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TDL Reference Manual
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Version: TDL Reference Manual/February 2014
Preface
Tally Definition Language (TDL) is the development of Tally.ERP 9. This allows the programmers to
develop and deploy faster, effective Tally Extensions with ease.
The book, TDL Reference Manual, divided into two sections. First section begins with the
Introduction to TDL and focuses on basic concepts of TDL i.e, TDL Components, Symbols used in
TDL, Dimensions and Formatting, Usage of Variables, Buttons and Keys.
Thereafter the emphasis is on the coverage of core concepts of Objects, Methods and Collections,
Actions and UDF creation. After gaining a reasonable amount of depth and confidence in
understanding the above, the focus of the book progresses towards the application of all covered
topics i.e., the creation of various types of Reports, Printing and Voucher/Invoice customisations.
Second section devoted to a detailed discussion of TDL language enhancements for Tally.ERP 9.
This section describes the new features, Writing Remote Compliant TDL Reports and User Defined
Functions respectively. The What’s new section gives an insight about the enhancements in the
latest Tally.ERP 9 Releases.
This book is for anyone who wants to explore TDL as a development language of Tally and how to
write TDL programs effectively. Absolutely no previous TDL experience is necessary. Even
advanced users will find this book useful, as the changes to TDL are dealt from the developers and
the user's point of view.
You will enjoy reading this book, as it is rich in concepts.
Happy programming folks!
Contents
Contents
Section I. TDL – The Development Language of Tally.ERP 9 ................................................ 1
1. Tally Definition Language – An Introduction
...................................................................................................................... 3
1.1 Tally Definition Language ............................................................................................................................................. 4
1.1.1 Comparison with other Languages .................................................................................................................... 4
1.2 The TDL Program - At a Glance .................................................................................................................................... 6
1.3 TDL Capabilities ............................................................................................................................................................ 7
1.4 TDL – Features ............................................................................................................................................................. 7
2. TDL Components
...................................................................................................................................................................... 9
2.1 Writing a Basic TDL Program ....................................................................................................................................... 9
2.1.1 Steps to create a TDL Program ......................................................................................................................... 9
2.1.2 Specification of TDL Files ................................................................................................................................. 9
2.1.3 Executing Multiple Files using Include Definition .......................................................................................... 11
2.2 TDL Interfaces .............................................................................................................................................................. 11
2.3 ‘Hello TDL’ Program ................................................................................................................................................... 12
2.4 TDL Components .......................................................................................................................................................... 13
2.4.1 Definitions ........................................................................................................................................................ 13
2.4.2 Attributes .......................................................................................................................................................... 16
2.4.3 Modifiers .......................................................................................................................................................... 22
2.4.4 Actions in TDL ................................................................................................................................................. 26
2.4.5 Data Types ....................................................................................................................................................... 26
2.4.6 Operators in TDL ............................................................................................................................................ 27
2.4.7 Special Symbols ............................................................................................................................................... 29
2.4.8 Functions ......................................................................................................................................................... 29
3. Symbols and Prefixes
............................................................................................................................................................. 31
3.1 Access Specifiers/Symbol Prefixes ............................................................................................................................... 31
3.2 General Symbols ......................................................................................................................................................... 32
3.3 The Usage of @ and @@ ............................................................................................................................................. 32
3.3.1 Defining a Local Formula using @ ................................................................................................................. 32
3.3.2 Defining a Global Formula using @@ ........................................................................................................... 33
3.4 The Usage of # and ## .................................................................................................................................................. 33
3.4.1 Referencing a Field using # ............................................................................................................................. 33
3.4.2 Modifying existing Definitions using # ............................................................................................................ 34
3.4.3 Accessing value from a Variable using ## ...................................................................................................... 34
3.5 The Usage of $ and $$ .................................................................................................................................................. 35
3.5.1 Accessing a Method using $ ............................................................................................................................ 35
3.5.2 Calling an Internal Function using $$ ............................................................................................................ 35
3.6 Commenting a Code using ;, ;; and /**/ ...................................................................................................................... 35
3.7 Line Continuation Character (+) ................................................................................................................................. 36
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3.8 Exposing Methods and Creating Procedures (_) ......................................................................................................... 36
3.9 Reinitialize Definitions (*) ........................................................................................................................................... 37
3.10 Optional Definitions (!) .............................................................................................................................................. 37
4. Dimensions and Formatting
.................................................................................................................................................. 39
4.1 Unit of Measurement .................................................................................................................................................... 39
4.2 Dimensional Attributes ................................................................................................................................................ 39
4.2.1 Sizing/Size Attributes ....................................................................................................................................... 40
4.2.2 Spacing/Position Attributes ............................................................................................................................. 41
4.2.3 Alignment Attributes ........................................................................................................................................ 43
4.3 Some Specific Attributes ............................................................................................................................................... 46
4.3.1 Inactive ............................................................................................................................................................ 46
4.3.2 Invisible ............................................................................................................................................................ 46
4.4 Definitions and Attributes for Formatting ................................................................................................................... 47
4.4.1 Definition - Border .......................................................................................................................................... 47
4.4.2 Definition - Style .............................................................................................................................................. 49
4.4.3 Definition - Color ............................................................................................................................................ 50
4.4.4 Attributes ‘Background’ and ‘Print BG’ ......................................................................................................... 51
4.4.5 Attribute - Format ............................................................................................................................................ 51
5. Variables, Buttons and Keys
.................................................................................................................................................. 53
5.1 Variable ........................................................................................................................................................................ 53
5.1.1 Attributes of a Variable ................................................................................................................................... 53
5.1.2 The Scope of a Variable ................................................................................................................................... 56
5.1.3 Modifying the Variable Value .......................................................................................................................... 57
5.1.4 Example - Variables ........................................................................................................................................ 58
5.2 Buttons and Keys .......................................................................................................................................................... 58
5.2.1 Attributes of Buttons/ Keys .............................................................................................................................. 59
6. Objects and Collections
......................................................................................................................................................... 61
6.1 Objects .......................................................................................................................................................................... 61
6.1.1 Tally Object Structure ...................................................................................................................................... 61
6.1.2 Tally Objects Types .......................................................................................................................................... 63
6.1.3 Object Context ................................................................................................................................................. 66
6.2 Collections .................................................................................................................................................................... 67
6.2.1 Types of Collection .......................................................................................................................................... 68
6.2.2 Sources of Collection ....................................................................................................................................... 69
6.2.3 Creating a Collection ...................................................................................................................................... 70
6.3 Object Association ........................................................................................................................................................ 71
6.3.1 Report Level Object association ...................................................................................................................... 72
6.3.2 Part Level Object Association ......................................................................................................................... 72
6.3.3 Line Level Object Association ......................................................................................................................... 74
6.3.4 Field Level Object Association ........................................................................................................................ 75
6.4 Methods ........................................................................................................................................................................ 75
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6.4.1 Types of Methods ............................................................................................................................................. 75
6.4.2 Accessing Methods ........................................................................................................................................... 75
6.5 Collection Capabilities ................................................................................................................................................. 78
6.5.1 Basic Capabilities ............................................................................................................................................ 79
6.5.2 Advanced Capabilities ..................................................................................................................................... 86
7. Actions in TDL
........................................................................................................................................................................ 91
7.1 Categories of Actions ................................................................................................................................................... 91
7.2 Action Association ........................................................................................................................................................ 92
7.2.1 Action Association at ‘Menu’ Definition ......................................................................................................... 92
7.2.2 Action Association at ‘Button’/ ‘Key’ Definition ............................................................................................. 93
7.2.3 Action Association at ‘Field’ Definition .......................................................................................................... 93
7.3 Components of Actions ................................................................................................................................................. 94
7.4 Global Actions .............................................................................................................................................................. 95
7.4.1 Action — Menu ................................................................................................................................................ 95
7.4.2 Action — Modify Object .................................................................................................................................. 97
7.4.3 Action – Browse URL ...................................................................................................................................... 98
7.4.4 Actions – ‘Create’ and ‘Alter’ ......................................................................................................................... 98
7.4.5 Actions — Create Collection, Display Collection and Alter Collection ....................................................... 101
7.5 Object Specific Actions ............................................................................................................................................... 103
7.5.1 Menu Actions – Menu Up, Menu Down, Menu Reject .................................................................................. 103
7.5.2 Form Actions – Form Accept, Form Reject, Form End ................................................................................ 104
7.5.3 Part Actions – Part Home, Part End, Part Pg Up ......................................................................................... 105
7.5.4 Line Actions – Explode, Display Object, Alter Object .................................................................................. 106
7.5.5 Field Actions – Field Copy, Field Paste, Field Erase, Calculator ................................................................ 106
8. User Defined Fields
.............................................................................................................................................................. 109
8.1 What is UDF? ............................................................................................................................................................. 109
8.1.1 Creating a UDF ............................................................................................................................................. 109
8.1.2 Storing User Inputs in the UDF ..................................................................................................................... 110
8.1.3 Retrieving the value of UDF from an Object ................................................................................................. 110
8.2 Classification of UDF’s ............................................................................................................................................. 111
8.2.1 Simple UDF ................................................................................................................................................... 111
8.2.2 Aggregate UDF ............................................................................................................................................. 113
9. Reports, Printing and Validation Controls
........................................................................................................................ 117
9.1 Reports ....................................................................................................................................................................... 117
9.1.1 Tabular Reports ............................................................................................................................................. 117
9.1.2 Hierarchical Report (Drill down Report) ...................................................................................................... 122
9.1.3 Column Based Reports .................................................................................................................................. 124
9.2 Printing ....................................................................................................................................................................... 135
9.2.1 Menu Action – Print/ Print Collection ........................................................................................................... 136
9.2.2 Button Action – Print Report ......................................................................................................................... 136
9.2.3 Page Breaks ................................................................................................................................................... 137
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9.2.4 Frequently Used Attributes and Functions .................................................................................................... 140
9.3 Validation and Controls ............................................................................................................................................. 142
9.3.1 Field Level Attribute — Validate ................................................................................................................... 142
9.3.2 Field Level Attribute — Unique ..................................................................................................................... 143
9.3.3 Field Level Attribute — Notify ....................................................................................................................... 143
9.3.4 Field Level Attribute — Control .................................................................................................................... 144
9.3.5 Form Level Attribute — Control .................................................................................................................... 145
9.3.6 Menu Level Attribute — Control ................................................................................................................... 145
9.3.7 Report Level Attribute — Family ................................................................................................................... 145
10. Voucher and Invoice Customisation
................................................................................................................................ 147
10.1 Classification of Vouchers ....................................................................................................................................... 147
10.1.1 Accounting Vouchers ................................................................................................................................... 147
10.1.2 Inventory Vouchers ...................................................................................................................................... 147
10.1.3 Accounting-cum-Inventory Vouchers .......................................................................................................... 148
10.2 The Structure of a Voucher Object ........................................................................................................................... 148
10.3 Customisation ........................................................................................................................................................... 149
10.3.1 Voucher Customisation ................................................................................................................................ 150
10.3.2 Invoice Customisation ................................................................................................................................. 157
Section II. TDL Language Enhancements ............................................................................. 163
11. General and Collection Enhancements
............................................................................................................................ 165
11.1 Definition, Attribute and Modifier Enhancements ................................................................................................... 165
11.1.1 Attribute Enhancements ............................................................................................................................... 165
11.1.2 Modifier Enhancements ............................................................................................................................... 170
11.1.3 Behavioral change in System Definitions .................................................................................................... 172
11.1.4 Partial Attribute Support ............................................................................................................................. 173
11.2 Enhanced Special Symbols ....................................................................................................................................... 173
11.2.1 Multi – line commenting in TDL source code using /* and */ ..................................................................... 173
11.2.2 Extension of modifying definitions using # .................................................................................................. 173
11.2.3 ‘*’ (Reinitialize) Definition modifier ........................................................................................................... 174
11.3 Method Formula Syntax with Relative Object Specification ................................................................................... 174
11.4 Enhancements – Object Association ........................................................................................................................ 176
11.4.1 Report Level Object Association ................................................................................................................. 176
11.4.2 Part Level Object Association ..................................................................................................................... 177
11.4.3 Line Level Object Association ..................................................................................................................... 178
11.4.4 Field Level Object Association .................................................................................................................... 179
11.5 Enhancements – Object Access via Interface Object ............................................................................................... 179
11.5.1 Identifying Part and Line Interface object with ‘Access Name’ .................................................................. 179
11.5.2 Value Extraction .......................................................................................................................................... 180
11.6 Bracket support in TDL ............................................................................................................................................ 181
11.6.1 During the Function Call ............................................................................................................................. 181
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11.6.2 In the language syntax for nesting formulas ................................................................................................ 182
11.6.3 As a Mathematical Operator ....................................................................................................................... 183
11.7 Action Enhancements ............................................................................................................................................... 183
11.7.1 Enhancements in Key Actions ...................................................................................................................... 183
11.7.2 New Actions ................................................................................................................................................. 184
11.8 Events introduced ..................................................................................................................................................... 190
11.8.1 Event – On Form Accept .............................................................................................................................. 191
11.8.2 Event – On Focus ......................................................................................................................................... 191
11.9 User Defined Function ............................................................................................................................................. 191
11.10 New Functions ........................................................................................................................................................ 192
11.10.1 Function - $$IsObjectBelongsTo ............................................................................................................... 192
11.10.2 Function - $$NumLinesInScope ................................................................................................................ 192
11.10.3 Function - $$DateRange ........................................................................................................................... 193
11.11 Enhanced Collection Capabilities .......................................................................................................................... 193
11.11.1 Aggregation and Reporting ....................................................................................................................... 193
11.11.2 The Summary Collection is available through Tally ODBC Interface ...................................................... 202
11.11.3 HTTP XML Collection (GET and POST with and without Object Specification) ..................................... 202
11.11.4 Usage As Tables ........................................................................................................................................ 209
11.11.5 Dynamic Object support for HTTP–XML Information Interchange ......................................................... 212
11.12 Collection Capabilities for Remoting ..................................................................................................................... 214
12. Writing Remote Compliant TDL Reports
....................................................................................................................... 215
12.1 Client/Server Architecture – An Overview ............................................................................................................... 216
12.2 Tally Client/Server Architecture using Tally.NET ................................................................................................... 216
12.2.1 Tally.NET Server ......................................................................................................................................... 216
12.2.2 Tally.ERP 9 Server ...................................................................................................................................... 217
12.2.3 Tally.ERP 9 Client ....................................................................................................................................... 217
12.3 Setting up Server Tally for Remote Access............................................................................................................... 217
12.4 Setting up the Client Tally ........................................................................................................................................ 220
12.5 TDL – In a Client/Server Environment .................................................................................................................... 221
12.6 TDL Enhancements for Remote................................................................................................................................. 221
12.6.1 Collection Enhancements ............................................................................................................................ 222
12.6.2 Report Level Enhancements ........................................................................................................................ 224
12.6.3 Function on Request .................................................................................................................................... 228
12.6.4 Action Enhancements ................................................................................................................................... 229
12.7 Writing Remote Compliant TDL Reports ................................................................................................................. 231
12.7.1 Fetching the single Object ........................................................................................................................... 231
12.7.2 Repeating Lines over a Collection ............................................................................................................... 231
12.7.3 Using the same Collection in more than one Report ................................................................................... 233
13. User Defined Functions
..................................................................................................................................................... 235
13.1 Functions – In General ............................................................................................................................................ 235
13.2 Functions – In TDL .................................................................................................................................................. 236
13.3 Function – Building Blocks ...................................................................................................................................... 236
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13.3.1 Definition Block ........................................................................................................................................... 237
13.3.2 Procedural Block ......................................................................................................................................... 239
13.4 Valid Statements inside a Function .......................................................................................................................... 240
13.4.1 Programming Constructs In Function ......................................................................................................... 240
13.4.2 Actions used in a TDL Function .................................................................................................................. 248
13.5 Calling a Function ................................................................................................................................................... 258
13.5.1 Using the Action ‘CALL’ ............................................................................................................................. 258
13.5.2 Using the Symbol Prefix ‘$$’ ....................................................................................................................... 259
13.6 Function Execution – Object Context ...................................................................................................................... 259
13.6.1 Target Object Context .................................................................................................................................. 259
13.6.2 Parameter Evaluation Context .................................................................................................................... 260
13.6.3 Return Value Evaluation .............................................................................................................................. 260
Section III. What’s New in TDL ............................................................................................. 261
14. What’s New in Release 4.8
............................................................................................................................................... 263
14.1 Data Importing Enhancements ................................................................................................................................. 263
14.1.1 Import Events............................................................................................................................................... 264
14.1.2 System Variables .......................................................................................................................................... 265
14.1.3 Customized response with ‘Response Report’ attribute .............................................................................. 266
14.1.4 Functions Introduced ................................................................................................................................... 267
14.2 Events Introduced ..................................................................................................................................................... 269
14.2.1 System Events - for Object Deletion and Cancellation ............................................................................... 269
14.2.2 Introduction of new Object-Specific Events ................................................................................................ 272
14.3 Action Enhancements ............................................................................................................................................... 274
14.3.1 Function Actions .......................................................................................................................................... 274
14.3.2 System Actions ............................................................................................................................................. 278
14.4 Function Enhancements ........................................................................................................................................... 279
14.4.1 Function - $$IsTDLLoaded ......................................................................................................................... 279
14.4.2 Function - $$HttpInfo ................................................................................................................................... 280
14.4.3 Function - $$ImportType .............................................................................................................................. 280
14.4.4 Function - $$ImportAction .......................................................................................................................... 280
14.4.5 Function - $$LastImportError ..................................................................................................................... 280
14.4.6 Function - $$ImportInfo .............................................................................................................................. 280
14.5 New Objects and Collection Attributes to support Banking .................................................................................... 281
14.5.1 Collection Attribute - Transaction Type ....................................................................................................... 281
14.5.2 Collection Attribute - Primary Status .......................................................................................................... 281
14.5.3 Collection Attribute - Secondary Status ...................................................................................................... 281
14.6 Miscellaneous Enhancements .................................................................................................................................. 282
14.6.1 HTTP Log Changes ..................................................................................................................................... 282
14.6.2 Retrieving original UDF Index no. of a data within associated objects ..................................................... 283
14.6.3 Date limit extended and Prefix Century behaviour introduced ................................................................... 284
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15. What’s New in Release 4.7
............................................................................................................................................... 285
15.1 Developer Mode Enhancements ............................................................................................................................... 285
15.1.1 Output Profiler and Expression Diagnostics information in Excel format ................................................. 285
15.1.2 Key Recording and Playback changes ........................................................................................................ 286
15.1.3 Calculator Pane Changes ............................................................................................................................ 288
15.2 Event ‘NatLangQuery’ Introduced ........................................................................................................................... 289
15.2.1 System Variables Introduced ....................................................................................................................... 290
15.2.2 Built-In TDL Function ‘$$NatLangInfo’ Introduced .................................................................................. 291
15.2.3 Example to demonstrate usage of “NatLangQuery” event ......................................................................... 291
15.3 ZIP - UNZIP ............................................................................................................................................................. 293
15.3.1 ZIP Action .................................................................................................................................................... 293
15.3.2 UNZIP Action .............................................................................................................................................. 296
15.4 Columnar Capability in Edit Mode........................................................................................................................... 298
15.5 New data types Introduced ....................................................................................................................................... 299
15.5.1 Date .............................................................................................................................................................. 300
15.5.2 Time ............................................................................................................................................................. 307
15.5.3 DateTime...................................................................................................................................................... 308
15.5.4 Duration ....................................................................................................................................................... 313
15.5.5 Due Date ...................................................................................................................................................... 316
15.5.6 Compatibility of data type ‘DateTime’ with data types ‘Date’ and ‘Time’ ................................................. 318
15.5.7 Constraints and Assumptions for Calendar data types ................................................................................ 319
15.5.8 COM Support to Calendar Data Types ....................................................................................................... 319
16. What’s New in Release 4.61
............................................................................................................................................. 320
17. What’s New in Release 4.6
............................................................................................................................................... 324
17.1 COM DLL Support in TDL ....................................................................................................................................... 324
17.1.1 COM Servers and COM Clients .................................................................................................................. 324
17.1.2 Registering the DLL ..................................................................................................................................... 325
17.1.3 Implementation in Tally.ERP9 using TDL.................................................................................................... 326
17.2 Developer Mode ........................................................................................................................................................ 331
17.2.1 Profiler ......................................................................................................................................................... 333
17.2.2 Expression Diagnostics ............................................................................................................................... 336
17.2.3 Key Recording and Playback....................................................................................................................... 340
17.2.4 Onscreen Tooltip ......................................................................................................................................... 345
18. What’s New in Release 4.5
.............................................................................................................................................. 346
18.1 Platform Functions ................................................................................................................................................... 346
18.1.1 Function - $$IsAccountingVch .................................................................................................................... 346
18.1.2 Function - $$IsInvVch ................................................................................................................................. 346
18.1.3 Function - $$IsPayrollVch .......................................................................................................................... 346
18.1.4 Function - $$IsOrderVch ............................................................................................................................. 347
18.1.5 Function - $$IsProdTallyServer .................................................................................................................. 347
18.1.6 Function - $$ExcelInfo ................................................................................................................................ 347
18.1.7 Function - $$IsServiceRunning ................................................................................................................... 348
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18.1.8 Function - $$IsServiceInstalled ................................................................................................................... 348
18.1.9 Function - $$ReadINI .................................................................................................................................. 349
18.1.10 Function - $$IsUserAllowed ...................................................................................................................... 349
18.1.11 Function - $$IsTSAuthorised ..................................................................................................................... 349
18.1.12 Function - $$TSPingInfo ........................................................................................................................... 350
18.1.13 Function - $$IsTSCompany ....................................................................................................................... 350
18.1.14 Function - $$SelectedNonTSCmps ............................................................................................................ 350
18.1.15 Function - $$IsTSPath ............................................................................................................................... 351
18.2 Action Enhancements ............................................................................................................................................... 351
18.2.1 Action - DisconnectUser .............................................................................................................................. 351
18.2.2 Action - ForceDisconnectUser .................................................................................................................... 352
18.2.3 Action - StartService .................................................................................................................................... 352
18.2.4 Action - StopService ..................................................................................................................................... 352
18.2.5 Action - WriteINI .......................................................................................................................................... 352
19. What’s New in Release 3.62
............................................................................................................................................. 354
19.1 Multiple Orientation Support for Printing ............................................................................................................... 354
20. What’s New in Release 3.61
............................................................................................................................................. 356
20.1 Action Enhancements ............................................................................................................................................... 356
20.1.1 Action - Browse URL Ex .............................................................................................................................. 356
20.2 Function Enhancements ........................................................................................................................................... 357
20.2.1 Function - $$FileReadRaw........................................................................................................................... 357
21. What’s New in Release 3.6
............................................................................................................................................... 358
21.1 Collection Enhancements ......................................................................................................................................... 358
21.1.1 New methods ‘LastModifiedDate’ and ‘LastModifiedTime’ for File Properties ......................................... 358
21.2 Action Enhancements ............................................................................................................................................... 359
21.2.1 Action - Execute TDL ................................................................................................................................... 359
21.3 Platform Functions and Variables ........................................................................................................................... 360
21.3.1 Function - $$PrinterInfo .............................................................................................................................. 360
21.3.2 Function - $$IsInternetActive ...................................................................................................................... 362
21.3.3 Function - $$CaseConvert ........................................................................................................................... 362
21.3.4 Function - $$RandomNumber ..................................................................................................................... 364
21.3.5 Variable - SVPrintOrientation ..................................................................................................................... 365
22. What’s New in Release 3.0
............................................................................................................................................... 366
22.1 Collection Enhancements.......................................................................................................................................... 366
22.1.1 Collection Attribute ‘WalkEx’ Introduced ................................................................................................... 366
22.1.2 Directory as a Data Source ......................................................................................................................... 369
22.2 Image Printing Capabilities ...................................................................................................................................... 371
22.2.1 Part Attribute – Graph Type........................................................................................................................ 371
22.2.2 New Definition Type – Resource ................................................................................................................. 372
22.3 Enhanced Columnar Capability ............................................................................................................................... 374
22.3.1 Columnar Reports in general ...................................................................................................................... 374
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22.3.2 Enhanced Capabilities for Columnar Reporting ......................................................................................... 375
22.4 Persisting Variables at System Scope in a User Specified File ............................................................................... 384
22.4.1 Action – SAVE VARIABLE .......................................................................................................................... 384
22.4.2 Action – LOAD VARIABLE ......................................................................................................................... 384
22.5 New Events Introduced ............................................................................................................................................. 387
22.5.1 Import Events............................................................................................................................................... 388
22.5.2 Export Events ............................................................................................................................................... 389
22.6 Enhancement – Programmable Configuration ........................................................................................................ 391
22.6.1 Actions enabled for Programmable Configurations .................................................................................... 391
22.7 Optional Default TDL Loading ................................................................................................................................. 392
22.7.1 Command Line Parameter - NODEF ........................................................................................................... 393
22.8 Refresh Issues in context of User Defined Function Evaluation .............................................................................. 393
22.8.1 Function - $$ExclEvaluate ............................................................................................................................ 95
22.8.2 Action START SUB ... END SUB ................................................................................................................. 395
22.8.3 Action - SUB ACTION ................................................................................................................................. 396
22.8.4 Action START XSUB ... END XSUB ............................................................................................................ 396
22.8.5 Action – XSUB ACTION .............................................................................................................................. 396
22.9 Function and Attribute Enhancements ..................................................................................................................... 397
22.9.1 Report Attribute - ‘Plain XML’ Introduced .................................................................................................. 397
22.9.2 Attribute – ‘Format’ for Quantity Datatype ................................................................................................ 397
22.9.3 Field Attribute - ‘Cell Write’ Introduced ..................................................................................................... 398
22.9.4 Function - ‘$$StrByCharCode’ Introduced ................................................................................................. 399
22.9.5 Function - ‘$$InPreviewMode’ Introduced ................................................................................................. 400
22.9.6 Function - ‘$$RemoteUserId’ Introduced ................................................................................................... 400
22.9.7 Function ‘$$InWords’ Enhanced ................................................................................................................. 400
22.9.8 Function ‘$$ContextKeyword’ Enhanced ................................................................................................... 401
23. What’s New in Release 2.0
............................................................................................................................................... 402
23.1 TDL Procedural Enhancements ............................................................................................................................... 402
23.1.1 TDL Procedural File Input/Output Capabilities ......................................................................................... 402
23.1.2 Function Parameter Changes – Optional Parameters ................................................................................. 420
23.2 Variable Framework Enhancements........................................................................................................................ 421
23.2.1 Variable Persistence at ‘Report’ Scope ....................................................................................................... 422
23.2.2 Variable Copy .............................................................................................................................................. 423
23.2.3 Scope specification in Variable Dotted Syntax............................................................................................ 425
23.2.4 Definition Name and Instance Name of Variable can be different now ...................................................... 427
23.2.5 Use Case – Multiple Email Configurations ................................................................................................. 429
23.3 Event Framework Enhancements ............................................................................................................................ 434
23.3.1 Timer Event .................................................................................................................................................. 434
23.4 Action Enhancements ............................................................................................................................................... 436
23.4.1 Action - Refresh Data .................................................................................................................................. 436
23.4.2 Action - SLEEP ............................................................................................................................................ 436
23.4.3 Action - Copy File ........................................................................................................................................ 437
23.5 TDL Enhancements for Remoting ............................................................................................................................ 437
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23.5.1 ‘Fetch Object’ Attribute Changes ................................................................................................................ 438
23.5.2 ‘Fetch Values’ Attribute Introduced ............................................................................................................ 440
23.5.3 ‘Multi Objects’ Attribute Introduced ........................................................................................................... 441
23.5.4 ‘Modifies’ Attribute Changes ...................................................................................................................... 441
23.5.5 Collection Attribute ‘Parm Var’ Introduced ............................................................................................... 442
23.6 Default TDL Changes ............................................................................................................................................... 443
23.6.1 Mandatory ‘Fetch’ at the Collection Level ................................................................................................. 443
23.6.2 Voucher Creation ......................................................................................................................................... 444
23.6.3 Extract Collections List and Usage as Tables ............................................................................................. 444
23.6.4 Modified Definition List and corresponding Changes ................................................................................ 447
24. What’s New in Release 1.8
............................................................................................................................................... 452
24.1 Invoking Actions on Event Occurrence - with System & Printing Events Introduced ............................................. 452
24.1.1 Event Framework Overview ........................................................................................................................ 452
24.1.2 Types of Events ............................................................................................................................................ 452
24.2 Collection Enhancements......................................................................................................................................... 455
24.2.1 Using External Plug-Ins as a Data Source for Collections ......................................................................... 455
24.2.2 Dynamic Table Support - using ‘Unique’ Attribute .................................................................................... 471
24.2.3 Using Variable as a Data Source for Collections ....................................................................................... 474
24.3 Evaluating expressions by Changing the Object Context - with $$ReqOwner Introduced ..................................... 474
24.3.1 Data Object Context Switching Functions .................................................................................................. 475
24.3.2 Interface Object Context switching functions.............................................................................................. 484
24.4 Variable Framework with Compound Variables Introduced ................................................................................... 489
24.4.1 Classification of Variables .......................................................................................................................... 489
24.4.2 ‘Variable’ Definition and its Attributes....................................................................................................... 491
24.4.3 Variable Declaration and Scope ................................................................................................................. 496
24.4.4 Using Modifiers with Variables ................................................................................................................... 499
24.4.5 List Variable Manipulations ........................................................................................................................ 501
24.4.6 Some Common Functions Used ................................................................................................................... 520
24.4.7 Field Acting as a Variable........................................................................................................................... 522
24.4.8 Implication of Repeat Variables in Columnar Report ................................................................................. 522
24.4.9 Variables usage and behaviour in Auto Report........................................................................................... 526
24.4.10 Repeat Line with Optional Collection ....................................................................................................... 528
24.4.11 Variables in Collection .............................................................................................................................. 531
24.4.12 Using Variable as a Data Source for Collections ..................................................................................... 532
24.4.13 Variables in Remoting ............................................................................................................................... 533
24.4.14 Use Case – Report Configuration .............................................................................................................. 534
24.5 Licensing Binding Mechanism ................................................................................................................................. 543
24.5.1 License Info Retrieval using Open XML ...................................................................................................... 543
24.5.2 License Info Retrieval using Encoding Procedure built in a TCP .............................................................. 545
24.5.3 License Info Retrieval using Encryption Functions provided within Tally ................................................. 548
24.5.4 License Info Retrieval using Encryption Algorithms built using Third Party DLLs ................................... 548
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25. What’s New in Release 1.61
............................................................................................................................................. 550
25.1 Narrowing Table Search .......................................................................................................................................... 550
25.1.1 Field Attribute – Table Search .................................................................................................................... 550
25.1.2 Function - $$TableNumItems ...................................................................................................................... 550
25.1.3 Functionality Achieved ................................................................................................................................ 551
26. What’s New in Release 1.6
............................................................................................................................................... 552
26.1 General Enhancements ............................................................................................................................................ 552
26.1.1 Programmable Configuration for Actions – Print, Export, Mail, Upload .................................................. 552
26.2 Collection Enhancements......................................................................................................................................... 559
26.2.1 ‘Collection’ Attribute Value - Keep Source: (). ........................................................................................... 559
26.2.2 Attribute ‘Collection’ change – Loop Collection ........................................................................................ 561
26.2.3 Changes pertaining to Parameter Collection .............................................................................................. 567
26.3 User Defined Functions Enhancements ................................................................................................................... 568
26.3.1 New Looping Construct – FOR RANGE ..................................................................................................... 568
26.3.2 New Function – $$LoopIndex ...................................................................................................................... 569
26.3.3 Enhanced Action - NEW OBJECT ............................................................................................................... 570
26.4 New Functions.......................................................................................................................................................... 571
26.4.1 Function - $$SysInfo .................................................................................................................................... 571
27. What’s New in Release 1.52
............................................................................................................................................. 574
27.1 Collection Enhancements - Attribute ‘Data Source’ enhanced ............................................................................... 574
27.1.1 Existing Data Source Types ......................................................................................................................... 574
27.1.2 Data Source Types Introduced .................................................................................................................... 575
27.2 Enhancements in User Defined Functions ............................................................................................................... 575
27.2.1 Attribute ‘Walk Collection’ Enhanced ......................................................................................................... 575
27.2.2 Dynamic Actions .......................................................................................................................................... 576
27.2.3 Looping Constructs ‘For Collection’ and ‘For Token’ introduced ............................................................. 577
27.3 New Functions.......................................................................................................................................................... 579
27.3.1 Function - $$AccessObj............................................................................................................................... 579
27.3.2 Functions - $$FirstObj and $$LastObj ...................................................................................................... 579
27.4 https URL support in Tally ....................................................................................................................................... 580
28. What’s New in Release 1.5
............................................................................................................................................... 582
28.1 Collection Enhancements ......................................................................................................................................... 582
28.1.1 Collection Attributes - Source Var, Compute Var, Filter Var ..................................................................... 582
28.1.2 Sequence of Evaluation of Collection Attributes ......................................................................................... 583
28.1.3 Usage of the Collection attributes - Source Var, Compute Var, Filter Var ................................................ 584
28.2 List Variables Introduced ......................................................................................................................................... 586
28.2.1 List Variable ................................................................................................................................................ 586
28.2.2 List Variable Manipulation .......................................................................................................................... 586
28.2.3 Functions Used with List Variables ............................................................................................................. 590
28.2.4 Constructs introduced in Functions for List Var ......................................................................................... 591
28.3 Dynamic Actions ...................................................................................................................................................... 592
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28.3.1 ‘Action’ Keyword ......................................................................................................................................... 592
28.4 New Functions.......................................................................................................................................................... 593
28.4.1 Function – $$TgtObject ............................................................................................................................... 593
28.4.2 Function – $$ContextKeyword .................................................................................................................... 595
28.5 New Attribute – Trigger Ex ...................................................................................................................................... 596
28.6 New Actions.............................................................................................................................................................. 597
28.6.1 Action - Log Object ...................................................................................................................................... 597
28.6.2 Action - Log Target...................................................................................................................................... 598
28.7 Tally Command Line Parameters ............................................................................................................................ 598
28.8 Appendix ................................................................................................................................................................... 603
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Section I
TDL – The Development Language of
Tally.ERP 9
TDL Reference Manual
Tally Definition Language – An Introduction
Introduction
Tally Solutions has been in the business of providing complete business solutions for over 20
years to MSME (Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise) and to a large extent to LE (Large Enterprise) businesses. With over 3 million users in over 100 countries, Tally, the flagship product,
continues to be the preferred IT solution for a majority of businesses every year.
Tally – the flagship product (which started as a simple bookkeeping system, 20 years ago), is
today a comprehensive, integrated solution – covering several business aspects of an enterprise.
These include Accounting, Finance Management, Receivables/Payables, Inventory Accounting,
Inventory Management, BoM-based manufacturing inventory, multi-location/multi-currency/multiunit handling, Budgets and Controls, Cost and Profit Centres, Job Costing, POS, Group Company
consolidations, Statutory Taxes (Excise, VAT, CST, TDS, TCS, FBT, etc), Payroll Accounting, and
other major and minor capabilities. It has served as an ERP for small enterprises over the past 12
years.
With the introduction of Remote Access, Remote Authentication, Support Centre, Central Administration and Account Management inherently supported in the product, it can be formally labeled
as Tally.ERP 9. With this capability, it is possible that the owner or an authorized user will be able
to access all the reports and information from a remote location. With each forthcoming release
subsequent to Tally.ERP 9 Release 3, additional capabilities will be delivered to cater to large
business enterprises. The major functional areas in Tally are:
Order to Payment (Purchase Processes)
Simple (Cash Purchase) to Advanced Purchase Processes - including Ordering, Receipting,
Rejections, Discounts, etc.
Order to Receipt (Sales Processes)
Simple (Cash Sales) to Advanced Sales Processes - including Orders Received, Delivery, Invoicing, Rejections and Receipting, POS Invoicing at Retail.
Material to Material (Manufacturing Processes)
Simple to Multi-step material transformations, Discrete and Process Industry cycles, Work in
progress and valuations.
Payroll
Simple to Complex Payrolls – including working with different Units of Measures (e.g., Job rates),
Statutory compliances, their specifications and usage.
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MIS
A complete set of reports for Business requirements are as follows:
Financial, Inventory, MIS & Analysis, Budgeting & Controls with advanced classification and
filtering techniques, Group companies and multiple consolidation views, Cross-Period Reporting,
Forex handling, Bank Reconciliation, etc. There is also an ‘Export’ option to port data into other
applications (e.g., Spreadsheets) for additional manipulation.
Statutory Compliance
The Compliance Requirements and related configurations in Tally.ERP 9 are as follows, with
regard to the implementation of:
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Direct Taxes: TDS/TCS, FBT
Indirect Taxes: Excise, Service Tax, VAT, CST
Enabling Environment for Remote - Tally.NET
Tally.NET is overall responsible for the Remote Access Services. It allows:
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Remote Access - It is now possible for an authenticated user to access Tally.ERP 9 from
any computer system.
Tax Audit Tools - The CA community will now be able to deliver affordable services to clients, addressing their Security and Privacy concerns.
1. Tally Definition Language
Tally Definition Language is the application development language of Tally. TDL has been
developed to provide the user with the flexibility and power to extend the default capabilities of
Tally, and integrate them with the external applications. TDL provides a development platform for
the user. The entire User Interface of Tally.ERP 9 is built using TDL. TDL as a language, provides
capabilities for Rapid Development, Rendering, Data Management and Integration.
TDL is an Action-driven language based on definitions. It emphasizes strongly on the concept of
reusability. It comprises of Interface and Data objects. Interface Objects mainly determine the
behaviour of the product in terms of user experience. Data objects are mainly used for data persistence in the Tally Database.
Any Tally.ERP 9 user can learn TDL and develop extensions for Tally. The entire source code is
available as a part of the Tally Development Environment, i.e., with our product Tally Developer.
1.1 Comparison with other Languages
Today, there are many languages in the world which are used to develop applications.These
languages are developed keeping some specific areas of application in mind. Some languages
are good for developing front-end applications, while others may be good for writing system
programs.
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The various categories of languages available today are as follows:
Low Level Languages
Low level Languages are languages that can interact directly with the hardware. They comprise
instructions which are either directly given in computer-understandable digital code or in a pseudo
code. These languages require very sound knowledge in hardware. For example, Assembly
language or any native machine language.
Middle Level Languages
Middle Level Languages consist of syntax, rules and features just like the high level languages.
However, they can also implement low level languages as part of the code. For example, C, C++,
etc.
High Level Languages
High level languages are very much like the English language. They are easy to learn, program
and debug. High level programming languages are sometimes divided into two categories: Third
Generation and Fourth Generation languages.
Third Generation Languages
Most High Level languages fall in the category of Third Generation Languages. Third Generation
languages are procedural languages, i.e., the programmer specifies the sequence of execution
and the computer strictly follows it. The execution starts from the first line of the code to the last
line, taking care of all the control statements and loops used in the program.
Fourth Generation Languages
There is no clear-cut definition for the Fourth Generation Languages (4GL). Normally, the 4GL are
high level languages which require significantly fewer instructions to accomplish a task. Thus a
programmer is able to quickly develop and deploy the code. Most 4GL are non-procedural languages.
E.g., Some 4GL are used to retrieve, store and modify data in the database using a single line
instruction, whereas other 4GL use report generators to generate complex reports. It is sufficient
to specify headings and totals using the language, and the report is generated automatically.
Certain 4GL can be used to specify the screen design, which will automatically be created.
On having understood the categorization of computer languages, TDL can be categorised as a
Fourth Generation, High Level Language. The capabilities which TDL provides to the users is
much more than what other 4GL languages provide. This may extend to meeting specific
purposes like database management, report generation, screen design, etc.
TDL is a comprehensive 4G language which gives tremendous power in the hands of the programmer by providing data management, complex report generation and screen design capabilities, using only a few lines of code, leading to rapid development. Let us now analyse the features
in detail, which help us in understanding and appreciating the capabilities provided by the development language of Tally, i.e., ‘TDL - Tally Definition Language’.
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2. The TDL Program - At a Glance
Before we discuss the capabilities and features of TDL in detail, let us have a look at the basic
TDL program.
The following figure describes all the components in a TDL Program.
The description, usage and detailed explanation of each component will be taken up in the subsequent chapters.
Figure 1.1 TDL Components
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3. TDL Capabilities
Rapid Development
TDL is a language based on definitions. It is possible to reuse the existing definitions and deploy
them. This is a language meant for rapid development. It is possible to develop complex reports
within minutes. The user can extend the default functionalities of the product by writing a code
consisting of a few lines.
Multiple Output Capability
The same language can be used to send the output to multiple output devices and formats.
Whenever an output is generated, it can be displayed on the screen, printed, transferred to a file
in particular format, and finally mailed or transferred to a webpage using Http protocol. All this is
made possible just by writing a single line of code. Just imagine the technology used to develop
the platform that such a complex task is developed and implemented using only a few lines.
Data Management Capability
As discussed earlier, the data is stored and retrieved as objects. There are a few internal objects
predefined by the platform. Using TDL, it is possible to create and manipulate information on
these with ease. Suppose, an additional field is required by the user to store information as a part
of the predefined object. This capability is also provided in TDL, i.e., by using TDL, the user can
create a new field and store a value into it, which can be persisted in the Tally.ERP 9 database.
Integration Capability
To meet the challenges of the business environment, it becomes absolutely mandatory to share
information seamlessly across applications. Integration becomes a crucial factor in avoiding the
duplication of data entry. The Tally.ERP 9 platform has a built-in capability of integrating data with
other applications.The following are the different types of integrations possible in Tally.ERP 9:
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Tally.ERP 9 to Tally.ERP 9 using Sync
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Tally.ERP 9 to external applications in various data formats
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External DB to Tally.ERP 9 using XML and SDF formats
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Tally.ERP 9 DB to external applications using ODBC
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External DB to Tally.ERP 9 using ODBC
4. TDL – Features
Definition Language
A definition language provides the users with ‘Definitions’ that can be used to specify the task to
be performed. The user can specify the task to be performed, but has no control over the
sequence of events that occur while performing the specified task. The sequence of events is
implicit to the language and cannot be changed by the user. TDL works on Named Definitions,
which means that every definition should have a name and that name should be unique. TDL has
User Interface Objects like Reports, Forms, Parts, Lines and Fields as definitions.
TDL can define Reports, Menus, Forms, and so on, but the Definitions will not have any relevance
unless they are used. Definitions are deployed by use, not by existence.
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TDL is based on concepts pertaining to Object Oriented Programming. This language has been
created for reusability. Once a definition is created, it can be reused any number of times. Besides
the reusing capability, the user can also add new features, along with the existing definitions.
Tally.ERP 9 has a singular view of all the TDL Definitions, which means that the Tally.ERP 9
executable reads TDL (user defined and default) as one program. On invoking Tally.ERP 9, all the
default TDL files of TDLServer.DLL will be loaded. The user TDLs will be subsequently loaded as
specified in Tally.ini.
Non-Procedural Language
Most of our programming experience has been in dealing with a procedural language where we
define a sequence of actions to define the sequence of events that take place. The entire control
is with the programmer. The programmer is able to determine the start and end-point of the
program. The programmer cannot control the sequence. All the sequences are implicit in the
program. The programmer cannot write his/her own procedure. The platform provides a set of
functions for the TDL programmer.
Action-Driven Language
The programmer can only control as to what happens when a particular event takes place. During
interaction, the user can select any sequence of actions. Based on his/her action, a particular
segment of code gets executed.
Rich Language
TDL is a rich language, that refers to a list of functions, attributes, actions, etc., which are
provided by the platform. It is possible to develop a complex report or modify the existing one
within no time. Imagine how many lines of code would be required if a simple button were to be
added using a traditional programming language.
Flexibility and Speed
The architecture of the software and the language provide extraordinary flexibility and speed.
Speed in this regard refers to the speed of deployment. With Tally.ERP 9, the deployment is
extremely rapid.
Tally.ERP 9 is flexible enough to change its functionality based on the customer’s business
requirements. Most of the times, the customer-specific requirements may seem like major functional changes that have to be done, but they may only be minor variations of the existing functionality, which can be done within no time.
Learning Outcome
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The major functional areas of Tally.ERP 9 are Purchase processes, Sales processes,
Manufacturing processes, Payroll, MIS, Statutory Compliance and Tally.NET.
TDL is the application development environment of Tally.ERP 9.
TDL is a Fourth Generation High Level Language.
TDL is not only a definition language, but also a non-procedural, action-driven language.
TDL Reference Manual
TDL Components
Introduction
TDL is a language based on definitions. It is an action-driven language, i.e., whenever the user
performs an action, a particular segment of code gets executed. In this lesson, an overview and
basic functionality of each component involved in a TDL program will be provided.
1. Writing a Basic TDL Program
TDL allows us to define tasks in standard English statements. This simplifies the process of definition, allowing even a person without any programming language background to work on TDL.
The TDL statements required to perform a particular task, can be created in a file using IDE
provided by Tally.ERP 9, such as Tally Developer. Such a file is called a TDL file.
1.1 Steps to create a TDL Program
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Open any ASCII text editor such as notepad, or use the IDE Tally Developer, provided by
Tally.ERP 9.
Create a new file.
Type TDL statements in the file.
Save the file with a meaningful name and extension, as applicable to the editor. The editor can save the file with an extension ‘.txt’, ‘.tdl’
The file can be compiled into a file with an extension .tcp (Tally Compliant Product). It is
possible to compile the file for a particular Tally serial number.
It is possible to run all files, i.e., .txt,.tdl and .tcp in Tally.ERP9.
1.2 Specification of TDL Files
There are two ways of implementing the TDL code:
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Specifying the TDL files in Tally.ini (Configuration Settings File)
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Specifying the TDL files through Tally.ERP9 application configuration screen
1.2.1 Specifying the TDL files in Tally.ini
The path of the TDL program has to be included in the Tally.ini file, using a parameter called ‘TDL’.
If the parameter ‘User TDL’ is set to NO, Tally.ERP 9 will not read any TDL parameters specified in
the Tally.ini file.
Syntax
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User TDL
= Yes
TDL
= <Path\filename> with extension
Example
User TDL = Yes
TDL
= C:\Tally.ERP 9\MyReport.tcp
or
TDL
= C:\Tally.ERP 9\MyReport.txt
When Tally.ERP 9 starts, it looks for a file named ‘MyReport.tcp’ or ‘MyReport.txt’ in the directory
C:\Tally.ERP 9. On loading the default TDL files into memory, Tally.ERP 9 reads and loads every
TDL file mentioned in Tally.ini into memory before displaying the first Menu, ‘Gateway of Tally’.
1.2.2 Specifying TDL file through Tally.ERP 9 application configuration screen
Alternatively, the TDL file name can be specified in TDL Configuration screen, by going to F12:
Configuration-> Product & Features, and clicking on F4:Manage Local TDLs. In this screen,
set the value as YES for ‘Load TDLs on Start up’ and specify the Path\filename, with extension, in
‘List of TDLs to preload on Tally Startup’. Following figure shows the TDL configuration screen:
Figure 2.1 Specification of TDL files
To load a Default Company in Tally.ERP 9, the ‘Load’ parameter is used as follows:
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Example
Default Companies
= yes
Load
= 00002
Here, 00002 is the company folder that resides in Tally.ERP 9\Data.
The data path can be specified with the parameter ‘Data’.
Example
Data
= C:\Tally.ERP 9\Data
Restart Tally.ERP 9 whenever there are changes made in the TDL program, so that
they can be implemented.
1.3 Executing Multiple Files using Include Definition
Since TDL can span or exist across files, the definition ‘INCLUDE’ provides the convenience of
modularizing the application and specifying all of them in one TDL file. It allows the user to include
TDL code existing in separate file/files, into the current file.
‘Include’, as the name suggests, gives us the ability to include another TDL file into a file, instead
of declaring it in Tally.ini separately.
Syntax
[Include: <path/filename>]
In case the TDL file is in the same directory, either the filename or the complete path for the file
has to be provided.
Example
Let us assume we are using two files, sample1.txt and sample2.txt. To run both the files, we have
to include sample2.txt in sample1.txt.
[Include: sample2.txt]
2. TDL Interfaces
We have already seen that TDL is a language based on definitions. When we start Tally.ERP 9,
the Interfaces which are visible on the screen are Menu, Report, Button and Table. In TDL,
specific definitions are provided to create the same.
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A Report and Menu can exist independently. A Menu is created by adding items to it while a
Report is created using Form, Part, Line and Field. These are the definitions which cannot exist
without a Report. TDL operates through the concept of an action which is to be performed and
Definition on which the action is performed. The Report is invoked based on the action.
TDL program to create a Report contains the definitions Report, Form, Part, Line and Field and an
action to execute the Report. A Report can have more than one Form, Part, Line and Field definitions, but at least one has to be there.
The hierarchy of these definitions is as follows:
Report uses a Form
Form uses a Part
Part uses a Line
Line uses a Field
A Field is where the contents are displayed or entered
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The Report is called either from a Menu or from a Key event.
3. ‘Hello TDL’ Program
The ‘Hello TDL’ program demonstrates the basic structure of TDL. The Report is executed from
the existing Menu ‘Gateway of Tally’.
PURPOSE: To invoke a new Report displaying the text “Welcome to the world of TDL” from the
main Menu ‘Gateway Of Tally’:
[#Menu: Gateway of Tally]
Item : First TDL : Display : First TDL Report
[Report: First TDL Report]
Form
: First TDL Form
[Form: First TDL Form]
Parts
: First TDL Part
[Part: First TDL Part]
Lines
: First TDL Line
[Line: First TDL Line]
Fields : First TDL Field
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[Field: First TDL Field]
Set as
: "Welcome to the world of TDL"
This code adds a new Menu Item ‘First TDL’ in the ‘Gateway Of Tally’ menu. When the Menu Item
is selected the report, the Report ‘First TDL Report’ is displayed. The report is in ‘Display’ mode,
as the action ‘Display’ is specified while adding the menu item ‘First TDL’. User inputs are not
accepted in this report. The text ‘Welcome to the world of TDL’ is displayed in the Report, since it
contains only one field.
Figure 2.2 shows the output of this code:
Figure 2.2 Output of Welocme to the world of TDL program
4. TDL Components
The TDL consists of Definitions, Attributes, Modifiers, Data Types, Operators, Symbols and
Prefixes, and Functions. Let us now analyse the components of the language.
4.1 Definitions
Tally Definition Language (TDL) is a non-procedural programming language based on definitions.
TDL works on named definitions. The biggest advantage of working with TDL is its reusability of
definitions.
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All the definitions are reusable by themselves and can be a part of other definitions. Whenever a
change in code needs to be reflected in a program, Tally.ERP 9 must be restarted. All definitions
start with an open square bracket and end with a closed bracket.
Syntax
[<Definition Type> : <Definition Name>]
Where,
<Definition type> is the name of one of the predefined definition types available in the platform,
e.g., Collection, Menu, Report, Form, Part, Line, etc.
<Definition Name> refers to any user-defined name, which the user provides to instantiate the
definition, i.e., whenever a definition is created, a new object of a particular definition type comes
into existence.
Example
[Part: PartOne]
In this example, the type of definition is Part and the name of the definition is PartOne.
Types of Definitions
The various definitions in TDL are categorized as follows:
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Interface Definitions – Menu, Report, Form, Part, Line, Fields, Button, Table
Data Definitions
– Object, Variable, Collection
Formatting Definitions – Border, Style, Color
Integration Definitions – Import Object, Import File
Action Definitions – Key
System Definitions
4.1.1 Interface Definitions
Definitions which are used to create a user interface are referred to as Interface definitions. The
definitions in this category are Menu, Report, Form, Part, Line, Field, Button and Table.
Menu: A Menu displays a list of options. The Tally.ERP 9 application determines the action to be
performed on the basis of the Menu Item selected by the user. The ‘Gateway of Tally’ is an
example of a ‘Menu’. A Menu can activate another Menu or Report.
Report: This is the fundamental definition of TDL. Every screen which appears in Tally.ERP 9,
i.e., any input screen or output screen, is created using the ‘Report’ definition. A Report consists
of one or more Forms.
Form: A Form consists of one or more Parts.
Part: A Part consists of one or more Lines.
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Line: A Line consists of one or more Fields.
Field: It is the place where data (constant or variable) is actually displayed / entered.
Button: The user can perform an action in three ways, i.e., by selecting a menu item, by pressing
a key or by clicking on a button. The ‘Button’ definition allows the user to display a button on the
Button bar and execute an action, when it is clicked.
Table: The ‘Table’ definition displays a list of values as a Table. Data from any collection can be
displayed as a Table.
4.1.2 Data Definitions
Definitions which are used for storing the data are referred to as Data Definitions. The definitions
in this category are Object, Variable and Collection.
Object: An object is the definition which consists of data, and the associated / related functions,
commonly called as methods that manipulate the data. TDL is made up of User interface and Info
Objects. Info Objects can be External (user defined) or Internal (platform defined). External or
user-defined objects are not persistent in the Tally database. It is not possible to create an Internal
Object Definition in TDL, i.e., they are predefined by the platform. It is, though, possible to perform
modifications on it. A Ledger/Group is an example of an internal object.
An object can further contain an object/objects.
Collection: A Collection is a group of objects. Collections can be made up of internal or external
objects. These can be based on multiple collections also. We can create a collection by aggregating the collections at a lower level in the hierarchy of objects.
Variables: Variables are used to control the behaviour of reports and its contents. The variables
can assume different values during the execution, and based on those values, the application
behaves accordingly. The option Plain Paper/Pre-Printed, while printing the invoice, is an
example of a variable controlling the report.
4.1.3 Formatting Definitions
Definitions which are used in formatting a user interface are referred to as Formatting Definitions.
The definitions in this category are Border, Style and Color.
Border: This introduces a single/double line as per user specifications. Thin Box, Thin Line and
Common Border are all examples of pre-defined borders.
Style: The ‘Style’ definition determines the appearance of the text to be displayed by using a font
scheme. The Font name, Font style and Font size can be changed/defined using the ‘Style’ definition. In default TDL, the pre-defined Style definitions are Normal Bold, Normal Italic and Normal
Bold Italic.
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Color: The ‘Color’ definition is used to define a color. A name can be given to an RGB value of
color. Once a name is assigned to an RGB color value, it can be expressed as an attribute. In
TDL, the only color names that can be specified are Crystal Blue and Canary Yellow.
4.1.4 Integration Definitions
Definitions which make the import of data available in SDF (Standard Data Format) are referred to
as Integration Definitions. ‘Import Object’ and ‘Import File’ are the two definitions classified in this
category.
Import Object: This identifies the type of information that is being imported into Tally.ERP 9. The
importable objects can be of the type Groups, Ledgers, Cost centre, Stock Items, Stock Groups,
Vouchers, etc.
Import File: The ‘Import file’ definition allows the user to describe the structure of each record in
the ASCII file that is being imported. The field width is specified as an attribute of this definition.
4.1.5 Action Definitions
The action definitions allow the user to define an action, to take place when a key combination is
pressed. It also associates an object on which the action is performed. The ‘Key’ definition falls in
this category.
Key: The ‘Key’ Definition is used to associate an action with a key combination. The action is
performed when the associated key combination is pressed.
4.1.6 System Definitions
System Definitions are viewed as being created by the administrator profile. Any items defined
under System Definitions are available globally across the application.
System Definitions can be defined any number of times in TDL. The items defined are appended
to the existing list. System Definitions cannot be modified.
Examples of System Definitions are System: Variable, System : Formula, System : UDF and
System : TDL Names.
4.2 Attributes
Each definition has properties, referred to as ‘Attributes’. There is a predefined set of attributes
provided by the platform for each definition type. The attribute specifies the behaviour of a definition. Attributes differ from Definition to Definition. A Definition can have multiple attributes associated with it. Each attribute has a 'Name' (predefined) and an assigned value (provided by the
programmer).
A value can be associated to a given attribute either directly, or through symbols and prefixes.
Apart from a direct value association of the attribute, there are ways to associate alternate values
dynamically, based on certain conditions prevailing at runtime.
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Syntax
[<Definition Type> : <Definition Name>]
<Attribute Name> : <Attribute Value>
Where,
<Attribute Name> is the name of an attribute, specific for the definition type.
<Attribute Value> can be a constant or a formula.
Example
[Part:
Line
PartOne]
: PartOne
4.2.1 Classification of Attributes
The classification of attributes is done based on the number of values they accept, and if they can
be specified multiple times under the definition, i.e., based on the number of sub-attributes and
the number of values.
There are seven types of attributes:
Single and Single List
A Single type attribute accepts only one value and can’t be specified multiple times. The attributes Set As, Width, Style, etc., are all of ‘Single’ type.
Example
[Field : Fld 1]
Set As : “Hello”
Set As : “TDL”
In this field, the string “TDL” is displayed, as ‘Set As’ is a ‘Single’ type attribute. The value of the
last specified attribute will be displayed.
A Single List type attribute accepts one value, which can be specified multiple times. This
attribute also accepts a comma-separated list.
Example
[Line
: Line 1]
Field : Fld 1, Fld 2
Field : Fld 3
The line Line 1 will have three fields Fld 1, Fld 2 and Fld 3.
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Dual and Dual List
Dual type attributes accept two values, and can’t be specified multiple times. The attribute
‘Repeat’ is an example of ‘Dual’ type.
Example
Repeat : Line 1 : Collection 1
Dual List type attributes accept two values, and can be specified multiple times.
Example
Set : Var 1 : “Hello”
Set : Var 2 : “TDL”
The values “Hello” and “TDL” are being assigned to the variables Var 1 and Var 2, respectively.
Triple and Triple List
Triple type attributes accept three values, and can’t be specified multiple times.
Example
Object : Ledger Entries : First
: $LedgerName = “Tally”
Triple List type attributes accept three values, and can be specified multiple times.
Example
Aggr Method : TrPurcQty : Sum : $BilledQty
Aggr Method : TrSaleQty : Sum : $BilledQty
The Attribute type ‘Menu item’
The attribute type ‘Menu Item’ allows the user to add a menu item in the given ‘Menu’ definition.
Example
[#Menu: Gateway Of Tally]
Item
: Sales Analysis
: Display : Sales Analysis
Item
: Purchase Analysis : P : Display : Purchase Analysis
Here, the options ‘Sales Analysis’ and ‘Purchase Analysis’ are added to the ‘Gateway of Tally’
Menu. For the option ‘Purchase Analysis’, the character ‘P’ is explicitly specified as a hot key.
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Attributes of Interface Definitions
Frequently used attributes of interface definitions like Report, Form, Part, Line and Field, are
explained in this section.
Report Definition Attributes
Form
Every report requires one or more Forms. If there are more than one forms, then the first form is
displayed by default. When one is in ‘Print’ mode, all the forms will be printed one after the other.
Syntax
Form : <Form Name>
Example:
[Report : HW Report]
Form : HW Form
This code defines the report ‘HW Report’, using the form HW Form.
If one chooses a Report that has no Forms defined, Tally.ERP9 assumes that the Form Name is
the same as the Report Name and looks for it. If it exists, Tally.ERP9 displays it. Otherwise,
Tally.ERP9 displays an error message ‘Form :<Report Name> does not exist’.
Title
The ‘Title’ attribute is used to give a meaningful title to the Report.
Syntax
Title : <String or Formula>
By default, Tally.ERP 9 displays the name of the Report as Title, when it is invoked from the menu.
If the ‘Title’ attribute is specified, then it overrides the default title.
Example:
[Report : HWReport]
Form
: HWForm
Title : “Hello World”
Here, “Hello World” is displayed as the title of the Report, instead of HWReport.
Form Definition Attributes
Part / Parts
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The attribute ‘Part’ defines Parts in a Form. ‘Part’ and ‘Parts’ are synonyms of the same attribute.
It specifies the names of the Parts in a Form. By default, the Parts are aligned vertically.
Syntax
Part / Parts : <List of Part Names>
Example
[Form : HW Form]
Part : HW Title Partition, HW Body Partition
This code segment defines two parts, HW Title Partition and HW Body Partition, which are vertically aligned, starting from the top of the Form.
Part Definition Attributes
Line / Lines
This attribute specifies the Lines contained in a Part.
Syntax
Line / Lines : <list of line names>
Example
[Part : HW Part]
Line
: HW Line1, HW Line2
Line Definition Attributes
Field / Fields
The attributes ‘Field’ and ‘Fields’ are similar. They start from the left of the screen or page, in the
order in which they are specified.
Syntax
Field / Fields : <List of Field Names>
Example
[Line : HW Line]
Fields : HW Field
Set as
This attribute sets a value to the Field.
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Syntax
Set as : <Text or Formula>
Example
[Field : HW Field]
Set as :”Hello TDL”
Here, the text “Hello TDL” is displayed in the report.
Info
This attribute is typically used to set text for prompts and titles as display strings. Even when used
in Create/ Alter mode, this attribute does not allow the cursor to be placed on the current field, as
against the Attribute ‘Set as’. However, in Display mode, the attributes ‘Set as’ and ‘Info’ function
similarly.
Syntax
Info : <Text or formula>
Further, if both the attributes (Set as and Info) are specified, then the value set within the attribute
‘Set as’ overrides the value set with the attribute ‘Info’.
Skip
This attribute causes the cursor to skip the particular field and hence, the value in the field cannot
be altered by the user, even if the report is in ‘Create’ or ‘Alter’ mode.
Syntax
Skip : <Logical Formula>
Example
[Field : HW Field]
Type
: String
Set as
: “Hello World“
Skip
: Yes
This code snippet sets the value in the ‘HW Field’ as ‘Hello World’ and forces the cursor to skip
the field.
It can also be rewritten as:
[Field : HW Field]
Type
: String
Info
: “Hello World“
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The attribute Info at Field combines both Skip and Set As.
4.3 Modifiers
Modifiers are used to perform a specific action on a definition or on an attribute. They are classified as Definition Modifiers and Attribute Modifiers, based on whether a definition or attribute is
being modified. Definition Modifiers are #, ! and *. Attribute Modifiers are Use, Add, Delete,
Replace/Change, Option, Switch and Local.
The modifiers can also be classified into two types, based on the mode of evaluation:


Static/Load time modifiers
: Use, Add, Delete, Replace/Change
Dynamic/Real time modifiers : Option, Switch and Local
4.3.1 Static/Load time Modifiers
These modifiers do not require any condition at the run time. The value is evaluated at load time
only and remains static throughout the execution. Use, Add, Delete, Replace are static modifiers.
Use
The USE Keyword is used in a definition to reuse an existing Definition.
Syntax
Use : <Definition Name>
Example
[Field
Use
: DSPExplodePrompt]
: Medium Prompt
All the properties of the existing field definition Medium Prompt are applicable to the field DSPExplodePrompt.
Add
The ADD modifier is used in a definition to add an attribute to the Definition.
Syntax
Add :<Attribute Name>[:<Attribute Position>:<Attribute Name>]
:<Attribute Value>
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Where,
<Attribute Name> is the name of the attribute specific to the particular definition type.
<Attribute Position> can be any one of the keywords Before, After, At Beginning and At End. By
default, the position is At End.
<Attribute Value> can either be a constant or a formula.
Example
[#Form
Add
: Cost Centre Summary]
: Button
: ChangeItem
A new button ChangeItem is added to the form Cost Centre Summary.
Example
[#Part : VCH Narration]
Add : Line : Before : VCH NarrPrompt : VCH ChequeName, VCH AcPayee
The lines ‘VCH ChequeName’ and ‘VCH AcPayee’ are added before the line ‘VCH NarrPrompt’ in
the part ‘VCH Narration’.
Delete
The ‘Delete’ modifier is used in a definition to delete an attribute of the Definition.
Syntax
Delete :<Attribute Name>[:<Attribute Value>]
Where,
<Attribute Value> is optional, and can either be a constant or a formula. If the attribute value is
omitted, all the values of the attribute are removed.
Example
[Form: Cost Centre Summary]
Use
: DSP Template
Delete : Button
: ChangeItem
The button ‘ChangeItem’ is deleted from the form ‘Cost Centre Summary’. The functionality of the
button ‘ChangeItem’ is no longer available in the form ‘Cost Centre Summary’. If the Button name
is not specified, then all the buttons will be deleted from the Form.
Replace
The ‘Replace’ modifier is used in a definition to alter an attribute of the Definition.
Syntax
Replace : <Attribute Name> :<Old Attribute Value>: <New Attribute Value>
Where,
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<Attribute Name> is the name of the attribute specific for the particular definition type.
<Old Attribute Value > and <New Attribute Value> can be either a constant or a formula.
Example
[Form: Cost Centre Summary]
Use
: DSP Template
Replace: Part : Part1: Part2
The part ‘Part1’ of form ‘Cost Centre Summary’ is replaced by the part ‘Part2’. Now, only the properties of ‘Part2’ are applicable.
4.3.2 Dynamic/Real time modifiers
Dynamic modifiers get evaluated at the run time based on a condition. These modifiers are run
every time the TDL is executed in an instance of Tally. ‘Option’, ‘Switch’ and ‘Local’ are the
Dynamic modifiers.
Local
The ‘Local’ attribute is used in the context of the definition to set the local value within the scope of
that definition only.
Syntax:
Local
: <Definition Name> :<Old Attribute Value>
: <New Attribute Value>
Example
Local
: Field
: Name Field
: Set As
: #StockItemName
Value of the formula #StockItemName is now the new value for the attribute Set As of the field
Name Field applicable only for this instance. Elsewhere, the value will be as in the field definition.
Option
Option is an attribute which can be used by various definitions, to provide a conditional result in a
program. The ‘Option’ attribute can be used in the ‘Menu’, ‘Form’, ‘Part’, ‘Line’, ‘Key’, ‘Field’,
‘Import File’ and ‘Import Object’ definitions.
Syntax
Option : <Optional definition>: <Logical Condition >
Where,
<Modified Definition> is the name of a definition, defined as optional definition using the definition modifier !.
If the ‘Logical’ value is set to TRUE, then the Optional definition becomes a part of the original
definition, and the attributes of the original definition are modified based on this definition.
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Example
[Field : FldMain]
Option : FldFirst : cond1
Option : FldSecond: cond2
The field FldFirst is activated when cond1 is true. The field FldSecond is activated when cond2
is true.
Optional definitions are created with the symbol prefix "!" as follows:
[!Field
: FldFirst]
[!Field
: FldSecond]
Switch - Case
The ‘Switch - Case’ attribute is similar to the ‘Option’ attribute, but reduces the code complexity
and improves the performance of the TDL Program.
The ‘Option’ attribute compulsorily evaluates all the conditions for all the options provided in the
description code, and applies only those which satisfy the evaluation conditions.
The attribute ‘Switch’ can be used in scenarios where evaluation is carried out only till the first
condition is satisfied.
Apart from this, ‘Switch’ statements can be grouped using a label. Therefore, multiple switch
groups can be created, and zero or one of the switch cases could be applied from each group.
Syntax
Switch: Label: Desc name : Condition
Example
[Field: Sample Switch]
Set as
: "Default Value"
Switch
: Case1: Sample Switch1: ##SampleSwitch1
Switch
: Case1: Sample Switch2: ##SampleSwitch2
Switch
: Case1: Sample Switch3: ##SampleSwitch3
Switch
: Case2: Sample Switch4: ##SampleSwitch4
4.3.3 Sequence of Evaluation – Attributes
The order of evaluation of the attributes is as specified below:
1. Use
2. Normal Attributes
3. Add/Delete/Replace
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4. Option
5. Switch
6. Local
4.3.4 Delayed Attributes
Add/Delete/Replace are referred to as Delayed attributes because even if they are specified
within the definition in the beginning, their evaluation will be delayed till the end, within the static
modifier and normal attributes.
4.4 Actions in TDL
TDL is an action-driven language. Actions are activators of specific functions with a definite result.
Actions are performed on two principal definition types, ‘Report’ and ‘Menu’. An action is always
associated with an originator, requestor and an object. All the actions originate from the Menu,
Key and Button.
An action is evaluated in the context of the Requestor and Object. Typically, actions are initiated
through the selection of a Menu item or through an assignment to a Key or a Button.
Examples of Actions are: Display, Menu, Print, Create, Alter, etc.
Syntax
Action : <Action Name> [: <Definition/Variable Name> : Formula]
Where,
<Action Name > is the name of action to be performed. It can be any of the pre-defined actions.
<Definition/Variable Name> is the name of definition/variable, on which the action is performed.
Example
Action : Create : My Sample Report
4.5 Data Types
The Data Types in TDL specify the type of data stored in the field. TDL, being a business
language, supports business data types like amount, quantity, rate, etc., apart from the other
basic types. The data types are classified as Simple Data Types and Compound Data Types.
Simple Data Type
This holds only one type of data. These data types cannot be further divided into sub-types.
String, Number, Date and Logical data types fall in this category.
Compound Data Type
It is a combination of more than one data type. The data types that form the Compound Data Type
are referred to as sub-data types. The Compound Data types in TDL are: Amount, Quantity, Rate,
Rate of exchange and Aggregate.
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Data Types
Sub - Types
Simple Data Types
Number
String
Date
Logical
Compound Data Types
Amount
Base / Direct Base
Forex
Rate Of Exchange
DrCr
Quantity
Number
Primary Units/ Base Units
Secondary Unit/ Alternate Units/ Tail Units
Rate
Price
Unit Symbol
Rate of Exchange
TABLE 2.1 Data Types and its Sub- Data Types
The type for the field definition is specified using the Type attribute.
Syntax
[Field: <Field Name>]
Type : <Data type> : <Sub-type>
Example
[Field
Type
: Qty Secondary Field]
: Quantity : Secondary Units
4.6 Operators in TDL
Operators are special symbols or keywords that perform specific operations on one, two or three
operands and then return a result.
The four types of operators in TDL are as follows:
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4.6.1 Arithmetic Operators
+
Addition
-
Subtraction
/
Division
*
Multiplication
TABLE 2.2 Arithmetic Operators
4.6.2 Logical Operators
The logical operators used are: OR, AND,NOT, TRUE/ON/YES and FALSE/OFF/NO
OR
Returns TRUE if either of the expressions is True.
AND
Returns TRUE when both the expressions are True.
NOT
Returns TRUE, if the expression value is False and
FALSE, when expression value is True.
TRUE/ON/YES
Can be used to check if the value of the expression
is TRUE.
FALSE/OFF/NO
Can be used to check if the value of the expression
is FALSE.
TABLE 2.3 Logical Operators
4.6.3 Comparison Operators
A Comparison Operator compares its operands and returns a logical value based on whether the
comparison is True. The Comparison Operator returns the value as TRUE or FALSE. TDL
supports the following Comparison Operators:
= /Equal/ Equals
Checks if the values of both the expressions are
equal.
</LessThan/Lesser Than
/ Lesser
Checks if the value of <expression 1> is less than
the value of <expression 2>.
> / Greater Than/ More
Checks if the value of <expression 1> is greater
than the value of <expression 2>.
In
Checks if the value is in the List of comma separated values.
Null
Checks whether the expression is Empty.
Between …. And
Checks if the expression value is in the range.
TABLE 2.4 Comparison Operators
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4.6.4 String Operators
String operators facilitate the comparison of two strings. The following are the String operators:
Contains/ Containing
Checks if the expression contains the given
string.
Starting With / Beginning With/
Starting
Checks if the expression starts with the given
string.
Ending With / Ending
Checks if the expression ends with the given
string.
Like
Checks if the expression matches with the
given string pattern.
TABLE 2.5 String Operators
The operator ‘=’ is a comparison operator, not an assignment operator. There is no
assignment operator in TDL. While evaluating the expression, some keywords are
ignored. The keywords which are not considered are Than, With, By, To, Is, Does, Of.
4.7 Special Symbols
The Symbol Prefix in Tally Definition Language (TDL) has different usage and behaviour, when
used with different definitions and attributes of definitions.
Special Symbols used in TDL are $, $$, @, @@, #, ##, ;, ;;, ;;;, /* */, + , ! , * and _ . Each of
these symbols are used for a specific purpose. The usage of each of these symbols will be
discussed in detail in the subsequent chapters.
4.8 Functions
A function is a small code which accepts a certain number of parameters, performs a task and
returns the result. The function may accept zero or more arguments, but returns a value.
The functions in TDL are defined and provided by the platform. These functions are meant to be
used by the TDL programmer and are specifically designed to cater to the business requirement
of the Tally.ERP 9 application.
TDL has a library of functions which allows performing string, date, number and amount related
operations apart from the business-specific tasks. Some of the basic functions provided by TDL
are $$StringLength, $$Date, $$RoundUp, $$AsAmount. TDL directly supports a variety of
business related functions such as $$GetPriceFromLevel, $$BillExists, $$ForexValue, etc.
Syntax
$$<Function Name>: <Argument List>
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Example
$$SysName:EndOfList
Here, the function $$SysName returns TRUE, if the parameter passed is a TDL reserved string.
Learning Outcome
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In a TDL program, the ‘Report’ and ‘Menu’ definitions can exist independently.
The hierarchy of definitions in a TDL program are as follows:
Report uses a Form
Form uses a Part
Part uses a Line
Line uses a Field and
A Field is where the contents are displayed or entered.
The Report is called either from a Menu or from a Key Event.
TDL consists of Definitions, Attributes, Modifiers, Data Types, Operators, Symbols & Prefixes, and Functions.
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Symbols and Prefixes
Introduction
In the previous lesson, we discussed the various TDL Components like definitions, attributes,
functions, symbol prefixes, variables, etc.
In TDL, there are a few symbols which are used for specific purposes. Some symbols are used as
access specifiers, i.e., mainly used to access the value of a method, variable, field, formula, etc.
Some are used for general purpose, such as modifiers.
Figure 3.1 Symbol Categorization
1. Access Specifiers/Symbol Prefixes
Symbols
Usage
@
Used to access Local formula
@@
Used to get the value of a System formula
#
When prefixed to Field name, gives the value of the field
##
Used to get the value of a Global variable
$
Used to access the value of an Object Method
$$
Used to call a Function
TABLE 3.1 Access Specifiers
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2. General Symbols
Symbols
Usage
; ;; ;;; /* */
Used for adding comments in TDL
+
Used as line continuation character
_ (underscore)
Used to expose methods to ODBC and for creating
SQL Procedure
*
Used to Reinitialize a Definition
!
Used to create an Optional Definition
#
Used as a definition modifier
TABLE 3.2 General Symbols
3. The Usage of @ and @@
Formula
In TDL, large complex calculations can be broken down into smaller simple calculations or
expressions expressed as a Formula. The values computed using these formulae can be
accessed using the symbol prefixes @ and @@.
Naming Conventions for Formula

Case insensitive

Only alphanumeric characters are allowed

Space insensitive at Definition time. However, during deployment or usage of the same,
spaces are not allowed
Classifications of formulae

Local Formula

Global Formula
3.1 Defining a Local Formula using @
A Local Formula is one which can be defined and retrieved at any Interface Definition. The scope
of the local formula is only within the current definition. A local formula is usually defined if the
formula is specific to a definition and not required by any other definition.
The value of a Local Formula can be accessed by using the Symbol Prefix @.
Example
[Field: CompanyNameandAddress]
Set as: “Tally India Pvt Ltd, No 23 & 24, AMR Tech Park II, Hongasandra,+
Bangalore”
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This code can also be written, using the Local Formula, as:
[Field
: CompanyNameandAddress]
Company
: “Tally India Pvt Ltd, ”
Address
: “No 23 & 24, AMR Tech Park II, Hongasandra, ”
City
: “Bangalore”
Set as
: @Company + @Address + @City
3.2 Defining a Global Formula using @@
A Global Formula is one which, when defined once, is available globally. In other words, the
Global Formula value can be accessed by all the Definitions. A Global formula is defined when a
formula is required at many locations. The value of a Global Formula can be accessed using the
Symbol Prefix @@. A Global Formula can also be referred to as a System Formula. All the Global
Formulae must be defined within the [System: Formula] Definition.
Example
[System: Formula]
AmtWidth : 20
[Field: RepTitleAmt]
Width
: @@AmtWidth
[Field: RepDetailAmt]
Width
: @@AmtWidth
[Field: RepTotalAmt]
Width
: @@AmtWidth
In this example, all the Fields assume the same width. If the width of the fields needs to be
altered, a change is made only at the [System: Formula] Definition Section. This change will be
applied to all the Fields, using the Global Formula AmtWidth.
4. The Usage of # and ##
In TDL, the Symbol Prefix # can be used for:


Referencing a field using #
Modifying the existing definitions using #
4.1 Referencing a Field using #
The Symbol Prefix # is used to retrieve the value from another Field.
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Example
[Field: HW]
Set as : “Hello World”
[Field: HW1]
Set as : #HW
In this example, the value within the Field ‘HW’ is being set to the Field ‘HW1’. In other words, the
Field HW1 is set to “Hello World”, by using #HW.
4.2 Modifying existing Definitions using #
The Symbol Prefix # is also used to modify existing definitions. One can alter the attributes of the
definition. For example, adding a new Field within a ‘Line’ definition.
Example
[#Menu: Gateway of Tally]
Add
: Key Item: Hello World: H : Display: HWReport
Title : “Tally Gateway”
[#Field: LedParticulars]
Width : 50
In this example, the existing Menu ‘Gateway of Tally’ (default Menu) has been altered to add the
Item ‘Hello World’ and the Title of the Menu has been changed to ‘Tally Gateway’. The existing
Field ‘LedParticulars’ has also been altered to set its attribute ‘Width’ to the value of 50.
4.3 Accessing value from a Variable using ##
As the name suggests, a Variable is a named container of data which can be altered as and when
required. In TDL, Variables can be classified as Local and Global Variables. Local variables retain
their value only within a particular Report. Global variables, on the other hand, retain their values
throughout the session or permanently, based on the ‘Variable’ Definition. We will learn more
about Variables later.
The value of a Variable can be accessed using the symbol prefix ##. Both Local and Global
Variables can be retrieved using ##. Local variable is being checked for first. In cases where the
Local Variable is not found, the Global Variable value is assumed.
Example
[Field
: FGField]
Set as: ##RTitle
[Report
: DBLedReport]
Title : if ##LedgerName = “ ” then “Daybook” else “Ledger Report”
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5. The Usage of $ and $$
5.1 Accessing a Method using $
Any information from an Object can be extracted by using a Method or UDF. The $ Prefix is used
to invoke or deploy the value from a Method or UDF of any Object, where the terms ‘Method’ and
‘Object’ are TDL-specific. This will be covered in greater depth in the sections to follow.
Context Fall Through for $

