The select statement makes visible only those records for the active database for which the specified condition is true.


This statement has one parameter:

condition – is a Boolean formula (a formula with a true/false result).


This statement is used to make visible all records for which a specified Boolean formula is true. All records not matching the Boolean formula will become invisible. If a subset of records has already been selected from the database, select will examine all records looking for a match.

This example selects all records for John Smith.

select Customer = "John Smith"

This example selects all records for Votes over 12000.

 select Votes > 12000

This example selects all records on or after January 1 2010.

select Shipped > date("1/1/2010")

In this example the info(“empty”) function is used to test to see if no records were selected for the date entered.

local ADate
gettext "Enter date ex. 12/31/95",ADAte
select ProcessDate = date(ADate)
if info("empty")
    message "No records match this date: "+ADate

Note: If no records match the Boolean formula, all records will be selected (you can use the undo statement to go back to the previous selection). You may use the info(“empty”) function to test to see if a select statement has failed. Or, you can use the checkemptyselection statement immediately after the select statement to automatically undo the selection and display a notification if no records were selected.

See Also


10.0UpdatedCarried over from Panorama 6.0, but no longer displays a notification if the selection fails, even if this is the last statement in the procedure.