DataPerfect/Functions
DataPerfect Functions  
Absolute Value[edit  edit source] 

Syntax 
abs[arg] 
Related Functions 

Example Call 
abs[5.73] 
Description 
Abs is used to obtain the absolute (positive) value of a number (where arg = any G or H formatted number). 
Example 
abs[1]  Returns 1 abs[1]  Returns 1 abs[45]  Returns 45 abs[45]  Returns 45 
Apply Text Format to Numeric Values[edit  edit source]  
Syntax 
apply.format[arg1;arg2] 
Related Functions 
convert 
Example Call 
apply.format["N9999";year[today]] 
Description 
Apply.format is used to convert any numeric data type (formats N, G, H, D, and T) into alphanumeric (formats U and A) text where arg1 = the field format that the data is coming from and arg2 = the numeric to be converted. 
Example 
If P1F1 is a numeric field with the format "N(999)9999999" and has a value of 8003213249 then apply.format["N(999)9999999";P1F1] will return the string "(801)3213249". 
Bell[edit  edit source]  
Syntax 
Bell[arg] 
Related Functions 

Example Call 
Bell[1] 
Description 
The Bell formula function will beep if the specified value is not empty or null. 
Example 
If you have a field that is used to mark outdated records (blank if current, filled if outdated) and you want to verify that all records that are outdated have been deleted, you can run a report that checks that field and beeps if it encounters anything in that field. If all records are current, you won't hear any beeps during the report, but if something was left behind, the computer will beep. 
Concatenate, No Truncate[edit  edit source]  
Syntax 
cat.c[arg1;arg2;...;argn] 
Related Functions 
cat.t 
Example Call 
cat.t[P1F1;1;apply.format["N99999";P1F5]] 
Description 
Cat.c is used to concatenate two or more character strings without truncating blank spaces. The arguments can be any string contained within quotes (either single (') or double (") quotes), a field/rv/formula containing alphanumeric data, or an integer indicating the number of carriage returns to insert into the text. 
Example 
If P1F1 = "Hello" and P1F2 = "There" then cat.c[P1F1;" ";P1F2;" This is a test!"] will return the string "Hello There This is a test!". 
Concatenate, Truncate[edit  edit source]  
Syntax 
cat.t[arg1;arg2;...;argn] 
Related Functions 
cat.c 
Example Call 
cat.t["This is a test";1;P1F1;rv0] 
Description 
Cat.t is used to concatenate two or more character strings, truncating blank spaces. The arguments can be any string contained within quotes (either single (') or double (") quotes), a field/rv/formula containing alphanumeric data, or an integer indicating the number of carriage returns to insert into the text. 
Example 
If P1F1 = "Hello " and P1F2 = "There " then cat.t[P1F1;" ";P1F2;"This is a test! "] will return the string "HelloThereThis is a test!". 
Contains[edit  edit source]  
Syntax 
contains[arg1;arg2] 
Related Functions 

