

  1. The basic layout of the custom Options Extension code and how to quickly generate a sample using the Code Generator.
  2. The basic structure of the Array that you need to create for your Options Extension.
  3. The unique structure of the custom Options Extension, compared to the standard Input.
  4. We look at how to leverage other API features such as the interview.fetch() function or a plain old Ajax call in your Options Extension.
  5. Finally we check out the idea of returning Null in the first instance in order to take advantage of a built-in spinner so that the user is aware that things are “not ready yet”

Extensions like these, when used appropriately , can enhance the user experience in Interviews. We should of course be careful to not overstep the bounds of what is permitted in our Extensions – we should never try and change the outcome of a determination – but we sure can make it look a lot more attractive.

In the video which is 20 minutes long, as well as looking at how to build Options Extensions, you can see some simple examples of how to use them for practical and visual effect in Interviews. These examples are all included in the Consultants Guide to JavaScript Extensions book.


The video is also available on our Youtube Channel if you prefer to watch it there in full screen. Just click on the image below:

Options Extensions - Video : Input Extensions Introduction

If you are interested in the latest developments in respect of JavaScript Extensions you might be interested in these posts :

PS – Did you know – we have just released a Temporal Reasoning Class online.

Author: Richard Napier

After 8 years in case management and ERP software roles, Richard Napier joined Siebel Systems in 1999 and took up the role of managing the nascent Siebel University in Southern Europe. He subsequently was Director of Business Development and Education for InFact Group (now part of Business & Decisions) for 8 years. He now runs Intelligent Advisor IT Consulting OÜ. Owner of, he also is Co-Founder of the Siebel Hub.

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