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FM.InsertRecord

Inserts a new record in a table in one line.

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MBS( "FM.InsertRecord"; FileName; TableName; FieldName; FieldValue )   More

Parameters

Parameter Description Example value
FileName The file name of where the table is inside. Can be empty to look for the table in all files. Get(FileName)
TableName The name of the table to insert record into.
Can be ID of table, so we lookup name by ID.
Can be result of GetFieldName() function as we remove field name automatically.
"Assets"
FieldName A field name to set.
Can be ID of field, so we lookup name by ID.
Can be result of GetFieldName() function as we remove table name automatically.
"Model"
FieldValue A field value to use for setting the field in the parameter before.
Data type of parameter must match the data type of the field.
"Test"

Result

Returns OK or error.

Description

Inserts a new record in a table in one line.
You pass to this function table name (and optional filename).
Then you pass one pair of field name and value for each field you like to set in the new record.
As we can't know the new ID assigned for the record, you can help yourself by passing in an UUID for a field and later select that to get the auto assigned primary key (or have the UUID be the primary key, so you don't need a query).

See also FM.UpdateRecord to insert new record and FM.InsertOrUpdateRecord to update or insert record.
With plugin version 7.2 or later, you can specify fields and table via IDs and the plugin will lookup them for you at runtime. Table IDs and table names must be unique across all open files for this to work correctly.

You can use FM.ExecuteSQL.LastSQL function to see later what SQL was created and run.

Examples

Insert a record into Assets table:

MBS("FM.InsertRecord"; ""; "Assets"; "Model"; "TestModell"; "Item"; "MyItem"; "Serial Number"; "1234"; "In Service Date"; GetAsDate( "31.05.1996"))

Insert a record with 5 fields:

MBS("FM.InsertRecord"; $filename; $tablename; $field1; $value1; $field2; $value2; $field3; $value3; $field4; $value4; $field5; $value5)

Insert with table and field ID instead of names:

Set Variable [ $r ; Value: MBS("FM.InsertRecord"; Get(FileName); "1065089"; "3"; "Hello") ]

Insert with using GetFieldName for field names:

MBS( "FM.InsertRecord"; ""; "Contacts";
GetFieldName ( Contacts::First ); "Joe";
GetFieldName ( Contacts::Last ); "Miller";
GetFieldName ( Contacts::Group ); "Best Customers" )

Build dynamically the evaluate statement with parameters:

# Our input parameters with field name list
Set Variable [ $FieldNames ; Value: FieldNames ( Get(FileName) ; Get(LayoutName) ) ]
#
# We build parameters for our Evaluate call
Set Variable [ $Params ; Value: "" ]
Set Variable [ $ParamIndex ; Value: 0 ]
#
Set Variable [ $ParamIndex ; Value: $ParamIndex + 1 ]
Set Variable [ $P[$ParamIndex] ; Value: Get(FileName) ]
Set Variable [ $Params ; Value: $Params & "; $P[" & $ParamIndex & "]" ]
#
Set Variable [ $ParamIndex ; Value: $ParamIndex + 1 ]
Set Variable [ $P[$ParamIndex] ; Value: Get(LayoutTableName) ]
Set Variable [ $Params ; Value: $Params & "; $P[" & $ParamIndex & "]" ]
#
# We loop over feidl list
Set Variable [ $Count ; Value: ValueCount ( $FieldNames ) ]
Set Variable [ $FieldIndex ; Value: 0 ]
Set Variable [ $Types ; Value: "" ]
#
Loop
    # get field name and value
    Set Variable [ $FieldIndex ; Value: $FieldIndex + 1 ]
    Set Variable [ $Fieldname ; Value: GetValue($FieldNames; $FieldIndex) ]
    Set Variable [ $Value ; Value: GetField ( $Fieldname) ]
    #
    # Check typ to filter fields we don't want
    Set Variable [ $Typ ; Value: FieldType ( Get(FileName) ; $Fieldname ) ]
    If [ Position ( $Typ; "Global"; 1; 1 ) ≥ 1 or Position ( $Typ; "Summary"; 1; 1 ) ≥ 1 or Position($Typ; "storedCalc"; 1; 1) ≥ 1 or $Fieldname = "ID" ]
        # ignore global, statistic and unsaved formula field
        // Show Custom Dialog [ "Typ" ; $FieldName & ": " & $typ ]
    Else
        # We store in $P[] our parameters for evaluate and in $Params the parameters for Evaluate
        Set Variable [ $Types ; Value: $Types & ¶ & $FieldName & ": " & $Typ ]
        Set Variable [ $ParamIndex ; Value: $ParamIndex + 1 ]
        Set Variable [ $P[$ParamIndex] ; Value: $Fieldname ]
        Set Variable [ $Params ; Value: $Params & "; $P[" & $ParamIndex & "]" ]
        Set Variable [ $ParamIndex ; Value: $ParamIndex + 1 ]
        Set Variable [ $P[$ParamIndex] ; Value: $Value ]
        Set Variable [ $Params ; Value: $Params & "; $P[" & $ParamIndex & "]" ]
    End If
    #
    Exit Loop If [ $FieldIndex = $count ]
End Loop
#
# now build Evaluate command and show it
// Show Custom Dialog [ "Types" ; $Types ]
Set Variable [ $Function ; Value: "FM.InsertRecord" ]
Set Variable [ $command ; Value: "MBS($Function" & $params & ")" ]
Show Custom Dialog [ "Command" ; $Command ]
If [ Get ( LastMessageChoice ) = 1 ]
    # And run it!
    Set Variable [ $result ; Value: Evaluate($Command) ]
    Show Custom Dialog [ "Result" ; $Result ]
End If

Insert with automatic table name:

MBS("FM.InsertRecord";
""; // empty for current file
""; // empty as given with first field
GetFieldName ( Anlagen::Seriennummer ); // field name queried
"12345") // and value

See also

Example Databases

Blog Entries

FileMaker Magazin

  • Ausgabe 6/2019, Seite 33
  • Ausgabe 4/2019, Seite 27
  • Ausgabe 6/2018, Seite 27
  • Ausgabe 6/2018, Seite 26
  • Ausgabe 6/2018, Seite 23
  • Ausgabe 6/2018, Seite 22
  • Ausgabe 5/2018, Seite 25
  • Ausgabe 3/2018, Seite 36
  • Ausgabe 3/2018, Seite 35
  • Ausgabe 3/2018, Seite 34

Release notes

  • Version 8.4
    • Changed FM.InsertRecord and other SQL based functions to process field names and remove field name postfix with :: in table names and remove table prefix with :: in Field names.
  • Version 7.2
    • Added possibility to specify field and tables by ID for FM.InsertRecord and similar functions.

Created 24th April 2015, last changed 17th January 2020


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