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  • quick help with a calculation

    happy friday guys!

    quick question:

    I have 2 variables and 1 calculated field.

    var1 -> ignore = ""
    var2 -> scan_serial = ""

    calc-> (Var->IGNORE)-(var->scan_serial)

    I know this is incorrect but I'm hoping someone can help me with the proper way to define my calculated field.

    The "ignore" variable is supposed to subtract the characters from the "scan_serial" variable.

    i.e.

    ignore = C
    scan_serial = C1312
    my calculated field should read = 1312

    Thanks!

  • #2
    Re: quick help with a calculation

    Wouldn't it be nice if it was that easy!
    Code:
    dim ignore as c= "C"
    dim scan_serial as c= "C1312"
    ?strtran(scan_serial,ignore,"")
    = "1312"

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    • #3
      Re: quick help with a calculation

      This should work

      Code:
       
      calcfield=strtran(scan_serial,ignore,"")

      here is code in interactive window

      ignore="C"
      scan_serial="C1322"
      calcfield=strtran(scan_serial,ignore,"")
      ?calcfield
      = "1322"

      Tom
      Last edited by Tbaker; 08-19-2011, 02:35 PM. Reason: Added help info

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      • #4
        Re: quick help with a calculation

        is there a chance that the ignore string is more than 1 character and you want to ignore each of them no matter where they are?

        and/or are there other complications beyond the example given?
        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.
        "Make it as simple as possible, but not simpler."
        Albert Einstein

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        • #5
          Re: quick help with a calculation

          no its pretty simple. I'm actually trying to set up an ignore string for before AND after. I'm going to try and use strtran(scan_serial,ignore,"") i'll see where this takes me

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          • #6
            Re: quick help with a calculation

            doesnt work. i'm getting a error " field 'ignore' not found". I don't think this works with variables. Is there another code where I can have ignore1 (before string) & ignore2 (after string) ?

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            • #7
              Re: quick help with a calculation

              Originally posted by hov333 View Post
              doesnt work. i'm getting a error " field 'ignore' not found". I don't think this works with variables. Is there another code where I can have ignore1 (before string) & ignore2 (after string) ?
              please post your code..
              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.
              "Make it as simple as possible, but not simpler."
              Albert Einstein

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              • #8
                Re: quick help with a calculation

                its exactly the code that Tom suggested:
                my calculated field is set to = strtran(scan_serial,ignore,"")

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                • #9
                  Re: quick help with a calculation

                  here is what I want to do, these are character based not numeric btw :

                  my calc-> (Var->IGNORE1)-(var->scan_serial)-(Var->IGNORE2)

                  So say:
                  ignore1= S
                  ignore2= D

                  When a number is entered -> SXXD

                  The result is XX

                  The IGNORES will be removing the noted characters from the entered string

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                  • #10
                    Re: quick help with a calculation

                    Originally posted by hov333 View Post
                    its exactly the code that Tom suggested:
                    my calculated field is set to = strtran(scan_serial,ignore,"")
                    If that works for the first char then you can ignore any trailing characters (non numeric) with val()
                    ?b
                    = "8970k"

                    ?val(b)
                    = 8970

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                    • #11
                      Re: quick help with a calculation

                      tst = "SXXD"

                      ? stritran_multi(tst,"D"+crlf()+"S","")
                      = "XX"

                      ignore1 = "D"
                      ignore2 = "S"
                      ignore_list = ignore1+crlf()+ignore2

                      ? stritran_multi(tst,ignore_list,"")
                      = "XX"
                      There can be only one.

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                      • #12
                        Re: quick help with a calculation

                        Originally posted by hov333 View Post
                        here is what I want to do, these are character based not numeric btw :

                        my calc-> (Var->IGNORE1)-(var->scan_serial)-(Var->IGNORE2)

                        So say:
                        ignore1= S
                        ignore2= D

                        When a number is entered -> SXXD

                        The result is XX

                        The IGNORES will be removing the noted characters from the entered string
                        Actually that's not the code that Tom suggested.

                        Your code is concatenating strings together. http://www.alphafivewiki.com/Charact...tion+Functions

                        You can see all of the character functions here. http://www.alphafivewiki.com/Character+Functions


                        remember when I asked this question?
                        is there a chance that the ignore string is more than 1 character and you want to ignore each of them no matter where they are?

                        It appears that is the case.

                        It appears that you want build a calculated field, so do this. use strtran twice in the same expression - once on the original string and the second on the result.

                        calcfield = strtran(strtran(scan_serial,ignore1,""),ignore2,"")


                        Another option is what Stan did, which is more suited for a script or function.

                        Ray's solution is another way to approach stripping any character from the 'numeric' part of a string.
                        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.
                        "Make it as simple as possible, but not simpler."
                        Albert Einstein

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                        • #13
                          Re: quick help with a calculation

                          thanks for the reply stan, but this may as well be Swahili for me.

                          I tried your code but heres the issue:
                          Lets say
                          tst = "DSXXD"

                          ? stritran_multi(tst,"D"+crlf()+"S","")
                          = "XX"

                          I only want ignore1 to remove the string BEFORE and string2 to remove the string AFTER the entered value. Your code is remove the character that is anywhere in the string.

                          Heres another example:

                          ignore1= S
                          ignore2= D

                          When a number is entered -> SXXDSSD

                          The result has to be = XXDSS (not XX)

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                          • #14
                            Re: quick help with a calculation

                            Originally posted by hov333 View Post
                            I only want ignore1 to remove the string BEFORE and string2 to remove the string AFTER the entered value. Your code is remove the character that is anywhere in the string.

                            Heres another example:

                            ignore1= S
                            ignore2= D

                            When a number is entered -> SXXDSSD

                            The result has to be = XXDSS (not XX)
                            context is very important.

                            I'd suggest that you post an example form/browse of what you really want to do.
                            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.
                            "Make it as simple as possible, but not simpler."
                            Albert Einstein

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                            • #15
                              Re: quick help with a calculation

                              Originally posted by Tbaker View Post
                              This should work

                              Code:
                               
                              calcfield=strtran(scan_serial,ignore,"")

                              Tom
                              thats what I got from Tom, thanks for your help though. I will try these other options and see what happens.

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