Jump to content

If...Then - Based on string in an array?

Recommended Posts

Hello all! I hope everyone is enjoying their holiday festivities. :dance:

I'm working on a script that involves copying a string of text from an Excel workbook and searching for it in a particular website's search tool. If a result is found, it will do something. If not, it will do something else.

So far, it can successfully execute the search -- and then it shows me the results in an array.

Screenshot of the successful search:


The search results in an array:



Here's the code (sorry for all my comments):

;~ All the functions this app performs require the external files listed here. So, theyre "included".
#include <ButtonConstants.au3>
#include <EditConstants.au3>
#include <GUIConstantsEx.au3>
#include <StaticConstants.au3>
#include <WindowsConstants.au3>
#include <WinAPIFiles.au3>
#include <Array.au3>
#include <File.au3>
#include <Excel.au3>
#include <DateTimeConstants.au3>
#include <MsgBoxConstants.au3>
#include <WinAPIShellEx.au3>
#include <Date.au3>
#include <ComboConstants.au3>
#include <Misc.au3>
#include <WinAPIProc.au3>
#include <WinAPISys.au3>
#include <WinAPIConstants.au3>
#include <Crypt.au3>
#include <ColorConstants.au3>
#include <guimenu.au3>
#include <IE.au3>

;~ Kill all functions and close the app at anytime by pressing F4.
HotKeySet("{F4}", "_Exit")
;~ Keep track whether or not a file is selected. When the program first opens, a file is currently not selected.
Global $FileChosen = 0
;~ The app must remember certain strings of text:
  ;~    1. Login page
  Global $urlBBLogin = "website.com"
  ;~    2. Credentials
  Global $bbUsername = "USER"
  Global $bbPassword = "PW"
  ;~  3. Search page
  Global $urlBBCourseSearch = "website.com/search"

;~ When you launch the app, the UI gets built and is displayed to the user in the center of the screen. the "Function" buttons are disabled until a file is chosen.
$MasterUI = GUICreate("Master Re-Creator", 469, 145, -1, -1)
$Label1 = GUICtrlCreateLabel("Choose the Excel file", 8, 8, 103, 17)
$Select = GUICtrlCreateButton("Select File", 16, 32, 75, 25)
$FileName = GUICtrlCreateLabel("[No File Selected]", 104, 40, 88, 17)
$Group1 = GUICtrlCreateGroup("Functions", 8, 72, 449, 65)
$CheckCourse = GUICtrlCreateButton("Check Courses Exist", 24, 96, 123, 25)
GUICtrlSetState(-1, $GUI_DISABLE)
$DeleteCourse = GUICtrlCreateButton("Delete Courses", 168, 96, 123, 25)
GUICtrlSetState(-1, $GUI_DISABLE)
$CopyCourse = GUICtrlCreateButton("Copy Courses", 312, 96, 123, 25)
GUICtrlSetState(-1, $GUI_DISABLE)
GUICtrlCreateGroup("", -99, -99, 1, 1)

;~  While the UI is open, it listens for triggers (in this case, button presses).
While 1
    $UI = GUIGetMsg()
;~  If the app is closed, the _Exit() function is performed (same function the F4 hotkey calls).
        Case $UI = $GUI_EVENT_CLOSE
;~  The user has clicked the "Select File" button, the _LocateGetFileName() function is performed. Go there.
        Case $UI = $Select
;~  The user has clicked the "Check Courses Exist" button.
        Case $UI = $CheckCourse
;~  Other buttons are not ready