Check if it is an Internal method or UDF within the current object

User Defined Method

System Formula

Change the context to parent object and repeat the above steps
Example
[Field
: My Field]
Set as : $Name
This code snippet displays the value of the method ‘Name’ of the associated object.
5.2 Calling an Internal Function using $$
In TDL, functions are inbuilt and TDL Programmers can make use of the same. A function can
accept zero or more arguments to perform a specific task on the arguments and return a value.
While passing arguments to functions, spaces and special characters, except bracket (), are not
allowed. If the function parameter requires an expression, it can be enclosed within bracket (), so
as to return the result of the expression as a parameter to the Function.
Example
[Field
Set as
[Field
Set as
[Field
Set as
: Current Date]
: $$MachineDate
: Credit Amt]
: if $$IsDr:$ClosingBalance then 0 else $ClosingBalance
: StringPart Field]
: $$StringPart($Email:Company:##SVCurrentCompany):0:5
6. Commenting a Code using ;, ;; and /**/
Commenting increases readability. In TDL, Comments can be given using symbol prefixes viz. ;, ;;
and /* */. Symbol Prefix ; is used for Part line commenting, ;; is used for Single Line Commenting
and /* */ is used for Multi Line Commenting. All the lines enclosed within /* and */ will be ignored
by the TDL Interpreter as a comment.
A Single Semi-Colon (;) is allowed as a comment for single line commenting, but as a standard
coding practice, it is recommended to use Double Semi-Colon (;;).
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Example
/*
This code explains the usage of Multi-Line Commenting
as well as Single Line Commenting.
*/
;; Altering Menu ‘Gateway of Tally’
[#Menu
: Gateway of Tally]
Add
: Key Item
: Comment
: C
: Display : Comment
;; Menu Item alteration ends here
7. Line Continuation Character (+)
A Line Continuation Character (+) is used to split a lengthy line into a number of shorter lines. By
doing this, the programmer can see the entire line without scrolling to the left or right. This can
also help in understanding and debugging the code faster.
Example
/*
This code explains the mechanism of breaking a line into Multiple Lines using +
*/
;; Altering Menu ‘Gateway of Tally’
[#Menu: Gateway of Tally]
Add : Key Item : Before : @@locQuit : +
LineCtn : C : Display : LineCtn : +
NOT $$IsEmpty : $$SelectedCmps
8. Exposing Methods and Creating Procedures (_)
The Symbol Prefix (_) is used to expose Methods to ODBC. By prefixing _ to a Collection Name,
it turns into a procedure which can be referenced externally by passing the parameter as a
Variable.
Example
;; Exposing Methods within the Objects to ODBC
[#Object : Ledger]
_Difference : $ClosingBalance - $OpeningBalance
;; Creating Procedures to be referenced externally
[Collection: _LedBills]
Type
: Bills
Child of
: #UName
SQLParms
: UName
SQLValues : Bill No
: $Name
SQLValues : Bill Date : $$String:$BillDate:UniversalDate
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9. Reinitialize Definitions (*)
This is similar to operators such as ‘#’ (Modify) and ‘!’ (Option). When ‘*’ is used for an existing
definition, all the attributes of the definition are overridden. This is very useful when there is a
need to completely replace the existing definition content with a new code.
Example
[*Field
: MyField]
Width : 20% Page
Set as: “This Field has been reinitialized”
10. Optional Definitions (!)
The Symbol Prefix ! is used to define optional definitions. ‘Switch’ and ‘Option’ are attributes
which can be used by various definitions like Menu, Form, Part, Line, Field, Collection, Button,
Key, Import File and Import Object to provide a conditional result in TDL. However, they cannot be
used with Report, Color, Style, Variable, System Formula, System Variable, System UDF, Border
and Object definitions.
The attributes of the original definition are overridden by the attributes of the optional definition
only if the Logical Condition is satisfied. In other words, if the Logical Condition returns TRUE, the
attributes of the optional definition become a part of the original definition, else they are ignored,
leaving the original definition intact.
Syntax
Option : <Optional Definition> : <Logical Condition>
Switch : Label : <Optional Definition> : <Logical Condition>
The difference between Switch and Option is that ‘Switch’ statements bearing the same label are
executed till a satisfying condition is found. On the contrary, ‘Option’ executes all the Option statements matching the given conditions sequentially. Switch statements bearing different labels are
similar to Option statements, as all Switch statements will be executed for the given conditions.
Example - Option
[Line: MFTBDetails]
Fields
: MFTBName
Right Fields: MFTBDrAmt, MFTBCrAmt
Option
: MFTBDtlsClsgG1000 : $ClosingBalance > 1000
Option
: MFTBDtlsClsgL1000 : $ClosingBalance < 1000
[!Line: MFTBDtlsClsgG1000]
Local
: Field : MFTBDrAmt : Style : Normal Bold
Local
: Field : MFTBCrAmt : Style : Normal Bold
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[!Line: MFTBDtlsClsgL1000]
Local
: Field : MFTBDrAmt : Style : Normal
Local
: Field : MFTBCrAmt : Style : Normal
In this code snippet, the condition specified in both the options will be checked, and the option
satisfying the given condition will be executed. In this case, there is a possibility that more than
one condition might be satisfied and get executed.
Example - Switch
[Line: MFTBDetails]
Fields
: MFTBName
Right Fields: MFTBDrAmt, MFTBCrAmt
Switch
: Case 1: MFTBDtlsClsgG1000 : $ClosingBalance > 1000
Switch
: Case 1: MFTBDtlsClsgL1000 : $ClosingBalance < 1000
[!Line: MFTBDtlsClsgG1000]
Local : Field : MFTBDrAmt : Style : Normal Bold
Local : Field : MFTBCrAmt : Style : Normal Bold
[!Line: MFTBDtlsClsgL1000]
Local : Field : MFTBDrAmt : Style : Normal
Local : Field : MFTBCrAmt : Style : Normal
In this code snippet, the condition specified in the switch statements will be checked one after
another. The first statement satisfying the given condition will be executed, and all other statements grouped within the label ‘Case 1’ will not be executed further, unlike ‘Option’. The
behaviour similar to ‘Option’ can be achieved by specifying different labels, if required.
Learning Outcome
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Access Specifiers and General symbols are the different special symbols used in TDL.
The Access Specifiers @ and @@ are used for accessing the values of Local and global
formula, respectively.
# can be used for referencing a field or modifying the existing definition.
## is used for accessing the value from a Local or Global variable.
$ is used for accessing a method or UDF and $$ is used for calling a function.
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Dimensions and Formatting
Introduction
Dimensions are specifications. Dimensions in TDL are effective either in Display mode or in Print
mode. Data in TDL does not have an absolute position of the dimensions specified, but relative.
There are four definitions in TDL that attract dimensions. They are FORM, PART, LINE and
FIELD.
1. Unit of Measurement
A Unit of Measurement can be any of the following:

Millimeters/ mms

Centimeters/ cms

Inch(es)

Number of Characters/ Number of Lines

% Screen/ Page

Number – Points (where 1 Point = 1/72 Inch)
It is advisable to follow uniform Units of Measurement throughout the Report in order to
avoid confusion.
2. Dimensional Attributes
Dimensional Attributes can be classified into two, i.e., Specific and General Attributes.
Definitions
Specific Dimensions
General Dimensions
Form
Height, Width, Space Top, Space
Bottom, Space Left, Space Right
Horizontal Align, Vertical
Align, Full Height, Full Width
Part
Height, Width, Space Top, Space
Bottom, Space Left, Space Right
Horizontal Align, Top Parts,
Bottom Parts, Left Parts,
Right Parts
Line
Height, Space
Bottom, Indent
Full Height,
Bottom Line
Field
Width, Space Left, Space Right,
Indent
Top,
Space
Top
Line,
Full Width, Left Field, Right
Field, Widespaced
TABLE 4.1 Dimensional Attributes
The various dimensional attributes are as shown in the Table 4.1
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2.1 Sizing/Size Attributes
2.1.1 Height and Width
The attribute ‘Height’ is used to specify the Height required for the Form, Part and Line Definitions, whereas the attribute ‘Width’ is used to specify the Width required for the Form, Part and
Field Definitions. The Height and Width can be specified in terms of any of the above Units of
Measurement. In the absence of any Unit of Measurement, the Height assumes a certain number
of lines and similarly, the Width assumes number of characters. The entire Height and Width is in
the proportion of the available paper/ screen dimensions.
Syntax
Height
: <Measurement Formula>
Width
: <Measurement Formula>
Height and Width – Form Definition
The Height and Width, when specified in a ‘Form’ Definition, implies that it is the available Height
and Width which can be utilized by all the Parts, Lines and Fields within the Form. If the contents
of the Part and Line exceed the available Height and/or Width, the contents of the Form are
squeezed to accommodate the same within the available Height and Width. In the absence of any
Height and Width specified, the Form Definition assumes the Height and Width required by the
contents of the Form, comprising of Parts, Lines and Fields.
Example
Height
: 10 inch
Width
: 8.50 inch
Height and Width – Part Definition
Subsequently, Height and Width, when specified in a ‘Part’ Definition, implies that it is the
available Height and Width that can be utilized by all its Sub-Parts, Lines and Fields. If the
contents of the Sub-Parts, Lines and Fields exceed the available Height and Width, the contents
of the Part are squeezed to accommodate the same within the available Height and Width.
Example
Height
: 10% Page
Width
: 60% Page
Height – Line Definition
Similarly, the Height, when specified within a ‘Line’ Definition, restricts the contents of the Lines to
the available Line Height. Generally, specifying the Line Height is not required since the contents
of the lines are controlled by the given Part Height.
Width – Field Definition
The Width, when specified within a Field Definition, limits the contents of the Field within the
defined boundary. If the contents are longer than the available Width, the Field contents are
squeezed to accommodate the same within the defined width:
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2.1.2 FullHeight and FullWidth
The Attribute ‘FullHeight’ can be specified in a Form or a Line Definition, and the Attribute ‘FullWidth’ can be specified in a Form or a Field Definition. ‘FullHeight’ is used to instruct the Form or
the Line to utilize the full Height, while ‘FullWidth’ is used to instruct the Form or the Field to utilize
the full Width.
Syntax
FullHeight
: <Logical Value>
FullWidth
: <Logical Value>
Example
FullHeight
: No
FullWidth
: No
FullHeight and FullWidth – Form Definition
The attribute ‘FullHeight’ decides whether to allow the form to consume the full Height or not,
depending on the logical value set. By default, the value set for this attribute is YES. If the current
Form uses Bottom Parts or Bottom Lines, then the Height required/ utilized by the Form will be
100% Page/ Screen.
Similarly, the attribute ‘FullWidth’ decides whether to allow the Form to consume the full Width or
not, depending on the logical value set. By default, the value set for this attribute is YES. If the
current Form uses the Right Parts or Right Lines, then the Width required/ utilized by the Form will
be 100% Page/ Screen.
FullHeight – Line Definition
The attribute ‘FullHeight’ decides whether the line can consume the full available Height or not,
depending on the logical value set. By default, the value set to this attribute is YES.
FullWidth – Field Definition
The attribute ‘FullWidth’ decides whether the Field can consume the full available Width or not,
depending on the logical value set. By default, the value set to this attribute is YES.
2.2 Spacing/Position Attributes
2.2.1 Space Top, Space Bottom, Space Left and Space Right
Attributes Space Top, Space Bottom, Space Left and Space Right are used to specify the spaces
to be kept to the Top, Bottom, Left and Right of the Definition. Space Top and Space Bottom can
be used in Form, Part and Line Definitions. Space Left and Space Right can be used in Form, Part
and Field Definitions.
When Space Top, Space Bottom, Space Left and Space Right are used in a definition, these
spaces are included in the Height and Width specified within the definition.
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Syntax
Space Top
: <Measurement Formula>
Space Bottom
: <Measurement Formula>
Space Left
: <Measurement Formula>
Space Right
: <Measurement Formula>
Example
Space Top
: 1.5 inch
Space Bottom
: If ($$IsStockJrnl:##SVVoucherType OR +
$$IsPhysStock:##SVVoucherType) then 0 else 0.25
Space Left
: @@DSPCondQtySL + @@DSPCondRateSL + @@DSPCondAmtSL
Space Right
: 1
Space Top, Space Bottom, Space Left and Space Right – Form / Part Definition
The attributes Space Top, Space Bottom, Space Left and Space Right are specified in a Form or a
Part Definition, by leaving the appropriate spaces before displaying / printing a Form. These
spaces are included in the Height / Width of the Form Definition.
Space Top and Space Bottom – Line Definition
The attributes Space Top and Space Bottom, when specified in a Line Definition, leave the appropriate spaces before/ after the Line. These spaces are inclusive within the Height of the specific
Part in which the current Line Definition resides. If the Height of the Part is unable to accommodate the same, it compresses the line to fit it within the available Height.
Space Left and Space Right – Field Definition
The attributes Space Left and Space Right, when specified in a ‘Field’ Definition, leave the appropriate spaces before/ after the Field. These spaces are inclusive within the Width of the Part and
Field. If the Width of the Part is unable to accommodate the same, it compresses the Fields within
the Parts and Lines, to fit it within the available Width.
2.2.2 Indent
An Indent can be specified either in a Line or a Field Definition. It is similar to the Tab Key which
is used to specify a starting point for a Line or a Field.
Syntax
Indent: <Measurement Formula>
Example
Indent: @@IndentByLevel
Indent – Line Definition
This attribute in the Line Definition specifies the space to be left from the Left margin before the
contents of the line begin.
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Indent – Field Definition
This attribute in the Field Definition is similar to the Space Left attribute, except that it indents the
field independent of width of the field. Space Left indents the field within the width available.
However, Indent indents the field exclusive of the width. It can either take a formula as a parameter, or the expression itself. The formula can decide as to what extent each instance of the field
has to be indented from the initial place. This attribute is typically used while displaying reports
like List of Accounts, Trial Balance, etc., where the groups and ledgers under a particular group
are recursively indented inside the group, based on the order of the groups and ledgers.
2.3 Alignment Attributes
2.3.1 Top Parts, Bottom Parts, Left Parts and Right Parts
These attributes are used to place different parts at different positions in a particular Form or Part.
The attributes ‘Top Parts’ and ‘Bottom Parts’ can be specified in ‘Form’ as well as ‘Part’ Definitions, whereas attributes ‘Left Parts’ and ‘Right Parts’ can be specified only in the ‘Part’ Definition.
Syntax
Top Parts
: <Part1, Part2, ….>
Bottom Parts
: <Part1, Part2, ….>
Left Parts
: <Part1, Part2, ….> ;; Only for Part Definition
Right Parts
: <Part1, Part2, ….> ;; Only for Part Definition
Example
Top Parts
: ACLSFixedLed, TDSAutoDetails
Bottom Parts
: PJR Sign
Left Parts
: EXPINV Declaration
;; Attribute ‘Left Parts’ can be used only for ‘Part’ Definition
Right Parts
: STKVCH Address
;; Attribute ‘Right Parts’ can be used only for ‘Part’ Definition
Top Parts and Bottom Parts – Form Definition
In cases where the Top Part or Bottom Part is specified within a Form Definition, it occupies the
Top Section or Bottom Section of the Form respectively, keeping in account the Space Top and
Space Bottom of the Form. The attribute Space Bottom impacts the Bottom Parts by moving them
from the bottom, in order to leave appropriate spaces. Similarly, Space Top impacts the Top Parts
by moving them from the top, in order to leave appropriate spaces. The Bottom Parts/ Bottom
Lines start printing from bottom to the top of the Form. If Height is specified at the Form Definition,
then the Bottom Parts/ Lines start printing from the bottommost line within the specified Height.
Top Parts, Bottom Parts, Left Parts and Right Parts – Part Definition
In cases where the Left Part or Right Part is specified within a Part Definition, it occupies the Left
Section or Right Section of the Part respectively, keeping in view the Space Left and Space Right
of the Part. The attribute Space Right impacts the Right Parts by moving them from Right, in order
to leave appropriate spaces. Similarly, Space Left impacts the Left Parts by moving them from
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Left, in order to leave appropriate spaces. If the intent is to have multiple parts printed horizontally,
then the Part Attribute ‘Vertical’ should be set to NO. In cases where the ‘Vertical’ Attribute is set
to YES, all the parts within this part will be printed vertically. In such cases, the Left Parts will
position at the Top of the Screen/ Page and the Right Parts at the Bottom of the Screen/ Page.
In cases where the Top Part or Bottom Part is specified within a Part Definition, it occupies the Top
Section or Bottom Section of the Part respectively, keeping Space Top and Space Bottom of the
Part in account. The attribute Space Bottom impacts the Bottom Parts by moving them from the
bottom in order to leave appropriate space. Similarly, the attribute Space Top impacts the Top
Parts by moving them from the Top in order to leave appropriate spaces. If the intent is to have
multiple parts printed vertically, then the Part Attribute Vertical should be set to Yes. If the Vertical
Attribute is set to No, then all the parts within this part will be printed horizontally. In such circumstances, the Top Parts will be positioned at the Left of the Screen/ Page while the Bottom Parts
are positioned at the Right of the Screen/ Page.
Both Parts and Lines are not allowed together within a Part. They are mutually
exclusive entities. Either Parts or Lines can be specified at a time, within a Part.
2.3.2 Top Lines and Bottom Lines
These attributes are used to place different lines at different positions in a particular ‘Part’ Definition. The attributes ‘Top Lines’ and ‘Bottom Lines’ can be specified in a Part Definition. However,
the attributes Top Lines/Lines can only be used in a Line and Field Definition.
Syntax
Top Lines
: <Line1, Line2,…..>
Bottom Lines: <Line1, Line2,…..>
Example
Top Lines
: Form SubTitle, CMP Action
Bottom Lines
: VCHTAXBILL Total
Top Lines and Bottom Lines – Part Definition
Attribute ‘Top Lines’ is used to place lines at the top, while attribute ‘Bottom Lines’ is used to place
lines at the bottom of the Part, with respect to the Height specified within the ‘Part’ Definition.
2.3.3 Left Field and Right Field
The attribute ‘Left Fields’ can be specified in both Line and Field Definition whereas the attribute
‘Right Fields’ can only be specified in a Line Definition.
Syntax
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Right Fields
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Example
Left Fields
: Medium Prompt, Chg SVDate, Chg VchDate
Right Fields
: Trader TypeofPurchase, Trader QtyUtilisedTotal
Left Fields and Right Fields – Line Definition
The attribute ‘Left Fields’ and ‘Right Fields’ specified in a ‘Line’ Definition, places the fields at their
respective position. ‘Left Fields’ starts printing from the Left to the Right of the Line, while ‘Right
Fields’ starts printing from the Right to the Left of the Line. If ‘Repeat’ Attribute is used in a Line,
specification of ‘Right Fields’ is not allowed, as by default, the ‘Repeat’ Attribute places the Field
specified to the Right of the Screen/Page.
Left Fields / Fields – Field Definition
The attribute ‘Field’ is used to create fields containing one or more fields, like Group fields. We
can create multiple fields inside a single field, using the ‘Fields’ attribute. The attribute ‘Fields’ is
useful when multiple Fields are required to be repeated in a Line. For example, in case of a Trial
Balance, two Fields, i.e., Debits and Credits, are required to be repeated together if a new column
is added by a user. The new column thus added, should again contain both these fields, i.e., Debit
and Credit. In a Line Definition, only one Field can be repeated. So, a Field is required within a
Field if more than one field requires to be repeated.
2.3.4 Align
The attribute ‘Align’ aligns the contents of a Field as specified. The permissible values for this
attribute are Left, Center, Right, Justified and Prompt.
Syntax
Align : <String Value>
Example
Align
: Right
2.3.5 Horizontal Align and Vertical Align
‘Horizontal Align’ sets the alignment of the Form or Part horizontally while ‘Vertical align’ sets the
alignment of the Form vertically.
Syntax
Horizontal Align
: <Logical Value>
Vertical Align
: <Logical Value>
Example
Horizontal Align
: Right
Vertical Align
: Bottom
;; Only for Form Definition
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The alignment of the Form or Part across the width of the page is set by the attribute ‘Horizontal
Align’. The default alignment of the Form and Part is in the Centre of the screen, and on the Left
on printing. Depending on the width of the Form and page, the Form or Part will be displayed/
printed, leaving equal amount of space on the left and right of the Form.
The alignment of the Form across the height of the page is set by the attribute ‘Vertical Align’. The
default alignment of the Form is Centre of the screen, and Top on print. Depending on the height
of the form and page, the form will be displayed/printed, leaving equal amount of space on the top
and bottom of the form.
2.3.6 Widespaced
This attribute is used in a ‘Field’ Definition to allow increased spacing between the characters of
the string value specified in the field. It is used to create titles for the report / columns.
Syntax
Widespaced
: <Logical Value>
Example
Widespaced: Yes
3. Some Specific Attributes
3.1 Inactive
The ‘Inactive’ attribute can be used in both a Field Definition and a Button Definition. When the
attribute Inactive is set to YES in a Field Definition, the Field loses its content but the size of the
Field remains intact. In cases where a ‘Button’ Definition is used, the Button becomes Inactive.
Syntax
Inactive
: <Logical Formula>
Example
[Field: TBCrAmount]
Set as
: $ClosingBalance
Inactive
: $$IsDr:$ClosingBalance
In this example, the Field TBCrAmount is used to display the Credit Amount of the Ledger in a
Trial Balance. When the Ledger Balance is Debit, the amount should not be displayed in the
Credit Column but the Width should be utilized to avoid the Debit Field being shifted to the Credit
Field. The Credit Totals to be calculated and displayed will also exclude the Debit Amount.
3.2 Invisible
This attribute can be specified in a Part, Line or a Field Definition. Based on the logical condition,
this attribute decides whether the contents of the definition should be displayed or not. When this
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attribute is set to YES, it does not display the contents, but the contents are retained for further
processing. In this case, contrary to ‘Inactive’, the size of the entire field is reduced to null, but the
value is retained.
Syntax
Invisible
: <Logical Formula>
3.2.1 Invisible – Field Definition
The ‘Invisible’ attribute, when specified in a Field, denotes that the current field is excluded from
all the further processing, based on satisfying a certain condition.
Example
[Field: Attr Invisible]
Set as
: “Invisible Attribute”
Invisible
: Yes
In this example, the Field attribute ‘Invisible’ is used to display Credit Amount of the Ledger in a
Trial Balance. When the Ledger Balance is debit, the amount should not be displayed/printed in
the Credit Column and the Width is not utilized allowing the other fields to utilize the space. The
Credit Totals being calculated and printed will also exclude the Debit Amount.
In a Report, at least one Part, Line and Field should be visible.
4. Definitions and Attributes for Formatting
4.1 Definition - Border
The Definition ‘Border’ determines the type of lines required in a border which can be used by a
Part, Line or a Field; which means that this definition can define customized borders for the user.
But, it is ideal to use predefined borders, which are part of default TDL, instead of user defined
ones, since almost all possible border combinations are already defined in the Default TDL.
Syntax
[Border: <Border Name>]
Top
: <Values separated by a comma>
Bottom
: <Values separated by a comma>
Left
: <Values separated by a comma>
Right
: <Values separated by a comma>
Color
: <Color Name – B&W, Color Name - Color>
PrintFG
: <Color Name>
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Attributes - Top, Bottom, Left and Right
The Top, Bottom, Left and Right attributes in a ‘Border’ Definition are used to add appropriate
lines which constitute the Border defined. The permissible values for these attributes are:

Thin/Thick : This specifies whether the Line should be thin or thick.

Flush : The border includes the spaces on the Top, Bottom, Left or Right.

Full Length : This ignores the space given at the Top, Bottom, Left or Right and
prints the border for the whole length.

Double : It forces double line to be printed. In its absence, single line is assumed.
Example
[Border: Thin Bottom Right Double]
Bottom
: Thin, Flush, Full Length
Right
: Thin, Double
[Field: Total Field]
Set AS
: $Total
Border
: Thin Bottom Right Double
Attribute - Color
The ‘Color’ attribute of the ‘Border’ Definition is used to specify the Color required for the border in
‘Display’ mode. In a ‘Border’ definition, the attribute ‘Color’ requires two values to be specified,
viz. First value for a Black and White Monitor, and the second for a Color monitor.
[Border: Top Bottom Colored]
Top
: Thin
Bottom
: Thin
Color
: "Deep Grey, LeafGreen"
[Field: Total Field]
Set AS
: $Total
Border
: Top Bottom Colored
Attribute - PrintFG
This attribute is used to specify the Color required for the border during printing.
[Border: Top Bottom Colored]
Top
: Thin
Bottom
: Thin
Color
: "Deep Grey, Leaf Green"
Print FG
: “Leaf Green”
[Field: Total Field]
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: $Total
Border
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4.2 Definition - Style
The Definition ‘Style’ can be used in the ‘Field’ Definition only. This definition determines the
appearance of the text being displayed/printed, by using a corresponding font scheme, i.e., Bold,
Italic, Point Size, Font Name, etc. The ‘Style’ attribute in ‘Field’ Definition is used to format the
appearance of the text appearing within the Field, both in Display and Print mode, provided the
‘Print Style’ attribute is not used within the current Field. The ‘Print Style’ attribute is used in Field,
if the Style required while displaying is different from the Style required while printing.
Syntax
[Style: <Style Name>]
Font
: <Font Name>
Height
: <required Font Height in Point Size>
Bold
: <Logical Formula>
Italic
: <Logical Formula>
Attribute - Font
It is a generic Font name supported by the Operating System. A Font is system dependent and
we don’t have any control over them. One can only select the required fonts from those available.
Example
[Style
: Normal]
Font
: if $$IsWindows then "Arial" else "Helvetica"
Height
: @@NormalSize
[Style
: Normal Bold]
Use
: Normal
Bold
: Yes
[Field
: Party Name]
Set AS
: $PartyLedgerName
Style
: Normal
Print Style : Normal Bold
Attribute - Height
This attribute should be specified without any measurement, since it is always measured in terms
of Points. It can have value as a fraction, or as a formula which returns a number. One can also
grow or shrink the Height by a multiplication factor or percentage.
Example
[Style
Use
: Normal Large]
: Normal
Height: Grow 25%
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Attribute - Bold
The attribute ‘Bold’ can only take logical values/ formula. In other words, it can take either a YES
or NO. It signifies that the field using this Style should be printed in Bold.
Example
[Style
: Normal Bold Large]
Use
: Normal Large
Bold
: Yes
Attribute - Italic
The attribute ‘Italic’ can only take logical values/ formula. In other words, it can be set to either
YES or NO. It signifies that the Field using this Style should be printed in Italics.
Example
[Style
Use
: Normal Large Italics]
: Normal Large
Italic: Yes
4.3 Definition - Color
The definition ‘Color’ is useful to determine the Foreground and Background Color for a Form,
Part, Field or Border, in Display as well as in Print Mode. A Color specification can be done by
specifying the RGB Values (the combination of Red, Green and Blue - each value should range
from 0 to 255).
Syntax
[Color: <Color Name>]
RGB
: <Red>, <Green>, <Blue>
Attribute - RGB
This is the second way of specifying color. One can specify the RGB value from a palette of 256
colors to obtain the required color, i.e., the values Red, Green and Blue can each range from 0 to
255. This gives the user the option to select from the wide range of 24 bit colors.
Example
[Color
RGB
[Field
50
: Pale Leaf Green]
: 169, 211, 211
:
Party Name]
Set as
: $PartyLedgerName
Color
: Pale Leaf Green
Print FG
: Pale Leaf Green
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4.4 Attributes ‘Background’ and ‘Print BG’
The attribute ‘Background’ is used to set the Background Color of a Form, Part or a Field in
Display mode. The ‘Print BG’ attribute is used to set the Background Color of a Form, Part or a
Field in Print mode.
Syntax
[Form: <Form Name>]
Background
: <Color Name Formula>
Print BG
: < Color Name Formula>
[Part: <Part Name>]
Background
: <Color Name Formula>
Print BG
: <Color Name Formula>
[Field: <Field Name>]
Background
: <Color Name Formula>
Print BG
: <Color Name Formula>
Example
[Form
: Salary Detail Configuration]
Background
[Part
: @@SV_CMPCONFIG
: Party Details]
Background
: Red
Print BG
: Green
[Field
: Party Ledger Name]
Background
: Yellow
Print BG
: Red
4.5 Attribute - Format
The attribute ‘Format’ is used in the Field definition. It determines the Format of the value being
displayed/ printed within the Field.
Syntax
[Field: <Field Name>]
Format
: <Formatting Values separated by comma>
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The value for the Attribute ‘Format’ varies, based on the data type of the Field.
Field of Type ‘Number’
Example
[Field: My Rate of Excise]
Set AS
: $BasicRateOfInvoiceTax
Format
: “No Comma, Percentage”
Field of Type ‘Date’
Example
[Field: Voucher Date]
Set AS
: $Date
Format
: “Short Date”
Field of Type ‘Amount’
Example
[Field: Bill Amount]
Set AS
: $Amount
Format
: “No Zero, No Symbol”
Field of Type ‘Quantity’
Example
[Field: Bill Qty]
Set AS
: $BilledQty
Format
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The following four definitions in TDL attract dimensions:
Form
Part
Line
Field
In TDL, Dimensional attributes are used for specifying the dimensions.
The Definition ‘Style’ determines the appearance of the text being displayed/printed by
using the corresponding Font scheme, i.e., Bold, Italic, Point Size, Font Name, etc.
The Definition ‘Color’ is useful to determine the Foreground and Background color for a
Form, Part, Field or Border, in Display as well as Print Mode.
The attribute ‘Format’ is used in the Field Definition. It determines the Format of the value
being displayed/ printed within the Field.
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Variables, Buttons and Keys
Introduction
A Variable is a storage location or an entity. It is a value that can change, depending on the conditions or on the information passed to the program.
The actions in TDL can be delivered in three ways: by activating a Menu Item, by pressing a Key
or by activating a Button.
The definitions of both Buttons and Keys are the same, but at the time of deployment, Keys differ
from Buttons.
1. Variable
In TDL, a Variable is one of the important definitions, since it helps to control the behaviour of
Reports and their contents. Variables assume different values during execution and these values
affect the behaviour of the Reports.
A Variable definition is similar to any other definition.
Syntax
[Variable: <Variable Name>]
Attribute : Value
A Variable should be given a meaningful name which determines its purpose.
1.1 Attributes of a Variable
The attributes of a Variable determine its nature and behaviour. Some of the widely used attributes are discussed below:
1.1.1 Type
This attribute determines the Type of the value that will be held by the variable. The Types of
values that a variable can handle are String, Logical, Date and Number. In the absence of this
attribute, a variable assumes to be of the Type String, by default.
Syntax
[Variable: <Variable Name>]
Type
: <Data Type>
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Example:
[Variable : ICFG Supplementary]
Type
: Logical
A logical variable ICFG Supplementary is defined and used to control the behaviour of certain
reports, based on its logical value, as configured by the user.
1.1.2 Default
This attribute is used to assign a default value to a variable, based on the ‘Type’ defined.
Syntax
[Variable: <Variable Name>]
Default
: <Initial Value>
Value of the variable should adhere to the data type specified with ‘Type’ Attribute.
Example
[Variable : DSP HasColumnTotal]
Type
: Logical
Default
: Yes
The Default Initial Value for the logical Variable DSP HasColumnTotal is set to YES. This variable
will begin with an initial value YES in the Reports, unless overridden by the System Formula. We
will learn about the System Formula in the coming sections.
1.1.3 Persistent
This attribute decides the retention periodicity of the attribute. If the attribute ‘Persistent’ is set to
YES, then the latest value of the variable will be retained across the sessions, provided the
variable is not a local variable.
We will learn about the concept of local and global variables shortly.
Syntax
[Variable: <Variable Name>]
Persistent: <Logical Value>
Example
[Variable : SV Backup Path]
Type
: String
Persistent
: Yes
The attribute ‘Persistent’ of the variable SV Backup Path has been set to YES, which means that
it retains the latest path given by the user even during the concurrent sessions of Tally.
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1.1.4 Volatile
In cases where the ‘Volatile’ attribute in the Variable definition is set to YES, the variable is
capable of retaining multiple values, i.e., its original value with its subsequent values, are stored
as a stack. The default value of this attribute is YES.
In cases where a new report R2 is initiated, using a volatile variable V, from the current report R1,
the current value of the volatile variable will be saved as in a stack, and the variable can assume
a new value in the new report R2. Once the previous report R1 is returned back from the report
R2, the previous value of the variable will be restored. A classic example of this is a drill-down
Trial Balance.
Syntax
[Variable: <Variable Name>]
Volatile: <Logical Value>
Example
[Variable : GroupName]
Type
: String
Volatile
: Yes
The ‘Volatile’ attribute of Group Name Variable is set to YES, which means that the variable
‘Group Name’ can store multiple values, which have been received from multiple reports.
1.1.5 Repeat
This attribute is mainly used to achieve the Auto Column behaviour in various Reports. Each
Column is created with a subsequent Object in a Collection automatically, till all the columns
required for Auto Columns exhaust. The ‘Repeat’ attribute has its value as a variable which has
the collection of Objects, for which the columns need to be generated. Every time the Repeat is
executed, the column for the subsequent Object is added.
Syntax
[Variable: <Variable Name>]
Repeat
: <Variable Value>
Example
[Variable : SV FromDate]
Type
: Date
Volatile
: Yes
Repeat
: ##DSPRepeatCollection
##DSPRepeatCollection Variable receives the Collection Name from a Child Report, which
accepts inputs from the user regarding the columns required. Variable SVFromDate gets
repeated over the subsequent period in the Collection each time the column repeats.
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1.2 The Scope of a Variable
The scope of a Variable can be broadly classified as follows:

Local
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Global
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Field acting as a variable
1.2.1 Local
A Variable is termed as a local variable when it is associated to a Report. This means that the
scope of the variable covers only the current report and its components. It is not mandatory for
local variables to have an initial value.
Syntax
[Report : <Report Name>]
Variable: <Variable Name>
Example
[Report
: Balance Sheet]
Variable
: Explode Flag
Explode Flag Variable is made local to the Report ‘Balance Sheet’ by associating it using the
Report attribute ‘Variable’.This variable retains its value as long as we work with this Report. On
exiting the Report, the original value if given, is returned and the value modified within this report
is lost. For example, consider a situation where ‘Stock Summary’ Report is being viewed with
Opening, Inwards, Outwards and Closing Columns enabled through Configuration settings. Once
we quit this Report and re-enter the Report, the variables return to the default settings.
1.2.2 Global
A variable is termed as Global variable when it is defined under System Variable section. It means
that the scope of the variable covers all reports. An initial value is mandatory for global variables.
A Global Variable can also be made local to a Report by associating it to a Report, as
discussed in Local Variables above.
Syntax
[System: Variable]
Variable: <Initial Type Based Value>
Example
[System
: Variable]
BSVerticalFlag
: No
The BSVerticalFlag Variable is made Global. Hence, this variable value being modified in a
Report is retained, even after we quit and re-enter the Report.
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The retention of a Global Variable can be done on two levels, i.e., either within the current session
or across the sessions. If the Variable attribute ‘Persistent’ is set to YES, then the modified
variable value is retained across the sessions, else the value defaults back to initial value on reentering another session of Tally.
All the Persistent Variable Values are stored in a File Named TallySav.Cfg, in the folder
path specified in Tally.ini. Each time Tally is restarted, these variable values are
accessed from this file.
1.2.3 Field Acting as a Variable
The Variable attribute in a ‘Field’ Definition is used to make the Field behave as a Variable. This
means that as soon as some value is entered/altered in a Field, the variable assumes the same
value with immediate effect. The Variable need not be defined previously, since it inherits its data
type from the Field itself.
For example, in a Trial Balance Report, which is a drill down report, there is a need to retain the
Group Name which has been selected by the user. So, each time the user scrolls up and down,
the field value changes and the current field value is passed on to the variable immediately, so
that if the current group is selected and drilled down, the report begins with the sub groups and
ledgers of the selected group.
The Variables used in a Field Acting as a Variable are local variables, and are local to
the Report.
Syntax
[Field: <Field Name>]
Variable: <Variable Name>
Example
[!Field
: DSP Group Acc]
Variable
: Group Name
This is used in the ‘List of Accounts’ Report in Tally.ERP 9, wherein the optional Field DSP Group
Acc is made to act as a variable by using the Field attribute ‘Variable’, and the value selected by
the user is passed on to this variable for further use.
1.3 Modifying the Variable Value
A Field attribute Modifies is used to modify the value of a variable.
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Syntax
[Field : <Field Name>]
Modifies : <Variable Name>
Example
[Field
: SLedger]
Modifies
: SLedger
The SLedger Variable is modified with the value stored/keyed in the Field SLedger
1.4 Example - Variables
The following code snippet explains the usage of Local variable.
[Variable: LocVar]
Type
: String
Default
: "This is the default value"
;; Variable LocVar of Type String is defined and it is assigned a Default Value
[Report: Local Variable]
Variable
: LocVar
;; At this point, Variable LocVar becomes a Local Variable for this Report
[Field: Local Variable Field]
Set As
: "This is a Local Variable in Report"
Modifies : LocVar
;; Here, the variable value is modified with the Field contents specified in ‘Set As’
In this code snippet, a local variable LocVar is defined and locally attached to the Report ‘Local
Variable’. This Report modifies the Variable Value to ‘This is a Local Variable in Report’. Once
we exit from this Report, the value of the variable locvar modified in this Report is lost.
2. Buttons and Keys
The actions in TDL can be delivered in three ways - by activating a Menu Item, by pressing a Key
or by activating a Button.
The definition of both Buttons and Keys are the same, but at the time of deployment, Keys differ
from Buttons.
All the Buttons used within the attribute ‘Buttons’ are visible on the button bar, so that the user can
either click it or press the unique key combination. All the Buttons used within the attribute ‘Keys’
are invisible entities and the key combination associated in the Key must be pressed to activate a
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key; whereas to activate a button, either it can be clicked or the key combination assigned for the
button can be pressed.
2.1 Attributes of Buttons/ Keys
2.1.1 Title
The ‘Title’ attribute can be used to give a meaningful Title to the Button being displayed on the
Button Bar. This attribute is optional.
In case the Title is not specified, then by default, it assumes the Button Name as its title.
In cases where it is used as a Key, the Title is ignored, since the Keys are hidden in a
Menu or a Report.
Syntax
[Key/Button: <Key/Button Name>]
Title : <Button Title>
Example
[Button : NonColumnar]
Title : “No Columns”
2.1.2 Key/ Keys
This attribute is used to give a unique key combination, which can be activated by pressing the
same from any Report or Menu. This attribute is mandatory if action is specified in this definition.
Syntax
[Key/Button: <Key/Button Name>]
Key
: <Combination of Keys>
Example
[Button: NonColumnar]
Key
: Alt + F5
2.1.3 Action
The Action attribute is used to associate an Action with the Button. Every Button or Key is
defined for the purpose of executing certain predefined actions.
Syntax
[Key/Button: <Key/Button Name>]
Action: <Required Action>
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Example
[Button: NonColumnar]
Action
: Set : ColumnarDayBook: NOT ##ColumnarDayBook
2.1.4 Inactive
The Inactive attribute is used to activate the Button, based on some condition. If the condition is
FALSE, the button will be displayed, but it cannot be activated.
Syntax
[Key/Button : <Key/Button Name>]
Inactive : <Logical Condition>
Example
[Button : Close Company]
Inactive: $$SelectedCmps < 1
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A variable is a storage location or an entity. It is a value that can change, depending
either on the conditions or on the information passed on to the program.
The Variable attribute ‘Type’ determines the Type of value that will be held within it.
The attribute ‘Default’ is used to assign a default value to a variable, based on the ‘Type’
defined.
The attribute ‘Persistent’ decides the retention periodicity of the attribute.
The attribute ‘Modifies’ in a Field definition is used to modify the value of a variable.
‘Title’, ‘Key’, ‘Action’ and ‘Inactive’ are the attributes of ‘Button’ definition.
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Objects and Collections
Introduction
In the previous lesson, the usage of Variables, Buttons and Keys were explained. In this lesson,
the concept of ‘Objects’ and ‘Collections’ will be discussed in detail. Let us try to understand what
an object is in general, its importance and usage in TDL.
1. Objects
Any information that is stored in a computer is referred to as Data. Database is a collection of
information organized in such a way that a computer program can quickly select desired data. A
database can be considered as an electronic filing system. To access information from a
database, a Database Management System (DBMS) is used. DBMS allows to enter, organize,
and select data in a database.
The organization of data in a database is referred to as the ‘Database Structure’. The widely used
database structures are hierarchical, relational, network and object-oriented.
In the hierarchical structure the data is arranged in a tree-like structure. This structure uses the
parent –child relationships to store repeating information. A parent can have multiple children, but
a child can have only one parent. The child in turn can have multiple children. Information related
to one entity is referred to as an object. A database is a group of interrelated objects.
An object is a self-contained entity that consists of both data, and procedures to manipulate the
data. It is defined as an independent entity, based on its properties and behaviour/functionality.
Objects are stored in a data base.
A relationship can be created between the objects. As discussed, the hierarchical structure has a
parent-child relationship. For example, child objects can inherit characteristics from parent
objects. Likewise, a child object can not exist without a parent object.
After discussing the object concept in general, let us examine the Tally object structure in the
following section.
1.1 Tally Object Structure
The Tally data base is hierarchical in nature, in which the objects are stored in a tree-like structure. Each node in the tree can be a tree in itself. An object in Tally is composed of methods and
collections. Method is used to retrieve data from the database. A collection is a group of objects.
Each object in the collection can further have methods and collections. The structure is as shown
in Figure 6.1.
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Figure 6.1 Tally Object Structure
Everything in TDL is an Object. As mentioned in the earlier chapters, Report, Menu, Company,
Ledger, etc., all are objects in TDL. The properties of objects in TDL are called Attributes. For
example, the attributes ‘Object’, ‘Title’, ‘Form’ are all properties that define the ‘Report’ object.
An object can have Methods and Collections, as mentioned earlier. For example, the Object
‘Ledger’ contains the Methods ‘Name’, ‘Parent’, etc., and the collections ‘Address’ and ‘Billwise
Details’.
As shown in the Figure 6.1, the Objects available at Level 1 are referred to as Primary objects and
objects which are at Level 2-n are referred to as Secondary objects.
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Two different types of objects are available in TDL. The following section describes the classification of objects in TDL.
1.2 Tally Objects Types
Objects in TDL are classified into two types, based on the their usage and behaviour, as follows:
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Interface Objects

Data Objects
Interface objects define the user interface while Data objects store the value in the Tally Primary
or Secondary database. Any data manipulation operation on the data object is performed through
Interface objects only. Figure 6.2 shows the classification of objects in TDL.
Figure 6.2 Classification of objects
1.2.1 Interface Objects
Objects used for designing the User Interface are referred to as Interface objects. Report, Form,
Menu, etc., are interface objects. Interface objects like Report and Menu are independent items
and can exist on their own. The objects Form, Part, Line, Field can’t exist independently. They
must follow the containment hierarchy as mentioned in the section ‘Basic TDL Structure’ of
Lesson 2 – ‘TDL Components’.
Example
[Field: Sample Fld]
Width: 22
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[Line: Sample Ln]
Field: Name Field
TDL allows a re-usage of all the objects.There are two ways to obtain some more properties that
are required in an object:
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The existing object can either be used in new objects or in lieu of defining a new object.
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The existing object can be modified to add new properties.
The interface objects can be shared by other interface objects. For example, a single field can be
used in multiple lines. The following examples describe the discussed scenarios:
Example 1
[Field : Sample Fld]
Width
: 22
Set As
: “TDL Demo”
[#Field : Sample Fld]
Style
: Normal Bold
The field Sample Fld will have both the properties. The width of the field is 22 and text is
displayed using the style Normal Bold.
Example 2
[Field: Sample Fld]
Width
: 22
Set As
: “TDL Demo”
[Field: Sample Fld1]
Use
: Sample Fld
Style
: Normal Bold
The field Sample Fld1 will have both the properties. The width of the field is 22 and the text is
displayed using the style Normal Bold.
Example 3
[Line : TitleA]
Field
: Name Field
[Line: TitleB]
Field
: Name Field
The field Name Field is used in both the lines TitleA and TitleB.
A set of available attributes of interface objects are predefined by the platform. A new attribute
can not be created for an interface object.
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Interface objects are always associated with a Data Object and essentially add, retrieve or manipulate the information in Data Objects.
1.2.2 Data Objects
Data is actually stored in the Data Objects. These objects are classified into two types viz.,
Internal objects and User defined objects / TDL objects.
Internal Objects – Internal objects are provided by the platform. They are stored in the Tally
Database. Multiple instances of internal objects can exist. In Tally.ERP 9, internal objects are of
several types. Examples of internal objects are Company, Group, Ledger, Stock, Stock Item,
Voucher Type, Cost Centre, Cost Category Budget, Bill and Unit of Measure.
User Defined Objects /TDL Objects – All the Objects which are defined by the user in TDL are
referred to as User Defined Objects or TDL objects. User defined objects are further classified as
Static Objects or Dynamic Objects.
Static TDL Objects cannot be stored in Tally Database. The data for the Static object is hard
coded in the program and can be used for display purpose only.
Dynamic TDL Objects can be created from the data available in any of the following external
data sources:
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XML Files from remote HTTP server
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DLL files
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From any type of database through ODBC
In TDL, the data from all these external data sources is available in a collection.
1.2.3 Example of Internal Objects and TDL Objects
Static TDL Objects / External Objects
As discussed earlier, a user can create Static TDL Objects for which the data is hard coded.
Consider the following examples of Employee Details.
Employee Details
In TDL, two objects have to be created such that EmpNo, Name, Date and Designation become
the attributes of the object. The code snippet to create these objects is as shown:
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[Object : Emp 1]
EmpNo
: E001
Name
: “Krishna”
Date
: Aug 01
Designation : Manager
[Object : Emp 2]
EmpNo
: E002
Name
: “Radha”
Date
: Aug 01
Designation : “Asst. Manager”
Internal Objects
Consider the data for a ledger object which has multiple bill details associated with it.
Ledger Details
This hierarchical structure shows that the ledger ‘Krishna’ is created under the group ‘Sundry
Creditors’. It further contains multiple bill details. The Ledger Name is ‘Krishna’, the parent group
is ‘Sundry Creditors’ and the closing amount is 3000. The two bills ‘Bill 1’ for the amount 1000 and
‘Bill 2’, for the amount 2000, are associated with the ledger Krishna.
Please refer to the Appendix for the detailed structure of Internal Objects and Methods.
1.3 Object Context
Each Interface object exists in the context of a Data Object. An Interface object either retrieves
information from the Data Object or stores information into the Data Object. The association of the
Interface object with a Data Object can be done at the Report, Part, Line and Field level. All the
methods of the associated Data Object are available in the Interface object, which is said to be in
the ‘Context’ of the associated Data Object.
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The data is always retrieved from the database in context of the current object. All the data manipulation operations are performed on the object in context only.
Any expression such as Formulae, Methods and so on which are evaluated in the Interface
object, will be in the ‘Context’ of the Data Object. To understand the concept of object context,
consider the following example:
Example
When the Interface object ‘Report’ is associated to the Data Object ‘Ledger’, then all the methods
and collection of the Ledger object can be referenced in the associated report. The Method
$Name, when used in the field, will display the name of the Ledger object associated at the
Report level. If no object is associated at the Report level, then no data will be displayed in the
field, since there is no object in the context.
2. Collections
A Collection is termed as a group of objects. It refers to a collection of zero or more objects. The
objects in the collection can be obtained either from the Tally database, or from external data
sources, e.g., XML file.
In default TDL, many collections are defined which are referred to as Internal Collections. The collections created by a user are called user defined collections. Object in a collection follow the Tally
object structure, i.e., each object of the collection can contain Methods, Collections, and so on.
A collection can be a collection of objects or a collection of collections.
Figure 6.3 shows the collection of objects.
Figure 6.3 Collection of objects
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The collection of collections is referred to as a Union of collection. This capability will be
discussed in detail in the section Collection Capabilities.
In TDL, the collections are of two types: Simple collection and Compound collections.
2.1 Types of Collection
Collections can have multiple Methods and Collection. They are classified as Simple Collection
and Compound Collection based on the constituents of the collection.
Figure 6.4 shows the classification of collection.
Figure 6.4 Classification of collections
Simple Collections
Simple collections contain only a single method which is repeatable. Simple Collections cannot
have sub-collections. The Name and Address are examples of Simple Collections.
Compound Collections
The collections which have sub-collections and multiple methods are called Compound Collection. Any Internal or External Collections of Primary or Secondary or user defined objects is an
example of a Compound Collection. In both Simple and Compound Collections, the index can be
used to fetch user-defined or internal methods of the Object. The Index can be either First or Last.
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After describing the classification of a Collection, the following topic describes the various data
sources of a Collection.
2.2 Sources of Collection
‘Collection’, the data processing artifact of TDL, provides extensive capabilities to gather data not
only from Tally database, but also from external sources using ODBC, DLLs and HTTP.
Based on the source of data, the collections are referred to as External collection, ODBC collection, HTTP XML collection and Aggregate/summary collection.
The Collection of Internal Objects
In cases where a collection contains objects from Tally database, it is referred to as an Internal
Collection. In the collection of internal objects, the attributes used are Type, Child Of, Belongs To.
External Collection
The collection of static TDL objects are referred to as an External Collection. The attribute used to
create an external collection is ‘Object’.
ODBC Collection
The Data Objects populated in the collection are from an external database using ODBC. The
attributes used are ODBC, SQL, SQL Objects, SQL Parms and SQL Values.
HTTP XML Collection
The Objects of this collection are obtained from the XML file using HTTP. The file can be made
available either on the local machine or on the remote server. The attributes used in creating an
XML collections are ‘Remote URL’, ‘Remote Request’, ‘XML Object Path’ and ‘XML Object’.
DLL Collection
A collection can be populated with objects obtained by executing a DLL file. The DLL’s can be
written using an external application to extend the existing functionality of Tally. This allows the
users to extend the kernel capability by adding their own functions.
External Plug-Ins are written as DLL’s and can be of two types:

C++ DLL’s
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ActiveX DLL’s
In order to create the Collection that calls an external PlugIn the following attributes are used.
Values can be passed to the DLL’s as parameters.
Syntax
[Collection: My DLL Collection]
Plug-In
: <path to dll>.<pInput param>
ActiveX Plug-In
: <Project Name>.<Class Name>.<pInput param>
The value returned by executing the DLL will be available as objects in the collection.
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2.3 Creating a Collection
TDL provides a set of attributes to create a collection and populate it with objects obtained from
various data sources. The set of attributes used in the collection is based on the data source as
mentioned in the section Sources of Collections. This section describes the attributes used in the
creation of an internal and external collection. Creating collections from various data sources will
be explained later.
2.3.1 Collection of Internal Objects
To create a collection of internal objects, the attribute ‘Type’ is used. It accepts object type name
as the value. The collection definition for creating an internal collection has the following syntax.
Syntax
[Collection: <Collection Name>]
Type : <Object Type>
Where,
<Collection Name> is a user defined name for the collection.
<Object Type> is the name of any of the internal objects, e.g., Group, StockItem, Voucher, etc.
Attribute – Type
This attribute is used to define a collection of a particular Type or Subtype. This attribute can take
values of the default TDL objects as well as the user defined fields (UDF).
Syntax
Type : <ObjectType>[: <ParentType>]
Where,
<Object Type> is the name of the object type or its sub-type.
<Parent Type> is optional and is required if the subtype is to be specified.
Example
[Collection: My Collection]
Type : Ledger
The collection My Collection consists of a collection of Ledgers which is an Internal object.
2.3.2 External Collection
To create a collection of Static TDL objects the attribute used is Object. The collection definition
for creating external collection has the following syntax:
Syntax
[Collection: <Collection Name>]
Object : <Object
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Where,
<Collection Name> is the user defined name for the collection.
<Object Name> are the names of user-defined objects.
Attribute – Object
The ‘Object’ attribute is used to create a collection of user-defined objects. A collection can have
multiple collections/objects in it.
Syntax
Object : <List of Objects>
Where,
<List of Objects> is a comma-separated list of objects.
Here, the objects are defined using the ‘Object’ definition, as shown in the following example.
Example
[Collection : Emp]
Object
: Emp1, Emp2
[Object : Emp1]
EmpName : "Ram Kumar"
Age
:
"25"
[Object : Emp2]
EmpName : "Krishna Yadav"
Age
:
"30"
The Objects of Collection ‘Emp’ has the Methods ‘EmpName’ and ‘Age’.
In TDL, Methods are used to retrieve data from Objects and Collections. The following section
explains the Usage and Types of methods.
3. Object Association
Object Association is the process of linking an Interface Object with one or more Data Objects.
Each Interface Object must be in the context of a Data Object. A TDL programmer can associate
an Interface Object with any Data Object. If a Interface object is not explicitly associated with any
Data Object, then Anonymous Object is associated to it. Anonymous Object is a Primary data
Object provided by platform. It has no methods, sub-collections, or parameters.
Object Association can be done at the following levels:
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Report Level Association
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Part Level Association
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Line Level Association
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Field Level Association
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Once an Object is associated at the Top level, the child level Interface Objects inherit it, unless it
is explicitly overridden. If there is no explicit association of the Data Object at the Report level, it is
associated with the Anonymous Object.
3.1 Report Level Object association
A Report is normally associated with a data object, which it gets from the previous Report and if
not, will be associated with the anonymous object. From Release 3.0 onwards, the syntax for
association has been enhanced to override the default association as well. The Report attribute
‘Object’ has been enhanced to take an additional optional value as ‘Object Identifier Formula’.
Syntax
Object: <ObjectType> [: <ObjectIdentifierFormula>]
Where,
<ObjectType> is a Type of Primary Object.
<ObjectIdentifierFormula> is an optional value and refers to any formula which evaluates the
name of Primary Object.
Example 1: Without the Object Identifier
[#Form: Sales Color]
Delete
: Print
Add
: Print: New Sales Format
[Report: New Sales Format]
Object
: Voucher
Default Sales Color Form is modified to have a new print format ‘New Sales Format’. This Report
gets the voucher object from the previous Report.
Example 2: With the Object Identifier
[Report: Sample Report]
Object
: Ledger
: “Cash”
The Ledger ‘Cash’ is associated to the Report ‘Sample Report’. Now components of a ‘Sample
Report’ by default, inherit this ledger object association.
3.2 Part Level Object Association
Part inherits the Object from the Report/Part/Line, by default. This can be overridden in two ways.
3.2.1 Using the ‘Object’ attribute specification in the Part definition
The syntax of an Object attribute at the part level is as follows :
Syntax
Object : <SupplierCollection> : <SeekTypeKeyword> [: <SeekCondition>]
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Where:
<SupplierCollection> is the name of the Collection of Secondary Objects.
<SeekTypeKeyword> can be First or Last, which denotes the position index.
<SeekCondition> is an optional value, and is a filter condition to the Supplier collection.
Example: Part in the Context of Voucher Object
[Part: Sample Part]
Line
: Sample Line
Object
: InventoryEntries:First:@@StkNameFilter
Scroll
: Vertical
[System: Formula]
StkNameFilter : $StockItemName = "Tally Developer”
The first inventory entry having stock item “Tally Developer” is associated with Part ‘Sample Part’.
Only sub-objects can be associated at part level for which the primary object is associated at the
Report level. To overcome this limitation a new attribute ‘Object Ex’ is introduced at part level in
release 3.0.
3.2.2 Using ‘Object Ex’ attribute specification in Part definition
The attribute ‘Object Ex’ provides the ease of using enhanced method formula syntax, while specifying the object association. Now even the Primary Object can be associated to a Part, which was
not possible with the Object attribute of ‘Part’ Definition.
Syntax
Object Ex
: <Method Formula Syntax>
Where,
<Method formula syntax> is, <Absolute Spec>.[<SubObjectSpec>]
<Absolute Specification> is (<Object Type>, <Object Identifier Formula>). If only Absolute
Spec. is given, then it should end with dot (‘.’).
<Sub Object Specification> is CollectionName[Index,<Condition>]
Example 1
[Part: Sample Part]
Object Ex: (Ledger,"Customer")
The Ledger object “Customer 1” is associated to the Part ‘Sample Part’. Since only the absolute
specification used, the Object specification is ends with ‘.’
Example 2
[Part: Sample Part]
Object Ex: (Ledger,"Customer").BillAllocations[1,@@Condition1]
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[System: Formula]
Condition1: $Name = "Bills 2"
The Secondary Object ‘Bill Allocation’ is associated with the Part ‘Sample Part’.
The Data Object associated to some other Interface Object can also be associated to a Part. This
aspect will be elaborated in the section ‘Object Access via UI Object’ of the Enhancement
training. The enhanced method formula syntax is discussed in detail under the section ‘Accessing Methods’.
3.3 Line Level Object Association
An object can be associated to a Line by Part attribute ‘Repeat’. Now, the Part attribute ‘Repeat’ is
enhanced to support the following.
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Extraction of collection from any Data object.
Extraction of collection from UI Object associated Data object. This aspect will be elaborated in the section “Object Access via UI Object”.
3.3.1 Attribute - Repeat
Repeat : <Line Name>: <Coll Name>: [<Supplier Coll> : <SeekTypeKeyword> :
<SeekCondition>]
Where,
<Coll Name> is the name of the Collection. If the Collection is present in one level down of the
object hierarchy, then Supplier Collection needs to be mentioned.
<SupplierCollection> is the name of the Collection of secondary Objects.
<SeekTypeKeyword> can either be First or Last which denotes the position index.
<SeekCondition> is an optional value and is a filter condition to the supplier collection.
Example: Part in the context of Voucher Object
[Part: Sample Part]
Line
: Sample Line
Repeat
: Sample Line: Bill Allocations: Ledger Entries: First: +
@@LedFormula
[System: Formula]
LedFormula
: $LedgerName = “Customer”
The Line ‘Sample Line’ is repeated over Bill Allocations of first Object ‘Ledger entries’, which
satisfies the given condition.
3.3.2 Alternate ‘Repeat’ Syntax
Instead of specifying the ‘<Coll Name>: [<Supplier Coll> : <SeekTypeKeyword> : <SeekCondition>]’, the new method formula syntax can be used as follows:
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Syntax
Repeat : <Line Name> : <MethodFormulaSyntax>
Where,
<MethodFormulaSyntax> is <Absolute Spec>.<SubObjectSpec>
<Absolute Spec> is (<Object Type>, <Object Identifier Formula>)
<Sub Object Spec> is CollectionName[Index,<Condition>]
Example
[Part: Sample Part]
Line
: Sample Line
Repeat: Sample Line: (Ledger, “Customer”).BillAllocations
The Line ‘Sample Line’ is repeated over Bill Allocations of Object Ledger for Customer ledger.
3.4 Field Level Object Association
By default, it is inherited from the Parent line or Field (if field is inside a field). This cannot be overridden. However Field also allows Object Specification syntax. This association, if specified, acts
as the ‘Secondary Context Object’ for the Field. During any formula evaluation, if the formula /
method fails in the context of the Primary Object, the Secondary Object is tried then.
4. Methods
Each piece of information stored in the data object can be retrieved using a method. A method
either performs some operation on the object, or retrieves a value from it. To retrieve the value
from database, the storage name is prefixed with $ symbol. TDL provides pre-defined methods
and allows the user to create methods as well. Methods are classified as Internal or External.
4.1 Types of Methods
4.1.1 Internal Methods
The methods which are defined by the platform are called as Internal Methods. For example, the
methods Name, Address and Parent are the internal Methods of Object ‘Ledger’.
4.1.2 User Defined/External Methods
A user can change the behaviour or perform an action on the internal object by defining new
Methods. Methods defined by the user are referred to as External / User-defined methods.
Example: A Method ‘DiffBal’ can be created for an Object ‘Ledger’, which gives the difference of
the total debit amount and total credit amount.
4.2 Accessing Methods
Methods of an object can be accessed in TDL in three different ways, based on the object context.
4.2.1 Accessing data from the current Object
Incase you are already in the object context, use the Method name prefixed with $ directly.
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Syntax
$<MethodName>
Where,
<Method Name> is the name of the Method of the object in context.
Example
$CompanyName
4.2.2 Accessing by Reference
In cases where the user is not in the object context, or is in a different object context then
following syntax may be used:
Syntax
$<Method Name>:<Object Name>:<formula>
Where,
<Method Name> is the name of the Method, which belongs to the Object.
<Object Name> is the name of the Object.
<Formula> is the value, based on which, the Method value is retrieved.
Example
$Name:Ledger:##SVLedgerName
4.2.3 Accessing by using the Index
In cases where the user is not in the object context, or in a different object context, the following
syntax may be used:
Syntax
$<Method Name>:< Collection Name>: <Seek Type>
Where,
<Method Name> is the name of the Method which belongs to the Collection.
<Collection Name> is the name of the Collection.
<Seek Type> is the searching direction. It can either be First or Last.
Example
$LedgerName:LedgerEntries:First
4.2.4 Directly Accessing Data from Any Object
The Method formula syntax allows direct access to any object Method, including its sub-collections to any level, with a dotted notation framework.The values from any object anywhere can be
accessed, without making the object as the current object. This syntax is introduced to support
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access out of the scope of the Primary Object and to access the Sub object at any level using (.)
dotted notation, with index and condition support.
Syntax
$<PrimaryObjectSpec>.<SubObjectPathSpec>.MethodName
Where,
<Primary Object Spec> can be (<Primary Object Type Keyword>, <Primary Object Identifier
Formula>)
<SubObjectPathSpec> is given as the Collection Name [<Index Formula>, [<Condition>]]
<MethodName> refers to the name of the Method in the specified path.
<Index Formula> should return a number, which acts as a position specifier in the Collection of
Objects matching the given <condition>
Example: Assuming that the Voucher is the current object
1. To get the Ledger Name of the first Ledger Entry from the current Voucher:
Set As
:
$LedgerEntries[1].LedgerName
2. To get the amount of the first Ledger Entry on the Ledger Sales from the current voucher
(Sales Invoice):
Set As
: $LedgerEntries[1,@@LedgerCondition].Amount
LedgerCondition
: $LedgerName = “Sales”
3. To get the first Bill Name of the first Ledger entry on the Party Ledger from the current
voucher (Sales Invoice):
Set As: $LedgerEntries[1,@@LedgerCondition].BillAllocaions[1].Name
LedgerCondition
: $LedgerName = @@InvPartyName
4. To get the Opening Balance of the first Bill for the Party Ledger Acme Corp:
Set As:
$(Ledger,@@PartyLedger).BillAllocations[1].OpeningBalance
PartyLedger
:
“Acme Corp”
The Primary Object specification is optional. If it is not specified, the current object will be considered as the Primary Object. A Sub-Collection specification is optional. If not specified, Methods
from the current or specified primary object will be made available. The Index specifies the
position of the Sub-Object to be picked up from the Sub-Collection. This Condition is ‘Filter’ which
is checked on the objects of the specified Sub-Collection.
<Primary Object Identifier Formula>, <Index Formula> and Condition can be a value or
formula.
The Index Formula can be any formula evaluating to a number. The Positive Number indicates a
forward search while a negative number indicates a backward search. This can also be a keyword
First or Last, which is equivalent to specifying 1 or -1 respectively.
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In cases where both the Index and Condition are specified, the index is applicable on the
Object(s) which satisfies the condition so that one gets the nth Object which clears the condition.
Let’s say for example, if the Index specified is 2 and Condition is Name = ‘Sales’, then the second
object which matches the name ‘Sales’, will be picked up.
The Primary Object Path Specification can either be Relative or Absolute. A Relative Path is
referred to by using empty parenthesis () or a dotted path to refer to the Parent object relatively. A
SINGLE DOT denotes the current object, DOUBLE DOT the Parent Object, TRIPLE DOT the
Grand Parent Object, and so on, within an Internal Object. The Absolute Path refers to the path in
which the Primary Object is explicitly specified.
To access the Methods of Primary Object using a Relative Path, the following syntax is used.
Syntax
$().<MethodName> or $..<MethodName> or $…<MethodName>
Example
With regard to the context of LedgerEntries Object within Voucher Object, the following have to be
written to access the Date from its Parent Object which is the Voucher Object.
$..Date
To access the Methods of Primary Object using the Absolute Path:
Example
$(Ledger, “Cash”).OpeningBalance
5. Collection Capabilities
Having understood the concept of Objects, Collection, Methods and Object association, let us
now concentrate on understanding the concept of Collection as a Data Processing Artifact in TDL.
In previous sections, we saw that a Collection can contain objects from Tally Database or
populate objects from external data sources as well. In further sections, we will discuss the capabilities of collection from the data processing perspective. Let’s segregate the capabilities into:
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Union
Filtering
Sorting
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Advanced Capabilities
Extraction
Aggregation
Usage As Tables
Integration Capabilities using HTTP XML Collection
Dynamic Object Support
Collection Capabilities for Remoting
We will be covering the Basic capabilities in detail with all the relevant attributes and functions for
achieving the same. Some portions of Advanced capabilities which were available prior to
Tally.ERP 9 will be covered here. The latest developments pertaining to this, will be covered in our
training program ‘TDL Enhancements for Tally.ERP 9’
5.1 Basic Capabilities
5.1.1 Union
‘Union’ refers to creation of a Collection by combining multiple Collections. The total number of
objects in the resultant Collection will be the sum of objects in all the Collections. The following
figure shows a Collection of sub-collections, which can further be unions of collections, and so on.
Figure 6.5 Collection of Sub-collection
This example shows that Collection C1 contains Collection C2 and Collection C3. Likewise, Collection C2 further contains Collection C4 and Collection C5. The attribute Collection is used to
create a Union as follows:
Attribute - Collection
The attribute ‘Collection’ is used to specify a Collection under the main Collection. All the objects
belonging to the Sub collections are available in the resultant Collection.
Syntax
Collection : <List of Collections>
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Where,
<List of Collections> is a comma-separated list of collections. The Collections that are used can
be of different types.
Example
[Collection: Groupandledger]
Collections : Group, Ledger
Here, the collections ‘Group’ and ‘Ledger’ are used, under the main collection GroupandLedger.
5.1.2 Filtering
If it is required to retrieve only a specific set of objects from a Collection, then the collection needs
to be filtered. Filtering is applied on the Collection, based on a condition. All the objects which
satisfy the given condition are retrieved and are available in the Collection.
Filtering Attributes
The attributes used for applying a filter are ChildOf, BelongsTo and Filter
Attribute - Child Of
The ChildOf attribute helps to control the display of the contents of a collection. It retrieves only
those objects whose direct parent is the string specified as the parameter of this attribute.
Syntax
ChildOf : <String Formula>
Example
[Collection : My Collection]
Type
: Ledger
ChildOf
: "Sundry Debtors"
It will return all the ledgers grouped directly under the group ‘Sundry Debtors’
The following definition code will return all the ledgers under the group blank. By default, Tally
returns the ledger ‘Profit and Loss’.
ChildOf
: ""
Attribute - BelongsTo
The attribute ‘Belongs To’ is used along with the ‘Child Of’ attribute. This attribute determines
whether to retrieve the first level of objects under the value specified in ‘ChildOf’, or include all the
objects upto the lowermost level. ‘Belongs To’ takes a logical value.
Syntax
BelongsTo : <Logical Value>
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Where,
<Logical Value> can be either YES or NO.
Example
Consider the previous example of accounts. The following code is an extension of that code.’
[Collection: My Collection]
Type
: Ledger
ChildOf
: "Sundry Debtors"
BelongsTo
: Yes
This code will retrieve all the objects directly under the group ‘Sundry Debtors’, as well as all the
objects which are under the sub groups of ‘Sundry Debtors’.
Attribute - Filter
The attribute ‘Filter’ is used to specify the condition for filtering the objects. The ‘Filter’ attribute
takes a system formula. The condition is specified in the formula. If more than one filter has to be
specified, they can be separated by comma.
Syntax
Filter : <FilterName>
Where,
<Filter Name> is the name of the Global formula.
Example
[Collection : LtdDebtors]
Type
: Ledgers
ChildOf
: “Sundry Debtors”
Filter
: NameFilter
[System: Formula]
NameFilter : $Name contains "Ltd" OR $Name contains "Limited"
The filter Namefilter is used to fetch only those objects, whose name contains the string “Ltd” or
“Limited”.
Filtering Functions
Function - $$FilterAmtTotal
It is used to get the sum of values returned by the specified filter expression, when applied to all
the Objects in the Collection that satisfy the expression. The value returned is of type Amount.
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Syntax
$$FilterAmtTotal:<CollectionName>:<FilterExpression>:<ValueExpression>
Where,
<CollectionName> is the name of a Collection,
<FilterExpression> is a System Formula.
<Filter Expression> is evaluated for each Object. The resultant Objects that clear the filter are
selected for further processing.
<ValueExpression> is any valid expression, which is to be evaluated on each Object of the Collection.
Example
$$FilterAmtTotal : AllLedgerEntries : CashBankEntries : $Amount
[System :Formula]
CashBankEntries : $$IsCashLedger : $LedgerName AND $$IsDr : $Amount
The filter in the example checks whether the ledger is a Cash Ledger and the amount is of the
type ‘Debit’. $$IsCashLedger is a logical Function, which checks whether the argument passed is
a Cash Ledger or not. This statement can be evaluated only in the context of a Voucher Object.
Function - $$FilterQtyTotal
It is similar to $$FilterAmtTotal, except that the Value Expression should evaluate to type Quantity.
Syntax
$$FilterQtyTotal:<CollectionName>:<FilterExpression>:<ValueExpression>
Where,
<CollectionName> is the name of Collection
<FilterExpression> is a System Formula.The Filter Expression is evaluated for each Object, and
the resultant Objects that clear the filter are selected for further processing.
<ValueExpression> is any valid expression, which is to be evaluated on each Object of the Collection.
Function - $$FilterCount
The function $$FilterCount is used to get the total number of Objects in a Collection, after the
filters are applied.
Syntax
$$FilterCount : <CollectionName> : <FilterExpression>
Where,
<CollectionName> is the name of a Collection.
<FilterExpression> is a System Formula.
Example
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$$FilterCount
:AllLedgerEntries:HasBankEntry > 0
[System : Formula]
HasBankEntry : ($$IsDr:$Amount != $IsDeemedPositive:+
VoucherType:$VoucherTypeName)+
AND($$IsLedOfGrp:$LedgerName:$$GroupBank+
OR $$IsLedOfGrp:$LedgerName:$$GroupBankOD)
It confirms whether the voucher has any Ledger under the Group Bank or BankOD.
$$IsLedOfGrp accepts two parameters and returns TRUE if parameter 1 is a ledger of a Group
mentioned in parameter 2. GroupBankOD and GroupBank are functions which return the name of
the reserved groups Bank OD and Bank.
Function - $$FilterValue
This function is used to get the value of a specific expression, based on the position specified in
the set of objects filtered by the expression.
Syntax
$$FilterValue
:<ValueExpression> : <CollectionName> :
<PositionSpecifier> : <FilterExpression>
Where,
<CollectionName> is the name of the Collection.
<FilterExpression> is the filter applied to get a set of filtered Objects.
<PositionSpecifier> denotes the position.
<ValueExpression> is any valid expression to be evaluated on each Object of the Collection.
Example
$$FilterValue:$LedgerName:LedgerEntries:First:IsPartyLedger
This example filters all the objects within LedgerEntries to satisfy the filter condition IsPartyLedger
and returns the first value of the requested method LedgerName that satisfies the condition.
Some other Functions Used
Function - $$GroupSundryDebtors
It returns the name of the group ‘Sundry Debtor’, even if the user renames it.
Syntax
$$GroupSundryDebtors
Example
[Collection :Sample Coll]
Type
: Ledgers
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Child Of
: $$GroupSundryDebtors
This will populate the collection Sample Coll with all objects under the Group ‘Sundry Debtors’.
In case the user has renamed the group “Sundry Debtors” as “My Sundry Debtors”, the following
code snippet won’t have any objects in the collection.
[Collection :Sample Coll1]
Type
: Ledgers
Child Of
: “Sundry Debtors”
But in this case, $$GroupSundryDebtors will populate the collection with all the objects that are
under the Group ‘Sundry Debtor’ even if the user renames the group.
Function - $$GroupSundryCreditors
It returns the name of the group ‘Sundry Creditors’, even if the user renames it.
Syntax
$$GroupSundryCreditors
Example
[Collection :Sample Coll]
Type
: Ledgers
Child Of
: $$GroupSundryCreditors
This will populate the collection Sample Coll with all objects under the Group ‘Sundry Creditors’.
In case the user has renamed the group “Sundry Debtor” as “My Sundry Debtors”, the following
code snippet won’t have any objects in the collection.
[Collection :Sample Coll1]
Type
: Ledgers
Child Of
: “Sundry Creditors”
But in this case, $$GroupSundryCreditor will populate the collection with all the objects that are
under the Group “Sundry Creditors”, even if the user renames the group.
5.1.3 Sorting
Sorting refers to the arrangement of objects in a specific order within the collection.
The ordering is done on the basis of a specific method and the sort order can either be ascending
or descending. The attribute Sort is used for this purpose.
Attribute - Sort
A collection can be sorted by specifying the sort sequence using the ‘Sort’ attribute. The collection
can be sorted by a combination of fields in ascending as well as in descending order.
Syntax
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Sort: < Sort Name> : <List of Methods>
Where,
<List Of Methods> Is a comma separated list of methods. Sorting is done based on values of
methods. The default sort order is ascending. Prefix Methods name with ‘-’, for descending order.
Example
[Collection: My Collection]
Collections : MyLedger
Sort
: Default
: $ClosingBalance, $Name
5.1.4 Searching
Collection capabilities have been enhanced to enable the indexing of objects based on a particular method. Whenever a collection is indexed on a particular method, it allows instant access to
the corresponding values without the need for a complete scan.
Attribute - Search Key
Syntax
Search Key : < Combination of Method name/s >
This implies that a unique key is created for every object which can be used to instantly access
the corresponding objects and its values.
The function which is used to retrieve the values from a collection based on the key specified is
$$CollectionFieldByKey.
Function - $$CollectionFieldByKey
Syntax
$$CollectionFieldByKey:<Method Name>:<Key Formula>:<Collection Name>
Where,
<Method Name> is the name of the method.
<Key Formula> is a formula that can be mapped to the methods defined in the search key
exactly in the same order.
Example
[Collection: My Ledgers]
Type
: Ledger
Search Key
: $Name
[Field : My Closing Bal Field]
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Set as
: $$CollectionFieldByKey:$ClosingBalance:@MySearchKey:+
My Ledgers
MySearchKey : #LedName
Here, a search key is defined on $name for collection MyLedgers. In the Field, value $Closing
Balance is retrieved based on ledger name. In this case, retrieval is faster than ordinary retrieval.
This capability is quite useful in case of matrix reports, i.e., when two or more dimensions need to
be represented as rows and columns. In such a case, defining the search key on a method combination, and using $$CollectionFieldByKey for value retrieval improves performance. The usage
and examples based on the explanation above will be covered in detail in our training program
“TDL Enhancements for Tally.ERP 9”
5.2 Advanced Capabilities
5.2.1 Extraction and Chaining
The Collection capabilities have been enhanced to extract information from the collection using
other collections, including its sub-objects, with the choice of method(s), filter(s) and sort-order.
Specific attributes have been added at the collection level to achieve the same.
Prior to Tally.ERP 9, extraction was possible using specific function $$CollectionField.
Function - $$CollectionField
This is used to get the value of a specified expression as applied on the nth Object of a Collection.
Syntax
$$CollectionField:<ValueExpression>:<PositionNumber>:<CollectionName>
Where,
<CollectionName> is the name of a collection.
<ValueExpression> is any valid expression to be evaluated on the element at position <PositionNumber> in the collection.
Example
$$CollectionField:$Amount:1:AllLedgerEntries
It returns the first value of the Method Amount from AllLedgerEntries Object.
This function affects the performance of the report in terms of time taken to display the report. A
detailed discussion on the enhancements for extraction, chaining and reuse will be covered in the
training program “TDL Enhancements for Tally.ERP 9”
5.2.2 Grouping & Aggregation
A major technological advancement in this release of Tally.ERP 9 is “Data Roll up in TDL Collection – GROUP BY”, which is a part of the TDL language capabilities. This is a milestone achievement over the past 10 years. This will now facilitate the creation of large summary tables of
aggregations in a single shot, using the new attributes of the Collection description.This allows us
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to Walk down the object hierarchies and gather values to summarizes them in one scan. Overall,
it reduces the TDL code complexity, resource requirement and increases performance drastically
in case of reports generated using this new capability.
The attributes used for extraction, chaining, and aggregation and grouping are Walk, By, Fetch,
Compute, AggrCompute. A detailed discussion on enhancements for aggregation and Grouping
using the new attributes will be covered in training program “TDL Enhancements for Tally.ERP 9”
Prior to Tally.ERP 9, the totals were generated using the Total and aggregation functions like CollAmtTotal or FilterAmtTotal on collections. These have certain advantages and disadvantages.
While they provide excellent granularity and control, each call is largely an independent activity to
gather the data set and then aggregate it. This significantly affects the performance of the reports.
Let us now discuss the various functions which are available for summarization and aggregation.
Function - $$CollAmtTotal
This function is used to get the sum of values of Type Amount returned by a specified expression
when applied to all Objects in a given Collection. The return value is of type Amount.
Syntax
$$CollAmtTotal:<CollectionName>:<ValueExpression>
Where,
<CollectionName> is the name of a Collection.
<ValueExpression> is any valid TDL expression to be evaluated on each Object of Collection.
Example
$$CollAmtTotal:LedgerEntries:$Amount
It gets the sum of values in the Method Amount after it is applied on each Object in the Collection
LedgerEntries. This statement will hold good only when one is in the context of Voucher Object.
Function - $$CollQtyTotal
This function is used to get the sum of values of Type Quantity returned by the specified expression when applied to all Objects in a given Collection. The value returned is of Type Quantity.
Syntax
$$CollQtyTotal:<CollectionName>:<ValueExpression>
Where,
<CollectionName> is the name of a Collection
<ValueExpression> is any valid TDL expression to be evaluated on each Object of Collection.
Example
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$$CollQtyTotal:InventoryEntries:$BilledQty
Each Inventory entry in the current Voucher Object is picked up and the Method BilledQty is
evaluated on it. The resultant quantity is summed up to get the result.
Function - $$CollNumTotal
This function is used to get the sum of values of Type Number returned by the specified expression, when applied to all Objects in a given Collection. The value returned is of the Type Number.
Syntax
$$CollNumTotal:<CollectionName>:<ValueExpression>
Where,
<CollectionName> is the name of a Collection.
<ValueExpression> is any valid expression to be evaluated on each Object of the Collection.
Example
$$CollNumTotal:InventoryEntries:$Height
Each Inventory entry in the current Voucher Object is picked up and the Method Height evaluated
on it. The resultant height is summed up to get the result. Here, Height is an external Method of
Object Inventory Entry in a Voucher.
5.2.3 Usage as Tables
TDL allows to display the values obtained from the collection as a pop-up table. Earlier, the values
of voucher and the ODBC data couldn’t be displayed as a collection. Now, all limitations pertaining
to usage of Collections as Tables have been completely eliminated. Any collection which can be
created in TDL, can be displayed as a table now. Collection with aggregation and XML Collections
can also be used as Tables.
5.2.4 Integration Capabilities using HTTP XML Collection
The Collection capability has been enhanced to gather live data from HTTP/web-service delivering XML. The entire XML is automatically now converted to TDL objects and is available natively
in TDL reports as $ based methods. Reports can be shown live from an HTTP server. The attributes in collection for gathering XML based data from a remote server over HTTP are RemoteURL,
RemoteRequest, XMLObjectPath, and XMLObject.
5.2.5 Dynamic Object Support
When a collection is used for editing (alter/create), objects are dynamically added to the collection
when a new line is repeated over the same. The type of object which is added depends on the
specification in the TYPE attribute. In case the TYPE attribute is not specified, it defaults to adding
a standard empty object.
However, the following holds true for a COLLECTION keeping in mind the latest enhancements:
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It can be made up of multiple types of objects (say Ledgers and Groups).
It can have TDL defined objects which are retrieved from XML file.They are specified
using XML Object.
It can have aggregated objects.
Depending solely on the TYPE attribute to make a decision, the object type is a constraint with
respect to the above facts. This is now being removed with the introduction of a new attribute
which will independently govern the type of object to be added to the collection on-the-fly. The
following is now supported in a collection.
NEWOBJECT: type-of-object: condition
A detailed discussion on the subject can be accessed from our training program “TDL Enhancements for Tally.ERP 9”
5.2.6 Collection Capabilities for Remoting
Enabling access to your organizational data ‘any-time, any-where’, and yet being truly usable, is
what Tally.ERP 9 delivers. With Tally.NET enabled remote access, it will be possible for any
authorized user to access Tally.ERP 9 from anywhere.
Major Enhancements have taken place at the collection level to achieve remoting capabilities.The
attributes Fetch, Compute and AggrCompute provided at the Collection level, and FetchObject
and FetchCollection at the Report level significantly help in above functionality.
A detailed documentation on “Writing TDL Compliant Reports” can be downloaded from our
website.
Learning Outcome
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An object is a self-contained entity that consists of both data and procedures to manipulate the data.
Objects are stored in a database.
Tally data base is hierarchical in nature in which the objects are stored in a tree-like structure.
Everything in TDL is an Object.
Objects used for designing the User Interface are referred to as interface objects.
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Data is actually stored in the Data Objects. Data objects are classified into two types
namely Internal objects and User defined / TDL Objects.
A collection can be a collection of objects or a collection of collections.
Collection, the data processing artifact of TDL provides extensive capabilities to gather
data, not only from the Tally database, but also from external sources using ODBC, DLLs
and HTTP.
In TDL, Object association can be done at the following levels:
Report Level Association
Part Level Association
Line Level Association
Field Level Association
Each piece of information stored in a data object can be retrieved using a method. Methods are classified as internal or external methods.
Union, Filtering, Sorting and Searching are the basic capabilities of collection.
Extraction, Aggregation, Usage As Tables, Integration Capabilities using HTTP XML Collection, Dynamic Object Support and Collection Capabilities for Remoting are the
advanced capabilities of collection.
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Actions in TDL
Introduction
TDL is an event-driven language. Events can be triggered through a Keyboard shortcut or a
Mouse click. In an event, some predefined actions get executed. For example:
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The Ctrl+A Key pressed from a voucher accepts the entry Screen.
Clicking on the F1 Button from the ‘Gateway of Tally’ Menu results in the pop up of the
Company Selection Screen.
Actions are activators of a specific task with a definite result. An action always originates from a
User Interface Object like Menu, Form, Line or Field.
1. Categories of Actions
Actions can be classified into two broad categories, viz.

