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  • #16
    Re: Change table element from report

    Almost to the line, I have already done exactly what you suggest. I use a filter (patient_no) to go through each patient, I total the patients bills for the month, total the patients payments for the month, then do a calculated field which essentially says (Total bills + opening balance) - Total payments. I get a new balance due for each patient. What I have not been able to do (is this circular reference?) is now do your "change the balance_due in the patients table (third line from bottom) How is this done??
    Thanks for your extensive answer.


    • #17
      Re: Change table element from report

      this depends on "where" you are doing this work.

      Are you running a script?

      Are you trying to do this in your report?

      Describe what's going on in detail

      Added later: Check private messages here on this board
      Last edited by Tom Cone Jr; 08-04-2019, 03:50 PM.


      • #18
        Re: Change table element from report

        Tom I have tried running a script which does the "totals" (total fees + opening balance) - total payment) exactly from the report so that what is calculated in each report is also calculated in the script. Just cant get it to actually change the balance due field in patients table.


        • #19
          Re: Change table element from report

          I'm possibly lost, but do you want a value calculated on the form to update a field in a table?
          After the calculation?
          If you can calculate it in a report, it should be easy to create a calculated field and run the calc in a table.
          See our Hybrid Option here;

          There are 3 things you can do in any situation;
          Live with it, Change it or Walk away from it.


          • #20
            Re: Change table element from report

            That's exactly what I want and exactly what I thought. It should be easy. What does "run the calc in a table" mean?


            • #21
              Re: Change table element from report

              Try this.
              Creat a test table, 3 fields

              Cost = numeric
              Salestax =numeric
              Result = numeric, but, Field Rule for this field is Calculated.
              Calculated expression = Cost+Salestax.

              So your calculated field is in the table and you can use it in the report.
              See our Hybrid Option here;

              There are 3 things you can do in any situation;
              Live with it, Change it or Walk away from it.


              • #22
                Re: Change table element from report

                Ted, Are you saying that my balance_due field should be a calculated field and use it to calculate the expression that I need? I hadn't considered that and will try it out now. Thanks for the thought.


                • #23
                  Re: Change table element from report

                  From the first post you wrote this:
                  I have been trying to change a field from within a report.... I compute a "balance due" from other fields in the report and wish to open one of the tables in this set, replace a value in this table (opening balance)
                  The calculations that are in the report should be able to be calculate outside the report and collected and then have that collection update the records that the report is reporting. To attempt to use the calculated values within the report as the data source to update the patient records will simply not work.

                  I have attached a sample application that does what I believe you are seeking. The approach is to have the script that runs the report collect the same calculations that you have the report calculate and have this collection used to update the patient balance values.

                  I hope this helps.
                  Attached Files
                  Mike W
                  "I rebel in at least small things to express to the world that I have not completely surrendered"


                  • #24
                    Re: Change table element from report

                    Yes David, the table should have all of the necessary calculations (or at least the basis for the calculations) in it.
                    If you are worried about space or table size, then the Report or any Form can have a Calculated Field on it which takes into account the base data.
                    Nail down the data first.
                    See our Hybrid Option here;

                    There are 3 things you can do in any situation;
                    Live with it, Change it or Walk away from it.


                    • #25
                      Re: Change table element from report

                      Mike Your suggestion is basically what I now have in my own desktop app. I thank you for your amazing work that you have done to get my app to work properly.