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GetSelectionƒ ( _fieldName; _recordCount )

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Michael Rhodes, Allied Data Service

Akin to SelectionToArray in other programs, returns all values of a specified field from a given count of found records.

Sample Input:
GetSelectionƒ ( "id", get ( foundcount ) )
Sample Output:

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Recursive. Only use on fewer than 1,000 records.

Mimics list option in Summary field. Useful for older version of FileMaker.

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Thanks but doesn't seem to work?. Returns list of question marks?

Tried returning list to Global Var, Global Field and standard text field? WinXP/ FMA10.

Grubber, UK
April 27, 2009 1:53pm

Opps, my mistake. Didn't spot it needs quotes around the field-name. Thanks. very useful.

Grubber, UK
April 27, 2009 1:55pm

Fixed long-standing error with this function in that _recordCount needs to be converted to numeric value when comparing to FoundCount, lest ≤ be based on alphanumeric value.

The new'ish list option in Summary fields makes this function unnecessary.

Michael Rhodes, Colorado Springs, USA
March 17, 2017 11:26am

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