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  • Querying a Set

    Need help querying a table in a set. I have attached an example that includes (2) forms. The search query in the "Equipment" form works as expected, but when trying to use the search query in the "Customer.set" form, no results are found. Any and all help would be appreciated... JON
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    Last edited by jbk; 01-01-2013, 06:58 PM.

  • #2
    Re: Querying a Table in a Set


    Check this screencast.

    -- tom


    • #3
      Re: Querying a Table in a Set

      Thanks Tom. Applying your advise makes the example work as expected. The example uses a 1:1 set but my program has a 1:Many set which I'm still having issues with. I tried the "Query Genie" and I can make the search work if I change the "Cross Level" setting to "Equipment". How and where would I apply the "Cross Level" function to my code.

      Thank you for the advise of adding "+\" to a long code line... JON


      • #4
        Re: Querying a Table in a Set

        For a one-to-many set, where you're searching the linked child table you may have at least two different things in mind. Do you want to see all parent records, but only the children who match the search key? Or are you trying to display only parents that have one or more children who match the search key? These are two very different things. Which are you trying to do?


        • #5
          Re: Querying a Table in a Set

          Tom, I would like to search a single parent record and look for a certain child within that record.


          • #6
            Re: Querying a Table in a Set

            Sorry. I don't understand post #5.

            Maybe it would help if you explain the context of what you're attempting, and what a successful result would look like. Thanks.


            • #7
              Re: Querying a Table in a Set

              Tom, I have attached an example. If you go to "Ace Heating" in the customer form, a using query genie and change the "query to records to which level" to "equipment" then choose: search by "model number", contains the characters "iphone", you'll see only the iphone listed now for "Ace Heating". But if I try to search for "model number" using the search button, no records are found.

              Thanks for all your help... JON
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              • #8
                Re: Querying a Table in a Set

                Jon, I'm on deadline with a project here and won't be able to look at this until this evening. Maybe someone else will lend a hand in the meantime. -- tom


                • #9
                  Re: Querying a Table in a Set

                  No problem Tom. I truly appreciate your help... JON


                  • #10
                    Re: Querying a Table in a Set


                    Here's a different approach for you to consider. It works by setting a base filter for the child table in your form. I've added a second button to your form to release that filter. A base filter is equivalent to hard coding a filter for the child table into the properties of your form at design time. This may be close to what you want.


                    -- tom


                    • #11
                      Re: Querying a Table in a Set

                      Implemented your suggestions into my "real live program" works as expected. Thank you.... I do have one question however, in the example, when the user presses "search equipment" they are given (3) options to search by: Manufacture, Model Number and Mobile Number. If the users chooses to search via Mobile Number and doesn't enter the mobile number with parenthesis it will return no results. What changes in the code would be needed so that the user could enter for example 818 (no parenthesis) and all records with this area code would be displayed? Any and all help would be appreciated.... JON


                      • #12
                        Re: Querying a Table in a Set

                        You're welcome. Hope the code was commented sufficiently.

                        Originally Posted by jbk
                        If the users chooses to search via Mobile Number and doesn't enter the mobile number with parenthesis it will return no results. What changes in the code would be needed so that the user could enter for example 818 (no parenthesis) and all records with this area code would be displayed? Any and all help would be appreciated.... JON
                        This happens because your data includes the leading (opening) parenthesis in each mobile number field. Your filter tells Alpha to search from left to right from the beginning of the field. The beginning value in the field is the parenthesis. So when the search string is entered without the parentheses it will never match any existing records. Is this understood?

                        There are several options:

                        a) change all the field values in your table to drop the parentheses;
                        b) change the filter so that it looks for the entered string of numbers wherever they might appear in the mobile_number field;
                        c) change the filter so that the search begins with character position 2 and then goes left to right from there;
                        d) change the filter to require the area code to be entered every time, but strip the opening and closing parentheses;
                        e) train your users to use parentheses... after all they entered them in the first place!

                        I think option (b) is the most flexible. Would not have to enter the area code, for example.

                        Option (c) is the one you asked for, but it would require the user to enter the closing parenthesis if they wanted to search for more than 3 characters i.e. 818)-505-1212

                        Most would opt for (a), and not waste space in the table by storing opening and closing parentheses that aren't necessary. They can be easily supplied when needed for reports.

                        What's your pleasure?

                        -- tom


                        • #13
                          Re: Querying a Table in a Set

                          I agree with you on option (b). I like having the opening and closing parentheses. More of a cosmetic thing with me. Thus the change in the field settings of mobile number.

                          What changes would I need to do in the example for option (b).

                          Thank again... JON


                          • #14
                            Re: Querying a Table in a Set

                            Change the filter expression to this:

                            filter = "(left(MFG,len([varC->prms.Parameter1])) = [varC->prms.Parameter1] ) .AND. " +\
                            "(left(Model_Number,len([varC->prms.Parameter2])) = [varC->prms.Parameter2] ) .AND. " +\
                            "([varC->prms.Parameter3] $ Mobile_Number )) "

                            Then go to the help documentation and study the "substring inclusion operator". It comes in real handy.

                            -- tom


                            • #15
                              Re: Querying a Table in a Set

                              Above code works great. Thank you... I have attached an example which has another "search option" for the user. When the user presses "search equipment" and chooses search option "ESN Number" and enters "55" (as an example) the seach script filters and shows only the ESN numbers that start with "55" if the user goes thru Browse2 and finds the record containing ESN Number starting with "55". My question is, what code is needed to add so that if a user enters "50" in search option only the customers having an ESN number starting with "55" are shown in Browse2. In the attached example, when user wants to search by ESN Number "55", I would like it to show only the customer "Jack's Auto" in Browse2. Thank you...JON