Example Call 
contains[P1F2;"*DataPerfect*"] 
Description 
Contains searches alphanumeric and text fields for a specified string. Arg1 is the field/rv/string to be searched and arg2 is the string to be searched for. Returns the integer 1 if the search is successful or a 0 if it is not. Strings to be searched for should be enclosed in quotes if a hardcoded string; otherwise search strings may come from report variables or fields. Wild cards (asterisks or question marks) may be used to find strings within text in a field, otherwise the string searched for will have to be the only thing in the field. 
Example 
If P1F1 = an alphanumeric or text field and "*sold*" is the search string, then contains[P1F1;"*sold*"] will return a 1 (true) if the string "sold" exists anywhere in P1F1 or 0 (false) if it does not. If the string "sold*" is used, it will be found only if the string exists at the beginning of the field. 
Convert Text to Number[edit  edit source]  
Syntax 
convert[arg1;arg2] 
Related Functions 
apply.format 
Example Call 
convert["N9999";P1F1] 
Description 
Convert is used to change character strings into numbers (G, H, T, D, or N format). Arg1 = the field format that the string is to go to while arg2 = a string value that is to be converted. 
Example 
If P1F1 is an alphanumeric field and contains the string "123456" then convert["G$ZZZ,ZZ9.99";P1F1] will return the numeric value 123456.00 (or $123,456.00 when displayed in the field). 
Date[edit  edit source]  
Syntax 
date[arg1;arg2;arg3] 
Related Functions 
date related functions 
Example Call 
date[day[P1F1];month[today];yearrv1 
Description 
The date function is used to combine three numbers representing a day (arg1), month (arg2) and year (arg3) into a single Julian date value (the total number of days since March 1, 1900). 
Example 
If the function day[P1F1] returns a value of 19 and P1F2 contains the value 11 then date[day[P1F1];P1F2;1992] will return a value of 33,866, or a date of 1992.11.19. 
Day[edit  edit source]  
Syntax 
day[arg] 
Related Functions 
day.of.week,month,year 
Example Call 
day[today] 
Description 
The day function produces the day of the month (a number from 1 to 31) of the date stored in arg1 where arg1 is a field, report variable or the today function. 
Example 
If P1F1 is a date field with the value 1992.11.19 then day[P1F1] will return the value 19. 
Day of Week[edit  edit source]  
Syntax 
day.of.week[arg] 
Related Functions 
day, month, year 
Example Call 
day.of.week[today] 
Description 
The day.of.week function produces the day of the week (a number from 1 to 7 where 1 = Monday and 7 = Sunday) of the date stored in arg1 where arg1 is a field, report variable or the today function. 
Example 
If P1F1 is a date field with a value of 1992.11.19 then day.of.week[P1F1] will return the value 4 (Thursday). 
Exponent[edit  edit source]  
Syntax 
exp[arg] 
Related Functions 

Example Call  exp[2] 
Description 
The Exponentiation formula function (exp[x]) returns the logarithmic exponent of x (e^x). 
Example 
exp[2] returns 7.39 (approximately). 
First Day of Month[edit  edit source]  
Syntax 
first.day[arg] 
Related Functions 
date, last.day, first.nday 
Example Call 
first.day[P1F1] 
Description 
The first.day function returns the date of the first day of any given month (represented as "arg" above where arg = a value with a date format). 
Example 
P1F1 is a date field and has the value of 1992.11.19 then first.day[P1F1] will return a value of 1992.11.01 (November 1, 1992), the first day of November 1992. 
First Weekday of Month[edit  edit source]  
Syntax 
first.nday[arg1;arg2] 
Related Functions 
date, first.day, last.day 
Example Call 
first.nday[7;P1F1] 
Description 
The first.nday function returns the date of the first given weekday (represented by "arg1" above) of any given date (represented as "arg2"). Arg1 = a number from 1 (Monday) to 7 (Sunday) representing the days of the week. Arg2 = a value with a date format. 
Example 
If P1F1 is a date field with the value 1992.11.19 then first.nday[4;P1F1] will return 1992.11.05 (November 5, 1992), the first Thursday of the month. 
Future Value[edit  edit source]  
Syntax 
fv[i;pv;pmt;n;type] 
Related Functions 
pv, pmt, rate 
Example Call 
fv[(.08/12);100;40;2;1] 
Description 
This function returns the future value based upon data provided [interest rate, present value, payment amount, number of periods, and type (0=investment/growth or 1=depreciation/loan)]. 
Example 
If you have a loan at 8%, your balance due is $100.00, you pay 40.00 per month, and you want to know your balance after 2 more payments, you would enter fv[.08/12);100;40;2;1]; your balance after 2 payments will be $20.54 
Initial Caps[edit  edit source]  
Syntax 
icaps[text] 
Related Functions 
Lower Case 
Example Call 
icaps[P2F3] 
Description 
Capitalizes the first character of each word in fixed length alphanumeric and openended text fields. 
Example 
icaps["hello jane"] gives "Hello Jane" icaps["JOHN JONES"] gives "JOHN JONES" icaps[lower.case["JOHN JONES"] gives "John Jones" 
Last Day of Month[edit  edit source]  
Syntax 
last.day[arg] 
Related Functions 
date, first.day, first.nday 
Example Call 
last.day[P1F1] 
Description 
The last.day function returns the date of the last day of any given month (represented as "arg" above where arg = a field, report variable or formula that returns a date value). 
Example 
If P1F1 is a date field and has the value 1992.11.19 then last.day[P1F1] will return a value of 1992.11.30 (November 30, 1992), the last day of November 1992. 
Last Weekday of Month[edit  edit source]  
Syntax 
last.nday[arg1;arg2] 
Related Functions 
date, first.day, first.nday 
Example Call 
last.nday[7;P1F1] 
Description 
The last.nday function returns the date of the last given weekday (represented by "arg1" above) of any given date (represented as "arg2"). Arg1 = a number from 1 (Monday) to 7 (Sunday) representing the days of the week. Arg2 = a value with a date format. 
Example 
If P1F1 is a date field with the value 11/19/92 then last.nday[7;P1F1] will return 11/29/92 (November 29, 1992), the last Sunday of the month. 
Length of String[edit  edit source]  
Syntax 
length[arg] 
Related Functions 

