CREATE FROM

CREATE FROM

Create new database file from a structure extended file

Syntax

      CREATE <xcFileName> FROM <xcFileFrom> [VIA <xcRDDName>];
              [NEW] [ALIAS <xcAlias>]

Arguments

<xcFileName&gt : is the target file name to create and then open. (.dbf) is the default extension if none is given. It can be specified as literal file name or as a character expression enclosed in parentheses.

<FROM xcFileFrom> : is a structure extended file name from which the target file <xcFileName> is going to be built. It can be specified as literal file name or as a character expression enclosed in parentheses.

<VIA xcRDDName> : is RDD name to create target with. If omitted, the default RDD is used. It can be specified as literal name or as a character expression enclosed in parentheses.

<NEW> : open the target file name <xcFileName> in the next available unused work-area and making it the current work-area. If omitted open the target file in current work-area.

<ALIAS xcAlias>  :  is an optional alias to USE the target file with. If not specified, alias is based on the root name of <xcFileName>.

Description

CREATE FROM open a structure extended file <xcFileFrom> where each record contain at least the following fields (in no particular order): FIELD_NAME, FIELD_TYPE, FIELD_LEN and FIELD_DEC. Any other field is ignored. From this information the file <xcFileName> is then created and opened in the current or new work-area (according to the NEW clause), if this is a new work-area it becomes the current.

For prehistoric compatibility reasons, structure extended file Character fields which are longer than 255 characters should be treated in a special way by writing part of the length in the FIELD_DEC according to the following formula:

      FIELD->FIELD_DEC := int( nLength / 256 )
      FIELD->FIELD_LEN := ( nLength % 256 )

CREATE FROM command is preprocessed into __dbCopyStruct() function during compile time and uses this mode.

Examples

      See example in the CREATE command

Compliance

Clipper

Platforms

All

Seealso

COPY STRUCTURE, COPY STRUCTURE EXTENDED, CREATE, DBCREATE(), DBSTRUCT(), __dbCopyStruct(), __dbCopyXStruct(), __dbCreate()

CREATE

 

CREATE

Create empty structure extended file

Syntax

      CREATE <xcFileName> [VIA <xcRDDName>] [ALIAS <xcAlias>]

Arguments

<xcFileName> : is the target file name to create and then open. (.dbf) is the default extension if none is given. It can be specified as literal file name or as a character expression enclosed in parentheses.

<VIA xcRDDName> :is RDD name to create target with. If omitted, the default RDD is used. It can be specified as literal name or as a character expression enclosed in parentheses.

<ALIAS xcAlias> : is an optional alias to USE the target file with. If not specified, alias is based on the root name of <xcFileName>.

Description

CREATE a new empty structure extended file with the name <cFileName> and then open it in the current work-area. The new file has the following structure:

       Field name   Type   Length   Decimals
       ------------ ----   ------   --------
       FIELD_NAME   C      10       0
       FIELD_TYPE   C      1        0
       FIELD_LEN    N      3        0
       FIELD_DEC    N      3        0

CREATE command is preprocessed into __dbCopyStruct() function during compile time and use this mode.

Examples

      // CREATE a new structure extended file, append some records and
      // then CREATE FROM this file a new database file

      CREATE template
      APPEND BLANK
      FIELD->FIELD_NAME := "CHANNEL"
      FIELD->FIELD_TYPE := "N"
      FIELD->FIELD_LEN  := 2
      FIELD->FIELD_DEC  := 0
      APPEND BLANK
      FIELD->FIELD_NAME := "PROGRAM"
      FIELD->FIELD_TYPE := "C"
      FIELD->FIELD_LEN  := 20
      FIELD->FIELD_DEC  := 0
      APPEND BLANK
      FIELD->FIELD_NAME := "REVIEW"
      FIELD->FIELD_TYPE := "C"      // this field is 1000 char long
      FIELD->FIELD_LEN  := 232      // 1000 % 256 = 232
      FIELD->FIELD_DEC  := 3        // 1000 / 256 = 3
      CLOSE
      CREATE TV_Guide FROM template

