what's the meaning of format mean for spcific column in pb? - powerbuilder

after i execute one line code like this:
sz_format = this.Describe( "#1.Format" )
this is what sz_format return:
sz_format =""[general]if(1=2,",'[general]')""
what's the meeaning of sz_format?

The use of the 'General' keyword in formats means you want PowerBuilder to determine the appropriate format for a number, i.e., you don't want to force a specific numeric format on the column.
You example sz_format has two parts. The first is "[general]". This is the format of the column put in place when the datawindow object was created. The second portion is an expression assigned to the column (this can be done when the dwo is created or via a Modify statement). It is a boolean expression which always is false "if(1=2...".
In a boolean expression the format is
if(<condition>,<action if true>,<action if false>)
So in your example if 1=2 was ever true then there is no format. If 1=2 is false the format is "[general]".
Why the format is as you have shown is something unknown to me.


How to choose indexed assignment variable dynamically in SAS?

I am trying to build a custom transformation in SAS DI. This transformation will "act" on columns in an input data set, producing the desired output. For simplicity let's assume the transformation will use input_col1 to compute output_col1, input_col2 to compute output_col2, and so on up to some specified number of columns to act on (let's say 2).
In the Code Options section of the custom transformation users are able to specify (via prompts) the names of the columns to be acted on; for example, a user could specify that input_col1 should refer to the column named "order_datetime" in the input dataset, and either make a similar specification for input_col2 or else leave that prompt blank.
Here is the code I am using to generate the output for the custom transformation:
data cust_trans;
set &_INPUT0;
do while(i<3);
call symputx('index',i);
result = myfunc("&&input_col&index");
output_col&index = result; /*what is proper syntax here?*/
i = i+1;
Here myfunc refers to a custom function I made using proc fcmp which works fine.
The custom transformation works fine if I do not try to take into account the variable number of input columns to act on (i.e. if I use "&&input_col&i" instead of "&&input_col&index" and just use the column result on the output table).
However, I'm having two issues with trying to make the approach more dynamic:
I get the following warning on the line containing
result = myfunc("&&input_col&index"):
WARNING: Apparent symbolic reference INDEX not resolved.
I do not know how to have the assignment to the desired output column happen dynamically; i.e., depending on the iteration of the do loop I'd like to assign the output value to the corresponding output column.
I feel confident that the solution to this must be well known amongst experts, but I cannot find anything explaining how to do this.
Any help is greatly appreciated!
You can't use macro variables that depend on data variables, in this manner. Macro variables are resolved at compile time, not at run time.
So you either have to
%do i = 1 %to .. ;
which is fine if you're in a macro (it won't work outside of an actual macro), or you need to use an array.
data cust_trans;
set &_INPUT0;
array in[2] &input_col1 &input_col2; *or however you determine the input columns;
array output_col[2]; *automatically names the results;
do i = 1 to dim(in);
result = myfunc(in[i]); *You quote the input - I cannot see what your function is doing, but it is probably wrong to do so;
output_col[i] = result; /*what is proper syntax here?*/
That's the way you'd normally do that. I don't know what myfunc does, and I also don't know why you quote "&&input_col&index." when you pass it to it, but that would be a strange way to operate unless you want the name of the input column as text (and don't want to know what data is in that variable). If you do, then pass vname(in[i]) which passes the name of the variable as a character.

How do I retrieve numerical value of macro argument set in data step

I've gone in circles on this one for 1.5 hours, so I'm giving in and asking for help here. What I'm trying to do is dead simple but I cannot for the life of me find a link describing the process.
I have the following data step:
data _null_;
some_date = "01JAN2000"D;
call symput('macro_input_date',left(put(some_date),date9.)));
where a date value is passed to a macro function (I'm new to these). I'd like to use the numeric value of the date value - let's be wild and say I want to get the value of the year, multiply it by the day value, and subtract the remainder after dividing the month value by 3. I can't seem to get just the year value out of the input. I've tried various things such as
symget, both "naked" and prepended with "%", with arguments that represent all possible permutations of the following variants:
have a naked reference to the variable, e.g. macro_input_date
enclose in single quotes, e.g. 'macro_input_date'
enclose in double quotes, e.g. "macro_input_date"
prepend with the ampersand, e.g. &macro_input_date
direct call to %sysfunc(year(<argument as variously specified above>)
Can anyone tell me what I am missing?
Given that you asked about macro functions, I'll guess that your example date processing is just an example. Talking about macro functions in general, it's important to understand that a macro function will (generally) not be doing any processing of its own, it will just be generating some data step code to do some task. So, for something like your contrived example, the data step code would be something like:
data out;
set in; * Assume this contains a numeric called 'some_date';
result = year(some_date) * day(some_date) - mod(month(some_date), 3);
To macroise this, you don't need to transfer the data values to the macro, you just need to transfer the variable name:
%macro date_func(var=);
year(&var) * day(&var) - mod(month(&var), 3)
data out;
set in; * Assume this contains a numeric called 'some_date';
result = %date_func(var=some_date);
Note that the value of the var parameter here is the literal text some_date, not the value of the some_date data step variable. There are other ways to do it of course - you could actually pass this macro a date literal and it would still work:
data out;
set in; * Assume this contains a numeric called 'some_date';
result = %date_func(var="21apr2017"d);
so it all depends on exactly what you're trying to do... maybe you want to assign the result to another macro variable, so it doesn't need to be part of a data step at all, in which case you could do a similar thing with %sysfunc functions etc.
If you're just trying to get the year, you would do something like:
data _null_;
some_date = "01JAN2000"D;
call symput('macro_input_date',left(put(some_date,date9.)));
yearval = substr(symget('macro_input_date'),6,4);
put yearval=;
Your macro value (&macro_input_date) is not the actual date value (14610) but is the text 01JAN2000. So you cannot use the year function (unless you INPUT it back), you would use substr to grab the year part.
Of course, this is all sort of pointless as going to/from macro variable doesn't really accomplish much here.
Are you just have trouble with date literals? Your data step code
data _null_;
some_date = "01JAN2000"D;
call symput('macro_input_date',left(put(some_date),date9.)));
is just going to do the same thing as
%let macro_input_date=01JAN2000 ;
Now if you want to treat that string of characters as if it represents a date then you need to either wrap it up as a date literal
Or convert it.
Why not just store the actual date value into the macro variable?
call symputx('macro_input_date',some_date);
Then it wouldn't look like a date to you but it would look like a date to the YEAR() function.

