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  • form for a set

    I have a form based on a set of two tables. I have one field linked one to many with 'cascade changes' selected.

    I want to show all items in the child table that relate to a master table record and I have been able to accomplish that with one problem: on selecting the 'next record' of the master table, it re-displays the same master record until all of the related child records have been accessed at which time it goes to the next master record.

    I want to display master records only once for each actual record in the master table.

    I will appreciate any help.

  • #2
    RE: form for a set

    How about dropping field from the master table on to your form? Place your cursor in that field before navigating to 'next record'.

    Alternatively, you could put a button on the form to move to next parent record.

    -- tom


    • #3
      RE: form for a set

      Thanks for your reply.

      I don't think that I should have to take several steps to simply go to a new record.

      I have a button on my form which is set to go to the next parent record but it still behaves as though there were as many master records as child records.

      Maybe I am misunderstanding how to use sets. If you are familiar with MS Access, it allows the user to do what I want without duplicating the master record. However, I have come to like Alpha5 and so don't want to resort to using Access.


      • #4
        RE: form for a set

        Neil, the terminology is sometimes awkward, and worse I have no Access experience.

        If you open the default form for the SET it will behave like you want. Compare the default form with your custom for to see what's different.

        -- tom


        • #5
          RE: form for a set


          When you open the default form for the SET you will see a collection of VCR type buttons on the toolbar. These can be used to navigate through the set. If focus is on a field in the parent table the vcr buttons will operate on the parent table. If focus is on a field in the embedded browse which contains child records, the vcr buttons will navigate within the child table. Maybe this seems like extra steps to you, but to me it's simply telling Alpha Five which table to use when fetching the next or previous record.

          By the way, the default form for the set is found by right clicking on the Set in the Tables and Sets tab of the Control panel.

          -- tom


          • #6
            RE: form for a set


            I humbly add this to Tom's reply.

            If you open the default browse, you can see what's happening. In the set there is one record for each combination of parent and child; i.e. 3 parents each with 2 children results in 6 virtual records. If you put fields from both the parent and child on the form, you will step through 6 virtual records before you see all combinations. To display as you want, put fields from the parent on the form and fields from the children in an embedded browse or a subform. Should behave as you want then.


            • #7
              RE: form for a set

              Thank you for your help.

              Something must be wrong here because here is what I get:

              there are 2 records in the master table
              4 records in the child table
              the combinations are: 1st master has 3 children
              2nd master has 1 child.

              If I open the default browse for the set, there are 10 records displayed.
              If I open the default form and select a field in the child subform, the nav keys work correctly but if I select a field in the master, it still cycles through the 'virtual' records.

              Sorry to be such so much trouble.


              • #8
                RE: form for a set

                Neil, no problem.

                Why not zip the database and post it here?

                Or, email it to me.

                Will check it out. You should not be seeing the things you are reporting.

                -- tom


                • #9
                  RE: form for a set

                  Put this code behind the button you're using to fetch the next parent record:
                  t = table.current(1)