OT: RR and FileMaker
jhurley at infostations.com
Fri Apr 4 08:50:01 CST 2003
>> Here is an example. Say I have a field which has something like
> > stuff, stuff, AP# 103-837-47, more stuff, more stuff
>> Were AP# might be a county parcel number. The 837 might be a county
>> tax zone. And I might want to extract that 837 and make it a
>> separate field. In Transcript I just write:
>> on CreateNewField
>> put field 1 into tRecords
>> repeat for each line tLine in tRecords
>> set the itemdelimiter to comma
>> put item 3 of tLine into temp
>> Set itemdelimiter to "-"
>> put comma & item 2 of tLine after tLine
>> put tLine & return after results
>> end repeat
>> put results into field 1
>> end CreateNewField
>> Now I'm sure this can be done as well within FileMaker, but I have a
>> deep seated aversion to the scripting language in FileMaker.
>Your choice, I guess.
>Learn to do something extraordinarily simple in a widely used application
>that you apparently already own. Learn fundamental database concepts. Learn
>basic ideas like importing standard delimited data formats; a concept that
>applies across a wide variety of applications, like Excel, FileMaker, etc.
>Or continue to ensure that your horizons aren't accidentally widened.
Actually I am the local volunteer "consultant" on matters FileMaker,
setting up databases for several of our local volunteer groups. Been
doing it for years.
> > As I said, I first have to save the file as text, do my Transcript
>> thing, and then import it back into FileMaker. Tedious but, for me,
>> better than working in FileMaker.
>You are fooling yourself. I hope you're not making somebody else pay for
As I said I am a volunteer. I hope you're able to raise the level
of your social skills when dealing with your clients.
>You are apparently importing a comma delimted file. There is ZERO scripting
>required in FileMaker to accomplish this. Just choose file, import, comma
Yes, as I said in my original query, that is what I do.
>If you import the raw comma delimited data into fields Stuff1, Stuff2,
>Stuff3, Stuff4, Stuff5 then you can make a calculated field APMiddleNumber =
That is useful. Thank you.
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