Compliance

Clipper

Platforms

All

Seealso

COPY STRUCTURE, COPY STRUCTURE EXTENDED, CREATE FROM, DBCREATE(), DBSTRUCT(), __dbCopyStruct(), __dbCopyXStruct(), __dbCreate()

COPY STRUCTURE EXTENDED

COPY STRUCTURE EXTENDED

Copy current database structure into a definition file

Syntax

      COPY STRUCTURE EXTENDED TO <xcFileName>

Arguments

<xcFileName> The name of the target definition file to create. (.dbf) is the default extension if none is given. It can be specified as a literal file name or as a character expression enclosed in parentheses.

Description

COPY STRUCTURE EXTENDED create a new database named <cFileName> with a pre-defined structure (also called “structure extended file” ) :

       Field name   Type   Length   Decimals
       -----------  ----   ------   ---------  
       FIELD_NAME   C      10       0
       FIELD_TYPE   C      1        0
       FIELD_LEN    N      3        0
       FIELD_DEC    N      3        0

Each record in the new file contains information about one field in the original file. CREATE FROM could be used to create a database from the structure extended file.

For prehistoric compatibility reasons, Character fields which are longer than 255 characters are treated in a special way by writing part of the length in the FIELD_DEC according to the following formula (this is done internally) :

      FIELD->FIELD_DEC := int( nLength / 256 ) 
      FIELD->FIELD_LEN := ( nLength % 256 )

Later if you want to calculate the length of a field you can use the following formula:

      nLength := iif( FIELD->FIELD_TYPE == "C", ;
                      FIELD->FIELD_DEC * 256 + FIELD->FIELD_LEN, ;
                      FIELD->FIELD_LEN )

COPY STRUCTURE EXTENDED command is preprocessed into __dbCopyXStruct() function during compile time.

Examples

      // Open a database, then copy its structure to a new file,
      // Open the new file and list all its records
      USE Test
      COPY STRUCTURE EXTENDED TO TestStru
      USE TestStru
      LIST

Compliance

Clipper

Platforms

All

Seealso

COPY STRUCTURE, CREATE, CREATE FROM, DBCREATE(), DBSTRUCT(), __dbCopyStruct(), __dbCopyXStruct(), __dbCreate()

__dbCreate()

Template

Function

Name

__dbCreate()

Category

API

Subcategory

Database

Oneliner

Create structure extended file or use one to create new file

Syntax

      __dbCreate( <cFileName>,  [<cFileFrom>],  [<cRDDName>],  ;
                  [<lNew>],  [<cAlias>] ) --> lUsed

Arguments

<cFileName> is the target file name to create and then open. (.dbf) is the default extension if none is given.

<cFileFrom> is an optional structure extended file name from which the target file <cFileName> is going to be built. If omitted, a new empty structure extended file with the name <cFileName> is created and opened in the current work-area.

<cRDDName> is RDD name to create target with. If omitted, the default RDD is used.

<lNew> is an optional logical expression, (.T.) opens the target file name <cFileName> in the next available unused work-area and makes it the current work-area. (.F.) opens the target file in the current
work-area. Default value is (.F.). The value of <lNew> is ignored if <cFileFrom> is not specified.

<cAlias> is an optional alias to USE the target file with. If not specified, alias is based on the root name of <cFileName>.

Returns

__dbCreate() returns (.T.) if there is database USED in the current work-area (this might be the newly selected work-area), or (.F.) if there is no database USED. Note that on success a (.T.) would be returned, but on failure you probably end up with a run-time error and not a (.F.) value.

Description

__dbCreate() works in two modes depending on the value of <cFileFrom>:

1) If <cFileFrom> is empty or not specified a new empty structure extended file with the name <cFileName> is created and then opened in the current work-area (<lNew> is ignored). The new
file has the following structure:

       Field name   Type   Length   Decimals
       ----------   ----   ------   --------
       FIELD_NAME   C      10        0
       FIELD_TYPE   C       1        0
       FIELD_LEN    N       3        0
       FIELD_DEC    N       3        0

The CREATE command is preprocessed into the __dbCopyStruct() function during compile time and uses this mode.

