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Reverse Sets for Reporting Purposes

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  • Reverse Sets for Reporting Purposes

    I think this is what I need, but haven't been able to figure this out and the link to "TURBO DEMO: Reverse Sets for Reporting Purposes" is, evidently, broken. Haven't been able to find it anywhere. Here is my situation. It is basically set up as Customers -> Invoices/Orders -> Order items/products. In my report, I need to be able to total the product by product count for each Customer as well as have a grand total for each product count. The total I need is the Count (the number sold) of the product, not the amount. The product/details table is set up as follows:
    hdr_id   ->>>> relate to the order
    product  ->>>>  from products table
    amt_ea  ->>>  filled in on the lookup
    amt_total  ->>>  calc field
    This seems like a simple operation, but I cannot figure out a way to get the grand total for each product. Can get a grand total for all, but not for each. I have the products listed for each Customer order in a subreport. I really don't need each listed, just totals for each. Therefore have been using the multi-column 6 across style in order to save space/paper.
    product --- count product --- count product --- count, etc.
    So I can put the total count of each next to the product in the group header and not have any details listed. But can't get these totals into a grand total for each product.
    Hope this makes sense.

  • #2
    Re: Reverse Sets for Reporting Purposes

    You can find the turbo demos here
    Tim Kiebert
    Eagle Creek Citrus
    A complex system that does not work is invariably found to have evolved from a simpler system that worked just fine.


    • #3
      Re: Reverse Sets for Reporting Purposes

      Thanks, Tim. I'll get to studying.


      • #4
        Re: Reverse Sets for Reporting Purposes

        That all makes sense, but don't think it applies to what I need. My set makeup is: Order_header -> Order_details/items (one to many). I basically need to have each Customer listed with their order and detail totals, (seems to be a standard invoice report) which I can arrive at. But at the end of the report or somewhere I need to have the totals of each detail item listed. What this is concerning is boxes of goods. Each box has different items in them. So what is tracked is each category of box, the number of boxes sold, amount of the box and an extension amount.
          Box #1 total:       3
          Box #2 total:       2
          Box #4 total:       5
          Box #2 total:       1
          Box #4 total:       5
          Box #6 total:       3
        Totals:   Box #1    3
                     Box #2    3      
                     Box #4:   10
                     Box #6:   3
        The Customer is from the order_header cust_id displaying the fullname, plus the order date which I filter the report on. The details are from the Items table.
        I even designed a summary operation which contains the type box and number sold filtered on the date chosen. But haven't figured out the best way to plug this into the footer of the report. Have thought about just loading up some variables in the init of the report and displaying them in the report footer.
        Does this make any sense?
        Appreciate your help.


        • #5
          Re: Reverse Sets for Reporting Purposes

          Here's a simple zip file. Only has one report, Deliveries_rpt which uses the order_details_set (order_header -> order_details). I am needing a way to display the totals at the end of the report broken out by Type order (box). I've got it hardcoded for a date, so all you have to do is run it and play with it.


          • #6
            Re: Reverse Sets for Reporting Purposes


            apologies if I led you on. It was just the other week that I stumbled on to the link for those turbo demos. So my earlier reply was just pointing you there. I did not mean to imply that they would solve your actual question.:o

            I will have a look if I can. but I am sure others will jump in now that you have provided a sample.
            Tim Kiebert
            Eagle Creek Citrus
            A complex system that does not work is invariably found to have evolved from a simpler system that worked just fine.


            • #7
              Re: Reverse Sets for Reporting Purposes

              Glad you gave me the link. Looks like a lot of good stuff there. When I read thru the help on Reverse sets, it looked like the demo example might be just what I needed. I resolved it thru a sort of workaround. Do a copy operation to get the main data I need for the report. Then run a summarize to get the totals of each. Then in the report Init event, I read thru the temp totals table and load up some variables that I display in the report footer. Works great on my machine, but for some reason nothing get copied on my test machine. Plus only one of my operations is getting restored to my test machine. I do a zip database (db files only) then a restore on the test machine. Don't know what's going on. Run the RunTime engine on my test machine.
              Really do appreciate all your help.


              • #8
                Re: Reverse Sets for Reporting Purposes

                Hi Ernie,

                I'm pleased that you have got the report working that you required.

                It would be interesting to see how you did it.

                Please take the following as helpful observations.

                I would recommend that you have another look at your naming conventions, field types and field rules.

                eg. Only have numeric fields which will be used in calculations. It is not necessary to auto increment a child table. Make your field names that are going to be used as links and lookups easier to identify.

                I hope this helps, if only a bit.
                Keith Hubert
                Alpha Guild Member
                KHDB Management Systems
                Skype = keith.hubert

                For your day-to-day Needs, you Need an Alpha Database!


                • #9
                  Re: Reverse Sets for Reporting Purposes

                  Thanks for the suggestions, Keith. I always think everything will one day be ported to SQL, so that is the reason behind my making auto increments numeric. Am probably mistaken in this and have wanted to asked the reason for making them char. What is the reason behind making only fields that need possible calculations numeric? I also try to give every table an auto increment field, which may also be unnecessary. I will take any suggestions to heart.
                  Thanks again.


                  • #10
                    Re: Reverse Sets for Reporting Purposes

                    Hi all,

                    I found it's kinda hard to auto-increase the ID when ported all the tables to PostgreSQL. It works great under A5 as it has auto-increment functions built-in.

                    It would be great if I can find the solution to auto-increase the ID in PostgreSQL as I already google it for quite some times but still have no lucks for me.

                    Thank you.