UPDATE

UPDATE

Update current database file from another database file

Syntax

      UPDATE FROM <xcAlias>
            ON <expKey> [RANDOM]
            REPLACE <idField> WITH <exp>
            [, <idField2> WITH    <exp2>...]

Arguments

FROM <xcAlias> specifies the alias of the work area used to update records in the current work area. This argument may be specified either as a literal file name or as a character expression enclosed in parentheses.

ON <expKey> specifies the expression that defines matching records in the FROM work area.

REPLACE <idField> specifies a field in the current work area to replace with a new value.

WITH <exp> specifies the value to replace into the current field. You must reference any field contained in the FROM work area with the correct alias.

RANDOM allows records in the FROM database file to be in any order. If this option is specified, the current database file must be indexed on <expKey>.

Description

UPDATE is a database command that replaces fields in the current work area with values from another work area based on the specified key expression. UPDATE is designed to update only current work area records based on a one-to-one or one-to-many relation with the FROM work area. This means that UPDATE can only update records in the current work area with unique key values. When there is more than one instance of a key value, only the first record with the key value is updated. The FROM work area, however, can have duplicate key values.

There are two formulations of the command depending on whether the FROM work area records are sorted or indexed on <expKey> or not. If RANDOM is not specified, both the current work area and the FROM work area must be indexed or sorted in <expKey> order. If RANDOM is specified, the current work area must be indexed by <expKey>, but the FROM work area records can be in any order.

To use UPDATE in a network environment, the current database file must be locked with FLOCK() or USEed EXCLUSIVEly. The FROM database file may be used in any mode. Refer to the “Network Programming” chapter in the Programming and Utilities Guide for more information.

Notes

. Deleted records: If DELETED is OFF, deleted records in both source files are processed. Records in the file being updated retain their deleted status and are not affected by the deleted status of records in the FROM file. If DELETED is ON, however, no deleted records are processed from either source file.

Examples

      .  This example UPDATEs the Customer database file with
         outstanding invoice amounts:

      USE Invoices NEW
      USE Customer INDEX Customer NEW
      UPDATE FROM Invoices ON Last;
         REPLACE Owed WITH Owed + Invoices->Amount RANDOM

Seealso

DBCREATEIND(), INDEX, JOIN, REPLACE, SET UNIQUE*, SORT

ASort()

 

ASORT()

Sort an array

Syntax

      ASORT( <aArray>, [<nStart>], [<nCount>], [<bSort>] ) --> aArray

Arguments

<aArray> Array to be sorted.

<nStart> The first element to start the sort from, default is 1.

<nCount> Number of elements starting from <nStart> to sort, default is all elements.

<bSort> Code block for sorting order, default is ascending order {| x, y | x < y }. The code block should accept two parameters and must return .T. if the sort is in order, .F. if not.

Returns

<aArray> reference to the now sorted <aArray> or NIL if the passed <aArray> is not an array.

Description

ASORT() sort all or part of a given array. If <bSort> is omitted, the function expect <aArray> to be one dimensional array containing single data type (one of: Character, Date, Logical, Numeric) and sort this array in ascending order: Character are sorted by their ASCII value, Dates are sorted chronologically, Logical put .F. values before .T., Numeric are sorted by their value.

If <bSort> is specified, it is used to handle the sorting order. With each time the block is evaluate, two array elements are passed to the code block, and <bSort> must return a logical value that state if those elements are in order (.T.) or not (.F.). Using this block you can sort multidimensional array, descending orders or even (but why would you want to do that) sort array that contain different data type.

Examples

      // sort numeric values in ascending order
      ASort( { 3, 1, 4, 42, 5, 9 } )     // result: { 1, 3, 4, 5, 9, 42 }

      // sort character strings in descending lexical order
      aKeys := { "Ctrl", "Alt", "Delete" }
      bSort := {| x, y | Upper( x ) > Upper( y ) }
      ASort( aKeys,,, bSort )      // result: { "Delete", "Ctrl", "Alt" }

      // sort two-dimensional array according to 2nd element of each pair
      aPair := { { "Sun", 8 }, { "Mon", 1 }, { "Tue", 57 }, { "Wed", -6 } }
      ASort( aPair,,, {| x, y | x[ 2 ] < y[ 2 ] } )
      // result: { { "Wed", -6 }, { "Mon", 1 }, { "Sun", 8 }, { "Tue", 57 } }

Compliance

Clipper (arrayblock)

Files

Library is vm

Seealso

ASCAN(), EVAL(), SORT

FT_LINKED

FT_LINKED()
 Determine if a function was linked in

 Syntax

      FT_LINKED( <cString> ) -> lResult

 Arguments

     <cString> is a character string containing one or more function
               calls

 Returns

     .T. if all functions within the string are currently linked into
     the application, .F. if one or more aren't.  See below for a
     definition of "function."

