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  • XBasic Newbie

    I have a table with 2 fields, one is a date, the other a character.

    I need to enter 365 new records, one for each day of 2010. The character field can be blank.

    I'm sure xbasic can make this easy, but I'm not quite sure where to start.

    (Right now, I have the table open and I'm entering them manually. I'm tempted to open the dbf file in excel and do it that way, but I'm thinking this is a good chance to learn some xbasic.)

    Thank you.

    --Rob

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    Re: XBasic Newbie

    In pseudo code the script would:

    Code:
    a) open the table 
    b) navigate to the last record in date order
    c) assign the date field value to a variable
    d) use a while ... end while loop to
       -- increment the date variable
       -- begin a new record
       -- assign the incremented date variable to the date field
       -- commit the new record
       -- loop back and repeat until the date variable is the last day of 2010
    e) close the table

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    • #3
      Re: XBasic Newbie

      Rob

      Is this what you want

      Code:
      dim tbl as p
      dim date10 as d
      date10={01/01/2010}
      
      tbl=table.open("something") 'something would be replaced with your table name
      
      tbl.batch_begin()
      for i=1 to 364       '1 less than 365 since Date10 is already loaded with the first date of the year
      	tbl.enter_begin()
      		tbl.Date_cal=date10
      		date10=date10+1  'add 1 to the date10 variable
      	tbl.enter_end()
      next i
      tbl.batch_end()
      tbl.close()

      edit

      this code creates a table with dates from the 1st of the year until the end of the year - seems I missed the fact that you already have started the table manually.

      Tom Baker
      Last edited by Tbaker; 11-29-2009, 10:28 PM. Reason: See Tom C has already answered

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      • #4
        Re: XBasic Newbie

        Two very different approaches to this problem - both work well, I'm sure.

        Thank you!

        --Rob

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        • #5
          Re: XBasic Newbie

          Rob

          This one is based on Tom Cone's post

          Code:
          dim tbl as p
          dim date10 as d
          
          tbl=table.open("something")'something is replaced with your table name
          
          tbl.fetch_last()  'find the last record in the table
          date10=tbl.Date_cal+1 'fetch the date field and increase it by 1
          
          
          tbl.batch_begin()
          while date10<{01/01/2011}' continue while date10 is less than the first day of January 2011
          	tbl.enter_begin()
          		tbl.date_cal=date10
          		
          	tbl.enter_end()
          	date10=date10+1 'increase the date by 1 for the next loop   
          end while
          	
          tbl.batch_end()
          tbl.close()
          This takes into consideration that you already have begun entering dates manually into the table.

          Tom Baker
          Last edited by Tbaker; 11-29-2009, 11:22 PM. Reason: corrected code

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          • #6
            Re: XBasic Newbie

            I do this every 3 months using a slightly different approach.
            1) Made Date field autoinc with no default value in FR
            2) Manually entered the 1st record in the default browse with an initial value 1/1/2009
            3) Created the script:
            Code:
            Dim i as N
            FOR i= 1 to 90
             Record_add("Tablename","sometext=")
            NEXT i
            END
            I run it every 3 mths or so to precreate dates. Sometext is then populated by the user as needed.

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