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Noobie Question about Autoincrement key and Lookups

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    Noobie Question about Autoincrement key and Lookups

    Sorry if this is a basic question, but after reviewing many forum posts and videos, I cannot come up with a good answer. (I am using the 30-day evaluation so the Noob level is at max.)
    I'm building a small proof of concept mobile application.

    I have an Asset record that requires user-selection of an Asset Type from the CodeLookup table. These are tables in MS SQLServer.
    The Asset Type column will require a lookup grid, list, Auto-suggest list or some other type of control for the user to see the Type Name rather than the numeric value from the CodeLookup Pkey.
    The user will also need to be able to edit the Asset Type column.

    Pkey AutoIncrement
    Id Varchar
    Name Varchar

    Id Varchar
    Name Varchar
    Type Integer

    I am using the UX component with a List Control panel card and details panel card similar to the quick start mobile example.

    I have experimented with the Grid Component and Auto-Suggest List controls but am having trouble displaying the Type Name and saving any new selection.

    If I select a row from the list panel card, the details panel card displays the selected record?s data but the Type column displays the numeric value, not the Type Name. I assumed the mapping of Asset Type to CodeLookup Pkey would do this.

    I can select a valid row from the Auto-Suggest List but when I save the record the Asset Type column is zero, not the CodeLookup Pkey I selected.

    Any guidance or direction to an appropriate documentation topic would help a lot.
    Last edited by NJPCHAMPS; 03-17-2016, 09:02 AM. Reason: Text alignment

    Re: Noobie Question about Autoincrement key and Lookups

    I think I solved my own issue. The Asset Type column was not defined with a Foreign Key constraint to the CodeLookup Pkey column.
    I set the control to a DropDownBox on the detail panel card and defined the Choices as a dynamic SQL select statement.
    Now the detail panel decodes the CodeLookup integer column and displays it as the Name.
    The user interface allows selection from the valid list of Type Names and saves the integer key value into the Asset Type column.


      Re: Noobie Question about Autoincrement key and Lookups

      Hi Nigel.

      I'm trying to do the exact same thing except it isn't working as well for me.When you say your, "Asset Type column was not defined with a Foreign Key constraint," are you referring to an error in how your DB was setup or something you have to set in Alpha to it knows to update the foreign key value instead of trying to alter the lookup table?

      When you created your Dropdown box did you select "Store another value other than display value" and set that to the Lookup Table's Id column?