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    count recordss in a set

    i need to count records based upon a set, i have beenusing table count so far to count all records based upon a filter in the parent table.

    i now need to further that filter based upon a field criteria in a child table, but am struggling to work out how.

    here is my filter based upon the parent table
    i now need to determine an additional filter from the child table.

    the child table is called 'tstaff' and the field filter is 'status="DA"'

    could someone please point me in the right direction. i managed the above filter with the help of the msg board, but have come to a dead end on filtering a set.


    Re: count recordss in a set

    more -

    im assuming i cant use tablecount as this seems to be only based upon one table.


      Re: count recordss in a set

      Take a look at



        Re: count recordss in a set

        thanks tom,

        worked great. i used this filter
        much appreciated.



          Re: count recordss in a set

          i have looked for a similiar function to total the sum of a numeric field in the same set and based upon the same filters.

          i couldnt find 'a5_get_sum' and i have tried dbsum() and totalvalue()

          again, i would be grateful for a point in the right direction


            Re: count recordss in a set

            Look at the total() function




              Re: count recordss in a set

              i did try this and can get it to work with no filter but i cant seem to make the filter work (im sure i am not applying the correct syntax).

              i have had a good look through the help files but can see any thing to help me apply a filter to this function.

              here is what i have tried.
              i have tried also total_value()


                Re: count recordss in a set

                The Total() function only takes up to 3 arguments, the last two being grouping parameters.

                I have no clue as to what a total_value function is as have not heard of it and cannot find documentation on it.

                Some will also point out that the Total() function is also mainly used in a report--although it can and has been successfully outside of a report.

                Have you tried the tablesum() function as it seems to be tailored for what you are attempting?
                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


                  Re: count recordss in a set

                  Richard, I don't think tablesum() or dbsum() can be used with a set. It may be time for your to create your own user defined function. The function could open a fresh instance of the set, query the primary table, then step through all the records to accumulate the desired sum, discarding values in records that don't meet the child table filter criteria.


                    Re: count recordss in a set

                    hi tom,

                    i am known for my over optimism and positive out look even in a very negative situation (demonstrated in that i still develop a mortgage software in todays market place)

                    but im afraid i wouldnt even know where to start with this.

                    i was thinking rather than create this information on a form, create a report.