;~  The user clicked the "Select File" button. This function will execute now.
Func _LocateGetFileName()
;~  Prepare the app to take note of the details of a file.
    Local $sDrive = "", $sDir = "", $sFileName = "", $sExtension = ""
;~  Open a File Explorer to allow the user to select a file. Only Excel files are allowed to be chosen.
    Global $ChosenFileName = FileOpenDialog("Locate File", @DesktopDir, "Excel Files (*.xlsx)|Excel Macro Files (*.xlsm)", BitOR(1, 2), "")
    If @error Then
        Return 0
;~  When an Excel file is selected, remember of the files location (path), file name, and file extension.
    $aPathSplit = _PathSplit($ChosenFileName, $sDrive, $sDir, $sFileName, $sExtension)
;~  Show me what file I selected in a Message Box.
    MsgBox(0, "Selected File", $sFileName)
;~  Display the chosen file name in the UI label (previously [No File Selected]) and make it green.
    GUICtrlSetData($FileName, "")
    $FileName = GUICtrlCreateLabel($sFileName, 104, 40)
    $FileName = GUICtrlSetColor($FileName, 0x32CD32)
;~ A file is now selected. The "Function" buttons are now enabled.
    Global $FileChosen = 1
    GUICtrlSetState($CheckCourse, $GUI_ENABLE)
    GUICtrlSetState($DeleteCourse, $GUI_ENABLE)
    GUICtrlSetState($CopyCourse, $GUI_ENABLE)
EndFunc   ;==>_LocateGetFileName

;~  The user clicked the "Check Courses" button. This function will execute now.
Func _CheckCourses()
;~  Disable the "Function" buttons again to prevent multiple processes.
    GUICtrlSetState($CheckCourse, $GUI_DISABLE)
    GUICtrlSetState($DeleteCourse, $GUI_DISABLE)
    GUICtrlSetState($CopyCourse, $GUI_DISABLE)
;~  Open a IE window and navigate to the login page.
    Global $oIE = _IECreate($urlBBLogin)
;~  Recognize the form on this page (login input boxes).
    Local $oForm = _IEFormGetObjByName($oIE, "login")
    Local $oTextLogin = _IEFormElementGetObjByName($oForm, "user_id")
    Local $oTextPass = _IEFormElementGetObjByName($oForm, "password")
;~  Enter the Automation user credentials into the form.
    _IEFormElementSetValue($oTextLogin, $bbUsername)
    _IEFormElementSetValue($oTextPass, $bbPassword)
;~  Click the Login button.

;~  Now that were logged in, navigate to the course search page.
    _IENavigate($oIE, $urlBBCourseSearch)
;~  Change the search criteria to "Course ID"
    _bbCourseSearchCategoryChange("Course ID")
;~  Open the selected Excel file
    Local $oAppl = _Excel_Open()
    Local $oWorkbook = _Excel_BookOpen($oAppl, $ChosenFileName, Default, Default, True)

;~ Copy just whats in cell A1 (for now)
    _Excel_RangeCopyPaste($oWorkbook.Worksheets(1), "A1")
    Global $WhatsCopied = ClipGet()
;~ Paste whats copied into the search text box and click submit
    Local $oForm = _IEGetObjByName($oIE, "courseManagerFormSearch")
    Local $oSearchString = _IEFormElementGetObjByName($oForm, "courseInfoSearchText")
    _IEFormElementSetValue($oSearchString, $WhatsCopied)

;~ Lets see what we got from the search
    Local $oBBTable = _IETableGetCollection($oIE, 2)
    Local $aBBTableData = _IETableWriteToArray($oBBTable)
EndFunc   ;==>_CheckCourses

;~ This function allows changing the search criteria.
Func _bbCourseSearchCategoryChange($sCategoryToSearch)
    Local $aSearchCategory[6] = ["Course ID", "Course Name", "Description", "Instructor", "Data Source Key", "Term"]
    Local $oForm = _IEGetObjByName($oIE, "courseManagerFormSearch")
    Local $oSearchCategory = _IEGetObjByName($oForm, "courseInfoSearchKeyString")
    _IEAction($oSearchCategory, "focus")
    _IEFormElementOptionSelect($oSearchCategory, $aSearchCategory[$sCategoryToSearch], 1, "byText")
EndFunc   ;==>_bbCourseSearchCategoryChange

;~ All exit commands, including F4, calls this function
Func _Exit()
EndFunc   ;==>_Exit


My main question is: How do I create an If... Then based on what is found in the search results? I need additional tasks to run if Col 1, Row 2 in the array contains the exact string I searched for. (Am I going about this the right way?)

