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A Little Conceptional Help Please

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  • #16
    Re: A Little Conceptional Help Please

    Good to know I'm on he right track.

    I imagin I now need to set up a dialog with the employee name as a drop down selection and the operation as a drop down selection and from the operation selected, build a results table of procedures. Then write some code to append the results with the employee name to the master training function?

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    • #17
      Re: A Little Conceptional Help Please

      Web or Desktop?
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      • #18
        Re: A Little Conceptional Help Please

        Web

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        • #19
          Re: A Little Conceptional Help Please

          You may want to try some linked grids as a starter?
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          • #20
            Re: A Little Conceptional Help Please

            Im not sure how that would work. More info please.

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            • #21
              Re: A Little Conceptional Help Please

              Sounds exactly like what I am converting from FileMaker :)

              I will use my terminology as that may help you see things in a different light (and hopefully help me in the conversion process )

              - employees need to be trained and then graded upon specific "tasks" in order to become qualified
              - these "tasks" are created in advance by a manager
              - the same "tasks" can appear on one or more "tests"
              - the manager "assembles" a selection of these "tasks" into "tests" in advance
              - the criteria ("tasks" for each "test") for these "tests" can change over time
              - when an existing "test" needs to be changed, a new "test" is created with the changes
              -- this is so that historical "test results" will be preserved

              - when it is time for the employee to "take the test" and be "graded", the "Instructor":

              -- creates a new "testing record"
              -- selects from the employees the "candidate" for the "test"
              -- selects which pre-assembled "test" to use
              -- when the "test" is selected, the "testing record - task list (repeating "grid") is populated with the appropriate "tasks" for that "test"
              -- the "Instructor" then evaluates and grades the employee on each "task" in that list
              -- the employee passes or fails the "testing record" depending upon the criteria set up in advance

              Does this sound similar to what you want? What helped me is that, as is said elsewhere, "99% of all databases can be thought of as "invoicing databases"

              The difference here is, you want to be able to created your "invoice line items" in advance; sort of a "pre-printed" empty invoice form. My app needs these "line items" in a specific sequence, so that was an additional consideration. So when it comes time to use one of these "pre-printed invoices", the system copies all the "line items" from the "pre-printed invoice" that was selected into the "testing record - line items".

              HTH :)

              Cheers!
              Lyle
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              • #22
                Re: A Little Conceptional Help Please

                Your application is indeed similar. We don't have tests per say, we have a trainer certification and a supervisor approval. You are right in hat we are creating an incomplete record in advance. It's this creation of the record in advance that has me stalled. The rest I understand pretty well.

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                • #23
                  Re: A Little Conceptional Help Please

                  You could write xbasic called on an ajax callback to create the new records but I would first of all create new grids for the employee records and the required procedures. Link the required procedures grid to the employees grid with the necessary fields and use a lookup on the required procedures grid to grab the correct procedure. This gives you a quick way to quickly populate multiple records.
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                  • #24
                    Re: A Little Conceptional Help Please

                    One other method you may want to investigate is using a system that is already set up for this sort of thing. Perhaps take a look at eFront. It is a PHP/MySQL e-learning / training script that I am using in one of my FM databases (now being converted to A5 :) ) that will look after the actual training and training records. Using ODBC, I connect to it's MySQL db to obtain various information that is used in the FM employee db. It works quite nicely with A5 in the test app I have set up; much nicer with A5's native MySQL driver and not having to use ODBC. eFront comes in a few "flavours" and for what I need, the free Community Version works nicely.
                    Cheers!
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