Example Call 
length["This is a test!"] 
Description 
Length returns a number that is equal to the number of characters in any given string after truncating the trailing blanks. "Arg" can be a field, report variable or formula returning a string of characters. The maximum value of length[arg] is 78; there appear to be some problems in using length[] with text fields. 
Example 
length["Arizona "] returns a 7. length["Ryan Davis"] returns a 10. 
Logarithm, Natural[edit  edit source]  
Syntax 
ln[arg] 
Related Functions 

Example Call 
ln[11] 
Description 
The Logarithm formula function (ln[x]) returns the natural logarithm of the specified number (log of x to base e). 
Example 
ln[11] returns 2.4 (approximately) 
Lower case[edit  edit source]  
Syntax 
lower.case[arg] 
Related Functions 
Initial caps 
Example Call 
lower.case["LOWER CASE"] 
Description 
Converts fixed length alphanumeric and openended text fields to all lower case characters. 
Example 
lower.case["LOWER CASE"] returns "lower case" 
Maximum Value[edit  edit source]  
Syntax 
max[arg1;arg2;...argn] 
Related Functions 
min 
Example Call 
max[P1F1;14;(3*7);rv0] 
Description 
Max is used to extract the largest value from a range of values ("arg1," "arg2" and "argn" above). The arguments can be numeric OR string values, but both types should not be used in the same function. Max will extract the value of the argument with the highest value. Max is not case sensitive. 
Example 
max[sqrt[100];17;(4*3)] will return a 17. max["Ray";"Kevin";"Craig";"Christi";"Rick";"Jill"] returns "Rick" 
Minimum Value[edit  edit source]  
Syntax 
min[arg1;arg2;...argn] 
Related Functions 
max 
Example Call 
min[P1F1;14;(3*7);rv0] 
Description 
Min is used to extract the smallest value from a range of values ("arg1," "arg2" and "argn" above). The arguments can be numeric OR string values, but both types should not be used in the same function. Min will extract the value of the argument with the lowest value. Min is not case sensitive. 
Example 
min[sqrt[100];17;(4*3)] will return a 10. min["Ray";"Kevin";"Craig";"Christi";"Rick";"Jill"] returns "Christi" 
Modulo[edit  edit source]  
Syntax 
// 
Related Functions 
round 
Example Call 
10 // 3 
Description 
Returns the remainder of a division equation. 
Example 
10 // 4  Returns 2 10 // 3  Returns 1 10 // 2  Returns 0 
Month[edit  edit source]  
Syntax 
month[arg] 
Related Functions 
day, day.of.week, year 
Example Call 
month[today] 
Description 
The month function produces the number of the month (a number from 1 (January) to 12 (December)) of the date stored in arg1 where arg1 is a field, report variable or the today function. 
Example 
If P1F1 is a date field with a value of 1992.11.19 then month[P1F1] will return an 11 (November). 
Now[edit  edit source]  
Syntax 
now 
Related Functions 
today 
Example Call 
now 
Description 
Now is used to retrieve the system time (returned as the number of seconds since 12a) from the computer's internal clock. 
Example 
