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Complex Sort, Filter, LookUp function

Hello, 

I'm hoping somone has some insights on this one ( @CarlosFigueira, @ShaneCows, @mrdang ? Smiley Happy ). I'm seriously stuck!

 

  • Data Source:
    • Sharepoint custom list named "TI_Evaluation_Tool_Results"
    • data_source.png
  • Use Case:
    • Employees submit a monthly evaluation where up to 13 competencies may be evaluated.
  • Compliance:
    • Employee must evaluate at least 2 competencies every month.
    • Employee must evaluate all 13 competencies every half (6 month period).
  • Key Sharepoint Columns: 
    • [rdm_cost_center] : Employee.
    • [compX_num] : Competency that was evaluated. Numbered [comp1_num] - [comp13_num].
    • [year] : Calculated SP column. Applies =TEXT(evaluation_date,"yyyy") to each record.
    • [half] : Calculated SP column. Applies =TEXT(evaluation_date,"mm") to each record. If "mm" = "01"-"06, period "1","2")
    • [month] : Calculated SP column. Applies =TEXT(evaluation_date,"mm") to each record.
  • Global variables: 
    • Used to make the app aware of the year, half, and month for comparison on the Compliance Screen
    • Sets Year: Set(thisYear,Text(Today(),"[$-en-US]yyyy"));

    • Sets Half: 
      If(Text(Today(),"[$-en-US]mm")="01",
      Text(Today(),"[$-en-US]mm")="02",
      Text(Today(),"[$-en-US]mm")="03",
      Text(Today(),"[$-en-US]mm")="04",
      Text(Today(),"[$-en-US]mm")="05",
      Text(Today(),"[$-en-US]mm")="06",
      Set(thisHalf,"1"),"2");

    • Sets Month: Set(thisMonth,Text(Today(),"[$-en-US]mm"))

  • Gallery.Items =  GroupBy(TI_Evaluation_Tool_Results,"rdm_cost_center","group")
    • Using this formula for .Items, I'm able to get each rdm_cost_center to display in the Gallery
  • compX_num label = LookUp(TI_Evaluation_Tool_Results,rdm_cost_center=ThisItem.rdm_cost_center).comp1_num
    • This gets some of the compX_nums to display, but is not comparing the year, half, or month. 
    • How do I display the competency if it was evaluated this year and this half? 
    • How can I set the Fill property to display a different color if competency was evaluated this year, half, and month?
    • gallery1.png

I can't seem to figure out the combination of Sort/Filter/Lookup needed to display the [compX_num] in the label. Any leads would be SO much appreciated. I'm about 3 days into trying different things! 

 

Thank you

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Paul_C
Employee
Employee

Hi ericonline,

 

Why are you using numbers for the values of comp1_num, comp2_num, etc?
It seems like true/false for whether or not they were evaluated is really what you want.

It can work with numbers, of course, but it seems like unnecessary complexity.

 

I also see a couple issues with how thisHalf is being set. You need to || all the comparisons instead of comma separating. The If() function will actually be like a bunch of if-else-ifs in what you currently have. I think this is more like what you want:

       If(Text(Today(),"[$-en-US]mm")="01" ||
            Text(Today(),"[$-en-US]mm")="02" ||
            Text(Today(),"[$-en-US]mm")="03" ||
            Text(Today(),"[$-en-US]mm")="04" ||
            Text(Today(),"[$-en-US]mm")="05" ||
            Text(Today(),"[$-en-US]mm")="06",
            Set(thisHalf,1),Set(thisHalf,2)
        );

Here's the documentation on the If() function: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/powerapps/maker/canvas-apps/functions/function-if 

Notice how it has two usages:

If( Condition, ThenResult [, DefaultResult ] )
If( Condition1, ThenResult1 [, Condition2, ThenResult2, ... [ , DefaultResult ] ] )

Currently you're using the second option.

 

Anyway, with that sorted, we can move on to the main problem you're trying to address. First off, I can tell you why the current setup is behaving as it is.

