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  • Splitting Name

    Our Voting Database has one field NAME
    and the comple name is added in the field such as "DOE JOHN A" If two fields are created such as FirstName and LastName is it possible to write an expression that will divide the Full Name field into First and Last and fill the new fields?

  • #2
    RE: Splitting Name

    Two ways, slightly different results:

    LastName=LEFT(NAME,AT(" ",Name)-1)
    FirstName=SUBSTR(NAME,AT(" ",Name)+1)
    For DOE JOHN A, this returns
    FirstName=JOHN A

    The only problem with this is if the last name has a space in it, only the first part of the last name is transfered.

    For DOE JOHN A, this returns

    Again, for last names with a space in them, this doesn't work.

    Hope this helps.



    • #3
      RE: Splitting Name

      Hi Charles

      Your first expression worked fine. I tested it out on adding a new record, but was unable to update all my records using your expression. Is it possible to do a complete update of existing records with this argument?


      Nip Lewis


      • #4
        RE: Splitting Name

        Yes, but you must do it from A5's control panel.

        Click the Operations Tab, then the New button on the Control Panel's toolbar. Scroll down the list of operations until you find Update Records, click it and click the Next button. Next, select your table and click Next. It's easier to use the Update Card. So, select it and click Next.

        For the first field, select LASTNAME as the field, then enter the code for LASTNAME as the expression, then select FIRSTNAME as the next field, then enter the code for FIRSTNAME as the expression, and click the lightning bolt button. You can save it if you want, but you only need to run this operation once.



        • #5
          RE: Splitting Name

          Hi Charles

          Thanks so much. That did the trick. I was making an error in the expression by typing LastName=" the expression" Now I learned something. I am trying to make our Town voting list easier for other supervisors to add and find voter data. I am learning also.

          Thanks again

          Nip Lewis


          • #6
            RE: Splitting Name

            You'll never run out of things to learn about A5, that's for sure.