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  • Child Table Filter

    I have a form is built on a set. Go to the form's properties and select the Fliter/Order tab. Select the child table and then enter the expression for the filter. In this case it was Year="2003".

    Run the form and the filter has absolutely no effect. So, I created a query in the operations tab based on the same set. Selected the child table, the Year field and 2003 for the expression. Ran the query, works great.

    Next, I placed the query on the form's OnInit event. No go. I placed a button on the from to run the query. Again, no go. Tried database compact, nada. I also put the filter on a form based on the child table. Works fine.

    My sense is that a filter or query applied to a form which is based on a set is supposed to. YES / NO?


    TYVM :) kenn

    Knowing what you can achieve will not become reality until you imagine and explore.

  • #2
    RE: Child Table Filter

    Hi Kenn,

    I wonder if this problem is related to the one I have had with display order of child records in an embedded browse (see message thread beginning with #31505). If so, perhaps both will be fixed in the patch Selwyn has promised.



    • #3
      RE: Child Table Filter

      Hi Ken:

      You wrote:

      [My sense is that a filter or query applied to a form which is based on a set is supposed to. YES / NO? ]

      It should definitely work. Since there is currently a problem ordering records via Form Properties, I used a short query to accomplish the same goal. I placed the script in the formís OnActivate Event to order child records by {Date_Trans}, it works like a charm. I could have just as easily created a filter with the aforementioned ordering of child records. You probably donít need Query.Options = ďMĒ, but I used it in another query, so I left it intact.

      Please note, although the script is in the form's OnActivate Event, it uses XBasic table methods, as opposed to form methods, only because that's my preference. Both should work equally well.

      Dim T as P
      Dim Qry as P

      T = table.current(2) 'child table is tblTransactions

      Query.order = "cdate(DATE_Trans)"
      Query.filter = ""
      Query.Options = "M"
      Qry = T.query_create()


      Robert T


      • #4
        RE: Child Table Filter

        the next patch has a fix for setting the order on an embedded browse for a set with a one to many link.

        you can download an interim fix at


        • #5
          RE: Child Table Filter

          I downloaded the patch and the order on a form (parent Table) is working. However, I'm still having a problem with the sort order on a query.

          The query is filtered by one field from the child table and the order is set to the parent table fields of Lastname+Firstname+MI. If I run the query from the Operations tab, it sorts fine.

          Next I opened the form which has the Lastname+Firstname+MI sort order on the form's properties and opens with the records properly sorted. However, when I run the query with a button on that form (built on the 2 tables) it will not sort.

          If need be, I can send/post a snippet but that will have to wait until tomorrow.


          TYVM :) kenn

          Knowing what you can achieve will not become reality until you imagine and explore.


          • #6
            RE: Child Table Filter

            Sherrill - Robert,

            I solved my problem of the filter by basing the form on a reversed set. Now my only problem is sorting the records in alphabetical order (see post below)

            Thanks for your suggestions.

            TYVM :) kenn

            Knowing what you can achieve will not become reality until you imagine and explore.


            • #7
              RE: Child Table Filter

              OK, I've been able to solve the problem: why the sort order on the query won't work.

              1. Button on the form to run a query with the sort order of lastname+firstname+mi.

              2. The same sort order is on the form so the browse is sorted.

              The form cannot have a sort order as the sort order on the form and the sort order on the query cancel each other out.

              Hope this makes sense.

              TYVM :) kenn

              Knowing what you can achieve will not become reality until you imagine and explore.