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Posted on 2013-07-01
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Greetings Everyone.  I have attached a workbook that I created to breakout unique Part Numbers Based on Size Options and Color Codes.  It seems pretty clunky so I know there has to be a better way to code this than what I have done.  Can someone provide some feedback for learning here?  Thanks!
Permutations1.7.3.xls
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by:d-glitch
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You need all the data (and so do we).

What are the possible colors and sizes?
Do you need a serial number as well?  Or do all the red, size 10 shirts have the same Part No.
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How many base part numbers are there?

Do you want the part number to make sense:   SHRT-10-RED  vs  314-10-02
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The recursive function shown in post #9 here looks interesting.
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by:Christopher Wright
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Hi d-glitch.  The base part numbers are dynamic.  They vary depending on the manufacturer we are dealing with.  The same applies to the Size Options and Color Codes.  Maybe I should have went with a free text for all columns.  Would that have been a better approach?

Also, I should not have placed the word permutation in the title since I am really going after combinations.  None of the values change, I am simply looking for a concatenated list that has all three columns combined in every possible combination.
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by:Martin Liss
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Did you try to adapt that recursive function to your code?
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I am still tinkering with it a bit.
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by:Rob Jurd, EE MVE
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The easiest way to achieve this would to use a database.  Have tables for each of the elements eg product code, colour, size etc

Then by doing a simple SELECT query would bring in all combinations

SELECT PartNo, Size, Color FROM tblParts, tblSizes, tblColors
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by:Christopher Wright
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Great help from everyone.  I took a little from each and ultimately finished with a database.  Thanks for all of your help Gents!
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