GroupBy(TI_Evaluation_Tool_Results,"rdm_cost_center","group")

The "group" column doesn't exist on your data, so this statement effectively just creates a table (list) of rdm_cost_centers. This is fine, though, because you're doing additional look ups with those cost centers to find the competencies, so you don't necessarily need all the data to be part of the gallery's items.

 

The real problem is with label LookUps, I think:

LookUp(TI_Evaluation_Tool_Results,rdm_cost_center=ThisItem.rdm_cost_center).comp1_num

LookUp finds the first record matching the condition and returns that. It doesn't condense all of the columns into one value, or anything like that, so you're making all your evaluations off whatever record happens to be the first with the given rdm_cost_center name.

 

Instead of doing that, you would probably want your label to be something like the following:

If(
    !IsBlank(
        LookUp(
            TI_Evaluation_Tool_Results, 
            rdm_cost_center=ThisItem.rdm_cost_center And half = thisHalf And comp1_num >= 1
        )
    ), 
    true, 
    false
)

What this does is checks if any of the records for the current rdm_cost_center, for the current half, have a value. If so, it gives the label true, otherwise false. (Note if comp1_num is text, then the comparison will be different and more complicated. You would need to get the value from the text with the Value() function or check the length of the text to make sure it's not blank or check !IsBlank(). The problem with any of this is that it all requires you to evaluate another function for each record, and PowerApps may block it or warn against it for performance reasons.)

 

 

Finally (and optionally), if you want to nest the horizontal gallery inside, like I mentioned on a different post, your Items property for the inner gallery could be something like the following:

[
    If(!IsBlank(LookUp(TestSample, rdm_cost_center=ThisItem.rdm_cost_center And half = thisHalf And comp1_num >= 1)), true, false),
    If(!IsBlank(LookUp(TestSample, rdm_cost_center=ThisItem.rdm_cost_center And half = thisHalf And comp2_num >= 1)), true, false),
    If(!IsBlank(LookUp(TestSample, rdm_cost_center=ThisItem.rdm_cost_center And half = thisHalf And comp3_num >= 1)), true, false),
    <etc....>
]

But that isn't beautiful, either. Maybe you or someone else can come up with a more elegant solution?

 

I hope this helps!

- Paul C.
Software Engineer on PowerApps

Paul, 

 

I tell ya what, receiving support like this just about brings a tear to my eye. Beyond thank you and yes, it helps me very much.

 

RE: "Why are you using numbers for the values of comp1_num, comp2_num, etc?"

  • There are 4 columns associated with each Task
    • compx_num: a numeric value 1-13 that corresponds to tasks in a manual
    • compx_desc: a 30-200 character description of the task from the manual
    • compx_eval: a 140 character evaluation the user types in
    • compx_pass: a toggle where user states whether employee passes the task
  • The _num is the easiest way I found to show which tasks have/have not been completed. Not being accustomed to programmatic thinking, I may be off. 

 

RE: The "half" Function and using || vs ","

  • Thank you for that clarification. I made your recommended edits. 
  • Global Variables shows correctly when a Date is chosen before and after the 6th month

 

RE: The Label LookUp Function

  • The card_comp1Num.Update Function is set to Value(input_comp1Num.Text) . Which is good.
    • However, the Sharepoint list column type is set to "Multiple Lines of Text".
    • Does this also need to change to a "Number" type column?
  • I used your recommended LookUp function for label_comp1 as a test...
  • 2018-04-11_11-12-08.png
  • ...but it returns "false" even though there is a "1" in the comp1_num column, for rdm_cost_center S0801, and half 1, in the Sharepoint list
  • 2018-04-11_10-54-12.png

 

I tried setting the "!IsBlank" to "IsBlank" and tweaking some other parts of the Function, but cannot get a "true".

Why is the LookUp Function not finding these "1" 's?  


 RE: "Why are you using numbers for the values of comp1_num, comp2_num, etc?"