2) If <cFileFrom> is specified, it is opened and assumed to be a structure extended file where each record contains at least the following fields (in no particular order): FIELD_NAME, FIELD_TYPE,
FIELD_LEN and FIELD_DEC. Any other field is ignored. From this information the file <cFileName> is then created and opened in the current or new work-area (according to <lNew>), if this is a new work-area it becomes the current.

For prehistoric compatibility reasons, structure extended file Character fields which are longer than 255 characters should be treated in a special way by writing part of the length in the FIELD_DEC according to the following formula:

      FIELD->FIELD_DEC := Int( nLength / 256 )
      FIELD->FIELD_LEN := ( nLength % 256 )

CREATE FROM command is preprocessed into __dbCopyStruct() function during compile time and use this mode.

Examples

      // CREATE a new structure extended file,  append some records and
      // then CREATE FROM this file a new database file

      __dbCreate( "template" )
      dbAppend()
      FIELD->FIELD_NAME := "CHANNEL"
      FIELD->FIELD_TYPE := "N"
      FIELD->FIELD_LEN  := 2
      FIELD->FIELD_DEC  := 0
      dbAppend()
      FIELD->FIELD_NAME := "PROGRAM"
      FIELD->FIELD_TYPE := "C"
      FIELD->FIELD_LEN  := 20
      FIELD->FIELD_DEC  := 0
      dbAppend()
      FIELD->FIELD_NAME := "REVIEW"
      FIELD->FIELD_TYPE := "C"      // this field is 1000 char long
      FIELD->FIELD_LEN  := 232      // 1000 % 256 = 232
      FIELD->FIELD_DEC  := 3        // 1000 / 256 = 3
      dbCloseArea()
      __dbCreate( "TV_Guide",  "template" )

Compliance

Clipper

Platforms

All

Files

Library is rdd

Seealso

COPY STRUCTURE, COPY STRUCTURE EXTENDED, CREATE, CREATE FROM, dbCreate(), dbStruct(), __dbCopyStruct(), __dbCopyXStruct()

__dbCopyXStruct()

Template

Function

Name

__dbCopyXStruct()

Category

API

Subcategory

Database

Oneliner

Copy current database structure into a definition file

Syntax

      __dbCopyXStruct( <cFileName> ) --> lSuccess

Arguments

<cFileName> is the name of target definition file to create. (.dbf) is the default extension if none is given.

Returns

__dbCopyXStruct() returns .F. if no database is USED in the current work-area, .T. on success, or a run-time error if the file create operation had failed.

Description

__dbCopyXStruct() create a new database named <cFileName> with a pre-defined structure (also called “structure extended file”):

       Field name   Type   Length   Decimals
       ----------   ----   ------   --------
       FIELD_NAME     C      10        0
       FIELD_TYPE     C       1        0
       FIELD_LEN      N       3        0
       FIELD_DEC      N       3        0

Each record in the new file contains information about one field in the original file. CREATE FROM could be used to create a database from the structure extended file.

For prehistoric compatibility reasons, Character fields which are longer than 255 characters are treated in a special way by writing part of the length in the FIELD_DEC according to the following formula (this is done internally):

      FIELD->FIELD_DEC := Int( nLength / 256 )
      FIELD->FIELD_LEN := ( nLength % 256 )

Later if you want to calculate the length of a field you can use the following formula:

      nLength := iif( FIELD->FIELD_TYPE == "C",  ;
                      FIELD->FIELD_DEC * 256 + FIELD->FIELD_LEN,  ;
                      FIELD->FIELD_LEN )

COPY STRUCTURE EXTENDED command is preprocessed into __dbCopyXStruct() function during compile time.