Global Actions

Object Specific Actions
Figure 7.1 Action Categorization
Global Actions are not specific to any User Interface Object. For example, Display, Create,
Execute, Alter, etc., are Global Actions. They perform the action specified, irrespective of the UI
Object. Global Actions are performed on a Report or a Menu.
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Object Specific Actions are actions which can act only upon specific UI Objects. For example,
‘Line Down’ is a Part-Specific Action, since Part owns multiple lines and an individual Line cannot
move the current focus to the subsequent line. Only the Part can move the focus to the subsequent line. Object Specific Actions are performed on relevant User Interface Objects.
Global Actions
Object Specific Actions
Global Actions are not specific to any
User Interface Object
These Actions are specific to a User
Interface Object
Can be originated by a Menu, Button/
Key or a Field
Can be originated by a Menu, Form,
Line or a Field
Performed on a Report or a Menu
Performed on the relevant Interface
Object
Example: Create, Display, Alter, Print,
Print Report, Modify Object, Display
Collection, etc.
Example: Line Up, Line Down, Explode
(‘Line’ Object), Form Accept, Form
Reject (‘Form’ Object), etc.
TABLE 7:1 Action
Categorisation
2. Action Association
Actions can be associated at various levels.
2.1 Action Association at ‘Menu’ Definition
Action Association at ‘Menu’ Definition is done through the Menu Item. Every Menu Item except
‘Quit’ is associated with an Action. If an Item is added without any action, then the default action
associated is to exit from the current Menu.
Syntax
[Menu: <Menu Name>]
Add : Key Item: [Position] : <Display Item> : <Unique Key> :
<Action Keyword> : <Action Parameter>
Where,
<Action Keyword> can be any Global Action.
<Action Parameter> is decided by the Action Keyword. If the Action Keyword is ‘Menu’, then the
Action Parameter necessarily has to be a Menu Name, else it has to be a Report Name.
Example
[Menu: Commonly Used Reports]
Add: Key Item: Trial Balance : T : Display : Trial Balance
Add: Key Item: At Beginning : Outstandings : O : Menu
: Outstandings
In this example, a Menu Commonly Used Reports is defined with 2 Items, viz.,
1. An Item Trial Balance is added displaying the default report ‘Trial Balance’. Here, the
action is display, so the Action Value has to be a Report Name.
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2. An Item ‘Outstandings’ is added at the beginning to activate another Menu ‘Outstandings’.
The action here is Menu, so the Action Value required is a Menu Name.
2.2 Action Association at ‘Button’/ ‘Key’ Definition
Action Association at Button/Key definition is done using the attribute Action, followed by the
Action Keyword, with the parameters, if required.
Syntax
[Button: <Button Name>]
Action: Action Keyword [: Action Parameters]
Where,
<Action Keyword> can be any Global or Object Specific Action.
<Action Parameter> is decided by the Action Keyword. If the Action Keyword is ‘Menu’, then the
Action Parameter necessarily has to be a Menu Name, else it has to be a Report Name.
Example: Actions with Parameters
[Button: Outstandings]
Key
: F5
Action: Menu: Outstandings
[Button: Trial Balance]
Key
: F6
Action: Display: Trial Balance
Action Menu requires a Menu Name as Parameter and Actions Create, Display, Alter, etc.,
require a Report Name.
Example: Actions without Parameters
[Button: Printing Button]
Action: Print Report
[Button: Exporting Button]
Action: Export Report
Action Parameters for the Actions Print Report and Export Report are not mandatory. If the
Action Parameter is specified, then it prints the specified Report, else it prints the current Report.
2.3 Action Association at ‘Field’ Definition
Action Association at Field is done using Action Keyword with parameters and optional condition.
Syntax
[Field: <Field Name>]
Action Keyword: <Action Parameters>[: Condition]
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Where,
<Action Keyword> can be both Global or Object Specific Actions.
<Action Parameters> can be the Value on which these Actions could be performed.
<Condition> is optional. It restricts the action to be performed only if the condition returns TRUE.
Example
[Field: My Trial Balance]
Display
: Group
: $$IsGroup
Display
: Ledger
: $$IsLedger
In this example, the Field Trial Balance has 2 statements, viz.,
1. Displaying a Group, if the current object in context is a Group
2. Displaying a Ledger, if the current object in context is a Ledger
3. Components of Actions
Any Action is always executed with respect to two contexts
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Originator

Executor
The Originator is one that originates the Action, viz., Menu, Form, Line or Field, e.g., a Down
Arrow Key pressed. The event is passed from the current Report to the associated Form, Parts,
Lines or Fields. Keys could be associated in Menu, Form, Line or Field. If the activated Key is
found in Form, it searches further for Line Association, and then continues till Field. The Lowest
Level Key Association gets the highest precedence. If the Key is associated at Form as well as
Field, the Key Association at Field Level gets executed. In this case, the Field is the Originator.
The Executer is one on which the action is executed. For example, ‘Form Accept’ Key, though
attached at Field Level, is a Form Action. Hence, Form is the executer of the action. In case of
execution, it searches from Report to the Field for the action to be executed. ‘Line Down’ is a Part
Level Action. Though associated at the Form, it will be executed by the Part to move the current
focus to the subsequent line. Hence, Part is an executer of the Action ‘Line Down’.
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Originator
Executer
The Originator initiates the action by associating the Key or a Button
The Executer executes the action associated
with the Key or Button, initiated by originator
Global Actions can be originated by Menu,
Button/ Key or a Field, and Object Specific
Actions by a Menu, Form, Line or a Field
Global Actions are executed by the originator
object. However, Object Specific Actions can
be executed by Objects other than originator
The sequence followed to gather all Keys
originating within a Report is Top to Bottom,
i.e., from Report to Field definition. The lowest in the hierarchy gets highest precedence, e.g., if the same key is associated at
both Form and Field definitions, the Key at
Field Definition is considered for execution.
The sequence followed to consume the Keys
originated is from Bottom to Top, i.e., from a
Field to a Report Definition. In other words,
the lowest in the hierarchy gets the highest
preference, e.g., if the same key is relevant
for both Part and Line definitions, the Key will
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Originator
Executer
Example 1
[Key: Create Ledger]
Key
: Alt + C
Action : Create : Ledger
[Field: CST Supplier Ledger]
Key : Create Ledger
Associating the Key with the Field, Field is
the originator as well as executer here.
Example 2
[Key: Part Display PgUp]
Key
: PgUp
Action : Part PgUp
[System: Form Keys]
Keys : Part Display PgUp
Key Part Display PgUp is originated by
Form, but its executer is the Part.
TABLE 7:2 Components
of Actions
4. Global Actions
As discussed, Global Actions are Actions that are not specific to any UI Object. Global Action
provides an indication to the TDL Interpreter as to which specific task should be executed to fulfill
the user requirements. Global Actions are mainly performed on three principal definition types,
namely Report, Collection and Menu. Some frequently used Global Actions are discussed below:
4.1 Action — Menu
The Action ‘Menu’ acts only on the ‘Menu’ Definition, and vice versa. The value of the ‘Menu’
Action must be a Menu Name. This Menu has to be further defined to list the Items displaying
another Menu or a Report. A Menu Definition continues until all the Items are used to display
Reports, and there are no further Menu Actions assigned to the final Menu Items.
Example 1
;; The following code demonstrates the usage of the Action ‘Menu’, along with further Menu Definitions
[#Menu: Gateway of Tally]
Add : Key Item : Sample Item : F : Menu : Sample Final Accounts
;; Menu Definition for the Menu to be displayed when the above Item is activated
[Menu: Sample Final Accounts]
Add : Key Item : Trial Balance : T
: Display : Trial Balance
Add : Key Item : Profit & Loss : P
: Display : Profit and Loss
Add : Key Item : Balance Sheet : B
: Display : Balance Sheet
In this example:

The Default Menu Gateway of Tally is altered to add a new Item Sample Item, with the
‘Menu’ action displaying the Sample Final Accounts Sub Menu.
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Sub Menu Sample Final Accounts will display all components of Final Accounts, i.e.,
Trial Balance
Profit & Loss
Balance Sheet
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All the Items here use the ‘Display’ Action. Hence, no further Menu Definition is required.
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As seen in the previous Topic “Objects, Methods and Collections”, the ‘Display’ Action
takes the Report Name as its parameter, and is used to display the Reports, as is specified.
Example 2
;; The following code demonstrates the usage of Menu and Display Actions and also the
;; the relevance of their association in Menu and Reports (through Form)
;; Button Definition to activate a Menu
[Button: Final Accounts]
Key
Action
: F5
: Menu: Sample Final Accounts
/* Since the above Button activates a Menu, it can be acted only upon a Menu
It cannot be associated to a Report */
[#Menu: Gateway of Tally]
Buttons
: Final Accounts;; attaching a Button to the Menu
[#Form: Group Summary]
Buttons
: Final Accounts
;; Above is an incorrect association as Buttons triggering Menu Action cannot
;; be attached to a Form.
;; Button Definition to Display a Report
[Button: Balance Sheet]
Key
: F6
Action
: Display: Balance Sheet
/* Since the above Button activates a Report, it can be associated to both a Menu and a Report */
[#Form: Group Summary]
Button
: Balance Sheet;; attaching a Button to the Report
[#Menu: Display Menu]
Button
: Balance Sheet;; attaching a Button to the Menu
In this example:

A new Button Final Accounts is added to activate a Menu Sample Final Accounts,
which is attached to the default Menu ‘Gateway of Tally’.

The Button Final Accounts cannot be attached to a Report, since a Menu cannot be
acted upon in a Report. In the example, the Button Final Accounts is attached to Form
‘Group Summary’, which is incorrect since the Menu cannot be called from a Report.

Another Button Balance Sheet is added to display Report Balance Sheet which is enabled in all Reports, using Form Group Summary, and also in the Menu Display Menu.

The Button Balance Sheet can be attached to a Report as well as to a Menu, since the
Report can be acted upon by a Report as well as a Menu.
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4.2 Action — Modify Object
This action alters the methods of an Object at any level in Object Hierarchy. It supports modifying
multiple values of an Object by specifying a comma-separated list of Method: Value pairs.
Syntax
Action : Modify Object : <PrimaryObjectSpec>.<SubObjectPathSpec>.
MethodName : Value>[,Method Name: <Value> , …]
[,<SubObjectPathSpec>.MethodName :<Value>, …..]
The specifications given for <PrimaryObjectSpec>, <SubObjectPathSpec>, Method Name remain
the same as described in the New Method syntax section in the topic ‘Objects and Collections’.
A single Modify Object Action cannot modify methods of multiple primary Objects, but can modify
multiple values of an Object.
Modify Object is allowed to have Primary Object Specification only once, i.e., for the first value.
Further values permissible are optional in the Sub Object and Method Specification only.
From second value onwards, Sub Object specification is optional. If Sub Object Specification is
specified, the context is assumed to be the Primary Object specified for first value. In absence of
sub object specification, the previous value specification's leaf object is considered as the context.
Example: 1
[Key: Alter My Object]
Key : Ctrl + Z
Action : Modify Object : (Ledger,"MyLedger").BillAllocations+
[First, $Name="MyBill"].OpeningBalance : 100,+
..Address[Last].Address : "Bangalore"
The existing ledger My Ledger is being altered with new values for the Opening Balance for the
existing bill and Address. The key Alter My Object can be attached to any Menu or Form.
Example: 2
[Key: Alter My Object]
Key : Ctrl + Z
Action : Modify Object :(Ledger,"MyLedger").BillAllocations[1] +
.OpeningBalance
:1000,Name: ”My New Bill”,..Address[First]+
.Address :"Hongasandra Bangalore" , Opening Balance:5000
The existing ledger My Ledger is being altered with new values for the Opening Balance applicable on the existing bill, Opening Balance of the ledger and the first line of the Address. The
key Alter My Object can be attached to any Menu or Form.
A button bearing the action ‘Modify Object’, if associated at Menu Definition, requires a primary
object specification as Menu, which is not in context of any Data Object.
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Example
[#Menu : Gateway of Tally]
Add : Button : Alter My Object
The following points should be considered while associating a key with the action Modify Object:

Since the Menu does not have any Info Objects in context, specifying Primary Object
becomes mandatory.

Since Menu cannot work on scopes like Selected, Unselected, etc., the scopes specified
are ignored.

Any formula specified in the value and evaluated, assumes Menu Object as requestor.

Even Method values pertaining to Company Objects can be modified.

A button can be added in the Menu to specify the action Modify Object at the Menu level.
4.3 Action – Browse URL
The Action ‘Browse URL’ is used to provide a link to any web browser, with a URL formula passed
as a parameter.
Syntax
Action: Browse URL: <URL Formula>
Example: Field acting as a hyperlink
[Key : Execute Hyperlink]
Key
: Left Click
Action
: Browse URL: “www.tallysolutions.com”
[Field: Hyperlink Company]
Color
: Blue
Border
: Thin Bottom
Key
: Execute Hyperlink
Set as
: "Tally Solutions Pvt. Ltd"
Local
: Key : Execute Hyperlink : Action : Browse URL: +
http://www.tally.co.in
4.4 Actions – ‘Create’ and ‘Alter’
‘Create’ and ‘Alter’ Actions act only upon the ‘Report’ Definition. These actions activate the Report
in ‘Create’ or ‘Alter’ Mode. In other words, the Report is started in the Edit Mode. In case of
‘Create’ Action, the user enters the Report in order to add values, whereas in case of ‘Alter’, the
user enters the Report to modify the already created values.
These actions help the user to key in the relevant values. The values thus entered may or may not
be stored. The treatment of values depends on need. The values thus entered in the Report by
the user, if required to be retained, can be stored as a part of Tally Database or Configuration File.
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As discussed in the Topic on Variables, all the persistent variable values can be stored in
a Configuration File Tallysav.TSF for subsequent sessions.
The values entered in the Report can also be stored as a part of the Tally Database
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To store the values as a part of Tally Database, the Report must be associated to a Data Object.
For example, Group, Ledger, Voucher, etc., are some of the Data Objects available in Tally.
For instance, in order to design an interface to create a Ledger:

The Object ‘Ledger’ must be associated to the Report using Report Attribute ‘Object’

Values entered by the user in the Fields within the Report must be stored in relevant
Methods using Field Attribute ‘Storage’
Example
/* The following code demonstrates the usage of Action ‘Create’ and Attribute ‘Storage’ at Field Definition to
store the values entered within the relevant Object associated at Report Level*/
[#Menu: Gateway of Tally]
Add
: Key Item: Ledger Creation: L : Create: Create Ledger
[Report: Create Ledger]
Form
: Create Ledger
Object
: Ledger
;; Object Association done at Report Level
[Form: Create Ledger]
Parts
: Create Ledger
[Part: Create Ledger]
Lines
: Store LedgerName, Store LedgerGroup
[Line: Store LedgerName]
Fields: Short Prompt, Name Field
Local : Field: Short Prompt: Info: "Name :"
Local : Field: Name Field: Storage: Name
/* Storing value entered by user in Internal Method Name available within Object associated at Report*/
[Line: Store LedgerGroup]
Fields
: Short Prompt, Name Field Local: Field:+
Short Prompt: Info: "Under :"
Local
: Field
: Name Field: Storage: Parent
Local
: Field
: Name Field: Table: Group
/* Similarly, Parent Method is stored with the user entered value which is considered as the
Group of the Ledger created. Also Group is a default Table/ Collection to display all the default as well as
the user defined Groups. Field Attribute Table helps to restrict the user input to a predefined list*/.
In this example:

The Default Menu Gateway of Tally has been altered to add a new Item ‘Ledger Creation’, which allows the user to create a Ledger.
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

Report Create Ledger associates the Object ‘Ledger’ to it, which indicates that the
Report is meant for creating an instance of the Object ‘Ledger’.
Name and Group of the Ledger are stored in Internal Methods Name and Parent.
Example
;; The following code demonstrates the usage of ‘Alter’ Action at Button
[Button: My Reco Button]
;; Button meant to do Bank Reconciliation
Key
: Alt + F5
Action
: Alter: Bank Recon
;; ‘Alter’ Action to trigger Bank Recon Report in ‘Alter’ Mode
Title
: “Reconcile”
;; Associating the Button to the Report
[Form: My Bank Vouchers]
Button
: My Reco Button
In this example:

Button My Reco Button is defined with ‘Alter’ action to alter the Report Bank Recon on
pressing the Alt + F5 Key. It is used for entering dates in the Bank Reconciliation Report.

The Button My Reco Button is associated to the Form My Bank Voucher
Example
;; The following code demonstrates the usage of Alter Action at Field
[#Menu: Gateway of Tally]
Add
: Key Item: Ledger Display : L : Display: My Ledger
[Report: My Ledger]
Form
: My Ledger
[Form: My Ledger]
Parts
: My Ledger
Height
: 100% Page
Width
: 100% Page
[Part: My Ledger]
Lines
: My Ledger
Repeat
: My Ledger: Ledger
;; Ledger is a default collection of Ledger Objects
Scroll
: Vertical
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[Line: My Ledger]
Fields: My Ledger
Key
: Line Object Enter Alter, Line Click Object Enter Alter
;;The above default Keys act upon ‘Line’ Definition and the action ‘Alter Object’ is associated with the Keys,
provided the current Report is in ‘Display’ Mode
[Field: My Ledger]
Set As
: $Name
Variable : Ledger Name
;;Variable ‘Ledger Name’ retains the Ledger selected by the user for the subsequent report
Alter: Create Ledger
;; ‘Alter’ Action is used to activate the Report in ‘Alter’ Mode
;; ‘Create Ledger’ is a user defined Report defined while Ledger Creation
In the example mentioned above:

Two default Keys are associated to a ‘Line’ Definition, that allows a selection of any of
the lines, from the set of repeated lines.

Action associated with these Keys is ‘Alter Object’, which means that on hitting the Key,
the Object associated with the current Line must be altered.

Mode: Display specified in the Keys signifies that current report must be in Display Mode.

‘Alter’ Action used at the ‘Field’ definition prompts the report from being activated on the
current field, which must be in ‘Alter’ Mode.
4.5 Actions — Create Collection, Display Collection and Alter Collection
4.5.1 Action — Create Collection
A Menu Item can be used to create Objects in a Collection with the action ‘Create Collection’. This
action is generally used for creation of Masters such as Groups, Ledgers, Stock Items, Voucher
Types, etc. ‘Create Collection’ fetches a report through the defined Collection. A report displayed
through this action, is displayed in ‘Create’ mode.
Example
;; The following code demonstrates the usage of ‘Create Collection’ Action
[#Menu: Gateway of Tally]
Add
: Key Item: Ledger: L : Create Collection: Ledger
;; where a Ledger is a predefined Collection in DefTDL
One can also use the action ‘Create’ in place of ‘Create Collection’, to create Objects in a collection. The only difference is that ‘Create’ explicitly calls a Report and ‘Create Collection’ requires a
collection. ‘Create Collection’ executes the same report through the defined Collection.
4.5.2 Action – Display Collection
A Menu Item or a Button can be used to display a popup of Object names in a Collection, which in
turn, can trigger a Report. On choosing an Object from the popup, a report in Display mode is
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triggered by the action ‘Display Collection’. This action can be used for displaying the Masters or
Reports pertaining to Groups, Ledgers, Stock Items, etc.
Example
;; The following code demonstrates the usage of ‘Display Collection’ Action
[#Menu: Gateway of Tally]
Add
: Key Item: Ledger :
L : Display Collection : Ledger
;; where Ledger is a predefined Collection in DefTDL
Though the Action name is ‘Display Collection’, ‘Display’ is meant for the subsequent Report,
which will be displayed on selection of an Object. Here, the Report is in ‘Display’ mode.
4.5.3 Action – Alter Collection
The Action ‘Alter Collection’ is similar to ‘Display Collection’, but it triggers the Report in ‘Alter’
mode. This Action is generally used to alter the Masters such as Groups, Ledgers, Stock Items,
Voucher Types, etc.
Example
;; The following code demonstrates the usage of ‘Alter Collection’ Action
[#Menu: Gateway of Tally]
Add
: Key Item: Ledger: L : Alter Collection : Ledger
;; where Ledger is a predefined Collection in DefTDL
Though the Action is ‘Alter Collection’, ‘Alter’ is meant for the subsequent Report, which will be
displayed on the selection of an Object.
‘Display Collection’, ‘Create Collection’ and ‘Alter Collection’ routes the final report through a Collection. Let us understand some critical Attributes required to achieve these actions.
4.5.4 Collection Attributes - Trigger, Variable and Report
The Collection attributes ‘Trigger’, ‘Variable’ and ‘Report’ support the actions ‘Create Collection’,
‘Display Collection’ and ‘Alter Collection’, respectively.
[Collection: My Ledger]
Type
: Ledger
Trigger
: LedList Select
Report
: Selected Ledger Display
Variable
: Ledger Name
Attribute - Trigger
The Collection attribute ‘Trigger’ is used to popup the Object names from a Collection. For
example, a List of Items pop up when you choose the default Menu Item ‘Stock Item’.
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Syntax
[Collection: <Collection Name>]
Trigger: <Report Name>
<Report Name> is the Interface used to display the Object names in a Collection.
Attribute - Report
The Collection Attribute ‘Report’ displays a Report based on the Object selected. For example,
Item Monthly Summary is a default Report being displayed when you choose a particular stock
item.
Syntax
[Collection: <Collection Name>]
Report: <Report Name>
<Report Name> is the final report displayed, when an Object is selected from the Collection.
Attribute - Variable
The Collection Attribute ‘Variable’ stores the name of the selected Object. This attribute is used
with actions, Display Collection and Alter Collection.
Syntax
[Collection: <Collection Name>]
Variable: <Variable Name>
<Variable Name> is the variable storing the Object name for the subsequent Report to be displayed.
Example
[Collection: Stock Items in Display Collection]
Type
: Stock Item
Trigger
: Stock Item Selection Interface
Report
: Stock Item Final Report
Variable
: Stock Item Name
5. Object Specific Actions
Some of the Object Specific Actions are discussed in this section:
5.1 Menu Actions – Menu Up, Menu Down, Menu Reject
Actions ‘Menu Up’, ‘Menu Down’, ‘Menu Reject’, etc., act upon Menu. They are associated to all
Menus (Default as well as User Defined TDL) through the declaration [System: Menu Keys]
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Example
[Key: Menu Up]
Key
: Up
Action
: Menu Up
[Key: Menu Down]
Key
: Down
Action
: Menu Down
[Key: Menu Reject]
Key
: Esc
Action
: Menu Reject
[System: Menu Keys]
Key
: Menu Down, Menu Up, Menu Reject
[System: Menu Keys] declares a list of Keys commonly required for a Menu. Since all common
menu operations like Scroll Up, Scroll Down, Drill down, etc., are declared here, a new Menu
added does not require these keys to be associated, as they are inherited from above declaration.
5.2 Form Actions – Form Accept, Form Reject, Form End
Actions ‘Form Accept’, ‘Form Reject’, ‘Form End’, etc., act upon Form. They are associated to all
Forms (Default as well as User Defined TDL) through the declaration [System: Form Keys]

Action Form Accept saves the current Form.

Action Form Reject rejects the current Form, i.e., the current form is quit without saving.
Example
[Key: Form Accept]
Key
: Ctrl + A
Action
: Form Accept
Mode
: Edit
[Key: Form Display Reject]
Key
: Esc
Action
: Form Reject
Mode
: Display
[Key: Form End]
Key
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Action
: Form End
[System: Form Keys]
Key
: Form Accept, Form Display Reject, Form End
[System: Form Keys] declares a list of Keys commonly required for a Report. Since all common
Form operations like Save Form, Reject Form, Form End, etc., are declared here, a new Form
added does not require these keys to be associated, as they are inherited from above declaration.
5.3 Part Actions – Part Home, Part End, Part Pg Up
The Actions ‘Part Home’, ‘Part End’, ‘Part Pg Up’, etc., act upon a Part. These keys are associated with all the Forms (Default TDL codes as well as User Defined TDL codes) through the declaration [System: Form Keys]
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

Action Part Home positions the cursor to the beginning of the current Part.
Action Part End positions the cursor to the end of the current Part.
Action Part PgUp is used to quickly scroll the page to view the previous page.
Example
[Key: Part Display Home]
Key
: Home
Action
: Part Home
Mode
: Display
[Key: Part Display End]
Key
: End
Action
: Part End
Mode
: Display
[Key: Part Display PgUp]
Key
: PgUp
Action
: Part PgUp
Mode
: Display
[System: Form Keys]
Key
: Part Display Home, Part Display End, Part Display PgUp
[System: Form Keys] declares a list of Keys commonly required for a Part. Since all common
Part operations like Part Home, Part End, Part PgUp, etc., are declared here, a new Part added
does not require these keys to be associated, since they are inherited from the above declaration.
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5.4 Line Actions – Explode, Display Object, Alter Object
Line Actions - Explode, Display Object, Alter Object, etc., act upon a Line.

Action Explode explodes a line further to display all the explode details specified in the
Line Attribute ‘Explode’.

Action Display Object is used to display the Object in context of the current line.

Action Alter Object is used to alter the Object in context of the current line.
Example
[Key
: Line Explode]
Key
: Shift + Enter
Action
: Explode
[Key
: Line Object Display]
Key
: Enter
Action
: Display Object
Mode
: Display
[Key: Line Object Alter]
Key
: Ctrl + Enter
Action
: Alter Object
Mode
: Display
[System: Form Keys]
Key
: Line Explode
Key
: Line Object Display, Line Object Alter
[System: Form Keys] declares a list of Keys commonly required for a Line. Since all common
Line operations like Explode, Display Object, Alter Object, etc., are declared here, a new Line
added does not require these keys to be associated, as they are inherited from above declaration.
5.5 Field Actions – Field Copy, Field Paste, Field Erase, Calculator
The Actions ‘Field Copy’, ‘Field Paste’, ‘Field Erase’, ‘Calculator’, etc., act on Fields.
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Action Field Copy copies the current field (Field where the cursor is positioned) contents
in the OS clipboard, which will be available later.
Action Field Paste pastes the clipboard contents to the current Field.
Action Field Erase is used to erase the contents of the current Field at a stretch, without
hitting the Backspace or Delete Key.
Action Calculator is used for Fields that require some computation, the result of which is
to be returned to the Field. Fields taking Amounts / Numbers as value require this action.
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Example
[Key: Field Copy]
Key
: Ctrl + Alt + C
Action
: Field Copy
[Key: Field Paste]
Key
: Ctrl + Alt + V
Action
: Field Paste
[Key: Field Erase]
Key
: Esc
Action
: Field Erase
Mode
: Edit
[Key: Calculator]
Key
: Alt + C
Action
: Calculator
Mode
: Edit
[Field: NumDecimals Field]
Key
: Calculator
[System: Form Keys]
Key
: Field Erase
Key
: Field Copy, Field Paste
[System: Form Keys] declares a list of Keys that are commonly required for any Field. Since all
the common Field operations like ‘Field Copy’, ‘Field Paste’, ‘Field Erase’, etc., are declared here,
a new Field added does not require these keys to be associated, since they are inherited from the
above declaration. The Action ‘Calculator’ is not required for all the Fields; hence, it has not been
declared in Form Keys usage List. It has been associated to the Fields where it is required. In the
above example, ‘NumDecimals Field’ is a numeric field which may require calculations. Therefore, the ‘Calculator’ Key, associating the Action Calculator, is attached to the Field.
Learning Outcome
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Actions are activators of a specific task with a definite result. An Action always originates
from User Interface (UI) Objects Menu, Form, Line or Field.
Global Actions and Object Specific Actions are the different types of actions used in TDL.
Actions can be associated at various levels:
Action Association at Menu Definition
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Action
Association at Button/Key Definition
Association at Field Definition
An Action is always executed with respect to two contexts:
Originator
Executer
Some of the frequently used Global Actions are:
Menu
Modify object
Browse URL
Create and Alter
Some of the Object Specific Actions are:
Menu Actions - Menu Up, Menu Down, Menu Reject
Form Actions – Form Accept, Form Reject, Form End
Part Actions – Part Home, Part End, Part Pg Up
Line Actions – Explode, Display Object, Alter Object
Field Actions – Field Copy, Field Paste, Field Erase, Calculator
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User Defined Fields
Introduction
In Tally.ERP 9, the structure of an object, the data type and storages required in order to store the
data are all pre-defined by the platform. All the data is stored in the Tally database. By default,
data is always stored in pre-defined storages only.
There may be instances when additional information needs to be stored in the existing objects.
This need gave rise to concept of User Defined Fields (UDF). A UDF can be used to store additional information to the Tally database. In other words, UDFs store additional information into the
existing objects.
1. What is UDF?
User Defined Fields have a storage component defined by the user. UDFs are stored in the
current object context. They can be of any Tally data type such as String, Amount, Quantity, Rate,
Number, Date, Rate of Exchange and Logical.
Defining UDFs does not serve the purpose, unless it is associated with one or more internal
object. When a UDF is created and used in an already existing report, the data is stored in the
context of the object, i.e., it is always associated to the object to which the report is associated,
i.e., the object in context.
1.1 Creating a UDF
UDFs should be defined under the section [System: UDF].
Syntax
[System: UDF]
<Name of UDF>: <Data Type>: <Index Number>
Where,
<Name of UDF> Identifies the UDF. Ideally, it should describe the purpose for which it has been
created.
<Data Type> is any of the Tally data types or ‘Aggregate’.
<Index Number> can be any number between 1 and 65536.
Numbers falling between 1 to 9999 and 20001 to 65536 are opened for customisation, and those
between 10000 to 20000 are allotted for Common development in TSPL. The user can create
65536 UDFs of each data type.
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The index numbers 1 to 29 are already used for Default TDL.
Example
[System: UDF]
MyUDF 1 : String : 20003
MyUDF 2 : Date
: 20003
The advantage of UDF in Tally is that it automatically attaches with the current object. No specific
declaration is required for object association, when the UDF is defined within system definition.
1.2 Storing User Inputs in the UDF
The attribute ‘Storage’ is used to store the value entered in the field, in the current object context.
Syntax
Storage : <Default Storage / Name of UDF>
Where,
<Name of UDF> identifies the UDF. Ideally, it should describe the purpose for which it is created.
Example
[Field: NewField]
Use
: NameField
Storage
: MyUDF
1.3 Retrieving the value of UDF from an Object
In the context of the current object, the value of a UDF can be accessed by prefixing $ to the UDF
name.
Syntax
$<Name of UDF>
Example:
[Field: NewField]
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2. Classification of UDF’s
The UDFs are classified into two types, which are as follows:
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Simple UDF
Complex/Compound/Aggregate UDF
2.1 Simple UDF
It can store one or more values of a single data type. A UDF used for storage, stores the values in
the context of the object associated at Line / Report level, by default. Only one value is stored in
this case.
2.1.1 UDF to store a single value
The following example code snippet demonstrates how a UDF can be made use of to store a
single value:
Example
[Report: CompanyVehicles]
Object
: Company
.
.
.
.
[Field: CVeh]
Use
: Name Field
Storage
: Vehicle
Unique
: Yes
[System : UDF]
Vehicle
: String : 700
The object is associated at the Report Level. The value stored in a UDF is in the context of
‘Company’ Object in this case. The UDF ‘Vehicle’ stores a single string value.
2.1.2 UDF to store multiple values
When multiple values of the same data type are to be stored, then the ‘Repeat’ attribute of Part is
used. The field of the line uses the same UDF name in the ‘Storage’ attribute. The syntax of the
‘Repeat’ attribute of Part in this case will be as follows:
Syntax
Repeat : <Line name > : < Name of UDF >
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Where,
<Line Name > is the name of the line to be repeated.
<Name of UDF> identifies the name of the UDF to store multiple values
The example in the section “UDF to store single value” can be modified to store multiple values.
Example
[Part: CompVeh]
Line
: CompVeh
Repeat
: CompVeh
Break On
: $$IsEmpty:$Vehicle
Scroll
: Vertical
: Vehicle
In this scenario, multiple values of type String can be stored under the object Company.
2.1.3 Creating collection of Values Stored in UDF
Multiple values stored in a UDF can be displayed as Table in a field. The Collection is defined as:
Syntax
[Collection : <Collection Name>]
Type
: <UDF Name> : <Object Name>
Format
: $<UDF Name>, 20
Example
[Collection: CMP Vehicles]
Type
: Vehicle : Company
Childof
: ##SVCurrentCompany
Format
: $Vehicle, 20
Title
: "Company Vehicles"
It creates a collection of values stored in the UDF of the current object ‘Company’. This collection
can be used in the ‘Table’ attribute of ‘Field’ definition. When the cursor is in the defined field, the
values stored in the UDF will be displayed as a popup table.
Consider the following example:
[Field: EI Vehicles Det]
Use
: Short Name Field
Table
: CMP Vehicles, Not Applicable
Show Table
: Always
A popup table is displayed when the cursor is placed in the field ‘EI Vehicles Det’. The Table
contains values stored in the UDF which are Not Applicable as a list.
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2.2 Aggregate UDF
A Simple UDF can only store values of a single data type; so, when multiple values of different
data types are required to be stored as one entity, an Aggregate UDF can be used.
Aggregate UDFs are very useful for storing multiple values and repeated values. An aggregate
UDF is a combination of different types of UDFs. Aggregate UDFs can be used to store user data
in a tabular format, attached to any internal object, and can be used as a collection of UDFs.
In other words, an Aggregate UDF comprises of a set of fields repeating more than once. The
output can be stated in the form of a record consisting of fields of different types and sizes. When
a line is repeated over an Aggregate UDF, it associates all its storage components (same or
different data types) as a single unit.
2.2.1 Creating an Aggregate UDF
To create an Aggregate UDF, the data type ‘Aggregate’ is used while defining the UDF. The components are defined as simple UDFs.
Syntax
[System: UDF]
<Name of UDF>: Aggregate : <Index Number>
Example
A Company wants to create and store multiple details of company vehicles.The details required
are: Vehicle Number, Brand, Year of Mfg., Purchase Cost, Type of Vehicle, Currently in Service,
Sold On date and Sold for Amount.
[System : UDF]
Company Vehicles
: Aggregate : 1000
VVehicle Number
: String
: 1000
VBrand
: String
: 1001
VYear of Mfg
: Number
: 1000
VPurchase Cost
: Amount
: 1000
VType of Vehicle
: String
: 1002
VCurrently in Service
: Logical
: 1000
VSold On date
: Date
: 1000
VSold for
: Amount
: 1001
To store the required details, simple UDFs are defined and to store them as one entity, a UDF of
type ‘Aggregate’ is defined, as shown in the example.
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2.2.2 Using an Aggregate UDF
An Aggregate UDF defined does not associate each component field with it. The association will
takes place only when a Line is repeated over an Aggregate UDF and within that Line, there are
fields which store the value into the component UDFs.
Syntax
Repeat : <Line name > : < Name of Aggregate UDF >
Where,
<Name of Aggregate UDF> is the name of the UDF defined with ‘Aggregate’ data type.
Example
[Part : Comp Vehicle]
Line
: Comp VehLn
Repeat
: Comp VehLn :
BreakOn
: $$IsEmpty:$VBrand
Company Vehicles
.
.
.
[Field
: CMP VBrand]
Use
: Short Name Field
Storage
: VBrand
The Line is repeated over the Aggregate UDF and the Simple UDFs are entered in the fields.
2.2.3 Using Aggregate UDF in a Sub-Form
‘Subform’ is an attribute that is used within a Field definition. It relates to a report (not Form) and
can be invoked by a field. This attribute is useful to activate a report within a report, perform the
necessary action and return to the report used to invoke the Subform. There is no limit on the
number of Subforms that can be used at the field level.
Syntax
[Field: Field Name]
Sub Form : <Report Name> : <Condition>
Where,
<Report Name> is the name of the Report to be displayed.
<Condition> could be any expression, which evaluates to a logical value. The report will be
displayed only when the condition is True.
A Sub Form is not associated to the Object at the Report level. An Object associated to the Field
in which the Sub Form is defined, gets associated to the Sub Form. A Sub Form will inherit the
info object from the Field which appears as a pop-up.
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The Bill-wise Details is an example of a Subform attribute. This screen is displayed as soon as
an amount is entered for a ledger whose Bill-wise Details feature has been activated.
Example
The following code snippet uses a Subform to enter the details of bills when the Bill Collection
ledger is selected, while entering a Voucher. The values entered in the Subform are stored in an
Aggregate UDF. This UDF is attached to the object to which the field displaying the Subform is
associated. Here, it is the Object of a Ledger Entries Collection.
The following code is used to associate a Subform to the default Field in a voucher.
[#Field: ACLSLed]
Sub Form : BillDetail : ##SVVoucherType = "Receipt"
+
and $LedgerName = "Bill Collection"
The Name Report for the Subform uses an Aggregate UDF to store the data. A Line is repeated
over the Aggregate UDF at the Part level.
[Part : BillDetails]
Scroll
: vertical
Line
: BillDetailsH, BillDetailsD
Repeat
: BillDetailsD : BAggre
Break After
: $$Line=2
The Attibute Storage is used for all the fields.
[Field : CustName1]
Use
: Name Field
Storage
: CustName
The UDF is defined as follows:
[System : UDF]
CustName : String
: 1000
BillNo
: String
: 1001
BillAmt
: Amount
: 1001
FPrint1
: String
: 1002
BAggre
: Aggregate : 1000
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UDFs are stored in the context of the current Object. They can be of any Tally data type.
UDFs should be defined under the section [System: UDF].
The attribute ‘Storage’ in a Field definition is used to store the value entered in a Field.
The value is stored in the context of the current Object.
A Simple UDF can store one or more values of a single data type only.
Aggregate UDFs are very useful for storing multiple values and repeated values.
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Reports, Printing and Validation Controls
Introduction
In previous lesson, the significance and usage of User Defined Fields was explained. The classification and creation of UDFs was also discussed. This lesson is dedicated to Report creation and
printing. The types of reports and the different ways of printing them will be explained in detail.
1. Reports
In Tally.ERP 9, financial statements are generated as Reports, based on the vouchers entered till
date. Balance Sheet, Profit &Loss A/c, Trial Balance, etc., are some default Reports in Tally.
Normally, a business requires Reports in any of the following formats:

Tabular Report: A Report with fixed number columns, which can be configured.

Hierarchical Report: A Report designed in successive levels or layers.

Column-Based Reports: A Report with multiple columns.
Tally.ERP 9 caters to generating all these types of Reports.
1.1 Tabular Reports
They have the simplest format of all the Report formats. A typical Tabular report has the following
components:

Report Title: It contains the Name of the Report, the Title for each column, the Day/
Period for which a Report is generated, etc.
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Report Details: It contains the actual information.
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Report Total: It contains the Total of the respective columns.
A typical Tabular Report has a fixed number of columns and is interactive, i.e., an end user can
change its appearance. Day Book, Stock Summary, Trial Balance, Group Summary, etc., are
some default Tabular Reports in Tally. The Tabular Report ‘Stock Summary’ is shown in Fig. 9.1
1.1.1 Designing a Tabular Report
A typical Tabular Report will have a Title Line, a Details Line, and an optional Total Line. The
Details Line will be repeated over the objects of a Collection.
A Tabular Report can be made Interactive by adding the following features:

Adding Buttons to change the period, to change the contents of the Report, etc. (As discussed in lesson 5: Variables, Buttons, Keys)
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Adding explosions to the lines
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Figure 9.1 Stock Summary
1.1.2 Displaying the Exploded Part
Tally.ERP 9 allows the user to display additional information about the current line object, when
the key combination SHIFT + Enter is pressed. This functionality is called as ‘explosion’ in Tally.
Line attributes Explode and Indent, and the function $$KeyExplode, are used for the same.
Attribute - Explode
The attribute ‘Explode’ refers to an attribute of the line, which is used to take the current data from
the Line Object. A Part is displayed after the process of explosion is complete.
Syntax
Explode : <Part Name> : <Logical Condition>
Where,
<Part Name> is the name of the Part which displays additional information about the Line object.
<Condition> if True, will result in an explosion.
Function - $$KeyExplode
$$KeyExplode function gives the current status of the keys Shift and Enter. This is used as a
condition to check if the user has pressed the Shift+Enter Key combination.
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Example 1: Simple Tabular Report
Let us consider writing a simple Trial Balance.
[Part: My TB Part]
Lines
: My TB Title, My TB Details
Repeat
: My TB Details: My TB Groups
Scroll
: Vertical
Figure 9.2 Simple Trial Balance Report
Example 2: A Simple Interactive Tabular Report
A report showing all the Primary groups can be created and exploded by pressing Shift + Enter to
view the sub groups. The ledgers can subsequently be viewed on the same screen with an indent
for each level.The report is as shown in Figure 9.3
The following code snippet displays the exploded part:
[Line: My TB Details]
Fields
: My TB Name Field, My TB ParName Field
Right Fields: My TB Dr Amt Field, My TB Cr Amt Field
Explode
: My TB Group Explosion : $$IsGroup and $$KeyExplode
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[Field: My TB Name Field]
Use
: Name Field
Set as
: $Name
Variable
: MyGroupName1
Figure 9.3 Simple Interactive Tabular Report
The code for the exploded part is as follows:
[Part: My TB Group Explosion]
Lines
: My TB Details Explosion
Repeat
: My TB Details Explosion
Scroll
: Vertical
: My TB GroupsLedgers
[Line: My TB Details Explosion]
Fields
: My TB Name Field, My TB ParName Field
Right Fields: My TB Dr Amt Field, My TB Cr Amt Field
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: My TB Group Explosion : $$IsGroup and $$KeyExplode
Indent
: 2
Local
: Field
* $$ExplodeLevel
: Default
: Delete: Border
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The Collection My TB GroupLedgers is a union of collections of Type ‘Group’ and ‘Ledger’,
respectively.
[Collection: My TB GroupsLedgers]
Collection
: My TB Groups, My TB Ledgers
The Variable MygroupName1 is used in Child Of attribute, under the collections ‘My TB Groups’
and ‘My TB Ledgers’.
[Collection: My TB Groups]
Type
: Group
Child Of
: #MyGroupName1
[Collection: My TB Ledgers]
Type
: Ledger
Child Of
: #MyGroupName1
When the user presses the Shift + Enter keys, then the exploded part shows the Sub-groups
under the group in the current line, as shown in Figure 9.4.
Figure 9.4 Interactive Tabular Report
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When the keys Shift + Enter are pressed by the user, one more exploded part shows the Ledgers
under the current Sub-group, as shown in Figure 9.5.
Figure 9.5 Interactive Tabular Reports - Sub Groups
1.2 Hierarchical Report (Drill down Report)
A Tally application provides a simple way of navigating from one report to another, which is
commonly referred to as a drill down. A Drill Down facility moves from one report to the other to
give a detailed view based on the selection in the current report. A user can return to the first
Report from the detailed view. A typical drill down in Tally.ERP 9 starts from the Report and
reaches the Voucher Alteration screen.
1.2.1 Designing Hierarchical Reports
Hierarchical Reports can be designed by incorporating the following changes to a Tabular Report:

Variable attribute of Report definition

Child Of attribute of Collection definition

Display and Variable attributes of Field definitions

Variable Definition
Example
The following code snippet demonstrates the Drill down action, which is based on the Group
Name displayed in the field. The Drill down action is achieved by specifying the two attributes
‘Variable’ and ‘Display’ at the field level.
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[Field: MyTB Name]
Width
: 120 mms
Set as
: $Name
Variable: GroupVar
Display : My Trial Balance : $$IsGroup
A Variable is defined as ‘Volatile’ and is associated at Report. The attribute ‘Variable’ of Report
definition is used to associate the Variable with the report.
[Variable: Group Var]
Type
: String
Default
: ""
Volatile
: Yes
[Report: My Trial Balance]
Form
: My Trial Balance
Variable
: GroupVar
The same Variable is used in the ‘Childof’ attribute of the ‘Collection’ definition. When a line is
repeated over this collection in the report; when the user presses the Enter key, the Report being
displayed will have the objects whose Parent Name is stored in the variable.
[Collection: My Collection]
Type
: Group
Childof
: ## GroupVar
The following screen is displayed when the user selects the option from the Menu:
Figure 9.6 Trial Balance Report
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When the key Enter is pressed by the user, the next screen displays the Sub Groups of the
current Group as shown in Figure 9.7
.
Figure 9.7 Trial Balance - Sub group
1.3 Column Based Reports
The reports in which the number of columns added or deleted as per the user inputs are referred
to as column-based reports. There are four types of column-based reports in Tally, namely MultiColumn Reports, Auto-Column Reports, Automatic Auto-Column Reports and Columnar Reports.
All these types are explained with examples in this section.
1.3.1 Multi-Column Reports
In Multi-Column reports, a column is repeated based on the criteria specified by user. Trial
Balance, Balance Sheet, Stock Summary, etc., are some default Reports in Tally.ERP 9 having
Multi column feature. Normally, this feature is used to compare values across different periods.
Designing a Multi Column Report
In a Tabular Report, Lines are repeated over a collection. But in a multi-column Report, columns
are repeated in addition to the repetition of the Lines over a Collection. Based on the user input,
columns are repeated. The column Report is used to capture user inputs like Period, Company
Name, Stock Valuation, etc., based on which columns are generated. Following attributes are
used at various components of a Report to incorporate the multi-column feature:
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Attribute - Column Report
Attribute ‘Column Report’ of the ‘Report’ definition, facilitates the creation of multi-column reports.
Syntax
ColumnReport: <Report Name>
Where,
<Report Name> is the name of the report used to obtain user inputs from the options displayed.
Attribute - Repeat
Attribute ‘Column Report’ is associated with a variable, which in turn is specified in ‘Repeat’
attribute of ‘Report’ definition. Both attributes are specified in ‘Report’ definition to create a multicolumn report.
Syntax
Repeat: Variable
Example: Incorporating Multi Column Feature to Trial Balance report
Step 1 : Using Column Report & Repeat attribute at the Report
By using the ‘Column Report’ & ‘Repeat’ attributes at the Report, “New Column”, “Alter Column”
and “Delete Column” buttons will be automatically added to ‘MulCol TrialBalance’ Report.
[Report: MulCol Trial Balance]
ColumnReport: MyMultiColumns
Repeat
: SVCurrentCompany, SVFromDate, SVToDate
Figure 9.8 Multi Column Report
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Step 2: Modifying the System Variables in a multi-column Report
By clicking New Column button, ‘MyMultiColumns’ Report is displayed. In this Report, the user
inputs are captured, which will be reflected in the System Variables.
[Field: My MultiFromDate]
Use
: Uni Date Field
Modifies
: SVFromDate
[Field: My MultiToDate]
Use
: Uni Date Field
Modifies
: SVToDate
[Field: My MultiCompany]
Use
: Name Field
Modifies
: SVCurrentCompany
Table
: Company
Figure 9.9 Column Details for Multi Column Report
Step 3: Repeating Columns over a Variable and Lines over Objects of a Collection
To repeat columns over a Variable, which is captured in ‘MyMultiColumns’ Report, following needs
to be done at various components of the ‘MulCol Trial Balance’ Report.
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1. Report Definition: Repeating over the values of system variable which is captured in
MyMultiColumns Report
[Report: MulCol Trial Balance]
Repeat
: SVCurrentCompany, SVFromDate, SVToDate
2. Part Definition: Repeating Lines over objects of a Collection.
[Part: MulCol TB Details]
Lines
: MulCol TB Details
BottomLines : MulCol TB Total
Repeat
: MulCol TB Details: MulCol TB GroupLed
3. Line Definition:- Repeating Field
[Line: MulCol TB Details]
Fields
: MulCol TB Name Field, MulCol TB Amount Field
Repeat
: MulCol TB Amount Field
Figure 9.10 Multi Column Report
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1.3.2 Auto-Column Report
An Auto column report is one in which multiple columns are repeated by just one click of a button.
Trial Balance, Balance Sheet, Stock Summary, etc., are some of the default Reports in Tally.ERP
9 which have an Auto column feature.
Designing an Auto-Column Report
Auto column Report is similar to a Multi column Report, except that here, a set of columns are
repeated, instead of one. User input will decide the criteria on which the columns are repeated.
Example: Incorporating Auto Column Feature to Trial Balance report
Step 1: Adding the Configuration Screen to the Form
The Button MyAutoButton is added to Form. Through this Button, the configuration Report
‘MyAutoColumns’ is arrived at through the Auto columns mode.
[Form: MulCol Trial Balance]
BottomButton: MyAutoButton,
[Button: MyAutoButton]
Key
: Alt+N
Action
: Auto Columns : MyAutoColumns
Title
: $$LocaleString:"Auto Column"
Figure 9.11 Auto Column Reports
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Step 2:The Configuration Report ‘MultiAutoColumns’
1. In configuration Report, the user will be given options like ‘Days’,’ Monthly’, Yearly’, ‘Company’, etc., based on which the columns are repeated. In TDL, these options are external
objects.
[Collection: MyAuto Columns]
Title
: $$LocaleString:"Column Details"
Object
Yearly
: MyCurrentCompany, MyQuarterly, MyMonthly, MyYearly, MyHalf-
Filter
: Belongs
Format
: $$Name, 15
;; ‘Belongs’ is a system formula which filters the objects
;; based on the value of the Methods ‘BelongsIf’ of all the objects
;; Function Name returns the Name of any given object
[Object: MyCurrentCompany]
Name
: $$LocaleString:"Company"
VarName
: "SVCurrentCompany"
CollName
: "List of Primary Companies"
BelongsIf
: $$NumItems:ListOfPrimaryCompanies > 1
IsAgeWise
: No
Periodicity : ""
;; Function $$NumItems returns the number of selected companies
;; ‘BelongsIf’ is a method of the object MyCurrentCompany, which
;; is used to control the display of the objects in the collection
[Object: MyQuarterly]
Name
: $$LocaleString:"Quarterly"
VarName
: "SVFromDate, SVToDate"
CollName
: "Period Collection"
BelongsIf
: "Yes"
IsAgeWise
: No
Periodicity : "3 Month"
[Object: MyHalfYearly]
Name
: $$LocaleString:"Half-Yearly"
VarName
: "SVFromDate, SVToDate"
CollName
: "Period Collection"
BelongsIf
: "Yes"
IsAgeWise
: No
Periodicity : "6 Month"
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[Object: MyMonthly]
Name
: $$LocaleString:"Monthly"
VarName
: "SVFromDate, SVToDate"
CollName
: "Period Collection"
BelongsIf
: "Yes"
IsAgeWise
: No
Periodicity : "Month"
[Object: MyYearly]
Name
: $$LocaleString:"Yearly"
VarName
: "SVFromDate, SVToDate"
CollName
: "Period Collection"
BelongsIf
: "Yes"
IsAgeWise
: No
Periodicity : "Year"
Columns can be repeated over any collection. They are not restricted only to a Period.
Figure 9.12 Auto Repeat Columns
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2. When the user selects any one of the options, the system variables need to be modified
so that, the columns can be generated in the parent Report on the basis of these values.
[Field: My SelectAuto]
Use
: Short Name Field
Table
: MyAutoColumns
Show Table
: Always
[Field: My AutoColumns]
Use
: Short Name Field
Invisible
: Yes
Set as
: $$Table:MySelectAuto:$VarName
Set always
: Yes
Skip
: Yes
;; Function Table selects the Object Name from the previous Field My SelectAuto
;; and displays the corresponding method value of VarName
[Field: My CollName]
Use
: Short Name Field
Invisible
: Yes
Set as
: $$Table:MySelectAuto:$CollName
Modifies
: DSPRepeatCollection
Set always
: Yes
Skip
: Yes
;; We are modifying the value of the default variable DSPRepeatCollection
;; by the value of the Method CollName from the selected Object
;; DSPRepeatCollection is repeated in the Default Variables SVCurrentCompany,
;; SVFromDate and SVToDate, which gets new values for each column
[Field: My StartPeriod]
Use
: Short Date Field
Invisible
: Yes
Set as
: if $$IsEmpty:$$Table:MySelectAuto:$Periodicity then+
##SVFromDate else if $$Table:MySelectAuto:+
$Periodicity = "Day" then ##SVFromDate else +
$$LowValue:SVFromDate
Set always
: Yes
Modifies
: SVFromDate
Skip
: Yes
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;; Value of Variable SVFromDate is set here based on the Periodicity Method.
;; $$LowValue is a Function that returns the beginning date of the Current Period
[Field: My EndPeriod]
Use
: Short Date Field
Invisible
Set as
: Yes
: if $$IsEmpty:$$Table:MySelectAuto:$Periodicity then+
##SVToDate else if $$Table:MySelectAuto:+
$Periodicity = "Day" then $$MonthEnd:#DSPStartPeriod+
else $$HighValue:SVToDate
Set always
: Yes
Modifies
: SVToDate
Skip
: Yes
;; Value of the Variable SVToDate is set here based on the Periodicity Method.
;; MonthEnd is a Function that gives the last day for a given month
[Field: My SetPeriodicity]
Use
: Short Name Field
Invisible
: Yes
Set as
: if NOT $$IsEmpty:$$Table:MySelectAuto:+
$Periodicity then $$Table:MySelectAuto:+
$Periodicity else "Month"
Set always
: Yes
Modifies
: SVPeriodicity
3. The generated values are sent to the Parent Report by using the Form attribute ‘Output’.
[Form: MyAutoColumns]
No Confirm
: Yes
Parts
: My AutoColumns
Output
: My AutoColumns
Step 3: Repeating Columns over a Variable and Lines over Objects of a Collection
To repeat columns over a Variable which are captured in an Auto Columns Report, the following
needs to be done at various components of the ‘MulCol Trial Balance’ Report
1. Report Definition: This involves repeating the Values of a System Variable which is captured in ‘MyMultiColumns’ Report.
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[Report: MulCol Trial Balance]
Repeat
: SVCurrentCompany, SVFromDate, SVToDate
2. Part Definition: This involves repeating Lines over the Objects of a Collection.
[Part: MulCol TB Details]
Lines
: MulCol TB Details
BottomLines : MulCol TB Total
Repeat
: MulCol TB Details: MulCol TB GroupLed
3. Line Definition: This involves repeating a Field.
[Line: MulCol TB Details]
Fields
: MulCol TB Name Field, MulCol TB Amount Field
Repeat
: MulCol TB Amount Field
Figure 1.13 Auto Column Report
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1.3.3 Automatic Auto-Column Reports
There may be situations when the columns are required automatically without the intervention of
the user when the report is opened. The Attendance Sheet is an example of the Automatic autocolumn Report in Tally.ERP 9.
Designing an Automatic Auto Column Report
In order to design an Automatic Auto Column Report, the function $$SetAutoColumns, and the
pre-defined variables DoSetAutocolumn and the DSPRepeatCollection are used.
The following points must be considered while creating the automatic auto-column reports:

The value of the variable DoSetAutoColumn must be set to YES.

The variable DSPRepeatCollection stores the Collection Name to be repeated.

The function $$SetAutoColumns accepts the name of a variable which is repeated over
the value of variable ‘DSPRepeatCollection’.

The columns are displayed based on the values in the collection provided by variable
‘DSPRepeatCollection’.
Example
Consider the example of creating an auto-column for a Trial Balance. The same report can be
modified to have automatic Columns for Multiple selected companies. As mentioned earlier, the
following should be resorted to:
The variable DoSetAutoColumn must be set to Yes.
[Report: MulCol Trial Balance]
Set : DSPRepeatCollection: "List of Primary Companies"
The variable DSPRepeatCollection has to be set to “List of Primary Companies”
[Form: MulCol Trial Balance]
Option : Set Auto Option : $$SetAutoColumns:SVCurrentCompany
Add a dummy option in the ‘Form’ Definition such that the condition of the same is $$SetAutoColumns:SVCurrentCompany. The variable SVCurrentCompany will be repeated automatically as
soon as you enter the report, provided multiple companies are loaded.
Also add the following lines to the Form Definition ‘MultiCol Trial Balance’
Option : Set Auto Option : $$SetAutoColumns:SVCurrentCompany
[!Form: Set Auto Option]
Multiple companies should be loaded for this program. Now, when the user selects the Menu
Item, the following screen is displayed:
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Figure 1.14 Displaying Trial Balance for two different companies
1.3.4 Columnar Report
All the Voucher Reports which contain Accounting Information (Ledger and/ or Group Info)
available in Vouchers, and can be displayed as Columns, are categorized as Columnar Reports.
For example, Sales Register, Purchase Register, Journal Register, Ledger, etc., where the
Voucher Registers can display multiple columns and respective values for each column, viz. the
ledger, the parent of the ledger, etc., entered in the voucher, as opted by the user.
These types of Reports also use the Auto Column concept for achieving disparate
columns.
Stock Registers and Sales Registers are a classic example of Columnar Reports.
2. Printing
We have already understood the various types of reports and the techniques to generate them.
An essential element of Reporting is printing. All the reports must be printable in one form or the
other.
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Printing Techniques: The techniques used for Printing are as follows:
2.1 Menu Action – Print/ Print Collection
Menu Action Print or Print Collection enters the final Report in ‘Print’ mode.
Syntax
[Menu: <Menu Name>]
Add: Key Item:[Position]:<Display Item>:<Unique Key>:<Action Key
word>:<Action Parameter>
;; where Action Keyword can be ‘Print’ or ‘Print Collection’ which triggers a list and displays the
;; final report based on user selection
Example
[#Menu: Printing Menu]
Add
: Key Item
: My Ledgers: L : Print Collection: Ledger Vouchers
Add
: Key Item
: My Day Book: D : Print: Day Book
Here, we are adding the Item ‘My Ledgers’, which has an action ‘Print Collection’ associated to it.
It displays a collection bearing the List of ledgers, which on user selection, enters the final report
in ‘Print’ Mode. On accepting, it directly goes to the printer.
2.2 Button Action – Print Report
Another method of printing reports is by way of associating a Button with an action ‘Print Report’
at the ‘Form’ definition. Action ‘Print Report’ prints the current report by default. This action
accepts Report Name as its parameter. If any report other than current needs to be printed, an
additional parameter containing Report Name needs to be specified. The current report can pass
the user selection to the printing report through a default collection called ‘Parameter Collection’.
Syntax
[Button: <Button Name>]
Action: <Print Report>[: Action Parameter]
Example
Consider a report displaying a list of employees, wherein the user selects the required employees
for whom pay slips need to be printed. On clicking the ‘Print’ Button, the current report bearing the
list of employees is not required. A new report printed for various pay slips allotted to the selected
employees is needed.
[Button: Print Selected Pay slips]
;; Associate this button to the current report displaying the list of employees
Key
: Alt + F11 Title : "Print Selected Pay slips"
;; Multiple Payslip Print Report will be printed on activation of this Button
;; The Report should be altered to include the inbuilt Collection ‘Parameter
;; Collection’ to print the user selection for the list of employees
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Action : Print Report : Multi Pay Slip Print
Scope
: Selected Lines
[#Report: Multi Pay Slip Print]
Collection: Parameter Collection
Here, the Button ‘Print Selected Pay slips’ is defined with the Action ‘Print Report’, which also has
an action parameter, i.e., the Report Name to be printed. The scope of the Button is ‘Selected
Lines’, which means that the final Report ‘Multi Pay Slip Print’ must contain only the selected
Objects from the current Report. The user selection is passed to the new Report through a Collection ‘Parameter Collection’, which must be used in the destination Report ‘Multi Pay Slip Print’.
So, the Report ‘Multi Pay Slip Print’ can be modified and added to the collection ‘Parameter Collection’.
2.3 Page Breaks
A Page Break is the point at which one page ends and another begins. Handling Page Breaks is
important, as the current page should indicate continuation to the next page, while the next page
must indicate that the current page is continued from the previous page. So, there must be a
closing identifier, i.e., closing page break information and an opening identifier, i.e., opening page
break information.
In other words, Page Breaks specify the headers and footers for every page, and are printed
across multiple pages. Closing Page Break starts printing from the first page and prints on every
page except the last page, e.g., Continued... to be printed at the bottom of each page. Opening
Page Break starts printing from the second page till the last page. Closing Page Break is specified
before Opening Page Break, since in any circumstance, closing page break is encountered first.
In TDL, Page Breaks can be handled vertically as well as horizontally.
2.3.1 Types of Page Breaks
Vertical Page Breaks
In cases where a report containing data cannot be printed in a single page, one needs to use
vertical page breaks. Vertical Page Breaks can be specified at 2 levels, viz. Form and Part.
Form Level Page Break
Vertical Page Breaks can be specified at Form through the Form Attribute ‘Page Break’. It takes 2
parameters, viz. First Part for Closing Page Break and Second Part for Opening Page Break.
Syntax
[Form: <Form Name>]
Page Break : <Closing Part>, <Opening Part>
Example
Consider a Trial Balance report of a company, which requires the title and address of the
Company in the first page and the grand total in the last page. In the pages between the first and
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the last page, the text Continued.... may be required at the end of each page, and the Company
Name and Address at the beginning of each page.
[Form: My Trial Balance]
Page Break : Cl Page Break, Op Page Break
;; where both Cl Page Break and Op Page Break are Parts
[Part: Cl Page Break]
Lines: Cont Line
[Line: Cont Line]
Fields: Cont Field
Border: Full Thin Top
[Field: Cont Field]
Set As
: “Continued…”
Full width
: Yes
Align
: Right
[Part: Op Page Break]
Parts: DSP OpCompanyName, DSP OpReportTitle
Vertical: Yes
In this example, Closing Page Break is defined to print Continued... at the end of every continued
page. Opening Page Break is defined to print the Company Name and Report Title at the
beginning of all the continuing pages. Since more than one part is used within Part definition,
specify the alignment as ‘Vertical’, if required.
Part Level Page Breaks
Vertical Page Breaks can be specified at Part through the Part Attribute Page Break. This is
generally used when the Page Totals are to be printed for each closing and opening pages.
It takes 2 parameters, viz.1st Line for Closing Page Break and 2nd Line for Opening Page Break.
Syntax
[Part: <Part Name>]
Page Break : <Closing Line>, <Opening Line>
Example
Consider a Trial Balance Report of a company, where we may require the running page totals to
be printed at the end and beginning of each page.
[Part: My Trial Balance]
Page Break : Cl Page Break, Op Page Break
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;; where both Cl Page Break and Op Page Break are Lines
[Line: Cl Page Break]
Use
: Detail Line
Local : Field: Particulars Fld: Set As: “Carried Forward”
Local : Field: DrAmt Fld: Set As: $$Total:DrAmtFld
Local : Field: CrAmt Fld: Set As: $$Total:CrAmtFld
Local : Field: NetAmt Fld: Set As: $$Total:NetAmtFld
Border: Full Thin Top
[Line: Op Page Break]
Use
: Cl Page Break
Local : Field: Particulars Fld: Set As: “Brought Forward”
Here, Line ‘Cl Page Break’ is defined to use the pre-defined ‘Detail Line’ and the relevant fields
are modified locally to set the respective values. Similarly, the Line ‘Op Page Break’ is defined to
use the above defined line ‘Cl Page Break’, which locally modifies only the field ‘Particulars Fld’.
Horizontal Page Breaks
Horizontal Page Breaks are used if the number of columns run into multiple pages.
Line Level Page Breaks
Horizontal page breaks can be specified at Line through Line Attribute ‘Page Break’. It is generally
used to repeat a closing column at every closing page and opening column at every opening
page. It takes 2 parameters, viz. 1st Field for Closing Page Break & 2nd for Opening Page Break.
Syntax
[Line: <Line Name>]
Page Break : <Closing Field>, <Opening Field>
Example
Consider a Columnar Sales Register Report of a company, where multiple columns are printed
across pages. Some fixed columns are required in subsequent pages which makes it easy to map
the columns in subsequent pages.
[#Line: DSP ColVchDetail]
Page Break : Cl Page Break, Op Page Break
;; where both Cl Page Break and Op Page Break are Fields
[Field: Cl Page Break]
[Field: Op Page Break]
Fields
:
DBC Fixed, VCH No
In this example, the Field Cl Page Break is defined as Empty, since no Closing Column or Field is
required and Field Op Page Break is defined with further fields DBC Fixed and VCH No, which
are available in default TDL.
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Form Level Page Break
Part Level Page Break
Line Level Page Break
It is a Vertical Page Break
It is a Vertical Page Break
It is a Horizontal Page
Break
Page Break attribute accepts
Part Names as its value
Page
Break
attribute
accepts Line Names as its
value
Page
Break
attribute
accepts Field Names as its
value
Multiple Parts (parts within
parts) can be printed both at
closing and opening page
breaks
Multiple lines (lines within
lines) can be printed at both
closing and opening page
breaks
Multiple
Fields
(Fields
within Fields) can be
printed at both closing and
opening page breaks
Form Level Page Breaks
cannot handle running Page
Totals
Running Page Totals can be
handled with Part Level
Page Break
Column Page Totals can be
handled with Line Level
Page Break
TABLE 9:1 Comparison
between different pagebreaks
2.4 Frequently Used Attributes and Functions
2.4.1 Attributes
Line Level Attribute – Next Page
The ‘Next Page’ attribute specifies the cut off line that gets printed in the subsequent page. It
accepts a logical formula as its parameter.
Syntax
[Line: <Line Name>]
Next Page: <Logical Formula>
Example
[Line: DSP Vch Explosion]
Next Page
: (($$LineNumber = $$LastLineNumber) AND $$IsLastOfSet)
Attribute – Preprinted/ PrePrinted Border
The Attribute ‘Preprinted’ or ‘Preprinted Border’ can be specified at Part, Line and Field Definitions. These attributes work in conjunction with ‘preprinted/ plain’ button in the Print Configuration
screen. When the Preprinted attribute is set to YES, the contents of the current Part, Line or Field
will be left blank assuming the same to be pre-printed. When the ‘Preprinted Border’ attribute is
set to YES, the borders used in the current Part, Line or Field will be assumed to be pre-printed.
Syntax
[Line: <Line Name>]
Preprinted: <Logical Value>
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Example
[Line: Company Name]
Preprinted
: Yes
2.4.2 Functions
Functions - $$PageNo and $$PartNo
The $$PageNo function returns the current Page Number while the $$PartNo function returns the
current Part Number of the page.
These functions do not require any parameter and the return type for $$PageNo is Number and
$$PartNo is String.
Syntax
$$PageNo
$$PartNo
Example
[Field: My PageNo]
Set as: “Page ” + $$String:$$PageNo
+ “ (“ + $$PartNo + “)”
Function - $$IsLastOfSet
It is used to check if the current Form is the last Form being printed. It doesn’t require any parameter. It returns TRUE, if the current Form is the last Form being printed, else returns FALSE.
Syntax
$$IsLastOfSet
Example
[Line: DSP Vch Explosion]
Next Page
: (($$LineNumber = $$LastLineNumber) AND $$IsLastOfSet)
Function - $$DoExplosionsfit
In the process of printing, if a line is exploded, then this function can be used to check whether the
exploded part fits within the current page. This function also doesn’t require any parameter and
returns its logical value. It returns its logical value as YES, if it is True.
Syntax
$$DoExplosionsFit
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Example
[Line: EXPSMP InvDetails]
NextPage
: NOT $$DoExplosionsFit OR (($$LineNumber = $$LastLineNumber)
$$BalanceLines
It is used to check the balance number of lines in the repeated lines, including the exploded partlines present, in a given part. Scroll : Vertical must be specified at ‘Part’ definition in order to use
this function. This function too does not require any parameter and returns a Numerical value.
Syntax
$$BalanceLines
Example
[Line: AccType Detail]
NextPage
: ($$BalanceLine > 0) AND (($$BalanceLines < 5)
Here, if the Balance number of lines is between 0-5, remaining lines will be printed on next page.
3. Validation and Controls
Data validation and controls in Tally can be done at two levels, either at the Platform level or at the
TDL level. TDL Programmers do not have control over any of the Platform level validations. TDL
Programmers can only add validation and controls at the TDL Level. Let us understand some of
the TDL Level validation and control mechanisms.
3.1 Field Level Attribute — Validate
This attribute checks if the given condition is satisfied. Unless the given condition for ‘Validate’ is
satisfied, the user cannot move further, i.e., the cursor remains placed on the current field without
moving to the subsequent field. It does not display any error message.
Syntax
Validate : <Logical Formula>
Example
[Field: CMP Name]
Use
: Name Field
Validate
: NOT $$IsEmpty:$$Value
Storage
: Name
Style
: Large Bold
In this example:
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The field CMP Name is a field in Default TDL which is used to create/ alter a Company.
Attribute ‘Validate’ stops the cursor from moving forward, unless some value is entered in
the current field.
The function $$IsEmpty returns a logical value as TRUE, only if the parameter passed to
it contains NULL.
The function $$Value returns the value entered in the current field.
Thus, the Attribute ‘Validate’, used in the current field, controls the user from leaving the field
blank, and forces a user input.
3.2 Field Level Attribute — Unique
This attribute takes a logical value. If it is set to Yes, then the values keyed in the field have to be
unique. If the entries are duplicated, an error message Duplicate Entry pops up. This attribute is
useful when a Line is repeated over UDF/Collection, in order to avoid a repetition of values.
Syntax
Unique: [Yes / No]
Example
[!Field: VCHPHYSStockItem]
Table : Unique Stock Item : $$Line = 1
Table : Unique Stock Item, EndofList
Unique: Yes
In this code snippet, the field VCHPHYSStockItem is an optional field in DefTDL, which is used in
a Physical Stock Voucher. The attribute Unique avoids the repetition of Stock Item names.
3.3 Field Level Attribute — Notify
It is similar to attribute ‘Validate’. The only difference is that it flashes a warning message and the
cursor moves to the subsequent field. A system formula is added to display the warning message.
Syntax
Notify : <System Formula> : <Logical Condition>
Example
[!Field: VCH NrmlBilledQty]
Set as
: if @@HasInvSubAlloc then $$CollQtyTotal: +
BatchAllocations
: $BilledQty else @ResetVal
Skip On
: @@HasInvSubAlloc
Style
: if @@IsInvVch then "Normal" else "Normal Bold"
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Notify
: NegativeStock:##VCFGNegativeStock AND +
@@IsOutwardType AND$$InCreateMode AND +
$$IsNegative:@@FinalStockTotal
Here, VCH NrmlBilledQty is a default optional field in TDL used in a Voucher. ‘Notify’ pops up a
warning message, if the entered quantity for a stock item is more than the available stock, and the
cursor moves to the subsequent field.
3.4 Field Level Attribute — Control
The attribute ‘Control’ is similar to Notify. The only difference is that it does not allow the user to
proceed further after displaying a message. The cursor does not move to the subsequent field.
Syntax
Control : <System Formula : Logical Condition>
Example
[Field: VCH Number]
Use
: Voucher Number Field
Inactive
: @@NoVchNumbering
Skip On
: @@AutoVchNumbering
Control
: DuplicateNumber : @@NoDupVchNumbering AND +
(NOT $$InAlterMode OR NOT @SameVchTypeAndNum)AND +
$$IsDuplicateNumber:$$Value:
SameVchTypeAndNum : $VoucherTypeName = ##ORIGVchType AND +
$$Value = ##ORIGVchNum
Validate
: (@@NoDupVchNumbering AND NOT $$IsEmpty:$$Value) +
OR NOT @@NoDupVchNumbering
Keys
: PrevVchNumber
In this example, the field, VCH Number is a default field in TDL, used in a Voucher. The duplication of voucher numbers for a particular voucher type is prevented by using the attribute Control.
The differences between the field attributes Validate, Notify and Control are:
Field Attributes
Displays Message
Cursor Movement
Validate
No
Restricted
Notify
Yes
Not Restricted
Control
Yes
Restricted
TABLE 9:2 Difference
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3.5 Form Level Attribute — Control
This attribute achieves a higher level of control on the contents of a Form, compared to the other
controls used at the Lower levels of the Form. If the condition specified with ‘Control’ is not satisfied, then the Form displays an error message while trying to save. The Form cannot be saved
until the condition in the attribute ‘Control’ is fulfilled.
Syntax
Control : <String Formula : Logical Formula>
Example
[Form: Voucher]
Control : DateBelowBooksFrom
$BooksFrom:Company
: $Date < +
:##SVCurrentCompany
Control : DateBelowFromDate
: $Date < $$SystemPeriodFrom
Control : DateBeyondToDate
: $Date > $$SystemPeriodTo
In this example, Voucher is a default Form. While creating a voucher, the attribute Control does
not accept dates beyond the financial period or before beginning of the books.
3.6 Menu Level Attribute — Control
The attribute Control restricts the display of Menu Items, based on the given condition.
Syntax
Control : <Item Name> : <Logical condition>
Example
[!Menu: Gateway of Tally]
Key Item
: @@locAccountsInfo : A : Menu : Accounts Info. : NOT +
$$IsEmpty:$$SelectedCmps
Control
: @@locAccountsInfo : $$Allow:Create:AccountsMasters OR +
$$Allow:Alter:AccountsMasters
Here, the menu item Accounts Info will be displayed only if the condition is satisfied. $$Allow
checks if the current user has the rights to access the report displayed under the current Menu
item. The value AccountsMasters has been derived from attribute ‘Family’ at ‘Report’ definition.
3.7 Report Level Attribute — Family
The value specified with the attribute Family is automatically added to the security list as a popup, while assigning the rights under Security Control Menu.
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Syntax
[Report: <Report Name>]
Family : <String Value>
Example
[Report: Ledger]
Family : "Accounts Masters"
Here, Accounts Masters will get added to the Security list. Without the user rights for ‘Accounts
Masters’ in the Security controls, this report can neither be created, altered nor viewed.
Learning Outcome
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Tally.ERP 9 caters to 3 different types of Reports. These are:
Tabular Reports: Reports with fixed number columns, which can be configured
Hierarchical Reports: Reports in successive levels or layers
Column-based Reports: Reports with multiple columns
‘Explode’ is a Line attribute, which is used to take the current data from the Line Object.
$$KeyExplode function gives the current status of the keys Shift and Enter. This is used
as a condition to check if the user has pressed the Shift+Enter Keys.
Multi column report is one where a column repeats, based on criteria specified by user.
Page Break is the point at which one page ends and another begins.
Data validation and controls in Tally can be done at 2 levels, viz. Platform and TDL levels.
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Voucher and Invoice Customisation
Introduction
A voucher is a primary document that contains all the information regarding a transaction. To
begin with, it is necessary to understand the classification of vouchers and their structure.
Voucher and Invoice Customisation will be dealt with later in this Topic.
1. Classification of Vouchers
For every transaction in Tally, you can make use of an appropriate voucher to enter all the
required details. Vouchers are broadly classified into three types:

Accounting Vouchers

Inventory Vouchers

Accounting-cum-Inventory Vouchers
1.1 Accounting Vouchers
Accounting Vouchers imply recording transactions which require only the accounting details that
do not have any impact on the inventory. Receipt, Payment, Contra and Journal Vouchers are all
Accounting Vouchers.
These transactions affect only the Accounting Reports.
In cases where the option Inventory Values are affected? (which is used for Journal/ Payment/
Receipt entries) is set to Yes in the Ledger Master, the entries made will also accept the stock
items. However, this is not a standard business practice. Entries of this sort, are usually reflected
in the Inventory Reports.
1.2 Inventory Vouchers
Inventory Vouchers imply the recording of transactions which require details pertaining only to the
inventory and do not have any impact on accounts. Stock Journal and Physical Stock Vouchers
are both Inventory Vouchers.
These transactions do not affect the Accounting Reports, except when the Closing
Stock value is computed and the option of ‘Integrate Accounts and Inventory’ is set to
YES in F11:Accounting/Inventory Features.
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1.3 Accounting-cum-Inventory Vouchers
Accounting-cum-Inventory Vouchers are transactions containing details pertaining to Accounts as
well as Inventory. Purchase Order, Receipt Note, Rejection In, Debit Note, Purchase, Sales Order,
Delivery Note, Rejection Out, Credit Note, Sales, etc. are all Accounting-cum-Inventory Vouchers.
Purchase Orders, Receipt Notes, Rejection Ins, Sales Orders, Delivery Notes and
Rejection Outs only affect the Inventory Reports whereas Debit Notes, Purchase Notes,
Credit Notes and Sales affect the Accounting as well as Inventory Reports, if the
Tracking Number is set to ‘Not Applicable’, else it affects only the Accounting Reports.
2. The Structure of a Voucher Object
A Voucher Object stores two types of information: Base Information and Actual Entries.
Base Information consists of base methods like Voucher Number, Date, Reference, Narration
and so on, which are common to all the voucher types.
Actual Entries are the entries pertaining to Accounts and Inventory.
The following six collections have been introduced to handle transactions based on the three
types of vouchers explained earlier. They are:

Ledger Entries

Inventory Entries

All Ledger Entries

All Inventory Entries

Inventory Entries In

Inventory Entries Out
The hierarchy of Voucher Objects is as shown below:
Figure 10.1 Hierarchy of Voucher objects
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The base entries of a Voucher are Date, Voucher Type, Voucher Number, etc.
The first level consists of two basic collections, namely Ledger Entries and Inventory Entries.
Each Ledger Entry Object has its own Base Methods like Ledger Name, Amount, Bill Allocation
Collection and Cost Category Allocation Collection. Each Cost Category Allocation Object in turn,
contains its own Methods, which are Name, Amount and a Cost Centre Allocation Collection.
Accounting Vouchers use collections of the following type:

Ledger Entries

All Ledger Entries
Inventory Vouchers use collections of the following type:

Inventory Entries

All Inventory Entries

Inventory Entries In

Inventory Entries Out
Accounting-cum-Inventory Vouchers use collections of the following type:

Ledger Entries

All Ledger Entries

Inventory Entries

All Inventory Entries
3. Customisation
A user usually enters transactions in a voucher and prints it in the default format provided.
However, there may be instances, when the user would want to have it printed in a format other
than the default one provided in Tally. In such circumstances, the user may have to get it customised according to the company needs.
In cases where there is a requirement for customisation, adhere to the following steps:
1. Analyse the format required by the company to judge whether
The requirement can be met with the default format with some minor changes.
OR
A new format needs to be designed
2. Check whether any additional input fields are required. If required, add the appropriate
UDFs at relevant places.
3. Identify the definitions that need to be altered to suit the user requirements.
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In this chapter, we would be referring input screens as Vouchers and print screens as
Invoice.
3.1 Voucher Customisation
Let’s consider the following examples to understand the concept of Voucher Customisation.
Case 1
Problem Statement
A Company named ‘ABC Company Ltd’ needs the Cheque No., Date and Bank Name printed on
a Payment/ Receipt Voucher and Receipt. There should also be an option of whether the Cheque
details are to be printed or not.
Solution
Step 1: Add additional fields to capture the Bank Name, Cheque Number and Cheque Date
For this, the following UDFs are created.
[System: UDF]
BankName
: String
: 1000
NarrWOCh
: String
: 1001
ChequeNumber: Number
: 1000
ChqDate
: 1000
: Date
The UDFs mentioned above are used in the existing Part VCH Narration.
[#Part: VCH Narration]
;; Modify the Narration Part to add the details
Add
: Option
: BankDet VCH Narration : @@IsPayment OR @@IsReceipt
Add
: Option
: BankDet VCH NarrationRcpt: @@ReceiptAfterSave
On entering the required details, the screen of the Receipt Voucher looks as follows:
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Figure 10.2 Alteration screen of a Receipt Voucher
Step 2
The Configuration screen of Receipt and Payment Voucher is altered to add a new option.
In this, the existing Parts Payment Print Config and Receipt Print Config have been altered.
;; Payment Config Changes
[#Part: Payment Print Config]
Add
: Lines
: Before: PPRVchNarr : PPR ChqDetails
;; Receipt Config Changes
[#Part: Receipt Print Config]
Add
: Lines
: After: PPRWithCost: PPR ChqDetails
Step 3
The existing Field PPR Narr and Part PPRBottomDetails are altered to get the required Receipt
/Payment Voucher.
[#Field: PPR Narr]
Option
: PPR Narr Rct Pymt
[#Part: PPRBottomDetails]
Option
##PPRChqInfo
: PPRBottomDetails Rct Pymt: (@@IsPayment OR @@IsReceipt) AND
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The print out of a Customised Receipt Voucher is as follows:
Figure 10.3 Print preview of a customised Receipt Voucher
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Step 4
The existing Field PRCT Thru is altered to get the required Receipt/Payment Voucher.
[#Field: PRCT Thru]
Option
: PRCT Thru Rct Pymt: @@IsReceipt
The print out of a Customised Receipt is as shown:
Figure 10.4 Print Preview of a customised Receipt Voucher
Case 2
Problem Statement
Consider adding columns for Marks and Number of Packages to Sales Voucher, instead of lines
which are already available by default in Tally.
Solution
To add a column in the Invoice screen, you should know:

The position in which you have to add a field

The number of lines to be altered to incorporate the new field

The type of UDF required for the field (if required)
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The steps to be followed are listed below:

Firstly, identify the lines that have to be altered to add the required fields.

