Auto create n records in a table

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Hi,
I'm considering to build a database around DDI management (Telephone numbers).
We manage real large ranges of blocks of 10's, 100's,  1000's even 10000's 
I like to keep track on stuff like:
  • What location is the number used?
  • What is the full number?
  • Who is the user related
  • What forward is set on the number if any?
  • What other settings?
  • on what type equipment is the DDI terminated?
  • etc etc.
My current challange is how to create a new range of DDI's.
For example we open a new location with main number 01-22-3000 and with a block of 1000.
In other words I'm looking for  a simple and user friendly way to auto create 1000 records in a table starting at 01-22-3000 upto 01-22-3999.

So I'm thinking to create a table that holds all main numbers (start numbers) and block sizes. When an new entry is created in this table it would trigger a technique to auto create 1000 new DDI-records in another table where the relevant details can be managed by the users.

My intiuition tells me to look for a sollution in QB actions and or Webhooks but I don't really know where to start and what the best technique would be.

Any suggestions and in particular links to examples are welcome
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If you need to make these blocks 1,000 at a time, you can create a table with exactly 1,000 records in it from record ID 1 to 1000. Call this the 1 to 1000 table

Then make a single admin record in a new table where you specify the prefix and the start number start number.  So you enter 01-22 and in a separate numeric field enter 3000.

The Record ID of that admin record is Record ID# 1.

Make a relationship to the 1- 1000 table based on a numeric formula field called [Link to admin table] and it will have a formula of 1.

Lookup the start prefix  and start number to the records in the 1-1000 table. 

Make a formula field to calculate the value of the DDI to be created.

it would be like

[Admin start prefix] & "-" right("0000" & totext([Start number]-1+[Record ID#]),4)

Check that the formula looks correct :)

Next make a table to table saved import to copy the records from the 1-1000 table into your target table.  Take note of the ID# in the URL.  It will be ID# 10 for the first one you create.

Then make a URL formula button to copy the records across.

var text Import  = urlroot() & "db/" & [_DBID_my_ddi_table] & "?act=API_RunImport&ID=10";
var text DisplayAdmin = urlroot() & "db/" & dbid() & "?a=dr&rid=1";

$Import  
& "&rdr=" & URLEncode($DisplayAdmin)

I suggest that you make a report link field on the Admin record to show the newly created records.

Let me know how you make out as you work your way though the steps.
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Yep.. I got the idea..

I would need to look to use some fields as 'variables' to tweak the starting numbers n the formula's
Similar tables could be created to provide the templates for 10's or 100's blocks and by repeating an import I can create ie. x*10 = x0 DDI's quickly. at l east much quicker than record by record :-)

This is something I can spend some nightly hours on and this will help me forward.
Thanks for the suggestion. Will keep you posted intime.

JW
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OK, great. Obviously the "magic" here is the concept to import X records from another table as a table to table copy, as that can happen with a click and they populate instantly.