The Alpha Software Forum Participation Guidelines

The Alpha Software Forum is a free forum created for Alpha Software Developer Community to ask for help, exchange ideas, and share solutions. Alpha Software strives to create an environment where all members of the community can feel safe to participate. In order to ensure the Alpha Software Forum is a place where all feel welcome, forum participants are expected to behave as follows:
  • Be professional in your conduct
  • Be kind to others
  • Be constructive when giving feedback
  • Be open to new ideas and suggestions
  • Stay on topic

Be sure all comments and threads you post are respectful. Posts that contain any of the following content will be considered a violation of your agreement as a member of the Alpha Software Forum Community and will be moderated:
  • Spam.
  • Vulgar language.
  • Quotes from private conversations without permission, including pricing and other sales related discussions.
  • Personal attacks, insults, or subtle put-downs.
  • Harassment, bullying, threatening, mocking, shaming, or deriding anyone.
  • Sexist, racist, homophobic, transphobic, ableist, or otherwise discriminatory jokes and language.
  • Sexually explicit or violent material, links, or language.
  • Pirated, hacked, or copyright-infringing material.
  • Encouraging of others to engage in the above behaviors.

If a thread or post is found to contain any of the content outlined above, a moderator may choose to take one of the following actions:
  • Remove the Post or Thread - the content is removed from the forum.
  • Place the User in Moderation - all posts and new threads must be approved by a moderator before they are posted.
  • Temporarily Ban the User - user is banned from forum for a period of time.
  • Permanently Ban the User - user is permanently banned from the forum.

Moderators may also rename posts and threads if they are too generic or do not property reflect the content.

Moderators may move threads if they have been posted in the incorrect forum.

Threads/Posts questioning specific moderator decisions or actions (such as "why was a user banned?") are not allowed and will be removed.

The owners of Alpha Software Corporation (Forum Owner) reserve the right to remove, edit, move, or close any thread for any reason; or ban any forum member without notice, reason, or explanation.

Community members are encouraged to click the "Report Post" icon in the lower left of a given post if they feel the post is in violation of the rules. This will alert the Moderators to take a look.

Alpha Software Corporation may amend the guidelines from time to time and may also vary the procedures it sets out where appropriate in a particular case. Your agreement to comply with the guidelines will be deemed agreement to any changes to it.

Bonus TIPS for Successful Posting

Try a Search First
It is highly recommended that a Search be done on your topic before posting, as many questions have been answered in prior posts. As with any search engine, the shorter the search term, the more "hits" will be returned, but the more specific the search term is, the greater the relevance of those "hits". Searching for "table" might well return every message on the board while "tablesum" would greatly restrict the number of messages returned.

When you do post
First, make sure you are posting your question in the correct forum. For example, if you post an issue regarding Desktop applications on the Mobile & Browser Applications board , not only will your question not be seen by the appropriate audience, it may also be removed or relocated.

The more detail you provide about your problem or question, the more likely someone is to understand your request and be able to help. A sample database with a minimum of records (and its support files, zipped together) will make it much easier to diagnose issues with your application. Screen shots of error messages are especially helpful.

When explaining how to reproduce your problem, please be as detailed as possible. Describe every step, click-by-click and keypress-by-keypress. Otherwise when others try to duplicate your problem, they may do something slightly different and end up with different results.

A note about attachments
You may only attach one file to each message. Attachment file size is limited to 2MB. If you need to include several files, you may do so by zipping them into a single archive.

If you forgot to attach your files to your post, please do NOT create a new thread. Instead, reply to your original message and attach the file there.

When attaching screen shots, it is best to attach an image file (.BMP, .JPG, .GIF, .PNG, etc.) or a zip file of several images, as opposed to a Word document containing the screen shots. Because Word documents are prone to viruses, many message board users will not open your Word file, therefore limiting their ability to help you.

Similarly, if you are uploading a zipped archive, you should simply create a .ZIP file and not a self-extracting .EXE as many users will not run your EXE file.
See more
See less

Multi-select button list values are in reverse order

  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • Multi-select button list values are in reverse order

    I have added a standard button list control to a UX.
    It has 18 buttons defined and each button returns the same value as its name, eg button 1 returns 1, button 2 returns 2 etc.
    The button list allows multiple selections.

    When I get the value of the button list it returns comma separated values but they are in reverse order, eg if buttons 1, 3, and 9 are selected the return value is 9,3,1

    This seems a bit strange and there doesn't appear to be a property to control this. Any ideas or help with javascript to reverse the order is appreciated.

  • #2
    Re: Multi-select button list values are in reverse order

    This is another head shaker. If you're using .getValue, then what you get is a weird array... with 1 value, items backward. Using .getValue your return is actually ["9,3,1"]. Why it's backwards... who knows. Why it's an array... but isn't an array you can easily use... who knows. It's essential an array with one value... a comma delimited list of the buttons you've selected. Buy why put it into an array... if it's not going to be an array of values?? Anyway...

    Instead of using .getValue()... use .getControl(). This will let you get a true array of values (that's the head shaking part). The array is there... it's just that Alpha doesn't give it to you with .getValue().

    Once you have the array (still backwards) you can reverse it. I would hope that Alpha is using Javascript .push() to add to the array... but .push() always adds to the end of the array... so ???

    Here's another mystery... no matter what order you select your buttons in, they will always only be easily available from highest to lowest order... and not of the button values you selected, but of the UI button order... which is really weird. E.g. if you select buttons 3,1,9... you will always get ["9,3,1"]... even if you use .getControl(). Alpha is doing a lot of work to give you this result... which doesn't seem to make any sense.

    You can do this to get the buttons in ascending order...

    var btnListCtrl = {dialog.Object}.getControl('buttonListManyButtons');
    var blValues = btnListCtrl.value;

    If you want the values of the buttons you select to be in the order that you select them... there's more work to be done.

    var btnOrder = [];
    var btnListCtrl = {dialog.Object}.getControl('buttonListManyButtons');
    var blSel = btnListCtrl.selection;
    var btns = btnListCtrl._btns;
    for(var i=0;i<blSel.length;i++){
    Set up an array
    Get the button list control
    Use the button list control property ".selection" to get the zero based values of the buttons selected... in their proper order
    Loop through the button list control buttons picking out the values based on the .selection property
    Push these values into an array

    Overall, the button list control seems a bit unpolished.


    • #3
      Re: Multi-select button list values are in reverse order

      Thanks David,

      I borrowed from your examples and ended up doing this to reverse the returned value of the button list. In my case it didn't matter what order they were pressed in.

      var btnListCtrl = {dialog.Object}.getValue('MYBTNLIST');
      var blValues = btnListCtrl.toString();

      var blValuesReversed = reverseCommaSepString(blValues); //call function below

      function reverseCommaSepString(str) {
      return str.split(",").reverse().join(",");