Check the field name in the column title and the details of lines in the inventory entries
made. Similarly, check the ledger entries collection including batch allocations, total and
subtotal lines. Check all the lines that may be effected in the invoice portion.

Add the field in all the lines found.
The following lines are to be altered to achieve the required modification:
;; Invoice Column Headings1 without class
[Line : EI ColumnOne]
;; Invoice Column Headings2 with class
[Line : EI ColumnTwo]
;; Invoice Inventory Entries without Class
[Line : EI InvInfo]
;; alternate quantity details line
[Line : STKVCH AltUnits]
;; Invoice Inventory Entries with Class
[Line : CI InvInfo]
;; are added at the form level
[Form : Export Invoice]
The following screen shows two input fields added or relocated in the Inventory Entries details:
Figure 10.5 Voucher Alteration screen with new fields
Refer to the sample code for the same.
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Case 3
Problem Statement
Consider adding a Subform for a stock item to enter the Height and Width. The dimension is calculated on basis of the Height and Width entered, and the same is reflected in the Quantity field.
Solution
To add a Subform, one should know:

The field at which a Subform needs to be called, with or without any condition.

How to define a Subform Report and its components.

Whether the Subform would effect the main screen from which it was called, with any
modifications.
Care should be taken to consider all situations, while addressing similar requirements, such as
with or without activation of Actual and Billed Quantity, with or without Batch wise screen, etc.
The following lines are to be altered to achieve the required modification:
[#Field: VCHACC StockItem]
Add : SubForm : At Beginning : StkVCH Dimension : NOT $$IsEnd:$StockItemName
Figure 10.6 Sub Forms
Refer to the sample code for the same.
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Case 4
Problem Statement
Altering an existing Discount column that would change the default working of Tally.
Solution
To achieve this, first change the default Discount column from Percentage to Amount.
The changes that should be done in the default Tally screen are:

Reformat Discount at Price level
[#Field: MPSDiscountTitle]
Set as

: "Discount Amt"
Reformat Discount at Inventory Entries not to show the Percent sign
[#Field: VCH Discount]
Delete
: Format
Add
: Format

: "NoPercent,NoZero"
Reformat Discount at Batch Allocations not to show the Percent sign
[#Field: VCHBATCH Discount] format
Delete
: Format
Add
: Format

: "NoPercent,NoZero"
Change the valuation accordingly in VCH Value
;; To change the Invoice Value field when there are no Batch Allocations
[#Field : VCH Value]
ResetVal: if (@@NoBaseUnits OR $$IsEmpty:$BilledQty) then $$Value +
else (($Rate * $BilledQty) - $Discount)

Change the formula by which the discount is calculated
;; Recalculate the following Formula rest will be taken care by Tally
[System: Formula]
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CalcedAmt
: ($Rate * $BilledQty) - $BatchDiscount
NrmlAmount
: ($BilledQty * $Rate) - $BatchDiscount
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Figure 10.7 Stock Item Allocation Screen
3.2 Invoice Customisation
Invoice Customisation can broadly be classified into two categories based on the requirement:

Invoice Customization – User defined format

Invoice Customization – Modifications to default format
3.2.1 Invoice Customization – User Defined Format
A totally new Invoice format needs to be developed in this category, after which it can be enabled
in the following two different ways:

Adding new format along with the default format

Replacing the existing format with a new one
Adding a new format along with the default format
To create a new format of invoice by modifying the existing Form Sales Color in addition to the
default ‘Print’ Report code. This manner of Customisation begins with the following code snippet:
[#Form: Sales Color]
Add
: Print
: Sales Invoice
[Report : Sales Invoice]
Form
: Sales Invoice
Object
: Voucher
In this code snippet, the default ‘Print’ Report is deleted, the Report Sales Invoice is added and
the Object Voucher is associated to it. However, in the previous example, it was not necessary to
associate the ‘Voucher’ Object, since it was already associated in the default Report ‘Printed
Invoice’.
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Case 1
Problem Statement
ABC Company Ltd. requires a Sales Invoice which in turn requires the following format in addition
to the default Sales Invoice.
Figure 10.8 Invoice Customisation - Comprehensive
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Replacing the existing format with a new one
By default, the basic formats provided for Commercial Invoice Printing are:

Normal Invoice, i.e., Comprehensive Invoice

Simple Invoice, i.e., Simple Printed Invoice
The Comprehensive Invoice and Simple Printed Invoice are two optional forms which are
executed on the basis of satisfying a given condition. The default option available for print is the
Comprehensive Invoice.
A Simple Invoice is printed if the option Print in Simple Format is set to Yes in F12 : Configuration. On the other hand, a Comprenhensive Invoice is printed only if the user opts for a ‘Neat’
Format mode of printing, and the option mentioned above is set to No.
Case 1
Problem Statement
ABC Company Ltd. requires a Sales Invoice which in turn requires the following format for both a
Normal Invoice as well as a Simple Invoice.
Figure 10.9 Invoice Customisation - Simple
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Solution
Step 1
Default Forms for a Comprehensive Invoice and Simple Printed Invoice are modified with an
optional Form.
[#Form: Comprehensive Invoice]
Add: Option: My Invoice: @@IsSales
[#Form: Simple Printed Invoice]
Add: Option: My Invoice: @@IsSales
Step 2
The Parts and Page Breaks of the default Form are deleted and new Parts are added.
To begin with, the Invoice is classified into three parts: Top Part, Body Part and Bottom Part
These Parts can be further divided into any number of Parts according to the user’s requirement.
[!Form: My Invoice]
Delete
: Parts
Delete
: Bottom Parts
Delete
: PageBreak
Space Top
: 0
Space Bottom: 0
Space Left
: 0
Space Right : 0
Add
: Part : My Invoice Top Part
Add
: Part : My Invoice Body Part
Add
: Bottom Part: My Invoice Bottom Part
3.2.2 Invoice Customization – Modifications to default format
There may be a requirement in an Invoice customisation which is similar to the default Tally format
with some minor changes. In such cases, one can just alter the default definitions as required.
Case 1
Problem Statement
A Company ABC Company Ltd. requires an Invoice with its Terms and Conditions as shown:
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Figure 10.10 Invoice Customisation
Solution
Step 1
The default configuration Part IPCFG Right is altered to add the Line.
[#Part: IPCFG Right]
Add : Lines : GlobalWithTerms
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Step 2
The default Part EXPINV ExciseDetails is altered to cater to the requirement.
[#Part: EXPINV ExciseDetails]
Delete: Lines
: EXPINV ExciseRange, EXPINV ExciseRangeAddr, +
EXPINV ExciseDiv, EXPINV ExciseDivAddr, +
EXPINV ExciseSerial, EXPINV InvoiceTime, +
EXPINV RemovalTime
Add
: Lines
: EXPINV SubTitle, EXPINV ExciseDetails
Repeat: EXPINV ExciseDetails : Global Terms
Local :Field: EXPINV SubTitle
: Info
: "Terms & Conditions :"
Local :Field: EXPINV SubTitle
: Border
: Thin Bottom
Local :Line : EXPINV SubTitle
: Space Bottom
: 1
Invisible: NOT @@IsInvoice OR NOT ##ShowWithTerms
Case 2
Problem Statement
Sorting Inventory Entries as per user requirement.
Solution
The Inventory Entries of an invoice are printed in the order in which they are entered. This order
can be changed as per user requirement. The sorting can be done in either ascending or
descending order in terms of the item name, stock group, stock category, units of measure, rate,
value, and so on. To denote the descending order, attach ‘—’ sign to it.
To change the order of the default invoice:

Define a Collection of inventory entries in the desired sorted order
[Collection : Sorted Inventory Entries]

Type
: Inventory Entries : Voucher
Sort
: Default : -$Parent:StockItem:$StockItemName, $StockItemName
Note the Part in which the statement ‘repeat Line of Inventory entries’ is mentioned in the
DefTDL and Change this Part to ‘repeat the Line with the new Collection defined’.
[#Part: EXPINV InvInfo]
Repeat: EXPINV InvDetails : Sorted Inventory Entries
;; End-of-Code
Learning Outcome


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Vouchers are broadly classified into three types:
Accounting Vouchers
Inventory Vouchers
Accounting-cum-Inventory Vouchers
Voucher Objects store two types of information - Base Information and Actual Entries.
Section II
TDL Language Enhancements
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General and Collection Enhancements
Introduction
In Tally.ERP 9, major changes have been provided by the platform to enhance the TDL capabilities to help the programmer to develop and deploy solutions with ease. Major improvements have
taken place in terms of language usage standardisation and performance improvements.
There have been breakthrough enhancements at Collection level to provide Remoting and
Advanced Reporting capabilities. Collection is now a complete Data Processing Artifact in TDL.
This chapter provides in depth knowledge of the various enhancements in attributes, modifiers,
method formula syntax and symbol prefixes. The foremost focus is towards the enhancements at
the collection level for providing the capabilities for aggregation, usage as tables, XML collection
and dynamic object creation support for HTTP-XML based information interchange.
1. Definition, Attribute and Modifier Enhancements
In Tally.ERP 9, new attributes and modifiers have been introduced to support the new capabilities.
The behaviour of some of the existing attributes and modifiers has also changed.
1.1 Attribute Enhancements
1.1.1 New Attributes
New attributes that have been introduced are explained in this section.
Field Attribute – Set By Condition
The attribute Set By Condition is similar to a conditional ‘Set’ at Field level. If multiple ‘Set By
Condition’ are mentioned under a Field, then the last satisfied Set By Condition will be executed.
Syntax
Set By Condition : <Condition> : <Value>
Where,
<Condition> is any logical formula.
<Value> is any string or a formula.
Example:
[Field: Sample SetbyCondition]
Set as
: “Default Value”
SetbyCondition : ##Condition1 : "Set by Condition 1"
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The Field Sample SetbyCondition will contain the value ‘Set by Condition1’ if the expression
Condition1 returns TRUE, else the Field will contain the value ‘Default Value’.
Field Attribute – Tool Tip
As the name suggests, the value specified with this attribute is displayed when the mouse pointer
is placed on a particular field. This means that, in addition to the static information displayed by
‘Info’ or ‘Set As’ attributes, we can provide additional meaningful information using this attribute.
In other words, when the user hovers the mouse pointer over the Field, a small hover box appears
with supplementary information regarding the item being pointed over. As against attributes ‘Info’
or ‘Set As’, this attribute value is independent of the Field Width.
Syntax
Tool Tip : <Value>
Where,
<Value> can be a String or a Formula.
Example:
[Field: Led Name]
Storage
: Name
Tool Tip
: “Please Enter the Name of the Ledger”
Report Attribute – Full Screen
It helps to control the display of command window/calculator pane. It is a logical type of attribute.
Syntax
Full Screen :
Yes /No
If it is set to YES, the command window will be hidden, providing extra space when the report is
displayed. The default value of this attribute is YES. In case of Sub-Report/AutoReport, if the
value of this attribute is not specified, the default value is NO.
Example:
[Report : My Report]
Full Screen : Yes
Part Attribute – Retain Focus
It indicates that the part should retain information about the line which is currently in focus, even if
the focus is moved to other part. This allows the part to make the same line as the current line
when it gets back the focus.
Syntax
Retain Focus : Yes / No
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Example:
[Part : LedPart]
Retain Focus : Yes
Part Attribute – Default Line
It is used to highlight the appropriate line which satisfies the given condition. All the methods of
the object associated with the line can be used while specifying the condition.
Syntax
Default Line : <Condition>
When the Report is invoked, the Line for which the condition is TRUE, is highlighted by default.
Example:
If the Line is repeated over the collection of Legers, then the following code will highlight the line
of Cash Ledger.
[Part : The Main Part]
Default Line : $Name = “ Cash”
Collection Attribute – Sub Title
Along with the Table title, sub titles for the columns can also be given. The attribute ‘Sub Title’ has
been introduced in the ‘Collection’ definition for the same.
Syntax
Sub Title : <List of Comma Separated Strings>
Where,
<List of Comma Separated Strings> are Strings separated by comma, with respect to the
number columns. ‘Sub Title’ is a List type attribute.
Example:
[Collection: DebtorsLedTable]
Type
Child Of
: Ledger
: $$GroupSundryDebtors
Format
: $Name, 15
Format
: $OpeningBalance, 10
Title
: $$LocaleString:"Table Sub-Titles"
Sub Title : $$LocaleString:"Name"
Sub Title : $$LocaleString:"Op.Balance"
It displays a table with two columns. Column titles are also displayed, using attribute Sub Title.
Instead of using Sub Title attribute multiple times, a comma separated list can be given as follows:
Sub Title : $$LocaleString:"Name", $$LocaleString:"Op.Balance"
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1.1.2 Behavioral Changes of Attributes
Enhancements have been done in the behaviour of the following attributes:
Attributes ‘Set As’ and ‘Info’
As of Release 2.x, the attributes ‘Set as’ and ‘Info’ were treated as the same attribute with aliases.
When ‘Info’ was used, it had a special Skip and Prompt privilege. If both were specified, the last
specification would override the previous specification and would be the effective specification.
Tally.ERP 9 onwards, this behaviour has been modified to treat both as individual attributes.
When both these attributes are specified in a field, ‘Info’ takes precedence and ‘Set as’ is ignored.
Attribute ‘Format’
When a collection is a union of collections, the ‘Format’ attribute in the collection behaves as a
place holder for the columns. It is mandatory to specify ‘Format’ attribute in individual collections,
when a collection is a union of collections.
Example:
[Collection: LedTable]
Collection : DebtorsLedTable, CreditorsLedTable
Format
: A, 20
Format
: B, 25
Here, A and B act as dummy identifiers, and the second parameter is width. The collections DebtorsLedTable and CreditorsLedTable are defined as follows:
[Collection: DebtorsLedTable]
Type
: Ledger
Child Of
: $$GroupSundryDebtors
Format
: $Name, 15
Format
: $StateName, 15
[Collection: CreditorsLedTable]
Type
: Ledger
Child Of
: $$GroupSundryCreditors
Format
: $Name, 15
Format
: $StateName, 15
It displays a table of two columns. The width of first column is 20 and of second column is 25.
Attribute ‘Sync’
The behaviour of the attribute ‘Sync’ of ‘Part’ definition is changed. The first line of next part is
selected, as the default of Sync attribute is now set to NO. If the Part further contains parts, then
the value of Sync attribute specified at Parent level overrides the value specified at child level.
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Example:
[Part : Main Part]
Parts
Sync
:SubPart1,SubPart 2 
: Yes
[Part : Sub Part 1]
Sync
: No
[Part : Sub Part 2]
Sync
: Yes
As a result of the default value of ‘Sync’ attribute being set to NO, in the above code snippet, the
Sync attribute finally has the value as YES.
Attribute ‘Child Of’ - to support Voucher Type
‘Child Of’ attribute is enhanced further to support Voucher Type. Now, a Collection of Vouchers of
a particular Voucher Type can be constructed. Prior to this release, the same could be achieved
by applying Filters to the Collection. But, the enhanced approach will improve the performance.
Further, the Collection attribute ‘Belongs To’ can be used in addition to ‘Child of’, to construct the
Collection of Vouchers of a particular pre-defined Voucher Type, including related user-defined
Voucher Types.
Syntax
[Collection: <Coll Name>]
Type
: Vouchers : Voucher Type
Childof
: <String Formula>
Belongs To: <Logical Value>
Where,
<Coll Name> is the name of the Collection.
<String Formula> can be a formula which results into the name of the Voucher Type
<Belongs To> is an optional attribute, which if used, takes <Logical Value>,i.e., YES or NO.
Example: 1
[Collection: Sales Vouchers]
Type
Child of
: Voucher Type
: $$VchTypeSales
‘Sales Vouchers’ is a collection of Vouchers, whose Voucher Type is the predefined voucher type
‘Sales’
Example: 2
[Collection: Sales Vouchers]
Type
: Voucher Type
Child of
: $$VchTypeSales
Belongs To
: Yes
‘Sales Vouchers’ is a Collection of Vouchers, whose Voucher Type is pre-defined voucher type
‘Sales’, or any other user defined Voucher Type whose ‘Type of Voucher’ is ‘Sales’.
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1.2 Modifier Enhancements
In TDL, attribute modifiers are classified as Static/Load time or Dynamic/Run-Time modifiers. Use,
Add, Delete, Replace/Change are Static/Load Time modifiers. Option, Switch and Local are RunTime modifiers. The sequence of evaluation is generalized across all the definitions in TDL.
Sequence of Attribute Evaluation:
1. Use
2. Normal Attributes
3. Delayed Static/Load Time modifier
4. Dynamic/Run-Time modifier
1.2.1 New Modifiers
Modifier – Switch
A new attribute modifier ‘Switch’ has been incorporated from Tally.ERP 9 onwards. This attribute
is similar to the ‘Option’ attribute, but reduces code complexity and improves the performance.
The modifier ‘Option’ compulsorily evaluates the conditions for all the options provided in the
description code, and applies all the option statements which satisfy the evaluation conditions.
This means that it is not easy to write the code where you just want one of the options to be
applied. You have to make sure that other options are not applied using a negative condition. The
new attribute modifier ‘Switch’ has been provided to support these types of scenarios, where evaluation is carried out only up to the point where the first evaluation process has been cleared.
Apart from this, ‘Switch’ statements can be grouped using a label. Therefore, multiple switch
groups can be created and zero or one of the switch cases would be applied from each group.
Syntax
Switch : <Label> : <Definition Name> : <Condition>
Switch : <Label> : <Definition Name> : <Condition>
If multiple ‘Switch’ statements are mentioned within a single definition, then the evaluation will be
carried out up to the point where the first condition is satisfied for the given label.
Example: 1
[Field: Sample Switch]
Set as : "Default Value"
Switch : Case1 : Sample Switch1 : ##SampleSwitch1
Switch : Case1 : Sample Switch2 : ##SampleSwitch2
Here, out of multiple switch statements having same label, zero or one statement is executed.
Example: 2
[Field: Sample Switch]
Set as : "Default Value"
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;; If none of the condition is TRUE then Field will have Default Value
Switch : Case1 : Sample Switch1 : ##SampleSwitch1
Switch : Case1 : Sample Switch2 : ##SampleSwitch2
Switch : Case2 : Sample Switch3 : ##SampleSwitch3
Switch : Case2 : Sample Switch4 : ##SampleSwitch4
Here, multiple switch groups are created, and zero or one of the switch cases would be applied
from each such group or label.
1.2.2 Behavioral Changes for Attribute Modifiers
The behaviour of the following attribute modifiers has been enhanced.
Changed precedence of “Use”
Behaviour of the attribute ‘USE’, which is used to inherit the properties from other definitions, has
now changed. Irrespective of the order of specification of attributes within a definition, USE will be
evaluated first. In other words, the order in which USE is specified is immaterial, as in any case,
it will be evaluated first. If multiple USE attributes are specified in a single definition, they are
evaluated in the order of their occurrence.
Example:
[Field: Attr Use1]
Set as
: "This shows the changed behavior of 'Use' attribute"
Style
: Large Bold
Use
: Name Field
The Field Attr Use1 uses existing Field Name Field. Since USE is having higher precedence
over other attributes, Field Attr Use1 will inherit all the attributes of Name Field. But, the style
Large Bold at the Field Attr Use1 will override the inherited Style within the Field Name Field.
Changed behaviour of Delayed Attribute Modifiers “Add/Delete/Replace”
Static/Load Time modifiers like Add, Delete and Replace can be called as Delayed Attribute modifiers, as they are having least precedence among Delayed Static/Load Time modifiers.
Now these modifiers are generalized across all definitions. Earlier for definitions Report, Key,
Color, Style, Border and Variable, the delayed attributes were applied in their sequence of appearance in the definition description. If more than one delayed attribute is used under any definition,
then the attributes will be applied as they appear. This has been done to bring consistency across
the definitions.
Example: 1
[Report: Test Report]
Form
: Form1
Delete
: Form
Form
: Form2
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The report Test Report won’t have any Form, as the attribute ‘Delete’, which is evaluated last,
deletes all the existing forms.
Example: 2
[Report: Test Report1]
Form
Delete
Add
: Form1
: Form
: Form
: Form2
As a result of this code snippet, the Report Test Report1 will have one Form Form2, since, on
deletion of all the Forms, Delayed attribute modifier Add is used to add a new Form Form2.
Enhanced Syntax of Delayed Attribute “Local”
Delayed attribute modifier ‘Local’, which is used to locally modify the attributes of any child definition, is now enhanced to accept nested Locals.
Syntax
Local : <DefinitionType1> : <DefinitionName1> [: <DefinitionType2> +
: <Definition Name2> : ... ] : <Attribute> : <Value>
Where,
<Definition Type> can be a Form, a Part, a Line or a Field.
<Definition name> is the name of the definition type.
<Attribute> is the attribute of the Definition of which, the value needs to be altered, and
<Value> is the value assigned to this attribute within the current Report or Form or Part or Line.
Example:
[Report: Custom Report]
Local
: Line : TitleLine : Local : Field : AmtField : +
Set as
: “Sales
Amount”
The Field Amt Field is localized at the Report Custom Report, by using nested locals.
1.3 Behavioral change in System Definitions
System Definitions overriding without '#' are treated as warnings now, instead of errors. #, ! or *
modifications to [System : MenuKeys], [System :Form Keys], [System :Formula] and [System
:UDF] were shown as errors. They have now been converted to warnings.
In Tally.ERP 9, overriding System Formula / Variable, without prefixing a # have been treated as
an Error. The usage of #, * and ! prefix to System Definitions like Menu Keys, Form Keys and UDF
were not allowed and treated as errors.
Many existing Codes have stopped working due to this behavioral change. Hence, in order to
maintain backward compatibility, these have been enabled & treated as warnings and in some
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cases ignored, so that existing TDL Codes continue to work, without any changes required for the
same. These warnings are thrown only by the compiler, during the compilation using TD9.
However, it is advisable to use # for existing System Formula alteration, and refrain from using #
for System Menu Keys, Form Keys and UDF Definition, or using ! for any system descriptions.
1.4 Partial Attribute Support
Prior to Tally.ERP 9, all descriptions supported partial search on their attribute words. For e.g.,
‘Set as’ could have been written as Set a, Set or Se, which would allow minimum number of characters to be present to an extent where another attribute does not start with those characters.
This behaviour is now removed as it is not practical to use partial words. But, multiple aliases are
now supported to allow meaningful attribute names.
Example:

‘Set as’ can be written as ‘Set’

‘Float Bottom Lines’ at Part Definition can be written as ‘Float’

‘Top Part’ can be written as ‘Part’, ‘Parts’ or ‘Top Parts’
Since these aliases have been introduced, most of the existing TDL will work without any
changes. In case of Partial words/ Non-meaningful words used in any TDL, Tally would throw an
error, which needs to be corrected in TDL.
1.5 Change in usage of 'BLANK' Keyword in Menu Items
To insert empty line between Menu Items, BLANK keyword was used. Also ‘Item’ Attribute without
any "Value" used to be considered as BLANK prior to Tally.ERP 9. For consistency in TDL coding,
the later is now disallowed. Only BLANK keyword can now be used to indicate empty Menu Item.
2. Enhanced Special Symbols
In Tally.ERP 9, some new symbols have been introduced and the behaviour of the definition
modifier ‘#’ has been enhanced.
2.1 Multi – line commenting in TDL source code using /* and */
Multi-line commenting is a new feature in this release, which renders the TDL code more userfriendly and easy to maintain. A simple Multi-line comment would look like:
/*
<Comment Line 1>
<Comment Line 2>
*/
2.2 Extension of modifying definitions using #
Scope of modifying definitions using # is extended to System Formula definition, i.e., to alter the
value of the existing system formula. It helps to improve the performance with optimized formulae.
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Example:
[#System: Formula]
NameWidth
: 40
MaxNameWidth
: 60
Here, the values specified to Formulae NameWidth and MaxNameWidth in DefTDL, are changed.
2.3 ‘*’ (Reinitialize) Definition modifier
The definition modifier “*” overwrites the existing content of definition. The “*” modifier is very
useful when there is a need to completely replace the existing definition content with a new code.
Syntax
[*<Definition Type> : <Definition Name>]
Example:
[Field: Sample ReInitialize]
Info
: "Original Value"
Style
: Large Bold
Color
: Blue
[*Field: Sample ReInitialize]
Info
:"ReInitialized-All the attribute values deleted +
& newly
Lines
defined"
: 1
3. Method Formula Syntax with Relative Object Specification
‘$’ operator has been enhanced with new capabilities. It allows direct access to any object
method, including its sub-collections to any level, with a dotted notation framework. Using this
new capability, there is no need to repeat a line over a sub-collection to access it. Values from any
object, anywhere, can be accessed without making the object as the current object in context.
Suffixing of PrimaryObjType:ObjNameFormula is still supported for backward compatibility. In
cases where both are specified, the enhanced new primary object specification will be considered.
The earlier syntax to access a Method was:
$MethodName OR $MethodName:PrimaryObjType:ObjNameFormula
The enhanced method formula Syntax has been introduced to support access out of the scope of
the Primary Object and to access Sub object at any level using (.) dotted notation with index and
condition support.
The new enhanced syntax is:
$<PrimaryObjectSpec>.<SubObjectPathSpec>.MethodName
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Where,
<PrimaryObjectSpec> can be (<Primary Object Type Keyword>, <Primary Object Identifier
Formula>)
<SubObjectPathSpec> is given as CollectionName [<Index Formula>, [<Condition>]]
<MethodName> refers to the name of the method in the specified path.
<Index Formula> should return a number which acts as a position specifier in the Collection of
Objects satisfying the given <condition>.
Example: Following are evaluated assuming Voucher as the current object
1. To get the Ledger Name of the first Ledger Entry from the current Voucher,
Set as
: $LedgerEntries[1].LedgerName
2. To get the amount of the first Ledger Entry on the Ledger ‘Sales’ from current voucher,
Set as
: $LedgerEntries[1,@LedgerCondition].Amount
LedgerCondition : $LedgerName = “Sales”
3. To get the first Bill Name of the first Ledger entry on the Party Ledger from the current
voucher,
Set As
: $LedgerEntries[1,@@LedgerCondition]+
.BillAllocations[1].Name
LedgerCondition
: $LedgerName = @@InvPartyName
4. To get the OpeningBalance of the first Bill for the Party, Acme Corp,
Set As
:
$(Ledger,@@PartyLedger).BillAllocations[1]+
.OpeningBalance
PartyLedger
: “Acme Corp”
Primary Object specification is optional. If not specified, the current object will be considered as
primary object. Sub-Collection specification is optional. If not specified, methods from the current
or specified primary object will be available. Index specifies the position of the Sub-Object to be
picked up from the Sub-Collection. Condition is the filter which is checked on the objects of the
specified Sub-Collection.
<Primary Object Identifier Formula>, <Index Formula> and Condition can be a value or formula.<Index Formula> can be any formula evaluating to a number. Positive Number indicates a
forward search and negative number indicates backward search. This can also be keyword First
or Last which is equivalent to specifying 1 or -1 respectively.
If both Index and Condition are specified, the index is applicable on the Object(s) which satisfy the
condition, so one gets the nth Object which clears the condition. Let’s say for example, if the Index
specified is 2 and Condition is Name = “Sales”, then the second object which matches the name
Sales will be picked up.
Primary Object Path Specification can either be relative or absolute. Relative Path is referred
using empty parenthesis () or Dotted path to refer to the Parent object relatively. SINGLE DOT
denotes the current object, DOUBLE DOT the Parent Object, TRIPLE DOT the Grand Parent
Object, and so on, within an Internal Object. Absolute Path refers to the path in which the Primary
Object is explicitly specified.
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To access the Methods of Primary Object using Relative Path following syntax is used:
$().MethodName or $..MethodName or $… MethodName
Example:
Being in the context of ‘LedgerEntries’ Object within the ‘Voucher’ Object, the following has to be
written to access the Date from its Parent Object, which is the ‘Voucher’ Object.
$..Date
To access the Methods of Primary Object using Absolute Path:
$(Ledger, “Cash”).OpeningBalance
4. Enhancements – Object Association
In TDL, any Interface object exists in the context of any data object. Every Interface object needs
to be associated with some data object. In the absence of any explicit object association, Interface
object will get associated with ‘Anonymous’ object. TDL programmer can explicitly associate
Interface objects like Report, Part, Line and Field with a data object. In Tally.ERP 9, Object association has become more natural and simpler.
4.1 Report Level Object Association
A Report normally will be associated with a data object, which it gets from the previous Report, or
will be associated with anonymous object.
From Tally.ERP 9 onwards, the syntax for association has been enhanced to override the default
association as well. The Report attribute ‘Object’ has been enhanced to take an additional
optional value ‘ObjectIdentifierFormula’.
Syntax
Object: <ObjectType> [: <ObjectIdentifierFormula>]
Where,
<ObjectType> is the Type of any Primary Object, and
<ObjectIdentifierFormula> is any formula which evaluates to the name of a Primary Object. It is
optional.
Example: 1 – Prior to Tally.ERP 9
[#Form: Sales Color]
Delete
Add
: Print
: Print: New Sales Format
[Report: New Sales Format]
Object
: Voucher
Default ‘Sales color’ Form is modified to have new print format ‘New Sales Format’. This Report
gets the ‘Voucher’ object from the previous Report.
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Example: 2 – In Tally.ERP 9
[Report: Sample Report]
Object
: Ledger: “Cash”
Ledger ‘Cash’ is associated to the Report ‘Sample Report’. Now, the components of ‘Sample
Report’, by default, inherit this ledger object association.
4.2 Part Level Object Association
By default, Part inherits the Object from Report/Part/Line. This can be overridden in two ways:
Using ‘Object’ attribute specification in ‘Part’ definition.
Syntax: Prior to Tally.ERP 9
Object : <SupplierCollection> : <SeekTypeKeyword> [: <SeekCondition>]
Where,
<SupplierCollection> is the name of the Collection of secondary Objects.
<SeekTypeKeyword> can be First or Last, which denotes the position index, and
<SeekCondition> is a filter condition to the supplier collection. It is optional.
Example: Part in the context of Voucher Object
[Part: Sample Part]
Line
: Sample Line
Object
:InventoryEntries:First:@@StkNameFilter
Scroll
: Vertical
[System: Formula]
StkNameFilter: $StockItemName = "Tally Developer”
The first inventory entry which has the stock Item “Tally Developer” is associated with the Part
‘Sample Part’.
Using ‘Object Ex’ attribute specification in ‘Part’ definition
From Tally.ERP 9 onwards, data object can be associated to Part by using the new attribute
‘Object Ex’. Now, even Primary Object can also be associated to a Part, which was not possible in
the earlier Part level data object association. Also, data Object associated to some other Interface
Object can also be associated to a Part. This aspect will be elaborated in the section “Object
Access via Interface Object”.
Syntax: In Tally.ERP 9
Object Ex: <Method Formula Syntax>
Where,
<Method formula syntax> is, <Absolute Spec>.[<SubObjectSpec>]
<Absolute Specification> is (<Object Type>, <Object Identifier Formula>). If only Absolute Spec is
given, it should end with dot (‘.’).
<Sub Object Specification> is CollectionName[Index,<Condition>]
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Example: 1
[Part: Sample Part]
Object Ex : (Ledger, "Customer 1").
Ledger object “Customer 1” is associated to the Part ‘Sample Part’. Since only absolute specification is used, the Object specification ends with ‘.’.
Example: 2
[Part: Sample Part]
Object Ex : (Ledger,"Customer").BillAllocations[1,@@Condition1]
[System: Formula]
Condition1: $Name = "Bills 2"
Secondary Object ‘Bill Allocations’ is associated with the Part ‘Sample Part’.
4.3 Line Level Object Association
An object can associated to a Line by Part attribute “Repeat’. Now, the Part attribute ‘Repeat’ has
been enhanced to support the following:
a. Extraction of collection from any Data object
b. Extraction of collection from Interface Object associated Data object. This aspect will be
elaborated in the section “Object Access via Interface Object”.
Repeat Syntax: Prior to Tally.ERP 9
Repeat:<Line Name>: <Coll Name>: [<Supplier Coll>+
:<SeekTypeKeyword>:<SeekCondition>]
Where,
<Coll Name> is the name of the Collection. If the Collection is present one level down in the
object hierarchy, then the Supplier Collection needs to be mentioned.
<SupplierCollection> is the name of the Collection of secondary Objects,
<SeekTypeKeyword> can be First or Last, which denotes the position index, and
<SeekCondition> is an optional value and is a filter condition to the supplier collection.
Example: Part in the context of Voucher Object
[Part: Sample Part]
Line
: Sample Line
Repeat
:Sample Line:Bill Allocations:Ledger Entries:First:+
@@LedFormula
[System: Formula]
LedFormula : $LedgerName = “Customer”
The Line ‘Sample Line’ is repeated over Bill Allocations of first object of ledger entries which
satisfies the given condition
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In Tally.ERP 9 – Repeat Syntax
Repeat: Line Name: MethodFormulaSyntax[:SupplierCollection: +
SeekTypeKeyword: SeekCondition]
Where,
<MethodFormulaSyntax> is <Absolute Spec>.<SubObjectSpec>
<Absolute Spec> is (<Object Type>, <Object Identifier Formula>)
<Sub Object Spec> is CollectionName[Index,<Condition>]
and Supplier Collection syntax is provided just for the backward compatibility.
Example:
[Part: Sample Part]
Line
: Sample Line
Repeat
: Sample Line: (Ledger, “Customer”).BillAllocations
4.4 Field Level Object Association
By default, a field inherits the object from the parent line or Field (if field inside a field). This cannot
be overridden. However Field also allows Object specification syntax. This association, if specified, acts as the ‘Secondary Context Object’ for the Field. During any formula evaluation, if the
formula / method fails in the context of primary object, the secondary object is tried then.
5. Enhancements – Object Access via Interface Object
From Tally.ERP 9 onwards, data objects in association with Interface objects can be accessed
using the new Interface object access syntax. Data object, which is associated to Interface
Object, can be accessed with the following 2-step procedure:
1. Identifying Part and Line Interface object with ‘Access Name’
2. Value/Collection Extraction
5.1 Identifying Part and Line Interface object with ‘Access Name’
Part and Line can be identified by a unique access name. For this purpose, a new attribute
‘Access Name’ is introduced for ‘Part’ and ‘Line’ definitions.
Syntax
Access Name: Access Name Formula
Where,
<Access Name Formula> can be a formula which evaluates to a string.
Example: 1 – Access Name at Part Definition
[Part: Sample Part]
Line
Access Name
: Sample Line1
: “Sample Part”
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Example: 2 – Access Name at Line Definition
[Line: Sample Line]
Field
: Sample Fld1, Sample Fld2
Access Name: "Repeated Line"
+ $$String:$$Line
When Line ‘Sample Line’ is repeated over a collection, every Line is identified by a unique Access
Name.
5.2 Value Extraction
Once Part and Line Interface objects are able to uniquely identify by ‘Access Name’, then the data
object can be accessed by either the new function $$ObjectOf or ‘New method formula syntax’.
5.2.1 Value Extraction by function $$ObjectOf
Methods of data object, which is associated to Interface Object, can be extracted by using the
function $$ObjectOf.
Syntax
$$ObjectOf : <DefinitionType> : <AccessNameFormula> : <EvaluationFormula>
Where,
<DefinitionType> may be ‘Part’ or ‘Line’
<AccessNameFormula> is a string through which a Part or Line can be uniquely identified, and
<EvaluationFormula> is a method that needs to evaluated.
Example:
Line ‘Sample Line’ has Access Name as ‘Sample Acc Name’ and is in association with Ledger
Object.
[Field : Sample Field]
Set as : $$Objectof:Line:”Sample Acc Name”:$Name
Field ‘Sample Field’ displays the name of the object Ledger which is associated with a Line whose
access name is “Sample Line Acc Name”.
5.2.2 Value Extraction by using new method formula
Methods of data object, which is associated to Interface Object, can also be extracted by using
new method formula. With this approach, sub object’s methods can be extracted.
Example:
Line ‘Sample Line’ has Access Name as ‘Sample Acc Name’ and in association with Ledger
Object.
[Field: Sample Field]
Set as : $(Line,“MyLineAccessName”).BillAllocations[1].OpeningBalance
Field ‘Sample Field’ displays the name opening balance of a ledger which is associated with a
Line whose access name is “Sample Line Acc Name”.
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5.2.3 Repeat Syntax Using Access Name
Collection inside the data object, which is associated to the Interface Object, can be extracted by
using the new method formula.
Syntax - Enhanced Repeat
Repeat: Line Name: MethodFormulaSyntax[:SupplierCollection: +
SeekTypeKeyword: SeekCondition]
Where,
<MethodFormulaSyntax> is <Absolute Spec>.<SubObjectSpec>
<Absolute Spec> is (<Object Type>, <Object Identifier Formula>)
<Sub Object Spec> is CollectionName[Index,<Condition>]
and Supplier Collection syntax is provided just for the backward compatibility.
Example:
[Part: Sample Part]
Repeat
: Sample Line:(Part, “MyPartAccessName”).InventoryEntries
Part having access name ‘MyPartAccessName’ is under the context of ‘Voucher’ Object. We can
repeat a line “Sample Line” over Inventory Enries of the Voucher Object, which is associated with
the Part having the access name “MyPartAccessName”
6. Bracket support in TDL
Prior to Tally.ERP 9, usage of TDL language token bracket (‘(’ and ‘)’) was restricted as mathematical operator only. From this release onwards, brackets can be used in following scenarios:
1. During the function call to enclose the function parameter
2. In the language syntax for nesting formulas
3. As a Mathematical Operator
6.1 During the Function Call
Prior to Tally.ERP 9, when a parameter for a function required expression and that expression
contained any language token, then the TDL programmer was forced to replace the expression by
a formula. This can now be achieved by enclosing the expression in a bracket. The expression
inside the bracket is evaluated first and the result is used as the parameter for the function.
Nesting can be performed up to any level. Brackets can also be used in places where the function
parameter expects an identifier or a constant value.
Example: 1
Field ‘Sample Fld’ displays the first 5 characters of currently loaded Company’s email address.
Prior to Tally.ERP 9
In this case, the First parameter to the function $$StringPart is an expression that contains the
language token ‘:’. So, a formula needs to be created.
[Field: Sample Fld]
Set As
: $$StringPart:@CmpEmailAddress:0:5
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CmpEmailAddress: $Email:Company:##SVCurrentCompany
In Tally.ERP 9
[Field: Sample Fld]
Set As
:$$StringPart:($Email:Company:##SVCurrentCompany):0:5
Example: 2
If the last object in the collection ‘Ledger’ is a Sundry Creditor, then the Field ‘Sample Fld’ will
have logical value YES else NO.
Prior to Tally.ERP 9
In this case, the condition contains language token ‘:’ and constant value ‘-1’. So, a formula needs
to be created.
[Field: Sample Fld]
Set as
:$$CollectionField:@@GroupCheck:@@IndexPosition:Ledger
[System: Formula]
GroupCheck
: $Parent:Ledger:$Name = $$GroupSundryCreditors
IndexPosition
: -1
In Tally.ERP 9
[Field: Sample Fld]
Set As
: $$CollectionField:($Parent:Ledger:$Name = +
$$GroupSundryCreditors):(-1):(Ledger)
6.2 In the language syntax for nesting formulas
Prior to Tally.ERP 9, whenever an expression was a part of language syntax, language tokens
were not permitted. This restriction led to the necessity of additional formulas, even when the
formulas were not used more than once.
With this enhancement, expressions can be used in language syntax by enclosing them in
brackets. Brackets can also be used when attribute value expects identifier or constant value.
Example: 1
If the given condition is satisfied, then the Field ‘Sample Fld’ will display “Cash Accounts”
Prior to Tally.ERP 9
In this case, the condition contains language token ‘:’. So, a formula needs to be created.
[Field: Sample Fld]
Set By Condition: @IsLedgerIsCash : "Cash Accounts"
IsLedgerIsCash
: ($Name:Ledger:##SVLedger) = "Cash"
In Tally.ERP 9
[Field: Sample Fld]
Set By Condition
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Example: 2
[Part: Sample Part]
Line
Repeat
: Sample Line
: (Sample Line) : My Collection
First parameter for ‘Repeat’ attribute is using bracket for identifier.
6.3 As a Mathematical Operator
In TDL, brackets are used as mathematical operator to set the precedence of evaluation.
Example:
[Field: Sample Fld]
Set As
: 4 * (5 + 6)
If parentheses are not used, then the Field ‘Sample Fld’ will display 26, otherwise 44.
7. Action Enhancements
Some of the existing actions have been enhanced to support the multiline selection capabilities.
Several new actions have also been introduced in TDL.
7.1 Enhancements in Key Actions
Key action is enhanced to perform various operations on multiple lines. For example, multiple
vouchers can be selected/ unselected and various actions such as deletion, modification, etc.,
can be performed on the selected vouchers only. To achieve this, two attributes Scope and
Selectable have been introduced. Scope attribute is introduced in Key definition and Selectable
attribute is available at Part and Line definitions.
7.1.1 Attribute ‘Scope’ introduced in ‘Key’ definition
Through this attribute, scope for the Action(s) can be specified.
Syntax
Scope : <Scope Keyword>
Where,
<Scope Keyword> can have any of the following possible values: - Current Line/ Line, All Lines,
Selected Lines, Unselected Lines and Report.
7.1.2 Attribute ‘Selectable’ introduced in ‘Part’ and ‘Line’ definitions
Part Definition
At Part level, the attribute ‘Selectable’ indicates whether the lines owned by the particular Part are
selectable or not, and the default value for the same is YES.
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Syntax
Selectable : <Logical Formula>
Line Definition
At Line level, the attribute ‘Selectable’ indicates whether the line (or lines within the line) is
selectable or not. The default value of attribute ‘Selectable’ for repeated lines is ‘YES’, and for
non-repeated lines is ‘NO’. The value is also inherited from Parent Part/Line, and the same can be
overridden at Line level.
Syntax
Selectable : <Logical Formula>
<Logical Formula> must return the value as Yes or No
Following actions have been introduced/ changed.

Toggle Select – Selects / deselects a line

Select All
– Selects all the lines within a part

Unselect All
– Deselects all the lines within a part

Invert Selection – Selects all the unselected lines within a part

Modify Object – Modifies the values stored in the methods of an Object
The behaviour of existing actions ‘Cancel Object’, ‘Delete Object’, ‘Remove Line’ and ‘Multi Field
Set’ have been modified to obey the scope specified in the Key description.
The actions Print Report, Upload Report, Email Report and Export Report can be executed now
on the Selected Line scope. In the resultant report, the selected lines will be available as objects
in the collection ‘Parameter Collection’. This collection can be used in the called report for displaying data. Actions like Cancel Object, Audit Object and Delete Object have been enhanced to
work with ‘Report’ scope.
7.2 New Actions
Following new actions have been introduced in the language:
7.2.1 Action - Modify Object
The action ‘Modify Object’ has been enhanced to alter a method of an object at any level. ‘Modify
Object’ also supports modifying multiple values of an object. Multiple values can be specified as a
comma separated list of <Method Name> : <Value> pairs.
Syntax
Action : Modify Object : <PrimaryObjectSpec>.<SubObjectPathSpec> +
.MethodName : value>[,Method Name: <value> , …]+
[,<SubObjectPathSpec>.MethodName :<value>, …..]
The specifications given for <PrimaryObjectSpec>, <SubObjectPathSpec>, MethodName remain
the same as described in the New Method syntax section.
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A single ‘Modify Object’ action cannot modify Multiple Objects, but can modify multiple values of
an Object.
‘Modify Object’ is allowed to have Primary Object Specification only once, i.e., for the first value.
Further values permissible are optional Sub Objects and Method Specification only.
Sub Object Specification is optional for second value and onwards. If Sub Object Specification is
specified, the context is assumed to be the Primary Object specified for the first value. In absence
of Sub Object Specification, the previous value specification's Leaf Object is considered as the
context.
Example: 1
[Key: Alter My Object]
Key
: Ctrl + Z
Action
: Modify Object:(Ledger,"MyLedger").BillAllocations +
[First,$Name="MyBill"].OpeningBalance +
: 100,..Address[Last].Address : "Bangalore"
Existing ledger My Ledger is being altered with new value for opening balance of existing bill
bearing Name as MyBill and last line of Address. Key Alter My Object can be attached to any
Menu or Form, clicking which, the above will be altered.
Example: 2
[Key: Alter My Object]
Key
: Ctrl + Z
Action
:
Modify Object :(Ledger,"MyLedger").BillAllocations[1]+
.OpeningBalance : 1000, Name:”My New Bill”,..Address[First]+
.Address : "Hongasandra Bangalore", +
Opening Balance : 5000
Existing ledger My Ledger is altered with new values for opening balance for existing bill, opening
balance of ledger and address. Key Alter My Object can be attached to any Menu or Form.
Example: 3
[Key: Alter My Object]
Key
: Ctrl + Z
Action
: ModifyObject : LedgerEntries[1].BillAllocations[1].Name : +
“Test1”, Amount :“1000.00”, ..BillAllocations[2].+
Name : “Test2”, Amount : “2000.00”, ().Date : “1.4.08”
In a Voucher context, Key Alter My Object alters the Name, Amount and Date methods of the
Sub object Bill Allocations in one line.
Action ‘Modify Object’ in a Menu Definition
In Menu definition, a button which has the action ‘Modify Object’, can be added.
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Example:
[#Menu: Gateway of Tally]
Add
: Button : Alter My Object
While associating a key with action ‘Modify Object’, the following points should be considered:

Since menu does not have any Data Objects in context, specifying Primary Object
becomes mandatory.

Since Menu cannot work on scopes like Selected Lines, Unselected Lines, etc., scopes
specified are ignored.

Any formula specified in the value is evaluated assuming Menu Object as the requestor.

Even Method values pertaining to Company Objects can be modified.

A button can be added at the menu to specify the action Modify Object at the Menu level
7.2.2 Action - Set Object Values
This new action is similar to the action ‘Modify Object’. The action ‘Set Object Values’ works only
in the ‘Edit’ mode of a Report, as it uses current context. This action changes the values of the
object from current context, as specified.
Syntax
Action: Set Object Values: <SubObjectPathSpec>.<Method Name> +
: <Method Value>
Where,
<SubObjectPathSpec> is given as CollectionName [<Index Formula>, [<Condition>]]
<MethodName> refers to the name of the method in the specified path, and
<Method Value> is the value to be set for <Method Name>.
This action alters the current object in memory. When the Primary object is saved, the changes
will be updated in Tally database.
Example:
[Key : My Key]
Action :Set Object Values : Opening Balance : ($$AsAmount : 10)
7.2.3 Action – Backup Company
The action ‘Backup Company’ allows to take the backup of multiple companies.
Syntax
Backup Company : <parameter sep char> : <String Formula>
Where,
<Parameter Sep Char> is a character used to separate parameter.
<String Formula> must evaluate to the value in the following order separated by the <Parameter
Sep Char>:
<Destination> <Source> <Company Name> <Company Number>
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<Destination> is the path where the backup file is to be stored.
<Source> is the path from where the company data is to be taken for backup.
<Company Name> is name of the Company.
<Company Number> is number of the company.
These four values must be specified for each company. They can be repeated for multiple companies.
Example: Single Company
[Button : My Cmp Bk Button]
Title
: BackUp Cmp
Action
: BackUp Company: “,” :“C:\,C:\Tally.ERP 9\Data,Global +
Enterprises,10037”
Key
: Alt + G
Example: Multiple Company
[Button : My Cmp Bk Button]
Title
: BackUp Cmp
Action
: BackUp Company : “,” : “C:\,C:\Tally.ERP 9\Data,+
Global Enterprises,10037,C:\,C:\Tally.ERP 9\Data,+
TDL Demo,10027”
OR
[Button : My Cmp Bk Button]
Title
: BackUp Cmp
Action
: BackUp Company : “,” : @@MyCmpFor
[System :Formula]
MyCmpFor : “C:\,C:\Tally.ERP 9\Data,Global Enterprises,10037, +
C:\,C:\Tally.ERP 9\Data,TDL Demo,10027”
7.2.4 Action – Restore Company
This action allows to restore multiple companies in one go.
Syntax
Restore Company : <parameter sep char> : <String Formula>
Where,
<Parameter Sep Char> is a character used to separate parameter.
<String Formula> must evaluate to the value in the following order separated by the <Parameter
Sep Char>:
<Destination> <Source> <Company Name> <Company Number>
<Destination> is the path where the backup file is to be stored.
<Source> is the path where the backup file is available
<Company Name> is the name of the Company.
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<Company Number> is the number of the company.
These four values must be specified for each company. These can be repeated for multiple companies.
Example: Single Company
[Button : My Cmp Res Button]
Title
: Restore Cmp
Action
: Restore Company : “,” : “C:\Tally.ERP 9\Data,C:\,+
Global Enterprises,10037”
Example: Multiple Company
[Button : My Cmp Res Button]
Title
: Restore Cmp
Action
: Restore Company : “,” : “C:\Tally.ERP 9\Data,C:\,+
Global Enterprises,10037,C:\Tally.ERP 9\Data,C:\,+
TDL Demo,10027”
OR
[Button : My Cmp Res Button]
Title
: Restore Cmp
Action
: Restore Company : “,” : @@MyCmpFor
[System :Formula]
MyCmpFor:“C:\,C:\Tally.ERP 9\Data,Global Enterprises,10037, +
C:\,C:\Tally.ERP 9\Data,TDL Demo,10027”
7.2.5 Action – ChangeCrypt Company
This action allows to change the TallyVault Password of multiple companies in one click.
Syntax
ChangeCrypt Company : <parameter sep char> : <String Formula>
Where,
<Parameter Sep Char> is a character used to separate parameter.
<String Formula> must evaluate to the value in the following order, separated by <Parameter
Sep Char>:
<Company Data Folder> <New Tally Vault Key> <Old Tally Vault Key> +
<Company Name> <Company Number>
<Company Data Folder> is the path of the company data folder.
<New Tally Vault Key> is the new password of the company.
<Old Tally Vault Key> is the old password of the company.
<Company Name> is the name of the Company.
<Company Number> is the number of the company.
These 5 values must be specified for each company, and can be repeated for multiple companies.
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Example:
[Button : Chg Pwd]
Title
: Change Pwd
Key
: Alt + b
Action
: ChangeCrypt Company: “,” : ”C:\Tally.ERP 9\Data\10037, +
NewPwd,OldPwd,Global Enterprises,10037”
7.2.6 Action – Browse URL
It is used to open web browser with any URL formula passed as a parameter. A list of parameters
separated by space can be specified, if the application accepts command line parameters. Exec
Command is an alias for action Browse URL.
Syntax
Action : Browse URL : <URL Formula> [: <command line parms>]
Where,
<URL formula> is an expression which evaluates to any link to a web site.
<command line parms> is the List of command line parameters, separated by space.
‘Browse URL’ Key Action can be used to open web browser with any URL Formula.
Example:
[Button : Open Notepad]
Title
: $$LocaleString:"Notepad"
Key
: ALT + N
Action
: Exec Command : Notepad : “Browse URL.Txt”
[Form : Hyperlink]
Parts
: Hyperlink
Button
: Open Notepad
Example: Field acting as a hyperlink
[Key: Execute Hyperlink]
Key
: Left Click
Action
: Browse URL : “www.tallysolutions.com”
[Field: Hyperlink Company]
Color
: Blue
Border
: Thin Bottom
Key
: Execute Hyperlink
Set as
: "Tally Solutions Pvt. Ltd"
Local
: Key : Execute Hyperlink : Action : Browse URL: +
http://www.tally.co.in
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Existing Action Register Tally has been removed for generalization; which is now
replaced with Action Browse URL.
7.2.7 Action – HTTP Post
A new Key/ Button Action HTTP Post has been introduced which will help in exchanging data with
external applications using web services. In other words, ‘HTTP Post’ Action can be used to
submit data to a server over HTTP and gather the response. This will enable a TDL Report to
perform a HTTP Post to a remote location.
This Action will be discussed in detail under the topic HTTP XML Collection.
7.2.8 Action – Refresh TDL
A new Key/ Button Action Refresh TDL has been introduced, which allows the TDL programmer
to reload the active TDL Files, without having to restart Tally.
Syntax
Action: Refresh TDL
Example: Field acting as a hyperlink
[Key: Refresh TDLs]
;; Any Key can be assigned if Report already have F5 assigned
Key
: F5
Action
: Refresh TDL
;; Refresh TDL will work from any Report
[#Form: Default]
Key
: Refresh TDLs
8. Events introduced
Tally.ERP 9 Series A Release 1.0 onwards, actions can also be carried out based on certain
events. On encountering these events, the given action or list of actions will be executed.
Currently, two events have been introduced in Tally.ERP 9

On: Form Accept

On: Focus
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8.1 Event – On Form Accept
A new event On:Form Accept has been introduced that can be specified within the Form Definition. A list of actions can be executed when the form is accepted, which can also be based on
some condition.
Syntax
On: Form Accept: <Condition>:
Action: Action parameters
Where,
<Condition> should return a logical value.
<Action> can be any one of the actions.
<Action Parameters> are the parameters of the action specified.
Example:
[Form : TestForm]
On
: FormAccept:Yes:HttpPost:@@SCURL:ASCII:SCPostNewIssue:+
SC NewIssueResp
8.2 Event – On Focus
A new Event On: Focus has been introduced, which can be specified within definitions Part, Line
and Field. When Part, Line or Field receives focus, a list of actions get executed which can also
be conditionally controlled.
Syntax
On : Focus : Condition : Action : Action parameters
Where,
<Condition> should return a logical value.
<Action> can be any action.
<Action Parameters> are parameters of the action specified.
Since On : Focus is a list type attribute, many actions can be specified, which will be executed
sequentially.
Example:
[Part: TestPart1]
On
: FOCUS : Yes
: HTTP Post : @@MyUrl : ASCII : ReqRep, RespRep
[Part: TestPart2]
On
: FOCUS : Yes
: CALL : SCSetVariables
: $$Line
9. User Defined Function
This is one of the breakthrough changes which has taken place at the platform level. We all know
that TDL is a definition language which provides capability for rapid development. But now, TDL is
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procedural as well. With the introduction of Functions/Procedures as a part of Tally.ERP 9 family,
the TDL capabilities have reached a new dimension.
This will help the application programmers to develop their own functions for achieving business
functionality. There will be a decrease in platform dependency for any particular business
function. The result would be faster development cycles for business modules.
The creation and usage of functions is discussed in detail in the section III “User Defined
Functions for Tally.ERP 9”.
10. New Functions
Following functions have been introduced in the Language:
10.1 Function - $$IsObjectBelongsTo
The existing function $$IsBelongsTo will only check if the current object belongs to a specified
object. The new function $$IsObjectBelongsTo has been introduced to provide more explicit
control in the hands of the programmer, by allowing him to specify the object type and name, in
addition to parentage against which it needs to be checked. This function is very useful in the
context of summarized objects, as they are not of any native type and are just an aggregation of
objects. This function allows an easy link back into the native object type, and walking up the
chain. It is very useful when creating hierarchical reports on summarized collections.
Syntax
$$IsObjectBelongsTo:ObjType:ObjName:BelongsToName
Where,
<ObjType> denotes the Type of the Object.
<ObjName> denotes the Name of the Object.
<BelongsToName> denotes the name of the object Type.
Example:
Whether Group North Debtors belongs to Group Sundry Debtors or not, can directly or indirectly
be checked using the following statement:
$$IsObjectBelongsTo:Group:”North Debtors”:$$GroupSundryDebtors
10.2 Function - $$NumLinesInScope
Tally.ERP 9 onwards, various operations can be performed on multiple lines. To know how many
lines were considered for any operation, the function $$NumLinesInScope has been introduced.
Syntax
$$NumLinesInScope:<ScopeKeyword>
Where,
<Scope Keyword> can be All Lines, Selected Lines, UnSelected Lines, Current Line/Lines.
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Example:
[Field: Sample Fld]
Set As
: $$NumLinesInScope:SelectedLines
Field Sample Fld displays the total number of selected lines in the Part to which it belongs.
10.3 Function - $$DateRange
A new Built-in function $$DateRange has been introduced to convert data types of the value from
one form to due date format. Prior to this, only through Field’s format specification, conversion
was possible. Now, the new function can be used inside User Defined Functions also.
Syntax
$$DateRange:<Due Date Expression>:<Base Date Expression>:<Flag>
Where,
<Base Date Expression> is a String Expression, and evaluates to Due Date.
<Due Date Expression> is a String Expression, and evaluates to Date.
<Flag> is a logical expression, and decides whether to include date given in second parameter.
Example:
SET VALUE : OrderDueDate : $$DateRange:"10 Days":$Date:True
Method ‘Order Due date’ will have value as "10 Days" from $Date, with $Date also inclusive.
All value extraction can now be achieved using GroupBy; hence $$Extract functions
have been removed from Tally.ERP 9, e.g., $$ExtractGrpVal, $$ExtractLedVal, etc.
11. Enhanced Collection Capabilities
Collection, the data processing artifact of TDL, provides extensive capabilities to gather data not
only from Tally database, but also from external sources using ODBC, DLLs, HTTP, and so on. A
set of new capabilities have been added to Collection, which provides far more flexibility and
power in the hands of the TDL programmer. This will allow writing significantly complex reports
with ease, and still delivering enhanced performance with high volume of data.
11.1 Aggregation and Reporting
Tally.ERP 9 onwards, Collection has been enriched with the following capabilities:



Data Roll up/ Summarization
Collection re-use, extraction and chaining
Indexed or Searchable Collection on TDL defined keys
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Following attributes under ‘Collection’ have been introduced to achieve the above:
11.1.1 Attribute - Source Collection
In context of summary collection, i.e., to achieve Data roll up, this attribute is mandatory. Source
Collection specifies the collections to be used for source data. Multiple Source Collections can
be used, which can either be specified as a comma separated list OR listed in several lines.
Syntax
Source Collection : <Collection name>, <Collection Name> …
Where,
<Collection Name> is any predefined collection, the methods and sub-objects of which are
available to the current collection for further processing.
Example:
[Collection: Vouchers Collection]
Type
: Voucher
[Collection: Summary Collection]
Source Collection : Vouchers Collection
The ‘Summary Collection’ uses ‘Vouchers Collection’ as source data.
11.1.2 Attribute - Walk
Attribute Walk allows specifying further elements to walk on the source. ‘Walk’ is optional and if
not specified, the methods pertaining to the source object only, are available to be used. Walk can
be specified to any depth for within the source object. This gives enormous flexibility and power.
The Walk list has to be specified in the order in which they occur in the source object.
Syntax
Walk : <Sub-Object Type/ Sub-Collection>[, <Sub-Object Type/ +
Sub-Collection> …]
Where,
<Sub–Object Type/Sub-Collection> is the name of the Sub-Object/ Sub Collection.
Example:
[Collection: Vouchers Collection]
Type
: Voucher
[Collection: Summary Collection]
Source
Walk
Collection : Vouchers Collection
: Inventory Entries
In the Summary Collection, by saying Walk : Inventory Entries, only methods within the ‘Inventory
Entries’ Object are available to the current collection.
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In case objects pertaining to Batch Allocations are required, the Walk can be written as:
Walk : Inventory Entries, Batch Allocations
wherein, all the methods within Batch Allocations will be available to the current collection.
11.1.3 Attribute - By
Attribute By is mandatory and it allows to specify the criteria, based on which the aggregation is
done. In other words, it works like GROUP – BY. Aggregation criteria can be one or more.
Syntax
By : <Method-Name>: <Method-Formula>
Example:
[Collection: Vouchers Collection]
Type
: Voucher
[Collection: Summary Collection]
Source Collection
: Vouchers Collection
Walk
: Inventory Entries
By
: PartyLedgerName
: $LedgerName
By
: StockItemName
: $StockItemName
In ‘Summary Collection’, Partywise Stock Items are clubbed, on which Aggregation, i.e., Sum/Min/
Max operations, would be performed.
11.1.4 Attribute - Aggr Compute
‘Aggr Compute’ attribute is used for aggregation purpose based on the criteria(s) specified with
attribute By. Aggregation can be done to find Sum, Minimum or Maximum of the Method within
the Grouped Method. The Method on which Aggregation has to be performed can be of Data
Type ‘Number’, ‘Quantity’, ‘Rate’ or ‘Amount’.
Syntax
Aggr Compute
:
<Method-Name> : <Aggr-Type> : <Method-Formula>
Where,
<Method–Name> refers to the method where the result can be stored and referred to later.
<Aggr–Type> takes operation to be performed on the given method within the given criteria, i.e.,
Sum, Max or Min.
<Method–Formula> should be evaluated to method names on which Aggregation operation
needs to be performed.
Example:
[Collection: Vouchers Collection]
Type : Voucher
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[Collection: Summary Collection]
Source
Collection
: Vouchers Collection
Walk
: Inventory Entries
By
: PartyLedgerName
: $LedgerName
By
: StockItemName
: $StockItemName
Aggr Compute
: BilledQty
: Sum
: $BilledQty
BilledQty method retains the result of Aggregation, i.e., Summation of method BilledQty for a
StockItem within a particular Party.
11.1.5 Attribute - Compute
Apart from the ones used in By and Aggr Compute attributes, none of the other methods can be
accessed unless they are declared explicitly. One of the ways of declaring the required methods is
by listing them using the attribute Compute.
Syntax
Compute : <Method-Name> : <Method-Formula>
Example:
Compute : Date : $Date
Method Date is being declared and made available for subsequent use.
11.1.6 Attribute - Fetch
Another way of declaring required methods is by listing them in Fetch attribute. The only difference here is that the method names of the Objects within this collection have to be referred by the
same name as in the Object.
Syntax
Fetch : <Existing-Method-Name-in-Source> …
Where,
<Existing – Method Name in source> refers to the methods of the source collection.
Example:
Fetch
: Date, Narration
is equivalent to writing
Compute
Compute
: Date
: $Date
: Narration : $Narration
Fetch using wildcard characters:
The two wild characters can be used in Fetch attribute * and ?.

* is used To fetch all the methods and collections of the current object in context.

? is used To fetch all the methods of current object in context.
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Example:

To fetch all methods of current Object within Walk.
Fetch
: ?
To fetch all methods and collection of current Object within Walk.

Fetch
: *
To fetch the methods StockItemName, BilledQty, Amount and all the methods of collection Batch Allocation

Fetch
: StockItemName, BilledQty, Amount, BatchAllocations.*
11.1.7 Attribute - Keep Source
The attribute Keep Source is used to store the source data in main memory. The default value of
this attribute is NO.
When the Source Collection from which the Summary Collection is being prepared has a large
number of objects and ‘Keep Source’ is set to YES, then the system goes out of memory since
holding those objects in memory in one shot is not possible.
When Keep Source is set to No, the source objects are not retained in memory and they are
processed as they are collected.
Syntax
Keep Source : Yes/No/...
Where,
Each dot specifies the parent one level up
. - Single dot retains the data of the source collection in current object.
.. - Double Dot retains the data of the Source Collection in current object’s parent.
... - Triple Dot retains the data of Source Collection in current object’s parent’s parent, and so on.
Example:

Keep the source collection in the current owner
Keep Source : Yes
OR
Keep Source : .

Don’t keep the source collection data
Keep Source : No

Keep the current source collections data in the current object’s parent
Keep Source : ..

Keep the current source collections data in current object’s grand parent
Keep Source :...
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Please note that using the current object as a source-collection means that ‘Keep
Source’ is not applicable, as there is no actual source collection created.
11.1.8 Attribute - Search Key
This attribute is used to create index dynamically where the TDL programmer can define the key
and the Collection is indexed in the memory using the Key. Once the index is created, any object
in the collection can be instantly searched without needing a scan, as in the case of a filter.
Search Key is Case Sensitive.
This attribute has to be used in conjunction with function $$CollectionFieldByKey. This function
basically maps the Objects at the run time, with the Search Keys defined at the Collection.
Syntax

Attribute – Search Key
Search Key : < Combination of Method name/s >

Function – $$CollectionFieldByKey
$$CollectionFieldByKey:Method-Name:Key-Formula:CollectionName
Where,
<Method-Name> is the name of the method,
<Key-Formula> is a formula that maps to the methods defined in the search key, exactly in the
same order.
11.1.9 Attribute - Data Source
Attribute ‘Data Source’ allows to specify XML file as data source. The collection can be created
directly from the specified XML file and the data in the XML file can be displayed in a report.
Syntax
DataSource : <Type> : <file path> : <Encoding>
Where,
<Type> specifies the type of data source - File Xml or HTTP XML
<File Path> is the data source file path.
<Encoding> is ASCII or UNICODE. It is Optional.The default value is UNICODE.
Example: 1
[Collection : My XML Coll]
DataSource : File Xml : “C:\MyFile.xml”
In this code snippet, the type of file is ‘File XML’ as the data source is XML file. The encoding is
UNICODE by default, as it is not specified.
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Example: 2
[Collection : My XML Coll]
DataSource : HTTP Xml : “http:\\localhost\MyFile.xml”: ASCII
In this code snippet, the type of file is ‘HTTP XML‘, as the data source is obtained through HTTP.
The encoding of the file ‘MyFile.XML’ is ASCII.
Support for other data sources like ODBC, DLL, etc., will also be available in the
future releases.
11.1.10 Data Roll up/summarization capability in TDL Collection
Data roll up/ summarization capability facilitates creation of large summary collections of aggregations in a single scan, using the new attributes of the ‘Collection’ definition, as discussed above.
Prior to Tally.ERP 9, all the totals were generated using functions like $$CollAmtTotal or $$FilterAmtTotal via collections. These have certain advantages and disadvantages. While they provide
excellent granularity and control, each call is largely an independent activity to gather the data set
and then aggregate it. This can make the code very complex and may not scale up if a large
number of totals need to be generated, as in the case of most business summary reports or a
large underlying data set being used. Considering the object oriented nature of Tally data and
existence of sub-objects up to any level, the task becomes even more complex. These functions
require multiple data scans to produce a summary report with multiple rows and columns.
This methodology has now been complemented with a single scan to get all totals including those
based on User Defined Fields (UDFs). Native aggregation capability has now been added to a
collection itself. The overall effect is a reduction in TDL code complexity, resource requirement
and enhanced performance by orders of magnitude especially concerning reports generation.
Example: 1
[Collection: My Source Collection]
Type
: Voucher
[Collection: My Summary Collection]
Source Collection : My Source Collection
Walk
: Ledger Entries
By
: MyLedgeName : $LedgerName
Aggr Compute
: My Total
: Sum
: $Amount
In this code snippet, My Summary Collection is created out of source collection My Source Collection where traversing is done to Ledger Entries using Walk, and Ledger Name is the method on
which aggregation is performed to find the sum of the ledger amount.
Example: 2
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tion as Voucher, then the entire vouchers within the company will be scanned unnecessarily to
find the current one, which is a time consuming process. To avoid this, we can use Source Collection: Default, which will assume the current voucher as a Source.
[Collection : LedgerInAccAllocations]
Source Collection : Default
Walk
: InventoryEntries, AccountingAllocations
By
: LedgerName : $LedgerName
Compute
: RateOfVA : $RateOfVAT:TaxClassification:+
$TaxClassificationName
Aggr Compute
: Amount
: Sum
: $Amount
Filter
: IsVATLedgerinAcc
[System: Formula]
IsVATLedgerinAcc
: $$IsSysNameEqual:VAT:$TaxType:Ledger:$LedgerName
While printing a voucher as an invoice, if an aggregation has to be done on its tax ledgers to show
as summary within the invoice, this has to be collected from the accounting allocations of the
same voucher.
11.1.11 Collection re–use, extraction and chaining support in TDL Collection
A collection can extract information from other collections, including its sub-objects with the
choice of method(s), filter(s) and sort-order. Source Collection within a collection / collection(s)
can be chained. In other words, Summary Collection can be used as Source Collection for some
other Collections, and so on.
Example:
[Collection: My Source Collection]
Type
: Voucher
[Collection: My Summary Collection]
Source Collection : My Source Collection
Walk
: Ledger Entries
By
: MyLedgerName : $LedgerName
Aggr Compute
: MyTotal
: Sum : $Amount
[Collection: My Parent Summary Collection]
Source Collection : My Summary Collection
By
Aggr Compute
: MyParent
: $Parent:Ledger:$LedgerName
: MyParentTotal: Sum : $MyTotal
In this code snippet, My Parent Summary Collection extracts a sub-set of information from a collection to an already summarized collection My Summary Collection.
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11.1.12 Indexed or Searchable Collection on TDL defined keys
The capabilities discussed above extend the data gathering capabilities of TDL. However,
business reporting in general and in Tally uses hierarchical presentation or columnar presentation, rather than simple table representation. This creates a unique and natural experience of
working with the product and business data.
In case one simply repeats the summarized collection and gets the desired report, everything
works fine with the existing capabilities. However, if the Report is having two or more dimensions
like Ledger, Cost Center and so on, a simple repeat on the summarized collection will not suffice.
Let us understand the same with the help of an example.
Example:
When a Report is to be designed with ledgers as rows and cost centers as columns, the following
options are available:
Use function(s) like $$CollectionField or $$FilterValue in each column.

Create Summary Collection for each column.
The first one will scan through the whole collection for every value required. The second one will
scan the whole source data as many times as the number of columns. Both of them will take a significant hit on the scale and volume that it can handle, and affect the resultant performance.
To provide presentation capabilities beyond simple tables, a new capability has been added to the
‘Collection’ definition. A search key can be defined in the collection using the ‘Search Key’ attribute. This implies that a unique key is created for every object, which can be used to instantly
access the corresponding objects and their values without needing to scan or re-collect. The corresponding function created to access the same is $$CollectionFieldByKey.
Example:
[Collection: LedCC]
Use
: Voucher Collection
Walk
: LedgerEntries, Category Allocations, Cost Centre +
Allocations
By
: PartyLedgerName : $PartyLedgerName
By
: Cost Centre Name: $Name
Aggr Compute : Amount
Search Key
: $Amount
: $PartyLedgerName + $CostCentreName
[Field: My Rep Field]
Set as
: $$CollectionFieldByKey:$Amount:@MySearchKey:LedCC
MySearchKey
: #LedName + #CCName
In Collection LedCC, a search key is created for every object with the help of Ledger Name and
Cost Center.
Now, on any row/column in the report, combination total is accessed using
$$CollectionFieldByKey:$Amount:@MySearchKey:LedCC
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Where,
MySearchKey is the formula to get the Ledger Name + Cost Center name at a particular point,
LedName is the Field having LedgerName in current context, and CCName is the variable storing
the Cost Centre Name in current context.
11.2 The Summary Collection is available through Tally ODBC Interface
Now, Objects of the Summary Collection can be exposed to Tally ODBC Interface through Collection attribute ‘Is ODBC Table’. The values of the Collection attributes “Fetch’, ‘Compute, ‘By’ and
Aggr Compute’ are available through Tally ODBC Interface.
Syntax
[Collection: <Name of Summ Coll>]
Is ODBC Table : <Logical value>
Where,
<Name of Summ Coll> is the name of the Summary Collection
<Logical value> can be either YES or NO.
Example:
[Collection: Source Collection]
Type
: Voucher
[Collection: Summary Collection]
Source Collection : My Source Collection
Walk
: Ledger Entries
By
Aggr Compute
: LedgerName: $LedgerName
: Total
Compute
Is ODBC Table
: Sum : $Amount
: Parent: $Parent:Ledger:$LedgerName
: Yes
The values of methods of the ‘Summary Collection’, ‘LedgerName’, ‘Total’ and ‘Parent’ are
exposed to the Tally ODBC interface.
11.3 HTTP XML Collection (GET and POST with and without Object Specification)
Collection capability has been enhanced to gather live data from HTTP/web-service delivering
XML. The entire XML is now automatically converted to TDL objects and is available natively in
TDL reports as $ based methods. There is no need to access the data via specialized functions,
like $$XMLValue. Reports can be shown live from an HTTP server. Coupled with the new
[OBJECT:] extensions and POST action, you can also submit data back to the server almost
operating Tally as a client to HTTP-XML web-services.
11.3.1 HTTP – XML Collection
Consider the following XML data stored in file TestXML.xml available at server Remote Server.
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<CUSTOMER>
<NAME>Sapna Awasthi</NAME>
<EMPID>1000</EMPID>
<PHONE>
<OFFICENO>080-66282559</OFFICENO>
<HOMENO>011-22222222</HOMENO>
<MOBILE>990201234</MOBILE>
</PHONE>
<ADDRESS>
<ADDRLINE>C/o. Info Solutions</ADDRLINE>
<ADDRLINE>Technology Street</ADDRLINE>
<ADDRLINE>Tech Info Park</ADDRLINE>
</ADDRESS>
</CUSTOMER>
This capability allows us to retrieve and store this data as objects in Collection. The attributes in
collection for gathering XML-based data from a remote server over HTTP are RemoteURL,
RemoteRequest, XMLObjectPath, and XMLObject. Whenever the collection is referred to, the
data is fetched from the remote server and is populated in the collection.
Syntax
[Collection: <Collection Name>]
RemoteURL
: http-url
RemoteRequest :<request-report-name>,<pre-request-display-report> : +
<encoding type>
XMLObjectPath : <Start-node> : <Path-to-start-node>
XMLObject
: <TDL-Object-Name>
Where,
Remote–URL attribute is used to specify the URL of the HTTP server delivering the XML data
RemoteRequest attribute is used to specify the Report name which is to be sent to the HTTP
server as an XML Request. If the report requires user inputs, then it has to be accepted before the
request is sent. Pre-request display report specifies the name of the report which accepts the
user-input.
XMLObjectPath attribute is used when only a specific fragment of the response XML is required,
and converts the same to TDL Objects in the Collection. By default, it takes the root node.
<Start-Node> allows you to specify the name and position of the XML node from which the data
should be extracted. It takes two parameters as follows:
<Node Name> : <Position>
<Path-to-Start-Node> is used to specify the path to reach the <start node> from the root node.
The path specification is:
<Root-node> : <Child Node> : <Start Pos> : <Child Node>: <Start Pos> …
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XMLObject attribute is used to specify the TDL Object specification.The following syntax is used
for object specification:
[Object: <Object Name>]
Storage
: <Name>
: Type
Collection : <Name>
: Type
/* The second Parameter in the Collection Type can be a Object type in case of a complex collection or a
simple data type in case of simple collection */
All these attributes cater to specific requirements based on the GET request or POST request,
and whether the obtained data is stored in Tally.
11.3.2 Prerequisites for data transfer over HTTP
In order to retrieve the data available in TestXML.xml file from a remote server (Pre-defined IP
Address), ensure that web service is running on the machine. Check for IIS Server Installation.
The file TestXML.xml can be copied to the directory C:\Inetpub\wwwroot to be accessible at the
root and then the URL can be specified as follows: http://localhost/TestXML.xml.
If the XML request needs to be processed at the remote server by a file (.asp, .php, etc.), at least
one web server (e.g., IIS, Apache etc) and PHP/ASP must be installed on the system.
11.3.3 Simple GET Request
If it is required to access the data (XML format) from remote server in a collection, it is sufficient to
specify the URL of the server only. The attribute RemoteURL is used. The data thus obtained is
available in the collection as objects and can be accessed as native methods.
The collection to populate XML Data available at the URL http://Remoteserver/TestXML.xml is
created as follows:
Example:
[Collection: XML Get Collection]
Remote URL
: "http://RemoteServer/TestXML.xml"
This collection can be used in a TDL Report to display the data retrieved. The method names will
be same as the XML Tag names.
By default, all the data from XML file is made available in the collection. If only a specific data
fragment is required, it can be obtained using the collection attribute XML Object Path.
Example:
From the XML file, if only the address is required, then the collection is defined as follows:
[Collection : XML Get CollObjPath]
Remote URL
: "http://Remoteserver/TestXML.xml"
XML Object Path : ADDRESS:1:CUSTOMER
Consider that the XML file on the remote server contains multiple customer objects, with the
hierarchy mentioned earlier. The file “TestXML.xml” has the following structure:
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<CUSTOMERS>
<CUSTOMER>
.
.
</CUSTOMER>
<CUSTOMER>
.
.
</CUSTOMER>
<CUSTOMER>
.
.
</CUSTOMER>
</CUSTOMERS>
If the address of the second Customer is required, then the collection is defined as shown:
[Collection : XML Get CollObjPath]
Remote URL
: "http://Remoteserver/TestXML.xml"
XML Object Path : ADDRESS:1:CUSTOMERS:CUSTOMER:2
Consider that the Address further contains data as shown:
<CUSTOMER>
.
.
<ADDRESS>
<PHONE> 9902012345 </PHONE>
<PHONE> 9902099020 </PHONE>
</ADDRESS>
.
</CUSTOMER>
In this case, to retrieve the second phone number of the third customer, the collection is defined
as follows:
[Collection : XML Get CollObjPath]
Remote URL
: "http://Remoteserver/TestXML.xml"
XML Object Path : PHONE:2:CUSTOMERS:CUSTOMER:3:ADDRESS:1
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11.3.4 Simple GET Request and mapping the response to TDL Object
The data available in XML format is at the URL “http://Remoteserver/TestXML.xml”. The data is
required to be mapped as TDL Objects. The collection attribute XML Object is used to specify the
object name to which the obtained data is mapped.
Example:
[Collection: XML Get Collection]
Remote URL : "http://Remoteserver/TestXML.xml"
XML Object : Customer Data
The Object specification for “Customer Data” is as follows:
[Object: Customer Data]
Storage
: Name
: String
Storage
: EmpId
: String
Collection
: Phone
: XML Phone Coll
;; Complex Collection
Collection
: ADDRESS
: XML AddressColl
;; Complex Collection
[Object: XML Phone Coll]
Storage
: OfficeNo
: String
Storage
: HomeNo
: String
Storage
: Mobile
: String
[Object: XML AddressColl]
Collection
: AddrLine : String
;; Simple collection
11.3.5 A Simple POST
If a TDL report is to be sent to the HTTP server as an XML request, and the XML response is to
be obtained in the collection, then the collection attribute “Remote Request” is used. The attribute
“Remote Request” takes a Report name as a parameter, which sends the request in XML format
to the web page on the remote server. The response data received from the server is then
available in the collection.
Example:
The Test.php page on the remote server accepts the data in the following XML format.
<ENVELOPE>
<REQUEST>
<NAME>Tally</NAME>
<EMPID>00000</EMPID>
</REQUEST>
</ENVELOPE>
The following collection sends the request in the above XML format with the help of a TDL report
XMLPostReqRep. The encoding scheme selected is ASCII.
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[Collection: XML Post Collection]
Remote URL
: "http://Remoteserver/test.php"
RemoteRequest : XMLPostReqRep : ASCII
XMLObjectPath : CUSTOMER
The report XMLPostReqRep is automatically executed when the collection is referred.
In the Report, the XML Tag attribute is used at ‘Part’ and ‘Field’ Definitions.
[Part: XMLPostReqRep]
XML Tag
: "REQUEST"
Scroll
: Vertical
[Field: XMLPostReqRepName]
XML Tag
: "NAME"
Set As
: " Tally "
[Field: XMLPostReqRepPwd]
XML Tag
: " EMPID "
Set As
: " 00000 "
The XML Tag <Envelope> is added by Tally while sending the XML request.
The response received from http://Remoteserver/test.php page is the same XML given previously.
The data now available in the collection can be displayed in a report.
11.3.6 Post Request with Pre-request Report
A Pre-Request report is required when some inputs are to be accepted from the user, and the
XML Request is to be generated out of those inputs. In that case, a TDL report is used which has
to be accepted first. If the data captured through pre request report has to be sent to remote
server for processing, then it has to be made available in the Request report. The input report
name is specified as Pre-Request report.
[Collection: XML Post Collection]
Remote URL
: "http://localhost/test.php"
RemoteRequest : XMLPostReqRep, XML PreReqRep : ASCII
XMLObjectPath : CUSTOMER
Report XMLPostReqRep sends the XML request to the page Test.php in the format described
earlier. Before sending the XML request to the page, data entered in the report XML PreReqRep
must be accepted. The data entered in the Pre-Request report can also be sent to the remote
server in the XML request. Both the reports are triggered when the collection is referred.
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11.3.7 Action – HTTP POST
A new Key/ Button Action HTTP Post has been introduced which will help in exchanging data with
external applications using web services. In other words, ‘HTTP Post’ Action can be used to
submit data to a server over HTTP and gather the response. This will enable a TDL Report to
perform an HTTP Post to a remote location.
Syntax
[Key: <Key Name>]
Key
: <Key Combination>
Action : HTTP Post : <URL Formula> : <Encoding> : +
<Request Report>: <Error Report> : <Success Report >
Where,
<URL Formula> can be any string formula which resolves as an URL, and is defined under
System Definition.
<Encoding> is the encoding scheme, which can be ASCII or UNICODE.
<Request Report> is the name of TDL Report used for generating the XML Request to be sent.
<Error Report > is displayed in case of failure.
<Success Report> is displayed when the post is successful.
Details pertaining to URL (at the receiving end), Encoding Format, Request Report, Error Report
and Success Report should be specified along with HTTP Post Action. Universal Resource
Locator (URL), for which information is intended, has to be specified through a System Formula.
Encoding Format specifies the encoding to be used while transmitting information to the receiving
end. The valid encoding formats are ASCII and UNICODE. UNICODE is set by default.
Request Report is the name of the TDL Report which will be used for generating XML Request to
be sent. Error Report and Success Reports are optional, and will enable the programmer to
display a Report with the details of the XML response received.
Success or failure is determined by <STATUS> tag in the standard message format. If it is 1, it is
a success, otherwise it is a failure. Based on the value of the <STATUS> tag (0/1), the error report
and success report are executed, respectively. It will not close or accept the form, if status is not
equal to 1. Both Request as well as Response are exchanged in XML format.
Example:
[Key: XMLReqResp]
Key
: Ctrl + R
Action : HTTP Post : @@MyUrl : ASCII : ReqRep: ERRRespRep: SuccRep
Scope
: Selected Lines
;;URL Specification must be done as a system formula
[System: Formula]
MyUrl : http://127.0.0.1:9000
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The defined Key XMLReqResp in the code snippet must be attached to an initial Report. When
the report is activated and this Key is pressed, the Action HTTP Post activates a defined report
ReqRep, which generates the request XML. The response data is made available in the collection
called Parameter Collection. The reports ERRRespRep and SuccRep can use the Parameter
Collection to display the error message/data in the Report.
The XML response received for the action HTTP POST must be in the Tally compatible XML format. The file “XML for HTTP POST” shows the format received as a
reponse from the PHP application file “CXMLResponse as per Tally”.
11.4 Usage As Tables
A Collection in TDL, as we all understand, can populate the data from a wide range of sources,
which are available as Objects in the Collection.
The various sources of Objects in Collection are:

External Objects, i.e., Objects created by the TDL programmer.

