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    input multiple data into table with one entry

    Is there any way to have a single entry into a table be a trigger to create multiple rows of data?

    Here is a for example:

    If I am creating a sales map, and have a sales rep that covers the south east, I would love to be able to set them up as southeast somehow, and that creates multiple rows, one for each state in the south east (north carolina, south carolina, etc, etc).

    I want a row for each state, because I've got a clickable map where a customer might click on georgia, and I want that sales rep to show up as a contact for that state.

    Does that make sense? Thanks.

    Re: input multiple data into table with one entry

    You could set up a "template" table which carries all the States and their Region. When you need to set up a sales rep, fire off a Stored Proc that selects all the records from the template with the Region needed... and inserts them into your sales map table. You'd pass into the Proc the Region (for the template Select) and the sales rep Id (for the Insert).


      Re: input multiple data into table with one entry

      David, that sounds like a great idea. I'm still sort of a newbie, could you point me in the general direction of how I would set that up? Thanks.


        Re: input multiple data into table with one entry

        I think this needs to go back to how your tables are setup to THEN determine how you would make the call to pull out of the database what you want. I would bet that 5 guys could give you 5 diff scenarios on how to accomplish this - none of them wrong, even if they were not the best. The best would really be determined by your needs.
        First how are you storing the info?
        If your table column for the "state" that they are reps for contains just one state name and your considering creating a new row for each state they rep that might be one way.
        Another way would be to have a table of states, each with a numeric ID then in the reps table you list the ID's instead of the state names.

        Your button would essentially create a list of reps where the ID matched the state ID in the URL - there are (youtube?) videos on how to use the URL itself in the call - David I think was just discussing this in another thread the other day.

        So again, you may want to say how your storing the info first, maybe even how your inputting it into the database, then how are you making the call - is it a state specific URL? is it just a list that can be searched? A searchable list would be the fastest way for a new guy to do it - in my opinion anyway.
        All you have to do is create a list, include a search section and put the search function on the state column - add in the search and clear filter buttons and that should work pretty much right out of the box.

        Once you build that it wouldn't be long before you can start working through setting up a filter or "search" through the URL.

        Good luck!
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          Re: input multiple data into table with one entry

          You don't say which sql database you're using... the Stored Proc Alpha call for SQL Server and MySQL are different. This forum has posts about the proper syntax for each. For the sql database you're using, Google creating a Stored Proc with parameters... you'll find a lot of good information. You could do the record creation in XBasic which means a lot of looping. Go the Stored Proc route... it's a valuable skill to have... and worth the time understanding it.

          Within your sql database manager, create the Stored Proc and test it there... ensure it's working properly. Then worry about the call from Alpha.


            Re: input multiple data into table with one entry

            I'm using MySQL.

            I've got one table called sales_rep that has the following fields:

            name, title, phone, email, picture

            I've got another table called sales_rep_state_mapping, which has the following fields:

            record ID, email, state

            I've created a view named sales_rep_view which joins the two based on the email field.

            For admin purposes, I created a tabbed UI. Inside of that, I have button to create a sales rep, which is where you can input data into the sales_rep table. I have a second button where you can then link that sales rep to multiple states (dropping that data into the sales_rep_state_mapping table). The process right now would be to select the email address of the sales rep from a dropdown, and then select a state from the dropdown. And basically just keep doing this over and over until you have that email address associated with as many states as you want.

            And then I have an html map. Clicking on a state on that map takes you to a UX component I created that pulls data from the sales_rep_view table.

            This is what it looks like so far:



              Re: input multiple data into table with one entry

              Perhaps you should enable multiple selections for the state drop down.
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                Re: input multiple data into table with one entry

                Hey Charles, thanks for the idea. I tried multiple selections using checkboxes, but that became problematic when I tried to go from my clickable map to the UX component filtered by state.

                I ended up restructuring my data which seems to work ok. I created a table where I defined regions. So for example I would have an East, West, North, whatever region. And then I mapped specific states to regions. And then I created a view that pulled together my sales data with the region table. This works much better, as I only have to define the regions once, and then when I add a new sales rep, I just specify which region they are in, and it dumps all of the entries into my view for that rep with each state.

                Thanks all for the feedback.