Examples

      // Open a database,  then copy its structure to a new file, 
      // Open the new file and list all its records
      USE Test
      __dbCopyXStruct( "TestStru" )
      USE TestStru
      LIST

Compliance

Clipper

Platforms

All

Files

Library is rdd

Seealso

COPY STRUCTURE, COPY STRUCTURE EXTENDED, CREATE, CREATE FROM, dbCreate(), dbStruct(), __dbCopyStruct(), __dbCreate()

C5_CREATE

 CREATE
 Create an empty structure extended (.dbf) file
------------------------------------------------------------------------------
 Syntax

     CREATE <xcExtendedDatabase>

 Arguments

     <xcExtendedDatabase> is the name of the empty structure extended
     database file.  This argument can be specified either as a literal
     database file name or as a character expression enclosed in parentheses.
     If no extension is specified, .dbf is the default extension.

 Description

     CREATE produces an empty structure extended database file with the
     following structure:

     Structure of an Extended File
     ------------------------------------------------------------------------
     Field   Name           Type        Length    Decimals
     ------------------------------------------------------------------------
     1       Field_name     Character   10
     2       Field_type     Character   1
     3       Field_len      Numeric     3         0
     4       Field_dec      Numeric     4         0
     ------------------------------------------------------------------------

     Like COPY STRUCTURE EXTENDED, CREATE can be used in conjunction with
     CREATE FROM to form a new database file.  Unlike COPY STRUCTURE
     EXTENDED, CREATE produces an empty database file and does not require
     the presence of another database file to create it.

     <xcExtendedDatabase> is automatically opened in the current work area
     after it is created.

 Examples

     .  This example creates a new structure extended file, places the
        definition of one field into it, and then CREATEs a new database file
        FROM the extended structure:

        CREATE TempStru
        APPEND BLANK
        REPLACE Field_name WITH "Name",;
           Field_type WITH "C",;
           Field_len WITH 25,;
           Field_dec WITH 0
        CLOSE
        CREATE NewFile FROM TempStru

 Files   Library is CLIPPER.LIB.

