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  • #16
    Re: Help with automating saved queries...

    Tom, Stan, Al;

    To all that read and made suggestions, thanx !!! In the spirit of showing what I learned the final solution and an example of the output is below.

    What I learned is:...
    1 You can get a list of Saved Operations (Queries) for a table.
    2 You can extract the FILTER parameter from those queries.
    3 You can capture the sums easily by using TABLESUM().
    4 This allows for easy self maintenancing by simply adding/removing Saved Operation Queries and upon the next script run it will used whatever exists which is very much what I wanted... too not be modifying this script going forward just because new items were added to the list of things to process or deleted for that matter.
    5 This demonstrates Add A New Table, with fields and Adding to the database.
    6 Capturing results from the TABLESUM() and updating the newly created table.
    7 Warning upon an Overwrite situation.
    8 Use of the PleaseWait() function to keep user informed of script progress.

    Solution Code:
    'Date Created: 04-Nov-2015 10:18:16 PM
    'Last Updated: 05-Nov-2015 11:02:36 PM
    'Created By : KeithW
    'Updated By : KeithW
    dim start As C
    dim finish as C
    dim cnt as N
    dim item as C
    dim list as C
    dim filter as C
    dim tbl as P
    dim query_balance as N

    ' Generate a list of all Saved Operations Queries for this table...
    list = a5_get_operations("query", "summ_by_customer")
    msgbox("List Of Operations",list) ' show list to user...

    'In case the destination table name is stored as a relative file name, or uses an alias
    'in the drive/path specification, use the filename_decode() function to convert the
    'filename to an absolute filename.
    destination_table = filename_decode("[PathAlias.ADB_Path]\Specific_Obligors.dbf")

    if file.exists(table.filename_get(destination_table)) then
    overwrite_result = ui_msg_box("Warning","'"+destination_table+"' already exists." + crlf(2) + "Would you like to overwrite it?",UI_INFORMATION_SYMBOL+UI_YES_NO)
    if overwrite_result <> UI_YES_SELECTED then
    end if
    end if

    ' Create new table for Query Results...
    fields = <<%a%
    create_table("[PathAlias.ADB_Path]\Specific_Obligors.dbf", fields)

    ' Add the destination table to the database....

    ' Open destination table for processing...
    tbl =

    ' Begin processing Obligors...
    start = Time("0h:0m:0s")

    for each item in list ' only process Queries starting with a "z"
    if left(item.value,1) = "z" then

    ' Get FILTER parameter from existing Saved Operation (Query)...
    filter = query_filter_get(item)

    ' Display PleaseWait dialog to inform user of processing status...
    PleaseWait(.T., item + " ... ")

    ' Apply FILTER to table and sum the Total_Balance field...
    query_balance = 0
    query_balance = tablesum("summ_by_customer",filter,"total_balance")

    ' Enter mode to add new record to result table...
    tbl.Key_Code = item
    tbl.Amount = query_balance

    ' Take down PleaseWait dialog box...

    ' Keep track of the quantity of FILTERED/TABLESUM()s are run...
    cnt = cnt +1
    End If
    finish = Time("0h:0m:0s")
    msgbox("Query Processing","Completed !!" +crlf()+str(cnt,2,0)+" items"+crlf()+start+" - "+finish)


    '- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
    FUNCTION PleaseWait AS C (Show = .F.,what = "" )
    'DESCRIPTION: This function displays a 'Please Wait' dialog for use while processing.
    'What is an optional parameter that will be displayed along with the words "Please Wait"
    PleaseWait = ""
    if show = .F.
    if ui_modeless_dlg_exist("Processing")
    end if
    exit function
    end if
    text1 = what+" Please Wait"
    len = len(text1)*2
    box_code = <<%dlg%
    {background=Pale Yellow}
    box_event = <<%code%
    ' - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

    First 5 Lines of Output Generated in Specified_Obligors file...
    Key_Code Amount

    z01_Fort Bragg 95,933.91
    z02_Invista 910,248.67
    z03_Wake County Board 1,524,354.34
    z04_NC State Univ 197,530.93
    z05_City Of Raleigh Park 429,200.77

    This file can then be exported to Excel which is where I need the data.
    I realize I can write directly to an Excel file and that is an exercise for another day.

    This shaved an hour of sitting and doing each step manually to 7 minutes with no intervention !
    Not a huge savings, but nice to not to have to be a slave to the original process no more.

    Keith Weatherhead
    Discus Data, Ltd
    [email protected]


    • #17
      Re: Help with automating saved queries...

      Why not put those 45 filter definitions into a table. Embed your browse in a form with your calc total fields and use a lookup to apply the filter you want. Then you can print the data or copy the result to another table, or export to Excel, using a button.

      Discernment is not needed in things that differ, but in those things that appear to be the same. - Miles Sanford