The standard matching options can be combined in many ways to easily perform most searches, but Panorama has an even more powerful option — searching with a Boolean formula. This option allows you to locate virtually anything that can be described by Panorama’s powerful formulas.
The formula is true option relies on the ability of a formula to make comparisons and true-false decisions. See True/False Formulas for a detailed explanation of true-false logic. Here is an example that shows how a formula can be used to combine both and and or operators into a single query.
The formula is true option allows you to select data based on calculations or comparisons between two fields. For example, the formula
Price/Cost > 2
allows you to quickly locate items with high profit margins, like this.
Panorama has hundreds of different functions that can be used in a formula to perform very specific selections.
Combining Formulas with Other Search Options
A formula search can be combined with standard search options, like this:
If you wanted to include this search in a procedure, the code to select this set would be:
Select (State = "CA" or State = "AZ") and Organization contains "lab"
You can even combine multiple formulas in different rows. You can intermix formulas and standard search options in any combination.
- checkemptyselection -- notifies the user if a selection failed, and reverts to the previous selection.
- Date Search Options -- searching dates within a database.
- Favorite Searches -- saving and recalling favorite searches.
- find -- locates the first visible record in the active database for which the specified condition is true.
- Find & Replace Dialog -- finding and replacing a word, phrase or regular expression.
- Find/Select Dialog -- using a dialog to search for specific data.
- findabove -- locates the next previous record (above the current record) in the active database for which the specified condition is true.
- findbackwards -- locates the last visible record in the active database for which the specified condition is true.
- findbelow -- locates the next visible record (below the current record) in the active database for which the specified condition is true.
- findid -- locates a record in the active database by its ID number (see info("serverrecordid").
- findnth -- finds the nth (2nd, 3rd, 4th, etc.) record that matches a true-false test.
- findselectdialog -- opens the standard *Find/Select* dialog.
- ifselect -- combines the select and if info("empty") operations into a single statement.
- info("empty") -- returns true or false depending on the result of the last select operation. If no records were selected the function will return true, otherwise it will return false.
- info("found") -- returns true or false depending on whether the last *find* or *next* statement was successful.
- nextmatch -- locates the next visible record in the active database for which the condition specified in the most recent Find statement is true.
- Numeric Search Options -- searching numbers within a database.
- pleaseselectall -- makes sure that all records are selected.
- previousmatch -- locates the previous (closer to the top) visible record in the active database for which the condition specified in the most recent Find statement is true.
- Record Search Options -- searching via record attributes.
- Refining a Selection -- refining a selection.
- removeselected -- deletes all selected records from the database.
- removeunselected -- deletes all unselected records from the database.
- search( -- searches through an item of text looking for a character, word or phrase. If it finds an exact match (including upper/lower case) with the character, word or phrase it returns its position within the text item. If it does not find the character, word or phrase it returns zero.
- searchanycase( -- searches through an item of text looking for a character, word or phrase. If it finds a match (upper/lower case may be different) with the character, word or phrase it returns its position within the text item. If it does not find the character, word or phrase it returns zero.
- Searching -- searching a database to find or select information.
- select -- makes visible only those records for the active database for which the specified condition is true.
- selectadditional -- adds unselected records to a previously selected group if they match the true-false test.
- selectall -- makes every record in the database visible.
- selectduplicates -- selects records containing duplicate information in the database.
- Selecting with the Context Menu -- searching for information related to the current cell.
- selectreverse -- makes every visible record invisible, and every invisible record visible.
- selectwithin -- uses a Boolean formula to exclude records from a previously selected group.
- Text Search Options -- searching text within a database.
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