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  • can i make a number negative

    cant find any info on how to do this.

    when my firm receives a commission for a salesperson, we add it to a table which produces commission statements.

    we take a cut of the salesmans commissions, so it is my intention that when we add a record for the commission, i progmatically add a second record with the correct deduction.

    i do not want a complicated accountancy system just a simple report showing positive commissions and negative deductions.

    i have the code working fine up to the point that it is obviously showing the 'networks deduction' as a positive, when i need it to be negative.

    is this something that i can do?


  • #2
    Re: can i make a number negative

    here is my script so far

    dim tbl as P
    dim vtot_comm as n
    dim var_network_deduct as n
    dim var_adv_split as n
    tbl ="tcommmngr")
    'add deduction to statement
    tbl.Caseref = tcommmngr->caseref
    tbl.Commtype= "Network Deduction"


    • #3
      Re: can i make a number negative

      Seems to me you want positive commissions and negative commissions OR you want postitive commissions and positive deductions. Must be missing something.

      To convert a numeric value that's positive to a negative numeric just multiply it by negative 1.


      • #4
        Re: can i make a number negative

        thanks tom,

        that worked great.

        i probably didnt make it clear.


        we receive 1000 of which we retain 250 and pass 750 to salesman.

        i add one record for 1,000 and another for -250.

        both show on the salesman statement giving him/her the correct net commission due to them.


        • #5
          Re: can i make a number negative

          It is not necessary to add a second record since you can make your cut as a calculated field in the same record, but if you want to add the second record, just multiply your cut by -1


          • #6
            Re: can i make a number negative

            part of the calculation is derived from a value of a field in another table, so i didnt think i could do this in field rules


            • #7
              Re: can i make a number negative

              Richard, it just goes to show how differently people think. I think a negative deduction is a credit. In this situation I'd store the deduction amount as positive, and subtract it when doing the calc. Interestingly, you store it as a negative value and add it when doing the calc. We wind up in the same place, but get there by different routes.


              • #8
                Re: can i make a number negative


                imsure your way is the right way, i just didnt want to get over complicated with this and couldnt think of another way to do.

                my initial thought was to manange it as a set of accounts, but i thought this would over complicate what i needed to achieve.

                im sure as we develop this part of our app further i may be pushed in to another way of doing this. hope not!!!


                • #9
                  Re: can i make a number negative

                  Originally posted by richard2007 View Post
                  part of the calculation is derived from a value of a field in another table, so i didnt think i could do this in field rules
                  You can.
                  The same way it's "derived" from another table, could be derived to field rules using any lookup functions or anything similar.