  • There are 4 columns associated with each Task
    • compx_num: a numeric value 1-13 that corresponds to tasks in a manual
    • compx_desc: a 30-200 character description of the task from the manual
    • compx_eval: a 140 character evaluation the user types in
    • compx_pass: a toggle where user states whether employee passes the task

If comp1_num can only ever be 1 or blank, comp2_num can only ever be 2 or blank, etc, then really booleans will give you what you want. Did they complete task 1? True or false. That's what I meant. You know which task it is by the column name, so it doesn't have to be part of the data too. But, it sounds like that is almost exactly what compx_pass is, except true/false/blank.

 

Another question, though: does compx_desc ever change for a given x? For instance, if I have three records, one has comp1_num=1, the others are blank for comp1_num, what is comp1_desc? It sounds like, for a given task number, the competency description always remains the same (or "static"). In that case, I would recommend creating a second list with rows that have the competency id number (1-13) and the description, OR just adding it directly in the app (but only if it's actually being used). There's no need to store a bunch of static data as part of every record. (It's possible I've misunderstood what you're doing with that description, though.)

 

 

RE: The Label LookUp Function

  • The card_comp1Num.Update Function is set to Value(input_comp1Num.Text) . Which is good.
    • However, the Sharepoint list column type is set to "Multiple Lines of Text".
    • Does this also need to change to a "Number" type column?

I'm not following. Are you saying compx_num is text? If that is the case, that would explain why the LookUp I gave you is failing. "1" can't be compared against 1 like I did in the LookUp. 

Good luck!

- Paul C.
Software Engineer on PowerApps

Paul, 

 

Seriously, if you are in Seattle, I'd love to buy you lunch soon! Thank you for your time. 

 

RE: "Does compx_desc ever change for a given x?"

  • No it doesn't. I am actually using a second list for the _desc's.
    • Shown as "SP Task List" on the whiteboard
  • IMG_1247.jpg
  • I may be way off (again, non-programmer by nature), but here is how the user interacts: 
  • Using checkboxes, user selects tasks to evaluate
  • 2018-04-11_12-36-36.png
  • Checking the box changes the visibility of a Task to true:
  • The selected description is displayed (in the form card)
  • User types in an evaluation, sets toggle to yes if employee passes task
  • The compx_num is hidden, but still written to the results
  • 2018-04-11_12-39-38.png

RE: Are you saying compx_num is text?

  • The Update property for the comp1_num card is:
  • If(card_comp1Eval.Visible=true,Value(label_comp1Num.Text),"Not Evaluated")
  • AFAIK, this converts the text to a number.
    • Am I right or does the compx_num field need to be a Text Input rather than Label for the Value() function to work? 

Epic back and forth here Paul. I'm definitely not taking your time for granted and I do whole heartedly appreciate your insights. 

 

Eric

Paul, 

 

Seriously, if you are in Seattle, I'd love to buy you lunch soon! Thank you for your time. 

 

RE: "Does compx_desc ever change for a given x?"

  • No it doesn't. I am actually using a second list for the _desc's.
    • Shown as "SP Task List" on the whiteboard
  • IMG_1247.jpg
  • I may be way off (again, non-programmer by nature), but here is how the user interacts: 
  • Using checkboxes, user selects tasks to evaluate
  • 2018-04-11_12-36-36.png
  • Checking the box changes the visibility of a Task to true:
  • The selected description is displayed (in the form card)
  • User types in an evaluation, sets toggle to yes if employee passes task
  • The compx_num is hidden, but still written to the results
  • 2018-04-11_12-39-38.png

RE: Are you saying compx_num is text?

  • The Update property for the comp1_num card is:
  • If(card_comp1Eval.Visible=true,Value(label_comp1Num.Text),"Not Evaluated")
  • AFAIK, this converts the text to a number.
    • Am I right or does the compx_num field need to be a Text Input rather than Label for the Value() function to work? 

Epic back and forth here Paul. I'm definitely not taking your time for granted and I do whole heartedly appreciate your insights. 

