I am trying to generate multiple documents(which are VF page rendered as Word doc), by iterating over a map. As my first step, i am reading a report, generating a map(where key is a string and value is a List of DTO that i created) out of it and then save each key value pair as a record in a custom object. Below is code for this :-

   ReadReportsData runReport = new ReadReportsData();
    grpBasedMap = runReport.readReportData();

    List<Test_Data__c> dataToInsertList = new List<Test_Data__c>();

    for(String str : grpBasedMap.keySet()){
       Test_Data__c cd = new Test_Data__c();
       cd.group_number__c = grpNbr;
       List<myDTO> dtoList = grpBasedMap.get(str);
       cd.Data_To_Populate_Json__c = JSON.serialize(dtoList);


     insert censusDataToInsertList;
     List<Messaging.SingleEmailMessage> mails = new    List<Messaging.SingleEmailMessage>();

      for(String grpNbr : grpBasedMap.keySet()){

Once the records get inserted, i am triggering another method that generates the documents by calling getContent() method on the VF page reference. Code is as below :-

public Messaging.SingleEmailMessage generateMail(String grpNbr){

   Messaging.SingleEmailMessage email = new Messaging.SingleEmailMessage(); 

       // Reference the attachment page 
       PageReference wordDoc =  Page.DataAsAttachment;


       // Take the Word content
       Blob b = wordDoc.getContent();

       // Create the email attachment
       Messaging.EmailFileAttachment efa = new Messaging.EmailFileAttachment();

       List<String> toAddresses = new List<String>{'[email protected]'};

       // Sets the paramaters of the email
       email.setSubject( 'Request' );
       email.setToAddresses(toAddresses );

       email.setFileAttachments(new Messaging.EmailFileAttachment[] {efa});

    return email;


In my VF page controller page when i query the inserted records an exception is thrown as below :- System.QueryException: List has no rows for assignment to SObject.

Which is now I understand is because of the transaction scope, as on the single transaction I am inserting the record and getting the record, I referred this Fields missing using getContent call for Visualforce rendered as PDF.

But how do i make sure that these request runs in separate transactions as i don't have any VF page component to define that.

I am thinking of handling the email logic in AFTER insert trigger of the Test_Data__c sObject. Thoughts and/or suggestions?

  • The link you reference includes a solution to the problem. Each request to the server is a separate transaction, and when the commandButton operation completes (and so has its transaction committed), its oncomplete attribute is used to make a second request to generate the PDF and that request can access the committed data. (Triggers won't help: they run in the same transaction.)
    – Keith C
    Jul 14, 2015 at 20:58
  • that's where i have problem is, that i don't have that kind of commandbutton where i can then do the onComplete action. i am just running my code via Execute Anonymous Window.
    – NaveenRaw
    Jul 14, 2015 at 21:08
  • It will take 10 minutes to create a Visualforce page contain the command button and a controller to wrap your logic and then you can use the "known good" solution.
    – Keith C
    Jul 14, 2015 at 21:13
  • Thanks Keith. I was trying to resist creating a VF page and look for possibly other workarounds. Now I am gonna go ahead with your advice.
    – NaveenRaw
    Jul 14, 2015 at 21:17
  • Sometimes a page is needed to run/test code. Another example is when making web service callouts. Here given that you can't commit a transaction in Apex code, using the browser to make two requests is the simplest solution.
    – Keith C
    Jul 14, 2015 at 21:24

1 Answer 1


By executing my logic from a command button I am able to do the required functionality. I am now calling the method containing getContent() call on the onComplete() event of the Button as suggested in the following link.

Fields missing using getContent call for Visualforce rendered as PDF

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