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  • #16
    Re: Field Rules Calculated

    Originally posted by aburningflame View Post
    And if he needs more powerful logic than a 1line xbasic statement? E.g checking for a title, etc etc
    An update operation has a genie that helps develop a split of names that can be saved and expanded upon.

    Splitting data into it's elementary parts is not an easy task and is very specific to the data in the source file. It's its own import within a record.

    There are tools for both DBF and SQL to accomplish this.

    Writing a UDF in xbasic is another good way to go for those who choose to write them.
    Last edited by Al Buchholz; 09-11-2013, 02:04 PM.
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    • #17
      Re: Field Rules Calculated

      Originally posted by Al Buchholz View Post
      An update operation has a genie that helps develop a split of names that can be saved and expanded upon.

      Splitting data into it's elementary parts is not an easy task and is very specific to the data in the source file. It's its own import within a record.

      There are tools for both DBF and SQL to accomplish this.
      It is not an easy task and is very specific to the data in the source file. -Agreed, I was offering him a way to architect and interconnect a function so he can write the logic to help split his data into its elementary parts. We do this sort of thing all the time (Fixing data, importing data, normalizing data) - and I was offering him MY preferred solution. Sure he can use the update genie - not sure how much control that would give him. As I said, he is free to disregard my suggestion completely if he does not feel it suits his needs.

      E.g given a name like
      Mary Ann Davis
      Mary Davis
      You can split this on space, and if length==2 you can assume its First Name [space] Lastname
      If length==3 You can assume its First Name [space] Middle Name [space] Lastname
      If length==4 You can assumine First [space] Middle[space] Last[space] Title

      Of course there are cases this will not work for e.g Mary Ann Davis where "Mary Ann" is the first name. However, this is a good starting point and he will have to review/fix data afterwards - there is no way around having a HUMAN look over it and fixing incorrect data.

      PseudoCode (Not working XBASIC Code) for Splitting Name into its elementary parts:
      partsArray = Split Name String by Space
      If partsArray Length is 2
      IF partsArray Length is 3
      IF partsArrayLength is 4
      Last edited by aburningflame; 09-11-2013, 02:19 PM.
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