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  • State ComboBox - How To

    Ladies / Gentlemen


    This product is very very good but at the same time very very bad.

    Let me explain, I want to create a DropDownComboBox in the WEB Edition of AlphaFive.

    In my customer Table I have a Field called STATE, it is a two character field which contains the valid State abbreviation for that customer.

    In AlphaFive, after much looking around I found that you could have a LOOKUP for the field values.

    LOOKUP = Checked
    LOOKUP TYPE = Edit-Combo List
    LOOKUP DEFINITION = Static

    Now here is the rub, I for the life of me can not find where you would put in the Standard List of States, I know that you could type in each one, but AlphaFive is such a Great Product I am sure that their is a way to specify the internally stored list of State Names.

    BUT I CAN NOT FIND IT.


    I mean their are two functions that I found

    CSTATE() --- it looks up the full name from the 2 character abreviation

    and

    CSTATE_ABREVLOOKUP() --- it looks up the 2 character abreviation from the full name.

    That must mean that its stored somewhere.


    Any help would be greatly appreciated.


    Mark Moss
    Newbie ( STILL )

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    Re: State ComboBox - How To

    Mark,
    Take another look at cstates()....you can have it return the abbreviated or full name of all the states dependent upon the argument you enter into the function..."A" for the abbreviations....."S" for the full names....or even both as they show in the help file example with the pipe separating them as "A|S".
    For instance---
    ? cstates("A" + crlf() ) in the interactive would yield all the abbreviations
    in a crlf list.

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


    Is this 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: State ComboBox - How To

      I am not sure if this is what you want from your description but If you want a drop down box with the state choices, choose Drop Down box for the control type. Under Choices, click on Pre-defined lists on the bottom and there are a couple of state choices.

      A lookup (for a text field) is for looking up information in a table.
      Bill Griffin
      Parkell, Inc

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      • #4
        Re: State ComboBox - How To

        Bill


        That is exactly what I wanted.

        Thanks.


        Also do you know of any documentation that discusses these simple types of questions on AlphaFive?

        Or maybe a guide for Newbie's that walks you thru all of the property options and explains their use?


        Mark Moss
        :)

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        • #5
          Re: State ComboBox - How To

          Originally posted by markmoss View Post
          Bill


          Also do you know of any documentation that discusses these simple types of questions on AlphaFive?

          Or maybe a guide for Newbie's that walks you thru all of the property options and explains their use?


          Mark Moss
          :)
          Unfortunatly not. I glean most info from the board and the videos that have been posted (and by poking around)
          Bill Griffin
          Parkell, Inc

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          • #6
            Re: State ComboBox - How To

            Bill


            That is so sad, I am finding out how GREAT a product AlphaFive is, but I wonder how many people just quit using it because of a lack of documentation.


            Now the follow on question, the DropDownBox works great but how can I set the State Field in the Grid to display the full State Name from the Stored State Abreviation.


            I know that I have to use the 'cstates("S")', but I do not know where to put it.


            Thanks again

            Mark Moss
            :)

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            • #7
              Re: State ComboBox - How To

              Is the data for the CSTATE functions hard coded into Alpha? I am here in the UK/Ireland and my potential marketplace is here. If I could replace the US data with locale specific info it would save me a bit of time.

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              • #8
                Re: State ComboBox - How To

                it would appear that this is for US/Canada only

                CSTATE()

                Syntax

                State_Name as C = CSTATE( State_Code as C )

                Argument
                Description

                State_Code
                The two character code for a US state or Canadian province.

                You could just create a table with the abbreviationa and full names and do a lookup on the table?
                Bill Griffin
                Parkell, Inc

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                • #9
                  Re: State ComboBox - How To

                  Originally posted by markmoss View Post
                  Bill


                  That is so sad, I am finding out how GREAT a product AlphaFive is, but I wonder how many people just quit using it because of a lack of documentation.


                  Now the follow on question, the DropDownBox works great but how can I set the State Field in the Grid to display the full State Name from the Stored State Abreviation.


                  I know that I have to use the 'cstates("S")', but I do not know where to put it.


                  Thanks again

                  Mark Moss
                  :)
                  if you are using a dbf, simply create a calculated field and use that on the grid.

                  ie fullstate = cstate(state)
                  Bill Griffin
                  Parkell, Inc

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                  • #10
                    Re: State ComboBox - How To

                    Bill


                    I am not using .DBF files, I am attaching to MSSQL Server 2008 R2.


                    Mark Moss
                    :)

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                    • #11
                      Re: State ComboBox - How To

                      I think it is still the same concept - use a caluclated field.
                      Bill Griffin
                      Parkell, Inc

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                      • #12
                        Re: State ComboBox - How To

                        here is a video example with a sql backend

                        http://screencast.com/t/OWJlOGMwYz

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