Order an entity selection with this new ORDA method

In a previous blog post, you learned how to build sophisticated and complex search criteria by applying formulas in an ORDA query. To further provide you with complete and powerful development tools, a new ORDA method available: orderByFormula(). With the help of formulas, you can now order an entity selection using complex criteria in a project method or 4D expression.

HDI: Examples to order an entity selection with a formula

The order criteria is evaluated when the formula is given as a string or a Formula object to the orderByFormula() method. 

Order with a formula as a String

Here we have a dataClass, Companies, and we order all of the companies based on their profits (profits = revenue – costs).

Note that the entity is accessed via the This command.

$orderedCompanies:=$companies.orderByFormula ("This.revenue - This.costs")

Order with a formula object

Here we order the companies using the same criteria, but instead of a string, we’re using a Formula object and we’re sorting by descending order.

$formula:= Formula(This.revenue - This.costs)
$orderedCompanies:=$companies.orderByFormula ($formula;dk descending)

Notice that using a Formula object provides some advantages (such as autocompletion, colors in the code editor, etc.) over using a formula as a string.

The orderByFormula() method has even more options. Check out the documentation and download the HDI above for details.

about Ordering an entity selection 

You can now insert an order by statement inside the query() member method itself. This is a huge benefit when working in client/server mode because you can combine the query and the ordering action in the same request, reducing the number of requests sent to the server and your network traffic.

$companies:=ds.Companies.query("revenue> :1 order by costs desc";5000)

• Product Owner • Marie-Sophie Landrieu-Yvert has joined the 4D Product team as a Product Owner in 2017. As a Product Owner, she is in charge of writing the user stories then translating it to functional specifications. Her role is also to make sure that the feature implementation delivered is meeting the customer need.Marie-Sophie graduated from the ESIGELEC Engineering School and began her career as an engineer at IBM in 1995. She participated on various projects (maintenance or build projects) and worked as a Cobol developer. Then she worked as an UML designer and Java developer. Lately her main roles were analyzing and writing functional requirements, coordinate business and development teams.