 Description

     This function would be used in data driven application to determine
     whether or not a macro compiled function was linked in.

     Several functions can be passed, and nested, in <cString>.

     Caveat: Some function calls are converted by the preprocessor
     into other function calls. You cannot have these types of
     functions in a macro compiled string as they never exist at
     runtime. FT_LINKED will correctly tell you that they are invalid.

     For instance: there is no function called SORT() in any of the
     Nantucket LIBraries, but it is a valid CLIPPER command because the
     preprocessor will convert it to other function calls.

 Examples

     cString := "FT_GoodFunc(BadFunc(3,2))"
     IF FT_LINKED(cString)
        EVAL( &("{||"+cString+"}") )
     ELSE
        ALERT("Error: "+cString+" was not linked in. Called by FT_LINKED()")
     ENDIF

 Source: LINKED.PRG

 Author: Brian Loesgen

C5DG-2 RDD Architecture

Clipper 5.x – Drivers Guide

Chapter 2

Replaceable Database Driver Architecture

Clipper supports a driver architecture that allows Clipper applications to use Replaceable Database Drivers (RDDs). The RDD system makes Clipper applications data-format independent. Such applications can, therefore, access the data formats of other database systems, including the dBASE IV (.mdx), FoxPro (.cdx), and Paradox (.db) formats on a variety of equipment. This driver architecture can even support database drivers that are not file-based, although all of the drivers supplied with Clipper 5.x are file-based.

The concept of replaceable drivers is not new to this version of Clipper. In previous versions, the use of the default database driver (DBFNTX.LIB) was hidden by the fact that it was automatically linked into your application. In fact, this is still the case. The DBFNTX driver has been replaceable since it was first introduced in version 5.0. Before this version, the DBFNTX driver was the only RDD supplied as part of the system.

In This Chapter

With the introduction of the new RDDs, Clipper provides many new and enhanced commands and functions that access and manipulate databases. These language elements can enable your applications to access data regardless of the RDD under which it is ordered. There are also commands and functions that give you specific information about the RDDs in use.

The Language Implementation section of this chapter includes tables that summarize these new and enhanced language elements. This chapter also covers basic terminology, implementation principals, and general concepts of the Order Management System.

The following major topics are discussed:

. RDD Basics

. Basic Terminology

. The Language Implementation

. Order Management System

RDD Basics

The cornerstone of the replaceable database driver system is the Clipper work area. All Clipper database commands and functions operate in a work area through a database driver that actually performs the access to the stored database information. The layering of the system looks like this:

                      +———————————+

                      | Database Commands and Functions |
                      ----------------------------------|
                      |          RDD Interface          |
                      |---------------------------------|
                      |         Database driver         |
                      |---------------------------------|
                      |           Stored Data           |
                      +---------------------------------+

 In this system, each work area is associated with a single database driver. Each database driver, in turn, is supplied as a separate library file (.LIB) you link into your application programs. Within an application, you specify the name of the database driver when you open or access a database file or table with the USE command or DBUSEAREA() function. If you specify no database driver at the time a file is opened, the default driver is used. You may select which driver will be used as the default driver.

Once you open a database in a work area, the RDD used for that work area is automatically used for all operations on that database (except commands and functions that create a new table). Any command or function that creates a new table (i.e., SORT, CREATE FROM, DBCREATE(), etc.) uses the default RDD. Most of the new commands and functions let you specify a driver other than the default driver.

The normal default database driver, DBFNTX (which supports the traditional (.dbf), (.ntx), and (.dbt) files) is installed into your \CLIPPER5\LIB directory. This driver is linked into each program automatically to provide backwards compatibility.

