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  • Question about import() & the code editor

    I just created an import to import ascii text data into a database.

    I used the new import wizard to create the import. After creating the import I copied the code generated by the wizard into the code editor in an attempt to understand how the import operation worked.

    In the code editor the functions are shown in green text. For most of the functions when I click on a function I get help with function and the required arguments for that function. However when I click on the import() function nothing happens.

    My question is two fold; am I missing something or not doing something right?
    What do I need to do to get help with the import() function and secondly I have searched for a description of the import() function and it's arguments without success.

    The wizard genereated code which included the following:

    import.type = 1
    import.names = "none"
    import. ...

    I would like to know what the various import.types are and which of the other generated arguments are required.

    Thanks for your help.

    Steve

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    Re: Question about import() & the code editor

    In order to run the import you have created use:

    import.run()

    There is no function import() which is why no help pops up.
    Open help from menu or press F1 and go to Index and/or Search tab and type in import - there are lots of references.

    Garry

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    • #3
      Re: Question about import() & the code editor

      The import runs fine when I run it interactively this is not my problem.

      My problem / question is the wizard created the following code fragment and I cannot find any documentation/information on the methods shown in the code fragment.

      import.type = 1
      import.names = "none"
      import.file = import_filename
      import.db = temporary_import_table
      import.skip_lines = 0
      import.skip_bytes = 0
      import.field_sep = ""
      import.record_sep = "<CR><LF>"
      import.text_qualifier = ""
      import.record_len = 101
      import.rem_blanks = .F.
      import.escape_newlines = .F.
      import.fields = 1
      import.field1 = "field1,c,1,120,0"
      import()

      For example I want to know what import.type = 1 equates to (what type of import is this?), what other types of import.type values are appropriate and what they are.

      I have searched all of the help systems I can find and I cannot find any information related to this.

      I'm not trying to be argumentative; I just want to understand the code. The Code Editor thinks the import() statement is a function because to was rendered in green type along with all of the other functions.
      Last edited by Steve Schwartz; 06-15-2009, 08:56 PM.

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      • #4
        Re: Question about import() &amp; the code editor

        Steve,
        As Garry stated, use the help file and enter in Import. I came up with this page by doing so after looking at maybe 3 other entries....I think it is what you are wanting. Also, I tend to agree with Garry in that there is no documented import() function.....but there is a table.import() function. Action Scripting produces the import() function but it is basically an internal Alpha function....normally the ones that are documented are the ones to use.

        http://support.alphasoftware.com/alp...E.IMPORT().htm
        Mike
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        • #5
          Re: Question about import() &amp; the code editor

          Mike and Gary I have found all of the help data you are refering to and none of it references the information I'm looking for.

          The import genie/wizard created the following code:

          import.type = 1
          import.names = "none"
          import.file = import_filename
          import.db = temporary_import_table
          import.skip_lines = 0
          import.skip_bytes = 0
          import.field_sep = ""
          import.record_sep = "<CR><LF>"
          import.text_qualifier = ""
          import.record_len = 101
          import.rem_blanks = .F.
          import.escape_newlines = .F.
          import.fields = 1
          import.field1 = "field1,c,1,120,0"
          import()


          Most of the items are self explanatory, howerver I would like to know what other options are availiable for the import.type = 1.

          For example is import.type = 2 valid and if so what type of import is it? What other options are availiable for import.name = ?

          Steve

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          • #6
            Re: Question about import() &amp; the code editor

            Hi Steve

            import.type=0 Character Separated Values
            import.type=1 Table ASCII
            import.type=2 Rich Text File
            import.type=3 Excel File
            import.type=4 Lotus 1-2-3 v1.0/1.0A
            import.type=5 Lotus 1-2-3 v2.0
            import.type=6 Lotus 1-2-3 v3.0
            import.type=7 Symphony v1.0
            import.type=8 Symphony v1.1
            import.type=9 dbf Damaged Table

            Please read the link provided by MikeC above

            Regards
            Chris
            Last edited by ChrisHawkes; 06-16-2009, 08:11 AM.
            If It Works First Time, There's Something Wrong!!!

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            • #7
              Re: Question about import() &amp; the code editor

              Gentlemen,

              Thank you for your help sometimes I can be a little dense.

              Steve

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