SELECT

SELECT

Change the current work area

Syntax

      SELECT <xnWorkArea> | <idAlias>

Arguments

<xnWorkArea> is the work area number between 0 and 250 inclusive. This argument is an extended expression and can be specified either as a literal number or as a numeric expression enclosed in parentheses.

<idAlias> is the name of an existing work area to SELECT if there is a database file open in that area.

Description

SELECT is a database command that changes work areas. CA-Clipper supports 250 work areas, with each work area a logical handle to an open database file and all of its attributes. You can refer to work areas with SELECT by number or by alias. The alias of a work area is automatically assigned when a database file is USEd in that work area or by using the ALIAS clause.

Work area 0 refers to the first empty or next available work area. Using this, you can SELECT 0 and USE <xcDatabase> as a method of opening database files.

Notes

. Aliased expressions: Aliased expressions are a much more powerful method of selecting new work areas than the SELECT command. Instead of SELECTing a work area, and then performing an operation for that work area, you can apply an alias to an expression that performs the operation. This is done by specifying the alias of the remote work area and the expression enclosed in parentheses. For example, to access the value of EOF() in an unselected work area, you would normally execute a series of statements like the following:

            SELECT Remote
            ? EOF()
            SELECT Main

Using the aliased expression form, these statements become:

            ? Remote->(EOF())

. USE…NEW: Instead of using SELECT0 and USE <xcDatabase> to open a database file in a new work area, the preferred method is to USE <xcDatabase> NEW.

Examples

      .  This example opens a series of database files by SELECTing
         each work area by number then USEing each database file in that
         work area:

         SELECT 1
         USE Customer
         SELECT 2
         USE Invoices
         SELECT 3
         USE Parts
         SELECT Customer

      .  A better method is to open each database in the next available
         work area by specifying the NEW clause on the USE command line.
          In this example USE...NEW is employed instead of SELECT 0 and
         then USE:

         USE Customer NEW
         USE Invoices NEW

         SELECT Customer

      .  This code fragment changes work areas while saving the current
         work area name to a variable using the SELECT() function.  After
         executing an operation for the new work area, the original work
         area is restored:

         nLastArea := SELECT()
         USE Newfile NEW
         //
         <statements>...
         //
         SELECT (nLastArea)

Seealso

ALIAS(), EOF(), SELECT(), SET INDEX, USE, USED()

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Database Functions

AFields Fills referenced arrays with database field information
Alias Returns the alias name of a work area
BOF Test for the beggining-of-file condition
dbAppend Appends a new record to a database file
dbClearFilter Clears the current filter condiction in a work area
dbCloseAll Close all open files in all work areas.
dbCloseArea Close a database file in a work area
dbCommit Updates all index and database buffers for a given workarea
dbCommitAll Flushes the memory buffer and performs a hard-disk write
dbCreate Creates an empty database from a array
dbDelete Mark a record for deletion in a database
dbEval Performs a code block operation on the current Database
DBF Alias name of a work area
dbFilter Return the filter expression in a work area
dbGoBottom Moves the record pointer to the bottom of the database
dbGoto Position the record pointer to a specific location
dbGoTop Moves the record pointer to the top of the database
dbRecall Recalls a record previousy marked for deletion
dbSeek Searches for a value based on an active index
dbSelectArea Change to another work area
dbSetDriver Establishes the RDD name for the selected work area
dbSetFilter Establishes a filter condition for a work area
dbSkip Moves the record pointer in the selected work area
dbSkipper Helper function to skip a database
dbStruct Builds a multidimensional array of a database structure
dbUseArea Opens a work area and uses a database file
Deleted Tests the record’s deletion flag
EOF Test for end-of-file condition
FCount Counts the number of fields in an active database
FieldDeci Determines the number of decimal places of a given numeric field
FieldGet Obtains the value of a specified field
FieldName Return the name of a field at a numeric field location
FieldPos Return the ordinal position of a field
FieldPut Set the value of a field variable
FieldSize Determines the size of a given field
FieldType Determines the type of a given field
Found Determine the success of a previous search operation
Header Return the length of a database file header
LastRec Returns the number of records in an active work area or database
LUpdate Yields the date the database was last updated
RecCount Counts the number of records in a database
RecNo Returns the current record number or identity
RecSize Returns the size of a single record in an active database
Select Returns the work area number for a specified alias
Used Checks whether a database is in use in a work area

Select()

Select()

Returns the work area number for a specified alias.

Syntax

      Select([<cAlias>]) --> nWorkArea

Arguments

<cAlias> is the target work area alias name.

Returns

Select() returns the work area number.

Description

This function returns the work area number for the specified alias name <cAlias>. If no parameter is specified, the current work area will be the return value of the function.