If the system time is 16:53:34 (4:53p) then now will return 60,814, or 16:53:34 in a time (T99:99:99) formatted field. 
Payment[edit  edit source]  
Syntax 
pmt[i;pv;n;fv;type] 
Related Functions 
pv, fv, rate 
Example Call 
pmt[(.075/12);4000;24;0;1] 
Description 
This function returns your payment based upon the data provided [interest, present value, number of periods, future value, type (0=investment/growth or 1=depreciation/loan)]. 
Example 
To learn how much you need to pay each month to retire a $4000 loan at 7.5 interest in 2 years, you would enter pmt[(.075/12);4000;24;0;1] (you will need to make monthly payments of $178.88). 
Power[edit  edit source]  
Syntax 
^ 
Related Functions 
sqrt 
Example Call 
10^2 
Description 
Raises a value to the given exponential power. 
Example 
10^2  Returns 100 10^3  Returns 1000 10^4  Returns 10000 
Present Value[edit  edit source]  
Syntax 
pv[i;pmt;n;fv;type] 
Related Functions 
pmt, fv, rate 
Example Call 
pv[(.06/12);0;240;500000;0] 
Description 
This function returns the present value based upon the data provided [interest rate, payment amount, number of payments, future value sought, and type (0=investment/growth or 1=depreciation/loan)]. 
Example 
To learn how much money you will need to deposit into a savings account so that, without depositing any more money, you will have $500,000 in the bank in 20 years (assuming you're guaranteed 6% interest), you can enter pv[(.06/12);0;240;500000;0]. You will find that $151,048.07 will grow to $500,000 in 20 years at 6% interest. 
Rate[edit  edit source]  
Syntax 
Rate[pv;pmt;n;fv;type] 
Related Functions 
pv, pmt, fv 
Example Call 
rate[500;50;12;600;1] 
Description 
The function returns the effective interest rate based upon the data provided [present value, payment amount; number of payments, future value, and type (0=investment/growth or 1=depreciation/loan)]. 
Example 
To learn the interest rate you were charged after you made 12 $50 payments on a 12month, $500 loan, you will enter rate[500;50;12;600;1] (you paid a little over 12% interest). 
Round[edit  edit source]  
Syntax 
round[arg1;arg2] 
Related Functions 
// 
Example Call 
round[P1F1;.25] 
Description 
Rounds a number to the nearest indicated value where arg1 = the numeric (G or H format) value to be rounded and arg2 = the value to round up/down to. 
Example 
round[4.5;1]  Returns 5. round[54.123432;.001]  Returns 54.123 round[55.345;.25]  Returns 55.25 round[12347;50]  Returns 12350 
Square Root[edit  edit source]  
Syntax 
sqrt[arg] 
Related Functions 
^ (power) 
Example Call 
sqrt[(rv1*5)] 
Description 
Computes the square root of the absolute value of a number (i.e. if the number is negative, it is first made positive) where arg = a number (G or H format) field, report variable, formula or value to find the square root of. 
Example 
sqrt[4]  Returns 2. sqrt[65.3]  Returns 8.08. sqrt[65.3]  Returns 8.08. 
Subfield[edit  edit source]  
Syntax 
subfield[arg1;arg2;arg3] 
Related Functions 

