$loadcols $colcount

Kelly Burgess kellyb at montana.com
Mon Apr 18 08:07:48 UTC 2022

Hi Martin,

> I could not figure out what you are trying to do in this line:
>   Calculate define as con("$definefromsqlclass('",tableName,"',columns,tSessionRef)")
>   Do outList.[define]

If you want to dynamically define a list, for example, it might be nice if you could

   Calculate cols as 'name,address,city,state,zipcode'
   Do peopleList.$define([cols])

But that doesn't work.  What does work is to include the notation verb in the string:

   Calculate cols as 'name,address,city,state,zipcode'
   Calculate define as con('$define(',cols,')')
   Do peopleList.[define]

So I was doing that, but with $definefromsqlclass().  Expanding the define variable produces

   Do outList.$definefromsqlclass('tPeople',columns,tSessionRef)

.. which allows me dynamic control over the table class name that I use in this generic export code.

> Is it possible to define a list from another list variable?

There's an old technique dating back to Omnis 5 or 7 that still works for ordinary lists, where you can use the Define list command and rather than supply a list of column fields, you can pass a list variable preceded by ^, and that will define a column for each list line, using the first list column as the name.

   Do colList.$define(colName)
   Do colList.$add('name')
   Do colList.$add('address')
   Do colList.$add('zip')
   Set current list dynamicList
   Define list {^colList}  ## dynamicList is now defined for name,address,zip

But I think the only way to do that for $definefromsqlclass() is by using the second parameter containing a row whose column names identify the subset of schema columns to use.  I think that you can also pass multiple column name parameters instead of a row, but I think you then lose the ability to pass any parameters through to your table class $construct.  So I use a row, or an empty second parameter if I want the complete set of the table's schema columns.  That way the session reference in the third parameter gets passed to my table superclass's $construct.

So if you're not interested in passing anything through to the table $construct, then you could adapt the define calculation above using $definefromsqlclass -

  Calculate define as con("$definefromsqlclass('",tableName,"',columns,tSessionRef)")

and instead of ending it with 'columns,tSessionRef' and building that columns row variable, you could just concatenate each of the user-selected columns onto the end, delimited by commas and closed with a ).


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