My next question (I might make a new thread for): How do I make the whole thing loop, as in, copy the next cell in the Excel sheet and do the whole thing over again until there's no more? I understand that a For/Next loop thingy would be used. I just don't know how. Loops are really confusing to me.

Thank you all for your guidance and have a happy new year!

Link to post
Share on other sites

You can use _ArraySearch to find the index of the search item and if it equals -1 then you know the item was not found for example:

$iSearchIndex = _ArraySearch($aBBTableData, "Instructor Name", 0, 0, 0, 0, 1, 0)
If $iSearchIndex = -1 Then
    MsgBox(4096, "Search Error", "Item not found")
    MsgBox(4096, "Search Success", $aBBTableData[$iSearchIndex][0] & " = " & $aBBTableData[$iSearchIndex][1])

You can loop through the array by using the following, I've included both 1d and 2d example,

;~ 1d Array
Local $1dArray = [1,2,3,4,5]
Local $2dArray = [[1,10],[2,20],[3,30],[4,40],[5,50]]

;~ Instruction to loop from first row (0) to the last row (Ubound($1dArray) - 1) within the array
For $i = 0 To UBound($1dArray) - 1
    ;~ $1dArray[Row#]
    ;~ Example: $1dArray[$i] - Returns the row item
    ConsoleWrite($1dArray[$i] & @CRLF)

;~ Instruction to loop from first row (0) to the last row (Ubound($2dArray) - 1) within the array
For $i = 0 To UBound($2dArray) - 1
    ;~ $2dArray[Row#][Column#]
    ;~ Example: $2dArray[$i][0] - Returns the rows first column item
    ;~ Example: $2dArray[$i][1] - Returns the rows second column item
    ConsoleWrite($2dArray[$i][0] & " = " & $2dArray[$i][1] & @CRLF)


Link to post
Share on other sites

OK, I see what you're saying, but there's something weird about this website... I'm getting a "successful" search result even when nothing is found.

For example, I made it search for "blahblahblah", which definitely does not exist, and the array is still able to grab something and gave me the "Search Success" outcome.

I used ArrayDisplay to see exactly what it found, and it's this:


^So this is actually a "failed" search...

Any suggestions? :think:


[Edit] My mistake, even with this result I got the "Search Error" msgbox so I guess it's working. Let me see if I can get it to do the thing now... Thank you! [Edit]

Edited by XinYoung
Link to post
Share on other sites

From a good search, I get this array:


I used your exact code for _ArraySearch:

Func Forums()
    $iSearchIndex = _ArraySearch($aBBTableData, "Instructor Name", 0, 0, 0, 0, 1, 0)
    If $iSearchIndex = -1 Then
        MsgBox(4096, "Search Error", "Item not found")
        MsgBox(4096, "Search Success", $aBBTableData[$iSearchIndex][0] & " = " & $aBBTableData[$iSearchIndex][1])
EndFunc   ;==>Forums

Which gives me this: 



--> But if I change "Instructor Name" to "Course ID", I get the Search Error result. Why is that? I need it to find the Course ID. 

Func Forums()
    $iSearchIndex = _ArraySearch($aBBTableData, "Course ID", 0, 0, 0, 0, 1, 0)
    If $iSearchIndex = -1 Then
        MsgBox(4096, "Search Error", "Item not found")
        MsgBox(4096, "Search Success", $aBBTableData[$iSearchIndex][0] & " = " & $aBBTableData[$iSearchIndex][1])
EndFunc   ;==>Forums




Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.

