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  • Some ideas please

    I built a Inventory and maintenance db some time ago in Lotus approach - It has worked very well, but it is now a very old program and does not match some of the enhancements built into Alpha 5. As the user likes the way the program works, they would like it be duplicated with minmum changes to the process if they are going to move to Alpha.

    In doing the duplication I have one set of steps that I am finding little ability to duplicate. Basically it is my create workoder process. I can duplicate most of the steps except the last. What I need to be able to do is put a blank listview on an xdialog and then while the xdialog is open add from another xdialog parts to the listview on the first xdialog.

    I created a movie of the steps with me trying explain what gets done. Sound is poor but I think you can see what I need to do from it. If you go to

    the key to the process is that creates mulitple workorders and therefor all steps need to match this. I can duplicate all but this last step. I am looking for ways to achieve this process. It actually is one that user really likes and would not like to see it change. If there is another way that can be considered with no real problem to the workflow then I am onto a winner as well.
    Mark Pearson
    [email protected]
    Youtube channel

  • #2
    Re: Some ideas please

    Hi Mark,

    Here is some code from leaning XDialog. It sort of does what you want, but does need some work to do exactly the same as your video.

    'Date Created: 12-Jun-2002 08:02:48 AM
    'Last Updated: 12-Jun-2002 08:02:48 AM
    'Created By  : Selwyn
    'Updated By  : Selwyn
    colors = "Red,Green,Yellow,Blue,Purple,Orange,Lime,Cyan"
    colors = stritran(colors,",",crlf())
    dim a_colors[20] as c
    dim a_selected[20] as c
    ui_dlg_box("Check Box-List Box",<<%dlg%
    This control uses the '^$' directive.;
    Value of check box-list box variable:;
    This control uses the '^$$' directive.;
    Value of check box-list box variable:;
    if a_dlg_button = "select_color" then
    	a_dlg_button = ""
    end if
    Keith Hubert
    Alpha Guild Member
    KHDB Management Systems
    Skype = keith.hubert

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    • #3
      Re: Some ideas please

      Thanks Kieth, I thought I had asked something too complex, so I appreciate that you took the time to do some research for me.

      Had the same idea as you and checked the learn xdialog, It wasn't until I looked at the Listview under what's new in V10, that it all started to click together. As a result I now get it to do want I want. As per my demo, I now have all the steps in place. Still needs some tweaking, but I am happy I am now going the right direction. Even more happy as I was worried this would falter the whole project. The examples there show a really simplified listview process that helped to follow the steps of the complex one that the genie builds.

      I think I am the verge of getting this whole project squared away now as there is an addin to the demo program that also manages the inventory issue and receipting in a field environment. It does some great things all based on scanning barcodes and lots of listviews that items can be easily removed if issued incorrectly at POS without the need to touch the tables. What I have discovered here now makes me happy that I can duplicate that as well.

      When I get this finished to a user stage for the first segment, I will be happy to share results if interested. I am about a month away from getting to this stage though.

      I would like to Alpha provide more info the Listview structure. They have added a powerful control but only give basic instructions on it.
      Mark Pearson
      [email protected]
      Youtube channel


      • #4
        Re: Some ideas please

        Here is a demo of what I ended up doing with this problem (No awful sound this time) Suffice to say the steps show.

        1. Selection of equipment
        2. Commencement of work order - at this point nothing was saved until user clicks next.
        3. Workorder created - as there were three serial numbers selected, one workorder was created for each one.
        4. Additional stuff added. Parts used were added. When next is clicked the the three work orders are updated, Parts are added to the parts used on each work order. Time for repair is added to the event log of each work order. If a part was not in stock that part is added to the order now list based on the qty and number of WOs. If part in stock, stock level is reduced. IF min levels of stock reached it is also added to the parts order list.

        If after step 2 nothing else is done, the user need only go to the open work order to update. key difference is that they will only be working on the work order of the one item they will be now looking at, not the original three.
        Mark Pearson
        [email protected]
        Youtube channel