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  • Speed tip

    Here is a speed tip that you may or may not be aware of and you may or may not find useful.

    I have form loaded with calculations (156 to be precise). These calculations arrive at about thirty total calculations displayed on the form depending on which query is being run by a choice of buttons. The form was taking up to 2 minutes to load and view, and I happily accepted this as the norm because of the heavy work load of calcs.

    However, I found that if I set a filter in the form properties to limit the form load to 1 record, the form opens almost instantly. So I have now set a variable on the button that opens the form that gives me a field to filter on and that I know will always be present and unique to one record. I then used this variable in the form's filter properties. On the form's onit event I run a lightning query script that shows all desired records and the form view is now almost instantaneous.

    Hope this helps


  • #2
    RE: Speed tip

    Another approach is instead of using calc fields, put the calc formulas in xbasic on a button - no load overhead.
    AlphaBase Solutions, LLC


    • #3
      RE: Speed tip

      what does your filter look like??
      Cole Custom Programming - Terrell, Texas
      972 524 8714

      "A young man who is not liberal has no heart, but an old man who is not conservative has no mind." GB Shaw


      • #4
        RE: Speed tip


        I don't fancy placing 156 calculations in a script.


        I have used 'name=var->this_name' as a filter. The variable is set on the button of the calling form and sets first name+last name expression. It can be anything provided it limits the filter to one record.



        • #5
          RE: Speed tip

          Cole Custom Programming - Terrell, Texas
          972 524 8714

          "A young man who is not liberal has no heart, but an old man who is not conservative has no mind." GB Shaw


          • #6
            RE: Speed tip

            Have you tried setting the calculations at table or set level I.E. as global calculations. I am not sure if this will help but it may be worth a try and it is a practise I use consistently.
            Let us know how you get on.


            • #7
              RE: Speed tip

              I don't know about that. I used to have a bunch of calculated fields on the set level doing totals, and opening the form and other actions took forever. I finally moved the time-consuming, resource-exhausting calcs to a button and all was well.
              AlphaBase Solutions, LLC