Examples

      USE tests NEW
      USE names NEW
      cOldArea := Select( "names" )
      SELECT test
      LIST
      SELECT cOldArea

Compliance

Clipper

Files

Library is rdd

Seealso

Alias(), Used()

C5_USED

 USED()
 Determine whether a database file is in USE
------------------------------------------------------------------------------
 Syntax

     USED() --> lDbfOpen

 Returns

     USED() returns true (.T.) if there is a database file in USE; otherwise,
     it returns false (.F.).

 Description

     USED() is a database function that determines whether there is a
     database file in USE in a particular work area.  By default, USED()
     operates on the currently selected work area.  It will operate on an
     unselected work area if you specify it as part of an aliased expression.

 Examples

     .  This example determines whether a database file is in USE in
        the current work area:

        USE Customer NEW
        ? USED()               // Result: .T.
        CLOSE
        ? USED()               // Result: .F.

 Files   Library is CLIPPER.LIB.

See Also: SELECT SELECT() USE



C5 Database Functions

AFIELDS() :

Fill arrays with the structure of the current database file

AFIELDS([<aFieldNames>],
    [<aTypes>],
    [<aWidths>],
    [<aDecimals>]) --> nFields

ALIAS() : 

Return a specified work area alias

ALIAS([<nWorkArea>]) --> cAlias

BOF() : 

Determine when beginning of file is encountered

BOF() --> lBoundary

DBAPPEND() : 

Add a new record

DBAPPEND() --> NIL

DBCLEARFILTER() : 

Clear a filter condition

    DBCLEARFILTER() –> NIL

DBCLEARIND() :  Close all indexes for the current work area

    DBCLEARINDEX() --> NIL

DBCLEARREL() : 

Clear active relations

DBCLEARRELATION() --> NIL

DBCLOSEALL() : 

Close all occupied workareas

DBCLOSEALL() --> NIL

DBCLOSEAREA() : 

Close a workarea

DBCLOSEAREA() --> NIL

DBCOMMIT() : 

Flush pending updates

DBCOMMIT() --> NIL

DBCOMMITALL() : 

Flush pending updates in all workareas

DBCOMMITALL() --> NIL

DBCREATE() : 

Create a database file from a database structure array

DBCREATE(<cDatabase>, <aStruct> [, <cDriver> ] ) --> NIL

DBCREATEIND() : 

Create an Index

   DBCREATEINDEX(<cIndexName>, <cKeyExpr>,
        [<bKeyExpr>], [<lUnique>]) --> NIL

DBDELETE() : 

Mark a record for deletion

DBDELETE() --> NIL

DBEDIT() : 

        Browse records in a table layout

    DBEDIT([<nTop>], [<nLeft>],
        [<nBottom>], <nRight>],
        [<acColumns>],
        [<cUserFunction>],
        [<acColumnSayPictures> | <cColumnSayPicture>],
        [<acColumnHeaders> | <cColumnHeader>],
        [<acHeadingSeparators> | <cHeadingSeparator>],
        [<acColumnSeparators> | <cColumnSeparator>],
        [<acFootingSeparators> | <cFootingSeparator>],
        [<acColumnFootings> | <cColumnFooting>]) --> NIL

DBEVAL() : 

Evaluate a code block for each record

DBEVAL(<bBlock>,
    [<bForCondition>],
    [<bWhileCondition>],
    [<nNextRecords>],
    [<nRecord>],
    [<lRest>]) --> NIL

DBF()* : 

Return current alias name

DBF() --> cAlias

DBFIELDINFO() : 

Return and optionally change information about a field

   DBFIELDINFO(<nInfoType>,

        <nFieldPos>,
        [<expNewSetting>]) --> uCurrentSetting

DBFILEGET() : 

Insert the contents of a field into a file

     DBFILEGET(<nFieldPos>, <cTargetFile>, <nMode>)
        --> lSuccess

DBFILEPUT() : 

Insert the contents of a file into a field

     DBFILEPUT(<nFieldPos>, <cSourceFile>)
        --> lSuccess

 DBFILTER() : 

Return the current filter expression as a character string

DBFILTER() --> cFilter

DBGOBOTTOM() : 

Move to the last logical record

DBGOBOTTOM() --> NIL

DBGOTO() : 

Move to a particular record

DBGOTO(<nRecordNumber>) --> NIL

DBGOTOP() : 

Move to the first logical record

DBGOTOP() --> NIL

DBINFO() : 

         Return and optionally change database file information

    DBINFO(<nInfoType>, [<expNewSetting>])
        --> uCurrentSetting

DBORDERINFO() :          Return and optionally change information about orders and index files

    DBORDERINFO(<nInfoType>,   [<cIndexFile>],
        [<cOrder> | <nPosition>],
        [<expNewSetting>]) --> uCurrentSetting

DBRECALL() : 

Reinstate a record marked for deletion

DBRECALL() --> NIL

DBRECORDINFO() :