 

Eric

Paul, 

 

Seriously, if you are in Seattle, I'd love to buy you lunch soon! Thank you for your time. 

 

RE: "Does compx_desc ever change for a given x?"

  • No it doesn't. I am actually using a second list for the _desc's.
    • Shown as "SP Task List" on the whiteboard
  • IMG_1247.jpg
  • I may be way off (again, non-programmer by nature), but here is how the user interacts: 
  • Using checkboxes, user selects tasks to evaluate
  • 2018-04-11_12-36-36.png
  • Checking the box changes the visibility of a Task to true:
  • The selected Task's description label, evaluation textbox and pass/fail toggle are displayed.
  • User types in an evaluation, sets toggle to yes if employee passes task
  • The compx_num remains hidden, but is still written to the results
  • 2018-04-11_12-39-38.png

RE: Are you saying compx_num is text?

  • The Update property for the comp1_num card is:
  • If(card_comp1Eval.Visible=true,Value(label_comp1Num.Text),"Not Evaluated")
  • AFAIK, this converts any text in the label to a number.
    • Am I right or does the compx_num field need to be a Text Input rather than Label for the Value() function to work? 

Epic back and forth here Paul. I'm definitely not taking your time for granted and I do whole heartedly appreciate your insights. 

 

Eric

I know this is the longest forum post in the history of forum posts but...

 

I cannot for the life of me figure out why this LookUp function is not working. 

  • The syntax is correct, the rdm_cost_center is correct
    • Though the fact that "comp1_num" does not have the blue squiggle while "half" does makes me wonder
  • 1.png
  • The variable "thisHalf" is a "Number" type variable = 1
  • 2.png
  • Both the "half" and "comp1_num" columns in the Sharepoint list are Number-type
    • With "half" being calculated (not sure if that matters). 
  • 3.png
  • 4.png
  • But here it is, plain as day. A Sharepoint record meeting all the functions criteria yet the results still return "false" in PowerApps.
    • half = 1, rdm_cost_center = S0801, and comp1_num = 1
    • 5.png

Any insights? Racking my brain here!

Shanescows
Most Valuable Professional
Most Valuable Professional

The blue warning is about delegation. How many items do you have in your SharePoint list? 

 

If you haven't read them I think it is highly useful to read this and then this

Shane - Microsoft MVP, YouTube, and PowerApps Consulting for when you are in a bind to get this fixed quickly. And finally we now have PowerApps Training

Thanks Shane. Yep, I'm familiar with Delegation.

 

The list will eventually have thousands of records. Each "rdm_cost_center" in my example will have a max of 120 so I think i'm safe by performing the LookUp against this value. 

 

Above, I was curious why only 1 of the 2 Sharepoint columns had the blue squiggly. Both of them are in the same list. Seems like both would have delegation applied.

 

Great videos btw!  