Example Call 
subfield[P1F1;" ";1] 
Description 
Produces the nth word (determined by the value in arg3) in the string (arg1) if the mask (arg2) is empty or " ". Produces the nth (arg3) word bracketed by any of the characters in the mask (arg2). 
Example 
subfield["Christine C. Babbitt";" ";2] returns a value of "C.". subfield["(602) 1234567";' )(';1] returns a value of "602". (Note that the number shown is considered text, not an N, G, or H value.) 
Substring[edit  edit source]  
Syntax 
substring[arg1;arg2;arg3] 
Related Functions 
apply.format 
Example Call 
substring[P1F1;2;14] 
Description 
Returns a specified number of characters from a text string starting at a specified location in the string. (Where arg1 = the field, report variable, formula, or text string to pull the new string from; arg2 = the starting location to parse from; and arg3 = the number of characters to cut out of the string.) If you enter a value of 1 or more for arg2, DataPerfect starts counting at the left of the string and counts from left to right. If you enter a value of 0 for arg2, DataPerfect counts characters from right to left. 
Example 
substring["Example";3;5] will return "ample" If P1F2 = a numeric field formatted N(999)9999999 with a value of 8003213249 then substring[apply.format["N(999)9999999";P1F2];2;3] will return 800 (the area code). substring[" 215 Oak Lane, Hartford, CT";0;2] This formula will return the string "CT" 
Term[edit  edit source]  
Syntax 
term[i;pv;pmt;fv;type] 
Related Functions 
pmt, pv, fv, rate 
Example Call 
term[(.05/12);0;165;1000;0] 
Description 
This function returns the number of periods (remaining or projected), based upon the data provided [interest rate, present value, payment amount, future value, and type (0=investment/growth or 1=depreciation/loan)]. 
Example 
To learn how long it will take you to save $1000 of you deposit $165 per month and earn 5% interest (and start with a zero balance), you would enter term[(.05/12);0;165;1000;0)] (you will have a little over $1000 in 6 months). 
Today[edit  edit source]  
Syntax 
today 
Related Functions 
now 
Example Call 
today 
Description 
Today returns the system date (from the computer's internal clock) in a Julian numeric format (i.e. the number of days since March 1, 1900. When stored in a date field format this number is automatically translated to the appropriate month/day/year. The today function is generally used as arguments in other functions and formulas. 
Example 
If the system date is 11 Nov 92 then today will return 33,866, or 1992.11.19 in a date (DYMD9999.99.99) formatted field. 
Truncate[edit  edit source]  
Syntax 
truncate[arg] 
Related Functions 
cat.t 
Example Call 
truncate[P1F1] 
Description 
Truncate removes all trailing spaces from a character string. 
Example 
truncate["Shauna "] will return "Shauna." A text string can be created by using consecutive truncate functions (i.e. truncate[P1F2] truncate[P1F3]) but it is generally best to use the cat.t function instead. 
Unary Minus[edit  edit source]  
Syntax 
 
Related Functions 

Example Call 
P1F1 
Description 
Returns the negative value of any number. 
Example 
If P1F1 = 10 then P1F1 returns 10. If today = 1992.11.19 then today returns 33,866. (This is good for sorting records with the most recent date to the top of the list. See "Reverse Date" in the formulas section of this database.) 
Year[edit  edit source]  
Syntax 
year[arg] 
Related Functions 
day, day.of.week, month 
Example Call 
year[P1F1] 
Description 
Year returns the 4 digit year (i.e. 1992) in a numeric format from a date value. 
Example 
If P1F1 is a date field with the value 1992.11.19 then year[P1F1] will return the numeric value 1992 which could then be stored in an N9999 field. Some other acceptable formats include the following: year[rv1], year[date[19;11;1992]] and year[today]. 
Source notes[edit  edit source]This wiki page was generated from the DataPerfect FORMULA database. 