         Return and optionally change information about a record

    DBRECORDINFO(<nInfoType>,
        [<nRecord>],
        [<expNewSetting>]) --> uCurrentSetting

DBREINDEX() :

         Recreate all active indexes for the current work area

    DBREINDEX() --> NIL

DBRELATION() :

Return the linking expression of a specified relation

DBRELATION( <nRelation> ) --> cLinkExp

DBRLOCK() :      

         Lock the record at the current or specified identity

    DBRLOCK([<xIdentity>]) --> lSuccess

DBRLOCKLIST()          Return an array of the current lock list

   DBRLOCKLIST() --> aRecordLocks

DBRSELECT() :

Return the target workarea number of a relation

DBRSELECT( <nRelation> ) --> nWorkArea

DBRUNLOCK()    

          Release all or specified record locks

    DBRUNLOCK([<xIdentity>]) --> NIL

DBSEEK() : 

Search for a key value

DBSEEK(<expKey>, [<lSoftSeek>]) --> lFound

DBSELECTAR() : 

Change the current workarea

DBSELECTAREA(<nArea> | <cAlias>) --> NIL

DBSETDRIVER() : 

Set the default database driver

DBSETDRIVER([<cDriver>]) --> cCurrentDriver

DBSETFILTER() : 

Set a filter condition

DBSETFILTER(<bCondition>, [<cCondition>]) --> NIL

DBSETINDEX()    

         Empty orders from an order bag into the order list

    DBSETINDEX(<cOrderBagName>) --> NIL

DBSETORDER()

Set the controlling order

    DBSETORDER(<nOrderNum>) --> NIL

DBSETRELAT() :

Relate two workareas

DBSETRELATION( <nArea> | <cAlias>, <bExpr>, [<cExpr>]) --> NIL

DBSKIP() : 

Move relative to the current record

DBSKIP([<nRecords>]) --> NIL

DBSTRUCT() : 

Create an array containing the structure of a database file

DBSTRUCT() --> aStruct

DBUNLOCK()

Release all locks for the current work area

    DBUNLOCK() --> NIL

DBUNLOCKALL()

Release all locks for all work areas

    DBUNLOCKALL() --> NIL

DBUSEAREA() : 

Use a database file in a workarea

DBUSEAREA( [<lNewArea>],
    [<cDriver>],
    <cName>,
    [<xcAlias>],
    [<lShared>],
    [<lReadonly>]) --> NIL

DELETED() : 

Return the deleted status of the current record

DELETED() --> lDeleted

EOF() : 

Determine when end of file is encountered

EOF() --> lBoundary

FCOUNT() : 

Return the number of fields in the current (.dbf) file

FCOUNT() --> nFields

FIELD() : 

Return a field name from the current (.dbf) file

    FIELD/FIELD(<nPosition>) --> cFieldName

FIELDBLOCK() :

Return a set-get code block for a field variable

FIELDBLOCK(<cFieldName>) --> bFieldBlock

FIELDGET() : 

Retrieve the value of a field using the ordinal position of the field in the database structure

FIELDGET(<nField>) --> ValueField

FIELDNAME() : 

Return a field name from the current (.dbf) file

FIELDNAME/FIELD(<nPosition>) --> cFieldName

FIELDPOS() : 

Return the position of a field in a workarea

FIELDPOS(<cFieldName>) --> nFieldPos

FIELDPUT() : 

Set the value of a field variable using the ordinal position of the field in the database structure

FIELDPUT(<nField>, <expAssign>) --> ValueAssigned

FIELDWBLOCK() : 

Return a set-get block for a field in a given workarea

FIELDWBLOCK(<cFieldName>, <nWorkArea>) --> bFieldWBlock

FLOCK() : 

Lock an open and shared database file

    FLOCK() –> lSuccess

FOUND() : 

Determine if the previous search operation succeeded

FOUND() --> lSuccess

HEADER() : 

Return the current database file header length

HEADER() --> nBytes

LASTREC() : 

Determine the number of records in the current (.dbf) file

LASTREC() | RECCOUNT()* --> nRecords

LUPDATE() : 

Return the last modification date of a (.dbf) file

LUPDATE() --> dModification

RECCOUNT()* : 

Determine the number of records in the current (.dbf) file

RECCOUNT()* | LASTREC() --> nRecords

RECNO() : 

Return the current record number of a work area

RECNO() --> nRecord

RECSIZE() : 

Determine the record length of a database (.dbf) file

RECSIZE() --> nBytes

RLOCK()

Lock the current record in the active work area

    RLOCK() --> lSuccess

SELECT() : 

Determine the work area number of a specified alias

SELECT([<cAlias>]) --> nWorkArea

USED() : 

Determine if a database file is in USE

USED() --> lDbfOpen