Internal Objects, i.e., All Internal Objects provided by the platform, and stored in the Tally
DB. For example, Ledger, Group, Voucher, Cost Centre, Stock Item, etc.

Objects populated in the collection from an external database using ODBC, referred to
as ODBC Collection.

Objects populated in collection from an XML file present on the remote server over
HTTP. This collection is referred to as an XML Collection.

Objects obtained after aggregation of data from lower level in the hierarchy of internal
objects.
Tables are based on Collections. Prior to this release, not all collection types, as given above,
could be used as tables. Not all internal objects were available in the Table. Only the masters, i.e.,
Groups, Ledgers, Stock Items, etc., could be displayed in the Table. Using Vouchers in the table
was not possible. Data from ODBC Collection was also not possible to be displayed.
From this Release onwards, all limitations pertaining to the usage of Collections as Tables have
been completely eliminated. Any Collection which can be created in TDL can be displayed as a
table now. Collection with Aggregation and XML Collections can also be used as Tables.
Prior to this release, the following types of Collections could not be used as Tables:

Voucher Collection As Table

Collections with Aggregation As Table

Displaying information at lower levels in Object hierarchy in a Table

Displaying aggregate methods in Table

Displaying ODBC Collection As Table

Displaying XML Collection As Table
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Let us consider the following examples to understand the capability in a better way:
11.4.1 Voucher Collection As Table
Now, the Vouchers can be displayed as table in a field.
Example: Voucher Collection as Table
[Collection: Vch Collection]
Type
: Voucher
Filter
: PurcFilter
Format
: $VoucherNumber, 10
Format
: $VoucherTypeName, 25
Format
: $PartyLedgerName, 25
Format
: $Amount, 15
[System: Formula]
PurcFilter
: $$IsPurchase:$VoucherTypeName
;;Field displaying Table
[#Field: EI OrderRef]
Table
: Vch Collection
Show Table
: Always
11.4.2 Collection with Aggregation As Table
Example: 1 – Displaying Inventory Entries (lower level information in Voucher) As Table
[Collection: Vch Collection]
Type
: Voucher
Filter
: PurcFilter
[Collection: Summ Collection]
Source Collection : Vch Collection
Walk
By
: Inventory Entries
: Name
: $StockItemName
[System: Formula]
PurcFilter
: $$IsPurchase:$VoucherTypeName
;; Field displaying Table
[#Field: EI OrderRef]
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Example: 2 – Displaying Collections with aggregate methods As Table
[Collection: Vch Collection]
Type
: Voucher
Filter
: PurcFilter
[Collection: Summ Collection]
Source Collection : Vch Collection
Walk
: Inventory Entries
By
: Name
Aggr Compute
: BilledQty : Sum : $BilledQty
Aggr Compute
: Amount
Format
: $Name, 25
Format
: $BilledQty, 25
Format
: $Amount, 25
: $StockItemName
: Sum : $Amount
[System: Formula]
PurcFilter
: $$IsPurchase:$VoucherTypeName
;;Field displaying table
[#Field: EI OrderRef]
Table
: Summ Collection
Show Table
: Always
11.4.3 ODBC Collection As Table
Example: Data fetched from Excel file in Collection displayed as Table
In this example, the excel file “Sample Data.xls” containing data is present in the path “C:\Sample
Data.xls”. If the complete path is not specified, it locates the Excel file in Tally application folder.
[Collection: ODBC Excel Collection]
ODBC
: "Driver= {Microsoft Excel Driver (*.xls)};DBQ= C: +
\Sample Data.xls"
SQL
: "Select * From [Ledgers$]"
Format
: $_1, 25
Format
: $_2, 20
Format
: $_3, 15
Format
: $_4, 25
;; Field displaying table
[#Field: EI OrderRef]
Table
: ODBC Excel Collection
Show Table : Always
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11.4.4 XML Collection as Table
This refers to XML Data fetched from Remote URL in Collection as Table. Following is the XML
Data Sample to be retrieved from the Remote URL:
<CUSTOMER>
<NAME>Keshav</NAME>
<ADDRESS>
<ADDRLINE>Line1</ADDRLINE>
<ADDRLINE>Line2</ADDRLINE>
<ADDRLINE>Line3</ADDRLINE>
</ADDRESS>
<ADDRESS>
<ADDRLINE>Line1</ADDRLINE>
<ADDRLINE>Line2</ADDRLINE>
<ADDRLINE>Line3</ADDRLINE>
</ADDRESS>
</CUSTOMER>
In this example, the complete URL of the file is http://localhost/XMLData.xml. Here, the file XMLData.xml is located in the local machine.
Instead of local host, the IP Address of the machine or 127.0.0.1 can be specified. The web
service should be installed in the machine.
Example:
[Collection: XML Table]
RemoteURL
: "http://localhost/XMLData.xml"
XMLObjectPath : CUSTOMER
Format
: $NAME, 25
;; Field displaying Table
[#Field: EI OrderRef]
Table
: XML Table
Show Table
: Always
11.5 Dynamic Object support for HTTP–XML Information Interchange
When a Collection is used for editing (alter/create), objects are dynamically added to the collection when a new line is repeated over the same. The type of the object added depends on the
specification in the TYPE attribute. In case the TYPE attribute has not been specified, it defaults
to adding a standard empty object. So if the TYPE is ledger, a ledger object would be added, and
so on. However, the following hold true for a COLLECTION, keeping in mind the latest enhancements:
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


It can be made up of multiple types of objects (say Ledgers and Groups).
It can have TDL defined objects which are retrieved from XML file. They are specified
using XML Object.
It can have aggregated objects.
Depending solely on the TYPE attribute for deciding the object type is a constraint with respect to
the above facts. This is now being removed with the introduction of a new attribute which will independently govern the type of object to be added to the collection on-the-fly. The following is now
supported in collection:
NEWOBJECT: type-of-object: condition
Whenever a new object is to be added at the collection level, it will walk through the
NEWOBJECT attribute specification and validate the condition specified. The first one which is
satisfied, decides the type of object to be added. The object can be a schema defined internal
object or a TDL defined object [OBJECT: MYOBJECT].
The capability to use objects defined in TDL is being separately enhanced and shown here for
completeness of the NEW OBJECT attribute. As of now, these TDL defined objects can be used
only for HTTP-XML based exchange with other systems to take input and send requests or
receive XML and operate them like TDL objects. They cannot be persisted or saved into the Tally
company database.
Please refer the following code snippet for Object specification:
Example: This collection can be used in a Report opened in ‘Alter’ Mode.
[Collection: Coll Customer]
New Object
: Customer Data
;; New TDL Object Defined
[Object: Customer Data]
Storage
: Name
: String
Storage
: CustId
: String
Collection
: PhoneColl
: Phone
Collection
: AddressColl : Address
;; Complex Collection
;; Complex Collection
[Object: Phone]
Storage
: OfficeNo
: String
Storage
: HomeNo
: String
Storage
: Mobile
: String
[Object: Address]
Storage
: AddrLine1
: String
Storage
: AddrLine2
: String
In case there is no NEW OBJECT specified, the existing behavior will continue for backward compatibility. In case of Sub-Objects like LedgerEntries, the same behaviour continues, since they are
added by their parent objects and not by the Collection.
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12. Collection Capabilities for Remoting
Enabling access to your organizational data ‘any-time, any-where’, and yet being truly usable, is
what Tally.ERP 9 is capable of. With Tally.NET enabled remote access, it will be possible for any
authorized user to access Tally.ERP 9 from anywhere.
Major Enhancements have taken place at the collection level to achieve remoting capabilities.
The attributes ‘Fetch’, ‘Compute’ and ‘AggrCompute’, provided at the Collection level, and the
attributes ‘FetchObject’ and ‘FetchCollection’ at the Report level, significantly help in the above
functionality.
The remoting capabilities are discussed in detail in the next section II “Writing Remote
Compliant TDL for Tally.ERP 9”.
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Writing Remote Compliant TDL Reports
Introduction
Enabling access to your organisational data ‘any-time, any-where’, and yet being truly usable, is
what Tally.ERP 9 is capable of. With Tally.NET enabled remote access, it will be possible for the
owner or any authorized user to access Tally.ERP 9 data from anywhere. With this capability, they
will be able to access all the reports and information from a remote location.
All this has been made possible by adopting Client/Server architecture in the product. The underlying principle of any client/server environment is the communication between client and server in
a request/response fashion.The request/response is in the form of XML. Client sends request and
the server responds.
Starting from Tally.ERP 9 family, the default product delivers the capability to access any TDL
reports from anywhere. There have been significant enhancements in Tally platform at the Collection, Report and Function Levels for delivering this capability. The way TDL Reports have been
changed in default TDL to optimise the performance and seamlessly work without clogging the
network is the focus of this chapter. The idea is to reduce the server calls for accessing the
data.The same concepts can be followed for making the customized Reports Remote Compliant.
Given below is the overall enabled environment using Tally.NET
Figure 12.1 Overview of Tally.NET
We will begin our discussion with an overview of client/server environment in general, and then
move on to Tally Client/Server, and the role of Tally.NET server in such a scenario. The topics
covered henceforth will focus on understanding the execution of TDL reports and optimising the
code for executing in this environment.
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1. Client/Server Architecture – An Overview
Clients and Servers are separate logical entities that work together over a network to accomplish
a task. A client is defined as a requester of services and a server is defined as the provider of
services.
Figure 12.2 Block diagram of client/server architecture
Some of the advantages of client/server architecture are as follows:

Centralization - Resources and data security are controlled through the server.

Scalability – Entire system can be scaled horizontally or vertically.

Accessibility - Server can be accessed remotely.
2. Tally Client/Server Architecture using Tally.NET
Tally.NET is a framework which provides a number of services to the Tally.ERP 9 users. The
Tally.NET architecture is derived from client/server architecture. In this architecture, Tally.ERP 9
Client is connected to Tally.ERP 9 server via middleware, i.e., Tally.NET Server. Following are the
major components of the Tally.NET architecture.



Tally.NET Server
Tally.ERP 9 Server
Tally.ERP 9 Client
2.1 Tally.NET Server
Tally.NET Server is a middleware in Tally.NET architecture. The communication between
Tally.ERP 9 Server and Tally.ERP 9 client is being handled by Tally.NET Server. It provides the
Routing services for Tally. It is through Tally.NET server that we are able to provide an entire
range of services, which we commonly refer to as Tally.NET features. The user can utilize
Tally.NET to Synchronize data, access online help and support and manage licenses across locations, while the auditor can use it to scrutinise the client’s data from a remote location. All this can
be done in a secured environment.
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The system administrator can create users with the rights to access or audit data from a remote
location and assign controls based on their security level for the required company only. The
remote users accessing the company data behave as clients on Tally.NET. Tally.NET takes care of
user authentication when a remote user tries to connect to the Tally.ERP 9 Server.
Tally.NET Features

Register and Connect companies from Tally.ERP 9

Create and maintain Remote Users

Remote availability of Auditor’s License

Synchronization of data (via Tally.NET)

Remote access of data by any user (including BAP users)

Use online help and support capability from within Tally or Browser

Application Management (across Multi-serial, Multi-Location, etc.) via Tally or Browser
Figure 12.3 Tally.NET Architecture
2.2 Tally.ERP 9 Server
Tally.ERP 9 Server is a typical Tally application which hosts the Tally Company and is always
connected to the Tally.NET server. User creation, authorization, connecting the company to
Tally.NET server, etc., is handled at this end.
2.3 Tally.ERP 9 Client
Tally.ERP 9 Client is a typical Tally application. Tally client can remotely access the Tally Company
which is hosted by Tally server. Authenticated users connect to enabled companies from this end.
3. Setting up Server Tally for Remote Access
Following are the steps which need to be executed to setup the Tally server:
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Step 1:- Enable Security control to avail Tally.NET features.
Go to Gateway of Tally. Click F3 :Company Info > Alter
Figure 12.4 Enabling Security control to avail Tally.NET features
Step 2:- Configuring Tally.NET features.
Go to Gateway of Tally. Click F11:Features > Tally.NET Features
Figure 12.5 Configuring Tally.NET features
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Step 3:- Authorizing the Remote Users.
Go to Gateway of Tally. Click F3 :Company Info > Security Control > Users & Passwords
Figure 12.6 Authorizing the Remote Users
 Users
classified under the security level Tally.NET User and Tally.NET Auditor
should be created individually by the system administrator.

‘Allow Remote Access’ should be set to YES only if the client wants his
Tally.NET Auditor/ Tally.NET User to access data remotely.
If
‘Allow Local TDLs’ is set to YES, then the client can load Local TDLs, in addition to remote TDLs. If it is set to NO, the client cannot load Local TDLs.
Step 4:- Connecting Companies to Tally.NET
Go to Gateway of Tally. Click F4:Connect Company
Figure 12.7 Connecting companies to Tally.NET
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4. Setting up the Client Tally
The users classified as Tally.Net User or Tally.NET Auditor can access data by logging in from a
remote location. The user has to execute the following steps to login as a remote user:
Step 1:
Get connected to Tally.NET
Figure 12.8 Connecting Tally.NET
Step 2:
Provide the User name and Password
Figure 12.9 Providing User Name and Password
After entering of valid user name & password, Tally displays screen to select the remote company.
Step 3:- Load the Remote company
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Figure 12.10 Loading Remote Company
The above screen displays the list of companies to which the remote user has access. First, all
the Online companies are listed, followed by the list of offline companies.
5. TDL – In a Client/Server Environment
In a client/ server environment, data resides in the server. A typical client will have only user interface. Whenever the client requires data, it has to send a request to the server with credentials,
and the server will respond with the data.
In Tally.NET environment, the server and the client exchange the request/response in encrypted
XML format. When the client is Tally application, it will have only the user interface and needs to
get data from the server on demand. A typical Tally application is developed using TDL. In TDL
language, definitions are broadly classified as Data Objects and Interface Objects. Interface
objects define the user interface and Data objects store the values in Tally primary or secondary
database. Tally client will have only Interface Objects locally and the Data Objects need to be
fetched from the server on request.
It is the TDL Programmer’s responsibility to fetch the required data from the Tally server to Tally
Client.
6. TDL Enhancements for Remote
TDL language has been enhanced with the client/server capability. Collection and Report definitions are enhanced to make server calls. Enhancements have taken place in the platform for the
execution of Functions and Actions.
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6.1 Collection Enhancements
In TDL, ‘Collection’ definition is a data repository which contains the data objects. Whenever Tally
Client uses a Collection, it has to fetch the objects from the Remote server. But a Tally Client need
not require the all the methods of an Object. Also fetching the entire Object may be costly in terms
of network bandwidth.
The required methods of an object(s) at the Tally Client are fetched using the Collection attribute
‘Fetch’. In addition to ‘Fetch’ attribute, methods doing aggregation or computation using ‘Aggr
Compute’ & ‘Compute’ are also brought to the Tally Client.
Internally fetching a method will generate an XML fragment, which will be sent to the Tally Server
as a request.
1. Fetch
Syntax
Fetch : Existing-Method-Name-in-Source, …
Where,
<Existing-Method-Name-in-Source> are the internal methods of the Object which needs to be
fetched to the Client.
2. Compute
Syntax
Compute : Method-Name : Method-Formula
Where,
<Method-Formula> is any computational method, and
<Method-Name> denotes the name of the method.
Please refer ‘TDL Enhancements for Tally.ERP 9.pdf‘ for further information on Collection attributes ‘Aggr Compute’ , ‘Compute’ and ‘Fetch’
Example: Fetching Name & Closing Balance of Ledger Object
Step 1:- Fetching Name and Closing Balance methods of ‘Ledger’ object
[Collection: Ledgers]
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: Ledger
Fetch
: Name, Closing Balance, Parent
Compute
: PClosingBalance: $ClosingBalance:Group:$Parent
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Step 2: - Utilizing the fetched methods
a) As a Table
[Field: Sample Field]
Table
: Ledgers
Show Table
: Always
b) In ‘Repeat’ at Part Level
[Part: Sample Part]
Line
: Sample Line
Repeat
: Sample Line
: Ledgers
[Line: Sample Line]
Fields
: Sample Fld1, Sample Fld2, Sample Fld3
[Field: Sample Fld1]
Use
: Name Field
Set as
: $Name
[Field: Sample Fld2]
Use
: Amount Field
Set as
: $ClosingBalance
[Field: Sample Fld3]
Use
: Amount Field
Set as
: $PClosingBalance
Sample Request Format XML file to fetch the internal methods and Compute method:
<ENVELOPE>
<HEADER>
<VERSION>1</VERSION>
<TALLYREQUEST>EXPORT</TALLYREQUEST>
<TYPE>COLLECTION</TYPE>
<ID>Ledger</ID>
</HEADER>
<BODY>
<DESC>
<STATICVARIABLES>
<SVEXPORTFORMAT>BinaryXML</SVEXPORTFORMAT>
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<SVCURRENTCOMPANYTYPE="String">DemoCompany</SVCURRENTCOMPANY>
<SVCURRENTDATE TYPE="Date">20-Dec-2008</SVCURRENTDATE>
<SVFROMDATE TYPE="Date">1-Apr-2008</SVFROMDATE>
<SVTODATE TYPE="Date">31-Mar-2009</SVTODATE>
<SVCURRENTKBLANGUAGEID TYPE="Number">1033
</SVCURRENTKBLANGUAGEID>
</STATICVARIABLES>
<TDL>
<TDLMESSAGE>
<COLLECTION NAME="Ledger" ISMODIFY="No" ISFIXED="No"
ISINITIALIZE="Yes" ISOPTION="No" ISINTERNAL="No">
<TYPE>Ledger</TYPE>
<METHOD>PClosingBalance:$ClosingBalance:Group:$Paren </METHOD>
<NATIVEMETHOD>Name</NATIVEMETHOD>
<NATIVEMETHOD>Parent</NATIVEMETHOD>
<NATIVEMETHOD>ClosingBalance</NATIVEMETHOD>
</COLLECTION>
</TDLMESSAGE>
</TDL>
</DESC>
</BODY>
<ENVELOPE>
6.2 Report Level Enhancements
Fetching the Object
When multiple methods of a single Object are required for a Report, then that Object can be
fetched at Report level. For this purpose, new Report attribute ‘Fetch Object’ has been introduced. Internally fetching an object will generate an XML fragment which will be sent to the Tally
Server as a request.
Syntax
Fetch Object: <Object Type> :<Object Name>:<Method Name1 +
[,<Method Name 2>…]
Where,
<Object Type> denotes the type of the Object.
<Object Name> denotes the name of the Object.
<Method Name 1> denotes the method to be fetched.
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Example: Pre fetching Ledger Object with methods ‘Name’ & ‘Closing Balance’
[Report: Simple Report]
Fetch Object : Ledger : Ledger Name : Name, Parent,Closing Balance
In this code snippet, Ledger Name is the variable which stores the name of the Ledger Object
whose methods need to be fetched at the Report.
Sample Request Format XML file to fetch the object:
<ENVELOPE>
<HEADER>
<VERSION>1</VERSION>
<TALLYREQUEST>EXPORT</TALLYREQUEST>
<TYPE>OBJECT</TYPE>
<SUBTYPE>Ledger</SUBTYPE>
<ID TYPE="Name">Cash
</ID>
</HEADER>
<BODY>
<DESC>
<STATICVARIABLES>
<SVCURRENTCOMPANY>Demo Company</SVCURRENTCOMPANY>
<SVEXPORTFORMAT>BinaryXML</SVEXPORTFORMAT>
<SVFROMDATE TYPE="Date">1-Apr-2008</SVFROMDATE>
<SVTODATE TYPE="Date">31-Mar-2009</SVTODATE>
<SVCURRENTDATE TYPE="Date">1-May-2008</SVCURRENTDATE>
<SVVALUATIONMETHOD TYPE="String"></SVVALUATIONMETHOD>
<SVBUDGET TYPE="String"> </SVBUDGET>
<SVCURRENTKBLANGUAGEIDTYPE="Number">1033
</SVCURRENTKBLANGUAGEID>
<SVCURRENTUILANGUAGEIDTYPE="Number">1033
</SVCURRENTUILANGUAGEID>
</STATICVARIABLES>
<FETCHLIST>
<FETCH>Name</FETCH>
<FETCH>Parent</FETCH>
<FETCH>Closing Balance</FETCH>
</FETCHLIST>
</DESC>
</BODY>
</ENVELOPE>
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Pre Fetching the Object
There are some scenarios in which it is required to set the values of variables according to the
data fetched along with the object. At the report level, the ‘Set’ attribute for changing variable
value takes precedence and ‘Fetch Object’ is evaluated later. In those cases, fetching the object
first becomes mandatory. For this purpose, a new attribute ‘Pre Fetch Object’ has been introduced, which will be evaluated before the ‘Set’ attribute.
Syntax
Pre Fetch Object: <Object Type> :<Object Name>:<Method Name1 +
[,<Method Name 2>…]
Where,
<Object Type> denotes the type of the Object.
<Object Name> denotes the name of the object, and
<Method Name 1> denotes the method to be pre-fetched.
Example:
[Report: Simple Report]
Set
: LedgerName: “Cash”
Pre Fetch Object
: Ledger : LedgerName : LastVoucherDate
Set
: SVFromDate: $LastVoucherDate:Ledger:##LedgerName
In this code snippet, variables are set once, and then the PreFetchObject is done, and once again
the variables are set to make sure that the values of the variables which were dependent on the
object, will set now.
Pre fetching the Collection
When the same collection is used in the Report either for repeating the line over its objects or
multiple functions using the same, then a Collection of those objects can be pre fetched at the
Report level. A new Report attribute ‘Fetch Collection’ is introduced to pre fetch a Collection.
Syntax
Fetch Collection:<Collection 1>[,<Collection 2>..]
Where,
<Collection 1> is the collection whose objects need to be pre fetched at Report.
Example: Pre fetching Ledger collection
[Report: Sample Report]
Fetch Collection
: Ledger
Local
: Collection: Fetch : Ledger
In this code snippet, Ledger Collection is pre-fetched.
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Sample Request Format XML file to fetch the object:
<ENVELOPE>
<HEADER>
<VERSION>1</VERSION>
<TALLYREQUEST>EXPORT</TALLYREQUEST>
<TYPE>COLLECTION</TYPE>
<ID>All Party</ID>
</HEADER>
<BODY>
<DESC>
<STATICVARIABLES>
<SVEXPORTFORMAT>BinaryXML</SVEXPORTFORMAT>
<SVUSEPARMLIST>No</SVUSEPARMLIST>
<SVFORTABLE>No</SVFORTABLE>
<SVCURRENTCOMPANY TYPE="String">Remote Vivek</SVCURRENTCOMPANY>
<SVCURRENTDATE TYPE="Date">2-May-2008</SVCURRENTDATE>
<SVFROMDATE TYPE="Date">1-Apr-2008</SVFROMDATE>
<SVTODATE TYPE="Date">31-Mar-2009</SVTODATE>
<SVVALUATIONMETHOD TYPE="String"></SVVALUATIONMETHOD>
<SVBUDGET TYPE="String"></SVBUDGET>
</STATICVARIABLES>
<TDL>
<TDLMESSAGE>
<COLLECTION NAME="All Party" ISMODIFY="No" ISFIXED="No"
ISINITIALIZE="Yes" ISOPTION="No" ISINTERNAL="No">
<TYPE>Ledger</TYPE>
<BELONGSTO>Yes</BELONGSTO>
<CHILDOF>$$GroupSundryDebtors</CHILDOF>
<NATIVEMETHOD>OpeningBalance</NATIVEMETHOD>
<NATIVEMETHOD>ClosingBalance</NATIVEMETHOD>
</COLLECTION>
</TDLMESSAGE>
</TDL>
</DESC>
</BODY>
</ENVELOPE>
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6.3 Function on Request
Functions in TDL are defined and provided by the platform. A TDL programmer can only call a
function. Now in client/server environment, functions can be evaluated by either the sever or the
client or both the client and the server.
Based on this information, functions can be classified as follows:
1. Evaluated at client side
2. Evaluated at server side
3. Hybrid
Evaluated at client side
These are the functions which will be evaluated at the client side. For this, no server request is
required from the client. If these functions require any parameter as data, then required data
needs to be fetched from the server before the function is called.
Example:
$$KeyExplode, $$ExplodeLevel, $$Line, etc., are the functions which do not require any
parameter from the Tally server and are executed at the Tally client.
Evaluated at server side
These are the functions which will be evaluated at the server side. For each call of a function, a
request will be sent to the server, along with the parameters.
Example:
$$NumStockItems, $$NumLedgers, etc., are the functions which will be executed at the server
side.
Sample Request Format XML file for Function Call:
<ENVELOPE>
<HEADER>
<VERSION>1</VERSION>
<TALLYREQUEST>EXPORT</TALLYREQUEST>
<TYPE>FUNCTION</TYPE>
<ID>$$NumLedgers</ID>
</HEADER>
<BODY>
<DESC>
<STATICVARIABLES>
<SVCURRENTCOMPANY>Demo Company</SVCURRENTCOMPANY>
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<SVEXPORTFORMAT>BinaryXML</SVEXPORTFORMAT>
<SVFROMDATE TYPE="Date">1-Apr-2008</SVFROMDATE>
<SVTODATE TYPE="Date">31-Mar-2009</SVTODATE>
<SVCURRENTDATE TYPE="Date">1-May-2008</SVCURRENTDATE>
<SVCURRENTKBLANGUAGEID TYPE="Number">1033</SVCURRENTKBLANGUAGEID>
<SVCURRENTUILANGUAGEID TYPE="Number">1033</SVCURRENTUILANGUAGEID>
</STATICVARIABLES>
</DESC>
</BODY>
</ENVELOPE>
Hybrid
These are the functions which will be executed on either the client or the server side based on the
availability of the data.
Example:
$$IsSales, $$CollAmtTotal, $$FilterAmtTotal, etc., are the functions which will be executed at the
server or client side, based on the availability of data.
Server side execution
$$FilterAmtTotal:$OpeningBalance:Ledgers:MyFilter
Since Ledger Collection is available on the sever, the function $$FilterAmtTotal will be executed
at the Server end.
Client side execution
$$FilterAmtTotal:$Amount:LedgerEntries:MyFilter
‘Ledger Entries’ collection is available inside the ‘Voucher’ Object. So, the required Voucher
Object needs to be fetched to the Client before the function is executed. Once the Voucher is
brought to the client, the function will be executed on the client side, since it is assumed to be
executed in the Voucher context.
6.4 Action Enhancements
The Action “Modify Object” is executed in the Display mode of any report. This action can be
executed at the client’s end to modify any object present on the Server Company. For details on
the usage of this action, please refer to ‘TDL Enhancements for Tally.ERP 9”.
Syntax
Action : Modify Object : <PrimaryObjectSpec>.<SubObjectPathSpec> +
.Method-Name : value>[,Method Name: <value> , …] +
[,<SubObjectPathSpec>.MethodName:<value>, …..]
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Where,
<PrimaryObjectSpec> can be (<Primary Object Type Keyword>, <Primary Object Identifier
Formula>).
<SubObjectPathSpec> is given as CollectionName [<Index Formula>, [<Condition>]]
<MethodName> refers to the name of the method in the specified path.
<Index Formula> should return a number which acts as a position specifier in the Collection of
Objects satisfying the given <condition>.
Sample Request Format XML file for Modifying ‘Ledger’ Object:
<ENVELOPE>
<HEADER>
<VERSION>1</VERSION>
<TALLYREQUEST>IMPORT</TALLYREQUEST>
<TYPE>DATA</TYPE>
<SUBTYPE>Ledger</SUBTYPE>
<ID>All Masters</ID>
</HEADER>
<BODY>
<DESC>
<STATICVARIABLES>
<SVCURRENTCOMPANY>Demo Company</SVCURRENTCOMPANY>
</STATICVARIABLES>
</DESC>
<TALLYMESSAGE>
<LEDGER NAME="Customer 1" RESERVEDNAME="">
<ADDRESS.LIST TYPE="String">
<ADDRESS>Abc</ADDRESS>
<ADDRESS>Def</ADDRESS>
</ADDRESS.LIST>
<MAILINGNAME.LIST TYPE="String">
<MAILINGNAME>Customer 1</MAILINGNAME>
</MAILINGNAME.LIST>
<ALTEREDON>20090112</ALTEREDON>
<NAME TYPE="String">Customer 1</NAME>
<CURRENCYNAME>Rs.</CURRENCYNAME>
<PINCODE>560001</PINCODE>
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<PARENT>Sundry Creditors</PARENT>
<ISDEEMEDPOSITIVE TYPE="Logical">Yes</ISDEEMEDPOSITIVE>
<SORTPOSITION> 1000</SORTPOSITION>
<OPENINGBALANCE>1.00</OPENINGBALANCE>
<LANGUAGENAME.LIST>
<NAME.LIST TYPE="String">
<NAME>Customer 1</NAME>
<NAME>Alias</NAME>
</NAME.LIST>
<LANGUAGEID> 1033</LANGUAGEID>
</LANGUAGENAME.LIST>
</LEDGER>
</TALLYMESSAGE>
</BODY>
</ENVELOPE>
7. Writing Remote Compliant TDL Reports
TDL programmer can optimize the performance of the Remote compliant TDL by minimizing the
server request calls.
Mentioned below are the guidelines to optimize the Remote Compliant TDL Reports.
7.1 Fetching the single Object
When an entire Report requires multiple methods of a single Object, then the Object can be pre
fetched with the required methods. In this approach, only one server call is made to fetch all the
required methods.
Example:
[Report: Final Led Report]
Form
: Final Led Report
Fetch Object
: Ledger : LedgerName: Name,Ledger Contact,+
Ledger Phone,TBalOpening, TBalClosing
7.2 Repeating Lines over a Collection
The following techniques are used to optimize the performance, when a line is repeated over a
collection in a report to be displayed on the client.
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Fetching the Methods
Whenever a collection is referred to in a Report, the required methods need to be explicitly
fetched from the server. It is mandatory to specify ‘Fetch’ in the Collection for all the methods
which are used in the fields. If ‘Fetch’ is not used, then the data will not be displayed in the field.
[Part: LedReport]
Line
: LedReportDetails
Repeat
: LedReportDetails : Ledger
Scroll
: Vertical
[Line: LedReportDetails]
Fields
: Led Name
Right Field : LedClosingBalance
[Field: Led Name]
Use
: Name Field
Set as: $Name
[Field: LedClosingBalance]
Use
: Amount Forex Field
Set as: $ClosingBalance
[#Collection: Ledger]
Fetch
: Name, Closing Balance
Function inside the ‘Repeat’
When Lines are repeated over a Collection and a function is used at the field level, then each
‘Repeat’ will trigger an additional server request for function call. In this scenario, the entire
function call logic can be moved to ‘Compute’ of the repeated Collection. The later approach will
do only one server request. Hence, performance is drastically improved.
[Part: LedReport]
Lines
: LedReportDetails
Repeat
: LedReportDetails : Ledger
Scroll
: Vertical
[Line: LedReportDetails]
Fields
: Led Name
Right Fields: LedClosingBalance, LedSalesTotal
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[Field: Led Name]
Use
: Name Field
Set as
: $Name
[Field: LedClosingBalance]
Use
: Amount Forex Field
Set as
: $ClosingBalance
[Field: LedSalesTotal]
Use
: Amount Forex Field
Set as
: $LedgerSalesTotal
[#Collection: Ledger]
Fetch
Compute
: Name, Closing Balance
: LedgerSalesTotal:+
$$AsReqObj:$$FilterAmtTotal:LedVouchers:MyParty:$Amount
Repeating over Period Collection
In Reports where lines are repeated over Period Collection and values of each column is calculated over a period for the required object, e.g., in Sales Register, value of each column is calculated based on a period and object Voucher Type.
In this scenario, an additional computational method needs to be added to the Period Collection to
fetch the values for each column.
[#Collection: Period Collection]
Compute : TBalDebits : $TBalDebits:VoucherType:#VoucherTypeName
Compute : TBalCredits: $TBalCredits:VoucherType:#VoucherTypeName
Compute : TBalClosing: $TBalClosing:VoucherType:#VoucherTypeName
7.3 Using the same Collection in more than one Report
When more than one Report requires different methods of the Objects of the same Collection,
then using the same collection with all the methods fetched in it reduces the performance.This
can be improved in the following ways:
Fetching the required methods locally at Report
In the following code snippet, Sample Report1 requires Opening Balance of a Ledger whereas
Sample Report2 requires Closing Balance. Instead of modifying the Collection to fetch both
Opening Balance and Closing Balance, the same is localized in respective Reports.
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[Report: Sample Report1]
Local
: Collection : Ledger : Fetch : Opening Balance
[Report: Sample Report2]
Local
: Collection : Ledger : Fetch : Closing Balance
Separate Collections for fetching different methods
In the following code snippet, two Collections are created for fetching the opening balance and
the closing balance. Later, the first Collection can be utilized in Sample Report1 and the second
one in Sample Report2.
[Collection: Fetch Opening Balance]
Type
: Ledger
Fetch
: Opening Balance
[Collection: Fetch Closing Balance]
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User Defined Functions
Introduction
TDL is a comprehensive 4G language which gives tremendous power in the hands of the programmer by providing data management, complex report generation and screen design capabilities using only a few lines of code, leading to rapid development. Before the introduction of Userdefined functions, TDL had very few aspects of procedural programming. To mention a few:



Value calculations were achieved using System Formula, or by writing external methods
at object level.
Repetitive execution of certain lines of code was possible using certain platform defined
functions like $$CollectionField, $$CollectionAmtTotal, etc. The functions used to take
care of these implicitly.
Sequential execution of certain segments of code was achieved by using an Action list.
Now, with the introduction of “User Defined Functions”, a path-breaking development in the
history of TDL, procedural programming aspects have been introduced into the language, along
with preserving the basic nature of a definition language.
1. Functions – In General
In procedural languages, Functions are called as Subroutines or Procedures. If it is required to
execute a certain set of statements repeatedly to achieve a certain functionality, it is not a good
programming practice to write the same set of statements in the program again and again. For
example, n separate statements in a computer program require the sum of two numbers for some
complex computation. Each statement will repeatedly compute a+b, with different sets of a and b.
To avoid this, a function is created, which will accept ‘a’ and ‘b’ and return the result, i.e., the sum,
to the calling program. This reduces the no of lines in the code, along with improving the code
readability.
A function accepts certain values, processes the values in a certain manner and finally returns a
value to the calling program. The values which a function accepts or the calling program passes
to the function are called Parameters, and the result which is passed by the function to the calling
program is called the Return value.
A function is mainly used for some of the following purposes:
1. Repeating a block of code
2. Performing some calculations
3. Executing a set of statements
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2. Functions – In TDL
In TDL, prior to Tally.ERP 9, Functions were defined by the Platform and the TDL programmer
could only call the function to achieve a certain functionality. From Tally.ERP 9 onwards, functions
can be defined in the TDL layer. User Defined Function in TDL has been provided as a Definition
which allows the user to specify a set of actions/statements to be executed, in the order as specified.
Traditionally, TDL was always a non-procedural, action-driven language. The sequence of
execution was not in the hands of the programmer. But, with this development in a ‘Function’ Definition, Conditional evaluation of statements and looping has been made possible. User defined
Functions basically can be used for performing complex calculations or executing a set of actions
serially. Functions can accept parameter(s) as input, and return a ‘Value’ to the caller.
Functions give the following benefits to the TDL programmer:

Conditional execution/evaluation of statements

Execution of a set of statements repeatedly, generally referred to as loops

Defining variables and storing values from intermediate calculation / process

Accepting parameters from the calling segment of code

Working on data elements like getting an object from the calling context, defining the
function execution context, looping on the objects of a collection, etc.

Returning a ‘Value’ to the caller of the function

Performing a set of actions sequentially/conditionally or repeatedly, without returning a
value.
With this development, the programmers can write business functions with complex computations
by themselves, without platform dependency.
3. Function – Building Blocks
In TDL, ‘Function’ is also a definition. It has two blocks:
1. Definition Block
2. Procedural Block
A glimpse into the function:
[Function : Function Name]
;; Definition Block
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Parameter: Parameter 1
: Datatype
Parameter: Parameter 2
: Datatype
;; Variable Declarations
Variable : Var 1
: Number
Variable : Var 2
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;; Explicit Object Association
Object
: ObjName: ObjectType
;;Return Value
Returns
:Datatype
;;Definition Block Ends here
;;Procedural Block
Label 1
: Statement 1
Label 2
: Statement 2
|
|
Label n
: Statement n
;; Procedural Block Ends here
3.1 Definition Block
The definition Block is utilized for the following purposes:
3.1.1 Parameter specification
This implies specifying the list of parameters which are passed by the calling code. The values
thus obtained, are referred to in the function with these variable names. The syntax for specifying
the same is given below:
Syntax
PARAMETER: <Variable Name> :<Data Type of the Variable>
Where,
<Variable Name> is the name of the Variable which holds the parameter sent by the caller of the
Function.
<Data Type of the Variable> is the Data type of the Variable sent by the caller of the Function.
Example:
[Function : FactorialOf]
Parameter : InputNumber : Number
The Function ‘$$FactorialOf’ receives number as the parameter from the Caller.
3.1.2 Variable declaration
If a Function requires some Variable(s) for intermediate calculation, then those Variable(s) need to
be defined. The scope of these Variable(s) will be within the Function, and the Variable(s) lose
their value after exit from the Function.
Syntax
VARIABLE : <Variable Name> [:<Data Type of the Variable>]
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Where,
<Variable Name> is the name of the Variable.
<Data Type of the Variable> is the Data type of the Variable.
Datatype is optional. If datatype is specified, a separate Variable definition is not required (these
are considered as inline variables). If data type is not specified, the interpreter will look for a
variable definition, with the name specified.
Example:
[Function : FactorialOf]
Parameter : InputNumber
: Number
Variable
: Counter
: Number
Variable
: Factorial
: Number
The Function ‘$$FactorialOf’ requires intermediate Variables ‘Counter’ and ‘Factorial’ for calculation within the ‘Function’ Definition.
3.1.3 Static Variable declartion
Static Variable is a Variable, whose value persists between successive calls to a Function.
The scope of the static variable is limited to the Function in which it is declared, and exists for the
entire session.
Syntax
STATIC VARIABLE : <Variable Name> [:<Data Type of the Variable>]
Where,
<Variable Name> is the name of the Static Variable
<Data Type of the Variable> is the Data type of the Static Variable.
Datatype is optional. If datatype is specified, a separate Variable definition is not required (these
are considered as inline variables). If data type is not specified, the interpreter will look for a
variable definition with the name specified.
Example:
[Function : Sample Function]
Static Variable : Sample Static Var: Number
The static variable ‘Sample Static Var’ retains the value between successive calls to the Function
‘Sample Function’
3.1.4 Return value specification
If a Function returns a value to the caller, then its data type is specified by using ‘RETURNS’
statement.
Syntax
RETURNS: <Data Type of the Return Value>
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Where,
<Data Type of the Return Value > is the Data type of the return value of the Function.
Example:
[Function : FactorialOf]
Parameter : InputNumber: Number
Returns
Variable
: Number
: Factorial : Number
The Function ‘$$FactorialOf’ returns the value of type ‘Number’ to the caller of the Function
3.1.5 Object specification
Function will inherit the Object context of the caller. This can be overridden by using the attribute
‘Object’ for ‘Function’ definition. This now becomes the current object for the function.
Syntax
Object: <ObjType>:<ObjIdValue>
Where,
<ObjType> is the type of the object, and
<ObjIdValue> is the unique identifier of the object.
Example:
[Function : Sample Function]
Object : Ledger : “Party”
The Function ‘Sample Function’ will be in the context of the Ledger ‘Party’
3.2 Procedural Block
This block contains a set of statements. These statements can either be a programming construct
or an Action specification. Every statement inside the procedural block has to be uniquely identified by a label specification.
Syntax
LABEL SPECIFICATION : Programming Construct
Or
LABEL SPECIFICATION : Action: Action Parameter
Example:
[Function : DispStockSummary]
01: Display: Stock Summary
02: Display: Stock Category Summary
The Function ‘DispStockSummary’ is having two Actions with Label.
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4. Valid Statements inside a Function
The statements used inside the procedural block of a function can be:

a Programming Construct, as discussed in the previous sections

a TDL Action
There have been major changes in some actions to work especially with functions. Some new
actions have been introduced as well. Let us now discuss the various Actions used inside functions.
4.1 Programming Constructs In Function
4.1.1 Conditional Constructs
IF–ENDIF
The ‘IF–ENDIF’ statement is a powerful decision making statement and is used to control the flow
of execution of statements. It is basically a two-way decision statement and is used in conjunction
with an expression. Initially, the expression will be evaluated and based on the whether the
expression is True or False, it transfers the execution flow to a particular statement.
Figure 13.1 Flow Chart for IF – ENDIF
Syntax
IF : <Condition Expression>
STATEMENT 1
…
STATEMENT N
ENDIF
Example:
If the Function parameter sent to the Function ‘FactorialOf’ is less than zero, then it is multiplied
by -1 to find the absolute value.
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[Function : FactorialOf]
Parameter
: InputNumber : Number
Returns
: Number
Variable
: Counter
Variable
: Factorial : Number
1 : SET
: Counter
2 : SET
: Factorial: 1
: Number
: 1
3 : IF ##InputNumber < 0
4 :
SET
: InputNumber: ##InputNumber * -1
5 : END IF
6 : WHILE: ##Counter <= ##InputNumber
7 :
SET
: Factorial: ##Factorial * ##Counter
8 :
SET
: Counter : ##Counter + 1
9 : END WHILE
10: RETURN ##Factorial
DO–IF
When an IF-ENDIF statement block contains only one statement, then the same can be written in
a single line by using DO-IF statement.
Syntax
DO IF: <Condition Expression> :STATEMENT
Example:
Here, IF - END IF statement is rewritten using the DO - IF statement.
[Function : FactorialOf]
Parameter : InputNumber : Number
Returns
: Number
Variable
: Counter
Variable
: Factorial : Number
1 : SET
: Counter
2 : SET
: Factorial: 1
: Number
: 1
3 : DO IF : ##InputNumber < 0 : ##InputNumber * -1
4 : WHILE : ##Counter <= ##InputNumber
5 :
SET
: Factorial: ##Factorial * ##Counter
6 :
SET
: Counter
: ##Counter + 1
7 : END WHILE
8 : RETURN ##Factorial
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IF–ELSE–ENDIF
The IF–ELSE–ENDIF statement is an extension of the simple IF-ENDIF statement. If the
condition expression is True, then the ‘True’ block’s statement(s) are executed; otherwise, the
‘False’ block’s statement(s) are executed. In either case, either the True block or the False block
will be executed, not both.
Figure 13.2 Flow Chart for IF – ELSE - ENDIF
Syntax
IF : <Condition Expression>
STATEMENT 1
…
STATEMENT N
ELSE
STATEMENT 1
…
STATEMENT N
ENDIF
Example:
Finding the greatest of three numbers
[Function : FindGreatestNumbers]
Parameter
: A : Number
Parameter
: B : Number
Parameter
: C : Number
RETURNS
: Number
01 : IF
02 :
: ##A
IF
03 :
04 :
05 :
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ELSE
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06 :
END IF
07 : ELSE
08 :
IF
: ##B >
##C
09 : RETURN : ##B
10 :
ELSE
11 :
12 :
RETURN : ##C
END IF
13 : END IF
4.1.2 Looping Constructs
WHILE – ENDWHILE
In looping, a sequence of statements is executed until some condition(s) for termination of the
loop is satisfied. A typical loop consists of two segments, one known as the body of the loop and
the other known as the control statement. The control statement checks the condition and then
directs the repeated execution of the statements contained in the body of the loop.
The WHILE –ENDWHILE is an entry-controlled loop statement. The condition expression is
evaluated and if the condition is True, then the body of the loop is executed. After the execution of
the statements within the body, the condition expression is once again evaluated and if it is True,
the body is executed once again. This process of repeated execution of the body continues until
the condition expression finally becomes False, and the control is transferred out of the loop.
Figure 13.3 Flow Chart for WHILE – ENDWHILE
Syntax
WHILE : <Condition Expression>
STATEMENT 1
…
STATEMENT N
ENDWHILE
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Example:
[Function : FactorialOf]
Parameter
: InputNumber : Number
Returns
: Number
Variable
: Counter : Number
Variable
: Factorial : Number
1 : SET
: Counter : 1
2 : SET
: Factorial: 1
3 : WHILE
: ##Counter <= ##InputNumber
4 :
SET
: Factorial: ##Factorial * ##Counter
5 :
SET
: Counter : ##Counter + 1
6 : END WHILE
7 : RETURN ##Factorial
The Function ‘FactorialOf’ repeats statements 4 and 5, till the given condition is satisfied.
WALK COLLECTION – END WALK
If a Collection has ‘n’ Objects, then WALK COLLECTION – ENDWALK will be repeated for ‘n’
times. Body of the loop is executed for each object in the collection, making it the current context.
Figure 13.4 Flow Chart for WALK COLLECTION – ENDWALK
Syntax
WALK COLLECTION : <Collection Name>
STATEMENT 1
…
STATEMENT N
ENDWALK
Example:
Walking over all the Vouchers and counting the same.
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[Collection : Vouchers Coll]
Type
: Voucher
[Function : CountVouchers]
Returns
: Number
Variable
: Count : Number
001 : SET
: Count : 0
002 : WALK COLLECTION : Vouchers Coll
003 :
SET
: Count
: ##Count + 1
004 : END WALK
005 : RETURN
: ##Count
4.1.3 Control Constructs
Loops perform a set of operations repeatedly until the condition expression satisfies the given
condition or the Collection is exhausted. Sometimes, when executing the loop, it becomes
desirable to skip the part of the loop or to exit the loop as a certain condition occurs, or to save the
current state and return back to the current state later.
BREAK
When a BREAK statement is encountered inside the loop, the loop is immediately exited and the
control is transferred to the statement immediately following the loop. BREAK statement can be
used inside WHILE – END WHILE and WALK COLLECION – END WALK. When loops are
nested, the Break would only exit from the loop containing it.
Syntax
BREAK
Example:
[Function : PrintNumbers]
Variable
: Counter
: Number
1 : SET
: Counter
: 1
2 : WHILE
: ##Counter < = 10
3 :
LOG
: ##Counter
4 :
IF
: ##Counter > 5
5 :
BREAK
6 :
END IF
7 :
SET
: Counter : ##Counter + 1
8 : ENDWHILE
9 : RETURN
In the Function ‘PrintNumbers’, the loop is running from 1 to 10. But because of BREAK statement, the loop will be terminated as the counter reaches 6.
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CONTINUE
In some scenarios, instead of terminating the loop, the loop needs to be continued with next iteration, after skipping any statements in between. For this purpose, CONTINUE statement can be
used. CONTINUE statement can be used inside WHILE – END WHILE and WALK COLLECION –
END WALK.
Syntax
CONTINUE
Example:
Function to Count the total number of Journal Vouchers
[Collection : Vouchers Coll]
Type
: Voucher
[Function : CountJournal]
Returns
: Number
Variable
: Count : Number
01 : SET
: Count : 0
02 : WALK COLLECTION : Vouchers Coll
03 :
IF
04 :
: NOT $$IsJournal:$VoucherTypeName
CONTINUE
05 :
ENDIF
06 :
Count
: ##Count + 1
07 : END WALK
08 : RETURN
: ##Count
START BLOCK – END BLOCK
START BLOCK –- END BLOCK has been introduced to save the current state and execute some
actions within the block and return back to the original state. This is handy in cases where the
Object context needs to be temporarily switched for the purpose of executing some actions.
Current source and target object contexts are saved and the further statements within the START
BLOCK and END BLOCK section get executed. Once the END BLOCK is encountered, the
Object context is restored back to the original state.
Syntax
START BLOCK
Block Statements
END BLOCK
Example:
10 : WALK COLLECTION
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INSERT COLLECTION OBJECT: InventoryEntries
12 :
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SET : AmtVar : $$String:$Amt
14 :
START BLOCK
15 :
SET OBJECT
16 :
SET VALUE : ActualQty : $$AsQty:##QtyVar
17 :
SET VALUE : BilledQty : $$AsQty:##QtyVar
18 :
SET VALUE : Amount: $$AsAmount:##AmtVar
18A:
END BLOCK
19 :
SET TARGET : ..
20 :
SET VALUE
: StockItemName: $Item
21 : END WALK
;; For Explanation on Object context, i.e., Source Object and Target Object,
;; Set Target, Set Object, etc., please refer to the Topic ‘Function Execution - Object Context’
In this code snippet, the collection ‘EDCollDetailsExtract’ is being walked over and the values for
the Objects within Voucher Entry are being set.
RETURN
This statement is used to return the flow of control to the calling program, with or without returning
a value. When RETURN is used, the execution of the function is terminated and the calling
program continues from where it had called the function.
Syntax
RETURN : <value expression>
Where,
<value expression> is optional, i.e., it can either return a value or return void.
Example:
The Function ‘FactorialOf’ returns factorial of number
[Function : FactorialOf]
Parameter
: InputNumber : Number
Returns
: Number
Variable
: Counter
Variable
: Factorial : Number
1 : SET
: Counter : 1
2 : SET
3 : WHILE
: Number
: Factorial: 1
: ##Counter <= ##InputNumber
4 :
SET
: Factorial : ##Factorial * ##Counter
5 :
SET
: Counter : ##Counter + 1
6 : ENDWHILE
7 : RETURN : ##Factorial
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4.2 Actions used in a TDL Function
4.2.1 Actions for Variable Manipulation
TDL provides various new actions that can be used inside User Defined Functions.
SET
This action is used to assign a value for a variable.
Syntax
SET : <VariableName> : <Value Expression>
Where,
<Variable Name> is the variable for which the value needs to be assigned.
<Value Expression> is the formula evaluating to a value.
Example:
[Function : FactorialOf]
Parameter : InputNumber : Number
Returns
: Number
Variable
: Counter
: Number
Variable
: Factorial : Number
1 : SET
: Counter
2 : SET
: Factorial: 1
: 1
3 : WHILE : ##Counter <= ##InputNumber
4 :
SET
: Factorial : ##Factorial * ##Counter
5 :
SET
: Counter : ##Counter + 1
6 : ENDWHILE
7 : RETURN: ##Factorial
EXCHANGE
This action is used to exchange (swap) the values of two variables. But, values of only the
variables of the same Data type can be exchanged.
Syntax
EXCHANGE : <First Variable Name> : <Second Variable Name>
Where,
<First Variable Name> and <Second Variable Name> are the Variables whose values need to
be swapped.
Example:
01: EXCHANGE:Var1:Var2
In this statement, both variables are of type ‘Number’ and their values are swapped.
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INCREMENT
This action is used to increment the value of a Variable by 1. INCREMENT is used inside the loop
to increment value of the control variable by one.
Syntax
INCREMENT : <Variable Name>
Where,
<variable Name> is the name of the Variable whose value needs to be incremented by 1.
Example:
[Function : FactorialOf]
Parameter
: InputNumber : Number
Returns
: Number
Variable
: Counter : Number
Variable
: Factorial : Number
1 : SET
: Counter : 1
2 : SET
: Factorial: 1
3 : WHILE
: ##Counter <= ##InputNumber
4 :
SET
: Factorial : ##Factorial * ##Counter
5 :
INCREMENT: Counter
6 : ENDWHILE
7 : RETURN
: ##Factorial
DECREMENT
This action is used to decrement the value of a Variable by 1. DECREMENT is used inside the
loop to decrement the value of the control variable by one.
Syntax
DECREMENT : <Variable Name>
Where,
<Variable Name> is the name of the Variable whose value needs to be decremented by 1.
Example:
[Function : PrintNumbers]
Variable
: Counter : Number
1 : SET
: Counter : 10
2 : WHILE
: ##Counter > 0
3 :
LOG
: ##Counter
4 :
DECREMENT : Counter
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5 : ENDWHILE
6 : RETURN
In the function ‘PrintNumbers’, the loop is running from 10 to 1.
4.2.2 Action Enhancements and New Actions
The global actions have been enhanced, so that they can be called from the User Defined Functions. Some new actions have also been introduced.
Global Actions- Alter / Execute / Create
These are global actions meant for the purpose of opening a report in the mode specified. The
return value of these actions is FALSE, if the user rejects the report, and TRUE, if the user
accepts it.
Syntax
Display/Alter/Execute/Create: Report Name
Example:
[Function : CreateReport]
01 : Create : Ledger
The Function ‘CreateReport’ opens the Ledger Creation screen.
Global Actions – MENU, DISPLAY
These global actions are used to invoke a menu or a report in Display mode. The return value of
these actions is TRUE if Ctrl+Q is used to reject the report (i.e., via Form Reject To Menu action).
It returns FALSE when user uses ‘Esc’ to reject the report (i.e., via ‘Form Accept’ action). For
menu, this is only applicable if it is the first in the stack.
Syntax
Menu
: <Menu name>
Display : <ReportName>
Example:
[Function : DispPaySheet]
01 : Menu
: Statements of Payroll
02 : Display : Pay Sheet
The Function ‘DispPaySheet’ opens the Pay Sheet and by pressing Escape, it will pop up the
‘Statements of Payroll’ Menu.
MSG BOX
This action is used to Display a message box to the user. It comes back to the original screen on
the pressing of a key. This can be used by the programmers to display intermediate values of
variables during calculations, thus helping in error diagnosis.
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Syntax
MSG BOX: <Title Expression>:<Message Expression>:<GreyBack Flag>
Where,
<Title Expression> is the value that is displayed on the title bar of the message window.
<Message Expression> is the actual message which is displayed in the box. This can be an
expression as well, i.e., the variable values can be concatenated and displayed along with the
message in the display area of the box.
<GreyBack Flag> indicates if the background window is to be greyed out during message
display. It takes two values, i.e., YES/NO
Example:
01: MSGBOX:”Return Value”:##Factorial
QUERY BOX
This action is used to Display a confirmation box to the user and ask for a Yes/No response.
Syntax
QUERY BOX: <Message Expression>:<GreyBack Flag>:<EscAsYes>
Where,
<Message Expression> is the message which is displayed inside the box. This can be an
expression.
<GreyBack Flag> indicates if the background window is to be greyed out during message
display. It takes two values, i.e., YES/NO
<Escape as Yes> is a flag which indicates the response when the user presses the ESC key.
This can be specified as YES/NO. A YES value for this flag indicates that the response should be
treated as YES on pressing of an ESC key.
LOG
During expression evaluation, intermediated values of the expression can be passed to calculator
window and a log file ‘tdlfunc.log’ inside the application directory. This is very much helpful for
debugging the expression. By default, logging is enabled inside the function.
Syntax
LOG : < Expression>
Where,
<Expression> is the expression whose value needs to be passed to the calculator window.
Example:
While finding the factorial of a number, intermediated values are outputted to the ‘Calculator’
window using LOG action
[Function : FactorialOf]
Parameter
: InputNumber : Number
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Returns
: Number
Variable
: Counter : Number
Variable
: Factorial : Number
1 : SET
: Counter : 1
2 : SET
: Factorial: 1
3 : WHILE
: ##Counter <= ##InputNumber
4 :
SET
: Factorial : ##Factorial * ##Counter
5 :
SET
: Counter : ##Counter + 1
5a:
LOG
: ##Factorial
6 : ENDWHILE
7 : RETURN : ##Factorial
SET LOG ON
While debugging a Function, sometimes it is required to conditionally Log the values of an expression. If logging is stopped, then logging can be re-started based on the condition Action SET LOG
ON. This Action does not require any parameter.
Syntax
SET LOG ON
SET LOG OFF
This Action is used in conjunction with SET LOG ON. Log can be stopped by the Action SET LOG
OFF. This Action does not require any parameter.
Syntax
SET LOG OFF
SET FILE LOG ON
This Action is similar to SET LOG ON. SET FILE LOG ON is used to conditionally Log the values
of an expression to log file ‘tdlfunc.log’. This Action does not require any parameter.
Syntax
SET FILE LOG ON
SET FILE LOG OFF
This Action is used in conjunction with SET FILE LOG ON. Logging the file ‘tdlfunc.log’ can be
stopped by the Action SET LOG OFF. This Action does not require any parameter.
Syntax
SET FILE LOG OFF
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4.2.3 Progress Bar Actions
Sometimes, a Function may take some time to complete the task. It is always better to indicate
the user whether the task is occurring, how long the task might take and how much work has
already been done. One way of indicating the amount of progress is to use an animated image.
This can be achieved by using the following Actions:

START PROGRESS

SHOW PROGRESS

END PROGRESS
Action - START PROGRESS
This Action sets up the Progress Bar by mentioning the total number of steps involved in the task.
In addition to this, the Title, SubTitle and Subject of the Progress Bar can also be given as parameters.
Syntax
START PROGRESS : <Number of steps> :< Title> [:< Sub Title> :< Subject>]
Where,
<Number of steps> denotes the whole task quantified as a number.
<Title>, <Sub Title> and <Subject> Shows the Title, Sub Title and Subject of the Progress Bar,
respectively.
Example:
START PROGRESS: ##TotalSteps:”TDS Migration”:+
@@CmpMailName:”MigrationgVouchers..”
Action - SHOW PROGRESS
This Action shows the current status of the task to the user.
Syntax
SHOW PROGRESS : <Number of Steps Completed>
Where,
<Number of Steps Completed> is a number which denotes the amount of work completed.
Example:
SHOW PROGRESS:##Counter
Action - END PROGRESS
When a task is completed, the Progress Bar can be stopped by using the Action END
PROGRESS. This Action does not take any parameter.
Syntax
END PROGRESS
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4.2.4 Actions – For Object and Context Manipulation
As already seen in previous sections, functions can operate on 3 object contexts, i.e., Requestor,
Current Object and Target object context. When a function is invoked, the target object context will
be the same as the current object context of the caller, i.e., the target object will be set to the
current object.
Here, we will discuss the various actions for manipulation of Object and Context.
Action - NEW OBJECT
This action creates a new object from object specification and sets it as the target object. It takes
only Primary Object as the Parameter.
Syntax
NEW OBJECT: <ObjType>:<ObjIdValue>
Where,
<ObjType> is the type of the object to be created, and
<ObjIdValue> is the unique identifier of the object. If this is an existing object in DB, then the
further manipulations are performed on that object, else it creates a new object altogether.
Example:
01: NEW OBJECT:Stock Item :”My Stock Item”
This creates a new object in memory for Stock Item and sets it as the target object. Later, by using
other methods of this, the target object can be set and saved to the Tally DB.
Action - INSERT COLLECTION OBJECT
This action inserts the new object of the type specified in the collection and makes it as the
current target object. This object is inserted into the collection at the end. This Action takes only
Secondary Collection as the parameter.
Syntax
INSERT COLLECTION OBJECT : <CollectionName>
Where,
<CollectionName> is the name of the Secondary Collection.
Example:
01: INSERT COLLECTION OBJECT: Ledger Entries
This insets a new object ‘Ledger Entries’ in memory under Voucher, and sets it as the target
object. Later, by using other methods of this, the target object can be set and saved to Tally DB.
Action - SET VALUE
This action sets the value of a method for the target object. The value formula is evaluated with
respect to the current object context. This can use the new method formula syntax. Using this, it is
possible to access any value from the current object.
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Syntax
SET VALUE: <Method Name>[: <Value Formula>]
Where,
<Method Name> is the name of the method, and
<Value Formula> is the value which needs to be set to the method. It is optional. If the second
parameter is not specified, it searches for the same method in the context object and the value is
set based on it. If the source method name is same as in Target Object, then the Source Object
method name is optional.
Example: 1
01: SET VALUE : Ledger Name : $LedgerName
OR
01: SET VALUE : Ledger Name
These statements set the values of ‘Ledger Entries’ Object from the current Object context.
Example: 2
02
: WALK COLLECTION: Vouchers of My Objects
03
:
NEW OBJECT: Voucher
;; Since the methods Date, VoucherTypeName are same in the source object and target object, they are not
specified again as SET VALUE : DATE : $Date.
04
:
SET VALUE: Date
05
:
SET VALUE: VoucherTypeName
Example: 3
[Function : Sample Function]
Object
: Ledger : "Party 1"
01 : NEW OBJECT : Ledger : "Party 2"
;; absence of Value expression will assume that same method to be copied from source
02 : SET VALUE : Parent
03 : ACCEPT ALTER
‘Party 1’ is a ledger under the Group ‘North Debtors’ and Party 2 is a Ledger under the Group
‘South Debtors’. After the execution of this function, Party 2 will also come under the Group ‘South
Debtors’.
Action - RESET VALUE
This action sets the value of the method using the Value Formula. If Value Formula is not specified, it sets the existing value to null.
Syntax
RESET VALUE : MethodName [: Value Formula]
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Where,
<Method Name> is the name of the method, and
<Value Formula> is an optional parameter and if it is used, it will reset the value of the method.
Example:
01
: SET VALUE
: Ledger Name : $LedgerName
02
: RESET VALUE : Ledger Name : “New Value”
In this code snippet, RESET VALUE resets the value of the method ‘Ledger Name’
Action - CREATE TARGET / ACCEPT CREATE
It accepts the Target Object to the Company Data base, i.e., it saves the target object to the
database. This creates a new object in the database if it does not exist, else results in an error.
Syntax
CREATE TARGET / ACCEPT CREATE
Action - SAVE TARGET / ACCEPT
It accepts the Target Object to the Company Tally DB. If another object exists in the Tally DB with
the same identifier, then the object is altered, else a new object is created.
Syntax
SAVE TARGET / ACCEPT
Action - ALTER TARGET / ACCEPT ALTER
It allows altering an exiting object in the Tally DataBase. If the object does not exist, it results in an
error.
Syntax
ALTER TARGET / ACCEPT ALTER
Action - SET OBJECT
It sets the current object with the Object Specification. If no object specification is given, the target
object will be set as the current object. Only Secondary Object can be used along with this Action.
Syntax
SET OBJECT [: <Object Spec>]
Where,
<Object Spec> is the name of the Secondary Object.
Example:
[Function : Sample Function]
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Object
: Ledger : "My Test Ledger"
01 : LOG
: $Name
02 : SET OBJECT : BillAllocations[1]
03 : LOG
: $Name
04 : SET OBJECT : ..
05 : LOG
: $Name
Initially, the context object is ‘Ledger’, so $Name gives the name of the Ledger. By Using ‘SET
OBJECT’, the current Object is changed to first Bill allocation. So, the second $Name is giving the
Bill name. The Fourth line changes the current Object back to ‘Ledger’ using dotted notation.
Action - SET TARGET
This action sets the target object with the Object Specification. If no object specification is given,
then the current object will be set as the target object.
Syntax
SET TARGET: <Object Spec>
Where,
<Object Spec> is the name of the Object.
Example:
01 : SET TARGET :
Group
This sets the ‘Group’ Object as the Target Object. Later, by using other methods of this, the target
object can be set and saved to the Tally DB.
4.2.5 Usage of Object manipulation Actions:
Duplicating all payment Vouchers
[Function : DuplicatePaymentVouchers]
;;Process for each Payment Voucher
01 : WALK COLLECTION : My Vouchers
;; Create new Voucher Object as Target Object
02 : NEW OBJECT : Voucher
;;For New Object, set methods from the First Object of the Walk Collection, i.e., from the Current Object
03 : SET VALUE : Date : $Date
04 :
SET VALUE : VoucherTypeName : $VoucherTypeName
05 : S
ET VALUE : Narration : $Narration + " Duplicated"
;; Walk over Ledger Entries of the current Object
05a:
WALK COLLECTION : LedgerEntries
;;Insert Collection Object to the Target Object and make it the present Target Object
06 :
INSERT COLLECTION OBJECT : Ledger Entries
;;Set the Values of the Target Object’s Method from Current Objects Methods
07 :
SET VALUE : Ledger Name : $LedgerName
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08 : SET VALUE : IsDeemedPositive : $IsDeemedPositive
09 :
SET VALUE : Amount : $Amount
;;Set the Voucher Object as Target, (which is 1 level up in the hierarchy) as Voucher is already having
;;Object specification
10 :
SET TARGET : ..
11 : END WALK
;;Save the Duplicated Voucher to the DB.
15 : CREATE TARGET
16 : ENDWALK
17 : RETURN
5. Calling a Function
A Function can be invoked in two ways:
1. By using a “CALL” action - This is mainly used when the function does not return a value.
It only performs a certain functionality.
2. By Using the prefix $$ with the function name within a value expression - This is used
when a return value is expected from the function execution. This value is used in the
value expression of the calling program.
5.1 Using the Action ‘CALL’
Action ‘CALL’ can be used to call a function. It can be invoked from a Key, Menu Item or a Button.
Syntax
CALL
: <Function Name> [: <Parameter List>]
Where,
<Function Name> is the name of a user defined function.
<Parameter List> is the list of parameters accepted by the function.
Example:
Calling the Function as a procedure with CALL action
[#Menu : Gateway of Tally]
Button : Call Function
[Button : Call Function]
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5.2 Using the Symbol Prefix ‘$$’
A Function can be called and executed by prefixing it with the symbol ‘$$’. This can be used
inside a value expression or as a value for the ‘Set As’ attribute of the field. The value returned
from the function is used.
Syntax
$$FunctionName :<Parameter List>
Where,
<Function Name> is the name of a user defined function.
<Parameter List> is the list of parameters accepted by the function.
During
Tally Startup, Tally executes a function with the name “TallyMAIN”
Internal
functions always override if both exist in the same name.
Example:
Calling the User Defined Function at Field using $$
[Field : Call Function]
Use
: Number Field
Set as
: $$FactorialOf:#InputFld
6. Function Execution – Object Context
We all are aware that in TDL, any function, method or formula gets evaluated in the current object
context. All the platform defined functions will be executed with the current object and requestor
context.
With the introduction of User Defined Functions, another type of context is introduced. This is
known as the target context.
6.1 Target Object Context
Target Context mainly refers to the object context which can be set inside the function, which
allows the function to perform manipulation operations for that object, i.e., alteration and creation.
The object context of the caller and target object context can be different. It will now be possible to
obtain the values from the caller object context and alter the values of the target object with those
values.
The User has the option to override the context within the function later or use the same context
being passed. He can change the current and target object at any point and also switch target and
current object to each other.
$$TgtObject is used to evaluate the value of an expression in the context of the target object.
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6.2 Parameter Evaluation Context
It is important to note that the parameter values which are passed to the functions are always
evaluated in the context of the caller. Parameter specification within the functions is just to
determine the data type, order and number of parameters. These are basically the placeholders
for values passed from caller object context. The target object context or context switch within the
function does not affect the initial values of the parameters. Later, within the function, these values
can be altered just like ordinary variables.
6.3 Return Value Evaluation
We have already discussed above that function can return a value. This can be specified by the
function by indicating the data type of the value it returns, no specification assumed as a void
function (a function which does not return a value). Each statement (Actions discussed in the next
section) used can return a value. This depends on the individual action. Some actions may not
return a value. The data type of the return value is also predefined by the action. Return value of
the last action executed can be extracted using an internal function ‘$$LastResult’. Any error
messages generated from the system can be obtained with $$LastError. This can only be used to
determine the result of the intermediate statements used within the function.The final value which
is to be returned from the function has to be explicitly given using the RETURN construct
discussed in the previous section.
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What’s New in Release 4.8
The Release 4.8 of Tally.ERP9 comes with a number of TDL enhancements in Data Import,
Events, Actions, Functions, etc., which have been discussed ahead in detail.
1. Data Importing Enhancements
Updation of data is vital for all kinds of reports generated in any business organisation. Hence, the
designed system must be robust enough to accept the data with appropriate validation and
controls. ‘Garbage in, Garbage Out’, as we have commonly heard, means that any invalid data
entered into the system would result in an invalid output. Tally allows updation of data through
various sources. They are:
 Manual Data Entry
 Data Updation through User Defined Functions, from any External Source
 Data Import from XML/ SDF files, Synchronization and Third Party Application Request
Whenever data is received for updation from any source, validations like matching of Debit/ Credit
Totals, availability of dependent masters in the data while importing voucher, etc., are done prior
to updating the database. These basic validations, without which Objects cannot exist in the
database, are taken care of by the Tally platform, irrespective of the data source. However, there
are certain business rules/ controls like Entry outside Current Accounting Period not being
accepted, Sales to Party exceeding Credit Limits not being allowed, etc., which also need to be
applied. In the case of User Interface, these controls are provided within the default application,
so that when the user makes entries, the data is accepted only after these controls are passed.
While updating the Data through a User Defined Function, the programmer can apply the relevant
checks prior to importing the Objects in the Tally Database.
Before this Release, during data import from XML/SDF files, Synchronization or from an external
request, the data could not be validated for these business rules, and hence, the data import
could not be stopped even if the Object was invalid. In Release 4.8, a few Enhancements have
been made to give appropriate controls to the Programmer during the process of importing the
data from any source. Thus, it empowers the TDL Programmer to take any desired action while
Importing the Data. These enhancements are as listed below:
 Apart
from the three existing Import File Events, namely ‘START IMPORT’, ‘IMPORT
OBJECT’ and ‘END IMPORT’, a new Event ‘After Import Object’ has been introduced
to perform the desired action after importing every Object.
 Two Logical System Variables ‘SVImportObject’ and ‘SVContinueImport’ have been
introduced, which give control to the TDL Programmer to conditionally import the
Objects, or to terminate the Import Process.
 Enhancements have also been introduced for sending a customized response to the
requesting application, in case of SOAP Request.
 To complement all the above Enhancements, a set of new Functions like $$ImportInfo,
$$HTTPInfo, $$ImportType, $$LastImportError, etc., have been introduced.
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1.1 Import Events
The Import Events ‘Start Import’, ‘Import Object’ and ‘End Import’ are available in Tally.ERP9 since
Release 3.0. All these Import Events can be used within the Definition ‘Import File’.
 The
Event ‘Start Import’ is invoked only once, at the beginning of Data Import.
 The Event ‘Import Object’ is invoked for every Object, prior to importing the Object in
current context.
 The Event ‘End Import’ is invoked only once, at the end of Data Import.
Import Event - ‘After Import Object’
In Release 4.8, a new Event ‘After Import Object’ has been introduced to allow the TDL Programmer to take any desired action, every time an Object is imported. This Event will help the user to
create appropriate logs after Importing of each Object, terminate the Import Process based on
some condition, track/record changes that can be used for preparing the response (for SOAP
requests), etc.
Syntax
[Import File : <Import File Definition Name>]
On: After Import Object: <Logical Condition Expr> :<Action Keyword> +
: <Action Parameters>
Where,
<Logical Condition Expr> is a Logical Expression, which when evaluates to TRUE, executes
the given Action.
<Action Keyword> is the Action to be taken once the System Event is triggered.
<Action Parameters> are the parameters required for the particular Action.
Example:
[Import File : All Masters]
On : After Import Object : Yes : Call
: Update Log
On : End Import
: Show Log
: Yes : Call
[Function : Update Log]
00 : If : $$ImportAction = "Errors"
;; New Function introduced to check whether the updation of current object is successful or encountered with an error
10 :
Log : $$LastImportError
;; New Function to return the Error encountered during last Import Object
20 : End If
[Function : Update Log]
10 : Exec Command : TDLFunc.Log
In this example, after import of each Object, the Event ‘After Import Object’ is triggered, which
calls a Function ‘Update Log’ to update the logs with Error String, if any. Once the Import Ends,
the Event ‘End Import’ is triggered, thereby calling the Function ‘Show Log’ to open the File TDLFunc.Log for browsing through the errors occurred, if any.
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The currently imported object is available as the object in context.
1.2 System Variables
The Events ‘Start Import’, ‘Import Object’, ‘After Import Object’ and ‘End Import’ provide some
controls to the TDL Programmer. Inspite of having these controls, the Objects would get imported
after performing the Actions corresponding to the Events, irrespective of the user choice. Hence,
to give complete control to the user to take the suitable action, two new Logical System Variables
‘SVImportObject’ and ‘SVContinueImport’ have been introduced.
System Variable - SVImportObject
With the help of the System Variable ‘SVImportObject’, the TDL Programmer is empowered to
decide whether to import the current object or not. It is a logical variable which communicates the
same information to the system. If this Variable is set to FALSE or NO, the current Object will not
be imported. The default value of this variable is TRUE or YES. Ideally, the value of this variable
needs to be set/ altered only at the Event ‘Import Object’, which is triggered prior to importing the
current Object.
Example:
[#Import File: All Masters]
On : Import Object : $$IsStockItem:Call:DontoverrideExistingItem
[Function: DontoverrideExistingItem]
00 : IF
: $$IsEmpty:$Name:StockItem:$Name
10 :
Set
: SVImportObject : True
15 :
Msg Box: "Creation" : "Stock Item" + $Name + "being created"
20 : Else:
30 :
Set
: SVImportObject : False
35 :
Msg Box:"Alteration": "Stock Item" + $Name + "already +
exists and cannot be altered"
40 : End If
In this example, the Event ‘Import Object’ is triggered while importing the Masters and the
Function ‘DontoverrideExistingItem’ is invoked only if the current Object is of Type ‘Stock Item’.
This Function checks if the current Stock Item is available in the Tally Database. If the Stock Item
is not found, then the Variable ‘SVImportObject’ is set to TRUE, which instructs the system to
continue to import the current Stock Item Object. If the Stock Item is found in the current Company
being Imported, the Variable ‘SVImportObject’ is set to FALSE, which prohibits the Importing of
the current Stock Item Object.
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System Variable - SVContinueImport
With the help of System Variable ‘SVContinueImport’, the TDL Programmer gets the control to
decide whether to terminate the Import Process, or to continue further. It is a Logical Variable
which communicates the same information to the System. If the Logical value of the Variable is
set to FALSE or NO, the import process will be terminated. The default value is TRUE. Ideally, the
value of this variable needs to be set/ altered only at the Event ‘Import Object’ or ‘After Import
Object’, since these events are triggered before and after the importing of every Object.
Example:
[#Import File: Vouchers]
On : Start Import
: Yes : Call : InitializeSystemVariable
On : Import Object
: Yes : Call : IncrementSystemVariable
On : After Import Object : ##SystemVarforImport= 50 : Call +
: TerminateImportProcess
[Function: InitializeSystemVariable]
00 : Set
: SystemVarforImport : 1
[Function: IncrementSystemVariable]
00 : Increment : SystemVarforImport
[Function: TerminateImportProcess]
00 : Set
: SVContinueImport
: False
In this example, it is intended to import only 50 Objects, beyond which, the Import process should
be terminated. A variable ‘SystemVarforImport’ is initialized at the ‘Start Import’ Event. During the
‘Import Object’ Event, the value of this variable is Incremented for each Object. After importing 50
Objects, the Import Process is terminated by setting the Variable ‘SVContinueImport’ to FALSE.
1.3 Customized response with ‘Response Report’ attribute
When a SOAP Request is received to Import Data from an external application, Tally.ERP9
imports the data and sends an appropriate default response to the Third Party Client. The default
response sent to the requesting Clients after Importing the Data is as follows:
<RESPONSE>
<CREATED>3</CREATED>
<ALTERED>2</ALTERED>
<LASTVCHID>87</LASTVCHID>
<LASTMID>0</LASTMID>
<COMBINED>0</COMBINED>
<IGNORED>0</IGNORED>
<ERRORS>0</ERRORS>
<CANCELLED>0</CANCELLED>
</RESPONSE>
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However, the various Clients sending requests have disparate Integration solutions implemented
and hence, the expectation is that the response must be in the formats prescribed by their Integration Solutions. Thus, in order to provide flexibility to the TDL Programmer by supporting the
required formats in disparate Integration scenarios, a new Import File Attribute ‘Response
Report’ has been introduced.
Attribute - Response Report
The attribute ‘Response Report’ has been introduced in the ‘Report File’ definition to allow the
TDL Programmer to send the response back to the requesting clients. It accepts the Report Name
as the parameter. This Report will be used to construct the XML Response, which will be sent
back to the Clients.
Syntax
[Import File : <Import File Name>]
Response Report : <Report Name>
Where,
<Import File Name> is any Import File Definition Name, for which the appropriate Response
needs to be constructed.
<Report Name> is the Name of the Report which is used to construct the XML Response to be
sent to the Client.
Example:
[Import File : Vouchers]
Response Report : TallyCustomResponse
;; Report to be defined with appropriate XML Tags
In this example, the Response Report ‘TallyCustomResponse’ needs to be defined, with appropriate XML Tags. However, to update the values like the no. of vouchers created, altered, etc., some
platform functions are required, which are explained in the next topic ‘Functions Introduced’.
The Response report can also be used for recording additional information and using it at the time
of preparation of response. When the Response report is specified, the system will only send the
output as created in the Response Report, and hence, the TDL programmer has to make sure
that the required output is generated from this Report. If the requestor wants to know what
happened to the individual objects sent, it is now possible to track the same using these Enhancements and send an appropriate response for each.
1.4 Functions Introduced
Function - $$HttpInfo
The Function $$HttpInfo is used for getting the details of the URL Host, Content-Length and
Header information available during the receiving of the SOAP request. This Function accepts two
parameters - ‘InfoType’ and ‘Info Sub Type’. Info Type accepts the URL, the Content-Length and
the Header. Info Sub Types can appear only for Info Type Header. When Info Type is Header, all
the Header details like UNICODE, Connection, Content-Type, etc., can be extracted.
Syntax
$$HTTPInfo:<Info Type>
$$HTTPInfo:Header:<Info Sub Type>
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Where,
<Info Type> can be URL, Content-Length or Header.
<Info Sub Type> is necessary only if the Info Type is a Header, and can consist of any Request
Header information.
Figure 1. SOAP Request
Let us see a few examples with respect to the SOAP Request as seen in Figure 1.
Example:
$$HTTPInfo:ContentLength
From the SOAP request received, the function extracts the ContentLength and returns the value
as 12512.
$$HTTPInfo:Header:ContentType
From the SOAP request received, the function extracts and returns the value of the Header
Content-Type, which is text/xml; charset=Utf-16 in this case.
$$HTTPInfo:Header:Unicode
From the SOAP Request received, the function extracts the value of the Header UNICODE, which
is YES in this case.
The Function $$HTTPInfo can be used to retrieve any value from the Header. For example, to
retrieve the Mobile Number from an SMS received through ‘NatLangQuery’ Event, we can use the
expression $$HTTPInfo:Header:MobileNumber
Function - $$ImportType
The Function $$ImportType is used to determine the type of Import, i.e., the source of data. The
possible Import Types could be ‘Sync’, ‘Migration’, ‘Remote’, ‘NatLang’, ‘SOAP’ and ‘Manual’.
Syntax
$$ImportType
Here, the Function returns the source of data, which could be any one of the above sources.
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Function - $$ImportAction
This function is used to indicate the status of Import, i.e., whether the current Object was Created,
Altered, etc. The possible results are ‘Created’, ‘Altered’, ‘Ignored’, ‘Combined’, and ‘Error’.
Syntax
$$ImportAction
Here, the function returns the status of the Import of current object.
Function - $$LastImportError
The Function $$LastImportError can be used to extract the Import error description for the last
object imported, which is helpful to retrieve after every import, and appropriate error logs can be
maintained and displayed at the end of the Import Process. In case there is no Error while
Importing the current Object, it would return the value as ‘Empty’.
Syntax
$$LastImportError
Here, the function returns the Import error description for the last object imported.
Function - $$ImportInfo
The Function $$ImportInfo can be used to extract the details of the Imported Objects in terms of
Number of Objects Created, Altered, Ignored, Combined, etc., and Errors encountered. This
Function accepts a parameter InfoType.
Syntax
$$ImportInfo:<Info Type>
The permissible values for the parameter ‘Info Type’ are ‘Created’, ‘Altered’, ‘Ignored’, ‘Combined’
and ‘Errors’. This Function returns the Number of Objects Imported as specified by the parameter
Info Type. For instance, if the parameter ‘Info Type’ is specified as ‘Created’, the function returns
the Number of Objects Created during the Import Process and if the Parameter contains Errors, it
returns the Number of Errors encountered during the Import Process.
Example:
$$ImportInfo:Altered
This will return the total number of Objects altered during the Import Process.
2. Events Introduced
2.1 System Events - for Object Deletion and Cancellation
Event Framework has undergone significant changes during the recent past with the introduction
of System Events ‘System Start’, ‘System End’, ‘Load Company’, ‘Close Company’ and ‘Timer’.
In this Release, four new System Events viz., two Events for Object Deletion and two for Voucher
Cancellation, have been introduced. With the introduction of these Events, whenever an Object is
subject to Deletion or Cancellation, these events get triggered, which allows the TDL Programmer
to take some appropriate action. Only on confirmation of Deletion or Cancellation, these events
are triggered. In other words, only when the user confirms the deletion or cancellation of the
object by responding with a YES, the relevant events get triggered.
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Irrespective of the Source of Deletion or Cancellation, i.e., from an external XML Request, Tally
User Interface, Remote Tally User Interface, etc., the appropriate events get triggered. Any Object
deletion or cancellation event gets triggered only at the Server end. Let us understand these
System Events in detail.
Delete Object Events – ‘Before Delete Object’ and ‘After Delete Object’
Two new System Events Before Delete Object and After Delete Object have been introduced in
this release. These events get triggered whenever any of the primary Objects defined in Tally
Schema is deleted. For example, Object Company, Voucher, Ledger, etc.
As the names suggest, the Events Before Delete Object and After Delete Object are triggered
before and after the deletion of the Object, respectively. The Current Object context would be
available in both these Events. Triggering of the Event After Delete Object confirms the successful Deletion of the Object.
Syntax
[System: Events]
<Label>
:
<Label>
Before Delete Object : <Logical Condition Expr> +
: <Action Keyword> : <Action Parameters>
: After Delete Object
: <Logical Condition Expr> +
: <Action Keyword> : <Action Parameters>
Where,
<Label> is a Unique and Meaningful Name assigned to the System Event handler.
<Logical Condition Expr> is a Logical Expression, which when evaluates to TRUE, executes
the given Action.
<Action Keyword> is the Action to be taken once the System Event is triggered.
<Action Parameters> are the parameters required for the particular Action.
Both these events are mutually exclusive. In other words, the System Event ‘Before Delete
Object’ need not be necessarily triggered in order to trigger the System Event ‘After Delete
Object’, and vice versa.
Example:
[System: Event]
BeforeStockItemDeletion
: Before Delete Object
: $$IsStockItem+
:Call:BeforeDeleteObjectFunc
AfterStockItemDeletion
: After Delete Object
: $$IsStockItem+
:Call:AfterDeleteObjectFunc
[Function: BeforeDeleteObjectFunc]
00 : Log : "Before Delete Object Event starts here"
10 : Log : $Name + “under the Stock Group” + $Parent + “is being +
deleted by ” + $$CmpUserName
20 : Log : $MasterID
30 : Log : "Before Delete Object Event ends here"
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[Function: AfterDeleteObjectFunc]
00 : Log
: “Stock Item ” + $Name + “ Deleted”
In this example, the events are invoked only when the Stock Item Object is actually being deleted.
Since the object context is available both before and after the object deletion, the object details
such as Name, MasterID and Parent can be logged in either of the events. The Event ‘After
Delete Object’ confirms the Object Deletion.
Cancel Object Events– ‘Before Cancel Object’ and ‘After Cancel Object’
Similar to Delete Object Events, two new System Events Before Cancel Object and After
Cancel Object have been introduced. Cancellation is applicable only to the Object ‘Voucher’. As
the names suggest, the Events Before Cancel Object and After Cancel Object are triggered
before and after cancellation the of the ‘Voucher’ object, respectively. The Current Object context
would be available in both these Events. Triggering of the Event After Cancel Object confirms
the successful Cancellation of the ‘Voucher’ Object.
Syntax
[System: Events]
<Label>: Before Cancel Object : <Logical Condition Expr> +
: <Action Keyword> : <Action Parameters>
<Label>: After Cancel Object : <Logical Condition Expr> +
: <Action Keyword> : <Action Parameters>
Where,
<Label> is a Unique and Meaningful Name assigned to the System Event handler.
<Logical Condition Expr> is a Logical Expression, which when evaluates to TRUE, executes
the given Action.
<Action Keyword> is the Action to be taken once the System Event is triggered.
<Action Parameters> are the parameters required for the particular Action
Both these System Events are mutually exclusive, i.e., the Event ‘Before Cancel Object’ need not
be necessarily triggered in order to trigger the Event ‘After Cancel Object’, and vice versa.
Example:
[System: Event]
BeforeVchCancellation : Before Cancel Object : Yes
: Call +
: BeforeCancelObjectFunc
AfterVchCancellation
: After Cancel Object
: Yes
: Call +
: AfterCancelObjectFunc
[Function: BeforeCancelObjectFunc]
Local Formula: StrMasterID: $$String:$MasterID
00 : Log: "Before Cancel Object Event " + @StrMasterID + “starts here”
10 : Log: $VoucherNumber
20 : Log: $VoucherTypeName
30 : Log: "Before Cancel Object Event " + @StrMasterID + “ends here”
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[Function: AfterCancelObjectFunc]
Local Formula: StrMasterID: $$String:$MasterID
01 : Log: “Voucher with MasterID ” + @StrMasterID + “ cancelled”
In this example, the System Events Before Cancel Object and After Cancel Object are
triggered the moment any voucher is cancelled. Since the object context is available both before
and after the cancellation of the object, the details such as Voucher Number, Voucher Type Name,
Master ID and Date of the cancelled voucher can be logged through both the user defined functions. The Event After Cancel Object confirms the Voucher Object Cancellation.
Points to remember

The System Events for Object Deletion or Cancellation will be triggered when an Object
gets deleted or cancelled from any Source, viz.,from an External Third Party Request, from
the Tally User Interface or from Remote Tally.