To use any of the other supplied drivers, either as an additional driver or an alternate driver, you must use the REQUEST command to assure that the driver will be linked in. You must also include the appropriate library on the link line.

All Clipper applications will automatically include code generated by RDDSYS.PRG from the \CLIPPER5\SOURCE\SYS subdirectory. If you wish to automatically load another RDD, you must modify and compile RDDSYS.PRG and link the resulting object file into your application. The content of the default RDDSYS.PRG is shown below. Only the portion in bold should be modified

 
     //  Current RDDSYS.PRG
     #include "rddsys.ch"

     ANNOUNCE RDDSYS                     // This line must not change
     INIT PROCEDURE RddInit
        REQUEST DBFNTX                   // Force link for DBFNTX RDD
        RDDSETDEFAULT( "DBFNTX" )        // Set up DBFNTX as default
                                         // driver

        RETURN

     // eof: rddsys.prg

To change the default to a new automatically-loading driver, modify the bold lines in RDDSYS.PRG to include the name of the new driver. For example:

     //  Revised RDDSYS.PRG
     #include "rddsys.ch"

     ANNOUNCE RDDSYS                     // This line must not change
     INIT PROCEDURE RddInit
        REQUEST DBFCDX                   // Force link for DBFCDX RDD
        RDDSETDEFAULT( "DBFCDX" )        // Set up DBFCDX as default
                                         // driver

        RETURN

     // eof: rddsys.prg

If you change this file, all Clipper applications in which it is linked will automatically include the new RDD.

To use any RDD other than the default, you must explicitly identify it through use of the VIA clause of the USE command.

You need not disable the automatic DBFNTX loading to use other RDDs in your applications, but if your application will not use any DBFNTX functionality, you can save its code overhead by disabling it.

To completely disable the automatic loading of a default RDD, remove the two lines shown above in bold. For example:

     //  New Revised RDDSYS.PRG
     //  disables auto-loading
     #include "rddsys.ch"

     ANNOUNCE RDDSYS                     // This line must not change
     INIT PROCEDURE RddInit

        RETURN
     // eof: rddsys.prg

Basic Terminology

The RDD architecture introduces several new terms and concepts that are key to the design and usage of RDDs. You should familiarize yourself with these concepts and terms as you begin to use the RDD functionality. The meaning of some earlier terminology is also further defined. The following RDD functional glossary defines the terminology for all RDDs.

. Key Expression : A valid Clipper expression that creates a key value from a single record.

. Key Value : A value that is based on value(s) contained within database fields, associated with a particular record in a database.

. Identity : A unique value guaranteed by the structure of the data file to reference a specific record in a database even if the record is empty. In the Xbase file (.dbf), the identity is the record number; but it could be the value of a unique primary key or even the offset of an array in memory.

. Keyed-Pair : A pair consisting of a key value and an identity.

. Identity Order : Describes a database arranged by identity. In Xbase, this refers to the physical arrangement of the records in the database in the order in which they were entered (natural order).

. Tag : A set of keyed-pairs that provides ordered access to the table based on a key value. Usually, an Order in a multiple-Order index (Order). An Order.

. Order : A named mechanism (index) that provides logical access to a database according to the keyed-pairs. This term encompasses both single indexes and the Tags in multiple-Tag indexes.

Orders are not, themselves, data files. They provide access to data that gives the appearance of an ordering of the data in a specific way. This ordering is defined by the relationships between keyed- pairs. An Order does not change the physical (the natural or entry) order of data in a database.

. Controlling Order : The active Order (index) for a particular work area. Only one Order may control a work area at any time, and it controls the order in which the database is accessed during paging and searching.

. Order List : A list of all the Orders available to the database in the specified work area.

. Order Bag : A container that holds zero or more Orders. Normally a disk or memory file. A traditional index like (.ntx) is an Order Bag that holds only one Order. A multiple-Tag index (.mdx or .cdx) is an Order Bag that holds zero or more Orders. Though Order Bags may be a memory or disk file, Clipper 5.x only supports Order Bags as disk files.

. Record : A record in the traditional database paradigm is a row of one or more related columns (fields) of data. In the expanded architecture of Clipper, a record could be data that does not exactly fit this definition.

A record is, in this expanded context, data associated with a single identity. In an Xbase data structure, this corresponds to a row (fields associated with a record number); in other data structures, this may not be the case.

