Tip #1319: Double the single quotes

tl;dr

If you have email addresses coming from somewhere and you’re using them in Power Automate to filter and find the records, make sure to double the quotes.

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One of the observations made by our lifetime tipster Jerry Weinstock was that citizens tend to create automations that follow happy path. I have to say this turned out to be valid for yours truly as well.

Am I becoming a citizen?! o__O

The Enabler

I was processing some records that came from a spreadsheet and needed to look up CDS records by email. That part of my flow looked something like this:

Happy – 3000, unhappy – 2. Diving in.

That explains it. According to RFC5322, the recipient part may use any of these ASCII characters:

  • Uppercase and lowercase English letters (a–z, A–Z)
  • Digits 0 to 9
  • Characters ! # $ % & ‘ * + – / = ? ^ _ ` { | } ~
  • Character . (dot, period, full stop) provided that it is not the first or last character, and provided also that it does not appear two or more times consecutively (e.g. John..Doe@example.com)

All of these characters are probably fine except the quote that breaks the fragile syntax of JSON land. So the expression catering for unhappy path has become:

And everyone is happy now, including the unhappy path with 6 quotes in a row.

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