In case multiple vouchers are selected, and subsequently cancelled or deleted:
 The

Event is triggered as many times as the number of vouchers selected. For
instance, if five Vouchers are selected for Deletion in Daybook, the System Events for
Deletion would be triggered five Times, once for each Voucher.
 Only the methods fetched in the Collection used in the Report displaying the list of
Vouchers would be available in the Deletion or Cancellation Context. For instance, if
multiple Vouchers are selected in Daybook, only the methods fetched in the Collection
used in Daybook would be available in the current context. However, the entire
Voucher Object context (including all the methods) can be associated by using the
Object Association Syntax within the User Defined Function, i.e., Object: Voucher:
”ID:” + ($$String:$MasterID), and all the methods will be available in the context.
In case of Remote Login, when the remote user deletes or cancels an object, these events
are triggered at the server.
2.2 Introduction of new Object-Specific Events
We are aware of object-specific events like ‘Focus’, ‘Form Accept’, ‘Before Print’ and ‘After Print’,
which were introduced in previous releases at various User Interface Objects.
In this Release, four new object-specific events viz., the Event Load at Report, the Event Reject
at Form, the Event Accept at Field and the Event After Import Object at ‘Import File’ Definition,
have been introduced to provide control in the hands of the TDL developer to perform any desired
action, whenever these events are triggered.
Let us understand these Object-Specific Events in detail.
Event ‘Load’ - at Report Definition
The Event Load has been introduced at the ‘Report’ Definition. This event is triggered before the
Report is displayed to the user. In other words, when this event is triggered, the Report is constructed and updated with variables, object context and the data. The Event ‘Load’ provides
control to the TDL Layer, before Tally gets into wait loop, where the user will start operating on the
Report. It may allow storing of the current state, etc.
Syntax
ON: Load : <Condition Expr> : <Action Keyword> : <Action Parameters>
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Where,
<Logical Condition Expr> is a Logical Expression, which when evaluates to TRUE, executes
the specified Action.
<Action Keyword> is the Action to be executed, once the System Event is triggered.
<Action Parameters> are the parameters required for the given Action.
Example:
[#Report: ProfitandLoss]
On:
Load:
@@IsLossIncurred:
CALL :
ShowMsgifLossEncountered
In this example, once the user loads or displays the report ProfitandLoss, the ‘Load’ event
invokes the Function ShowMsgifLossEncountered, if the System Formula IsLossIncurred
evaluates to TRUE.
Event ‘Reject’ - at Form Definition
The Event Reject has been introduced at the ‘Form’ Definition. This event gets executed in the
Edit Mode, when the user quits the current Form without accepting or saving it. It allows the Programmer to perform the desired action on rejection of the Form. Once the Event ‘Reject’ is used
at the Form Definition, the default Action ‘Form Reject’ is overridden, as a result of which, the
action Form Reject has to be explicitly specified.
Syntax
ON: Reject : <Condition Expr> : <Action Keyword> : <Action Parameters>
ON: Reject : <Condition Expr> : Form Reject
Where,
<Logical Condition Expr> is a Logical Expression, which when evaluates to TRUE, executes
the given Action.
<Action Keyword> is the Action to be taken, once the System Event is triggered.
<Action Parameters> are the parameters required for the given Action.
Example:
[#Form: Accounting Voucher]
On: Reject : Yes
: Call : TDLRejectFunc
On: Reject : Yes
: Form Reject
[Function: TDLRejectFunc]
00: Msg Box: Status :
"The form is rejected"
In this example, when the form is rejected, the Function TDLRejectFunc is invoked, which
displays the message “The form is rejected”. Once the execution of the function is over, the form
gets rejected due to the explicit Action ‘Form Reject’.
Event ‘Accept’ - at Field Definition
The Event ‘Accept’ has been introduced at the Field Definition. This event gets executed the
moment an editable Field is accepted. Once the Event ‘Accept’ is used at the Field Definition, the
default Action ‘Field Accept’ is overridden, as a result of which, the action ‘Field Accept’ to accept
the Field contents, has to be explicitly specified.
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When a Field is accepted, the event sequence runs in the following order:
1. The Field value is validated through the ‘Validate’ attribute
2. The ‘Modifies’ Variable is modified/updated.
3. The Event ‘Accept’ is executed
4. The Sub-Form is invoked
If the validation fails, then this event will not be executed, as it will result in an error
to the user.
Syntax
ON: Accept : <Condition Expr> : <Action Keyword> :< Action Parameters>
ON: Accept : <Condition Expr> : Field Accept
Where,
<Logical Condition Expr> is a Logical Expression, which when evaluates to TRUE, executes
the given Action.
<Action Keyword> is the Action to be taken, once the System Event is triggered.
<Action Parameters> are the parameters required for the given Action.
Example:
[#Field: Qty Primary Field]
On: Accept: @@IsNegativeClosQty: Call: MsgBoxforNegative
On: Accept: @@IsNegativeClosQty: Field Accept
Here, the event Accept is triggered on accepting the Field Qty Primary Field, which in turn,
invokes the function MsgBoxforNegative. Once the function terminates, the field is accepted.
Event ‘After Import Object’ - at Import File Definition
A new Event ‘After Import Object’ has been introduced to empower the TDL programmers to
perform some action every time an Object is imported. This Event helps to create appropriate logs
after Importing each Object, or terminate the Import Process based on some condition.
For more details about the Event ‘After Import Object’, including the syntax and
example, refer to the first topic ‘Data Importing Enhancements’.
3. Action Enhancements
3.1 Function Actions
Batch Posting Actions - START BATCH POST and END BATCH POST
The introduction of User Defined Functions in TDL has empowered the TDL Programmers with
one of the most important needs, i.e., Automation of Data Entry. Irrespective of the data source,
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one can make use of User Defined Functions to update the database without much user intervention. However, in comparison to Import of Data through XML/SDF Files, updation of data through
User Defined Functions takes a much longer time. A performance lag has been observed while
updating data with User Defined Functions, as compared to updating data of a similar size by the
Import method. In order to give a uniform user experience and better performance, the approach
followed in data import has now been extended to data updation through User Defined Functions.
Importing of Data implicitly follows a Batch Posting approach, wherein the data to be incorporated
in the database is updated in batches, thereby improving the performance. This approach has
now been extended to data updation through User Defined Functions, with the introduction of two
new Actions, namely START BATCH POST and END BATCH POST. Batch Posting Mode accumulates sets of Objects into batches, and pushes a whole batch of data into the database at a
time, which optimizes the performance. Batch Posting Mode also requires the size of the Batch,
which can be set as a parameter to the Action START BATCH POST.
Actions - START BATCH POST and END BATCH POST
The Actions START BATCH POST and END BATCH POST are procedural actions which can only
be used within User Defined Functions. These Actions indicate that all the Data Updation
Actions falling between the Actions START BATCH POST and END BATCH POST must be
updated to the database in Batches. Instead of the data being directly updated to the database,
the data is updated to a temporary file, and once the Batch Size limit is reached, the entire data is
flushed from the temporary file into the database.
A Batch is a set of objects, wherein the batch size can be specified by the TDL Programmer as an
optional parameter to the Action START BATCH POST. In the absence of this parameter, the
default size of the batch is considered as 100 Objects. On encountering the batch size limit, the
temporary file posts/flushes the data into the Tally database. On completion of the posting of the
previous batch of data, the subsequent batch posting iteration takes place, and this cycle
continues till the entire data is updated to the database. The bigger the batch size, the lesser the
total number of batches, and the better the performance. The operation will be accomplished
faster if the Batch Size specified is optimal. A very high Batch Size, beyond a particular point, may
also deteriorate the performance. Hence, striking the right balance and specifying the optimal
batch size is important to achieve the best performance.
Syntax
START BATCH POST [: <Batch Size>]
NEW OBJECT: <Object Type>: <Object Name> : <Forced Update Flag>
Action 1
Action 2
:
:
Action n
SAVE TARGET
END BATCH POST
Where,
<Batch Size> is the size of each batch.
In the absence of Action END BATCH POST, the End of the User Defined Function
is assumed as the end of Batch Posting. However, it is recommended to specify
END BATCH POST, especially in presence of nested loops/ large volume of data.
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Example:
[Function: Create Ledgers]
Parameter: pNumberofLedgers: Number: 1000
000: START BATCH POST: 500
010:
020:
For Range :
i: Number: 1: ##pNumberofLedgers
New Object: Ledger
030:
Set Value: Name: “Customer " + $$String:##i
040:
Set Value: Parent: "Sundry Debtors"
050:
060:
070:
Create Target
End For
END BATCH POST
In this example, when the Function “Create Ledgers” is invoked, 1000 Ledgers, ranging from
“Customer 1” to “Customer 1000”, are created under the group ‘Sundry Debtors’. If the Batch
Posting feature was not used, the database files would get locked and released for updating every
object, and this would continue till all the Objects were updated. Thus, 1000 cycles would take
place, affecting the performance adversely. However, with Batch Posting approach, these Objects
are updated in 2 batches of 500 Objects each, i.e., the database is locked and released only
twice, thus improving the performance vastly. The impact of this enhancement can be observed
during updation of data of large volume. For instance, the following table shows the statistics of
time taken for creating 1000 ledgers using the given code, but with different Batch Sizes:
Particulars
Batch Size
Approx. time taken
Without Actions START BATCH POST and
END BATCH POST
NA
3 Minutes 29 Seconds
100
4 Seconds
500
2 Seconds
With Actions START BATCH POST and
END BATCH POST
1000
Batch Posting Statistics
1 Second
As seen in the table, with the usage of the Actions START BATCH POST and END BATCH POST,
the time taken reduces significantly. Also, it is noticed that with increase in the Batch Size, the performance keeps improving. The operation will be accomplished faster if the specified Batch Size
is equal to the total number of Objects being updated, i.e., in this case, specifying the Batch Size
as 1000 will give optimal performance as 1000 objects will be posted to the database at a time.
Limitation
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Greater the Batch Size, better the performance of data updation. However, the database
files are locked from the beginning till the end of the write operation of each Batch. This
results in unavailability of the Database for data updation from other sources executing parallelly, like data entry in a Multi-User Environment, Data Synchronization, etc. Thus, a
higher value of Batch Size will improve the performance, but will slow down the simultaneous updation of Data. Hence, determining the Optimal Batch Size is necessary to strike the
right balance for getting the best performance. A very high Batch Size, beyond a particular
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Points to remember

Actions START BATCH POST and END BATCH POST need not be used in a nested manner. If used so, only the first instance is considered, while the remaining ones are ignored.



A Batch can only be ended or closed in a Function where it is initiated. If the user misses
the closing part, the System will END the batch implicitly.
One must backup the data prior to using the Batch Posting Feature, as incorrect usage of
the same may lead to corruption/loss of data.
For Import of Data also, we have a parameter similar to Batch Size, i.e., Import Batch
Size, which can be used to improve the performance while Importing Data. This parameter
can be specified in Tally.INI, in the absence of which, it is set to 100 by default. Setting this
parameter to a higher value will decrease the time taken for Import, but will increase the
wait time for other simultaneous data updation operations. Setting it to -1 will disable the
Batch Posting feature for Import of Data, which means that the Data Import would consume
a longer time, as every Object would need to be updated to the database individually.
Asynchronous Message Box Actions - START MSG BOX and END MSG BOX
These are asynchronous message boxes, i.e., the message box continues to appear till the action
‘End Msg Box’ is encountered or the function is terminated, whichever is earlier. Unlike action
‘Msg Box’, this action is executed asynchronously, i.e., it does not expect a key press from user.
When executed, it displays the message box, and continues to execute the subsequent Actions.
Syntax
Start MSG BOX: <Title Expression> :< Message Expression>
<Action 1>
:
<Action n>
End MSG BOX
Where,
<Title Expression> is the value that is displayed on the title bar of the message window.
<Message Expression> is the actual message displayed in the box. It can be an expression as
well, i.e., the variable values can be concatenated and displayed in the display area of the box.
Example:
[Function: MsgBox Actions]
Variable: Counter
: Number
Variable: TotalCount : Number : 100
Returns : Number
Local Formula: StrTotalCount: ($$String:##TotalCount)
Local Formula: StrCounter
00 : Start Msg Box
: ($$String:##Counter)
: Status
: "This Function creates” +
+ @StrTotalCount + “Ledgers”
10 :
Start Progress : ##TotalCount : ##SVCurrentCompany : +
"Creating Ledgers" : "Please wait"
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20 :
While : ##Counter < ##TotalCount
30 :
New Object
: Ledger
: "Ledger " + @StrCounter: Yes
40 :
Set Value
: Name
: "Ledger " + @StrCounter
50 :
Set Value
: Parent
: "Sundry Debtors"
60 :
Save Target
70 :
Increment
80 :
Show Progress: ##Counter
90 :
End While
100:
End Progress
: Counter
110: End Msg Box
Here, the action ‘Start Msg Box’ invokes the message box and retains it till action ‘End Msg Box’ is
encountered. Thus, the message box will continue to appear from label 00 to 110. In absence of
‘End Msg Box’, the msg box is automatically terminated when the Function MsgBox Actions ends.
If nested Start Msg Box is executed, then the previous Message box is overwritten.
At any time, only one Message Box can be displayed.
3.2 System Actions
Action - Load TDL
An Action ‘Execute TDL’ was introduced in Release 3.6 to load a TDL dynamically, execute some
action, and then unload the TDL or keep it, depending on the Logical Value. With this Action, the
TDL would get loaded. However, the execution of action was mandatory. In Release 4.8, an action
‘Load TDL’ has been introduced to load the TDL/ TCP dynamically for only the current session of
Tally. However, if the TDL File is already loaded due to being specified in Tally.INI, or through
previous execution of the Action ‘Load TDL’/ ‘Execute TDL’, it will not be loaded again. On closing
the current session of Tally.ERP9, the dynamically loaded file(s) will not be available for the subsequent Tally Session.
Syntax
LOAD TDL: <TDL/ TCP File Path Expression>
Where,
<TDL/ TCP File Path Expression> evaluates to the path of the TDL/ TCP File to be loaded
dynamically.
Example:
[Button: Load Dynamic TDL]
Key
: Alt + L
Action: Load TDL : @@TDLFilePath
[System: Formula]
TDLFilePath
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In this example, on triggering the button ‘Load Dynamic TDL’, the action ‘Load TDL’ loads the TDL
from “C:\Tally.ERP9\TDL\Samples.tcp”. If this TDL is already loaded due to being specified in
Tally.INI, or previous execution of the Action ‘Load TDL’, then the same will not be loaded again.
Local TDLs will be loaded at the Remote End if ‘Allow Local TDLs’ is enabled to the
user logged in.
Action - Unload TDL
To unload the TDL dynamically from the current Tally Session, the Action ‘Unload TDL’ has been
introduced. With this Action, the local TDL File(s), including the ones added through Tally.ini and
those added dynamically using Actions ‘Load TDL’ or ‘Execute TDL’, can be unloaded. However,
they would be unloaded only for the current Tally Session, and in the subsequent session, all the
TDL/ TCP files specified in Tally.INI will be loaded once again. Using this action, the Files can be
unloaded by specifying either the TDL / TCP file name or the GUID of the TCP File.
Syntax
UNLOAD TDL: <TDL/ TCP File Path Expression or GUID Expression>
Where,
<TDL/ TCP File Path Expression or GUID Expression> evaluates to the path of the TDL/ TCP
File or GUID of the TCP File to be unloaded dynamically.
Example:
[Button: Unload Dynamic TDL]
Key
: Alt + U
Action : Unload TDL
: @@TCPFileGUID
[System: Formula]
TCPFileGUID
: “c2901088-349b-434b-946c-9ada601fd6b7”
In this example, on triggering the button ‘Unload Dynamic TDL’, the Action ‘Unload TDL’ unloads
the Compiled TDL with the GUID “c2901088-349b-434b-946c-9ada601fd6b7”. If the particular
TDL is not found to be loaded, then the same is ignored. If the TCP File was dynamically loaded,
then the same is removed from the List of TDL Files. However, if the TCP File was available in
Tally.INI, then the same is removed temporarily and reloaded in the subsequent session of Tally.

Account/ Remote TDL file(s) cannot be unloaded using Action ‘Unload TDL’.

Once a TDL is unloaded explicitly, if one attempts to load such TDL file(s) by
changing the TDL Configuration, the file(s) will not be loaded in that session.
4. Function Enhancements
4.1 Function - $$IsTDLLoaded
A new function ‘IsTDLLoaded’ has been introduced to check if a particular TDL is already loaded.
This function returns TRUE if the particular TDL/ TCP file is already loaded, and FALSE if it is not.
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Based on the result of this function, further actions like Loading and Unloading of TDL, or
executing a Report from the dynamically loaded TDL File, etc., can be performed.
Syntax
$$IsTDLLoaded:<TDL/ TCP File Path Expression or GUID Expression>
Where,
<TDL/ TCP File Path Expression or GUID Expression> evaluates to the path of the TDL/ TCP
File or GUID of the TCP File to be checked, whether it is loaded or not.
Example:
[Function: Display First TDL Report]
00: If
: $$IsTDLLoaded:@@TCPFileGUID
10:
Display
: First TDL Report
20:
Unload TDL : @@TCPFileGUID
30: End If
[System: Formula]
TCPFileGUID : “c2901088-349b-434b-946c-9ada601fd6b7”
In this example, if the TDL with GUID “c2901088-349b-434b-946c-9ada601fd6b7” is loaded, then
the Report ‘First TDL Report’ will get displayed. Subsequently, the TDL is unloaded.
4.2 Function - $$HttpInfo
It is used to get the details of URL Host, ContentLength and Header information available during
the receiving of the SOAP request. It accepts two parameters - ‘InfoType’ and ‘Info Sub Type’.
4.3 Function - $$ImportType
The Function $$ImportType is used to determine the type of Import, i.e., the source of data. The
possible Import Types could be ‘Sync’, ‘Migration’, ‘Remote’, ‘NatLang’, ‘SOAP’ or ‘Manual’.
4.4 Function - $$ImportAction
This function is used to indicate the status of Import, i.e., whether the current Object was Created,
Altered, etc. The possible results are ‘Created’, ‘Altered’, ‘Ignored’, ‘Combined’, and ‘Error’.
4.5 Function - $$LastImportError
The Function $$LastImportError can be used to extract the Import error description for the last
object imported, which is helpful to retrieve after every import, and appropriate error logs can be
maintained and displayed at the end of the Import Process. In case there is no Error while
Importing the current Object, it would return the value as ‘Empty’.
4.6 Function - $$ImportInfo
The Function $$ImportInfo is useful to extract the details of the Imported Objects in terms of
Number of Objects Created, Altered, Ignored, Combined, etc., and Errors encountered. This
Function accepts a parameter ‘InfoType’.
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For details of the functions $$HttpInfo, $$ImportType, $$ImportAction, $$LastImportError and $$ImportInfo, refer to the section ‘Data Importing Enhancements’.
5. New Objects and Collection Attributes to support Banking
To support Banking, two new Primary Objects, i.e., objects of Type ‘Pay Link’ and ‘Party Pay Link’
have been introduced. These Objects are similar to Bills, i.e., with each transaction by individual
payment modes like ‘Cheque’, ‘Inter-Branch Transfers’, etc., a ‘Pay Link’ object is created with
respect to Bank and a ‘Party Pay Link’ object is created with respect to transaction to Party.
Along with the Object Types ‘Pay Link’ and ‘Party Pay Link’, three new attributes have been introduced for the ‘Collection’ definition. These attributes can be used for accessing the appropriate
indexes within the collection to fetch the data. They are primarily used in the banking module.
5.1 Collection Attribute - Transaction Type
This attribute filters the transactions based on the Link master Transaction type. It accepts
SysName as parameter to identify the type of banking transaction, e.g., ‘Cheque’, ‘Credit Card’,
‘Inter-Bank Transfers’, etc. It is applicable only for collections of Type ‘Pay Link’ / ‘Party Pay Link’.
Syntax
[Collection: <Collection Name>]
Transaction Type: $$SysName:<Type Of Transaction>
Where,
<Type of transaction> is the link master transaction type used in banking. It can be Cash,
Cheque, ATM, ECS, Cheque/DD, Interbank Transfer, Same Bank Transfer, Electronic Cheque
and Electronic DD/PO.
5.2 Collection Attribute - Primary Status
It filters the transactions based on the (Primary) Status of Banking transactions stored in Link
Master against each transaction. It accepts SysName as parameter, such as ‘Returned’, ‘Cancelled’, etc. It is applicable only for Collections of Type ‘Pay Link’ or ‘Party Pay Link’.
Syntax
[Collection: <Collection Name>]
Primary Status: $$SysName:<Status Parameter>
Where,
<Status Parameter> is the primary status of each transaction. It can be ‘StatusTransacted’,
‘Unstable’, ‘Cancelled’ and ‘Returned’.
5.3 Collection Attribute - Secondary Status
This attribute filters the transactions based on the additional status of each transaction type. It
accepts SysName as Parameter, such as ‘Exported’, ‘Approved’, ‘Not Approved’, etc. This is
applicable only for Collections of Type ‘Pay Link’.
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Syntax
[Collection: <Collection Name>]
Secondary Status : $$SysName:<Status Parameter>
Where,
<Status Parameter> is the secondary status of each transaction. It can be ‘Exported’, ‘Approved’,
‘Not approved’ or ‘Primary’.
Example:
[Collection: Pay Link Coll]
Type
: Pay Link
Child of
: "ICICI"
Transaction Type: $$SysName:NEFT
Primary Status
: $$SysName:StatusTransacted
Secondary Status: $$SysName:NotApproved
Fetch
: *
Here, the Collection Pay Link Coll consists of Objects of Type Pay Link. The transaction type
filters the collection of Type ‘Pay Links’ for transactions only of type NEFT, that are filtered with
primary status as ‘Status Transacted’ and secondary status as ‘Not Approved’.
6. Miscellaneous Enhancements
6.1 HTTP Log Changes
Hyper Text Transfer Protocol, commonly referred to as HTTP, is a communication protocol which
is used to deliver data on the World Wide Web. In other words, HTTP provides a standardized
way for computers to communicate with each other. HTTP specification includes information
about how the client’s request data will be constructed, how it will be sent to the server and how
the server should respond to these requests.
Tally.ERP9, being the complete business solution, also supports HTTP Protocol for exchanging
messages between Tally and any Third Party Application. During interactions with the Third Party
Applications, Tally.ERP9 can act as a Client, as a Server or both.
As a Client, Tally.ERP9 constructs appropriate requests in XML Format, sends the same to the
specified URL Host, i.e., the Server, which could be any Third Party Application, including Tally. It
then receives the response from the Server over HTTP. As a Server, Tally acts as per the
incoming request from any Third Party Client, generates an XML Response and sends it to the
Client. Usually, except the default Tally-to-Tally Data Synchronization, the Integration solutions are
built by the TDL Programmer. While building such a solution, they require some debugging tools
like logs to confirm if the right requests and responses are being communicated over HTTP.
Enable HTTP Logs in Developer Mode
A Configurable option is provided in Tally to log all the Information exchanged over HTTP, which if
enabled, records the Request/ Response communication between Tally and external applications.
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cation Directory. Previously, though this log was mainly used for development and debugging
purposes, it was also available in the Normal Mode (Release Mode). Due to this, HTTP
Requests/ Responses would be unnecessarily logged for the users of Tally.ERP9, who were
usually not even consuming those logs. Also, it would needlessly consume some amount of time
to update the HTTP Log on each occasion. Hence, from Release 4.8 onwards, ‘Enable HTTP
Log’ Option has been removed from the Normal Mode of Tally.ERP9, and will be available only in
the Developer Mode. In other words, the Tally.ERP9 users cannot see and enable HTTP Logs
through the Advanced Configuration Screen (F12) in Normal Mode. However, for development
and debugging purposes, the same can be seen and enabled by the Developers/ Integrators,
while running Tally.ERP9 in Developer Mode.
Tally Application can be executed in Developer Mode, using the parameter
DevMode. For instance, if the Tally Application is installed in C:\Tally.ERP9, then it
can be executed in Developer Mode as C:\Tally.ERP9\Tally.Exe /DevMode.
Silent HTTP Exchange
At times, programmers would not want to log certain sensitive HTTP Information, inspite of HTTP
Logs being enabled in Developer Mode. In order to explicitly control the Logs, the requestor can
additionally send a Header DISABLELOG, set to YES, which will disable the current log, irrespective of the Configuration or the Mode in which Tally is running. The default value is NO, i.e., in the
absence of this Header, the HTTP Information will be logged to the file TallyHTTP.log, if
Tally.ERP9 is working in Developer Mode and HTTP Log is enabled in Configuration.
Figure 2. Silent HTTP Exchange
In this Screen Capture, we can see that the Header DisableLog is set to NO, due to which the
information exchange between Tally and external application has been logged. If DisableLog
would have been set to YES, then irrespective of Tally being run in Developer Mode and ‘Enable
HTTP Log’ option being enabled, the HTTP information would not be logged to TallyHTTP.Log.
6.2 Retrieving original UDF Index no. of a data within associated objects
A UDF can be used to store additional information into the Tally database. UDFs are stored in the
current object context. Whenever a UDF is created and used in an already existing report, the
data is stored in the context of the current object, i.e., it is always associated to the object to which
the report is associated.
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Previously, if the TDL or the TCP was lost or corrupted, then there was no way by which we could
know the UDF details like the UDF Number, and hence, the retrieval of data related to the UDF
was quite difficult. In the present Release, an XML attribute ‘Index’, within the UDF ‘List Tag’, has
been introduced to help retrieve the original UDF number corresponding to the data available
within the Objects associated with it. This UDF number will be available in the Index attribute in
the UDF List Tag, even when the TDL is not attached or is unavailable.
The ‘Index’ attribute will be available for Simple as well as Aggregate UDFs.
Example:
<UDF:TESTUDFNO.LIST DESC="‘Test UDF No’" ISLIST="YES" TYPE="String"
INDEX="1010">
<UDF:TESTUDFNO DESC="‘Test UDF No’">Raam</UDF:TESTUDFNO>
</UDF:TESTUDFNO.LIST>
Here, the UDF number (1010) is displayed under the ‘Index’ Attribute in the UDF List Tag.
6.3 Date limit extended and Prefix Century behaviour introduced
 Till
now, the Date data type used to support values from 1-1-1901 to 1-1-2099. From
this release onwards, the support has been extended to the date 31-12-9999.
 Also, the following prefix century behaviour has been introduced (when a 2 digit year
value is entered by the user) in the Date field.The century value prefixed by the system
will depend upon (i) the 2-digit year value passed by the user (ii) the system year. Thus,
the different cases that are possible are as follows.
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Case I: The year entered by the
user is greater than or equal to 50
Case II: The year entered by the
user is less than 50
When the
current
year as per
the system
date
is greater
than or
equal to 50
In this case, the system will consider
the year entered to be belonging to
the same century as the system date.
The system will consider the year
entered to be belonging to the next
century compared to the system date.
Example: If the System Date is 1-12098, then if the user enters 86, it will
be considered as 2086, i.e., of the
same century as in system year. Example: If the System Date is 1-12098, then if the user enters 24, it will
be considered as 2124, i.e., of the
next century compared to system yr.
When the
current
year as per
the system
date
is lesser
than 50
The system will consider the year
entered to belong to the previous
century compared to system date.
The system will consider the year
entered by the user to belong to the
same century as the system date.
Example: If the System Date is 1-12014, and the user enters the year as
86; the system will consider it as
1986, i.e., of the previous century.
Example: If the System Date is 1-12014, then if user enters 24; it will be
considered as 2024 i.e. of the same
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What’s New in Release 4.7
Following are the highlights of language enhancements in this Release, which have been
discussed ahead in detail:
5. In Developer Mode, enhancements like creation of log files in Excel format, enriched Key
Recording/Playback, and introduction of new Calculator Pane Commands, have been made.
6. Event NatLangQuery has been introduced to pass control to the TDL program, when a
request is received by way of SMS or Calculator Pane commands.
7. Zip/Unzip Capability has been introduced, which allows compression/ decompression of files.
Password protection is also supported.
8. Editing capability has been extended to Columnar Reports.
9. New data types Date, DateTime and Duration have been introduced, which along with the
existing data types ‘Date’ and ‘Due Date’, are now collectively called as Calendar data types.
7. Developer Mode Enhancements
In market, there are customers using Tally.ERP9 for their day-to-day operations and also developers or partners who build solutions for the customers. To empower the developers of Tally with
various tools to builds solutions efficiently, a new capability to operate Tally in the Developer Mode
was introduced in Release 4.6. In other words, capability was introduced to operate Tally in two
modes, viz., Normal Mode, to be used by the End Users and Developer Mode, to be used by the
TDL Developers. Through the Developer mode, a host of Developer Tools have been offered for
debugging the code, optimizing the performance of customized reports, recording the user operations and playing them back, etc.
To further enrich the Developer Mode experience, following enhancements have been incorporated in the same in Release 4.7:
7.1 Output Profiler and Expression Diagnostics information in Excel format
Microsoft Excel is widely used in organizations for representing their Tabular data, as it comes
with a galaxy of features for data representation. It is, therefore, ideal to output any tabular data in
Microsoft Excel format, for easier and better data analysis.
From Release 4.7, the tabular Profiler or Debugger Expression data will dump the information in
Excel Format, to enable the developer to analyze the data with ease. The behaviour will be:

If the System has MS Office 2007 or below, then the output format will be ‘.xls’.

If the System has MS Office 2010 or above, then the output format will be ‘.xlsx’.

If the System does not have MS Office installed, then the behaviour will be the same as in
Release 4.6, i.e., the format will be text files.
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Thus, the developer can make use of Excel features like sorting, filtering, graphical representation, etc., thereby attaining performance optimization quickly. For example, by sorting the
Profiled Information in descending order of Time or Count, the developer can quickly determine
the artifact that has taken the longest time or the Collection that has been needlessly gathered
multiple times, thus optimizing the performance quickly.
7.2 Key Recording and Playback changes
With respect to Key Recording and Playback, following enhancements have been done:
Reading Capacity increased
In Release 4.6, when a Macro gets recorded beyond 2000 characters, it is not possible to read
back the characters beyond 2000 using the Function $$FileRead, and play them.
From Release 4.7 onwards, the reading capacity of the Function $$FileRead has been increased
to 4000 characters per line.
Splitting of Macros
Again, if the Macro gets recorded beyond 4000 characters, the Function $$FileRead cannot read
further, which means that Keys beyond 4000 characters cannot be played back.
Hence, the Macro Recording capability has been enhanced in such a way that after recording
4000 characters, a new macro gets created automatically, and the subsequent keys are recorded
in the new macro. The new macro will bear the same macro name, with a number concatenated
to it. All the Macros created will be dumped in a single file, and replayed when required. Thus, n
number of macros can be recorded in a file, read and played back.
For example, if the Name of the Macro is Testing, then after every 4000 characters, a new Macro
is created with the Name Testing-1, Testing-2,… and so on, till Testing-n. Thus, there is no limit
to the number of characters which can be recorded, read and played back.
Action ‘Dump Recording’ with a File Name
In Release 4.6, using the Action Dump Recording, all the Keys, along with the Macro Name,
were written to a file Macros.Log, by default.
From Release 4.7 onwards, the Action ‘Dump Recording’ has been enhanced to write the macros
to a File specified by the user. The Action ‘Dump Recording’ will accept 2 optional parameters,
viz. File Name and Separator.


If the File Name is left unspecified, then by default, the Action would dump the recording to
the file Macros.log.
If the Separator is left unspecified, then by default, the system would consider Tilde (~) as
the default separator.
Syntax
Where,
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<File Name> is the name of the file where macro and keys will be recorded.
<Separator between keys> is the separator used to differentiate the macro name from the keys.
Example:
[Button: Dump Recording]
Title
: "Dump"
Key
: Alt + U
Action : Dump Recording : “BSView.txt” : “-”
On clicking the Button ‘Dump Recording’, a file BSView.txt is created in Tally Application Folder.
The behaviour of Calculator Pane Command Dump is retained as in Release 4.6,
i.e., it will create a file with the name Macros.Log in the Tally Application Folder.
Action ‘Trigger Key’ Enhanced
When the macro keys are recorded using Key Recording Actions or when they are dumped into
the Macros File from the Calculator Pane; in order to play them back, one needs to make use of
the Action Trigger Key, which sends a list of keys in sequence to the system as if an operator is
pressing those Keys.
Very often, some keys like Enter, Up, Down, etc., are repeated in sequence more than once.
For example, to scroll down to the 7th Voucher in Daybook, one needs to trigger the Down Key 6
times. Similarly, in an Invoice Entry, moving to the first Item field needs multiple hits of Enter key.
Hence, the action ‘Trigger Key’ has now been enhanced to support the <Key>:<Number> combination in the syntax, which will trigger the particular Key for the specified Number of times.
Example: 1
Trigger Key: DD, Enter:5, “Item 1”, Enter
This is the same as:
Trigger Key: DD, Enter, Enter, Enter, Enter, Enter, “Item 1”, Enter
Following happens when the above Action is invoked from Gateway of Tally:

The First D navigates us to Display.




The Subsequent D navigates us to Daybook.
Enter:5 triggers the Enter Key 5 times, i.e., Drills down into the current voucher, accepts 4
subsequent non-skipped fields, and moves to the 5th non-skipped Field in the Voucher.
In the Fifth field, the text Item 1 is entered.
The Subsequent Enter then accepts the current field, and the focus is shifted to the next
non-skipped field.
Example: 2
Trigger Key : DS, Enter:3
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This action will take us through Display (D) -> Statement of Accounts (S) -> Outstandings (1st
Enter) -> Receivables (2nd Enter); the 3rd Enter selecting the first item in the list and displaying
all the outstanding bills within it.
7.3 Calculator Pane Changes
For the convenience of the developer, certain calculator pane commands have been introduced in
this Release.

Command - Mode: ?
Mode: ? will list all the modes available in the Calculator Panel.
Figure 3. Command Mode: ?

Command - Help
From any of the modes, Help Command will list down all the supported commands for the particular mode, along with their purpose.
Figure 4. Command Help

Command - Open
From any of the modes, the Open Command will open the most recently logged file. Consider the
following examples:
 If
the current mode is Debug, the file being opened will be either debug.xlsx, debug(1).
xlsx, debug(2).xlsx, ……. or debug(<n>).xlsx, whichever is the most recent in debugger
log. (Depending on the available Excel Version, the file extensions will vary.)
 If
the current mode is Profile, the file being opened will be either tdlprof.xlsx, tdlprof(1).
xlsx, tdlprof(2).xlsx, ……. or tdlprof(<n>).xlsx, whichever is the most recent in profiler
log. (Depending on the available Excel Version, the file extensions will vary.)
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 If
the current mode is Record, the file being opened will be macros.log.
Figure 5. Command Open
Figure 6. Macros.log File
8. Event ‘NatLangQuery’ Introduced
As we are already aware, Tally has a natural language processing capability which accepts
queries either from the Calculator Pane or from SMS Request. Tally has the intelligence of parsing
received/ given commands, in order to process the same. This parsed information is used by the
system to process the query and deliver the result. However, in certain cases, queries received
might not be understood by the system. There have also been requirements in the market to
support data updation queries like Ledger, Voucher Creation, etc.
In order to cater to the above requirements, a new System Event NatLangQuery has been introduced. This event gives complete control in the hands of the TDL Developer, thereby enabling
him to process the query received and do the needful. If the query is ignored by TDL, then the
System continues to process it and provide the response as usual.
Syntax
Where,
[System: Event]
<Event Name>: NatLangQuery: <Condition>: <Action>: <Action Parameters>
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<Event Name> can be any unique name, indicating the purpose of the event.
<Condition> if evaluated to TRUE on receiving a query, an action will be executed.
<Action> is the Action Call which can be used for processing the Query received/given.
<Action Parameters> can be a Function Name and its required Parameters.
Example:
[System: Event]
Ledger Creation: NatLangQuery: @@IsLedgerinQuery: Call: Create Ledger
Whenever a Query is received, Tally checks the logical condition @@IsLedgerinQuery. If it
evaluates to TRUE, then the function ‘Create Ledger’ is invoked.
In the given syntax, <Action> can be any global Action like Display, Alter, Print, etc.
However, NatLangQuery being a query from a remote location, it is not advisable to
populate any report in the User Interface of Tally at the Server end.
In order to support the event “NatLangQuery”, the following System Variables, along with a BuiltIn TDL Function $$NatLangInfo, have been introduced.
8.1 System Variables Introduced
SVNatLangFullRequest
This is a String Variable bearing the complete request / query string when a Query is received.
SVNatLangRequest
This is a String Variable bearing the part of the query that is not understood by the system.
SVNatLangResponse
This is a String Variable which carries the response back to the requestor. After processing the
Query, this variable needs to be set with an appropriate response that is sent back to the
requestor by Tally.
SVNatLangRequestProcessed
This is a Logical Variable which denotes the status of the Query Processed. After processing the
Query, this variable needs to be set to YES to indicate if the Query was processed by TDL successfully.

Update YES to indicate that the Query is processed by TDL and the response is prepared.

Update NO to indicate that the Query is not processed / understood by TDL.
If updated as YES, then only the system will send the response specified in TDL. If updated as
NO, the System processes the Query and sends the appropriate response.
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8.2 Built-In TDL Function ‘$$NatLangInfo’ Introduced
A Built-In TDL Function $$NatLangInfo has been introduced to provide certain information like
Company Name, User Name, From Date, To Date, etc., from the Query received.
Syntax
$$NatLangInfo:<InfoType>
The valid values for <InfoType> are as follows:

Company

UserName

FromDate

ToDate

ObjectName
Example:
$$NatLangInfo:Company returns the current Company Name.
$$NatLangInfo:UserName returns the Name of the User from whom the Query is received.

If the request is from Calculator Pane, Tally responds with the current logged in user name.

If the request is initiated through an SMS Query, Tally responds with the name of the
Tally.NET User from whose device, the request is received.
$$NatLangInfo:FromDate returns the From Date of the period, based on the received query or
from the recent context.
$$NatLangInfo:ToDate returns the To Date of the period, based on the received query or from
the recent context.
$$NatLangInfo:ObjectName returns the Name of the Object, based on the received query or in
the recent context. For example, if Query received is – “Sales for April 2013”, then NatLangInfo
will return the following:
Object Name- Sales
From Date - 1-April-2013
To Date - 30-April-2013
8.3 Example to demonstrate usage of “NatLangQuery” event
Create Ledger RadheShyam SundryDebtors
Requirement
The requirement here is to create a Ledger with the name ‘RadheShyam’, under the Group
‘Sundry Debtors’.
Implementation
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1.Firstly, we need to write a system event to trap the query received and perform the necessary
action.
[System: Event]
Create Ledger
: NatLangQuery: @@IsCreateLedger: Call: Create Ledger
2.If the Request contains ‘Create Ledger’, then only the above action is to be performed, so the
following system formula needs to be declared to check the value of the variable SVNatLangFullRequest.
[System: Formula]
IsCreateLedger : ##SVNatLangFullRequest CONTAINS “Create Ledger”
3.When the action is being executed, firstly we need to tokenize the words from the string:
[Function: TokenizeQuery]
000: List Delete Ex : SMSStrings
010: For Token
020:
: TokenVar
: ##SVQueryRequest : " "
List Add Ex : SMSStrings : ##TokenVar
030: End For
[System: Variable]
List Var : SMSStrings : String
4.Finally, create the ledger with the Action ‘New Object’
[Function: CreateLedger]
000: Call
: TokenizeQuery
010: New Object
: Ledger : ##SMSStrings[3] : Yes
020:
Set Value : Name
: ##SMSStrings[3]
030:
Set Value : Parent : ##SMSStrings[4]
040: Save Target
5.Send the Response to the source of the query
050: Set : SVNatLangResponse
: “Ledger Created”
060: Set : SVNatLangRequestProcessed : Yes
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Similarly, the NatLangQuery Event can also be used to customize the interpretation of the
queries being sent, and act accordingly.
 We
have used Space as a delimiter for Tokenizing Query Strings in the given
example. One can specify any delimiter like Inverted quotes, comma, etc., to
separate different strings.
 If
customized with the help of Tokens, the Query Signature must be retained
exactly in the same order and with the delimiters specified. In the given example, if the Query ‘Create Ledger Keshav under SundryDebtors’ is specified,
the code will fail, as the function expects the 4th Word to be a Group Name.
Hence, the Programmers must communicate the Query Signature clearly with
the end users.
9. ZIP - UNZIP
ZIP is an archive file format that supports compression of data without any loss. A Zipped file may
contain one or more files or folders in compressed form. The ZIP file format permits a number of
compression algorithms. Originally created in 1989 by Phil Katz, the ZIP format is now supported
by a number of software utilities.
The need for supporting this format in Tally.ERP9 has been felt in various offline Integration
projects. Data Exchange takes place between branches and their Head Offices, Distributors and
the Principal Companies, etc., where the Head Offices/ Principal Companies having Tally or any
other ERP would require the data from Branches/ Distributors for performance visibility. Usually,
Principal Companies require the Item-wise Sales Information of the distributors, which helps them
in planning their Stocks.
For integration purpose, Head Offices/ Principal Companies generally get Tally.ERP9 installed at
Branches/ Distributors’ locations. The day-to-day Transactions like Sales, Purchase Orders, etc.,
are then exported from Tally.ERP9 and integrated by copying the appropriate XML files to FTP,
which is consumed by the Head Offices/ Principal Companies.
At locations where the volume of transactions is large, the XML File becomes too bulky to upload
to FTP, and subsequently, downloading from FTP takes a long time, thereby causing performance
issues. Hence, zipping the file before uploading to FTP was necessary. This would save time both
while uploading the File and while downloading it at the other end. Hence, the concept of Compression, i.e., Zip-Unzip has been introduced in Tally.ERP9.
Along with the actions for Zip/Unzip capability, wildcards * and ? are also supported, as a part of
folder/file specification. Asterisk(*) represents zero or more characters in a string of characters.
For example, t*.doc considers all files starting with ‘t’, bearing the extension .doc, e.g., Tally.doc,
Tallyzip.doc, etc. Question Mark (?) represents any one character. For example, TDLDebug?.*
considers all the files starting with ‘TDLDebug’, followed by any variable single character, and
bearing any extension, e.g., TDLDebug1.xlsx, TDLDebug2.xlsx, TDLDebug1.log, etc.
9.1 ZIP Action
Zip action can be used to archive a set of folders/ files.

System Action - ZIP
System action Zip is useful when a single File or Folder Source needs to be zipped into a Target
file.
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Syntax
Zip : <Target File> : <Source Path> [: <Password> [: <Overwrite> [:
<Include Sub-directory> [: <Show Progress Bar>]]]]
Where,
<Target File> is the name of the Zip File to be created, along with the Path.
<Source Path> is the path of the Folder/File(s), which is to be zipped. It can be a folder, or a file
path (with or without wildcard characters).
<Password> is the password assigned to the Target zipped file.
<Overwrite> is the Logical Flag to specify the behaviour of the Action, if the Target File already
exists. If YES is specified, the file will be overwritten. If ‘NO’ is specified, the file will not be overwritten, and will remain as it is. The default value is ‘NO’.
<Include Sub-directory> is the Logical Flag to specify whether to include sub directories
available in the specified source path or not. If the Source Path ends with a Folder, the entire
Folder along with its Sub-Folders will be zipped, irrespective of this parameter. If the Source Path
ends with a File Name Pattern, i.e., with wild cards, this parameter will be considered. If a ‘YES’ is
specified, all the files/sub-folders matching the wild card pattern will be included for Zipping. If
‘NO’ is specified, they will not be included. The default value is ‘NO’.
<Show Progress bar> is the Logical Flag to specify if the Progress Bar needs to be shown
during the Zipping Process. If ‘YES’ is specified, the Progress Bar will be shown, and if ‘NO’ is
specified, it will not be shown. If no value is specified, the default value will be assumed as ‘NO’.
Wild Cards * and ? are supported only for the last information in the path. For
example, C:\Wor?\Cust*.txt is invalid whereas C:\Work\Cust*.txt is valid.
Example: 1
ZIP: “.\Target.zip”: “tally.ini”: “Tally”: No
With the above Action, the following will be achieved:
1. The file tally.ini from the current Tally Application/Working Folder will be zipped to the File Target.zip in the Tally Application Folder itself.
2. The resultant Zip File will contain the password Tally.
3. If the file Target.zip exists in the current application folder, it will not be overridden.
Example: 2
To Zip all text files in work folder.
ZIP: “D:\Target.zip”: “D:\Work\*.txt”: “Tally”: No: Yes: Yes
With the above Action, the following will be achieved:
1. All the text files from the folder D:\Work will be zipped to the File Target.zip in D:\.
2. The resultant Zip File will contain the password Tally.
3. If the file Target.zip exists in D:\, it will not be overridden as the 4th Parameter is set to No.
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4. All the text files within the Sub-directories will be included under the Folder D:\Work, as the 5th
Parameter is set to Yes.
5. The Progress Bar will be shown during Zipping of the Files, as the 6th Parameter is set to Yes.
Procedural Actions - ‘Start Zip’, ‘Zip Add Path’, ‘Zip Exclude Path’ and ‘End Zip’
Procedural Actions Start Zip, Zip Add Path, Zip Exclude Path and End Zip are very useful in
cases where Multiple Folders/Files need to be zipped into / excluded from a Target File.
Syntax
Start Zip: <Target File> [: <Overwrite>]
Zip Add Path
: <Source Path> [: < Include sub-directory>]
:
:
Zip Exclude Path: <Exclude Path>
:
:
End Zip [: <Password> [: <Show Progress Bar>]]
Where,
<Target File> indicates the name of the resultant Zip File, and also includes the Folder Path.
<Overwrite> is the Logical Flag to specify the behaviour of the Action, if the Target File already
exists. If YES is specified, the file will be overwritten. If ‘NO’ is specified, the file will not be overwritten, and will remain as it is. The default value is ‘NO’.
<Source Path> is the path of the Files or Folders, which are to be zipped. It can be a folder or a
file path (with or without wildcard characters).
<Include Sub-directory> is the Logical Flag to specify whether to include sub directories
available in the specified source path or not. If the Source Path ends with a Folder, the entire
Folder along with its Sub-Folders will be zipped, irrespective of this parameter. If the Source Path
ends with a File Name Pattern, i.e., with wild cards, this parameter will be considered. If a ‘YES’ is
specified, all the files/sub-folders matching the wild card pattern will be included for Zipping. If
‘NO’ is specified, they will not be included. The default value is ‘NO’.
<Exclude Path> is the path of the Files/ Folders which need to be excluded from the Target Zip.
<Password> is the password assigned to the Target zipped file.
<Show Progress Bar> is the Logical Flag used to specify if the Progress Bar needs to be shown
during the Zipping Process. If ‘YES’ is specified, then the Progress Bar will be shown, and if ‘NO’
is specified, it will not be shown. If no value is specified, the default value will be assumed as ‘NO’.
Example: 3
Start ZIP : “Target.zip” : Yes
/* Overwrite the File Target.zip, if it exists */
Zip Add Path : “tally.ini”
End Zip
The outcome of this example will be similar to the outcome of Example: 1. The only difference is
that it is set to overwrite the target file Target.Zip, if it exists in the current application folder (as
the <Overwrite> Parameter of the Action ‘Start Zip’ is set to Yes).
Example: 4
Start Zip
: “Target.zip” : Yes
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Zip Add Path : “.\Tally.ini”
Zip Add Path : “D:\Documents\*.doc”
: Yes
/* Include Sub-Folders also */
Zip Add Path : “C:\Work”
/* The Folder Work and the Files within this folder will be included in the Zip File */
End Zip
In this example, there are 3 Source Paths, which are required to be zipped:
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First Path indicates that the file Tally.ini from the current application folder is to be zipped.
The Second Path indicates that the PDF files from within the D:\Documents Folder, including the Sub-Folders, need to be zipped.
The Third Path indicates that the entire folder C:\Work needs to be zipped.
The above source files would be zipped to the target file Target.zip, which is specified in the
Action Start Zip.
Example: 5
Start Zip
:
“Target.zip”
: Yes
/* Overwrite the existing file in the target location */
Zip Add Path
: “.\Tally.ini”
Zip Add Path
: “D:\Documents\*.doc” : Yes
/* Include Sub-Folders also */
Zip Add Path
: “C:\Work”
Zip Exclude Path : “*.txt”
End Zip
In this example, apart from using Action Zip Add Path to specify the first 3 source paths, the subsequent Action Zip Exclude Path is used to specify the exclusion of Folders or Files with the
extension .txt. Thus, all the text files from the above specified source paths will be excluded.
9.2 UNZIP Action
The Unzip action can be used to extract the original files from the zipped files.

System Action - UNZIP
System Action Unzip is useful when all the folders/ files in the Source Zip File need to be completely unzipped, as they are. (This Action cannot be used in case of partial Unzip.)
Syntax
Unzip: <Target Folder>: <Source File> [: <Password> [: <Overwrite> [:
<Show Progress Bar>]]]
Where,
<Target Folder> is the path of the Target folder where the Unzipped Files need to reside.
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<Source File> is the name of the Zip File to be unzipped.
<Password> is the Zip File Password. A Zip File bearing a Password cannot be extracted without
the Password.
<Overwrite> is the Logical Flag to specify the behaviour if the Files being unzipped already exist
in the Target Folder. The default value is ‘NO’.
<Show Progress Bar> is the Logical Flag to specify if Progress Bar needs to be shown during
the Extracting (Unzipping) Process. If YES is specified, the Progress Bar will be shown and if NO
is specified, the Progress Bar will not be shown. The default value is ‘NO’.
Example: 1
Unzip : “.” : “D:\Target.zip” : “Tally”
In this example, the file D:\Target.zip will be unzipped entirely in the current Tally Application
Folder. Since the Zip File bears a password Tally, same is being passed as the 3rd Parameter.
Example: 2
Unzip : “Documents”: “D:\Target.zip” : “Tally”
In this example, all the folders/ files within the Zip File D:\Target.zip will be extracted to the folder
Documents in the current Tally Application folder.
Procedural Actions - ‘Start Unzip’, ‘Extract Path’, ‘Unzip Exclude Path’ and ‘End Unzip’
The Procedural Actions Start Unzip, Extract Path, Unzip Exclude Path and End Unzip are very
useful in case of partial Unzip. Using the Action ‘Extract Path’, one can specify the Folder/ File
Path to be marked for extracting. The action ‘Unzip Exclude Path’ can help to exclude the
specified Folders/ Files from the Zip File and extract the rest. These actions can be used in both
the cases, i.e., for partial unzip as well as for total unzip.
Syntax
Start Unzip: <Source File> [: <Password >]
Extract Path: <Folder/ File Path>
:
:
Unzip Exclude Path : <Folder/ File Path>
:
:
End Unzip: <Target folder> [:< Overwrite> [:<Show Progress Bar>]]
Where,
<Source File> is the path of the Zip File which needs to be zipped.
<Password> is the password to access the Target zipped file.
<Extract Path> is the File/ Folder which need to be extracted from the Zip File.
<Unzip Exclude Path> is the path of Files/ Folders, which need to be excluded from the
unzipping operation.
<Target Folder> is the path of the Target folder, where the Unzipped Files need to reside.
<Overwrite> is the Logical Flag to specify the behaviour if the Files being unzipped already exist
in the Target Folder. The default value is ‘NO’.
<Show Progress Bar> is the Logical Flag to specify if Progress Bar needs to be shown during
the Extracting (Unzipping) Process. If YES is specified, the Progress Bar will be shown and if NO
is specified, the Progress Bar will not be shown. The default value is ‘NO’.
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Example: 3
Start Unzip : “D:\Target.zip”
End Unzip
: “D:\Unzipped” : Yes
/* Overwrite the existing files, if any, in the Target Folder */
These actions will unzip all the folders/ files within D:\Target.zip to the folder D:\Unzipped and if
any file already exists, the same will be overwritten (as the second parameter of the Action End
Unzip is set to Yes.)
Example: 4
To extract only .txt and .doc files from the zip file.
Start Unzip : “D:\Target.zip”
Extract Path : “*.txt”
Extract Path : “*.doc”
End Unzip
: “.”
In this example, only the *.txt and *.doc files from D:\Target.zip will be unzipped to the current
Tally Application Folder.
Example: 5
Start Unzip : “D:\Target.zip”
Extract Path
: “Samples\Supporting Files\”
Unzip Exclude Path : “*.xls”
End Unzip
: “.”
In this example, from D:\Target.zip, all the Files and SubFolders within the folder ‘Supporting
Files’ under ‘Samples’ will be unzipped to the current Tally Application Folder, as the target folder
is specified as a dot (.). Also, all the files with extension .xls will not be zipped.
A file which has been zipped from Tally.ERP9 can be extracted by using any
standard third party archiving tools like Winzip, Winrar, etc., and vice-versa.
Limitations of Zip/ Unzip in Tally.ERP9:
In the following cases, Zip/ Unzip action will fail:

If the number of files being Zipped is greater than 65535

If the Size of the Zip File is greater than or equal to 4 GB

If the Size of any File within the Zip File is greater than or equal to 4 GB
10. Columnar Capability in Edit Mode
Multiple-Column feature in Tally.ERP 9 has till date been used by the Tally users for various
reporting needs like Comparative Analysis of Data across Multiple Periods (Months, Quarters,
Years, etc.), Multiple Companies, Multiple Godowns, etc. It can also be used for comparative
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study of various parameters like Budget vs. Actual Performance, by getting the same displayed in
the form of a column-based report.
It was felt highly desirable if, apart from these reporting functionalities, various data entry operations could also be performed in a Columnar or Tabular manner. This would not only facilitate data
entry in a simple, user friendly manner, but also considerably reduce the time taken to enter the
data. For instance, Attendance of Employees could be accepted against the Attendance Types or
days, in a Tabular format. Similarly, other examples could be Employee-wise Pay Head-wise
Salary Structure, Stock Item-wise Price Level-wise Price List, etc., where this capability could be
used effectively. In order to make this possible in Tally, the Columnar capability was required to be
extended to support Edit mode.
From Release 4.7 onwards, support for Multi Columns has been extended to Edit Mode too, to
enable the developer to design and implement such functionalities in Tally, as per requirement.
To make this possible in TDL, the Horizontal Scrolling behaviour has been enhanced to work in
Edit Mode, which will enable the developer to create a user friendly interface, thereby allowing
the user to enter data conveniently in tabular format. To achieve the columnar scrolling behaviour;
in TDL, fields within the required line can be repeated over either of the following:
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Collection of Objects, OR
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Sub-Collections under a Primary Object, provided the Sub-Collections contain Object(s)
In the absence of the above ‘Repeat’ specification, the only criterion to repeat the Fields/
Columns is that the number of Fields to be repeated must be known to the Line.
With respect to Object context, Horizontal Scroll will only happen if Objects/SubObjects, on which Columns are to be repeated, exist. In other words, in Create
Mode with Object Context, Horizontal Scroll will not work as the number of fields to
be repeated is not known.
11. New data types Introduced
Introduction
A Data Type in a programming language is a classification, identifying one of the various types of
data supported by that language, each having certain pre-defined characteristics. It determines
the possible values for that type; the operations that can be done on values of that type; and the
way values of that type can be stored. They are an integral part of every programming language
and hence, almost all programming languages support a set of primitive data types.
TDL, being a domain-specific language, supports various domain-specific data types like
Quantity, Rate, Amount, Rate of Exchange, etc., apart from the basic data types like String,
Number, Date and Logical.
In Release 4.7, a few Date and Time related data types have been introduced to support various
business requirements. All the data types pertaining to date and time are now collectively referred
to as Calendar data types, which are as follows:
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Date
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Time
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DateTime
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Duration

Due Date
However, two data types, viz., Date and Due Date were already supported in TDL. The data types
Time, DateTime, and Duration are the ones which have been introduced in Release 4.7.
With the introduction of these data types, now various business functionalities like capturing Date
and Time of entering a voucher, calculating the weekly average clock-in time of employees, etc.,
will be possible in Taly.ERP9.
Calendar Data Types
As already discussed, Calendar Data Types comprise of the data types Date, Time, DateTime,
Duration and Due Date, of which, ‘Time’, ‘DateTime’ and ‘Duration’ have been introduced in
Release 4.7.
Apart from the new data types, a few supporting Functions, Formats, Input Keywords and Qualifiers have also been introduced for each. Formats can be specified to indicate the format in which
the value has to be displayed. The concept of Input Keywords and Qualifiers has been introduced to assist the Tally user in data entry operations, as well as to minimize the effort of the programmer in setting the values of any particular calendar data type within a Field. For example, in
a Field of data type ‘Date’, specifying the Input keyword ‘Week’ as the value, will lead to setting of
the current week’s beginning date as the value. Also, Qualifiers like ‘This’, ‘Next’, etc., if specified
along with the Input Keywords, will lead to storing and displaying of values determined by the
‘Input Keyword-Qualifier’ combination. For example, specifying ‘Next Week’ will return the
beginning date of the following week as the value. All of these have been discussed in detail in the
following sections.
11.1 Date
Specifying the data type as Date indicates that the data container can only hold Date values. The
data container can be a UDF, a Variable or a Field. The date values can range from January 1,
1901 to December 31, 2098. The default separator character within a Date is ‘Hyphen’, e.g., 2212-2011.
Example:
[System: UDF]
DateOfPurchase : Date : 1107
/* A new System UDF DateofPurchase of Type Date is declared. */
[Field: Date of Purchase]
Type
: Date
Storage : DateOfPurchase
/* A Field DateofPurchase of Type Date is defined for updating values in the UDF DateOfPurchase */
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Format Keywords
Apart from specifying the Type as Date, one of the various available Formats can also be specified, using the attribute ‘Format’.
The various Formatting Keywords for the data type ‘Date’ are listed in the following table. If no
Format is specified, the default format ‘Universal Date’ is assumed.
Format
Field Value Specified
Value Returned
Short Date
22-Dec-2011
22-12-2011
Long Date
22-Dec-2011
Thursday, 22 Dec, 2011
Universal Date
(default format)
22-Dec-2011
22-Dec-2011
Month Beginning
1-Dec-2011
22-Dec-2011
Dec-2011
22-Dec-2011
Month Ending
31-Dec-2011
22-Dec-2011
Dec-2011
22-Dec-2011
Example:
[Field: Date of Purchase]
Type
: Date
Storage : DateOfPurchase
Format
: “Short Date”
/* The Format specified within the Field DateofPurchase is Short Date, and hence, the date is returned in dd-mm-yyyy format. */
Input Keywords
There are certain Input keywords, which can be specified instead of the date itself. This increases
the ease of data entry. The Input Keywords available for the data type Date are as follows:
Input Keyword
Alias
Today
Today, Day, Now
Tomorrow
Tomorow, Tommorrow
Yesterday
YDay
Week
Value Returned
Current system date
Next day’s date
Previous day’s date
Current week’s beginning date
Month
Mth
Year
Yr
Current month’s beginning date
First date, i.e., 1-Jan, of the current year
Example:
[Field: Date of Purchase]
Type
: Date
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Storage : DateOfPurchase
Format
: “Short Date”
Set As
: Today
/* The input keyword Today sets today’s date as the value within the Field Date of Purchase. */
Date Qualifiers
There are also some date qualifiers, which can be used in combination with input keywords, to
return the required date value. Qualifiers cannot be used independently, but they can be provided
as additional specification for the input keyword. The various date qualifiers are as follows:
Date Qualifier
Financial
Usage (along with Input Keywords)
Financial Year, This Financial Year, Prev Financial Year, Next Financial
Year, Last Financial Year
This
This Week, This Month, This Year, This Financial Year
Prev/Last
Prev Week, Prev Month, Prev Year, Prev Financial Year,
Last Week, Last Month, Last Year, Last Financial Year
Next
Next Week, Next Month, Next Year, Next Financial Year
[Field: Date of Purchase]
Type
: Date
Storage : DateOfPurchase
Format
: “Short Date”
Set As
: Last Financial Year
/* In Last Financial Year, ‘Last’ and ‘Financial’ are qualifiers, while ‘Year’ is an Input Keyword. It sets the field value as the 1st day of
the last/previous financial year. */
Week is assumed to begin on Sunday. For example, on 20th August, 2013, the
value of the Field set as ‘Prev Week’ is returned as 11th August, 2013, which is the
Sunday of the week prior to the current week.
Functions
Various Type casting and Manipulation Functions have also been provided, corresponding to the
Data Type Date. They are as follows:
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Function - $$Date
The function $$Date is used to convert a valid date value from any other data type to the data type
Date. This is mainly required when manipulations on the date need to be performed.
Syntax
Where,
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<Expression> can be any expression, which evaluates to a valid date value.

Function - $$MonthOfDate
The function $$MonthofDate returns the month corresponding to the date specified as the parameter.
Syntax
$$MonthOfDate:<Date Expression>
Where,
<Date Expression> can be any expression, which evaluates to a valid date value.
The result returned will be of Type ‘Number’. For example, if the specified date is 05-04-2013,
then the function returns the value 4, as the date belongs to the 4th month of the year.

Function - $$DayOfWeek
The function $$DayOfWeek returns the weekday corresponding to the date specified as the
parameter.
Syntax
$$DayOfWeek:<Date Expression>
Where,
<Date Expression> can be any expression, which evaluates to a valid date value.
For example, if the specified date is 05-04-2013, then the result would be Friday.

Function - $$DayOfDate
This function returns a number to represent the day, corresponding to the date specified as the
parameter. For example, Sunday will be represented by the number 1, Monday by 2, and so on.
Syntax
$$DayOfDate:<Date Expression>
Where,
<Date Expression> can be any expression, which evaluates to a valid date value.
For example, if the specified date is 05-04-2013, then the result would be 5, as the corresponding
day is Friday, which is the 5th day of the week.

Function - $$YearOfDate
The function $$Yearof Date returns a number representing the year of the date specified as the
parameter.
Syntax
$$YearOfDate:<Date Expression>
Where,
<Date Expression> can be any expression, which evaluates to a valid date value.
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The result returned by the function will be of Type ‘Number’. For example, if the specified date is
05-04-2013, then the result would be 2013.

Function - $$ShortMonthName
The function $$ShortMonthName returns the short form of the name of the month, corresponding
to the date specified as the parameter, e.g., Jan, Feb, etc.
Syntax
$$ShortMonthName:<Date Expression>
Where,
<Date Expression> can be any expression, which evaluates to a valid date value.
For example, if the date value is 05-04-2013, then the value returned by the function will be Apr.

Function - $$FullMonthName
The function $$FullMonthName returns the full name of the month, corresponding to the date
specified as the parameter, e.g., January, February, etc.
Syntax
$$FullMonthName:<Date Expression>
Where,
<Date Expression> can be any expression, which evaluates to a valid date value.
For example, if the specified date is 05-04-2013, then the result would be April.

Function - $$WeekEnd
This function returns the date of the first Sunday following the date specified as the parameter.
However, if the argument date, i.e., the date specified, itself corresponds to the day Sunday, then
the date corresponding to the following Sunday will be returned.
Syntax
$$WeekEnd:<Date Expression>
Where,
<Date Expression> can be any expression, which evaluates to a valid date value.
For example, if the specified date is 05-04-2013, then the result would be 07-Apr-2013, being the
following Sunday. If the date specified is itself 07-04-2013, then the date returned will be 14-Apr2013, i.e., the date of the following Sunday.

Function - $$MonthEnd
It returns the date of the last day of the month, corresponding to the date specified as parameter.
Syntax
$$MonthEnd:<Date Expression>
Where,
<Date Expression> can be any expression, which evaluates to a valid date value.
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For example, if the specified date is 05-04-2013, then the result would be 30-Apr-2013.

Function - $$YearEnd
This function returns the last date of the year, considered to be starting from the date specified as
the parameter.
Syntax
$$YearEnd:<Date Expression>
Where,
<Date Expression> can be any expression, which evaluates to a valid date value.
For example, if the specified date is 05-04-2013, then the result would be 4-Apr-2014, which is
one year from the date specified, i.e., the last day of the year, if the specified date is considered
as the current date.

Function - $$MonthStart
The function $$MonthStart returns the date of the first day of the month, corresponding to the date
specified as the parameter.
Syntax
$$MonthStart:<Date Expression>
Where,
<Date Expression> can be any expression, which evaluates to a valid date value.
For example, if the specified date is 05-04-2013, then the result would be 1-Apr-2013.

Function - $$FinYearBeg
This function is used to fetch the starting date of the company’s financial year, corresponding to a
particular specified date. Two parameters are required for this function. The 1st parameter is the
Date value for which the corresponding Financial Year’s Beginning date is to be identified. The
2nd parameter is the "Financial Year From" date of the company, i.e., the time from which the
financial year of the company normally starts. Specification of this parameter is essential as the
Financial year is determined by the law of the country, and can be Apr-Mar, Jan-Dec, etc.
Syntax
$$FinYearBeg:<First Date Expression>:<Second Date Expression>
Where,
<First Date Expression> evaluates to the Date, for which the corresponding Financial Year’s
Beginning date is to be identified.
<Second Date Expression> is used to specify the normal financial year beginning date (irrespective of the year).
For example, if the first parameter is 05-04-2013 and the second parameter date is 1-4-2010, then
the result would be 1-Apr-2013.

Function - $$FinYearEnd
This function is used to fetch the end/last date of the company’s financial year, corresponding to a
particular specified date. Two parameters are required for this function. The 1st parameter is the
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Date value for which the corresponding Financial Year’s Ending date is to be identified. The 2nd
parameter is the “Financial Year From” date of the company, i.e., the time from which the financial
year of the company normally starts. Specification of this parameter is essential as the Financial
year is determined by the law of the country, and can be Apr-Mar, Jan-Dec, etc.
Syntax
$$FinYearEnd:<First Date Expression>:<Second Date Expression>
Where,
<First Date Expression> evaluates to the Date, for which the corresponding Financial Year’s
Ending date is to be identified.
<Second Date Expression> is used to specify the normal financial year beginning date (irrespective of the year).
For example, if the first parameter is 05-04-2013 and the second parameter date is 1-4-2010, then
the result would be 31-Mar-2014.

Function - $$PrevYear
The function $$PrevYear returns the previous year’s date, respective to the date specified as the
parameter, i.e., the date exactly a year ago.
Syntax
$$PrevYear:<Date Expression>
Where,
<Date Expression> can be any expression, which evaluates to a valid date value.
For example, if the specified date is 05-04-2013, then the result would be 5-Apr-2012.

Function - $$NextYear
The function $$NextYear returns the next year’s date, corresponding to the date specified as the
parameter, i.e., the date exactly a year from now.
Syntax
$$NextYear:<Date Expression>
Where,
<Date Expression> can be any expression, which evaluates to a valid date value.
For example, if the specified date is 05-04-2013, then the result would be 5-Apr-2014.

Function - $$PrevMonth
The function $$PrevMonth returns the previous month’s date, corresponding to the date specified
as the parameter, i.e., the date exactly a month ago.
Syntax
$$PrevMonth:<Date Expression>
Where,
<Date Expression> can be any expression, which evaluates to a valid date value.
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For example, if the specified date is 05-04-2013, then the result would be 5-Mar-2013.

Function - $$NextMonth
The function $$NextMonth returns the next month’s date, corresponding to the date specified as
the parameter, i.e., the date exactly a month from now.
Syntax
$$NextMonth:<Date Expression>
Where,
<Date Expression> can be any expression, which evaluates to a valid date value.
For example, if the specified date is 05-04-2013, then the result would be 5-May-2013.
11.2 Time
A new Data Type TIME has been introduced, which represents an absolute time of the day. Specifying the Data Type as ‘Time’ indicates that the data container can hold only the Time values. The
data container can be a UDF, a Variable or a Field. A value of this data type describes the time,
with milliseconds precision, i.e., using the sub-parts HOURS, MINUTES, SECONDS, and MILLISECONDS. Thus, the format is hh:mm:ss:MMM
By default, Colon is the separator between the sub-parts of the time value, which can also be
altered by the user. For example, 16:35:12:348
Example:
[System: UDF]
TimeOfPurchase : Time : 1108
/* A new System UDF TimeofPurchase of Type Time is declared. */
[Field: Time of Purchase]
Type
: Time
Storage : TimeOfPurchase
/* A Field Time of Purchase of Type Time is defined for updating values in the UDF TimeOfPurchase */
Format Keywords
Just as in the case of ‘Date’ data type, various Formatting Keywords have also been introduced
for the ‘Time’ data type, to render the Time in various formats. The formats are listed in the
following table.
Format
Alias
Value of Field
Value Returned
12 hour
(Default Format)
12 hr
16:35:12:348
4:35 PM
24 hour
24 hr
16:35:12:348
16:35
With Seconds
With Sec, With
Secs
16:35:12:348
4:35:12 PM (12 hr format)
16:35:12 (24 hr format)
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Format
Alias
Value of Field
Value Returned
With MilliSeconds
With MilliSecs, With
MilliSec
16:35:12:348
4:35:12:348 PM (12 hr
format)
16:35:12:348 (24 hr format)
Prefix AMPM
AMPM Prefix
16:35:12:348
PM 4:35 (12 hr format)
PM 4:35:12:348 (12 hr
format, with millisec)
By default, the AM/PM designator is suffixed to the time
value. Specifying the format
‘Prefix AMPM’ makes the
AM/PM
designator
get
appended as prefix, instead
of suffix.
No Zero
0:00
If this format is specified, the
time won’t be displayed, if
the time value in the field is
0:00
Separator:
‘<Symbol>’
16:35:12:348
This format specifier is used
to change the time separator. For example,
Format : “Separator: ‘/’” will
return the value as 4/35 PM,
instead of 4:35 PM
Input Keywords
The input Keywords available for the data type Time are as shown in the following table:
Input Keyword
Value Returned
Now
Current system time value
Midnight
Midnight time value, i.e., 0:00
Noon
Noon time value, i.e., 12:00
Functions

Function - $$Time
The Function $$Time is used to convert a valid time value from any other data type to the Data
Type Time. It is mainly required when manipulations on the time need to be performed.
Syntax
$$Time:<Expression>
Where,
<Expression> can be any expression, which evaluates to a valid Time value.
11.3 DateTime
A new Data Type DateTime has also been introduced. Specifying the Data Type as DateTime
indicates that the data container can hold only the values of type ‘DateTime’. The data container
can be a UDF, a Variable or a Field. A value of data type ‘DateTime’ represents a date, along with
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the absolute time of the day. The date and the time are described using the sub-parts DAY,
MONTH, YEAR, HOUR, MINUTE, SECOND, and MILLISECONDS. Thus, the format is dd-mmyy hh:mm:ss:MMM
By default, the separator for the ‘Date’ part is Hyphen (-) and for the ‘Time’ part is Colon (:).
However, the same can be altered by the user. The date-time combination values can range from
January 1,1901 00:00:00:000 to December 31, 2098 23:59:59:999
Example:
[System: UDF]
DateTimeOfPurchase : DateTime : 1109
/* A new System UDF DateTimeofPurchase of Type DateTime is declared. */
[Field: Date and Time of Purchase]
Type
: DateTime
Storage : DateTimeOfPurchase
/* A Field DateandTimeofPurchase of Type DateTime is defined for updating values in the UDF DateTimeOfPurchase */
Input Formats
Date Only
This Format is specified to accept both Date and Time values in the Field, but display only Date.
In other words, if this Format is specified within a field of type DateTime, then the field can accept
both Date and Time values, but will display only Date.
For example, consider a Field of Type DateTime, where the Format is specified as ‘Date Only’. If
the Input keyword ‘Today’ is entered in this Field, then instead of displaying the current date and
time, the field will display only the current date.
Example:
[Field: Date of Purchase]
Type
: DateTime
Storage : DateTimeOfPurchase
Format
: “Long Date, Date Only”
/* Both Date and Time values will be accepted as input in the Field DateofPurchase, but only the Date value will be displayed. */
Time Only
This Format is specified to accept both Date and Time values in the Field, but display only Time.
In other words, if this Format is specified within a field of type DateTime, then the field can accept
both Date and Time values, but will display only Time.
For example, consider a Field of type DateTime, where the Format is specified as ‘Time Only’. If
the Input keyword ‘Now’ is entered in this Field, then instead of displaying the current date and
time, the field will display only the current time.
Example:
[Field: Time of Purchase]
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Type
: DateTime
Storage : DateTimeOfPurchase
Format
: “12 hour, Time Only”
/* Both Date and Time values will be accepted as input in the Field TimeofPurchase, but only the Time value will be displayed. */
Input Keywords
Input Keywords available for the date type DateTime are as shown in the following table:
Input Keyword
Alias
Today
Day, Now
Tomorrow
Tomorow,
Tommorrow
Next day’s date & time, i.e., the date and time
exactly a day later.
Yesterday
YDay
Previous day’s date & time, i.e., the date & time
exactly a day before.
Week
Value Returned
Current system date & time.
The ‘Date’ part is set as the Current week’s
beginning date.
Month
Mth
The ‘Date’ part is set as the Current month’s
beginning date.
Year
Yr
The ‘Date’ part is set as the Current year’s
beginning date.
For the keywords ‘Tomorrow’, ‘Yesterday’, ‘Month’, ‘Week’ and ‘Year’, the time
already available in the Field, i.e., the ‘Time’ Part of the DateTime value, is set as
the time. If the ‘Time’ value is not available, then it will be set to 0:00.
Date Qualifiers
All the qualifiers for the data type Date are applicable for the data type DateTime as well.
Functions

Function - $$DateTime
The Function $$DateTime is used to convert a valid Date and/or Time (DateTime) value from any
other data type to the data type ‘DateTime’. This is mainly required when manipulations on
DateTime values need to be performed.
Syntax
$$DateTime:<DateTime Expression>
Where,
<DateTime Expression> can be any expression, which evaluates to a valid Date and/or Time
(DateTime) value.