In this document we use “record” in the traditional sense, but you should be aware that Clipper permits expansion of the meaning of record.

. single-Order Bag : An Order Bag that can contain only one Order. The (.ntx) and (.ndx) files are examples of single-Order Bags.

. multiple-Order Bag : An Order Bag that can contain any number of Orders; a multiple-Tag index. The (.cdx) and (.mdx) files are examples of multiple-Order Bags.

. maintainable scoped Orders : Scoped (filtered) Orders created using the FOR clause. The FOR condition is stored in the index header. Orders of this type are correctly updated using the expression to reflect record updates, deletions and additions.

. non-maintainable/temporary Orders : Orders created using the WHILE or NEXT clauses. These Orders are useful because they can be created quickly. However, the conditions in these clauses are not stored in the index header. Therefore, Orders of this type are not correctly updated to reflect record updates, deletions and additions. They are only for temporary use.

. Lock List : A list of the records that are currently locked in the work area.

The Language Implementation

To support the RDD architecture and let you design applications that are independent of the data format you are using, many existing Clipper commands and functions have been enhanced, and several new language elements have been added. The following tables summarize these changes and additions. See the Reference chapter of this guide for more detailed information on a particular item.

     Enhanced Commands and Functions
     ------------------------------------------------------------------------
     Command/Function  Changes
     ------------------------------------------------------------------------
     APPEND FROM       VIA clause
     COPY TO           VIA clause
     DBAPPEND()        Terminology
     GO                Terminology
     DBAPPEND()        Terminology
     INDEX             ALL, EVAL, EVERY, NEXT, RECORD, REST, TAG, and
                       UNIQUE clauses
     SEEK              SOFTSEEK option
     SET INDEX         ADDITIVE clause
     SET ORDER         IN, TAG clauses
     DBSETINDEX()      Terminology
     RECNO()           Terminology
     ------------------------------------------------------------------------

     New Commands and Functions
     ------------------------------------------------------------------------
     Command/Function    Description
     ------------------------------------------------------------------------
     DELETE TAG          Delete a Tag (Order)
     DBGOTO()            Position record pointer to a specific identity
     DBRLOCK()           Lock the record at the current or specified identity
     DBRLOCKLIST()       Return an array of the currently locked records
     DBRUNLOCK           Release all or specified record locks
     ORDBAGEXT()         Return the Order Bag file extension
     ORDBAGNAME()        Return the Order Bag name of a specific Order
     ORDCREATE()         Create an Order in an Order Bag
     ORDDESTROY()        Remove a specified Order from an Order Bag
     ORDFOR()            Return the FOR expression of an Order
     ORDKEY()            Return the Key expression of an Order
     ORDLISTADD()        Add Order Bag contents or single Order to the Order
                         List
     ORDLISTCLEAR()      Clear the current Order List
     ORDLISTREBUILD()    Rebuild all Orders in the Order List of the current
                         work area
     ORDNAME()           Return the name of an Order in the work area
     ORDNUMBER()         Return the position of an Order in the current Order
                         List
     ORDSETFOCUS()       Set focus to an Order in an Order List
     RDDLIST()           Return an array of the available Replaceable
                         Database Drivers
     RDDNAME()           Return the name of the RDD active in the current or
                         specified work area
     RDDSETDEFAULT()     Set or return the default RDD for the application
     ------------------------------------------------------------------------

User Interface Levels

We want to make it easy for you to quickly take advantage of the added functionality provided in Clipper 5.x. In order to effectively use the RDDs, you should read the following discussions. They are provided as a means of identifying the degree of programming knowledge or Clipper experience that will let you effectively use the RDD features.

For this purpose the RDD feature set is arbitrarily divided into levels A and B. Tables listing the commands or functions that comprise these access levels are also supplied. In addition, an RDD Features Summary is provided in table form which outlines the features available in each driver. The commands and functions in both of these levels of access are described in the Reference chapter of this guide.

Level A – Command-Level Interface

Level A. a simple command-level interface very similar to those found in other languages (e.g., dBASE IV, FoxPro). This is the primary access for new Clipper users who may or may not be familiar with other languages.

