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Question on Alphasports Invoice Entry Form

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  • Alastair
    Re: Question on Alphasports Invoice Entry Form

    Well, I thought the above worked but when I tested it, it doesn't and I cannot see where I am going wrong. The help file on this command is not actually very helpful to me.


    Can anyone see anything wrong with the above command and point me in the right direction?

    It seems to return the same name each time if I use the "C" option whereas if I use the "F" option it always responds with "", I think it is something to do with the the next part of the command but haven't had enough time recently to get any further.

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  • Alastair
    Re: Question on Alphasports Invoice Entry Form

    OK I have got the lookupc function to extract the name from the external table - I think, using the following:

    dim tn as C
    dim initials as C

    tn = table.filename_get("salespeople")


    This returns a persons full name as a string e.g.:

    "Alastair Whyley"

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  • Alastair
    Re: Question on Alphasports Invoice Entry Form

    Thanks for your reply Tom, you were spot on, it was using a table lookup. Its amazing how quickly you can forget these little tricks when you aren't doing this sort of programming frequently.
    Last edited by Alastair; 09-14-2010, 08:18 AM.

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  • Tom Cone Jr
    Re: Question on Alphasports Invoice Entry Form

    Check the help file topic

    "Using a coded lookup field"

    You'll probably need to retrieve the name from the lookup table using one of the lookup() functions.

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  • Alastair
    started a topic Question on Alphasports Invoice Entry Form

    Question on Alphasports Invoice Entry Form

    Hi Folks,

    A long time since I have needed to change anything on my database and I cannot remember a critical piece of information - I am hoping someone on here can help me with a suggestion.

    Anyway the problem is this:

    I have a field in my database which is a character string of 4 length similar to the field in the Alphasports example database (I think it was the Alpha Five Version 8 of the Alphasports example database - not the latest which is different) which holds sales peoples names. But I cannot remember how the field which is 4 chars long can hold the full name of the salesperson and display it correctly on the form even though it is obviously held internally as a number?

    I want to use the left() function to return the first letter of each of the names (firstname, surname) to obtain their initials, however when I use the following code:


    It returns numbers instead e.g. 11 not AW which I expected

    Somehow and this is the bit I cannot remember the Character 4 field PURCHASER is displaying the full name of the Purchaser on the form, but the value that is stored in the database is a number.

    I think these values are stored in a table in the format:

    Sales_person_id : Name

    100 : Alastair Whyley

    Sorry for the long post, but does this make sense to anybody?