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Programming Puzzle 6 - Another nested loop

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  • Programming Puzzle 6 - Another nested loop

    Beginning Xbasic Programming

    Puzzle 6 - Another Nested loop

    Your sales manager gives you the list of sold items found in the
    Invoice_items table. (see attachment).

    She has noticed that several products appear on multiple invoices.

    She wants to quantify this, and has asked you to write an xbasic script
    that will list each product and the number of separate invoices
    upon which each appears.


    a) you may not use any of the built in summary functions, methods,
    or operations in Alpha Five. We're doing this one by hand.

    b) you may open the table only once

    c) your output should be directed to the trace window

    d) your list should be in ascending order based on the Product_id field

  • #2
    Re: Programming Puzzle 6 - Another nested loop

    Not many answers yet. I'll attach mine as a text file so no one will see it unless they so desire.

    Fixed the test of having duplicate listing of the same item on one invoice.
    Attached Files
    Last edited by Stan Mathews; 06-09-2011, 04:46 PM. Reason: Fixed script.
    There can be only one.


    • #3
      Re: Programming Puzzle 6 - Another nested loop

      Stan, my results agree with yours. I see now that it would be possible for the same item to be on an invoice more than once. My solution (to be revealed later) assumes that that does not happen, so for me, the count of invoice_item records for a given product is the same as the count of invoices that contained that product.


      • #4
        Re: Programming Puzzle 6 - Another nested loop

        My eyes are getting old but I would swear that I see P012 on invoice 000021 twice. Once qty 3 and once qty 7.
        Likewise P023 on invoice 000026, qtys 7 and 5.
        Last edited by Stan Mathews; 06-09-2011, 05:26 PM.
        There can be only one.


        • #5
          Re: Programming Puzzle 6 - Another nested loop

          Key Functions
          Arrays - Automatically Inserting Elements into an Array

          'Date Created: 09-Jun-2011 11:29:00 AM
          'Last Updated: 09-Jun-2011 04:16:52 PM
          'Created By  : andy
          'Updated By  : andy
          DIM vInvoice_ItemsP as P
          DIM vOrderC as C
          DIM vFilterC as C
          DIM vFormatC as C
          DIM vIndxN as N
          DIM arrInvoice[0] as P
          DIM arrInvoice[0].ProductC as C
          DIM arrInvoice[0].InvoiceListC as C
          DIM arrInvoice[0].InvoiceCountN as N
          vInvoice_ItemsP ="invoice_items",FILE_RW_SHARED)
          	vOrderC = "Product_id"
          	WHILE .not. vInvoice_ItemsP.fetch_eof()
          		vIndxN = arrInvoice.find(vInvoice_ItemsP.Product_Id, "ProductC")
          		IF vIndxN > 0 THEN
          			'Product found
          			IF word_exists(arrInvoice[vIndxN].InvoiceListC, vInvoice_ItemsP.invoice_nu,";") THEN
          				'do nothing
          				arrInvoice[vIndxN].InvoiceListC = arrInvoice[vIndxN].InvoiceListC + ";" + vInvoice_ItemsP.invoice_nu
          				arrInvoice[vIndxN].InvoiceCountN = arrInvoice[vIndxN].InvoiceCountN + 1
          			END IF
          			'Product not Found
          			arrInvoice[].ProductC = vInvoice_ItemsP.product_id
          			arrInvoice[..].InvoiceListC = vInvoice_ItemsP.invoice_nu
          			arrInvoice[..].InvoiceCountN = 1
          		END IF
          	END WHILE
          vFormatC = "ProductC|InvoiceCountN|InvoiceListC"
          'Error handler
          	Dim err as N= error_code_get()
          	Dim msg as C= "Error # "+ err + crlf() + error_text_get(err)
          	msg = msg + crlf() + "Script: " + error_script_get()
          	msg = msg + crlf() + "Line #: " + error_line_number_get()
          	ui_msg_box("Error", msg, ui_attention_symbol)
          	msg = ""
          Last edited by aschone; 06-09-2011, 05:36 PM.


          • #6
            Re: Programming Puzzle 6 - Another nested loop

            Here's my solution.

            The attachment is the "exported" script. In this format the script can be easily "imported" into your copy of the puzzle database.

            -- tom


            • #7
              Re: Programming Puzzle 6 - Another nested loop

              Tom, the first one I created puz6 was just like your script. However, I didn't want to settle for that. So I looked into a different approach to get the answer and with some help from Stan, the newpuz6 is a script that isn't like yours, but still delievers the same answer.

              puz6 - 08-08-2011 -1.txt

              NEWPUZ6 - 08-08-2011 -1.txt