The following table lists the commands and functions accessible by the Clipper programmer with background in languages such as dBASE or FoxPro. The commands and functions in this table provide access to the additional features without requiring an advanced knowledge of Clipper or other programming concepts.

     Basic Commands and Functions
     ------------------------------------------------------------------------
     Command/Function  Changes
     ------------------------------------------------------------------------
     DELETE TAG        Delete a Tag
     GOTO              Move the pointer to the specified identity
     INDEX             Create an index file
     SEEK              Search an Order for a specified key value
     SET INDEX         Open one or more Order Bags in the current work area
     SET ORDER         Select the controlling Order
     DBAPPEND()        Append a new record to the current Lock List
     DBRLOCK()         Lock the record at the current or specified identity
     DBRLOCKLIST()     Return an array of the current Lock List
     DBRUNLOCK         Release all or specified record locks
     ------------------------------------------------------------------------

Level B – Function-Level Interface

Level B. Clipper also adds a function level interface that not only allows access to the enhanced functionality of the drivers, but permits the building of higher-level functions using these composing behaviors. This level is meant for more experienced Clipper users who need to take advantage of the full power of the driver and Order Management System.

The following table lists the DML and Order Management functions recommended to the intermediate to advanced Clipper programmer. These functions provide the greatest flexibility in accessing the extended features of these drivers

     Advanced Functions (including Order Management)
     ------------------------------------------------------------------------
     Command/Function    Description
     ------------------------------------------------------------------------
     DBAPPEND()          Append a new record to the current Lock List
     DBRLOCK()           Lock the record at the current or specified identity
     DBRLOCKLIST()       Return an array of the current Lock List
     DBRUNLOCK()         Release all or specified record locks
     ORDBAGEXT()         Return the default Order Bag RDD extension
     ORDBAGNAME()        Return the Order Bag name of a specific Order
     ORDCREATE()         Create an Order in an Order Bag
     ORDDESTROY()        Remove a specified Order from an Order Bag
     ORDFOR()            Return the FOR expression of an Order
     ORDKEY()            Return the Key expression of an Order
     ORDLISTADD()        Add Order Bag contents or single Order to the Order
                         List
     ORDLISTCLEAR()      Clear the current Order List
     ORDLISTREBUILD()    Rebuild all Orders in the Order List of the current
                         work area
     ORDNAME()           Return the name of an Order in the work area
     ORDNUMBER()         Return the position of an Order in the current Order
                         List
     ORDSETFOCUS()       Set focus to an Order in an Order List
     RDDLIST()           Return an array of the available Replaceable
                         Database Drivers
     RDDNAME()           Return the name of the RDD active in the current or
                         specified work area
     RDDSETDEFAULT()     Set or return the default RDD for the application
     ------------------------------------------------------------------------

RDD Features

The following decision table summarizes the availability of key features across RDDs. It lists the features available in each RDD so you can use it as an aid in correct RDD implementation and data access.

     RDD Features Summary
     ------------------------------------------------------------------------
     Item                                NTX   NDX   MDX   CDX  DBPX
     ------------------------------------------------------------------------
     Implicit record unlocking in        Yes   Yes   Yes   Yes  Yes
     single lock mode
     Multiple Record Locks               Yes   Yes   Yes   Yes  No
     Number of Concurrent Record Locks   *1    *1    *1    *1   1
     Order Management (Tag support)      Yes   Yes   Yes   Yes  No
     Orders (Tags) per Order Bag (File)  1     1     47    50   N/A
     Number of Order Bags (Files)        15    15    15    15   N/A
     per work area
     Conditional Indexes (FOR clause)    Yes   No    Yes   Yes  No
     Temporary (Partial) Indexes         Yes   No    No    Yes  No
     (WHILE, ... )
     Descending via DESCENDING clause    Yes   No    Yes   Yes  No
     Unique via the UNIQUE clause        Yes   Yes   Yes   Yes  No
     EVAL and EVERY clause support       Yes   No    No    Yes  No
     Production/Structural Indexes       No    No    Yes   Yes  No
     Maximum Key Expression length       256   256   220   255  N/A
     (bytes)
     Maximum FOR Condition length        256   N/A   261   255  N/A
     (bytes)
     ------------------------------------------------------------------------

     *1 determined by available memory.

