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Which Action Script writes variable value back to another table?

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  • Which Action Script writes variable value back to another table?

    An Action Script "Set variables to the value contained in one or more fields in a specified record in a table" makes it easy to retrieve the value of a field in a table other than the parent table of the form and place it the value in a variable.

    Is there a way using Action Scripting to do the reverse?

    To me this is fairly basic functionality that I am surprised Action Scripting doesn't cover -- but I hope I'm overlooking something.

    tblParameter contains a record showing the value of the last record displayed in tblTopic. The purpose of this is to allow the user to pick up where he last left off, much like what TurboTax does when you can't complete your entire tax return in one setting.

    I'm trying to discipline myself to rely on Action Scripting but don't see an action to write the value of a variable back to an unrelated table when the parent form closes.

    Bob McGaffic
    Pittsburgh

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    Re: Which Action Script writes variable value back to another table?

    Bob,
    Doesn't the Update operation do this if you choose the General tab of the genie and then use "Assign a Calculated value to a field" ?...you would then specify your variable when using the expression.
    Mike
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    • #3
      Re: Which Action Script writes variable value back to another table?

      Are you looking for the Fields category, Set Field values?
      There can be only one.

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      • #4
        Re: Which Action Script writes variable value back to another table?

        Sorry to interrupt--but how do I make a thread? Embarrassingly I wish I could remain anonymous but can't believe I have forgotten how to do it.

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        • #5
          Re: Which Action Script writes variable value back to another table?

          I may have misunderstood. I thought the unrelated table was not open--if it is open then either use what Stan indicated or the Object Properties (Set and Get)-->Set properties of Object(s)
          Mike
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          • #6
            Re: Which Action Script writes variable value back to another table?

            don't see an action to write the value of a variable back to an unrelated table when the parent form closes
            If the target table is supporting an open form (and the correct record is in view) you can assign values to objects in that form with action scripting, and then commit them to the table.

            It seems by the use of the word "unrelated" that you may have something else in mind. I don't think action scripting can help you open a table (without opening a form), set the primary index required to do a find by key, fetch the correct record, verify that the fetch succeeded, trap the error if the fetch failed, then place the table in change mode, assign the new values to fields in that record, then commit the record to disk, and finally close the table.

            -- tom

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            • #7
              Re: Which Action Script writes variable value back to another table?

              Originally posted by rmcgaffic View Post

              I'm trying to discipline myself to rely on Action Scripting
              That's an interesting philosophy which I started doing when I first started using Alpha.

              But action scripting is not intended to be all encompassing, but is a good starting point...

              So my philosophy has changed to using Action Scripting as a guide and helper and then writing functions for processes that have moved from test/play/experiment mode to production mode.

              Most of this shift came from a side comment from Selwyn at a conference a few years ago which in summary was ' write functions '

              In response to your question, look at action scripting - records - xbasic change record.
              Al Buchholz
              Bookwood Systems, LTD
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              • #8
                Re: Which Action Script writes variable value back to another table?

                Originally posted by Kathy View Post
                Sorry to interrupt--but how do I make a thread? Embarrassingly I wish I could remain anonymous but can't believe I have forgotten how to do it.
                There can be only one.

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                • #9
                  Re: Which Action Script writes variable value back to another table?

                  :D Now that Bob has up to 4 ways in Action Scripting to do what he wants, I doubt he will venture into xbasic anytime soon!
                  Mike
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                  It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see.
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                  • #10
                    Re: Which Action Script writes variable value back to another table?

                    Stan, Can I ask which program you use for screen capture? The one I am using does screen capture OK and is free but does not seem to allow me to insert text like you did in the above example.

                    Thanks.
                    Jeff Ryder

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                    • #11
                      Re: Which Action Script writes variable value back to another table?

                      Oldie but goodie called PrintKey2000. It's freeware. If you want a copy email me [email protected] and I'll attach it to a return message.
                      There can be only one.

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                      • #12
                        Re: Which Action Script writes variable value back to another table?

                        Jeff,

                        Fastone isn't bad either.

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                        • #13
                          Re: Which Action Script writes variable value back to another table?

                          Stan,

                          Thanks for the offer. I have gotten use to my current screen capture and as someone suggested in a private message I can easily use paint to add text and line drawing so I will give that a try for now.
                          Jeff Ryder

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                          • #14
                            Re: Which Action Script writes variable value back to another table?

                            Bob, Getting back to the original question...

                            In the 'Records' category I think 'Xbasic Enter Record' might do what you want.


                            EDIT:
                            Thanks to another vigilant member of this forum (who shall remain nameless but their initials are Mike C :p) for bringing to my attention that my suggestion was already made by Al in post 7. I guess great minds think alike don't they Al.
                            Last edited by Tim Kiebert; 04-10-2009, 02:15 AM.
                            Tim Kiebert
                            Eagle Creek Citrus
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                            • #15
                              Re: Which Action Script writes variable value back to another table?

                              Originally posted by Tim Kiebert View Post
                              I guess great minds think alike don't they Al.
                              Tim

                              No problem. My thought was buried in the rant I had. Having people in the northern and southern hemisphere look at the same issue allows a view from top down and bottom up without having to rotate the idea..

                              And it's Mike C's job to watch my 6....... it keeps him busy....

                              Looking back - I thought I remembered which AS Bob referred to ( "Set variables to the value contained in one or more fields in a specified record in a table"), but now I'm not sure which one it is.. Do you see it? - if so send a picture - right side up please... ;)
                              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

                              http://www.iadn.com/images/media/iadn_member.png

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