Lotus Notes capturing field updates and making calculations based on the updates

Posted on 2009-04-02
Medium Priority
Last Modified: 2013-12-18
I am working on an application to track dealer performance in scheduling truck pick ups on time.  I do a daily import of information from our enterprise software keyed on Sales Order# with the following fields:

SalesOrder# , ScheduledShipDate , ActualShipDate , TotalLbs , ShippedLbs , RemainingLbs

Lotus Calculates the number of Trucks needed based on TotalLbs/45000

Customer Service enters in the Lotus app a CustomerConfirmPickupDate  for each truck and assigns number of Lbs to each truck based on trucks actual capacity

I need help with capturing (DateTruckWasConfirmed) the date customer service enters the CustomerConfirmPickupDate which can change if the truck is rescheduled.  So I need some way to allow the CustomerConfirmPickupDate to be changed but maintain each date and the date they were entered.  The goal is to be able to track the following:

1.  Has a truck been rescheduled within 3 days of its CustomerConfirmPickupDate (is the new DateTruckWasConfirmed within 3 days of previously entered CustomerConfirmedPickupDate)

2.  Did the ActualSHipDate occur after the last entered CustomerConfirmPickupDate

Any help or ideas would be greatly appreciated.

Question by:cinamitton
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
  • 4
  • 2
  • 2
LVL 46

Expert Comment

by:Sjef Bosman
ID: 24058363
In general:
- use a Status-field to indicate what status the current item is in
- use a History-field (multi-value) to capture a history of status changes
- use a State Transition Diagram to analyse and design your application
- in your code, use the current state and the event that occurred to determine the next state and the actions to be executed
Independent Software Vendors: We Want Your Opinion

We value your feedback.

Take our survey and automatically be enter to win anyone of the following:
Yeti Cooler, Amazon eGift Card, and Movie eGift Card!


Author Comment

ID: 24058977

I think I understand you concept,  would you have any example you could post?
LVL 46

Accepted Solution

Sjef Bosman earned 1500 total points
ID: 24059136
Hm, yes, I was afraid you'd ask me that... It requires quite some time and space though, and I don't have that time right now...

Here's an earlier question with more or less the same topics:

The history-stuff is a different topic:
LVL 46

Expert Comment

by:Sjef Bosman
ID: 24380353
Just out of interest: how did you solve your problem?

Author Comment

ID: 24385993
I used some of the suggestions from the links you provided with status fields and history fields but found that some of the functionality being requested was not possible to program because there was no related data to work with from the Enterprise data downloads.  They wanted the Notes app to track individual truck loads (manually entered into Notes App) on time performance but there is no related individual truck shipping information provided in the download only a total Lbs shipped each day so there was no way to determine which trucks were associated with the Lbs shipped.  Thanks again for the assistance.
LVL 46

Expert Comment

by:Sjef Bosman
ID: 24390018
Good analysis. Thanks for the update!

Featured Post

New feature and membership benefit!

New feature! Upgrade and increase expert visibility of your issues with Priority Questions.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

For Desktop Techs: How to retain a user's Notes configuration data when swapping out the end user's computer. (Assuming that you are not upgrading to a completely different version of Notes client) All you need to do is: 1) install Notes o…
You’ve got a lotus Domino web server, and you have been told that “leverage browser caching” is a must do. This means that we have to tell the browser everywhere in the web to use cache. In other words, we set (and send) an expiration date in the HT…
NetCrunch network monitor is a highly extensive platform for network monitoring and alert generation. In this video you'll see a live demo of NetCrunch with most notable features explained in a walk-through manner. You'll also get to know the philos…
In this video, Percona Director of Solution Engineering Jon Tobin discusses the function and features of Percona Server for MongoDB. How Percona can help Percona can help you determine if Percona Server for MongoDB is the right solution for …
Suggested Courses
Course of the Month13 days, 21 hours left to enroll

801 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question