Brian Dunning's FileMaker Custom Functions

LeftItems ( text ; numberOfItems )

Returns same result as LeftValues without the training return

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  Sample input:
LeftItems ( "Red
Blue" ; 1 )
  Sample output:

  Function definition: (Copy & paste into FileMaker's Edit Custom Function window)

The new LeftValues function in FileMaker 7 returns a result with a trailing return character. Here is a quote for the LeftValues function from the FileMaker 7 online help.

"Each returned value ends with a carriage return, allowing lists to be easily concatenated."

It is more time consuming to remove the trailing return when extracting a value from a list than to add a return when concatenating lists. The LeftItems custom function works the same as the LeftValues function without the trailing return.



Travis   Travis, Denver, CO
Sep 26, 2016
As currently written, LeftItems ( "one-┬Âtwo" ; 1 ) will return "one" and not "one-".

Here's an alternative function that returns "one-":

Let ( output = LeftValues ( text ; numberOfItems ) ; Left ( output ; Length ( output ) - 1 ) )

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