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  • Simple report problem

    I am attempting to print a travel agency invoice with cruise passsenger names listed. (Normally 2 to 4 names). The names are in a people table and attached to the reservation via a Pax table. The attached test-folder has all of the required tables, sets, report, etc to execute with a few entries in each table. I have tried sub-reports and filters with no success. I get all of the entries in the Pax table, not just those attached to the reservation via the index. My simple test has my notes inbedded. HELP HELP

    Thanks

  • #2
    RE: Simple report problem

    Charlie,

    I haven't looked at your files, and I don't know what a PAX table might be. However, this sounds like a situation where you will be better off building a temporary table at print time, copying records there from both the passengers table and the PAX table. If you're connecting to the PAX table via ODBC it's possible the ODBC link doesn't support the queries you need to generate your report. Copying those records to a temporary Alpha Five table, and then linking that table into your report's set would overcome such a limitation.

    -- tom

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    • #3
      RE: Simple report problem

      Pax is my name for a child table of keys that point to peoples names in my people table. I am not connecting via ODBC. If you get a chance to load my test-folder and look at the invoice set, you will see the linkage to Pax. The mode of operation for my users is to enter the information for a customer and then throught the use of a button, print the one invoice at that time. I am not sure that copying to other records is the best approach.

      Thanks

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      • #4
        RE: Simple report problem

        Charlie,

        I looked at your app for about 15 minutes, and while I did not solve your problem, I do have a suggestion which I think would help.

        Your two sets, master and invoice, are way to complex. I think you did it so you could put all the info on one form. Perhaps a better approach would be to split the sets into managable sizes and then use a main menu with appropriate buttons to open smaller sets.

        Hope this helps.

        Jay Talbott
        Jay Talbott
        Lexington, KY

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        • #5
          RE: Simple report problem

          Charlie,

          I wince whenever someone says they have a 'simple' report problem. Your invoices set has 15 tables in it, some of which are arranged 6 layers deep. I think Jay's idea of simplifying the set design is a good one. You might benefit from reviewing Dr. Wayne's experiences along these lines. Check his article 'Simplify Your Application' at www.learn alpha.com. There are real performance penalties from using complex sets, especially in multi-user networked settings.

          Your basic requirement in this report is to establish a group break on the reservation or invoice number. You could put the common information in the group header, and the traveler's names in the group details section. In your set, however, this arrangement doesn't work, and figuring out why would take, I fear, a great deal of time. My guess is that your link expressions in the set are getting in the way, or the fact that the people table is linked more than once is causing Alpha Five a problem. Simplifying the set should get you past the current hurdle.

          Good luck, and let us know how it turns out.

          -- tom

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          • #6
            RE: Simple report problem

            Sorry, but I did not mean to infer a simple report. The simple that I was refering to was the test report that I put together to demonstrate the problem I am having. If you look at the master.set which is used for data entry, you will see the numerious child tables that are required to allow flexability to the system. My only problem with the report, is filtering out and printing only one time the children from the pax table that match the reservation parent. The link is the reservation-id in the reservation table and the reservation-id in the pax table. Currently, this is a single user system.

            Thanks

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            • #7
              RE: Simple report problem

              Charlie,

              Right. Instead of thinking of it as a query with a filter expression to find the right grandchild records, try nesting group breaks. Break first on the reservation_id, then break the reservation_id on people. -- tom

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