# Displaying Databin as a Dataset table in a FormFunction Cloud Deployment

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 I am trying to set up a cloud deployed FormFunction where a user can enter a public databin ID and then view the contents formatted as a dataset. I keep running into issues where the output of the form returns straight text rather than the table I am looking for. CloudDeploy[ FormFunction[{"Databin ID:" -> <| "Help" -> "Enter the ID of a public Databin", "Interpreter" -> "String"|>, }, Dataset[Databin[#"Databin ID:"]] &], Permissions -> "Public"] And here is a snippet of what I am getting in return when I try to view the databin as a dataset: Dataset[{<|"Name" -> "Ben", "Email" -> "fake@gmail.com","Timestamp" -> DateObject[{2018, 5, 18, 12, 26, 55.98299980163574}, "Instant", "Gregorian", -7.]|><|"Name" -> "bob", "Email" -> "anotherfake@gmail.com","Timestamp" -> DateObject[{2018, 5, 18, 12, 30, 33.210999965667725}, "Instant", "Gregorian", -7.]|>..... I can replace Dataset[Databin[#"Databin ID:"]]& with this ExportForm[Dataset[Databin[#"Databin ID:"]], "PNG"] & and it will display an image of what I am looking for, but any other formatting option ("HTML", "WL", etc.) either fails or returns the same string of text as beforeAny idea what I am missing?
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Posted 1 year ago
 The more I look into this, the more I think it may be a bug instead of a coding issue. The reason being is that if I include the exact same code as above without using CloudDeploy in Mathematica, the result displays as expected with a Dataset table showing the databin contents. Furthermore, if I use the following code to simply CloudDeploy a Databin formatted as a Dataset, it also shows correctly. CloudDeploy[Dataset[Databin["uI5TknW0"]]] I just don't understand what would cause such a discrepancy with a CloudDeploy.
 After much trial and error, and eventually guidance from a kind soul on StackExchange, I was finally able to troubleshoot the problem. The fix was to use ExportForm to deploy it as a CloudCDF. I initially avoided this option because I thought it would require a CDF player installation for users. Here is the final working code: CloudDeploy[ FormFunction[{"Databin ID:" -> <| "Help" -> "Enter the ID of a public Databin", "Interpreter" -> "String"|>, }, ExportForm[Dataset[Databin[#"Databin ID:"]],"CloudCDF"] &], Permissions -> "Public"] `Still not sure why that option has to be set, but it is great to now know the fix.