Clipper 5.x Order Management

Clipper includes a new Order Management System which provides a more effective and flexible way of indexing data. The main objective of the new Order Management implementation is to raise the Xbase indexing paradigm from a low level of abstraction (Xbase database specific) to a higher, more robust, level. This higher level of abstraction allows the user to build new commands and functions.

Low level abstraction refers to manipulation of discrete elements in the database architecture (i.e., field names and sizes, methods of handling controlling indexes, etc.).

High level abstraction refers to manipulation of general elements in a data source. It lets us, for example, set a controlling Order without explicitly addressing the character of the data file structure. This higher level of abstraction was achieved by reviewing all the processes that indexes have in common.

The Order Management function set was generically named (i.e. non-dbf specific) to provide a semantic that could encompass future RDD implementations that may not be file-bound. For example, an RDD could easily be created that orders (indexes) on a memory array, or other data structure, instead of a database. Therefore, all Order Management functions simply begin with ORD (for Order). You will find the function names to be self-explanatory (e.g., ORDCREATE() creates an Order, and ORDDESTROY() destroys an Order).

Concept

An Order is a set of keyed-pairs that provides a logical ordering of the records in an associated database file. Each key in an Order (index) is associated with a particular identity (record number) in the data set (database file). The records can be processed sequentially in key order, and any record can be located by performing a SEEK operation with the associated key value. An Order never physically changes the data that it’s applied against, but creates a different view of that data.

There are at least four basic types of processes that you can perform with an Order:

1. Ordering: Changes the sequence in which you view the data records.

2. Scoping: Constrains the visibility of data to specified upper and lower bounds. Determines the range of data items included, through a scoping rule, like the WHILE clause.

3. Filtration: Visibility of data is subject to conditional evaluation. Filtration determines which items of data are included, through a filter rule, like the FOR clause.

4. Translation: Values in underlying data source are translated (or converted) in some form based on a selection criteria. For example:

INDEX ON IIF(CUSTID > 1000, "NEW", "OLD")

The difference between scope and condition as it applies to FOR and WHILE is that the WHILE clause provides scope, but not filtering, but a FOR clause can provide both.

There are three primary elements in Order Management:

. Order: An Order is a set that has two elements in it: an Order Name, which is a logical name that can be referenced, and an Order Expression which supplies the view of the data. The Order Name provides logical access to the expression and the Order Expression provides a way of viewing the underlying data source. Data ordering can also be modified to ascending or descending sequence.

– Order Name: An Order Name is a symbolic name, that you use to manipulate an Order, like a file’s alias. The difference between an Order Name and the Order Number with which you would normally access indexes (Orders), is that the Order Name is stored in the index file. It is available each time you run the program, and is maintained by the system. The Order Number is generated each time the Order is added to an Order List and may change from one program execution to another. This makes Order Name the preferred means of referencing Orders.

– Order Expression: Is any valid Clipper expression. This is an index expression such as:

CUSTLIST->CUSTID

This expression produces the ordered view of the data. The values derived from this expression are sorted, and it is the relationship of these values to one another that provides the actual ordering.

. Order Number: An Order Number is provided by the Order List. An Order Number is only valid as long as the work area to which it belongs is open.

– Order Numbers provide one of the services performed by Order Names, allowing you to access a specific Order. In general, you should avoid accessing Orders by number.

– The ORDNUMBER() function returns the ordinal position of the specified <orderName> within the specified <orderList>.

. Order Bag: Unsorted collection of Orders. Each Order contains two elements (Order Name and Order Expression). Each Order Bag may have zero to n Orders. The maximum is determined by the RDD driver being used. Order Bags are similar to multiple-index files in that there’s no guarantee of any specific order within the container or Bag. Within an Order Bag you can access specific Orders by referencing a particular Order Name. Order Bags have persistence between activations of the program.

. Order List: An Order List orders the collection of Orders that are associated with and active in the current work area. It provides an access to the Orders active within a given work area. Each work area has an Order List, and there is only one Order List per work area. An Order List is created when a new work area is opened, and exists only as long as that work area is active. Once you close a work area, the Order List ceases to exist.

When you SET INDEX TO, the contents of the Order Bag are emptied into the Order List. At this point, the Orders in the Order List are active in the work area, where they will be updated as the data associated with the work area is modified. You may access an Order in the list by its Order Number or by its Order Name. You should access an Order by its name rather than a hard-coded ordinal position. You can make any Order in the Order List the controlling Order by giving it focus, as explained below.

