Queries from secundairy tables, searching in related tables, many to many

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I'm relative new to QuickBase and perhaps my question is already answered before also I'm not sure how to discribe and name my challage and as a result where to look for the sollution.

I'm trying to build an app where this problem will occur multiple times on various tables and I hoped not to get pulled into a lot of coding and scripts.

Here we go:

desired example structure looks like

  • shops <1/many>> shopsXcontacts <<many/1> contacts
  • shops <1/many>>shopsXcompanies<<many/1> companies
  • companies <1/many>> contacts


  • Shops contain =  name, fysical address, etc
  • Contacts = names, personal conatct details, role/function
  • Companies = names, Company _Type, legal details & address
  1. Company_Type makes the difference between 'own' shops, customers and suppliers.

I have created a webpage that shows on Shop level (per shop):

  1. own legal details  plus intercompany relationships (holdings etc) in tables (reports)
  2. all companies that are customers in a table (report)
  3. all companies that are suppliers in a table (report)


I like to to the same for the contacts listed per shop:

  1. contacts that are related to the own shop (=legal entity =staff)
  2. Contacts that are related to companies with type "supplier"
  3. Contacts that are related to companies with type "Customer"

Trying this I thought to create a report in the table shopsXContac where I created a report that shows the related company ID but not the related company_type content which I need to use as a filter to seperate staff, end customers and suppling contacts.

When I do this the column remains blank and there seems to be some kind of loop error: <columns from a related table> | select table companies | select Company_Type | message "The field Company_Type's path can't be resolved"

I consider two workarounds but prefer to solve as above if this cannot be solved in another way.

1) create 3 different table for the different company types

2) use a role/type field in the shopsXcontacs table.

Thanks for your ideas and suggestions

(and a merry X-Mas)

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Hi Jan,

I would recommend building the report in your child table (Contacts). Any fields that you need from the parent table, pass it over as a lookup field. 

If you are still having trouble, I would suggest putting in a support ticket. 


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Thanks for your suggestion Justin

Is it not that in an indircet many to many relationship the table CONTACT is parent and not child??

Attached digram shows the layout I think I need and also some example records and draft of the kind of report I'm trying to achieve.

Thanks for your thoughts.



I realize it X-mas time and not many of you are online reading the forum. Still I hope somebody will have some other suggestions.