  • Similar Content

    • By TheAlienDoctor
      Hi, I was looking into creating a script that would detect if a file exists, then move it (and in some cases rename it, depending on the file) as well as write to a log file.
      The issue is, there is a lot of files that need to be moved, sometimes some files will exist and others won't depending on the use-case. However if a file does exist, it will always be going into the same directory with the same name.
      Currently I have an array nested inside of the array, with each array inside that array having both the old and new directory, and then a For loop to actually run through and do the file transferring. The issue I am having is how to call the Array inside of the array, because how do I specify  which the old directory is and which the new is?
      Global $FileTransfer[2000] = [Global $Dir1[2] = ["original dir 1", "new dir 1"], Global $Dir2[2] = ["original dir 2", "new dir 2"]] For $FileTransfer = [0] To [1] Step +1 If FileExists({original dir}) Then FileMove({original dir}, new dir, 1) FileOpen("log.latest.txt", 1) FileWrite("log.latest.txt", "{original dir} found, moved it to new dir." & @CRLF) FileClose("log.latest.txt") Else FileOpen("log_latest.txt", 1) FileWrite("log_latest.txt", "{original dir} not found, ignoreing it." & @CRLF) FileClose("log_latest.txt") EndIf Next I have put what I want the old and new directory to be for each array in {}, so hopefully its easier to tell which part is working and whats not.

      I am still reasonably new to AutoIT, any help is appreciated. Thankyou
    • By arunkw
      I have a spreadsheet - daily routine which has two columns: activity and time as shown here
      | Activity             | Time     | |----------------------|----------| | Sleep               |  6:00 am | | Toilet              |  6:15 am | | Get ready for gym  |  6:30 am | | Exercise            |  7:50 am | | ... more things      |  9:00 pm | | ... still more       | 10:45 pm | | Sleep               |  6:00 am |   I wanted to find out, say in C1 which activity is current for me using now() I.e., if it’s 6:45am on my watch, it should show me Exercise  in C1 Thanks to Adam D. PE, this formula works like magic to get the result =VLOOKUP(MOD(NOW(),1),{B2:B,A2:A},2,1)   Now, I want to reproduce same result in autoit, how to do that? To have easy solution say, I copy-paste spreadsheet data in array directly in code, right? Use for loop and run the above vlookup function and show the answer using tooltip. How to achieve this? please help.  
    • By goku200
      I have an Autoit script that lists files from a folder into an array list. Is there a way to separate the filenames by an underscore and include the id, version, name and date into separate columns in Excel.
      Example of filename:
      12345_v1.0_TEST Name [12345]_01.01.2022.html
      12345 would be in one column
      v1.0 would be in another column
      TEST Name [12345] would be in another column
      01.01.2022 would be in another column
      .html would be in another column
      Note: filenames always change each day.
      Here is my code that lists the files into column C and then writes the column Headers into Column D, E, F, G. Just need some help with separating them into columns by the _ delimiter
    • By mLipok
      Usually when I collect data from DataBase I need to give EndUser a possibility to select rows which should be taken in the processing loop.
      I was searching on the forum and I'm not able to find any UDF or even example of how to select data from array.
      I have my own solutions but I think they are not worth posting on the forum as it is very old code and I am looking for a better solution.

      Could anybody point me to some examples/solutions ?

      Thank you in advance.
    • By EmilyLove
      I have a string containing the full path of an executable and an array of executables without their paths. I am trying to compare the string to the list in the array and if a match is found, remove it from the array. The entry get removed from the array successfully, and after checking its return result, uses it to update the ubound if it succeeded, but it doesn't want to update to the new value. Any ideas what I am doing wrong? It acts like it is read-only.
      #include <Array.au3> #include <File.au3> Local $sApp_Exe = "F:\App\Nextcloud\nextcloud.exe" Local $aWaitForEXEX = [3, "Nextcloud.exe", "nextcloudcmd.exe", "QtWebEngineProcess.exe"] For $h = 1 To $aWaitForEXEX[0] If StringInStr($sApp_Exe, $aWaitForEXEX[$h]) <> 0 Then $iRet = _ArrayDelete($aWaitForEXEX, $h) If $iRet <> -1 Then $aWaitForEXEX[0] = $iRet ;this line doesn't work. $aWaitForEXEX[0] doesn't update and shortly gives Error: Array variable has incorrect number of subscripts or subscript dimension range exceeded.: _ArrayDisplay($aWaitForEXEX) EndIf Next  
  • Create New...