. Order List Focus: Order List Focus is, essentially, a pointer to the Order that is used to change the view of the data. It is synonymous with controlling Order or controlling index, and defines the active index order. The SET ORDER TO command does not modify the Order List in any way. It does not clear the active indexes. It only changes the Order List Focus (the controlling order in the Order List).

Notes

The following list contains specific information regarding Order Bag usage and limitations with DBFNDX and DBFNTX index files:

. Single-Order Bags: With DBFNDX and DBFNTX you can explicitly assign the Order Name within the Order creation syntax. You can then use the Order Name in any command or function that accepts an Order Name (Tag) as a parameter.

. Single-Order Bag with INDEX ON: Single-Order Bags may retain the Order Name between activations. During creation, DBFNTX stores an optionally supplied Order Name in the file’s header for subsequent use. Therefore, the Order Name is not necessarily the same as that of the file. By contrast, DBFNDX cannot store an Order Name since this would prevent dBASE from accessing the file. By default DBFNDX Orders inherit the name of their index file.

Summary

This chapter has introduced you to the RDD concept, giving you specific information on the architecture that implements RDDs in Clipper. The basic terminology of RDDs has also been defined.

Finally, you have seen an overview of the language enhancements designed to make using RDDs straightforward and to let you build applications that do not depend on the RDD in use. The next chapter elaborates on these language enhancements, discussing syntax and usage in detail.

C5_SORT

SORT
 Copy to a database (.dbf) file in sorted order
------------------------------------------------------------------------------
 Syntax

     SORT TO <xcDatabase> ON <idField1> [/[A | D][C]]
        [, <idField2> [/[A | D][C]]...]
        [<scope>] [WHILE <lCondition>] [FOR <lCondition>]

 Arguments

     TO <xcDatabase> is the name of the target file for the sorted
     records and can be specified either as a literal file name or as a
     character expression enclosed in parentheses.  Unless otherwise
     specified, the new file is assigned a (.dbf) extension.

     ON <idField> is the sort key and must be a field variable.

     /[A|D][C] specifies how <xcDatabase> is to be sorted.  /A sorts in
     ascending order.  /D sorts in descending order.  /C sorts in dictionary
     order by ignoring the case of the specified character field.  The
     default SORT order is ascending.

     <scope> is the portion of the current database file to SORT.  The
     default is ALL records.

     WHILE <lCondition> specifies the set of records meeting the
     condition from the current record until the condition fails.

     FOR <lCondition> specifies the conditional set of records to SORT
     within the given scope.

 Description

     SORT is a database command that copies records from the current work
     area to another database file in sorted order.  Clipper SORTs
     character fields in accordance with the ASCII value of each character
     within the string unless the /C option is specified.  This option causes
     the database file to be sorted in dictionary order--capitalization is
     ignored.  Numeric fields are sorted in numeric order, date fields are
     sorted chronologically, and logical fields are sorted with true (.T.) as
     the high value.  Memo fields cannot be sorted.

     SORT performs as much of its operation as possible in memory, and then,
     it spools to a uniquely named temporary disk file.  This temporary file
     can be as large as the size of the source database file.  Note also that
     a SORT uses up three file handles: the source database file, the target
     database file, and the temporary file.

     In a network environment, you must lock the database file to be SORTed
     with FLOCK() or USE it EXCLUSIVEly.

 Notes

     .  Deleted source records: If DELETED is OFF, SORT copies deleted
        records to the target database file; however, the deleted records do
        not retain their deleted status.  No record is marked for deletion in
        the target file regardless of its status in the source file.

        If DELETED is ON, deleted records are not copied to the target
        database file.  Similarly, filtered records are ignored during a SORT
        and are not included in the target file.

 Examples

     .  This example copies a sorted subset of a mailing list to a
        smaller list for printing:

        USE Mailing INDEX Zip
        SEEK "900"
        SORT ON LastName, FirstName TO Invite WHILE Zip = "900"
        USE Invite NEW
        REPORT FORM RsvpList TO PRINTER

 Files   Library is CLIPPER.LIB.

See Also: ASORT() FLOCK() INDEX USE



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

 

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