Hi. I had a really weird problem last night that was pervasive through all files I was working on, served, local, and even a new file I created to try to test the issue. It was totally crippling and driving me crazy. I had gone into a script and selected the Go to Layout command, but when I tried to select a layout, none appeared, even though there were plenty of layouts in the table. I dismissed it as a temporary glitch and tried a Set Field command, needing to set a field to a calculation, and again, found the system locked up in such a way as I had never seen before. It would not let me enter a calculation! I closed and re-opened the file. No dice. I restarted Filemaker. Nope. I rebooted my entire computer. Nope. I tried working on a local file. Still - no layouts could be chosen in ANY file! I tried making a *new* file. Nope! I was desperate, and just about posted asking for help when I thought to disable all plug-ins, just to make sure, and voila - that did it. As soon as I disabled the 360Works FTPeek and 360Works WebAssistant plugins, full functionality in the script workspace was restored! I thought maybe it was just a coincidence. I re-enabled the plug-ins and checked again. It still worked, with the plug-ins re-enabled, so - maybe I was just having a bad day, but then when I went back in this morning, again - with the plug-ins re-enabled, again - I couldn't select any layouts or make any calculations in Script Workspace, so right away I disabled the plug-ins, again, and again, that fixed it, so I'm pretty sure there's something going on with the plug-ins. I also had 360Works Email installed, but had disabled it the day before any of this started to test functionality on the server, so that one was never enabled, and that's probably the first time I've ever disabled that one while still having the other's enabled. Other than that, I haven't changed anything about my system for quite awhile. I'm actually running 16, so maybe this won't be a problem when we upgrade to 17, but for anyone else who hits this roadblock - disable your plug-ins.
Here is my situation.
I have a 25x25 grid - let's call it a map. Think of it like a game board, like Battleship or perhaps an Excel spreadsheet.
I have a 9x9 view of this grid since it is not possible for a phone user to practically view 25x25, but 9x9 seems to work fine.
And I have the concept of Current_Location on the map, which is dynamic and changes based on other factors.
In TABLE1 I have records of all the "cells" in the 25x25 map that hold information about the cell (for example, the color of the cell). There is other information stored here that includes, for example, whether you can "see" other cells from this particular location in the grid. So in the record for, say, cell B5, I have a field that houses a return-delimited list of the other cells that can be "seen" from this cell (B5 in this instance).
Another table, TABLE2 has records that are also have a field for Current_Location, and it tells me which cells (of the 25x25 grid) should be displayed in the 9x9 grid. Usually, the Current_Location is the middle cell in the 9x9 grid, but if the Current_Location is on the edge of the 25x25 grid, then the 9x9 view is adjusted accordingly and the Current_Location is shown on the edge of the 9x9 grid. The user can also change their orientation so they can view the map from a different direction. The way I store this information is in a field that simply lists (return-delimited) all the cell that should be shown in the 9x9 grid. So in our previous example of B5, the record for B5 has a field called Grid that is a list of the 81 cells that should be shown in the 9x9 grid.
For other reasons, I cannot combine these two tables even though they both are based on the concept of relating information to Current_Location. TABLE1 is actually not as simple as described, but I'm trying to limit the scope of my question.
So here is my question: I have 81 (sigh) objects on my layout for this 9x9 grid. I need to access information in TABLE1 for each of the cells that are represented in the 9x9 grid.
For example, let's again assume that my Current_Location is B5 and by using TABLE2 I know the names of all the cells shown in the 9x9 grid (they are stored in a list in a field in TABLE2). How do I then get information about each of those 81 cells out of TABLE1. I.e., each of the 81 cells should be colored according to information in TABLE1.
So, for the top-left cell in the 9x9 grid (which appears as the FIRST item in the list field in TABLE2), I need to be able to look up the color in TABLE1, and use it to drive Conditional Formatting of the cell. So if Color(B5)=3, then make the background color of the cell green. I can grab the cell name, and could easily write a script to figure out the color, but I need to *look up* the color to use it in Conditional Formatting.
