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ArminSimon
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Use a variable as an identifier

Hi all,

 

Is there a way to use a variable in a formula as a column-identifier?

The following example runs well:

 

Set(varExample,Lookup(tblLabelText,ID=varID).Hospitality)

 

 

But I need a solution like:

 

Set(varCategory,Lookup(tblCategory,ID=varCatID);
Set(varExample,Lookup(tblLabelText,ID=varID).<varCategory>)

 

 

I try to use one screen for multiple categories in an app and, since a column may have different meanings in each category, I use a 'match'-table.

As an example: Using the column 'date' in the category 'hospitality' should label the text field with 'date of service' whereas in category 'overnight stay' it should label it 'date of stay'.

 

To understand here are the used table definitions:

tblLabelText

Title
(column name in data table)
hospitalityovernight stay
"date""date of service""date of stay"
"reason""reason of hosting""reason of stay"
.........

 

tblCategory

ID

Title

1

Hospitality

2

Overnight stay

3

travel ticket

...

...

 

Hope I explained my issue correct and someone is able to point me to a solution.

Thanks!

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v-yujincui-msft
Community Support
Community Support

Hi @ArminSimon ,

 

Do you want to dynamically reference the column name by using variable in Power Apps?

I am afraid that there is no directly way to achieve this in Power Apps currently. It is not possible to refer to a column name with a variable or the return value of other functions.

There is a post in the ideas forum about this that you can vote on.

Patch - Referance a column name via a variable - Power Platform Community (microsoft.com)

 

If you find another way to achieve your needs, you might consider mark your answer as a 'solution' to close the case.

 

Best Regards,

Charlie Choi

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PowerRanger
Super User
Super User

@ArminSimon If I understood it correctly your main issue is that depending on the category your label text should change. 

On the label use something like this for the text property:

 

Switch(
    varCategory,
    "hospitality",
    "date of service",
    "overnight stay",
    "date of stay"
)

 

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Hi @PowerRanger ,

thanks for fast reply!

I forgot to mention, that SWITCH was my first thought as well. But since there are multiple commands within each of the switch elements and only be different by the identifier, I hoped there may exist a simpler method.

To explain it a bit further: This is code inside a FORM with a lot of elements a search and replace in VS Code looks much simpler as to put a Switch inside each element. Not to have a look to performance behaviour, especially on mobiles, at that time 😉

@ArminSimon 

What about this:

On the screen where your form is place the SWITCH command in the OnVisible function.

Switch(
    varCategory,
    "hospitality",
    Set(varLabelText1,"date of service");
    Set(varLabelText2,"...some text"),
    "overnight stay",
    Set(varLabelText1,"...some other text");
    Set(varLabelText2,"...new label text")
)

 

On your form set the label Text-Property to the corresponding variable.

So you only have the switch once defined!

 

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Thanks!

I understand, there is no way to use a variable directly or indirectly to reference a 'column'.

I am pretty at the start of this app at this point of time, so I'll come over this from the other side: I will redesign my tables... remove the tblLabelText and insert the content within the tblCategories directly as columns...

Thanks for your ideas!

Cheers

v-yujincui-msft
Community Support
Community Support

Hi @ArminSimon ,

 

Do you want to dynamically reference the column name by using variable in Power Apps?

I am afraid that there is no directly way to achieve this in Power Apps currently. It is not possible to refer to a column name with a variable or the return value of other functions.

There is a post in the ideas forum about this that you can vote on.

Patch - Referance a column name via a variable - Power Platform Community (microsoft.com)

 

If you find another way to achieve your needs, you might consider mark your answer as a 'solution' to close the case.

 

Best Regards,

Charlie Choi

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