Function - $$AddHours
The function $$AddHours is used to add a certain specified number of hours to a value of data
type DateTime.
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Syntax
$$AddHours:<DateTime Expression>:<Value>
Where,
<DateTime Expression> can be any expression, which evaluates to a valid Date and/or Time
(DateTime) value.
<Value> is the number of hours to be added to the DateTime value.
For example, if the specified DateTime is 05-04-2013 5:20 PM and the <Value> to be added is 4,
then the value returned by the function would be 5-Apr-2013 9:20 PM.

Function - $$SubHours
It is used to subtract a certain specified number of hours from a value of data type DateTime.
Syntax
$$SubHours:<DateTime Expression>:<Value>
Where,
<DateTime Expression> can be any expression, which evaluates to a valid Date and/or Time
(DateTime) value.
<Value> is the number of hours to be subtracted from the DateTime value.
For example, if the specified DateTime is 05-04-2013 5:20 PM and the <Value> to be subtracted
is 4, then the result would be 5-Apr-2013 1:20 PM.

Function - $$AddMinutes
The function $$AddMinutes is used to add a certain specified number of minutes to a value of
data type DateTime.
Syntax
$$AddMinutes:<DateTime Expression>:<Value>
Where,
<DateTime Expression> can be any expression, which evaluates to a valid Date and/or Time
(DateTime) value.
<Value> is the number of minutes to be added to the DateTime value.
For example, if the specified DateTime is 05-04-2013 5:20 PM and the value to be added is 20,
then the result would be 5-Apr-2013 5:40 PM.

Function - $$SubMinutes
The function $$SubMinutes is used to subtract a certain specified number of minutes from a value
of data type DateTime.
Syntax
$$SubMinutes:<DateTime Expression>:<Value>
Where,
<DateTime Expression> can be any expression, which evaluates to a valid Date and/or Time
(DateTime) value.
<Value> is the number of minutes to be subtracted from the DateTime value.
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For example, if the specified DateTime is 05-04-2013 5:20 PM and the <Value> to be subtracted
is 20, then the result would be 5-Apr-2013 5:00 PM.

Function - $$AddSeconds
The function $$AddSeconds is used to add a certain specified number of seconds to a value of
data type DateTime.
Syntax
$$AddSeconds:<DateTime Expression>:<Value>
Where,
<DateTime Expression> can be any expression, which evaluates to a valid Date and/or Time
(DateTime) value.
<Value> is the number of seconds to be added.
For example, if the specified DateTime value is 05-04-2013 5:20:15 PM and the <Value> to be
added is 15, then the result would be 5-Apr-2013 5:20:30 PM.

Function - $$SubSeconds
The function $$SubSeconds is used to subtract a certain specified number of seconds from a
value of data type DateTime.
Syntax
$$SubSeconds:<DateTime Expression>:<Value>
Where,
<DateTime Expression> can be any expression, which evaluates to a valid Date and/or Time
(DateTime) value.
<Value> is the number of seconds to be subtracted from the DateTime value.
For example, if the specified DateTime value is 05-04-2013 5:20:15 PM and the <Value> to be
subtracted is 15, then the result would be 5-Apr-2013 5:20:00 PM.
Sub Types introduced for the Data Type ‘DateTime’
Two subtypes have also been introduced for the data type ‘DateTime’:
Date
This SubType is specified to accept both Date and Time values in the Field, but display only Date.
In other words, if this SubType is specified within a field of type DateTime, then the field can
accept both Date and Time values, but will display only Date.
For example, consider a Field of type DateTime, where the sub-type is specified as ‘Date’. If the
Input keyword ‘Today’ is entered in this Field, then instead of displaying the current date and time,
the field will display only the current date.
Example:
[Field: Date and Time of Purchase Date]
Type
: DateTime
: Date
Storage : DateTimeOfPurchase
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Time
This SubType is specified to accept both Date and Time values in the Field, but display only Time.
In other words, if this SubType is specified within a field of type DateTime, then the field can
accept both Date and Time values, but will display only Time.
For example, consider a Field of type DateTime, where the sub-type is specified as ‘Time’. If the
Input keyword ‘Now’ is entered in this Field, then instead of displaying the current date and time,
the field will display only the current time.
Example:
[Field: Date and Time of Purchase Time]
Type
: DateTime
: Time
Storage : DateTimeOfPurchase
Here, both Date and Time will be accepted but only the ‘Time’ part of the DateTime value is
displayed in the field. Manipulation can be done on date as well as time.
Two fields with subtypes as Date and Time can have the same storage and the
changes from one field will be reflected in the other field.
11.4 Duration
Values of this data type will represent the interval between two Date and/or Time values (two
DateTime values), measured in years, months, weeks, days, hours, minutes, and seconds.
Example:
[System: UDF]
TenureOfService : Duration : 1110
[Field: Tenure Of Service]
Type
: Duration
Storage : TenureOfService
/* A Field TenureOfService of Type Duration is defined for updating values in the UDF TenureOfService */
Formats
The format options available for the Duration data type are:
Format
Alias
Value of Field
Value Returned
Days (Default)
Day, Dys
25
25 Days
Years
Year, Yr, Yrs
25
25 Years
Months
Month
25
25 Months
Weeks
Week, Weak, Wks
25
25 Weeks
Hours
Hour, Hr, Hrs
25
25 Hours
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Format
Alias
Value of Field
Value Returned
Minutes
Mins, Minute, Min
25
25 Minutes
Seconds
Secs, Second, Sec
25
25 Seconds
YMD (Years, months
and days)
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1 Year, 1 Month and
20 Days
HMS (Hours, minutes
and seconds)
Example:
5000
1 Hour, 23 Minutes
and 20 Seconds
[Field: Tenure Of Service]
Type
: Duration
Storage : TenureOfService
Format
: “Months, Days”
POINTS TO NOTE:1. Any combination of the formats can be provided. However, Week is an independent format and
cannot be clubbed with any other format. Let’s see the following illustrations:

In the above example, if the value entered by the user in the Field is 100, then the lowest
(in terms of duration) of the formats specified will be considered as the input format, i.e.,
100 will be considered as 100 days and then, the same will be displayed as output in terms
of months and days, i.e., 3 months and 10 days.

If the Format is specified as ‘Weeks, Days’, then the value returned will be in Days, as
‘Weeks’ is an independent entity and cannot be clubbed with any other format.
2. If the value entered is less than the lowest value (in terms of duration) among the formats
specified, then the value returned will be zero. For example,

If 6 days is entered and the format is weeks, then the value returned will be 0 weeks.

If 8 days is entered and the format is weeks, then 1 week will be displayed.
Functions

Function - $$Duration
The Function $$Duration is used to convert a valid duration value from any other data type to the
data type Duration. This is mainly required when manipulations on values of type Date, Time or
DateTime need to be performed.
Syntax
Where,
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<Expression> can be any expression evaluating to a valid duration value like 10 days, 5 hrs, etc.
A value of Type ‘Date’, when subtracted from another value of Type ‘Date’, will result
in a value of Type ‘Number’, and not ‘Duration’. If the resultant value is needed to be
of Type ‘Duration’, the function $$Duration has to be used.

Function - $$GetEndDateTime
If the initial/starting DateTime value and the Duration value are provided, then the Function
$$GetEndDateTime will return the final/ending DateTime value.
Syntax
$$GetEndDateTime:<DateTime Expression>:<Value>
Where,
<DateTime Expression> can be any expression, evaluating to a valid Date/DateTime value.
<Value> is used to specify the Duration value.
For example, if the specified Datetime value is 05-04-2013 12:12 AM and the Duration value is
set as 10 days, then the result would be 15-Apr-2013 0:12 AM (12:12 AM same as 0:12 AM)

Function - $$GetStartDateTime
If the final/ending DateTime value and the Duration value are provided, the Function $$GetStartDateTime will return the initial/starting DateTime value.
Syntax
$$GetStartDateTime:<DateTime Expression>:<Value>
Where,
<DateTime Expression> can be any expression, evaluating to a valid Date/DateTime value.
<Value> is used to specify the Duration value.
For example, if the specified DateTime value is 05-04-2013 12:12 AM and the Duration value is
11 hours 30 minutes, then the result would be 4-Apr-2013 12:42 PM.

Function - $$GetDuration
If two DateTime values, representing the Initial/Starting and Final/Ending DateTime values, are
provided, then the function $$GetDuration will return the duration between them.
Syntax
$$GetDuration:<First DateTime Expression>:<Second DateTime Expression>
Where,
<First DateTime Expression> can be any expression, which evaluates to a valid Date/DateTime
value.
<Second DateTime Expression> can be any expression, which evaluates to a valid Date/
DateTime value.
For example, if the first parameter is 05-04-2013 12:12 AM and the second parameter is 15-Apr2013 0:12 AM, then the value returned would be 10 Days. (12:12 AM is the same as 0:12 AM).
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
Function - $$AddDuration
The function $$AddDuration adds a duration value to another duration value. Two duration values
are provided as parameters. If a particular parameter contains only a number and no unit is specified, it is assumed to be that many number of days.
Syntax
$$AddDuration:<First Duration Expression>:<Second Duration Expression>
Where,
<First Duration Expression> can be any expression, which evaluates to a valid Duration value
or a Number.
<Second Duration Expression> can be any expression, which evaluates to a valid Duration
value or a Number.
If the first Duration parameter is set to 10 Days and the second Duration parameter is set to 4
Months, then the result would be 130 Days.

Function - $$SubDuration
This function subtracts the specified duration or from another duration value. Two duration values
are provided as parameters. If a particular parameter contains only a number and no unit is specified, it is assumed to be that many number of days.
Syntax
$$SubDuration:<First Duration Expression>:<Second Duration Expression>
Where,
<First Duration Expression> can be any expression, which evaluates to a valid Duration value
or a Number. It is the value to be subtracted, and should be less than or equal to the other value.
<Second Duration Expression> can be any expression, which evaluates to a valid Duration
value or a Number.
If the first parameter Duration is set to 10 Days and the second Parameter Duration is set to 4
Months, then the result would be 110 Days.
11.5 Due Date
The values of Data Type Due Date are used to represent the Due Date in cases like Purchase
Order, Bill Credit Period, etc., in Tally.ERP 9. These values actually comprise of two date values,
i.e., the ‘From’ Date and the last date by which honouring of the commitment is due (i.e., the ‘due
date’). A flexible range of values can be specified. The value can be a Date (the ‘due date’) or the
Duration, in terms of Days, Weeks, Months and Years, from the starting date (‘From’ date). The
acceptable duration values used to specify the due date range from 0 to 89 years.
Input Formats
Four input formats can be specified for values of data type Due Date. If no input format is specified, then the default format Days is considered.
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Days (Default)
Due Date in Days
Weeks
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Format
Value Returned
Months
Due Date in Months
Years
Due Date in Years
As
the default format is ‘Days’, on entering only the number 30, 30 days will be
considered.
The
value is displayed in the same format in which it has been entered.
Functions

Function - $$DateRange
This function is used to convert a valid Due Date value from any other data type to the data type
Due Date. It is used to set the values to a method of Type ‘Due Date’ programmatically. For
example, while creating a Purchase Order Voucher programmatically using User Defined Functions, to set the value to method OrderDueDate (of type Due Date), we need to use this Function.
Syntax
$$DateRange:<Value>:<Date Expression>:<Logical Expression>
Where,
<Value> must evaluate to a Date OR the duration in terms of Days, Weeks, Months and Years.
<DateExpression> must evaluate to a Date, which is considered as the ‘From’ Date.
<Logical Expression> must evaluate to a logical value. This logical value denotes whether the
specified ‘From’ date is also to be included, while calculating the due date.
For example, if the first parameter is set to 2 M, the second Parameter to 05-04-2013, and the
third Parameter to YES, then the method, say ‘OrderDueDate’, will be set as 04-06-2013, i.e., 2
Months from the specified ‘From’ date, including the ‘From’ date. However, if the logical expression is NO, then the value stored in the method would be 05-06-2013.

Function - $$DueDateByDate
This function returns the due date value in ‘Date’ format. The parameter passed to this function is
a value of type Due Date.
Syntax
$$DueDateByDate:<Due Date Expression>
Where,
<Due Date Method> can be any expression, which evaluates to a value of Type Due Date.
In continuation to the previous example, if the method ‘OrderDuedate’, evaluated with the Logical
value set as YES, is provided as the parameter, the result would be 04-06-2013, i.e., the Due
Date in ‘Date’ format.

Function - $$DueDateInDays
This function provides the due date value in ‘number of days’ format. The parameter passed to
this function is a value of type Due Date. The function returns the due date in terms of the total
number of days, considered from the ‘From’ date.
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Syntax
$$DueDateInDays:<Due Date Expression>
Where,
<Due Date Method> can be any expression, which evaluates to a value of Type Due Date.

Function - $$IsSetByDate
This function checks and indicates if the due date is mentioned in terms of ‘Date’, instead of
‘Number of Days’. It returns a logical value, i.e., ‘Yes’ OR ‘No’. If the due date’s format is ‘Date’,
then the function returns ‘Yes’, else it returns ‘No’.
Syntax
$$IsSetByDate:<Date Expression>
Where,
<Date Expression> can be any value of Type Due Date.
11.6 Compatibility of data type ‘DateTime’ with data types ‘Date’ and ‘Time’
1. Setting a data container (Field, UDF or Method) of type Date OR Time with a value of data
type DateTime is possible. For example, if the value of a field of type Date or Time is set by
referring to another field of type DateTime, the particular date value OR time value is taken,
respectively, and the same is displayed in the Field.
Example:
[Field: Date of Purchase]
Type
: Date
Storage : DateOfPurchase
Format
: “Long Date”
Set as
: #DateandTimeOfPurchase
Date and TimeOfPurchase is a Field containing a value of type DateTime. When this field is
being referred to in the Field Date of Purchase of type Date, the ‘Date’ part of the value is
extracted and set as the value of the field.
2. Date and Time functions can be used on a value of type DateTime. The vice versa is also true,
i.e., DateTime functions can also be used on a value of type Date or Time.
Example:
$$DayOfWeek:$DateTimeOfPurchase
/* Date function is used on method value of type DateTime */
$$DayOfDate:#DateandTimeOfPurchase
/* Date function is used on field value of type DateTime */
$$Time:#DateandTimeOfPurchase
/* Time function is used on field value of type DateTime */
$$DateTime:#DateOfPurchase
/* DateTime function is used on field value of type Date */
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11.7 Constraints and Assumptions for Calendar data types
TIME
1. Data Type Time currently does not support time zones.
2. Data Type Date is independent of the Data Type Time. This means that if the time is changed
from PM to AM, or vice versa, the Date does not change.
3. Time is cyclic in nature, i.e., if 12 hours are subtracted from 1 am, it results in 1 pm.
DATETIME
1. In a field of type DateTime, for entering the time value, date must be entered first.
2. When a value of type Date is converted to type DateTime, then default value of time is taken
as 0:00.
3. When a value of type Time is converted to type DateTime, then the default value of Date is
assumed as the current date.
DURATION
1. In Duration data type, if no unit is specified, then it is by default taken as days. For example, in
a Field of type ‘Duration’, if the value entered is 10, then it is considered as 10 days.
2. Negative Duration is not supported.
11.8 COM Support to Calendar Data Types
We are already aware that the COM DLL Support feature had been introduced for TDL in Release
4.6, to support COM DLL Processing. But, the support was restricted to only a few data types. In
the Release 4.61, the support had been extended to many more data types. (For Further details
on COM Capability, refer to ‘What’s New in Release 4.6’ and ‘What’s New in Release 4.61’ in this
document.)
From Release 4.7 onwards, the COM support has been extended for two other data types, viz.,
Time and DateTime.
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What’s New in Release 4.61
1. COM Data Types Support
In Release 4.6, a new Definition Type COM Interface, a new Action Exec COM Interface, and
new Functions $$COMExecute and $$IsCOMInterfaceInvokable had been introduced to extend
Support for COM Servers. However, this support was limited to only a few COM Data Types.
From Release 4.61 onwards, the following COM Data Types will also be supported:
COM Data Type
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TDL Data Types
Range of Values/
Other Details
String
String
Number, Date,
Logical, Amount
Float
Number
String, Amount
3.4 * 10^-38 to 3.4 * 10^38
Double/ Number
Number
String, Amount
1.7 * 10^-308 to 1.7 * 10^308
Currency/ Amount
Amount
String, Number
This would have a precision of
4 decimal places, rather than
5, as in Tally.ERP9. If Tally
sends the number in 5
decimal places, DLL will
round it off to 4 decimal
places.
Char
String (1st
character of
String is used)
Number, Date,
Logical, Amount
(Only the First
letter)
For example, if the
number is 987,
then the result char
would be 9 and
similarly, for the
other data types.
For Date, it
depends on the
Date Format.
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TDL Data Type
Other Permissible
TDL Data Types
Range of Values/
Other Details
Byte/ Unsigned
char
Number
String, Amount
0 to 255
Short/ Wchar
Number
String, Amount
-32,768 to 32,767
Unsigned short
Number
String, Amount
0 to 65,535
Long
Number
String, Amount
-2,147,483,648 to
2,147,483,647
Long Long
Number
String, Amount
-9,223,372,036,854,775,808
to 9,223,372,036,854,775,807
Unsigned Long
Number
String, Amount
0 to 4,294,967,295
Unsigned Long
Long
Number
String, Amount
0 to
18,446,744,073,709,551,615
Integer
Number
String, Amount
-2,147,483,648 to
2,147,483,647
Unsigned Integer
Number
String, Amount
0 to 4,294,967,295
Bool/Boolean/
Logical
Logical
String (Yes/No, 0/1,
True/False)
True/False
Date
Date
String
Variant
String, Number,
Date, Logical,
Amount
Scode
Number
This can be an Out or InOut
parameter. The value for the
data type can be any one of
the following data types, viz
String, Amount, Number, Date
OR Logical.
String
0 to 4,294,967,295
This is a kind of an error code
data type, used by Windows
API.
The parameters can also be of the Other Permissible TDL data types, as mentioned in the table,
in place of the data types mentioned in the column titled ‘TDL Data Type’. Irrespective of whether
the parameter is an In, Out OR InOut parameter, Tally implicitly converts these data types to the
respective COM Data Types.
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In Release 4.6, while declaring the Parameters for COM Interface, only a limited number of data
types could be accepted as data type for the parameter.
Let’s understand this with the help of the following example:
DLL Code
using System;
TDL Code - COM Interface Definition
[COM Interface: TSPL Smp Add]
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Linq;
Project
: MathLib
using System.Text;
Class
: MathClass
Interface
: Add
namespace MathLib
Parameters : p1: Number:In
{
Returns
: Number
public class MathClass
{
public double Add(double pDouble)
{
return pDouble + 9;
}
}
}
In the codes shown in the table, the Interface Add of Class MathClass had the Parameter Data
type as Double in DLL, while the same had to be mapped to Number as the Parameter Data type
in TDL.
From Release 4.61 onwards, the COM Data Types listed in ‘Other Permissible TDL Data Types’
column in the table are also supported. Thus, in this particular example, the data type of the
Parameter can also be specified as Double in place of Number, and hence, the same can be
rewritten as:
Parameters : p1 : Double : In
However, while invoking the COM Server, the data type must be a TDL Data Type, viz. Number,
String, Amount, Date OR Logical.
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Example:
[Function: TSPL Smp Addition]
Parameter
: InputNo
: Number
00 : Exec COM Interface : TSPL Smp Add : ##InputNo
10 : Log
: $$LastResult
It is not necessary to have the above TDL Data Type as Number. It could also be a
String or an Amount. However, the value within the String should be a Number.
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What’s New in Release 4.6
1. COM DLL Support in TDL
A dynamic-link library (DLL) is an executable file that acts as a shared library of functions.
Dynamic linking provides a way for a process to call a function that is not part of its executable
code. The executable code for the function is located in a DLL, which contains one or more
functions that are compiled, linked, and stored separately from the processes that use them.
Multiple applications can simultaneously access the contents of a single copy of a DLL in memory.
DLL support has been provided in TDL for quite a while. The focus was primarily on extending
Tally for bringing in capabilities which could not be achieved within Tally. ‘CallDLLFunction’
allowed calling native/unmanaged DLLs which were written and compiled in C++.
In further releases, this moved a step further where the support was extended to use Plug-In and
Activex Plug-In, where the XML output from the DLL could be used as a data source in the collection artifact, and thereby, consumed in TDL. This paved the way for new possibilities on
extending Tally as per customer needs, which required interactions with external hardware, etc.
However, this required changes in the DLL as per the processing capabilities of the collection.
The XML output from the collection had to be necessarily from a function within DLL which had to
be named mandatorily as TDLCollection within the DLLClass.
The Component Object Model (COM) is a component software architecture that allows applications and systems to be built from components supplied by different software vendors. COM is the
underlying architecture that forms the foundation for higher-level software services. These DLLs
provide the standard benefits of shared libraries. Component Object Model (COM) was introduced by Microsoft to enable inter process communication and dynamic object creation across a
varied range of programming languages. In other words, objects can be implemented in environments seamlessly different from the one in which they are created.This technology specifies
manipulation of data associated with objects through an Interface. A COM interface refers to a
predefined group of related functions that a COM class implements.The object implements the
interface by using the code that implements each method of the interface, and provides COM
binary-compliant pointers to those functions, to the COM library. COM then makes those functions
available to the requesting clients.
COM DLL Support will pave the way for providing features like ‘Tally For Blind’ using the generic
speech API provided by Microsoft. This Release comes with enhanced capabilities in the
language to support COM DLL processing. A new definition type called COM Interface has been
introduced for the same.
1.1 COM Servers and COM Clients
A COM Server is any class/ method that provides services to clients. These services are in the
form of interface implementations which can be called by any client that is able to get a pointer to
one of the interfaces on the server object. A COM Client makes use of a COM Server, and uses
its services by calling the methods of its interfaces.
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COM Server DLLs are DLLs which have objects exposed to COM and can be used by COM
Clients. Let’s take the following DLL Code as an example:
using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Linq;
using System.Text;
namespace MathLib
{
public class MathClass
{
public double Add(double pDouble)
{
return pDouble + 9;
}
public int Divide(int Dividend, int Divisor, out int Remainder)
{
int Quotient;
Quotient = Dividend/Divisor;
Remainder = Dividend - (Divisor * Quotient);
return Quotient;
}
public void datefunc(ref DateTime date)
{
date = date.AddDays(40);
}
}
}
In this C# DLL, three functions are called. They are:

Add - it takes an input parameter, and returns it, after adding 9 to it.


Divide - it accepts a Dividend and a Divisor as inputs, and returns the Quotient, along with
the Remainder.
datefunc - it accepts a parameter ‘date’ as input, and updates it by adding 40 days to it.
1.2 Registering the DLL
For .NET COM Servers, we need to register with a parameter /CodeBase.
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Example:
regasm /CodeBase <DLL Name with absolute path>
For further details on steps to register DLLs, please refer to the section How to Register DLLs.
If the DLL is written using VB.NET or C#.NET; before building the DLL, please
ensure that the COM Visible Property is set.
After registering the DLL, ensure that the registry entries are available as under:
i. ProgID: The value for which should be <ProjectName>.<ClassName>
ii. Inprocserver32 OR InprocHandler32 OR LocalService – The default value
for these keys in registry should be the path to the DLL/EXE which we have
registered.
To find the Registry Entry, one can open regedit, and locate the project name of the
DLL that has been registered and ensure the above.
1.3 Implementation in Tally.ERP9 using TDL
A new definition ‘COM Interface’ has been introduced to call a function available in external DLL/
EXE (COM Server). This will help the TDL Developer to use external libraries and devices. With
this enhancement, Tally.ERP9 can now act as a COM Client.
Definition - COM Interface
The definition ‘COM Interface’ has been introduced to accept the external DLL/EXE details like
Project name, Class name, Function name and other required parameters.
Syntax
[COM Interface: <COM Interface name>]
Where,
<COM Interface name> is the name of the COM Interface definition.
Attributes supported by definition ‘COM Interface’:
The following attributes are supported in this definition:

Attribute - PROJECT
This attribute is used to specify the name of the project.
Syntax
Project : <Project Name>
Where,
<Project Name> is the name of the Project/Namespace of the COM Server.

Attribute - CLASS
This attribute is used to specify the Class name under the project specified.
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Syntax
Class : <Class name>
Where,
<Class Name> is the name of the Class of the COM server to be used.

Attribute - INTERFACE
This attribute is used to specify the interface name under the class that needs to be executed. It
corresponds to the name of the function within the DLL Class to be executed.
Syntax
Interface : <Interface name>
Where,
<Interface Name> is the name of the actual Interface name of the DLL which is to be called.

Attribute - PARAMETER
This attribute denotes the list of parameters along with their data types required by the COM Interface. The TDL Data types supported are:

Number

Long

String

Logical

Date
Syntax
Parameter : <Parameter Name> : <Data type> [: <Parameter Type>]
Where,
<Parameter Name> is the name of the Parameter.
<Data Type> is the data type of the parameter being passed.
<Parameter Type> is the nature of the parameter, viz. In (Input), Out (Output) or InOut (Both
Input and Output)
For instance:
Parameter of type String for accepting output will be written as:
Parameter : Parm1 : String : Out
In the absence of the specification of the nature of Parameter, the parameter is defaulted as inparameter.
All the parameters must sequentially correspond to the ones accepted by the COM
Interface.

Attribute - Returns
This attribute denotes the return data type of the COM Interface.
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Syntax
Returns : <Return Data Type>
Where,
<Return Data Type> is the data type of the value returned by the COM Interface.
Let us define the COM Interfaces required for the previous DLL code:
[COM Interface: TSPL Smp Addition]
Project
: MathLib
Class
: MathClass
Interface : Add
Parameters: p1
Returns
: Number
: In
: Number
[COM Interface: TSPL Smp Division]
Project
: MathLib
Class
: MathClass
Interface : Divide
Parameters: p1
: Long
: In
Parameters: p2
: Long
: In
Parameters: p3
: Long
: Out
Returns
: Long
[COM Interface: TSPL Smp AddDate]
Project
: MathLib
Class
: MathClass
Interface : DateFunc
Parameters: p1
: Date
: InOut
In this code, 3 COM Interfaces are defined, each for executing 3 different functions inside DLL:

MathLib is the DLL Project Name
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MathClass is the DLL Class under the Project MathLib
Add, Divide and DateFunc are the Functions under the Class MathClass, which are
specified in the Attribute Interface.
Action – Exec COM Interface
A new action Exec COM Interface has been introduced to invoke the defined COM Interface.
Syntax
Exec COM Interface: <COM Interface name> [: <Parameter 1> [: <Parameter
2>…… [: <Parameter N>]…]]
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Where,
<COM Interface Name> is the name of the COM Interface Definition.
[: <Parameter 1> [: <Parameter 2>…… [: <Parameter N>]…]] are the subsequent parameters,
which are passed considering the following aspects:
 If the parameter corresponds to IN parameter, it can take any expression or constant.
 If the parameter corresponds to an OUT or an InOut Parameter, then only the variable
name must be specified, without prefixing a ##. In other words, expressions are not
supported. The variable, in case of:
a) InOut Parameter, will send the variable value to the Interface as input, and in return,
will bring back the value altered by the Interface.
b) Out Parameter, will only bring back the updated value from the DLL.
In the previous TDL Code, three COM Interfaces are defined. A function is then called, inside
which the action Exec COM Interface is used to invoke the COM interface definitions as follows:
[Function: TSPL Smp Execute COM Interfaces]
Variable
:p1
:Number
:90
Variable
:p2
:Number
:102
Variable
:p3
:Number
:5
Variable
:p4
:Number
Variable
:pDate :Date
00
:Exec COM Interface
10
:Log
20
:Exec COM Interface
25
:Log
:$$LastResult
30
:Log
:##p4
40
:Set
:pDate
50
:Exec COM Interface
60
: Log :##pDate
:TSPL Smp Addition :##p1
:$$LastResult
:TSPL Smp Division :##p2 :##p3 :p4
:$$Date
:"20-04-2013"
:TSPL Smp AddDate
:pDate
If this Action is invoked from within a TDL function, then the Objects created are
retained until all the Actions within the function are executed. This behaviour was
designed so that multiple functions in a COM Class can be used on the same COM
Object (state of COM Object is maintained). For instance, there are some functions
of a COM server which depend on each other, and are required to be called in
sequence, then the same object needs to be present and functions should be called
on that same object to give correctness.
As a Global action, this would create a COM Object once per COM Interface execution. In other words, if there are two functions of a COM Server and they depend on
each other, then this action would work only if used within a procedural Code.
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Function - $$COMExecute
This function is similar to the Action Exec COM Interface, except that Interfaces with only In
Parameters can be executed with the Function $$COMExecute. In other words, this Function can
only execute a ‘COM Interface’, if it has no Out Parameters.
Syntax
$$COMExecute : <COM Interface name>: [<Parameter 1>[:<Parameter 2> [....
[: <Parameter n>]....]]]
Where,
<COM Interface Name> is the name of the COM Interface definition.
[<Parameter 1>[:<Parameter 2>[....[:<Parameter n>]....]]] are the IN parameters, which correspond to the parameters specified in the COM Interface definition.
As mentioned earlier, the first function of DLL only takes In Parameters. Hence, the function
COMExecute can be used only for the first COM Interface definition in the example shown above.
Example:
$$COMExecute:TSPLSmpAddition:##p1
Function - $$IsCOMInterfaceInvokable
This function just checks if the ‘COM Interface’ description which was defined, could be used or
not. If the COM class of the interface is not available in the COM server, it would return FALSE;
while if the class and the function invoked in the COM class are present, then the interface is
invokable, and hence TRUE would be returned.
Syntax
$$IsCOMInterfaceInvokable: <COM Interface name>
Where,
<COM Interface name> is the name of the COM Interface Definition.
Scope and Limitations

Only a COM Server which implements its classes using IDispatch interface (Automation
interface of COM), can be used with this.
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For other Native DLLs (DLLs that contain raw processor directly-executable code, e.g.,
Win32 DLL) or ones which do not comply with the above, another wrapper DLL can be
made which makes use of it and exposes the functionality to TDL.
The data types supported are Long, Number, String, Logical and Date, which are mapped
to the following data types in IDL:
IDL Type
Parameter data type in TDL
Signed Int
Long
Double
Number
BSTR
String
Boolean
Logical
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Out parameters are supported in this capability. But, functions which take other data types
than specified in the table are currently not supported in TDL, and hence, cannot be used.
2. Developer Mode
In market, there are customers using Tally.ERP9 for their day-to-day operations. There are also
developers/ partners who build solutions within the product to suit the customer requirements.
For the entire spectrum of persons using Tally.ERP9, the only mode of execution available uptil
now was the default mode. In order to empower the developers of Tally with various tools which
will help them to build solutions optimally and efficiently, the very new Developer Mode has been
introduced.
From Release 4.6 onwards, Tally can operate in 2 modes, viz. Normal Mode which will be used
by the end users, and the Developer Mode, which will be used by the developers. The Developer
mode will offer various tools for debugging the code and optimizing the performance of reports.
The various Tools introduced for TDL Developers in Developer Mode are:
3. Profiler
Profiler is a very useful tool in the hands of the TDL Programmer. Usually, any requirement can be
achieved in multiple ways using TDL. But, it is highly difficult for the programmers to choose the
optimal way. Using Profiler, programmers can check the time taken to execute each TDL artifact,
along with the count of how many times they have been executed. This ensures redundancy
check, and the code can be optimized for the best performance and user experience.
4. Expression Diagnostics
This is a very handy tool for the TDL Programmer. At times, while writing complex expressions for
huge projects, it becomes difficult to identify the expression that has failed. Usually, for debugging
such code, TDL Programmers had to resort to invoking User Defined Functions and logging the
values to trace the point of failure. With Expression Diagnostics, now the system automatically
dumps every expression along with their resultant value in the log. For expressions which have
failed to execute, the resultant value would be set to FAILED. With this, the programmer can
easily reach the exact expression that has failed and correct the same without much delay. This
would save a lot of programmer’s time, which can be used for other projects.
5. Key Recording, Playback and Triggering the Keys
This feature will be useful in instances where developers require to execute certain keystrokes
repetitively to test/ retest the code output and confirm if the same is in line with the customer
requirement. It will help in doing automated QA and ensuring utmost quality for the customer. For
instance, if a data entry screen has been customised by incorporating additional fields, sub-forms,
etc., then in order to validate if the data entry performance is affected, one can record the keystrokes for saving a voucher, and replay them as many times as required.
6. Onscreen Tooltip
While developing extensions on Tally, developers usually navigate through default TDL to locate
the appropriate definition name and alter their attributes within their code. At times, it becomes
very difficult for the developers to identify the right field names, since there are several options at
various stages and finding the right ones requires a lot of effort. Hence, to make developer’s life
easier, a very critical tool, i.e., the Onscreen Tooltip, has been introduced. When the mouse
pointer is placed on a Field, the definition name of the Field is displayed. If the pointer points at a
place where no field exists, the definition name of the Report is displayed.
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All these Tools/Enhancements will be available only if the developer executes Tally in Developer
Mode, using the Command Line Parameter DevMode.

Command Line Parameter - DevMode
Command Line Parameter DevMode has been introduced to execute Tally in Developer mode.
Syntax
<Tally Application Path>\Tally.exe /DevMode
Example:
C:\Tally.ERP9\Tally.exe /DevMode
On invoking Tally in Developer Mode, the Tally Screen looks as follows:
Figure 1. Tally.ERP9 in Developer Mode
Developers must not execute the above at the Client end unless required, because
if the client continues to work in this mode, it might affect the performance adversely.

Function - $$InDeveloperMode
This function is used to check if Tally is currently working in Developer mode. It returns TRUE if
the Tally application is in Developer Mode, else returns FALSE.
This tool can be used when the developer needs to write some additional code for testing
purpose, so that the testing code does not appear to the end user, thereby executing only if the
product is running in Developer Mode.
Syntax
$$InDeveloperMode
Example:
Option :
DevModeDefaultMenu
:
$$InDeveloperMode
Extensive use of this function in the TDL code may lead to performance issues even
in Normal mode.
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Let us discuss the tools/capabilities and their usage, in detail:
2.1 Profiler
As briefed before, Profiler is a useful tool which helps the developers to check the performance of
the TDL Program, thus optimizing the code. It returns the execution time and count of the various
TDL artifacts. It gathers information of Collections, User Defined Functions and Expressions.
The steps to get the profiler information are:

Start the Profiler

Execute the desired Report

Dump the Profiler and/or Stop the Profiler, with the file name
The dumped profiler information when opened in Textpad, looks as follows:
Figure 2. Dumped Profiler Information
As seen in the figure, the profile information shows the time taken for evaluating every expression
as well as how many times (Count) the same expression or collection was evaluated/ gathered.
Developers are already aware that apart from performing various arithmetic operations, Calculator Panel can also be used to issue select Queries like Select $Name, $Parent from Ledger,
Select * from Company, etc. Now, the Calculator Pane can also be used by developers for Profiling, Debugging, Key Recording and Playing back by setting various modes.
Commands used for Profiling
The following Calculator Pane Commands are supported for the profiling information:
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Profiler Mode
It sets the mode to Profiler, which means that Profiling Commands will be accepted. It provides
certain calculator pane commands to the developer in order to check the performance of code.
Syntax
MODE: Profile
Figure 3. Issuing commands in the Calculator Pane in Profiler Mode
Once mode is set to Profile, commands issued in the Calculator Pane work in Profiling Context.
Start
This command starts gathering the count and time taken for evaluating a TDL Artifact in memory.
Syntax
START
Stop
This command is used to end the profiling.
Syntax
STOP
Dump
This command is used to dump the collected profile data to the file tdlprof.log. It also clears the
memory once the data is dumped.
Syntax
DUMP
Dumpz
This command is used to dump the collected profile data, including artifacts which have
consumed negligible time, i.e., zero processing time, into the file tdlprof.log. It also clears the
memory after updation to the file.
Syntax
DUMPZ
Status
It checks the status of the profiler, and returns the statement Profiler is ON or Profiler is OFF.
Syntax
STATUS
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Reset
This command is used to clear the existing profile data from the Memory.
Syntax
RESET
Help
This command gives the list of Profiler commands, with description of their purpose.
Syntax
HELP
Actions used for Profiling
Apart from Calculator Pane Commands, there are several TDL Actions provided to programmatically execute the profiling operations. They are:

Action - Start Profile
This action is used to start the profiling. The Count, Time and other usage information of every
function, collection, etc. gathered along with expressions within the report, are profiled in memory.
Syntax
Start Profile
Example:
[Button: Start Profiling]
Key
: Alt + S
Action: Start Profile

Action - Dump Profile
This action is used to dump all the profiled information to the file. It also clears the memory after
dumping the information.
Syntax
Dump Profile [: <File Name>[: <Logical Value>]]
Where,
<File Name> is the name of the file to which the information has to be written. In the absence of
the ‘File Name’ Parameter, the default file updated will be tdlprof.log
<Logical Value> if set to YES, the ‘Dump Profile’ action also includes zero time-taking artifacts. If
it is enabled, the action is similar to calculator pane command DumpZ, else it is similar to Dump.
Example:
[Button: Dump Profiling]
Key
: Alt + R
Action: Dump Profile: “Profiled @ ” + @@SystemCurrentTime
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
Action - Stop Profile
This action is used to stop the profiling. If the Optional parameter ‘File Name’ is passed, then
information is also dumped into the file, without requiring the action Dump Profile.
Syntax
Stop Profile [: <File Name>]
Where,
<File Name> is the name of the file to which the information has to be written.
Example:
[Button: Stop Profiling]
Key
: Alt + T
Action: Stop Profile
Functions used for Profiling
The following function has been introduced to support profiling:

Function - $$IsProfilerOn
This function is used to check the current status of the TDL Profiler. It returns logical value TRUE,
if the status of the profiler is ON.
Syntax
$$IsProfilerOn
Example:
[Function: Switch Profiler OnOff]
10 : If : $$IsProfilerOn
20 :
Stop Profile
30 : Else
40 :
Start Profile
50 : End If
2.2 Expression Diagnostics
This will help the developers to debug the TDL Program much faster by evaluating the complex
expressions and logging the values evaluated at every stage. In other words, this feature would
provide the breakup of the expression, the result of each sub-expression, as well as the expression which has failed to evaluate.
The steps to get the Expression Diagnostics information are:

Start the Expression Diagnostics
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The dumped debugger information, when opened in Textpad, looks as in the following figure:
Figure 4. Dumped Debugger Information
As seen in the figure, each expression in the developer’s code, as well as the default codes are
evaluated and the result values are shown for the purpose of debugging. If any expression evaluation fails, the Result would display as Failed.
Commands used for Expression Diagnostics
The Calculator pane commands used for Expression Diagnostics are as follows:
Debugger Mode
This sets the mode to Debug, which means that any Debugging Commands will be accepted.
It provides certain calculator pane commands in the hands of developer in order to diagnose the
errors in the code, as well as to evaluate and/or set the values to the environment variable.
Syntax
MODE: Debug
Figure 5. Issuing Debugging commands in the Calculator Pane
Once mode is set to Debug, commands issued in the Calculator Pane will work in Debug Context.
Start
Start command is used to start diagnosing the data. Subsequent to issuing this command, when
any report is viewed, the data will start gathering every expression along with their values, and will
be updated in the log file later.
Syntax
START
Dump
This command dumps the collected Expressions data to the file tdldebug.log. It also clears the
memory.
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Syntax
DUMP
Status
This command is used to check the status of the debugger and returns the statement Expression
Debugger is ON or Expression Debugger is OFF.
Syntax
STATUS
Eval
This calculator pane command is used for evaluating an expression.
Example:
EVAL : ##SVFromDate
In this example, the value of SVFromDate will be returned in the Calculator Pane.
Set
A variable value can also be set from within a Calculator Pane. This feature helps the developer to
set the variable value in the Calculator Pane itself and check the behavioral change. This will
speed up the testing process of the Developer by not requiring him to write the code, create an
interface element to alter the variable values, and then check the same.
Example:
SET
: DSPShowOpening
: Yes
This will set the value of the variable DSPShowOpening. For instance, prior to viewing Trial
Balance, one can set the value of this variable in the Calculator Pane and the Trial Balance will be
displayed with the Opening Column.
Print
Print displays the value of a system variable.
Example:
Print: SVFromDate
This will return the SVFromDate value.
Reset
This command is used to clear the existing diagnosis data from Memory.
Example:
RESET
Stop
This command will stop further diagnosis of data.
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Example:
STOP
Help
This gives the list of Debug commands, with description of their purpose.
Example:
HELP
Actions used for Expression Diagnostics
Apart from Calculator Pane Commands, there are several TDL Actions provided to programmatically execute the debugging operations. They are:

Action - Start Debug
This action is used to start debugging. All expressions evaluated would be debugged. The information collected can be dumped to a file anytime.
Syntax
Start Debug
Example:
[Button: Start Debugging]
Key
: Alt + D
Action: Start Debug: “Debugged @ ” + @@SystemCurrentTime

Action - Dump Debug
This action is used to dump all debugging information to the file. It also clears the diagnosis data
from the memory, once dumped.
Syntax
Dump Debug:
<File Name>
Where,
<File Name> is the name of the file to which the information has to be written.
Example:
[Button: Dump Debugging]
Key
: Alt + E
Action: Dump Debug : “Debugged @ ” + @@SystemCurrentTime

Action - Stop Debug
This action is used to stop debugging. If the file name is passed, then the information is also
dumped into the specified file.
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Syntax
Stop Debug [: <File Name>]
Where,
<File Name> is the name of the file to which the information has to be written.
Example:
[Button: Stop Debugging]
Key
: Alt + O
Action
: Stop Debug : “Debugged @ ” + @@SystemCurrentTime
Functions used for Expression Diagnostics
The following function has been introduced to support Debugging operations:

Function - $$IsDebuggerOn
This function is used to check the current status of the Expression Debugger. It returns logical
value TRUE if the status of the Debugger is ON.
Syntax
$$IsDebuggerOn
Example:
Inactive: NOT $$IsDebuggerOn
2.3 Key Recording and Playback
The recording and playback features will allow the developers to record all the keyboard keys and
later play/replay them, as and when required.
This will help the developers to automate and replay certain keystrokes repeatedly during testing
of the code for various performance testing needs, as well as while debugging a project, and
automate multiple steps required to do the needful.
The steps to get the Key Recording done are:

Start the Recording

Navigate through the sequence of key strokes

Dump the Recorded information

Stop the Recording
The dumped recorded information when opened in Textpad, looks as shown in the figure :
Figure 6. Dumped Recorded Information
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As seen in figure, the macros are appended to the file macros.log within the application path.
Comma-separated Keys are written in the file against each macro name separated with the
separator symbol specified while dumping the macro from the memory to the file.
Commands used for Key Recording and Playback
The following Calculator Pane Commands are supported for Key Recording and Playback:
Record Mode
Record Mode gives various commands to help the developer in recording keys. The mode should
be set by specifying the mode as Record.
Syntax
MODE: Record
The following commands can be specified in the Calculator Pane once the Mode is set to Record:
Start
This command is used to start recording a macro.
Syntax
Start[: <Macros name>]
Where,
<Macros name> is the name assigned to a macro. In the absence of a Macro Name, it is
defaulted to the name Macro.
Example:
START : BSView
Replay
It is used to replay the recently recorded macro from the memory, but before the same is dumped
into a file. If the macro is already dumped into a file, the same is cleared from the memory and will
not be available for Replay. The macro from the file can then be replayed using File I/O Approach
and Action ‘Trigger Key’ (explained later), but cannot be replayed through Calculator Pane.
Syntax
REPLAY
Pause
This command is used to pause the recent recording.
Syntax
PAUSE
Resume
This command is used to resume the recently paused recording.
Syntax
RESUME
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Dump
This command is used to dump the recording to the file macros.log. The macro name will be
separated from the keys with the ‘separator character’ specified as the parameter. It also clears
the keys in the memory.
Syntax
DUMP[: ~]
Stop
This command is used to stop recording the recent macro.
Syntax
STOP
LS
This command is used to list the macros which are recorded and available in the memory. The
dumped macros will not be listed as they are cleared from the memory as soon as they are
dumped in the file.
Syntax
LS
Help
This command provides a list of all the recording commands, with description of their purpose.
Syntax
HELP
To
reset command prompt to regular behaviour, you need to mention MODE.
 To
perform all the above actions or Calculator Pane Commands, Tally must be
executed in DevMode.
Actions used for Key Recording and Playback
Apart from Calculator Pane Commands, there are several TDL Actions provided to programmatically execute the Key Recording operations. They are:

Action - Start Recording
This action is used to start recording every key entered in the memory, with the specified macro
name. In the absence of optional parameter Macro Name, default name assumed will be ‘Macro’.
Syntax
Start Recording[ : <Macro Name>]
Where,
<Macro Name> is the name of the macro to be recorded in memory.
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Example:
[Button: Start Recording]
Title
: "Start"
Key
: Alt + C
Action
: Start Recording

: "BS View"
Action - Pause Recording
This action pauses the recording, which can be resumed further. For instance, while recording
multiple Vouchers, we might have to run through the Report to check the Number of vouchers,
Amount, etc., and then resume recording the Vouchers.
Syntax
Pause Recording
Example:
[Button: Pause Recording]
Title
: "Pause"
Key
: Alt + U
Action
: Pause Recording

Action - Resume Recording
This action resumes the paused recording.
Syntax
Resume Recording
Example:
[Button: Resume Recording]
Title
: "Resume"
Key
: Alt + M
Action
: Resume Recording

Action - Dump Recording
This action dumps all the recordings to a file with the given separator. Each recording is dumped
with its name and keys. This also clears the keys in the memory.
Syntax
Dump Recording : <Macro Name> : <Separator between keys>
Where,
<Macro Name> is the name of the macro recorded in memory.
<Separator between keys> is the separator to be used between the recording name and keys.
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Example:
[Button: Dump Recording]
Title
: "Dump"
Key
: Alt + G
Action
: Dump Recording

: “BSView”
: “,”
Action - Stop Recording
This action stops the recording.
Syntax
Stop Recording
Example:
[Button: Stop Recording]
Title
: "Stop"
Key
: Alt + N
Action
: Stop Recording
The recordings once dumped in a file against a name using the above actions, can
be replayed by reading the file using File I/O approach and Triggering the keys in a
loop using the Action ‘Trigger Key’, which will be covered ahead.

Action - Trigger Key
When the macro keys are recorded using Key Recording Actions or when they are dumped into
the Macros File from the Calculator Pane Command; in order to play them back, one needs to
make use of the Action Trigger Key, which sends the list of keys in sequence to the system as if
an operator is pressing those Keys. The Keystrokes of a required macro can be copied from
Macro Log file and pasted against the ‘Trigger Key’ Action, which triggers all those Keys in
sequence as required.
Also, Trigger Key accepts a value with Inverted Quotes, which means - trigger this as a value in
the current field. For example, V, “Cash”, etc. If the triggered keys enclosed within quotes (“ ”) are
executed from a menu, they will be considered as menu keys. For example, “DAS” from Gateway
of Tally menu will take the user through Display -> Account Books -> Sales Register.
Syntax
Trigger Key: <Comma Separated Keys/ Values>
Example:
Trigger Key: V, F5, Enter, "Cash", Enter, "Conveyance", Enter, "50",
Ctrl+A
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Functions used for Key Recording
The following function has been introduced for key recording:

Function - $$Recorder Status
This function is used to check the status of the recorder. It returns a String value to indicate
whether it is in Started, Stopped or Paused mode.
Syntax
$$RecorderStatus
2.4 Onscreen Tooltip
At times, it becomes difficult for the developer to navigate through the default TDL and identify the
fields that are used in the target report. Hence, the Onscreen Tooltip feature has been provided
for the developers, who can identify the Field/ Report Names by placing the mouse pointer
wherever required.
This behavior will work only in Developer Mode which means that the Tally Application must have
started with a Command Line Parameter /DevMode.
As seen in the following screen capture, the Field Name is displayed as a Tooltip, when the
cursor is pointed on the desired field within the Report.
Figure 7. Field Name displayed as Tooltip when cursor points to a Field
In the next screen capture, it can be seen that the Report Name is displayed as a Tooltip, when
the cursor is not pointed on any of the fields within the Report.
Figure 8. Report Name displayed when the cursor does not point on a Field
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What’s New in Release 4.5
Introduction
The TDL language is enriched with new capabilities, based on emerging needs, from time to time.
With the introduction of the new product Tally.Server 9, in this release, a few generic actions and
functions have been introduced.
1. Platform Functions
1.1 Function - $$IsAccountingVch
This function checks if the specified voucher type is Accounting Voucher or not. It returns a logical
value.
Syntax
$$IsAccountingVch:<VoucherTypeName>
Where,
<VoucherTypeName> is the name of the voucher type.
Example:
Set As: $$IsAccountingVch:##TSPLSmp_Information
1.2 Function - $$IsInvVch
This function checks if the specified voucher type is Inventory voucher or not (excluding Order
vouchers). It returns a logical value.
Syntax
$$IsInvVch:<VoucherTypeName>
Where,
<VoucherTypeName> is the name of the voucher type.
Example:
Set As: $$IsInvVch:##TSPLSmp_Information
1.3 Function - $$IsPayrollVch
This function is used to check if the specified voucher type is Payroll Voucher or not. It returns a
logical value.
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Syntax
$$IsPayrollVch:<VoucherTypeName>
Where,
<VoucherTypeName> is the name of the voucher type.
Example:
Set As: $$IsPayrollVch:##TSPLSmp_Information
1.4 Function - $$IsOrderVch
This functions is used to check if the specified voucher type is Order Voucher or not. It returns a
logical value.
Syntax
$$IsOrderVch:<VoucherTypeName>
Where,
<VoucherTypeName> is the name of the voucher type.
Example:
Set As: $$IsOrderVch:##TSPLSmp_Information
1.5 Function - $$IsProdTallyServer
This function is used to check whether the product is Tally.Server 9 or not. It returns TRUE if the
product is Tally.Server 9.
Syntax
$$IsProdTallyServer
Example:
[Function: TSPL Smp IsProdTallyServer]
00: If: $$IsProdTallyServer
10:
Msg Box: "Server Check":"The Current Product \n is Tally Server"
20: ELSE:
30: MSGBOX:"Server Check":"The Current Product\nis not Tally Server"
40: ENDIF
1.6 Function - $$ExcelInfo
This function is used to get the Excel ‘version’ and to check whether ‘XLSX’ format is supported.
Syntax
$$ExcelInfo: <Keyword>
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Where,
<Keyword> can be IsXLSXSupported or Version. The keyword IsXLSXSupported returns
TRUE, if the format “xlsx” is supported, while Version returns the Excel version number.
Example:
Set As: $$ExcelInfo:IsXLSXSupported
1.7 Function - $$IsServiceRunning
This function is used to check if the specified service is running or not. It returns TRUE if the
service is running.
Syntax
$$IsServiceRunning:<Service Name>
Where,
<Service Name> can be any expression which evaluates to the name of the service.
Example:
[Function: TSPL Smp IsServiceRunning]
00: If: $$IsServiceRunning:"Tally.Server 9"
10: MSG Box: "Service Check" :"The Current Service \n is Running"
20: ELSE:
30: MSGBOX: "Service Check ": "The Current Service \n is not Running"
40: ENDIF
1.8 Function - $$IsServiceInstalled
This function is used to check if the specified service is installed on the system or not. It returns
TRUE if the service is installed.
Syntax
$$IsServiceInstalled:<Service Name>
Where,
<Service Name> can be any expression, which evaluates to the name of the service.
Example:
[Function: TSPL Smp IsServiceRunning]
00: If: $$IsServiceInstalled:"AppMgmt"
10: Msg Box: "Service Check" :"The Current Service \n is installed"
20: ELSE:
30: MSGBOX:"Service Check":"The Current Service \n is not Installed"
40: ENDIF
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1.9 Function - $$ReadINI
The function is used to read the INI file, and get the value of any parameter in the INI.
Syntax
$$ReadINI : <Path\File Name> : <Section Name> : <Parameter> [: <Index>]
Where,
<Path\File Name> is the filename of the INI file, along with the path.
<Section Name> is the section name in the INI file.
<Parameter> is the Parameter whose value is to be fetched from the INI.
<Index> is an optional parameter. It can be used when multiple values for the same parameter
are accepted.
Example:
Set As: $$ReadINI:“C:\Tally.ERP9\tally.ini”:”TALLY”:”User TDL”
1.10 Function - $$IsUserAllowed
This function verifies and returns TRUE if user is allowed to perform the specified operation on
current Tally.Server9.
Syntax
$$IsUserAllowed: <Username>: <Operation> : <Tally Server Name>
Where,
<User Name> is the name of the user.
<Operation> is the operation that the user wants to perform. This can be any one of BackUp,
Restore, Rewrite, Create Company, Split Company and Monitor Tool.
<Tally Server Name> is the name of the Tally.Server 9
Example:
Set as:$$IsUserAllowed:$User_name1:”Restore”:##SvTallyServer
1.11 Function - $$IsTSAuthorised
This function checks if security is enabled on the specified Tally.Server 9. It returns TRUE if
security is enabled, else it returns FALSE.
Syntax
$$IsTSAuthorised : <TallyServer Name>
Where,
<Tally Server Name> is the name of the Tally.Server 9.
Example:
[Function: TSPL Smp IsTSAuthorised]
00: If: $$IsTSAuthorised:##SvTallyServer
10: MSG Box: "Security Check" :"Security Control is Enabled"
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20: ELSE:
30: MSGBOX: "Secuirity Check ": "Security Control \n is not Enabled"
40: ENDIF
1.12 Function - $$TSPingInfo
This function is used to retrieve the information related to Tally.Server 9 like License mode,
Number of license subscription days left, etc.
Syntax
$$TSPingInfo: <TallyServer> : <Keyword>
Where,
<Tally Server Name> is the name of the Tally Server.
<Keyword> can be any one of the keywords- Iseducational, LicenseExpiryDaysLeft and
HasINFO.

HasINFO returns TRUE or FALSE depending on whether the client is able to get information for this Tally.Server 9 (otherwise Iseducational and LicenseExpiryDaysLeft fail in a TDL
expression).

Iseducational returns TRUE if the Tally.Server9 is running in Educational mode.

LicenseExpiryDaysLeft returns the number of subscription days remaining.
Example:
Set As: $$TSPingInfo:##SvTallyServer:##Ping_Operation
1.13 Function - $$IsTSCompany
This function checks whether the current company is opened through Tally.Server9 or not. It
returns a logical value.
Syntax
$$IsTSCompany:<Company Name>
Where,
<Company Name> is the name of the company.
Example:
Set As:$$IsTSCompany:$CompanyStorage
1.14 Function - $$SelectedNonTSCmps
This function returns the total number of companies which are not loaded via Tally server, i.e.,
companies from local or shared data folders.
Syntax
$$SelectedNonTsCmps
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Example:
[Function: TSPL Smp IsProdTallyServer]
00:If: $$SelectedNonTsCmps
10: Msg Box: "Company Check" :$$SelectedNonTSCmps;+
"Total Companies not loaded via Tally server is \n"
20: ELSE:
30: MSGBOX: " Company Check ": "All Companies Have been +
Opened Via Tally Server "
40: ENDIF
1.15 Function - $$IsTSPath
This function checks whether the given path is Tally.Server path or not.
Syntax
$$IsTSPath : <Path>
Where,
< Path> is any expression, which evaluates to a Tally Server Name or a Data Location Name.
Example:
Set As: $$IsTSPath:”Data1:”
2. Action Enhancements
2.1 Action - DisconnectUser
This action is used to disconnect the users from companies that are accessed from Tally.Server9.
It will display a warning message to the clients to close the company within 2 minutes, before
forcing a close.
Syntax
DisconnectUser : <Tally Server Name> : <Company Name> : <User Name>
Where,
<Tally Server Name> is the name of the Tally.Server9, from which the companies are being
accessed.
<Company Name> is the name of the company to be disconnected. '*' can be used to specify all
companies.
<User Name> is the name of the user to be disconnected from the company specified. '*' can be
used to specify all the users across companies.
Example:
Action:DisconnectUser:"HoServer":*:"[email protected]"
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2.2 Action - ForceDisconnectUser
It is used to forcefully disconnect users from companies that are accessed from Tally.Server 9.
Syntax
ForceDisconnectUser : <TallyServer Name> : <Company Name> : <User Name>
Where,
<Tally Server Name> is the name of the Tally.Server from which the companies are being
accessed.
<Company Name> is the name of the company to be disconnected. '*' can be used to indicate ‘all
companies’.
<User Name> is the name of the user to be disconnected from the company specified. '*' can be
used to indicate ‘all users across companies’.
Example:
Action:ForceDisconnectUser:"HoServer":*:"[email protected]"
2.3 Action - StartService
This action is used to start the specified service.
Syntax
StartService: <Service Name>
Where,
<Service Name> can be any expression which evaluates to the name of the service.
Example:
Action : Start Service : "Tally.Server 9 - 1"
2.4 Action - StopService
This action is used to stop the specified service.
Syntax
StopService:<Service Name>
Where,
<Service Name> can be any expression which evaluates to the name of the service.
Example:
Action : Stop Service : "Tally.Server 9 - 1"
2.5 Action - WriteINI
This action is used to Add/Alter the value of any parameter in the specified INI file.
Syntax
WriteINI:<Path\FileName>:<SectionName>:<Parameter>:[<Value>:[:<Index>]]
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Where,
<Path\File Name> is the path and filename of the INI file
<Section Name> is the section name in the INI file
<Parameter> is the name of the parameter whose value is to be set in the INI.
<Value> is the value to be set for the given parameter. In the absence of any value, the existing
value will be removed.
<Index> is an optional parameter. It can be used when multiple values are accepted for the same
parameter. In the absence of the index parameter, the value of the last index will be updated.
Example:
Action: WriteINI:“C:\Tally.ERP9\tally.ini”:”TALLY”:”UserTDL”:”Yes”
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What’s New in Release 3.62
1. Multiple Orientation Support for Printing
Currently, Tally supports printing of multiple forms within a single report in single orientation only,
i.e., all the forms within a report can be printed either in Portrait or in Landscape format only, as
specified in the report.
In order to support printing of multiple forms within a single report in different orientations, the
behaviour of Variable SVPrintOrientation has been enhanced.
To achieve this behaviour, the local declaration of the Variable ‘SVPrintOrientation’ at ‘Report’
level is mandatory, and its value must be set using the form level attribute ‘Set Always’ in individual forms.
This will be very useful in scenarios where multiple forms are being printed from a single report.
For example, from a Payment Voucher, one needs to print both Voucher and Payment Advice.
However, the Payment Voucher needs to be printed in ‘Portrait’ form, and the Payment Advice in
‘Landscape’.
Example:
[Report: TSPL Smp VarSVPrintOrientation Extended]
Form :TSPLSmpVarSVPrintOrientationFrm+
TSPLSmpVarSVPrintOrientationFrm2
;; Mandatory Local declaration of Variable SV Print Orientation
Variable :
SV Print Orientation : String
[Form: TSPL Smp VarSVPrintOrientation Frm1]
;; Orientation of this Form is set to ‘Portrait’
Set Always
: SV Print Orientation
: "Portrait"
[Form: TSPL Smp VarSVPrintOrientation Frm2]
Use
: TSPL Smp VarSVPrintOrientation Frm1
;; Orientation of this Form is set to ‘Landscape’
Set Always: SV Print Orientation: "Landscape"
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In this example, the report ‘TSPLSmpVarSVPrintOrientation Extended‘ has two forms,
viz.TSPLSmpVarSVPrintOrientationFrm1 and TSPLSmpVarSVPrintOrientationFrm2.
Based on the value set to the variable ‘SV Print Orientation’, both the forms are being printed in
the respective orientation.
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What’s New in Release 3.61
1. Action Enhancements
1.1 Action - Browse URL Ex
As we are aware, there is an action Browse URL/ Execute Command used to open a web page
or invoke an external application. There may be cases where subsequent actions are dependent
on the completion of the previous action, i.e., the closure of external application. For example, the
current action is used to execute an external file, which unzips/ extracts various other files. The
subsequent actions use these extracted files to process further. In such cases, Browse URL,
when used, will trigger the requested application and continue executing the subsequent actions.
Hence, in order to bring sync between the calling and the called application, a new action Browse
URL Ex/ Execute Command Ex has been introduced. The Action Browse URL Ex, when triggered, waits till the external application is closed, and then allows the application to resume with
the subsequent action. Similar to ‘Browse URL’, the Action ‘Browse URL Ex’ can be used to:

Open a web Page in the browser

Open an external file with its associated application

Run an executable application

Open a folder in explorer
BrowseURLEx is useful for URL, folder and executable without extension (e.g., tally
instead of tally.exe), and it has similar behaviour as Browse URL.
Syntax
BrowseURL Ex: <URL/File path/executable file path/folder path> +
[:<Command line Parameters>]
Where,
<URL/File path/executable file path> can be:

a URL, which can be opened in a browser

a file, which is to be opened with its associated application

an executable file, which is to be run/executed

a folder, which is to be opened in the explorer
<Command line Parameters> is an optional parameter. For example, Zip application may need
parameter “d” to decompress, “c” to compress, etc.
Example:1
To open a URL in browser:
Action: Browse URL Ex: “http://google.com”
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Example:2
To open a pdf file in pdf reader:
Action: BrowseURL Ex : “C:report.pdf\”
In this example, report.pdf will be opened in default PDF reader of the system. This can be useful
while reading a report, which is exported in PDF format.
Example:3
To open an executable file and wait for it to complete:
Action: BrowseURL Ex: “C:\7zip.exe”: “d software.7z”
In this example, 7zip is opened and the application waits until it finishes, i.e., the running application first waits for 7zip.exe to finish decompressing of software.7z, and then it proceeds further.
Example:4
To open a folder:
Action: BrowseURL Ex : “C:\abc”
2. Function Enhancements
2.1 Function - $$FileReadRaw
We have a function $$FileRead to read the contents from a text file, which was designed to
ignore quotes, comments, spaces, etc., while reading the entire line. Now, a new function $$FileReadRaw has been introduced, similar to the Function $$FileRead, except that the Function
$$FileReadRaw can read lines with:

Quotes

Comment characters (; /* */)

Spaces & Tabs
Syntax
$$FileReadRaw[:<Number>]
Where,
<Number> denotes the number of characters to be read.
Example:
[Function: Test FileReadRaw]
Variable: GetPath: String
Variable: Get_DownLoad_FileLine
: String
000 : Set : GetPath : "C:\TextSource.txt"
010 :
Open File: ##GetPath: Text : Read
020 :
While: (TRUE)
030 :
Set: Get_DownLoad_FileLine: $$FileReadRaw
Using this function, we can read lines with quotes, comment characters, spaces, tabs, etc. If
$$FileReadRaw is specified with parameter, the behaviour is same as that of Function $$FileRead. If specified without parameters, the entire line is read without ignoring quotes, spaces,
etc.
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What’s New in Release 3.6
1. Collection Enhancements
1.1 New methods ‘LastModifiedDate’ and ‘LastModifiedTime’ for File Properties
In ‘Collection’ definition, Directory as a Data Source was supported in Release 3.0, where the
properties of the file, i.e., Name, FileSize, IsDirectory, IsReadOnly and IsHidden, were supported
as the Methods. In Release 3.6, two new methods called LastModifiedDate and LastModifiedTime have been introduced, to extract additional file properties in Tally.
This can be very useful in Integration scenarios with Tally using external Files. The last imported
date and time can be validated against the Last Modified Date and Time of the File prior to
importing from the file.
Method - $LastModifiedDate
$LastModifiedDate – It returns the date on which the file was last altered. The format supported
is dd-mmm-yyyy.
Syntax
$LastModifiedDate
Example:
[Collection: ListofFiles]
Data Source
: Directory : "C:\"
Format
: $Name, 25
Format
: $FileSize, 15
Format
: $IsReadOnly, 15
Format
: $LastModifiedDate, 15
Here, $LastModifiedDate will return the date on which the file was last modified, e.g., 27-May2012
Method - $LastModifiedTime
$LastModifiedTime – It returns the time at which the file was last altered. The format supported
is hh:mm:ss (24 hours)
Syntax
$LastModifiedTime
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Example:
[Collection: ListofFiles]
Data Source
: Directory : "C:\"
Format
: $Name, 25
Format
: $FileSize, 15
Format
: $IsReadOnly, 15
Format
: $LastModifiedDate, 15
Format
: $LastModifiedTime, 15
Here, $LastModifiedTime will return the time at which the file was last modified, e.g., 16:28:18
Following screen capture displays the last modified date and the last modified time in the table:
Figure 1. File properties containing Last Modified Date and Last Modified Time
2. Action Enhancements
2.1 Action - Execute TDL
TDL action Execute TDL has been introduced to programmatically load TDL, perform some
actions and subsequently, unload the TDL or keep the TDL loaded for the current Tally session.
This can prove to be very useful in cases where the user needs to programmatically associate a
TDL on the fly, for performing some operations.
Syntax
EXECUTE TDL
: <TDL/TCP File Path>[ : <Keep TDL Loaded Flag> : +
<Action>: <Action Parameters>]
Where,
<TDL/TCP File Path> specifies the path of the TDL/TCP File to be loaded dynamically.
<Keep TDL Loaded Flag> is the Logical Flag to determine if the TDL should be kept loaded after
the action is executed. If the value is set to YES, then the TDL will continue to be loaded, else the
Executed TDL will be unloaded after the execution of the specified action.
<Action> specifies the global Action to be performed, i.e., Display, Alter, Call, etc.
<Action Parameters> are the parameters on which the Action is performed. For example:
 If the action is Call, the Action Parameters contain the Function name along with the
Function Parameters, if any.
 If the Action is Display, Alter, etc., then the Parameter should be the Report Name.
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Example: 1
[Function: TDL Execution with Keep TDL Loaded enabled]
00 : Execute TDL : "C:\Tally.ERP9\BSTitleChange.TDL" :+
Yes : Display : Balance Sheet
10 : Display
: Balance Sheet
The file BSTitleChange.TDL contains the following lines of code:
[#Report: Balance Sheet]
Title
: "TDL Executed Programmatically"
In this example, the TDL BSTitleChange.TDL, which is used to change the Title of the report
Balance Sheet, is loaded dynamically by executing the action ‘Execute TDL’. The Keep TDL
Loaded Flag is set to YES in the above code snippet. Based on the subsequent action Display:
Balance Sheet, the Balance Sheet report will be shown with a new Title. The next statement also
displays the Balance sheet. The title for this will again be the same, i.e., the changed title, as the
dynamic TDL is still loaded, even after the action ‘Execute TDL’ has completed its execution.
Example: 2
[Function: TDL Execution with Keep TDL Loaded enabled]
00 : Execute TDL : "C:\Tally.ERP9\BSTitleChange.TDL" : No +
: Display : Balance Sheet
10 : Display
: Balance Sheet
Here, the report Balance Sheet would be displayed twice and the title of the first report is “TDL
Executed Programmatically”, i.e., the changed title as per BSTitleChange.TDL; whereas, in the
second report, the title is Balance sheet, since the attribute Keep TDL Loaded Flag is set to NO.
3. Platform Functions and Variables
3.1 Function - $$PrinterInfo
Function $$PrinterInfo has been introduced to extract the settings information for any installed
printer. This function is very useful to get the information of the printer, based on which, we can
determine the dimensions for pre-printed invoice, etc.
Syntax
$$PrinterInfo:<Printer Name>:<Information Type>
Where,
<Printer Name> refers to the name of the printer for which the information is required.
<Information Types> are permissible information types like PrintSizeinInches, LeftMarginInMMs,
etc.
Example:
$$PrinterInfo:HPLaserJet4250PCL6:PrintSizeInInches
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The list of permissible Information Types are:

LeftMarginInMMs - It returns the Number which denotes the space to be left on the Left
side of the page in Millimeters.
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TopMarginInMMs - It returns the Number which denotes the space to be left on the Top of
the page in Millimeters.
RightMarginInMMs - It returns the Number which denotes the space to be left on the Right
side of the page in Millimeters.
PrinterExists - It returns Logical value (YES/NO), indicating if the Printer Exists or not.
PrintSizeInInches - It returns the dimensions which denotes the Print Area in Inches, i.e.,
excluding the Margins.
PrintSizeInMMs - It returns the dimensions which denotes the Print Area in Millimeters,
i.e., excluding the Margins.
PrintSizeInLines - It returns the dimensions which denotes the Print Area in Lines, i.e.,
excluding the Margins.
PaperSizeInInches - It returns the dimensions which denotes the Paper Size in Inches,
which includes the Margins.
PaperSizeInMMs - It returns the dimensions which denotes the Paper Size in Millimeters,
which includes the Margins.
PaperSizeInLines - It returns the dimensions which denotes the Paper Size in Lines,
which includes the Margins.

PaperType - It returns the selected Type of the Paper, e.g., A4, A5 Small, etc.

PortName - It returns the Port Name configured for the Printer.

Orientation - It returns the Orientation Type of Paper, i.e., Landscape or Portrait.
The following screen capture displays the selected Printer details for all the information types:
Figure 2. Printer Details
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3.2 Function - $$IsInternetActive
$$IsInternetActive is a function which helps to determine if the Internet is currently active. It
returns TRUE if the Internet is accessible, else returns FALSE. It can be used to perform conditional operations, i.e., based on the Internet Connectivity, certain actions can be triggered.
This function checks if the internet is active, such that the operations pertaining to connecting to
web pages, emailing, uploading files to FTP, etc., can be performed.
Syntax
$$IsInternetActive
Example:
[Function: EmailifConnected]
00: IF : $$IsInternetActive
;; Function called to Email O/s Stmts
10:
Call : Email Outstanding Statements
20: ENDIF
In this example, the Outstanding Statements are E-Mailed, if Internet connection is present.
3.3 Function - $$CaseConvert
Prior to this release, the function $$Upper has been used to convert the string expressions to
upper case, but there were no functions available for other conversions like Lower case, Title
Case, etc. To overcome the difficulty of converting the string to Lowercase, Title case, etc., a new
function $$CaseConvert has been introduced, to convert the case of the given expression to the
specified case format. This function will return a string expression in the converted format.
This function is very useful when one needs to follow the case rules to display the Name of the
company, Name of the bank, etc.
Syntax
$$CaseConvert:<CaseKeyword>:<Expression>
Where,
<CaseKeyword> can be All Capital, Upper Case, All Lower, Lower Case, Small Case, First
Upper Case, Title Case, TitleCaseExact, Normal, Proper Case, etc.

All Capital/UpperCase – To convert the input expression to upper case.



All Lower/LowerCase/SmallCase – To convert the input expression to lower case.
First Upper Case – To convert the first letter of the first word in a sentence to upper case.
Other characters will remain as they are.
TitleCase – To convert the input expression to Title case, i.e., the principal words should
start with capital letters.
 It
will not convert the prepositions, articles or conjunctions, unless one is the first word.
 It will ignore a subset of words from capitalization like the, an, and, at, by, to, in, of, for,
on, cm, cms, mm, inch, inches, ft, x, dt, eis, dss, with, etc. For this subset of words, the
original strings’ cases will be preserved.
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TitleCaseExact – To convert the input expression to Title case, i.e., the principal words will
start with capital letters.
 It


will not convert the prepositions, articles or conjunctions, unless one is the first word.
 It will ignore a subset of words from capitalization like the, an, and, at, by, to, in, of, for,
on, cm, cms, mm, inch, inches, ft, x, dt, eis, dss, with, etc. This subset of words will be
converted to small case.
Proper Case – To convert the input expression to Title case, i.e., all the words in a sentence should start with capital letters.
Normal – To preserve the input expression as it is.
<Expression> is any expression of type ‘String’.
Example:1
To convert the expression to Upper case:
[Field: String Convert]
Set as : $$CaseConvert:UpperCase:“Tally solutions Pvt. Ltd.”
In this example, the function returns “TALLY SOLUTIONS PVT. LTD.” in the field ‘String Convert’.
Example:2
To convert the expression to Lower case:
[Field: String Convert]
Set as : $$CaseConvert:LowerCase:“Tally solutions Pvt. Ltd.”
Here, the function returns, “tally solutions pvt. ltd.” in the field ‘String Convert’.
Example:3
To convert the expression to Title Case:
[Field: String Convert]
Set as : $$CaseConvert:TitleCase:+
“To convert the striNg to Title case”
Here, the function returns “To Convert the StriNg to Title Case” in the field ‘String Convert’.
Example:4
To convert the expression to Title Case Exact:
[Field: String Convert]
Set as :$$CaseConvert:TitleCaseExact:“To convert the striNg to Title
case”
Here, the function returns “To Convert the String to Title Case” in the field ‘String Convert’.
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Example:5
To convert the expression to First upper case:
[Field: String Convert]
Set as : $$CaseConvert:FirstUpperCase:“Tally solutions pvt. ltd.”
Here, the function returns “Tally solutions pvt. ltd.” in the field ‘String Convert’.
3.4 Function - $$RandomNumber
A random number is a number generated by a process whose outcome is unpredictable, and
which cannot be subsequently reliably reproduced. In other words, Random numbers are
numbers that occur in a sequence such that, the values are uniformly distributed over a defined
interval and it is impossible to predict future values based on past or present ones.
In this release, a new TDL function $$RandomNumber has been introduced to generate
Random Numbers. In case of auditing, this can be useful for auditors who would like to pick up
some vouchers randomly for authentication.
Syntax
$$RandomNumber[:<MinRange>[:<MaxRange>]]
Where,
<Min Range> and <Max Range> are optional. In the absence of Max Range, Long Max is considered, i.e., (2^31) -1 = 2147483647. In the absence of Min Range, ZERO(0) is considered.
We can generate random numbers in different ways:

No Parameters: Don’t pass any parameters, i.e., just invoke $$RandomNumber. Default
values are assumed.


Only with the MinRange Parameter: Here, there is no need of passing Max range. In this
scenario, Random number is generated from the given Min Range.
Both MaxRange and MinRange as Parameter: In this scenario, random numbers are
generated for given range.
Example:1
With no Parameters:
Set As: $$RandomNumber
This code will return a Random Number between 0 and 2147483647.
Example:2
With MinRange Parameter only:
Set As: $$RandomNumber:9999
This code returns Random Numbers between 9999 and 2147483647, the random number being
greater than or equal to 9999. Here, value of MinRange is 9999 and MaxRange is 2147483647.
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Example:3
With both Parameters(MinRange and MaxRange):
Set As: $$RandomNumber:9:9999
This code returns Random Numbers between 9 and 9999.
3.5 Variable - SVPrintOrientation
Variable SVPrintOrientation has been introduced to set the required Printer Orientation, i.e.,
‘Portrait’ or ‘Landscape’, within a Report. It is recommended to declare a local variable within the
function or report and set the variable value, to avoid the system Printer Configuration changes to
be effected globally.
This is useful where a Report needs to printed in a different orientation, e.g., Landscape. For e.g.,
if one needs to print the cheques in ‘Landscape’ mode and other reports in ‘Portrait’ mode, then
there is no need to keep switching the printer settings from Portrait to Landscape, and vice versa,
based on the report getting printed. For Cheque Printing Report, one can default Landscape Orientation.
Example:
[#Report: Balance Sheet]
;; Local Variable Declaration
Variable: SVPrintOrientation
: String
Set
: “Landscape”
: SVPrintOrientation
Since the variable is locally declared and updated within the Report Balance Sheet, the same will
not affect the global printer settings.
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What’s New in Release 3.0
In this release, the programmable configuration support has been extended to the actions ‘Print
Report’, ‘Export Report’, ‘Upload Report’ and ‘Email Report’.
A new attribute Plain XML has been introduced at Report level to export the report in plain XML
format. New functions $$StrByCharCode and $$InPreviewMode have been introduced,
whereas the functions $$Inwords and $$ContextKeywords have been enhanced. New events
‘Start Import’, ‘Import Object’ and ‘End Import’ have been introduced for ‘Import File’ definition.
1. Collection Enhancements
1.1 Collection Attribute ‘WalkEx’ Introduced
With every release, performance improvements are being brought, especially with respect to the
data gathering and processing artifact ‘Collection’, used to gather and deliver data to presentation
layers. Performance is enhanced drastically if collection is gathered judiciously as per usage.
Sometime back, the Collection attribute ‘Keep Source’ had been introduced for performance
enhancement. This was used to retain the source collection gathered once with the specified
Interface Object, i.e., either with the current Object or its parents/owners. It drastically improved
the performance in scenarios where the same source collection was referred multiple times within
the same Object hierarchy chain.
Similarly, there are scenarios where there is Union of multiple collections using the same source
collection, and each collection walks over its sub objects across different paths, and computes/
aggregates the values from sub level. In such cases, significant CPU cycles will be utilized in
gathering and walking over the same Source Object along different paths more than once.
A new attribute ‘WalkEx’ has been introduced, which when specified in the resultant collection,
allows us to specify a collection list. The source collection specification is available in the resultant
collection. The collections referred in WalkEx do not have any source collection specified and
contain attributes only to walk the source collection and aggregate over Sub Objects of an already
gathered collection. The advantage of using WalkEx is that all walk paths specified in the collection list are traversed in a single pass for each object in the source collection. This results in
improvements in performance drastically.

