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  • Entering data in a set

    I'm new to Alpha Five V-9.
    I have an invoicing set --- "Job" with "Invoices" as the child.
    I wish to be able to select a job via the Job browse, view the job on the invoices form, then enter a new invoice on a different form within the set.
    No matter how I try, the only way that I have found is to enter a new invoice via the embedded browse on the job form.
    I need to be able to create a button (which I know how to do) to go to a separate invoice form that will retain the current job number and allow me to create a new invoice. Problem is that no matter how I have tried, the separate invoice form still makes me do a lookup for the job number.
    Any ideas?
    If I have not been perfectly clear, I apologize, as I am still rather new at this.
    Thank you for any help that you may give.
    Tedd

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    Re: Entering data in a set

    Hi Tedd,

    This sounds like a suitable case for Variables.

    On the first form create a variable to hold the current job number value. This you can do in the button you have at the moment. On the second form, use the OnEnter event to set the field with the value of the variable.

    If you have the "job number" as a lookup in field rules, then remove that rule as you will no longer need it.
    Regards
    Keith Hubert
    Alpha Guild Member
    London.
    KHDB Management Systems
    Skype = keith.hubert


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

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    • #3
      Re: Entering data in a set

      Tedd, in addition to Keith's good idea there are many other ways to pass a field value from one form to another.

      a) Check the code archive forum for threads discussing "pass values between forms" to see xbasic examples

      b) using Action Scripting you can open a form without showing it. While its hidden you can begin a new record. While its hidden you can set the value of a field object in the hidden form. You can then show the partially completed form to the user so they can finish entering the new record.

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