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Function to perform a cross-table lookup


KEYLOOKUP(<workarea | alias | table>, <"indextagname">, <keyExpr>, <resultExpr> [, <notfoundExpr>])

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The KEYLOOKUP() function looks up the specified index <keyExpr> in the index <indextagname> of the specified <workarea | alias | table>.

The KEYLOOKUP() function then evaluates the expression <valueExpr>, and returns the value of the <resultExpr> if the <key expression> is found.

The KEYLOOKUP() function returns a null string if the <key expression> is not found or the <notfoundExpr>, if specified.

Note that in JavaScript, the <resultExpr> and <notfoundExpr> must be enclosed in quotes and passed as strings. For string expressions, this means they should be double-quoted.

The current record position in the specified <workarea | alias | table> cursor is not moved so this function can also safely be used in SQL queries.

If the specified table is not already open then Lianja will open the table automatically.

This function can be used to dynamically lookup foreign key values in target tables.

It can also be used to lookup NoSQL key/value pairs.

You should always provide a fully qualified database!table if your app is to work in Web/Mobile e.g "southwind!employees".

If you use this function in Web/Mobile clients you should always specify the resultExpr for keyLookup() as a string prefixed with ? so that the parameter can be proxied correctly back to the server without throwing a JavaScript error on the client. e.g. "?lastname".

Note: for Virtual Tables, see SQLLOOKUP().


// Lianja/VFP
cLastname = keylookup("employees","employeeid",Lianja.get("page1.section1.field3").value, lastname, "not found")
// Javascript
cLastname = keylookup("employees","employeeid",Lianja.get("page1.section1.field3").value, "lastname", "'not found'")
// Javascript Web Client
cLastname = keylookup("southwind!employees","employeeid",Lianja.get("page1.section1.field3").value, "lastname", "'not found'")