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It's time for the June Community Newsletter, where we highlight the latest news, product releases, upcoming events, and the amazing work of our outstanding Community members.   If you're new to the Community, please make sure to follow the latest News & Announcements and check out the Community on LinkedIn as well! It's the best way to stay up-to-date with all the news from across Microsoft Power Platform and beyond.    COMMUNITY HIGHLIGHTS   Check out the most active community members of the last month! These hardworking members are posting regularly, answering questions, kudos, and providing top solutions in their communities. We are so thankful for each of you--keep up the great work! If you hope to see your name here next month, follow these awesome community members to see what they do!   Power AppsPower AutomateCopilot StudioPower PagesWarrenBelzcreativeopinionExpiscornovus Fubar AmikNived_NambiarPstork1OliverRodriguesmmbr1606ManishSolankifernandosilvaragavanrajanBCBuizerExpiscornovusrenatoromaoLucas001timlAlexEncodianViswavEmadBeshaiDBO_DVDeenujiUmiantaChrist0fGochixVishnuReddy1997citron-trucmandelaVishalJhaverieetuRoboJohanTprathyooanandm08VictorIvanidzenicoxrfm1964shashankbhidepaulbeck1 rpaa   LATEST NEWS Summer of Solutions 2024 The Summer of Solutions challenge kicked off this month - an amazing Microsoft Community initiative to win free tickets to the Power Platform Community Conferencethis September in Las Vegas. The challenge is NOW OPEN to all #PowerPlatform community members and will consist of four weekly entry periods until July 14th, 2024. Click the image below to find out more on how you can win free tickets to #PPCC24 by entering the Summer of Solutions TODAY!   Microsoft Customer Stories We're constantly working with an array of great businesses across the globe to assist them in taking advantage of the latest business applications technology. If you'd like to find out more about their low code journeys, click the image below to view our playlist of Customer Stories to discover how Accenture, Lumen Technologies, Cineplex, and many more, are streamlining their business processes with Microsoft Power Platform.     Microsoft Leap Program Have you heard of Microsoft Leap - a global program designed to recruit, develop, and upskill unconventional talent for careers in the tech space. Microsoft Leap organizes a number of pathways into the industry, including the recent "NFL Legend Cohort - Technical Program Management" run jointly with the NFL Player Care Foundation (PCF) who are dedicated to helping retired players improve their quality of life. Click the image below to find out more about the great day shared at the Redmond campus and be sure to visit the Microsoft Leap website to discover how this amazing initiative is helping re-launch the lives of countless individuals. www.leap.microsoft.com       UPCOMING EVENTS Biz Apps Partner Summit | Seattle | July 24-25 It's not long now until the Biz Apps Partner Summit, which takes place at the Hilton Bellevue in Seattle on July 24-25, 2024. This event is the perfect place to network, connect, and learn how to scale your Microsoft practice, drive profitable revenue, and dazzle your customers! There's a great selection of speakers, including the likes of Tom Patterson, Donald Kossmann Joseph Corigliano, Cecilia Flombaum, Peter Jensen, John Siefert, Becky Lymberis, Daniel Rippey, and many more. Click the image below to find out more and register today!     TechCon365 & Power Platform Conference | D.C. | August 12-16 Things are hotting up for the next TechCon365 & PWRCON Conference in Washington D.C. on August 12-16, 2024. Featuring the likes of Tamara Bredemus, Sunny Eltepu, Lindsay Shelton, Brian Alderman, Daniel Glenn, Julie Turner, Jim Novak, John White, Jason Himmelstein, Luc Labelle, Emily Mancini, MVP, UXMC, Fabian Williams, Emma Wiehe,and many more, this is the perfect event for those that are looking to gain invaluable insights from industry experts. Click the image below to grab your tickets today!     Power Platform Community Conference | Vegas | Sept. 18-20th Are you ready to come and join the fun in Las Vegas this September at PPCC24? This event is the perfect place to connect with fellow business applications enthusiasts and share your knowledge with the worldwide Microsoft Community. Now's your chance to hold all the aces. Just click the image below to find out more and we hope to see you go ALL-IN this September in Las Vegas!     For more events, click the image below to visit the Community Days website.  

Updates to Transitions in the Power Platform Communities

We're embarking on a journey to enhance your experience by transitioning to a new community platform. Our team has been diligently working to create a fresh community site, leveraging the very Dynamics 365 and Power Platform tools our community advocates for.  We started this journey with transitioning Copilot Studio forums and blogs in June. The move marks the beginning of a new chapter, and we're eager for you to be a part of it. The rest of the Power Platform product sites will be moving over this summer.   Stay tuned for more updates as we get closer to the launch. We can't wait to welcome you to our new community space, designed with you in mind. Let's connect, learn, and grow together.   Here's to new beginnings and endless possibilities!   If you have any questions, observations or concerns throughout this process please go to https://aka.ms/PPCommSupport.   To stay up to date on the latest details of this migration and other important Community updates subscribe to our News and Announcements forums: Copilot Studio, Power Apps, Power Automate, Power Pages

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