We have a particular schema in which we set a default value for a particular metadata text field. The default value gets populated if we create relevant component on tridion CME. But we want it populated through some of our applications, which basically create these components through TDSE.

I agree we can go ahead and add this one field entry in all our applications. But why does this default value is not getting populated?

  • Are you using Interop dll's in 2009? Commented May 29, 2013 at 12:33
  • With CoreService, calling GetDefaultData() would get you those values, I don't know if TDSE/2009 does it. I think the default values are populated by the interface, not the core. Your app would have to read the schema and get default values for the fields that define it (like the CME does).
    – Nuno Linhares
    Commented May 29, 2013 at 12:49

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Through TDSE, you will not able to populate the default value automatically, however, you can try the Code Block below to retrieve the default value of a particular metadata field in the Schema:

TDSEClass tdse = new TDSEClass();
Schema schema = (tdse.GetObject(schemaId, EnumOpenMode.OpenModeView, null,
                 XMLReadFilter.XMLReadNull) as Schema); 

TridionWebSchemaFields metadataFields = schema.MetadataFields;

var defaultValue = metadataFields.Item("[xml field name]").DefaultValue();

//OR: var defaultValue = metadataFields.Item([index]).DefaultValue(); // [index] is 1 based

I hope it helps.

  • Hey Pankaj, thanks for the answer. As per the need of our requirement we are making this value gets populated through event system for now (we basically have some save events associated with the same schema). Your answer will help us in tweaking existing applications in future. Commented Jun 4, 2013 at 7:58
  • It is always my pleasure to help the community :) Commented Jun 4, 2013 at 8:19

Setting the default value for newly created components is done by the WebGUI and not by the underlying BL layers; hence creating components outside of the WebGUI will not populate default values.

If you create a component programmatically you can also programmatically set it's fields to any value of your choosing (including many more complex setups than what the default value offers; like filling multivalue fields, or component link fields, etc).

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