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  • Date field Refresh

    Hi all

    I have 3 fields called 'quote_deposit'-'q_deposit_date'and
    'q_deposit_method' the 1st and 3rd are Char fields while the
    2nd is in date format.

    What I am trying to do is for the date and method fields to
    blank out if the 1st field is blank and if not blank then the date field fills with default date at end of enter + user can enter method (via 3 tick boxes).
    I have set date field to default to 'date()' on the condition 'isnotblank(quote_deposit) at end of data entry.
    This all works fine the first time around but when I want
    to go back and delete the value in 'quote_deposit' so then
    date and method fields should blank the date field wont as it is date format.

    Plus if I later enter a new value in 'quote_deposit' the date default does not come up.

    Any ideas would be much appreciated, I listed the script below used on 'quote_deposit' (ondepart)

    tbl = table.current()
    if tbl.quote_deposit.is_blank() then
    end if

    Many thanks for any help
    Mike Lyon

  • #2
    RE: Date field Refresh

    I made a sample database to try to test an idea I have. The 3 fields I made are...


    You're saying if field 1 is blank, you also want field 2 and 3 to blank out too. Essentially, unless you have other fields in you table, then you want to add a blank record. I tried to do that and Alpha won't allow that.

    Do you have other fields in the table?

    I'll see what I might come up with provided the table has other fields that aren't blank.

    Thank you,
    Mike Konoff


    • #3
      RE: Date field Refresh

      Thanks for the reply.

      I dont want a blank record as such just fields 2 and 3
      to be reset to 0 (empty ie blank).

      The basis for this is so only fields 2 and 3 are used or
      available when field 1 has been filled.

      N.B. Without a deposit value there is no point in a date or

      I hopr this explains it a bit better



      • #4
        RE: Date field Refresh

        Mike, dates are special cases. The display of an empty date field can be tricky, since the default format often includes the slash marks. I am assuming from our message that you are trying to suppress the slash marks when the date field value is empty.

        If this is your goal, you might want to restructure your table.

        Instead of using a date field, you could use a character field that was 10 wide.
        This would permit you to store the char string equivalent of a date.

        You could define this to be a calculated field in the table's field rules.

        if quote_deposit field is not blank, the date field would contain dtoc(date()).

        if quote_deposit field is blank, the date field would contain "". (a null string)


        • #5
          RE: Date field Refresh

          The default field rule only functions when a new entry is made to the table. It does not recalculate when changes are made.


          • #6
            RE: Date field Refresh

            I have noticed that in A5 certain calculated field rules only do something upon data entry and not when later changed, while A4 would update whenever a change would be expected.

            Anybody know why A4 does make the changes and A5 doesn't?

            Thank you,
            Mike Konoff


            • #7
              RE: Date field Refresh

              Mike, can you give us a specific example of what you are referring to?

              -- tom


              • #8
                RE: Date field Refresh

                Thanks for all your replies.

                My system was down for 2 days so sorry for delay.

                What i am trying to do is as follows.

                The database is a quote generating app on which the user
                can put in what payments or deposit has been rec'd against
                the quote. 3 payment fields are available - 1st being deposit / 2nd Interim payment and 3rd Balance payment.
                Each payment has a value field, a date field and a method (ie cash/visa etc). The date field has a mask of ##/##/####.
                My intention was to tidy the input up a bit by checking that
                a value existed for each payment if not then the date and method fields would be blanked/nulled out. My reason for this is that on first enter of figs, date etc everything
                would be fine (and easy as always) but as is often the case
                for any number of reasons the user may want to take out any of the payments entered. I was trying to keep the whole
                app as automated as possible so that when they deleted/nulled out the value it would also do the same for the date and method fields to save the user doing it and if the user forgot to do so. This would make the app tidier and the reports the same.

                I hope this clarifies what I am trying to do as having the idea in my head is one thing explaining it clearly to your good selfs is quiet another.

                Many thanks for your continued input.