Getting the Most from Lantica's Sesame Database Manager
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As issues of Inside Sesame are published, their contents are added to our Keyword/Topic index and Issue (this) index. The Issue index is organized by year and month of issue and includes a description of the contents of each issue. The Keyword/Topic index is organized by keyword, much like the index in the back of a book. A special Subscriber Express Search Index is also available to Inside Sesame subscribers. This database can be searched by keyword, topic, article title, author and various other criteria to locate the issues in which the search criteria occur. Subscribers can then view those issues immediately.

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January 2018 issue summary. . . [order code JAN 18]

Linking Emails to Database Records
A company was looking to resolve some email-related issues and wanted to know if their database system could be leveraged in some way to help out:

 “Is there any way we could access our sales engineers’ past email exchanges directly from our PLANTS (customers) records?

Indeed they could. With Plant XYZ’s record displayed, email exchanges with personnel there can be brought up for viewing with a button click or keyword search.

Control Data Entry with Form Attributes
Need to tighten things up during data entry ― make users follow a prescribed pattern before a record is allowed into the database? This goes beyond mere restrictions. It's like having an intelligent assistant guiding the process. Sample application included in this month's subscriber download file.

Photo Aging (Gracefully)
For databases that store photos of people, aging can be a factor in photo management. So a company might want to round up the folks whose photos are out of date and take new ones. But how to tell how old a photo on file is unless you’re looking at the person and their photo at the same time? Easy ― have Sesame ask the operating system.

How to Keep Related String Arrays in Sync
Sesame string arrays make handy organizers. They can assist with a variety of processing tasks by keeping track of multiple data values that can be manipulated in programming. Unlike formal arrays, though, string arrays are strictly one-dimensional. Or are they? String arrays can be grouped or “stacked” to make what amounts to a multidimensional array. This kind of power adds a new dimension to what you can do in Sesame.

Auto-Updating Outdated Product Descriptions
A company had improved on many of its product descriptions over the years. Now in Sesame, the law of unintended consequences caught up. To accommodate new features, all their old lineitem descriptions had to be brought up to date with the latest ones, and any future description changes would need to automatically update the previous ones.

Create a Mini Data Dictionary
A school district was being forced to standardize its databases on a product other than Sesame. Ironically, Sesame had the tools to make the conversion far less difficult than it otherwise would have been.

_______________You ask. We answer.

  • Find a Date Range in a String of Dates — It can be done. Here's how.

  • Popup Multiple Fields from External DB — When adding a new invoice, a company needed a window on the customer's record.

  • Must-fill Fields in Add Mode Only — When standard field restrictions won't do.

  • Retrieve Not Working in Keyword Fields — It worked OK in Q&A. Why not in Sesame?

  • Checking Checkboxes — From elsewhere, how do you know if they're checked?.

  • Archive Database Translation — Sensible archiving options for multiple translated databases with the same structure, reports and so on.

_______________Technical tidbits you can use today

  • Class-ify Those Reports — A quick-'n'-easy drop-in makes reports easier to follow.

  • Using @Frac for Varying Quantity Formats ― You've got Quantity field that must be formatted for 2 decimal places but you don't want a .00 to print.

  • When While-While Loops Beat For-While Loops — Your loop programming could be running far longer than it should.

  • Reports, Excel and Carriage Returns in the Data — You open a report in Excel and see more rows than the report actually has. What's up with that?.