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How to get the Data type of a field in Agent?

Posted on 2004-09-20
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My agent runs on selected documents.In my agent I prompt the user to select any of the field name listed. When the user selects the field name I want to check for the data type of that field in the document. How can I do that?

My code :

Dim workspace As New NotesUIWorkspace
Dim session As New NotesSession
Dim db As NotesDatabase
Dim collection As NotesDocumentCollection
Dim item As NotesItem
Dim doc As NotesDocument
Dim chkField As Variant
Dim result As Variant
Dim strField As Variant
Dim strValue As Variant
Dim values(25) As String
values[0]="status"
values[1]="documentdet"
values[2]="Form"
.
.
strField = workspace.Prompt(PROMPT_OKCANCELLIST, "SetProcessingField", "Choose the Field Name:","",values)
If strField <> "" Then
Set db = session.CurrentDatabase
Set collection = db.UnprocessedDocuments
For i = 1 To collection.count
Set doc = collection.GetNthDocument(i)
Set chkField=doc.GetFirstItem(strField)

"How do I check for the data type of the field here?"
Next
End If


Thanks in advance,
Abby
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by:Sjef Bosman
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So far so good. You've got the NotesItem in ChkField. Did you look in the Designer Help db, under NotesItem? It says that there is a Type property. Will that do?
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by:AboutLotus
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Yup I saw the type property but if it is a date field then it still gives string. Can't I get that data type too?
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by:AboutLotus
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Because I how to check the data type if it is  a numeric/string/date and then choose the related functions on that. How can I do that?
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by:Sjef Bosman
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Look at all the IsXXXX functions, like IsDate. To make sure that you have a real date when using the field, always use CDat.

There is also the DataType function, it returns the type of an expression and not of the field itself. It might help you anyway. See also the TypeName function, but it's not one of my favourites.
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Sjef Bosman earned 20 total points
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Are you sure that the field really is a Date field, if you say it says it is a String?? Look in the Document Properties box, maybe it just IS a String...
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by:AboutLotus
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I have proceeded like this

Dim itemType as Integer

itemType =item.type                  

If (itemType =768 ) Then
chkValue =workspace.Prompt(PROMPT_OKCANCELEDIT, "SetProcessingField", "Enter the Field Value in Number Format", )
strValue=Cint(chkValue)

Else

 If(itemType =1280) Then

"here I have to check if it is a date field"
 chkValue =workspace.Prompt(PROMPT_OKCANCELEDIT, "SetProcessingField", "Enter the Field Value in Date Format", )
strValue=Cdat(chkValue)

 Else

 strValue =workspace.Prompt(PROMPT_OKCANCELEDIT, "SetProcessingField", "Enter the Field Value in String Format", )
                  
End If
End If
                  
Next
End If


Please help me with this.
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by:AboutLotus
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Hey Thanks Sjef!!!!
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You cracked it! Great.

Normally, You give a grade B when the answer is right but doesn't exactly make you happy. Is that so? Don't worry for this question, no hard feelings! But please read the EE-guidelines...
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by:AboutLotus
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Hey its not like that. I am new to this forum. I am really happy with ur answer. Sorry for the mistake I have done. Anyhow Thanks Sjef.
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:) I knew you're knew ;)
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