how to set missing values to NULL in SAS

I am trying to set missing values to NULL in SAS dataset for a numerical variable,
how can I do this?
as missing is null in sas?
If you're asking how to have the period not display for a missing value, you can use:
options missing=' ';
That however doesn't actually change them to null, but rather to space. SAS must have some character to display for missing, it won't allow no character. You could also pick another character, like:
options missing=%sysfunc(byte(255));
or even
options missing="%sysfunc(byte(0))";
I don't recommend the latter, because it causes some problems when SAS tries to display it.
You can then trim out the space (using trimn() which allows zero length strings) if you are concatenating it somewhere.
Taking the question very literally, and assuming that you want to display the string NULL for any missing values - one approach is to define a custom format and use that:
proc format;
value nnull
.a-.z = 'NULL'
. = 'NULL'
._ = 'NULL'
data _null_;
do i = .a,., ._, 1,1.11;
put i nnull.;
You can set values to missing within a data step, when it is numeric :
to check for missing numeric values use :
if numvar=. then do;
or use MISSING function :
if missing(var) then do;
IS NULL and IS MISSING are used in the WHERE clause.
Look at : http://www.sascommunity.org/wiki/Tips:Use_IS_MISSING_and_IS_NULL_with_Numeric_or_Character_Variables

Set Default Value of Text Box to Query Result

Fairly simple question. I have a text field in a form that I would like the default value to be set to the result of a query. This particular query returns a default tax rate for a small invoicing system I am setting up in Access.
The query (qrySettingsDefaultTaxRate) looks like this and returns one row with the decimal equivalent of the tax rate I would like to set as the default in this form:
SELECT CDbl([value]) AS default_tax_rate
FROM settings
WHERE (((settings.key_name)="default_tax_rate"));
I have tried setting the default value of my text field to:
However that didn't work. When I return to form view, the box comes up with "#Name?" as the default value instead of returning the result of the query.
You can set the control source of a textbox to DLookup, or set the value to DLookup in code.
You can even put DLookUp on the property sheet under Default Value.
I had a similar problem. This is what worked for me - I wrote a function that returned the value I wanted to set as default and specified the function in the default of the form.
My code:
Public Function MaxTDate()
MaxTDate = CurrentDb.OpenRecordset("MaxTDateQry").Fields(0)
End Function
...and in the field properties:
Default Value =MaxTDate()
Even though the answer now ticked as the right answer suffices for some instances.
There might be instances when the default value comes from an expression, an external file, user input or some other computation whatsoever.
The reason why Microsoft Access throws a #Name? error is because it expects String data to be quoted with apostrophes ". While also saying that, If the string itself contains an apostrophe, it needs to be escaped as well. Think addslashes in php.
So giving a particular variable DefValue,
Dim DefValue
DefValue = "This is a static string or result from database query or other computation"
TextBox.DefaultValue = """" & Replace(DefValue, """", """""") & """"
So, in your case, it will be """" & Replace([qrySettingsDefaultTaxRate]![default_tax_rate], """", """""") & """"

SQL Query: Using IF statement in defining new field

I have a table with many fields and additionally several boolean fields (ex: BField1, BField2, BField3 etc.).
I need to make a Select Query, which will select all fields except for boolean ones, and a new virtual field (ex: FirstTrueBool) whose value will equal to the name of the first TRUE Boolean Field.
For ex: Say I have BField1 = False, BField2 = True, BField3 = true, BField4=false, in that case SQL Query should set [FirstTrueBool] to "BField2". Is that possible?
Thank you in advance.
P.S. I use Microsoft Access (MDB) Database and Jet Engine.
If you want to keep the current architecture (mixed 'x' non-null status and 'y' non-status fields) you have (AFAIS now) only the option to use IIF:
Select MyNonStatusField1, /* other non-status fields here */
IIF([BField1], "BField1",
IIF([BField2], "BField2",
IIF([BFieldLast], "BFieldLast", "#No Flag#")
))))) -- put as many parenthesis as it needs to close the imbricated IIFs
Of course you can add any Where clause you like.
Alternatively you can use the following trick:
Set the fields to null when the flag is false and put the order number (iow, "1" for BField1, "2" for BField2 etc.) when the flag is true. Be sure that the status fields are strings (ie. Varchar(2) or, better, Char(2) in SQL terminology)
Then you can use the COALESCE function in order to return the first non-value from the status fields which will be the index number as string. Then you can add in front of this string any text you like (for example "BField"). Then you will end with something like:
Select "BField" || Coalesce(BField1, BField2, BField3, BField4) /*etc. (add as many fields you like) */
From MyTable
Much clearer IMHO.
You would be better using a single 'int' column as a bitset (provided you have up to 32 columns) to represent the columns.
e.g. see SQL Server: Updating Integer Status Columns (it's sql server, but the same technique applies equally well to MS Access)