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  • Menu creation - I'm a novice


    I've created my first menu (via a form) and want to add an item that will select, for viewing in a browse/and/or form, only records that were entered on a particular date. That date will be in a variable. I've written the variable in the Code Editor, but don't know how to write the code to make the whole process work for this button.

    Can someone tell me in a very simplified way, please?


  • #2
    RE: Menu creation - I'm a novice


    The answer can be found in the xbasic manual in the section on xbasic methods for working with forms. The section to read is .query_run(). The only tricky part is getting the filter expression correct. If the variable you are using for the search date is a character field (probably the easiest method), the following should work. First, assume the variable name is "date_find", the table is called "mytable" and the date field in the table is "tbl_date".

    parentform:tables:mytable.filter_expression = "tbl_date={"+date_find+"}"



    • #3
      RE: Menu creation - I'm a novice

      Thanks, Jerry. I will try it out here in a few minutes, and let you know if I run into any snags. I appreciate it :)


      • #4
        RE: Menu creation - I'm a novice

        No dice, Jerry. First, I don't want to query by form. Rather, I want to query by table. That said, I wrote the script, replacing "parentform" with "parentbrowse". Granted, it was a longshot.

        Any other suggestions?



        • #5
          RE: Menu creation - I'm a novice

          The examples in the xbasic manual use three different methods. Only the first is uses query by form. The second (the one my script example uses) sets the base filter for the form. The third just queries the form and returns records that fit the query. Also, my script was for a form, not a browse. If you wanted to filter a browse on a form, you would need

          formname:browsename:Tables:tablename.filter_expression = yourexpression

          You could substitute parentform or topparent for the formname. Check the section on absolute and relative object addresses for more information. Parentbrowse is not an allowable address.

          Don't feel bad. I still get confused with proper object address syntax. The section on setting filters and running queries is also not real clear until you experiment and see how they work.

          One way to help clear up the confusion would be to create a query from the query genie, turn on the script recorder and see how the code is created. First go to the operations tab and select new. Use the query genie to create a query. Before running it, go to the a5 menu and select view, script recorder window. When the window opens, click options and select low level xbasic commands. Click ok and click on the recording box to turn the recorder on. Now run the query. The complete script will show in the recorder window. You can save the lines to a script or cut and paste into an existing script.



          • #6
            RE: Menu creation - I'm a novice


            Just reread your first post. I think what you want is to run a query when you open a form or whatever and show the results. Look under form.load() for two examples. You can cut and paste the code, change the names to the name of you form, and change the filter expression. The syntax for the filter expression is still the same as my example.

            If you run a query from the operations tab, the code created by the genie normally opens the default browse, so using the script recorder is another method to get the code.

            If this still doesn't make sense, post your form, table, and variable names and someone can probably create the correct code.



            • #7
              RE: Menu creation - I'm a novice

              Thank you so much, Jerry, for your time and willingness to help. I won't be able to work on this again until this afternoon (hopefully!), as other pressing projects loom before me.

              I will update you when I get back to it.

              Thanks again!


              • #8
                RE: Menu creation - I'm a novice


                Like you, I am new to ver 4, but I have written much in earlier versions. I was testing with one of the tables we are converting and using action scripting, I came up with this little snippet which seems to work.

                DIM layout_ptr as P
                DIM PROGRAM AS c
                ' This sets the value of your variable
                program = ui_get_text("ENTER VALUE","Program","GA ")

                'setup which browse you want
                layout_ptr = :Browse.load("Case View")

                'define the filtering based on the vaiable
                layout_ptr:tables:link.filter_expression="PGM = 'PROGRAM'"

                'display the browse

                Hope this helps.



                • #9
                  RE: Menu creation - I'm a novice


                  This is way more than you asked for, but it might help you to study this script. It opens a dialog box to get a start and end date, asks for a slelction of reports, runs a query to select the records, then prints the report:

                  dim FormPntr as p
                  dim ScrnHigh as n
                  dim ScrnWide as n
                  dim FormHigh as n
                  dim FormWide as n
                  dim global StartDate as d
                  dim global EndDate as d
                  dim LastButton as c
                  dim global mn as c
                  '**** Get the dates ****
                  ScrnHigh = ui_info(1)
                  ScrnWide = ui_info(0)
                  '**** Center the dialog box ****
                  FormHigh = FormPntr.Height
                  FormWide = FormPntr.Width
         = (ScrnHigh - FormHigh)/2
                  FormPntr.left = (ScrnWide - FormWide)/2
                  '**** Script pauses til user closes dialog box****
                  '**** Sdate and Edate are fields on the dialog box ****
                  if LastButton="CANCELBUTTON"
                  goto Cancelled
                  end if
                  '**** Get the report type ****
                  dim ReportName as c
                  dim PrintType as c
                  dim qfilter as c
                  dim qorder as c
                  ReportName=ui_get_list("REPORT NAME",1,"PERFORMANCE","SUMMARY","INCENTIVE")
                  case ReportName=""
                  goto Cancelled
                  case ReportName="PERFORMANCE"
                  mn=ui_get_list("MACHINE NUMBER",1,"All","1","2","3","4","5","6")
                  if mn="All"""
                  end if
                  case ReportName="SUMMARY"
                  case ReportName="INCENTIVE"
                  end select
                  '**** Print or view the report ****
                  PrintType=ui_get_list("SEND TO",1,"PRINTER","SCREEN")
                  if PrintType=""
                  goto Cancelled
                  elseif PrintType="PRINTER" then
                  end if
                  ui_msg_box("PRINT COMPLETE","The report has finished printing")

                  ui_msg_box("CANCELLED","Report Printing was cancelled")

                  good luck!
                  Pat Bremkamp
                  MindKicks Consulting


                  • #10
                    RE: Menu creation - I'm a novice

                    Thanks Tom and Pat. I will play with these this afternoon or tomorrow a.m., and get back to you. I appreciate it!