See Also: COPY STRU EXTE CREATE FROM



C5 Commands

 ?|??            Display one or more values to the console
 @...BOX         Draw a box on the screen
 @...CLEAR       Clear a rectangular region of the screen
 @...GET         Create a new Get object and display it
 @...PROMPT      Paint a menu item and define a message
 @...SAY         Display data at a specified screen or printer row and column
 @...TO          Draw a single- or double-line box
 ACCEPT*         Place keyboard input into a memory variable
 APPEND BLANK    Add a new record to the current database file
 APPEND FROM     Import records from a database (.dbf) file or ASCII text file
 AVERAGE         Average numeric expressions in the current work area
 CALL*           Execute a C or Assembler procedure
 CANCEL*         Terminate program processing
 CLEAR ALL*      Close files and release public and private variables
 CLEAR GETS      Release Get objects from the current GetList array
 CLEAR MEMORY    Release all public and private variables
 CLEAR SCREEN    Clear the screen and return the cursor home
 CLEAR TYPEAHEAD Empty the keyboard buffer
 CLOSE           Close a specific set of files
 COMMIT          Perform a solid-disk write for all active work areas
 CONTINUE        Resume a pending LOCATE
 COPY FILE       Copy a file to a new file or to a device
 COPY STRUCTURE  Copy the current .dbf structure to a new database (.dbf) file
 COPY STRU EXTE  Copy field definitions to a .dbf file
 COPY TO         Export records to a database (.dbf) file or ASCII text file
 COUNT           Tally records to a variable
 CREATE          Create an empty structure extended (.dbf) file
 CREATE FROM     Create a new .dbf file from a structure extended file
 DELETE          Mark records for deletion
 DELETE FILE     Remove a file from disk
 DELETE TAG      Delete a tag
 DIR*            Display a listing of files from a specified path
 DISPLAY         Display records to the console
 EJECT           Advance the printhead to top of form
 ERASE           Remove a file from disk
 FIND*           Search an index for a specified key value
 GO              Move the pointer to the specified identity
 INDEX           Create an index file
 INPUT*          Enter the result of an expression into a variable
 JOIN            Create a new database file by merging from two work areas
 KEYBOARD        Stuff a string into the keyboard buffer
 LABEL FORM      Display labels to the console
 LIST            List records to the console
 LOCATE          Search sequentially for a record matching a condition
 MENU TO         Execute a lightbar menu for defined PROMPTs
 NOTE*           Place a single-line comment in a program file
 PACK            Remove deleted records from a database file
 QUIT            Terminate program processing
 READ            Activate full-screen editing mode using Get objects
 RECALL          Restore records marked for deletion
 REINDEX         Rebuild open indexes in the current work area
 RELEASE         Delete public and private memory variables
 RENAME          Change the name of a file
 REPLACE         Assign new values to field variables
 REPORT FORM     Display a report to the console
 RESTORE         Retrieve memory variables from a memory (.mem) file
 RESTORE SCREEN* Display a saved screen
 RUN             Execute a DOS command or program
 SAVE            Save variables to a memory (.mem) file
 SAVE SCREEN*    Save the current screen to a buffer or variable
 SEEK            Search an order for a specified key value
 SELECT          Change the current work area
 SET ALTERNATE   Echo console output to a text file
 SET BELL        Toggle sounding of the bell during full-screen operations
 SET CENTURY     Modify the date format to include or omit century digits
 SET COLOR*      Define screen colors
 SET CONFIRM     Toggle required exit key to terminate GETs
 SET CONSOLE     Toggle console display to the screen
 SET CURSOR      Toggle the screen cursor on or off
 SET DATE        Set the date format for input and display
 SET DECIMALS    Set the number of decimal places to be displayed
 SET DEFAULT     Set the CA-Clipper default drive and directory
 SET DELETED     Toggle filtering of deleted records
 SET DELIMITERS  Toggle or define GET delimiters
 SET DESCENDING  Change the descending flag of the controlling order
 SET DEVICE      Direct @...SAYs to the screen or printer
 SET EPOCH       Control the interpretation of dates with no century digits
 SET ESCAPE      Toggle Esc as a READ exit key
 SET EXACT*      Toggle exact matches for character strings
 SET EXCLUSIVE*  Establish shared or exclusive USE of database files
 SET FILTER      Hide records not meeting a condition
 SET FIXED       Toggle fixing of the number of decimal digits displayed
 SET FORMAT*     Activate a format when READ is executed
 SET FUNCTION    Assign a character string to a function key
 SET INDEX       Open one or more order bags in the current work area
 SET INTENSITY   Toggle enhanced display of GETs and PROMPTs
 SET KEY         Assign a procedure invocation to a key
 SET MARGIN      Set the page offset for all printed output
 SET MEMOBLOCK   Change the block size for memo files
 SET MESSAGE     Set the @...PROMPT message line row
 SET OPTIMIZE    Change the setting that optimizes using open orders
 SET ORDER       Select the controlling order
 SET PATH        Specify the CA-Clipper search path for opening files
 SET PRINTER     Toggle echo of output to printer or set the print destination
 SET PROCEDURE*  Compile procedures and functions into the current object file
 SET RELATION    Relate two work areas by a key value or record number
 SET SCOPE       Change the boundaries for scoping keys in controlling order
 SET SCOPEBOTTOM Change bottom boundary for scoping keys in controlling order
 SET SCOPETOP    Change top boundary for scoping keys in controlling order
 SET SCOREBOARD  Toggle the message display from READ or MEMOEDIT()
 SET SOFTSEEK    Toggle relative seeking
 SET TYPEAHEAD   Set the size of the keyboard buffer
 SET UNIQUE*     Toggle inclusion of non-unique keys into an index
 SET WRAP*       Toggle wrapping of the highlight in menus
 SKIP            Move the record pointer to a new position
 SORT            Copy to a database (.dbf) file in sorted order
 STORE*          Assign a value to one or more variables
 SUM             Sum numeric expressions and assign results to variables
 TEXT*           Display a literal block of text
 TOTAL           Summarize records by key value to a database (.dbf) file
 TYPE            Display the contents of a text file
 UNLOCK          Release file/record locks set by the current user
 UPDATE          Update current database file from another database file
 USE             Open an existing database (.dbf) and its associated files
 WAIT*           Suspend program processing until a key is pressed
 ZAP             Remove all records from the current database file