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  • Sets

    I have a set that joins 3 tables by the account number. All 3 tables are populated by importing from other pieces of software. All 3 tables have the account number field defined as Character type for a length of 20 (123456789). The 3rd comes in as Character type for a length of 20, but has an account type prefix. For example, DD00123456789. I have a calculated field that strips the account type off, and that's the field I've joined on. But I can't see those records in the table. I know it's something easy, but I can't find it. Can anyone help? Thanks!

  • #2
    Re: Sets

    A number of possibilities come to mind but instead of guessing can you post a few records from each of the tables. Someone will likely spot the cause in a flash.
    If you have checked that the fields are in fact equal, outside of the set, possibly the indexes (or queries) are not being updated. Try F5 (To update the query-list you can either press F5 or select Form > Refresh Display.
    )- or re-index.
    Last edited by Ray in Capetown; 07-25-2011, 04:11 PM.


    • #3
      Re: Sets

      According to the help you can't use a calculated field as the link.
      A couple of options though.
      You can use an expression as the link. So use the expression you used for the calculated field as the link expression.
      Or, instead of the extra field being a calculated field make it user entered and run an update operation after the import to fill that field.
      Tim Kiebert
      Eagle Creek Citrus
      A complex system that does not work is invariably found to have evolved from a simpler system that worked just fine.


      • #4
        Re: Sets

        I figured out what the problem is, however I don't know how to fix it. My Calculation is Str(Val(Right(Acct_Nbr_RMS, 20)) - and it works.. but the ending Account Number result has a space in front of it. Not just a space, but it appears to be centering the result. So if my account number is DD00123456789, my result is <Space>123456789. If my account number is DD00000045678, my result is <Space><Space><Space><Space><Space>45678. If my account number is DD01234567899, it's correct and will join. Ideas now? Thanks for you help!



        • #5
          Re: Sets

          Originally posted by Robyne View Post
          .... My Calculation is Str(Val(Right(Acct_Nbr_RMS, 20)) - and it works..??? but the ending Account Number result has a space in front of it. Not just a space, but it appears to be centering the result. So if my account number is DD00123456789, my result is <Space>123456789. If my account number is DD00000045678, my result is <Space><Space><Space><Space><Space>45678. If my account number is DD01234567899, it's correct and will join. Ideas now? Thanks for you help!
          The value obtained with;- val(right("DD00123456789",20)) will be 0, the string will be = " 0" the result will be right justified. Unless it is contained in a 30 or 31 length char field. Then it will still be right justified and leading zeros won't display.
          Save time, send a sample record of the table you want to match and the the one to match to. Otherwise explain the type of fields (N or C), length and justified content and literal examples of both.
          Or if what you want is the string of the value, left justified then you can just enclose your calc in alltrim(.....)
          Last edited by Ray in Capetown; 07-27-2011, 08:23 AM. Reason: add suggestion


          • #6
            Re: Sets

            Trying to go from memory there, maybe that wasn't the calculation. This one is and it works - ALLTRIM(STR(VAL(RIGHT(ACCT_NBR_RMS,20)))). My A5 skills aren't what they used to be, and definitely aren't what they were with A4! Thanks everyone!