I was trying to generate another field somehow that was an analogous list of 81 items that showed the color of each of the 81 cells (in the correct order), but 1) I couldn't figure out how to do that without running a script (which would take too long since these things are changing frequently and I really just need a data lookup); and 2) I think there must be a much cleverer way. I am still very new to join tables, but I think the answer is in that arena somewhere. The other idea I had was trying to write a Custom Function since I can easily grab the name of the cell, B5. But I don't know how to create such a function since it needs to access a particular table and it seems like functions don't really work that way.
Thanks in advance for any help!!
I have a table named Sales with the following data:
Based on Sample data below, i am trying to query the table by creating a relationship to find the ID that achieved a specified Unit amount on the earliest date.
In other words, and for example, which ID achieved a specified Unit amount first (earliest date)
Specified Unit Amt of 5 = 1 Expected records returned result
301 10/13/2018 6.5 Specified Unit Amt of 2 = 2 Expected records returned result
766 10/03/2018 2 360 10/03/2018 2
I think a selfjoin may be required. Any thoughts appreciated!
ID DATE UNITS
301 10/15/2018 9 301 10/14/2018 8.5 301 10/13/2018 6.5 360 10/14/2018 5.5 305 10/15/2018 5.5 301 10/12/2018 4.5 656 10/13/2018 4.5 360 10/13/2018 4.5 305 10/14/2018 4.5 611 10/14/2018 4.5 305 10/13/2018 4 15 10/13/2018 4 301 10/11/2018 3.5 360 10/12/2018 3.5 611 10/13/2018 3.5 301 10/09/2018 3 15 10/11/2018 3 656 10/12/2018 3 611 10/12/2018 3 200 10/14/2018 3 301 10/06/2018 2.5 611 10/09/2018 2.5 200 10/13/2018 2.5 766 10/03/2018 2 360 10/03/2018 2 785 10/05/2018 2 301 10/05/2018 2 611 10/05/2018 2 439 10/10/2018 2 656 10/11/2018 2 510 10/15/2018 2 360 10/01/2018 1.5 510 10/04/2018 1.5 611 10/04/2018 1.5 305 10/05/2018 1.5 200 10/08/2018 1.5 656 10/09/2018 1.5 785 10/02/2018 1 766 10/02/2018 1 305 10/03/2018 1 439 10/03/2018 1 15 10/04/2018 1 301 10/04/2018 1 200 10/07/2018 1 656 10/08/2018 1 766 10/01/2018 0.5 510 10/01/2018 0.5 611 10/01/2018 0.5 200 10/06/2018 0.5
By Richard Carlton
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We will spend 30 minutes covering a specific topic. Then the last 30 minutes will be an open Q&A on any topic.
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Just dipping my toes into FM and finding it opens many possibilities. Still must learn a lot to be proficient, so TIA for help.
Background: I sign out molecular diagnostic cases.
We have a compendium of tests run in the laboratory (all the tests that can be ordered, run and reported out) A Test (type) can be run on many patients. A test (instance) has one patient and each test/report/result has a patient (one). Each patient can have >1 tests. There are a set number of reporting options per test (TestA results can be Positive, Negative, Suspicious, etc (options are in a value list) Each report (ex: TestA/ReportPositiveHomozygous) has a specific text content (Table TestResults) (Pos/Neg, Report text, disclaimers, method, references) I seem to have figured out many of these relationships (I've attached my db)
Where I'm stuck:
1) I have not been able to create the relationship between the test result (tr_TestResult) and the patient instance to link the result text to the patientTest instance (currently TOC Patient|TestResult).
2) (not relationship related... rather a calculation problem): How to do the calculation so that TestOrdered:TestFinalized gets timestamped when TestOrdered:TestStatus is set to "Finalized".
Thanks for the help!
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