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  • *ANY function

    In the past I've had problems with spammers using my "Send To Friend" and other emailable pages to send messages using "bad words." I'm attempting to create a simple script that will stop the email process from proceeding and go to a warning page instead.

    This is what I'm working with:
    if *ANY(currentform.Controls.Message.value,lookup("[pathalias.adb_path]\Badwords","Recnum= 1","Badwords"))
    Currentform.RedirectTarget = "BadWords.a5w"
    else...

    Also tried without "value":
    if *ANY(currentform.Controls.Message,lookup("[pathalias.adb_path]\Badwords","Recnum= 1","Badwords"))
    Currentform.RedirectTarget = "BadWords.a5w"
    else...

    If I place a bad word directly into the script, it works:
    if *ANY(currentform.Controls.Message.value,"s***") <---Obviously didn't spell the entire word here.
    Currentform.RedirectTarget = "BadWords.a5w"
    else...

    Interactive Window displays all words correctly in the badwords field.

    Also tried many other combinations...

    Thanks for ideas!
    Last edited by EricN; 05-31-2008, 02:24 PM.
    Eric

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  • #2
    Re: *ANY function

    Eric,
    I do believe that the *ANY() function takes a string as an argument and not a list. You may want to try Occurs_words().

    http://support.alphasoftware.com/alp...RS_WORDS().HTM


    EDIT:*ANY() is also case sensitive which would make your list at least doubly long.

    Containsi() may also work for what you want.
    Mike
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    It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see.
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    • #3
      Re: *ANY function

      Hello Mike,

      Tried:
      dim Badwords as c = alltrim(lookup("[pathalias.adb_path]\Badwords","Recnum= 1","Badwords"))
      if containsi(currentform.Controls.Message.value,Badwords)
      Currentform.RedirectTarget = "BadWords.a5w"
      else...

      This didn't work.

      I've tried entering the bad words separately and also with a coma. (**** **** and ****, ****)
      Also, in case this helps, the badwords field is character, not memo.

      PS: Regarding *ALL(), the case sensitive part is really no big deal. There aren't that many "bad words" are there? :)
      Last edited by EricN; 05-31-2008, 05:47 PM.
      Eric

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      • #4
        Re: *ANY function

        Eric,
        Is your "Badwords" list
        A character string containing words separated by space characters
        which is what containsi() needs

        Why not make it a crlf list and use occurs_words() ?
        Mike
        __________________________________________
        It is only when we forget all our learning that we begin to know.
        It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see.
        Henry David Thoreau
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        • #5
          Re: *ANY function

          Sorry--Didn't know you did not have a list but are referring simply to a field. Will come back to this ....


          later: Try just occursi(currentform.Controls.Message.value,Badwords) then.
          Mike
          __________________________________________
          It is only when we forget all our learning that we begin to know.
          It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see.
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          • #6
            Re: *ANY function

            Originally posted by MikeC View Post
            Eric,
            Why not make it a crlf list and use occurs_words() ?
            Because I have several dialogs I would like to implement this with. If I had a list, I would have to edit each dialog each time I found a new bad word. The method I'm attempting would allow me to just go to the "badwords" field in my badwords table and add the new words, affecting all my dialogs at once.

            dim Badwords as c = alltrim(lookup("[pathalias.adb_path]\Badwords","Recnum= 1","Badwords"))
            if occursi(currentform.Controls.Message.value,Badwords)
            Currentform.RedirectTarget = "BadWords.a5w"
            else...
            Didn't work. Taking "value" out didn't work either.

            Trying your suggestion below...
            Last edited by EricN; 05-31-2008, 06:09 PM.
            Eric

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            • #7
              Re: *ANY function

              Oops--forgot to mention that occursi() returns the number of occurances so try
              Code:
               
              if occursi(currentform.Controls.Message.value,Badwords)>=1
              Currentform.RedirectTarget = "BadWords.a5w"
              Mike
              __________________________________________
              It is only when we forget all our learning that we begin to know.
              It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see.
              Henry David Thoreau
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              • #8
                Re: *ANY function

                Relooking at what you have--you have the arguments backwards in the *ANY() function---the field should be first and the search string second...but it is case sensitive so would think you would want to use one of these other functions instead....
                Mike
                __________________________________________
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                It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see.
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                • #9
                  Re: *ANY function

                  Originally posted by MikeC View Post
                  Relooking at what you have--you have the arguments backwards in the *ANY() function---the field should be first and the search string second..
                  Just tried this:
                  if *any(alltrim(lookup("[pathalias.adb_path]\Badwords","Recnum= 1","Badwords")),currentform.Controls.Message.value)
                  Currentform.RedirectTarget = "BadWords.a5w"
                  else...
                  Didn't work.

                  Tried your other suggestion above and

                  if occursi(currentform.Controls.Message.value,alltrim(lookup("[pathalias.adb_path]\Badwords","Recnum= 1","Badwords")))>=1
                  Currentform.RedirectTarget = "BadWords.a5w"
                  else...

                  Update: For some reason it isn't sending to the correct page BUT it no longer is sending an email. So half is working...I think.
                  Last edited by EricN; 05-31-2008, 06:23 PM.
                  Eric

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                  • #10
                    Re: *ANY function

                    Eric,

                    As I am just guessing without having the tables here I would break it down starting very simply with a literal as you did with the *ANY() function and just with occursi() and the word in the interactive making sure it returns the correct number of occurences. Then add a bit more....
                    Mike
                    __________________________________________
                    It is only when we forget all our learning that we begin to know.
                    It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see.
                    Henry David Thoreau
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                    • #11
                      Re: *ANY function

                      As Mike suggested... baby steps..

                      I think you should look at *at_multi() instead of *any()
                      ie

                      find_these_words = "bad,worse,terrible"
                      find_these_words_crlf=comma_to_crlf(find_these_words)
                      search_in_string = "this is an example of using a bad word"


                      ?*at_multi(find_these_words_crlf,search_in_string)
                      = 31


                      Since you are filtering in the lookup to get just record 1 are all of the bad words in a single record?

                      Has George Carlin reviewed the word list?
                      Al Buchholz
                      Bookwood Systems, LTD
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                      Occam's Razor - KISS
                      Normalize till it hurts - De-normalize till it works.
                      Advice offered and questions asked in the spirit of learning how to fish is better than someone giving you a fish.
                      When we triage a problem it is much easier to read sample systems than to read a mind.

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                      • #12
                        Re: *ANY function

                        Hello Al,

                        I thought I was taking, "baby steps."

                        Yes, all the bad words are in a single field.

                        Has George Carlin reviewed the word list?
                        He hasn't responded to my phone message as of yet.
                        Last edited by EricN; 05-31-2008, 07:27 PM.
                        Eric

                        Alpha Five Websites
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                        • #13
                          Re: *ANY function

                          One of the 'baby steps' that I take is shown in the example.

                          Prepare the arguments for the function as variables so you can see the variables in debug() or ui_message_boxes prior to the function being called.

                          It saves a lot of time later on trying to figuure out what is really in the arguments....
                          Al Buchholz
                          Bookwood Systems, LTD
                          Weekly QReportBuilder Webinars Thursday 1 pm CST

                          Occam's Razor - KISS
                          Normalize till it hurts - De-normalize till it works.
                          Advice offered and questions asked in the spirit of learning how to fish is better than someone giving you a fish.
                          When we triage a problem it is much easier to read sample systems than to read a mind.

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