Collection Attribute - WalkEx
Syntax
[Collection: <Collection Name>]
WalkEx: <Collection Name1>, <Collection Name2>, …..
Where,
<Collection Name1>, <Collection Name2>, and so on, are the collection names specifying Walk
and aggregation/computation attributes.
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Example:
The requirement here is to generate a Report displaying Item Wise and Ledger Wise amount
totals for all Vouchers.
Using the Union Approach
;;The source collection “Voucher Source” is a Collection of Vouchers
[Collection: VoucherSource]
Type : Voucher
;;The collection using “Voucher Source” as a source collection, and walking over Ledger Entries Sub-Object, aggregating Amount by
grouping over Ledger Name
[Collection: Ledger Details]
Source Collection : VoucherSource
Walk
: AllLedgerEntries
By
: Particulars: $LedgerName
Aggr Compute
: Tot Amount : Sum: $Amount
Keep Source
: ().
;;The collection using Voucher Source as a source collection, and walking over Inventory Entries Sub-Object, aggregating Amount by
grouping over Stock Item Name
[Collection: StockItem Details]
Source Collection : VoucherSource
Walk
: AllInventoryEntries
By
: Particulars: $StockItemName
Aggr Compute
: Tot Amount : Sum: $Amount
Keep Source
: ().
;;The Resultant Collection, which is a union of objects from the above two collections “Ledger Details” and “StockItem Details”
[Collection: Union LedStk Vouchers]
Collection: Ledger Details, StockItem Details
In this example, both the collections ‘Ledger Details’ and ‘StockItem Details’ are using the same
Collection ‘Voucher Source’. We can observe that while gathering and summarizing values from
the source collection, each object of the collection ‘Voucher Source’ is traversed twice for aggregating objects over two different paths, i.e., once for ‘Ledger Entries’ and then for ‘Inventory
Entries’. The report finally uses the Union collection “Union LedStk Vouchers” to render the same.
Let us now move on to the new approach using “WalkEx” to achieve the same
Using the WalkEx Approach
;;The source collection “Voucher Source” is a Collection of Vouchers
[Collection: VoucherSource]
Type
: Voucher
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/* The collection “UnionLedStkVouchers” is the resultant collection which will contain all the Objects obtained out of walks and multiple
walks over the same Source Collection. The Report finally uses this Collection. The attribute WalkEx is specified which has values as
collection names “Ledger Details” and “StockItem Details”*/
[Collection: Union LedStk Vouchers]
Source Collection: VoucherSource
WalkEx
: Ledger Details, StockItem Details
Keep Source
: ().
/*The Collection “Ledger Details” walks over “AllLedgerEntries” Sub-Objects and aggregates the amount by grouping over Ledger
Name. Note the absence of source collection. */
[Collection: Ledger Details]
Walk
: AllLedgerEntries
By
: VchStockItem
Aggr Compute
: VchLedAmount
: $LedgerName
: Sum
: $Amount
/*The Collection “StockItem Details” walks over “AllInventoryEntries” Sub-Objects and aggregates the amount by grouping over Stock
Item Name. Note the absence of Source Collection in this. */
[Collection: StockItem Details]
Walk
: AllInventoryEntries
By
: VchStockItem
Aggr Compute
: VchLedAmount
: $StockItemName
: Sum
: $Amount
The Collections used within ‘WalkEx’ use the same Source Collection. Each Object of “Voucher
Source” is walked across “Ledger Entries” and “Inventory Entries” in a single pass. Thus, there is
an exponential improvement in performance as it traverses each object only once, to gather the
values for the resultant collection. In the case of Union Collection, for every Collection using
different walk path, the Source Collection Object is being traversed again and again.
‘Walk Ex’ Attribute - Usage Implications
Let us consider the following code design, to understand the implication on various other collection attributes, in cases where ‘Walk Ex’ is used.
;; Source Collection
[Collection: Src Coll]
...
;;Resultant Collection “Res Coll” is using the Source Collection “Src Coll”, and Walk Ex Collections “Walk Ex Coll 1” and “Walk Ex Coll
2” are specified
[Collection: Res Coll]
Source Collection: Src Coll
WalkEx: Walk Ex Coll 1, Walk Ex Coll 2
;;Walk Ex Coll 1
[Collection: Walk Ex Coll 1]
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;;Walk Ex Coll 2
[Collection: Walk Ex Coll 2]
Walk
: Path2, SubPath2, SubSubPath2
By
: GroupName2 : $Method2
The following table shows the attributes of ‘Collection’ definition and their applicability in the
Resultant collection as well as WalkEx collections.
Attributes
Resultant Collection
Walk Ex-Collections
Source Collection
Specified and applicable
Ignored
Keep Source
Specified and applicable
No significance
Is Client Only
Specified and Considered
Ignored
Sorting
Specified and applicable
Ignored
Filtering
Specified and applicable
Ignored
Max
Specified and applicable
No significance
Parm Var
Specified and Considered
Ignored but to be inherited from
the resultant collection
Source Var
Specified and Considered
Specified and applicable
Compute\Filter Var
Specified and applicable
Specified and applicable
Fetch
Specified and applicable
Specified and applicable
Compute
Specified and applicable
Specified and applicable
Aggr Compute
No significance
Specified and applicable
Walk\By
If Specified these two attributes
WalkEx will be ignored
Specified and applicable
1.2 Directory as a Data Source
As we are already aware, a collection can be populated dynamically using the data available from
a variety of external data sources. A common attribute ‘Data Source’ is used to specify the Type
and identity of the source from where the data is to be retrieved. Thereafter, the data is available
as objects and the associated information can be extracted from them using the corresponding
methods. For example, if the data is populated from an XML file, the tag names are referred to as
the method names. In case the data is populated from a compound variable, the corresponding
member variable names are referred to as method names.
Prior to this release, the Data Sources supported were:

XML available over HTTP/HTTPS using Post / Get methods

XML File available within the local disk or over a network

Output XML from an External DLL

Specific Objects from Current/Parent Report

Variable
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Syntax
Data Source : <Type> : <Identity> [: <Encoding> ]
Where,
<Type> specifies the type of data source: File Xml/HTTP Xml/Report/Parent Report/DLL/Variable
<Identity> can be file path, scope, etc., depending on the type specification.
<Encoding> can be ASCII or UNICODE. This is Optional. The default value is UNICODE.
From release 3.0 onwards, the collection attribute Data Source has been enhanced to support
“Directory” as data source type. This will enable to gather all information pertaining to the
contents of the disk directory/folder. Each folder constituent, i.e., either File or Directory, along
with its corresponding details, are available as an object in the collection.
Let us consider the directory/folder “ABC”, as shown in the following figure:
Figure 1. Folder path
The folder contains two files “a.txt” and “b.txt” and the folder “abcsub”. In order to retrieve the item
details along with the corresponding information like type, size and date modified within a collection, the attribute ‘Data Source’ can be specified with the new enhanced syntax as:
Syntax
[Collection: <Collection Name>]
Data Source : <Type> : <Identity> [:< Encoding>]
Where,
<Collection Name> is the name of the collection where the data is populated as objects.
<Type> specifies the type of data source. As per the new enhancement, it is “Directory”.
<Identity> is the Directory/folder Path, when the type specified is ‘Directory’
<Encoding> can be ignored for Type “Directory”.
The following code will populate the collection “ABC Contents” with the folder contents from the
path “C:\ABC”. In this case, each of the items, i.e., a.txt, b.txt and “abcsub”, will be available as
separate objects of the collection. The related information pertaining to each object will be
available as methods $name, $filesize, $IsDirectory, $IsReadOnly, $IsHidden, etc.
[Collection: ABC Contents]
Data Source: Directory: "C:\ABC"
$filesize is applicable only if the object is of type FILE.
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2. Image Printing Capabilities
Over the years, there has been a major requirement from the user community to enable Image
Printing in Tally. Earlier, we used to achieve this capability by creating a new Font Type by associating an Image with a particular character and further using the ‘Style’ for the field. This had a few
limitations in terms of image size, resolution and color. Also, it was not a clean way of incorporating the feature.
From this release onwards, Image Printing is being supported with the help of the following latest
enhancements:

‘Graph Type’ attribute of Part allowing the specification of BMP, enabled for ‘Print’ Mode

A new Definition Type ‘Resource’ introduced in TDL
The configuration settings allow the user to specify the location of the Image file and the same is
printed as a logo on the top left of the following default Reports.

Sales Invoice - both Normal and Simple formats

Delivery Note/Challan

Debit Note

Credit Note

Outstanding Receivables

Remainder Letters

Pay Slips

Purchase Order

Receipt voucher

Confirmation of Accounts
2.1 Part Attribute – Graph Type
Prior to Tally.ERP 9 release 3.0, specification of Image (as BMP only) within a part was supported.
The attribute Graph Type of the part is used for the same.
Syntax
[Part: PartName]
…
Graph Type
: Yes / Bitmap Image Path
Where,
<Graph Type> accepts ‘Yes’, or a path of the bmp file. If the value of <Graph Type> is “Yes”,
then it will be treated as a graph. If the value is not “Yes”, then system will look for a Bitmap file
with the given expression. However, the bitmap image was only supported in the ‘Display’ Mode.
From this Release onwards, this capability has been extended to ‘Print’ mode also. A few points
are to be considered:

The attribute ‘Graph Type’ supports Bitmap and JPG/JPEG. If the image type is specified
as a JPEG/JPG, it will consume the same. If it is of any other type, this will be considered
as BMP and the same will be located from the path specified. If the file is unavailable or is
not a valid image file, then the area allocated for image will be blank.
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

The Part containing ‘Graph Type’ cannot display or print any contents and any contents
specified within the fields will be ignored. That's why it requires the specification of dummy
lines and fields within the part.
Part Height and Width must be apportioned appropriately as per the Image size to be
printed [If the height and/or width is not given, then the system will take the actual image
size and use the same for display]. If the user has specified Height and/or width which is
different from actual image size, then the system will do proportionate resizing of the image
to fit into the given area [For example, let's say that area allocated for the image is 300 X
300 and actual image size is 150 X 75. Then, the system will display image in 300 X 150].
2.2 New Definition Type – Resource
A new definition type “Resource” has been introduced in TDL. This will allow accessing and using
the resources (images, icons, cursors, etc.) from a local disk, HTTP/FTP or from a DLL/EXE. The
image formats supported at present are BMP/JPEG/ICON/CUR.
The resource thus created can be used in a ‘Part’ definition using the attribute “Image”. This is
applicable both in ‘Print’ and ‘Display’ mode.
However, when the same report is exported in PDF, only BMP and JPEG are supported. Other file formats will be ignored.
Syntax
[Resource: Name]
Source
Resource
Resource Type
: <Path to Image file>
: <NameOfResource>[:<DLL/EXE Name with path>]
: Bitmap / Icon / Jpeg / Cursor
Attributes - SOURCE, RESOURCE and RESOURCE TYPE

Attribute – SOURCE
This is a ‘Single’ type attribute, and hence accepts only one parameter. It allows us to specify the
image file path. This file can be a local disk file, or a file available over an HTTP/FTP path.
Syntax
Source: <Path to Image file>
Where,
<Path to Image file> can be any string expression which evaluates to the file path, along with
Filename and extension.
Example:1
[Resource: CmpImage]
Source : “C:\Tally.bmp”
;; where the image “Tally.bmp” is available in local disk
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Example:2
[Resource: CmpImage]
Source : “Http://www.tallysolutions.com/images/tallyHTTP.JPEG”
;; where the image tallyHTTP.JPEG is available over an HTTP Path

Attribute – RESOURCE
This is a ‘Dual’ type attribute and accepts two parameters. The first parameter refers to the
resource name present in an Exe / DLL. The second parameter is used to specify the path and
the name of Exe / DLL. However, this is optional. In case not specified, the system will look for the
resource within tally.exe itself.
Syntax
Resource : <NameOfResource>[:<DLL/EXE Name with path>]
Where,
<Name of Resource> is a string expression which evaluates to the name of the resource present
in the specified DLL / EXE (When resources are added to DLL/EXE, the user can give a separate
name for the resource).
<DLL/EXE Name with path> can be a string which evaluates to the complete DLL / EXE path.
Example:1
[Resource: CmpImage]
Resource: “TITLEICON”
;; This uses the resource “TITLEICON” present in Tally exe, as we have not specified the EXE path.
Example:2
[Resource: CmpImage]
Resource
: "60040" : C:\ProgramFiles\WindowsNT +
\Accessories\wordpad.exe
Resource Type :BMP
;; This uses the resource "60040" present in the wordpad.exe, as we have specified the EXE path as the second parameter.
The attribute “Source” and “Resource” are mutually exclusive, i.e., either of them
can be used. We cannot use both together. If both are specified in TDL, then the
system will use SOURCE and ignore the RESOURCE attribute.

Attribute – RESOURCE TYPE
This is a ‘Single’ type attribute, and hence accepts only one value as a parameter. It allows the
specification of Type of the resource. ‘Type’ can be any one of the standard windows image
resources like Bitmap, Icon, Cursor or JPEG. The type specified in ‘Resource Type’ will be used
for loading the image appropriately.
‘Resource Type’ is a mandatory attribute and must be specified for all sources. If not specified, the
type would taken as ‘Bitmap’ by default.
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For the Icon resources - the nearest sized Icon will be taken. For example, if we
have two Icons 16X16 and 32X32 and the part size is 20X20, then the 16X16 icon
will be used for displaying.
Syntax
Resource Type
: BMP / Icon / Jpeg / Cursor
Example:
[Resource: CmpImage]
Source
: “C:\Tally.bmp”
Resource Type : BMP
Part Attribute - Image

Part Attribute – IMAGE
With the introduction of the new attribute “Image”, it is possible for the resource created by using
the Definition “Resource” to be used in the Part.
Syntax
[Part: PartName]
…
Image
: <Resource Name>
Where,
<Resource Name> is the name of the Resource definition.
Example:
[Part: Part ABC]
Image : CmpImage
3. Enhanced Columnar Capability
3.1 Columnar Reports in general
A matrix report looks like a grid. It contains a row of labels, a column of labels, and information in
grid format that is related to both the row and column labels. In Tally, two dimensional matrix
reports can be designed using the Auto column report approach (using Repeat Variables). Traditionally, these types of Reports are referred to as columnar Reports. In particular, Matrix report is
a variant of automatic auto column reports, where the columns are repeated over a variable associated at the Report. The collection repeated with this variable is used to populate the repeated
values into the variable. The method value in the detail line is extracted from a different collection,
based on the corresponding row and column indexes.
Following is a typical two-dimensional matrix report showing the total number of stock items sold
for each party.
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3.2 Enhanced Capabilities for Columnar Reporting
The latest enhancements in the area of Columnar Reporting enables us to design the reports
using a new approach altogether. A field within a line can display method values from multiple
objects of the collection. Context Free repeat within the part and line enable repetition on simple
as well as list variable values. These features give a better control in the hands of the programmer
in designing such reports.
If we consider the above report layout, the labels in columns can now repeat over a collection of
Parties. The data in the cells can be populated based on the combination of row and column label
values across the dimensions. In the previous table, for example, the highlighted cell contains the
value of total sales quantity corresponding to the party “Party 2” for the Stock Item “Stock Item 2”.
The following enhancements have been enabled to achieve this functionality:
 ‘Repeat’ Attribute for Part and Line over a Collection
 Context Free Repeat for Part and Line, together with SET/Break On
 Usage of the function $$LineObject
Attribute ‘Repeat’ Enhancements – Part and Line
The ‘Repeat’ Attribute has been enhanced consistently across ‘Part’ and ‘Line’ Definitions to
support “Context Based” as well as “Context Free” Repeat.

Attribute REPEAT – Part Definition
The common syntax allows the repetition of a contained line, with or without a collection.
Syntax
[Part: <Part Name>]
Repeat : <Line Name> [: <Collection>]
Set
: <Count>
Where,
<Part Name> is the name of the part.
<Line Name> is the name of the line to be repeated.
<Collection> is the name of collection on which the line is repeated. It is an optional parameter.
<Count> denotes the no. of times the line is to be repeated, if Collection Name is not specified.
Context based Repeat – The ‘Repeat’ attribute of the Part can repeat the contained line over a
collection. Each line in this case is associated with each object of the collection. This was the
earlier capability even before Tally.ERP 9
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Context Free Repeat – From Release 1.8, the Collection parameter in the above syntax has
been made optional. This allows the repetition of a contained line without a collection. Since the
no. of times the line has to be repeated is not known, the usage of the attribute SET to specify the
count becomes mandatory. In case of ‘Edit’ mode, the attribute ‘Break On’ can be used to specify
the terminating condition for repetition.

Attribute REPEAT – Line Definition
So far, the ‘Repeat’ attribute at ‘Line’ definition has been accepting only a field name which internally uses the repeat behaviour of the Report and Variable for determining the no. of times it can
be repeated. This attribute has now been enhanced to support the consistent syntax to enable
“Context Based” and “Context Free” repetition of the same field horizontally.
Syntax
[Line: <Line Name>]
Repeat: <Field Name> [: <Collection Name>]
Set
: <Count>
Where,
<Line Name> is the name of the Line.
<Field Name> is the name of the Field to be repeated.
<Collection Name> is the name of the collection on which the Field is repeated. It is optional.
<Count> denotes the no. of times the Field has to be repeated, if collection name is not specified.
Context based Repeat – The ‘Repeat’ attribute of the line can repeat the contained field over a
collection. Each field in this case is associated with each object of the collection
Context Free Repeat – The collection parameter in the above syntax is optional. This allows the
repetition of a contained field without a collection. Since the no. of times the field is to be repeated
is not known, the usage of the attribute SET to specify the count becomes mandatory. In case
SET is not specified, the Field will be repeated as per the existing Columnar behaviour.
Example 1: Item-Wise Party-Wise sales quantity report using Context-Based Repeat of
Field
Following screen shows the Item-wise-Party-wise Report using enhanced columnar capability:
Figure 2. Item-wise-Party-wise Report
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Following is the code snippet to design the above report using enhanced columnar capability:
1. Collection definitions for Stock Item, for Party, for getting the values, etc., are as follows:
[Collection: Smp CFBK Voucher]
Type
: Voucher
Filter: Smp IsSalesVT
[Collection: Smp Stock Item]
Source Collection: Smp CFBK Voucher
Walk
: Inventory Entries
By
: IName: $StockItemName
Aggr Compute
: BilledQty: SUM: $BilledQty
Keep Source
: ().
Filter
: SmpNonEmptyQty
[Collection: Smp CFBK Party]
Source Collection: Smp CFBK Voucher
Walk
: Inventory Entries
By
: PName : $PartyLedgerName
Aggr Compute
: BilledQty: SUM: $BilledQty
Keep Source
: ().
Filter
: Smp NonEmptyQty
[Collection: Smp CFBK Summ Voucher]
Source Collection: Smp CFBK Voucher
Walk
: Inventory Entries
By
: PName: $PartyLedgerName
By
: IName: $StockItemName
Aggr Compute
: BilledQty: SUM: $BilledQty
Keep Source
: ().
Search Key
: $PName + $IName
;; System Formula
[System: Formula]
Smp IsSalesVT
: $$IsSales
: $VoucherTypeName
Smp NonEmptyQty: NOT $$IsEmpty: $BilledQty
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From these Collections, following can be observed:

The Rows, i.e., Stock Items, are repeated over the Collection ‘Smp Stock Item’.

The Columns, i.e., Party Names, are repeated over the Collection ‘Smp CFBK Party’.

The Intersection values between these Rows and Columns, i.e., Item wise Party wise
Sales Quantity, are set using the Collection ‘Smp CFBK Summ Voucher’. This Collection
is indexed on Methods $PName + $IName using the Collection Attribute ‘Search Key’.
Thus, the Collection is indexed on Party Name and Stock Item Name, which makes it
unique across all the Objects within the Collection ‘Smp CFBK Summ Voucher’.
2. The Lines for Title and Details are repeated for the Party Names as shown below:
[Line: Smp CFBK Rep Title]
Use
: Smp CFBK Rep Details
Local : Field
: Default
: Type
: String
Local : Field
: Default
: Align
: Center
Local : Field
: Smp CFBK Rep Name
: Set as
: “Particulars”
Local : Field
: Smp CFBK Rep Name
: Widespaced : Yes
Local : Field
: Smp CFBK Rep Party
: Set as
: $PName
Local : Field
: Smp CFBK Rep Party
: Lines
: 0
Local : Field
: Smp CFBK Rep ColTotal: Set as
: “Total”
[Line: Smp CFBK Rep Details]
Fields: Smp CFBK Rep Name, Smp CFBK Rep Party, Smp CFBK Rep Col Total
Repeat: Smp CFBK Rep Party: Smp CFBK Party
Title Line uses the detail line where the Field “Smp CFBK Rep Party” is repeated over the Collection “Smp CFBK Party”. In the Title Line, the Field “Smp CFBK Rep Party” is set with the value
“$PName”, which sets the Party Names from the Collection “Smp CFBK Party”.
3. Retrieving the values in cells based on Party name available from context and stock item name
available in the field as shown below:
[Field: Smp CFBK Rep Name]
Use
: Name Field
Set as
: $IName
Display
: Stock Vouchers
Variable
: Stock Item Name
[Field: Smp CFBK Rep Party]
Use
: Qty Primary Field
Set as
: $$ReportObject:$$CollectionFieldByKey:$BilledQty:+
@SKFormula:SmpCFBKSummVoucher
SKFormula : $PName + #SmpCFBKRepName
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Format
: “NoZero”
Border
: Thin Left
In this code snippet, we can observe that the Field “Smp CFBK Rep Party” is the intersection
between rows & columns. The value is gathered from the Collection “Smp CFBK Summ Voucher”
using the function $$CollectionFieldByKey, where the Index Key in the current context is passed
as a parameter. “$PName” in the current object context returns the Party Name. Similarly, the
Field Value “#SmpCFBKRepName” in the current context returns the Stock Item Name. Hence,
the Search Key Index “Party Name + Stock Item Name” for every Intersection point is passed to
this function, which extracts and returns the corresponding Quantity from the Collection.
4. Calculating Field Level Totals, i.e., Stock Item Totals, across all Parties is done using the Line
Attribute ‘Total’ and the Function $$Total, as shown below:
[Line: Smp CFBK Rep Details]
Total
: Smp CFBK Rep Party
[Field: Smp CFBK Rep Col Total]
Use
: Qty Primary Field
Set as : $$Total:SmpCFBKRepParty
Line “Smp CFBK Rep Details” contains an Attribute ‘Total’, which accepts Field Names as its
value. In other words, we declare at the Line that the Fields are to be summed for later use. This
sum gets accumulated and rendered in the Field “Smp CFBK Rep Col Total”, where the function
$$Total returns the accumulated Total for the given Field Name as the Parameter to this Function.
New Built–in Function $$LineObject
Since the Line Attribute ‘Field’ can now be repeated over a Collection, wherein the Object context
inherited from the Line is overridden in the Field; to switch back to the parent context, i.e., Line’s
object context and extract the required method value, a New Function $$LineObject has been
introduced.

Function - $$LineObject
Syntax
$$LineObject:<String Formula>
Where,
<String Formula> can be any expression that gets evaluated in the Object context associated at
the current field's parent ‘Line’ in the Interface Object hierarchy.
Interactive Reporting capabilities using Aggregated or External objects
The Actions “Remove Line”, “Show Last Removed Line” and “Show Removed Lines” work on the
concept of Object Identifier. Whenever the collection of internal objects is rendered as a report,
the default buttons "Remove Line" and “Restore Line” using the above actions work on them as
they are uniquely identifiable.
In cases where the Collection used contains aggregated Objects, or objects from an external data
source like XML, etc., the objects available do not contain a unique identifier. When such collections are rendered, the Actions mentioned above do not work.
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In order to overcome the problem, the behaviour of the attribute ‘Search Key’ has been enhanced
to assign a unique key for such Object Types. It takes a single method or a combination of
methods, which will serve as a unique identifier to each object of the aggregated or external collection. It has to be ensured that each object in the collection must contain unique values for the
method which is assigned as the key.
Attribute ‘Search Key’ enhanced
Syntax
[Collection: <Collection Name>]
Search Key : <Expression>
Where,
<Expression> evaluates to a unique identifier for each object of the collection. It is usually a combination of method names separated by ‘+’, which must make a unique combination for each
object of the Collection.
Example:1
Please observe the previous sample Item-Wise Party-Wise report, wherein Alt + R Key combination does not work for Removal of Line, as there is no unique identifier for the Line Object. Each
line in the example is repeating over the objects of the collection “Smp Stock Item”. To specify the
unique Object identifier, this Collection is altered by specifying the ‘Search Key’ attribute, with a
unique combination of Methods as value. In this case, it is the method name $Iname, i.e., the
Stock Item Name, based on which the objects are grouped.
[#Collection: Smp Stock Item]
Search Key: $IName
Example: 2
Following is another example using external data objects as available in the following XML file,
containing the data for Students and corresponding marks in various subjects.
<StudData>
<Student>
<Name>Rakesh</Name>
<Subject>
<Name>History</Name>
<Mark>90</Mark>
</Subject>
<Subject>
<Name>Civics</Name>
<Mark>90</Mark>
</Subject>
<Subject>
<Name>Kannada</Name>
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<Mark>90</Mark>
</Subject>
</Student>
<Student>
<Name>Uma</Name>
<Subject>
<Name>History</Name>
<Mark>80</Mark>
</Subject>
<Subject>
<Name>Civics</Name>
<Mark>50</Mark>
</Subject>
<Subject>
<Name>Kannada</Name>
<Mark>65</Mark>
</Subject>
</Student>
<Student>
<Name>Prashanth</Name>
<Subject>
<Name>History</Name>
<Mark>50</Mark>
</Subject>
<Subject>
<Name>Civics</Name>
<Mark>90</Mark>
</Subject>
<Subject>
<Name>Kannada</Name>
<Mark>90</Mark>
</Subject>
</Student>
</StudData>
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The data populated from the above XML is displayed as a columnar report as follows:
Figure 3. Student-wise-Subject- wise Marks Report
Student-wise Subject-wise Marks information is listed in tabular form, as shown in the figure. Now,
on removing the selected line(s), the required lines must be removed. Since this report is constructed out of an external source, i.e., XML Data, the same requires a unique identifier for each
object in the repeated line. In this case, it is the Student Name; hence, the Search Key should
contain this as an identifier.
Following is the sample code required to display the above report in a columnar fashion, with the
Remove/Restore Line behaviour incorporated:
[Report: Ext XML Data Stud]
Form
: Ext XML Data Stud
[Form: Ext XML Data Stud]
Parts : Ext XML Data Stud
Bottom ToolBar Buttons: BottomToolbarBtn8, BottomToolbarBtn9,+
BottomToolbarBtn10
[Part: Ext XML Data Stud]
Lines
: Ext XML Data Stud Heading, Ext XML Data Stud Info
Repeat
: Ext XML Data Stud Info: Ext XML Data Students
Scroll
: Vertical
CommonBorder : Yes
[Line: Ext XML Data Stud Heading]
Fields: Ext XML Data Stud Name, Ext XML Data Stud Mark
Repeat: Ext XML Data Stud Mark : Ext XML Data Stud Subj Summary
Local : Field: Default: Type
: String
Local : Field: Default: Style
: Normal Bold
Local : Field: Default: Align
: Centre
Local : Field: Ext XML Data Stud Name: Set As: “Student Name”
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Local : Field: Ext XML Data Stud Mark: Set As: $SubjectName
Local : Collection: Ext XML Data Stud SubjSummary: Delete: Filter
Local : Collection: Ext XML Data Stud SubjSummary: +
Delete: By: StudentName
Border: Thin Top Bottom
[Line: Ext XML Data Stud Info]
Fields: Ext XML Data Stud Name, Ext XML Data Stud Mark
Repeat: Ext XML Data Stud Mark: Ext XML Data Stud Subj Summary
[Field: Ext XML Data Stud Name]
Use
: Name Field
Set As: $Name
[Field: Ext XML Data Stud Mark]
Use
: Number Field
Set As: $$Number:$SubjectTotal
Align : Right
Border: Thin Left
[Collection: Ext XML Data Students]
Data Source
: File XML : "D:\StudData.xml": Unicode
XML Object Path: Student
Search Key
:1
:StudData
: $Name
[Collection: Ext XML Data Stud Subj Summary]
Source Collection: Ext XML Data Students
Walk
: Subject
By
: StudentName
: $..Name
By
: SubjectName
: $Name
Aggr Compute
: SubjectTotal : SUM
Keep Source
: ().
Filter
: ForThisStudent
: ($$Number:$Mark)
[System: Formula]
ForThisStudent
: $StudentName = $$ReqObject:$Name
In this code, Line ‘Ext XML Data Stud Info’ is repeated over the Collection ‘Ext XML Data Students’, where Search Key is specified to be $Name. Hence, the Remove/Restore Line behaviour
will work.
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4. Persisting Variables at System Scope in a User Specified File
As announced in Release 2.0, we are aware that the variables at the Report scope can be
persisted in a user specified file using the action SAVE VARIABLE. This can be re-loaded as
required using the action LOAD VARIABLE.
The latest enhancements in variable persistence allow the user to persist and re-load the
variables at System Scope (in a User Specified File) as well.
4.1 Action – SAVE VARIABLE
The action SAVE VARIABLE, which is used to persist the Report Scope Variables in a user
specified file, now allows us to persist the System Scope Variables also. Syntax of this action
remains the same. The desired behaviour is achieved with changes in variable list specification.
Syntax
SAVE VARIABLE : <FileName> [:<Variable List>]
Where,
<File Name> is the name of the file in which the report scope/ system scope variables are persisted. The extension .PVF will be taken by default, if the file extension is not specified.
<Variable List> is the comma-separated list of variables that need to be saved in the file.
Variable List specification changes
1. Now ‘*’ can also be used to specify the variable list, which means all at ‘current scope’.

The current scope can either be ‘System’ or ‘Report’.

Specifying ‘*’ will ignore the ‘Persist’ flag and save all the variables in the scope, irrespective of “Persist: Yes” at the ‘Variable’ definition level.
2. If Variable list is not provided, it will persist all the variables which are set as “Persist: Yes” at
the Variable definition level.
3. Dotted notation syntax is also supported in the variable list specification for scope specification.
However, this cannot be used for SUB levels. It can be used only for accessing parent scope
variables.

Single Dot “.” refers to current scope, Double Dot “ . .” to parent scope, Triple Dot “ . . . ” to
grandparent scope, and so on.

“ (). ” refers to the System Scope.
4.2 Action – LOAD VARIABLE
The action LOAD VARIABLE, which is used to load the Report Scope Variables in a user
specified file, now allows us to load the System Scope Variables also. Syntax of this action
remains the same. The desired behaviour is achieved with changes in variable list specification.
Syntax
LOAD VARIABLE : <FileName> [:<Variable List>]
Where,
<File Name> is the name of the file in which the report scope/ system scope variables are persisted. Specifying file extension is mandatory while loading variable values.
<Variable List> is the comma-separated list of variables that need to be loaded from the file.
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Variable List specification changes
1. While loading, ‘*’ is not relevant and will be ignored.
2. While loading, ‘Persist’ flag of the variable is ignored. It is assumed that the variable must have
a persist flag OR it is saved forcefully and hence to be loaded.
Example:1
There is a requirement to persist values of all system scope variables in a user specified file and
load the values from the file whenever required. Refer to the following code snippet:
[#Menu: Gateway of Tally]
Add : Button : SLSystemScopeSave, SLSystemScopeLoad
Buttons SLSystemScopeSave & SLSystemScopeLoad are added at the Gateway of Tally Menu to execute the actions SAVE
VARIABLE & LOAD VARIABLE.
[Button: SLSystemScopeSave]
Key
:
Alt+F
Action
:
SAVE VARIABLE : SLSystemScope.pvf : *
Title
: “Save Sys Var”
Values of all system scope variables will be persisted in the file SLSystemScope.pvf on execution of the action SAVE VARIABLE.
[Button: SLSystemScopeLoad]
Key
:
Alt + L
Action
:
LOAD VARIABLE : SLSystemScope.pvf
Title
: “Load Sys Var”
Values of all system scope variables will be loaded from the file SLSystemScope.pvf on execution of the action LOAD VARIABLE.
Example:2
There is a requirement to persist values of all system scope variables which are set as “Persist :
Yes” at variable definition level in a user specified file, and load the values from the file whenever
required. Refer to the following code snippet:
[#Menu: Gateway of Tally]
Add : Button : SLSystemScopeSave, SLSystemScopeLoad
Buttons SLSystemScopeSave & SLSystemScopeLoad are added at the Gateway of Tally Menu to execute the actions SAVE
VARIABLE & LOAD VARIABLE.
[Button: SLSystemScopeSave]
Key
:
Alt+F
Action
:
SAVE VARIABLE : SLSystemScope.pvf
Title
:
“Save Sys Var”
Values of all variables at system scope which are set “Persist : Yes” at variable definition level, will be persisted in the file SLSystemScope.pvf on execution of the action SAVE VARIABLE.
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[Button: SLSystemScopeLoad]
Key
:
Alt + L
Action
:
LOAD VARIABLE : SLSystemScope.pvf
Title
:
“Load Sys Var”
Values of all variables will be loaded from the file SLSystemScope.pvf on execution of the action LOAD VARIABLE.
Example: 3
There is a requirement to persist the system scope variables SVSymbolInSign & SVInMillions in
a user specified file, and load the values of these variables from the file whenever required. Refer
to the following code snippet:
[#Menu: Gateway of Tally]
Add : Button : SLSystemScopeSave, SLSystemScopeLoad
Buttons SLSystemScopeSave & SLSystemScopeLoad are added at the Gateway of Tally Menu to execute the actions SAVE
VARIABLE & LOAD VARIABLE.
[Button: SLSystemScopeSave]
Key
:
Alt+F
Action
:
SAVE VARIABLE : SLSystemScope.pvf : +
SVSymbolInSign,SVInMillions
Title
:
“Save Sys Var”
Values of the system scope variables SVSymbolInSign & SVInMillions will be persisted in the file SLSystemScope.pvf on execution of
the action SAVE VARIABLE.
[Button: SLSystemScopeLoad]
Key
:
Alt + L
Action
:
LOAD VARIABLE : SLSystemScope.pvf
: +
SVSymbolInSign,SVInMillions
Title
:
“Load Sys Var”
Values of the system scope variables SVSymbolInSign & SVInMillions will be loaded from the file SLSystemScope.pvf on
execution of the action LOAD VARIABLE.
Example:4
The following report is displayed in ‘Create’ mode from a menu item.
[Report: Smp SLReport]
Form
: Smp SLForm
Variable : SaveLoadVar1,
SaveLoadVar2
The variables SaveLoadVar1 & SaveLoadVar2 are declared at Report Scope.
[Form: Smp SLForm]
Parts
: Form SubTitle, Smp SL Part
Button
: Smp SaveVar, Smp LoadVar
Buttons SmpSaveVar & SmpLoadVar are added at ‘Form’ Level to execute the actions SAVE
VARIABLE & LOAD VARIABLE.
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Let us look into the following scenarios to persist and load System Scope as well as Report Scope
Variable values:
I. Persist & Load all Report Scope Variables & a specific System Scope Variable
[Button: Smp SaveVar]
Key
: Alt + S
Action : SAVE VARIABLE: SLReportCfg.pvf: *,().SVInMillions
Title
: “Save Variable”
Values of all variables declared at report scope and the value of system scope variable SVInMillions will be persisted in the file SLReportCfg.pvf on execution of the action SAVE VARIABLE. (The variable SVInMillions is prefixed with (). to denote the same as System
Scope Variable).
[Button: Smp LoadVar]
Key
: Alt + L
Action
: LOAD VARIABLE : SLReportCfg.pvf : *,().SVInMillions
Title
: “Load Variable”
Variable list specification* will be ignored. Values of all report scope variables and the value of system scope variable SVInMillions will
be loaded from the file SLReportCfg.pvf on execution of the action LOAD VARIABLE.
II. Persist & Load a specific Report Scope variable & a specific System Scope variable
[Button: Smp SaveVar]
Key
: Alt + S
Action
: SAVE VARIABLE: SLReportCfg.pvf : SaveLoadVar1,+
().SVInMillions
Title
: “Save Variable”
Value of Report scope variable SaveLoadVar1 and value of system scope variable SVInMillions will be persisted in the file SLReportCfg.pvf on execution of the action SAVE VARIABLE.
[Button: Smp LoadVar]
Key
: Alt + L
Action
: LOAD VARIABLE : SLReportCfg.pvf :SaveLoadVar1,+
().SVInMillions
Title
: “Load Variable”
Value of Report scope variable SaveLoadVar1 and value of system scope variable SVInMillions will be loaded from the file SLReportCfg.pvf on execution of the action LOAD VARIABLE.
5. New Events Introduced
As a part of the Language enhancements, in recent past, there have been significant enhancements as a part of the Event Framework. Before this release, events introduced were mostly
related to handling the application start up and close, and company loading and unloading. The
Object specific events were mainly focused around trapping events while rendering the data on
the screen, and printing.
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In this Release, events have been introduced to handle user specific requirements on data manipulation during Export and Import of data. With the introduction of the Events Start Import, Import
Object and End Import, the programmers have got complete control to manipulate the data prior
to importing the same into the company. This can be useful in scenarios like Inter-Branch data
transfers; where Delivery Note in a branch gets transformed into Receipt Note in the other, Sales
transaction in a Branch gets transformed into Purchase transaction in the other, and so on. Also,
an action Import Object has been introduced to begin the Import process.
While exporting Full objects to XML and SDF formats; with the introduction of Export Events
Before Export, Export Object and After Export, the user will be able to trap these events and
get an access to the object being exported, which can be altered as required before export. This
can be useful in scenarios like changing required information during export, not displaying price/
amount of the stock item while synchronizing Delivery Note to the branch offices, creating a consolidated sales entry from all the sales transactions of the day, etc.
5.1 Import Events
The following events can be used within Import File Definition:
Event - Start Import
Syntax
On: Start Import: <Logical Condition>: <Action>: <Action Parameters>
If the logical condition specified returns TRUE, the Event Start Import executes the actions
before beginning the import process. At this stage, the data objects will not be available, since it is
prior to gathering the data from the file. This event can be used to communicate any messages to
the user like starting the import process, etc.
Event - Import Object
Syntax
On: Import Object: <Logical Condition>: <Action>: <Action Parameters>
If the logical condition returns TRUE, event Import Object executes the actions after gathering
the Objects from File, before importing the same in the current company. At this stage, data
objects are available, since it is post gathering the data from file. This event is useful to manipulate & transform data from one form to another, i.e., from Receipt Note to Delivery Note, etc.
Syntax
On: Import Object: <Logical Condition>: Import Object
If the Event ‘On Import Object’ is used, it overrides the default Import Object behaviour, as a result
of which, we need to explicitly specify to begin importing the objects. After performing the
necessary actions prior to importing the objects, the Action Import Object must be specified to
instruct the system to continue the import process.
Event - End Import
Syntax
On: End Import: <Logical Condition>: <Action>: <Action Parameters>
If the logical condition specified returns TRUE, the Event End Import executes the actions after
importing the objects. At this stage, the data objects will not be available, since it is post importing
the objects within the current company. This event can be used to communicate any messages to
the user like ‘ending the import process’, ‘Import Successful’, etc.
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Example:
[#Import File: Vouchers]
On : Start Import
: Yes
: Call
: Start Import
On : Import Object
: Yes
: Call
: Change Values
On : Import Object
: Yes
: Import Object
On : End Import
: Yes
: Call
: End Import
[Function: Start Import]
00
: MSGBOX
: “Status”: “Starting Import Process”
[Function: Change Values]
00
: SET VALUE
: Narration : $Narration + “ - Updated by +
Import Object Event”
10
: SET TARGET
: LedgerEntries[1]
20
: SET VALUE
: LedgerName: “Branch Ledger”
[Function: End Import]
00
: MSGBOX: “Status” : “Imported data successfully”
In this example, before importing the data, Narration Method is being altered and the first Ledger
Name is being altered to Branch Ledger. Before starting and after ending the import process,
appropriate messages are being displayed to the user.
5.2 Export Events
The following events can be used within Form Definition:
Event - Before Import
Syntax
On: Before Export: <Logical Condition>: <Action>: <Action Parameters>
If the logical condition specified returns TRUE, the Event Before Export executes the action
before beginning the export. This event can be used to communicate any message to the user.
Event - Export Object
Syntax
On: Export Object: <Logical Condition>: <Action>: <Action Parameters>
If the logical condition specified returns TRUE, the Event Export Object executes the action
before the object is exported. The user will get the object being exported, which can be altered as
required before export. The form level Export Object is used to get an access to the object associated at the Report Level and manipulate the same before exporting.
Syntax
On: After Export: <Logical Condition>: <Action>: <Action Parameters>
If the logical condition specified returns TRUE, the Event After Export executes the action at the
end of Form Export. This event can be used to communicate any message to the user.
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The following events can be used within Line Definition:
Event - ‘Export Object’ in Line Definition
Syntax
On: Export Object: <Logical Condition>: <Action>: <Action Parameters>
If the logical condition returns TRUE, the Event Export Object executes the action before every
object is exported. The line level ‘Export Object’ is used to get an access to each object associated at the line level and manipulate the same before exporting.
Example:
[Form: ExpEvtForm]
On
: Before Export : Yes
: Call
: Export Start
On
: After Export
: Call
: Export End
Part
: ExpEvtPart
Button
: Export Button
: Yes
Full Object : Yes
[Part: ExpEvtPart]
Line
: ExpEvtLine
Repeat
: ExpEvtLine: ExpLedger
Scroll
: Vertical
[Line: ExpEvtLine]
On
: Export Object
: Yes
Fields
: ExpEvtFld1, ExpEvtFld2
: Call
: ExportObject:$$Line
Full Object : Yes
[Collection: ExpLedger]
Type
: Ledger
Fetch
: Name, Parent
[Function: ExportStart]
00 : MSGBOX: “Status”: “Starting Export”
[Function: ExportObject]
Parameter : LineNo : Number
01 : INSERT COLLECTION OBJECT : Name
02 : SET VALUE : Name : “Led”+“-”+$name+“-”+“00”+$$String:##LineNo
[Function: ExportEnd]
00 : MSGBOX: “Status”: “Ending Export”
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In this example, the line is repeated over the Collection ExpLedger which is of type Ledger. The
event Export Object at the line level will be triggered before exporting of every ledger object. The
function “Export Object”, which is called on occurrence of the event, inserts a new object for the
collection "Name" and the method Name (alias name) will be set with the new value by concatenating the strings “Led”, Name of the ledger and the line no. prefixed with “00”.
Before starting and after ending the export, appropriate messages are being displayed to the user
through the events ‘Before Export’ and ‘After Export’ at ‘Form’ Level. The exported fragments of
XML and SDF outputs can be seen in the following figures, in which we can observe that an alias
name is created with the value as set inside the function:
Figure 4. XML Format
Figure 5. SDF Format
6. Enhancement – Programmable Configuration
Prior to Tally.ERP 9 release 1.52, when multiple reports were printed or mass mailing was being
done in a sequence; before each Action, a configuration report was displayed for user input. This
would interrupt the flow, thereby requiring a dedicated person to monitor the process, which is
time consuming. This had been addressed in Tally.ERP 9 release 1.6, by providing an optional
logical parameter to suppress the repeated display for the configuration screen, before the invocation of global actions ‘Print’, ‘Export’, ‘Upload’ and ‘Email’.
6.1 Actions enabled for Programmable Configurations
In order to print, export, upload and email the current report in context, the actions ‘Print Report’,
‘Export Report’, ‘Upload Report’ and ‘Email Report’ are used. Prior to this release, the programmable configuration was not supported for these actions. With the latest enhancement, the
display of configuration screen can be suppressed for these actions also. The syntax of these
actions supporting programmable configurations is:
Syntax
<Action Name> [ :
<Report Name> [:<Logical Value>]]
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Where,
<Action Name> can be any of ‘Print’, ‘Export’, ‘Mail’ and ‘Upload’. The actions ‘Print Report’,
‘Export Report’, ‘Upload Report’ and ‘Email Report’ have also been enabled in the latest release.
<Report Name> is name of the report or a dot (.). Since ‘Print Report’, ‘Export Report’, ‘Upload
Report’ and ‘Email Report’ take the current report in context, and the subsequent parameter is the
logical parameter for suppressing the configuration, dot (.) signifies the specification of the current
Report Name. This is an optional parameter. However, it is mandatory in case suppress configuration is to be enabled.
<Logical Value> can be TRUE/FALSE or YES/NO. It is an optional parameter. By default, the
value is NO. If set to YES, the configuration screen would not be displayed.
The variables to be set as per the requirement of each Action is done in the same
way as discussed in prior releases. Refer to the topic “Programmable Configuration
for Actions” in Release 1.6 document for more details.
Example:
To export current report without displaying the configuration screen:
|
|
40: EXPORT REPORT:
.
: TRUE
|
|
7. Optional Default TDL Loading
Many Third Party Applications use Tally's rapid application development environment to render
various complex reports using Tally Definition Language (TDL). Tally.ERP 9 acts as a front end
application for various external databases to retrieve and manipulate information, as and when
required. Tally, being a comprehensive business application, loads all the TDL's required as per
the functional aspects of the Application. In cases where the third party applications require using
Tally purely as a development platform, loading of complete application TDLs may prove to be
expensive in terms of startup time.
This release onwards, the application TDLs are segregated as:


Base TDL Files – This contains the commonly required templates like styles, variables,
buttons, etc., which can be used by any report which is rendered.
Default TDL Files – This contains the TDLs which are specifically meant for functional
requirements of the Tally.ERP 9 application.
This has enabled us to launch Tally using the minimal Base TDL files avoiding the overhead of
loading the Default TDL files. This can be achieved by using the command line parameter
/NODEF.
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7.1 Command Line Parameter - NODEF
Syntax
<Tally Application> /NODEF
Example:
D:\Tally.ERP9\Tally.Exe/NODEF/NOINITDL/TDL:"D:
\Party\CustomReports.TDL"
In this case, the Tally.ERP 9 application would start only with Base TDLs, without loading the
default TDL Files, which means that Tally Application would start rapidly. None of the INI TDLs will
be loaded due to the parameter /NOINITDL. Only the TDL file passed with the parameter /TDL,
D:\Party\CustomReports.TDL will be loaded.
In line with the above enhancement, the product Tally.Developer 9 Release 3.0 will
also support the command line parameter /NODEF. In case the application needs to
be started with only the Base TDLs, the option /NODEF will be used.
8. Refresh Issues in context of User Defined Function Evaluation
As we are already aware, the TDL Procedural artifact “Function” is used in two scenarios:
1. Evaluation – where the function is expected to perform some computation and return the
result to the expression within which it is called. The usage is similar to a Predefined function.
In evaluation mode, the function is called using a “$$”.
Example:
[Field: My Field]
Set as
: $$MyUserFunction:Parameter1: Parameter2
2. Execution – where the function is expected to perform certain set of tasks, which changes the
state of the application or the data. The usage is similar to a Predefined Action. In execution
mode, the function is called using the keyword “Call” and can be invoked from a Key/Button, a
Menu item, an Event, or from within another function.
Example:
[Key: My Key]
Action : CALL : MyUserActionFpunction : Parameter1 : Parameter2
In case of predefined Functions, whenever a function accesses and manipulates certain UI
elements like variable, field, etc., or data elements like method values of objects, a link is established between the element and the calling UI. Each time these get manipulated, the function gets
re-evaluated, new values are calculated and the corresponding UI is refreshed with new values.
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Let us look at the following example to articulate this better:
[Variable: My Variable]
Type : String
[Field: My Field]
Type
: String
Set as
: ##MyVariable
When the report is started, the ‘Set as’ attribute of the field ‘My Field’ is evaluated. During this
evaluation, a link between the Field ‘My Field’ and the Variable ‘My Variable’ (which is accessed
for its value) is established.
Consider a scenario where, say, a F12:configuration of the report changes the ‘MyVariable’ value.
Now, the system would automatically determine that the Field ‘My Field’ was depending on the
value of the variable, which has changed now; and hence, RE-EVALUATE the field's ‘Set As’
attribute to get its new value.
In case of a TDL procedural “Function”, we faced certain issues, where the fields calling the
function for some evaluation were not refreshed with new values when the accessed elements got
modified elsewhere, and the function did not get re-evaluated. To articulate this better, let’s extend
the previous example by using a user defined function.
[Variable: My Variable]
Type: String
[Field: My Field]
Type
: String
Set as : $$MyUserFunction
[Function: My User Function]
Returns
: String
01 : RETURN : ##MyVariable
In this case, the system would not establish any relation between the Field and the variable, as it
is processed via a function; and hence, when the Value of the variable is changed elsewhere, the
Field's ‘Set As’ will not get re-evaluated automatically to get its new value.
This issue has been resolved in this Release. The related refresh problems which might have
been have faced by the users in context of using "Function" in the evaluation scenario, have been
resolved. However, in some negligible cases, we may hit with performance issues due to
repeated refresh. This mainly happens when the modification of values of UI / data elements like
objects, variables, etc., causes the regeneration of linked UI elements. To overcome the same,
certain rules have been established and implemented at the platform level itself. In very few cases
where one may require a slight change in design of the function, using the new actions and
functions may be useful.
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8.1 Function - $$ExclEvaluate
This function, when prefixed to an expression, helps in evaluating it without establishing the link
with the UI elements. There may be a few cases where the programmer would not want the
system to establish relationship between the caller and the object being accessed, to refresh the
value in subsequent modification. In such cases, prefixing $$ExclEvaluate would indicate the
same to the system.
Example:
[Variable: My Variable]
Type: String
[Field: My Field]
Type
: String
Set as : $$ExclEvaluate:##MyVariable
OR
Set as : $$ExclEvaluate:$$MyUserFunction
[Function: My User Function]
Returns
: String
01 : LOG
: ##MyVariable
02 : RETURN : “Constant String”
8.2 Action START SUB ... END SUB
In evaluation mode, the dependent regenerations of UI elements are deferred till the function exit.
In cases where it is desired to trigger regenerations based on the set of statements as and when
they occur, one can enclose the statements within the START SUB - END SUB action block.
To articulate this better, let's take the previous example, where the Variable is being accessed by
a field. The following function, on a button press, changes the value of the Variable two times.
[Function: My User function]
01 : SET : My Variable : “First Value”
02 : SET : My Variable : ##MyVariable + “, Second Value”
In normal scenario, as both SET actions are modifying the value of the variable, the field (dependent on this variable) would get re-valuated twice. However, the platform has the ability to do it only
once during the end of the function by default, when the function is called in EVALUATION mode.
To change this behaviour to refresh the field twice, these two SET actions can be covered inside
START SUB - END SUB as follows:
[Function: My User function]
01: START SUB
02 : SET : My Variable : “First Value”
03 : SET : My Variable : ##MyVariable + “, Second Value”
04 : END SUB
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8.3 Action - SUB ACTION
The purpose of this action is the same as START SUB - END SUB. The only difference is that this
action takes an Action to be executed as parameter. The former one encloses a set of Actions
inside the block.
Following is the alternative of the previous code by using SUB ACTION, rather than using the
START SUB - END SUB action block.
[Function: My User function]
01 : SUB ACTION : SET : My Variable : “First Value”
02 : SUB ACTION : SET : My Variable : ##MyVariable + “, Second Value”
8.4 Action START XSUB ... END XSUB
In execution mode, the dependent regenerations are handled as an when they occur. In cases
where we would like to defer regenerations based on the set of statements, we can enclose the
statements within the START XSUB ... END XSUB block.
Let's take the following example to demonstrate this:
[Field: My Field]
Set as
: $Value1 + $Value2
;; field value depends on the Value1 and Value2 of the current object
[Function: ModifyCurrentObj]
01 : SET VALUE : Value1 : “Something else”
02 : SET VALUE : Value2 : “Another value”
This code would normally cause the field to be re-evaluated twice during the function execution.
However, enclosing it in an XSUB block would convert it into a single re-evaluation as below:
[Function: ModifyCurrentObj]
01 : XSUB START
02 : SET VALUE : Value1 : “Something else”
03 : SET VALUE : Value2 : “Another value”
04 : XSUB END
8.5 Action – XSUB ACTION
The purpose of this action is the same as START XSUB and END XSUB. The only difference is
that this action takes an Action to be executed as parameter. The former one encloses a set of
Actions inside the block.
Following is the alternative of the previous code by using XSUB ACTION, rather than using the
START XSUB ... END XSUB block.
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[Function: ModifyCurrentObj]
02 : XSUB ACTION :SET VALUE : Value1 : "Something else"
03 : XSUB ACTION: SET VALUE : Value2 : "Another value"
9. Function and Attribute Enhancements
9.1 Report Attribute - ‘Plain XML’ Introduced
Tally provides the capability to export any report in XML format. The XML generated is in standard
format for better readability, i.e., line ending characters after each closing tag, indentation for each
sub tag, etc. Most of the applications can directly consume the data available in standard format.
However, there are some legacy and non-standard applications which require an XML without formatting and applied styles. They consume the entire unformatted XML available as a single
string, without even a new line character.
A new attribute ‘Plain XML’ has been introduced in ‘Report’ definition. This attributes generates
the XML without applying any formats and styles.
Syntax
Plain XML : <Logical Expression>
Where,
<Logical Expression> can be any expression which evaluates to logical value YES/NO.
Example:
[Report: Simple Trial balance]
Form
: Simple Trial balance
Title
: “Trial Balance”
Plain XML
: YES
9.2 Attribute – ‘Format’ for Quantity Datatype
In Tally, quantity of a Stock item can be expressed using a Simple or Compound Unit of Measure.
Simple Unit – Unit of measure used to express the quantity of an Item. E.g., kgs, nos, pcs, etc.
Compound Unit – The unit of measure which is a combination of Simple units related to each
other by a conversion factor, is termed as a Compound Unit. Examples of compound units are kg
of 1000 gms, dozen of 12 nos, etc. In case of compound unit, the highest unit is referred to as the
Base/Primary unit and the sub units thereafter, are referred to as the Tail units. The quantity is
always expressed in terms of the Primary unit. A compound unit can be nested further to contain
another compound unit as a Tail unit, up to any no. of levels. E.g., Bag of 10kgs of 1000 gms.
E.g., If the unit of measure used for a Stock item “Grains” is Bag of 10kgs of 1000 gms and the
closing balance is 12-5-250 bags, it means that the quantity of items is 12 bags 5 kgs 250 gms.
Whenever the tail unit quantity crosses the conversion factor, it adds up to the bigger unit. If the
gms part exceeds 1000 in this example and the value is 12-5-1250 bags, then it will be converted
to 12-6-250 bags.
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In TDL, the data type to support representation & storage of data of the above type is Quantity. It
comprises of subtypes Number, Base/Primary units, Alternate/Secondary units and unit symbol.
We know that when a method of type ‘Quantity’ is retrieved in a report, it is always expressed in
terms of primary units. In case the Unit of Measure is a nested compound unit, the user may
require the quantity in terms of any of the units in the entire Compound unit chain. The ‘Format’
attribute of Field has been enhanced to specify the Tail unit, in which the quantity value needs to
be extracted.
Syntax
[Field: <Field Name>]
Type : Quantity
Set As: $<Method Name>
Format: "Tail Units:" + <String Expression>
Where,
<String Expression> must evaluate to any Tail Unit Name used in the Item.
Example:
As per the previous example, the unit of measure used for the Stock item “Grains” is Bag of 10kgs
of 1000 gms and the closing balance is 12-5-250 bags. In a field, we may require to retrieve the
value in kgs or gms instead on bags. For this, the following specification can be used:
[Field: Qty Format Enhancement]
Use
: Qty Primary Field
Set As
: $ClosingBalance
Format
: “Tail Units:” + “kgs”


If Format is “Tail Units:kgs”, value returned is 125kgs250 gms=12X10 kgs+5kgs & 250 gms
If the Format is “Tail Units:gms”, the value returned would be 125250 gms = 12X10X1000
gms+ 5X1000 gms +250 gms.
Appropriate conversions take place as per the conversion factors set in the nested
Compound unit chain.
9.3 Field Attribute - ‘Cell Write’ Introduced
When the data is exported from an external application to Excel Format, especially in the following
scenarios, Excel faces refresh issues. Here, we are considering the scenarios when Tally exports
the data into Excel.
1. When a cell in an Excel Template is having a formula which depends on multiple cells which
are being written from Tally. If one out of these cells is having a drop-down list, then the excel
formula is not refreshed after the Export.
2. If the design of Excel template is depending on one of the Excel cells, and this cell is written by
Excel Export from Tally, then the template using the contents of this cell will not take these
changes into effect.
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This problem can be addressed at the TDL level by writing those data corresponding to cells prior
to on the one on which the rest of the cells containing the formula/template are dependent. The
rest of the data can be written as a chunk only.
For this purpose, a new attribute ‘Cell Write’ has been introduced at Field. This attribute enables
writing of the specific field value in the Excel file, before the entire information gets written.
This attribute has to be used judiciously and strictly as per the above scenarios,
since this will increase the export time multifold.
Syntax
Cell Write
:<Logical Value>
Where,
<Logical Value> can be YES or NO.
Example:
[Field : VAT acc Rate Fld]
Cell Write : YES
9.4 Function - ‘$$StrByCharCode’ Introduced
Everyone is aware that the Indian government has recently launched a symbol to represent the
Indian currency. To display the same in Tally.ERP9, a function $$StrByCharCode has been introduced in TDL. The function $$StrByCharCode accepts the ‘ASCII’ code or ‘Unicode’, and displays
the corresponding special symbol. This function can be used in scenarios where the special
symbols are to be displayed in Tally.ERP9, e.g., foreign currency symbol.
Syntax
$$StrByCharCode:<ASCII code/ Unicode>
Where,
<ASCII code/Unicode> can be any expression which returns a valid ASCII or Unicode number.
(This number must be in decimal system).
For example the ASCII code for the new rupee symbol is 8377, for Carriage Return is 13, etc.
Example:
[Field: StrByCharCode Report]
Set AS
: $$StrByCharCode:@@CodeChar
[System: Formula]
Code Char: 8377
The new Rupee symbol is displayed in the field ‘StrByCharCode Report’.
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9.5 Function - ‘$$InPreviewMode’ Introduced
In scenarios where the printing events ‘Before Print’ and ‘After Print’ were used to trigger an
Action, the action used to get called even if the report was in ‘Preview’ mode. To overcome this
problem, the function $$InPreviewMode has been introduced, using which, the events can be
triggered conditionally as required.
The function $$InPreviewMode checks if the report is in ‘Preview’ mode or not. It is useful in
scenarios where some specific controls are to be applied, related to actual Printing. For example,
a document can be printed only once, the voucher cannot be altered or deleted after printing an
invoice, etc.
Syntax
$$InPreviewMode
Example:
[#Report: Printed Invoice]
On : Print : NOT $$InPreviewMode : CALL : UpdateDocSetPrintedFlag
In this case, the Action created using function ‘$$UpdateDocSetPrintedFlag’ is triggered only in
‘Print’ mode and not in ‘Preview’ mode.
9.6 Function - ‘$$RemoteUserId’ Introduced
In a remote environment, multiple users connect to the same company and access the data
therein. All the TDLs available at the server are enabled for the Remote user. There may be
scenarios where some restrictions need to be applied to the data access based on the user
identity. This can be achieved at the TDL level by using a new function $$RemoteUserId, which
will return the user name of the remote user accessing the TDL.
Syntax
$$RemoteUserId
This function, when called in TDL, will return the user name of the remote user at the Server end.
9.7 Function ‘$$InWords’ Enhanced
Till now, the function $$InWords accepted only ‘Amount’ data type and displayed the amount in
words. Now, it has been extended to accept ‘Number’ data type as well, and display it in words.
Syntax
$$InWords:<Expression> : <Format String>
Where,
<Expression> can be any expression which evaluates to an Amount or a Number.
<Format String> is any string expression used to specify the format, e.g., Forex, No Symbol, etc.
Example:
[Field: InWords]
Set as : $$InWords:100000
The function displays '”ONE LAKH” in the field ‘InWords’.
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9.8 Function ‘$$ContextKeyword’ Enhanced
Till now, the function $$ContextKeyword has been used to return the Title of the Report or Menu.
For scenarios like adding a report to the list of favourites, where the Definition name of the current
report is required instead of the report Title, the function $$ContextKeyword has been enhanced
to return the Report name or Definition name.
Now, the function $$ContextKeyword accepts two logical parameters as follows:
$$ContextKeyword: [:<1st Logical Expression>]+
[:<2nd Logical Expression>]
Where,
<1st Logical Expression> can be any expression which evaluates to YES/NO. The default value
of this parameter is NO and it returns the Title of the current report. If the value is specified as
YES, then the title of the parent report is returned. If no report is active, then the parameter is
ignored. If the attribute ‘Title’ is not specified in ‘Report’ definition, then by default, the name of the
Report definition is returned.
<2nd Logical Expression> can be any expression which evaluates to YES/NO. It specifies that
the name of the Report definition should be returned, instead of the Title of the Report.
Example:
[Field: Context Keyword Rep]
Set As: $$ContextKeyword:No:Yes
Here, the function $$ContextKeyword returns the name of the current report definition.
Example:
[Field: Context Keyword Parent]
Set As: $$ContextKeyword:Yes:Yes
Here, the function $$ContextKeyword returns the name of the parent Interface definition, i.e.,
either a Menu Definition Name or the Parent Report Definition Name.
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What’s New in Release 2.0
1. TDL Procedural Enhancements
With every Release, the TDL Procedural Capabilities are getting strengthened at a commendable
pace. The latest along this path is the File Input/Output Capability.
1.1 TDL Procedural File Input/Output Capabilities
As we are aware, any High level programming language will support Reading and Writing From/
To multiple hardware devices. It will have predefined constructs in the form of functions to Read
from and Write to a File as well. This file can reside on the hard disk or on a network, which can
be accessed via various protocols HTTP or FTP.
This capability introduced in TDL will now pave the way for supporting import/export operations
from the Tally DataBase in the most amazing way. It will now be possible to export almost every
piece of information in any Data Format which we can think of. The Text and Excel Formats are
supported, which allow data storage in SDF-Fixed Width, CSV-comma separated, etc., sufficing
the generic data analysis requirements of any business.
The TDL Artifacts used for supporting various Read/Write operations are Actions and Functions.
These are made to work only inside the TDL Procedural Block. ‘Write’ operations are mostly
handled using Actions, and all the file Access and Read operations are performed using Functions. These give tremendous control in the hands of the programmer for performing the data
manipulations To/From the file. And that too, on a file present on a network accessible using the
protocols FTP and HTTP. Since these artifacts operate on characters and not bytes, the file
encoding ASCII/UNICODE does not have any effect on the operations.
File Contexts
The entire procedural Read/Write artifacts basically operate on two file contexts:

Source file Context
When a file is opened for Reading purpose, the context available for all the ‘read’ operations is the
Source File Context. All the subsequent ‘read’ operations are performed on the Source File
Context.

Target file Context
When a file is opened for Writing purpose, the context available for all the ‘write’ operations is the
Target File Context. All the subsequent Write operations are performed on the Target File Context.
It is important to understand that these contexts are available only inside the procedural block
(User Defined Function), where the files are opened for use. The file context concept is different
from the concept of Object Context where the Object context is carried over to all its child Objects.
File Contexts are only available to the functions, and the subsequent functions are called from
within the parent Function. The called function can override the inherited context by opening a
new file within its block.
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The file context created by opening a file is available only till the execution of the last statement.
Once the control is out of the function, the file is automatically closed. However, it is highly recommended as a good programming practice to close a file on exit.
Both the file contexts, i.e., Source and Target file contexts, are available simultaneously. This
makes it possible to read from one file and write to another file simultaneously.
File Operations
A programming language supporting File Read/Write typically supports the following operations:

Open - This operation identifies the file which needs to be opened for Read/Write purpose.

Close - This operation closes the opened file after Read/Write.

Read - This is an operation to read the data from an opened File.

Write - This is an operation to write the data to an opened File.

Seek - This is an operation to access the character position in an already opened file.

Truncate - This is an operation which will delete a particular number of characters/entire
contents of the file.
General File Operations
As discussed, the entire procedural Read/Write concepts basically operate on two file contexts,
i.e., a source file context and a target file context. Source context is used to read the contents
from a file which is opened for reading purpose, whereas the target context is used to write the
data to a file which is opened for writing purpose. Since both these file contexts are available
simultaneously, it is possible to read from one file and write to another file.

Action – OPEN FILE
It is used to open a text/excel file for read/write operations. The file can reside in Hard Disk, in the
main memory or on FTP/HTTP site. Also, it is used to open a file for read/write operations.
If no parameters are used, then a memory buffer will be created, which will act as a file. This file
will be in both read / write mode and will act as both the source and the target context. Based on
the mode specified (read/write), the file automatically becomes the source file or the target file,
respectively.
Syntax
OPEN FILE [:<File Name> [:<File Format> [:<Open Mode> [:<Encoding> ]]]]
Where,
<File Name> can be any expression which evaluates to a regular disk file name like C:\Output.txt,
or to a HTTP/FTP site like “ftp://ftp.tallysolutions.com/Output.txt”
<File Format> can be Text or Excel. By default, ‘Text’ mode will be considered, if not specified.
Also, during opening of an existing file, if the mode does not match, the Action will fail.
<Open Mode> can be Read / Write. By default, it is Read. If a file is opened for ‘Read’ purpose,
then it must exist. If ‘Write’ mode is specified, and the file exists, it will be opened for updating. If
the file does not exist, a new file is created. If the file is opened in ‘Write’ mode, it is possible to
read from the file as well.
<Encoding> can be ASCII or Unicode. If not specified, ‘Unicode’ is considered as the default
value for ‘Write’ Mode. In ‘Read’ mode, this parameter will be ignored and considered, based on
the encoding of the file being read.
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Example: 1
10 : OPEN FILE : “Output.txt” : Text : Write
: ASCII
A Text File 'Output.text' is opened in ‘Write’ mode under the Tally application Folder, and if it
already exists, the same will be opened for appending purpose.
Example: 2
10: OPEN FILE: “http://www.tallysolutions.com/Output.txt” : Text
A Text File 'Output.text' is opened in ‘Write’ mode at the HTTP URL specified. If the file already
exists, the same will be opened for appending purpose.
Example: 3
10 : OPEN FILE : “C:\Output.xls” : Excel : Read
An Excel File 'Output.xls' is opened in ‘Read’ mode under C drive, and if the file does not exist,
the Action will fail.
Please refer to the functions like $$MakeFTPName and $$MakeHTTPName for
constructing the FTP and HTTP URLs using the various parameters like servername, username, password, etc. Refer to Tally.Developer 9 Function Browser for
help on usage.

Actions – CLOSE FILE and CLOSE TARGET FILE
A file which is opened for Read/Write operation needs to be closed, once all the read/write operations are completed. However, if the files are not closed explicitly by the programmer, these are
closed by default when the function is returned. But, it is always recommended to close the file
after the operations are completed.
Files which are opened in the current function can only be closed by it. If a function inherits the file
contexts from the caller function, then it cannot close these files; however, it can open its own
instances of the files. In such cases, the caller context files will not be accessible.

Action – CLOSE FILE
This action is used to close an opened source file
Syntax
CLOSE FILE
Example:
10
: OPEN FILE : “Output.xls” : Excel : Read
.
.
30
: CLOSE FILE
In this example, the Excel file 'Output.xls', which is opened for reading purpose, is closed.
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Action – CLOSE TARGET FILE
This action is used to close an opened target file.
Syntax
CLOSE TARGET FILE
Example:
10 : OPEN FILE: “Output.txt” : Text : Write
.
.
.
30 : CLOSE TARGET FILE
In this example, the text file ‘Output.txt’, which is opened for writing purpose, is closed.

General Functions - $$TgtFile, $FileSize

Function - $$TgtFile
All the file accessing functions, for both text and excel files, operate on the source file context.
The function $$TgtFile can be used to switch to the target file context temporarily. It evaluates the
expression passed, in the context of the target file.
Syntax
$$TgtFile:Expression
Example:
In this example, the objective is to Read the contents of a cell in Sheet 1 and copy it to a cell in the
Sheet 2 of the same file. The function opens the File “ABC.xls” in ‘Write’ mode.
[Function: Sample Func]
Variable : Temp : String
10
: SET
: Temp : “”
20
: OPEN FILE
: “Output.xls” : Excel : Write
30
: ADD SHEET
: “Sheet 1”
40
: WRITE CELL : 1 : 1 : “Item A”
50
: SET
: Temp : $$TgtFile : $$FileReadCell:1:1
60
: ADD SHEET
: “Sheet 2”
70
: WRITE CELL : 1:1: ##Temp
80
: CLOSE TARGET FILE
In this example, there is no file present in the source file context, as the file is opened in the ‘Write’
mode. In such case, for reading a value from Sheet 1, the expression $$FileReadCell:1:1 will
return no value. Prefixing the expression with $$Tgtfile will temporarily change the context to
Target File for the evaluation of the expression, and will fetch the value from the cell 1 of Sheet 1,
existing in the Target File context.
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Function - $$FileSize
This function will return the size of the file, specified in bytes. It takes an optional parameter. If the
parameter is not given, then it works on the current context file and returns the size.
Syntax
$$FileSize[:<FileName>]
Where,
<FileName> is an expression, which evaluates to the file name, along with the path.
Example:
10 : Log : $$FileSize: “Output.xls”
It gives the size of the Excel file 'output.xls', in terms of bytes.
Read/Write Operation on Text Files
Writing to a File
Various Actions have been introduced in order to write to a text file. These Actions operate on the
Target File context. The scope of these Actions is within the TDL procedural block (User Defined
Functions), where the file is opened and the context is available.

Action – WRITE FILE
This Action is used to append a file with the text specified. The ‘write’ operation always starts from
the end of the file. This Action always works on the target file context.
Syntax
WRITE FILE : <TextToWrite>
Where,
<TextToWrite> can be any expression evaluating to the data that needs to be written to the file.
Example:
10
: OPEN FILE
: “Output.txt” : Text : Write
20
: WRITE FILE : “Krishna”
30
: CLOSE TARGET FILE
Here, a txt file ‘Output.txt’ is opened in ‘write’ mode and the content ‘Krishna’ is appended at the
end of the file.

Action – WRITE FILE LINE
This Action is similar to WRITE FILE, but it also places a new line character (New Line/Carriage
Return) after the text. All the subsequent ‘writes’ begin from the next line.This Action always
works on the target context.
Syntax
WRITE FILE LINE: <TextToWrite>
Where,
<TextToWrite> can be any expression evaluating to the data that needs to be written to the file.
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Example:
10
: OPEN FILE
: “Output.txt” : Text : Write
20
: WRITE FILE LINE: “Line 1”
30
: WRITE FILE LINE: “Line 2”
40
: CLOSE TARGET FILE
Here, a txt file 'Output.txt' is opened in ‘Write’ mode, and two more lines are appended at the end
of the file.

Action – TRUNCATE FILE
This action removes the contents of the file by setting the file pointer to the beginning of the file
and inserting an ‘end of file’ marker. It can be used to erase all characters from an existing file,
before writing any new content to it.
Syntax
TRUNCATE FILE
Example:
10 : OPEN FILE
: “Output.txt” : Text : Write
20 : TRUNCATE FILE
30 : WRITE FILE : “New Value”
40 : CLOSE TARGET FILE
In this example, the entire contents of the existing txt file 'Output.txt' are removed and 'New Value'
is inserted subsequently.
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Action – SEEK FILE
This Action operates on the Target File Context. It is used to move the file pointer to a location as
specified by the number of characters. As we already know that it is possible to Read and Write
from the Target File context, all the subsequent Reads and Writes will be starting from this
position. By Default, if the file position is not specified, the ‘Read’ pointer will be always be from
the beginning of file and the ‘Write’ pointer will be from the end of the file.
It has already been covered how to Read from the Target File Context by using the
function $$TgtFile.
Syntax
SEEK FILE: <File Position>
Where,
<File Position> can be any expression, which evaluates to a number which is considered as the
number of characters.
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Reading a File
Some functions and Actions have been introduced, which can operate on the Source File context
to read from the file or access some information from them. The scope of these functions is within
the TDL procedural block (User Defined Functions) where the file is opened, and the context is
available. It is also possible to read from the Target File Context by using the function $$TgtFile.

Function - $$FileRead
This function is used to read data from a text file. It takes an optional parameter. If the parameter
is not specified or has value as 0, it reads one line and ignores the ‘end of line’ character.
However, file pointer is positioned after the ‘end of line’ character, so that the next read operation
starts on the next line. If the no. of characters is mentioned, it reads that many no. of characters.
Syntax
$$FileRead [:<CharsToRead>]
Where,
<CharsToRead> can be any expression which evaluates to the number of characters to be read.
Example:
10 : OPEN FILE : “Output.txt” : Text : Read
20 : LOG
30 : CLOSE
: $$FileRead
FILE
In this example, the first line of the text file ‘Output.txt’ is being read.

Function - $$FileIsEOF
This function is used to check if the current character being read is the End of file character.
Syntax
$$FileIsEOF

Action – SEEK SOURCE FILE
This Action works on a source file context. It sets the current file pointer to the position specified.
Zero indicates the beginning of the file and -1 indicates the end of the file. The file position is
determined in terms of the characters. All the subsequent reads begin from this position onwards.
Syntax
SEEK SOURCE FILE: <File Position>
Where,
<File Position> can be any expression evaluating to a number, which is the no. of characters.
Example:
10
: OPEN FILE
: “Output.txt” : Text : Read
20
: SEEK SOURCE FILE : 2
30
: LOG
40
: CLOSE FILE
: $$FileRead
In this example, the first line of the file ‘Output.txt’ is read, starting from the 3rd character.
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Read/Write Operation on Excel Files
Setting the Active Sheet
For an Excel file, all the Read and Write operations will be performed on the Active Sheet.

Action – SET ACTIVE SHEET
This Action is used to change the Active Sheet during Read and Write operations.
Syntax
SET ACTIVE SHEET: <Sheet Name>
Where,
<Sheet Name> is an expression evaluating to a string, which is considered as name of the sheet.
Example:
10 : OPEN FILE
: “Output.xls” : Excel : Read
20 : SET ACTIVE SHEET : “Sheet 2”
30 : Log
: $$FileReadCell:1:1
40 : CLOSE FILE
In this example, an Excel sheet Output.xls is opened in Read mode, 'Sheet 2' is made active and
the content is read from the first cell.
Writing to a File
Various Actions have been introduced in order to write to an excel file. These Actions operate on
the Target File context. The scope of these Actions is within the TDL procedural block (User
Defined Functions), where the file is opened and the context is available.

Action – ADD SHEET
This Action adds a sheet in the current workbook opened for writing. The sheet will always be
inserted at the end. If a sheet with the same name already exists, it will be made as active.
Syntax
ADD SHEET : <Sheet Name>
Where,
<Sheet Name> is an expression evaluating to a string, which is considered as name of the sheet.
Example:
10
: OPEN FILE : “Output.xls” : Excel : Write
20
: ADD SHEET : “New Sheet”
Here, an existing Excel sheet ‘Output.xls’ is opened in ‘Write’ mode and the new sheet ‘New
Sheet’ is inserted at the end of the workbook.

Action – REMOVE SHEET
This Action removes the specified sheet from current workbook. The entire contents of the sheet
will be removed. This Action will fail if the workbook has only one sheet, or if the specified sheet
name does not exist in the workbook.
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Syntax
REMOVE SHEET : <Sheet Name>
Where,
<Sheet Name> is an expression evaluating to a string, which is considered as name of the sheet.
Example:
10
: OPEN FILE
: “Output.xls” : Excel : Write
20
: ADD SHEET
: “New Sheet”
30
: REMOVE SHEET : “Sheet1”
In this example, a workbook is created with a sheet named ‘New Sheet’.

Action – RENAME SHEET
This action renames a work sheet.
Syntax
RENAME SHEET: <Old Sheet Name> : <New Sheet Name>
Where,
<Old Sheet Name> and <New Sheet Name> can be any expression, evaluating to a string,
which will be considered as the name of the sheet.
Example:
01 : OPEN FILE
: “Output.xls” : Excel : Write
02 : RENAME SHEET :@@OlSheetName : @@NewSheetName
04 : CLOSE TARGET FILE
In this example, the existing sheet is renamed with a new sheet name.

Action – WRITE CELL
This Action Writes the specified content at the cell address specified by the row and column
number of the currently active sheet.
Syntax
WRITE CELL: <Row No>: <Column No> : <Content To be Written>
Where,
<Row No> and <Column No> can be any expression which evaluates to a number, which can be
used to identify the cell
<Content To be Written> can be any expression which evaluates to data, which needs to be
filled in the identified cell.
Example:
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: “Output.xls” : Excel : Write
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: ADD SHEET
: “New Sheet”
20
: WRITE CELL : 1 : 1 : “Krishana”
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It opens an Excel File ‘Output.xls’, adds a new sheet, and in that sheet, the first cell will have the
content as ‘Krishna’.
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Action – WRITE ROW
This Action writes multiple cell values at a specified row in the Active sheet. The no. of values
separated by commas are written, starting from initial column no. specified, for the row specified.
Syntax
WRITE ROW:<Row No> :<Initial Column No> : <Comma Separated Values>
Where,
<Row No> and <Initial Column No> can be any expression which evaluates to a number, which
can be used to identify the cell.
‘Comma Separated Values’ can be expressions separated with comma, which evaluate to data
that needs to be filled, starting from the cell mentioned by 'Row Number' and 'Initial Column
Number'.
Example:
10
: OPEN FILE : “Output.xls” : Excel : Write
20
: ADD SHEET : “New Sheet”
30
: WRITE ROW : 1 : 1 : @@Val1, @@Val2
40
: CLOSE TARGET FILE
Here, cells (1,A) and (1,B) are filled with the values from expressions 'Val1' and 'Val2'.

Action – WRITE COLUMN
This Action writes multiple cell values at a specified column in the Active sheet. The no. of values
separated by commas are written starting from the initial row no., specified for the column.
Syntax
WRITE COLUMN: <Initial Row No>: <Column No>: <Comma Separated Values>
Where,
<Initial Row No> and <Column No> can be any expression, evaluating to a number, which can
be used to identify the cell.
‘Comma Separated Values’ can be expressions separated with comma, which evaluate to data
that needs to be filled, starting from the cell mentioned by 'Initial Row Number' and 'Column
Number'.
Example:
10
: OPEN FILE
: “Output.xls” : Excel : Write
20
: ADD SHEET
: “New Sheet”
30
: WRITE Column : 5 : 5 : @@Val3, @@Val4
40
: CLOSE TARGET FILE
In this example, cells (5, E) and (6,E) are filled with the values from expressions ‘Val3’ and ‘Val4’.
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Reading a File
Some functions and Actions have been introduced which can operate on the Source File context
to read from the file or access some information from them. The scope of these functions is within
the TDL procedural block (User Defined Functions), where the file is opened and the context is
available. It is also possible to read from the Target File Context by using the function $$TgtFile.

Function - $$FileReadCell
This function returns the content of the cell identified by the mentioned row number and column
number of the active sheet.
Syntax
$$FileReadCell: <Row No>: <Column No>
Where,
<Row No> and <Column No> can be any expression which evaluates to a number used to
identify the row number and the column number.
Example:
10 : OPEN FILE
: “Output.xls” : Excel : Read
20 : SET ACTIVE SHEET : “Sheet 1”
20 : Log
: $$FileReadCell : 1 : 1
The Function $$FileReadCell Logs the contents of the first cell of the excel sheet ‘Sheet 1.

Function - $$FileGetSheetCount
This function returns the number of sheets in the current workbook.
Syntax
$$FileGetSheetCount
Example:
10 : OPEN FILE : “Output.xls” : Excel : Read
20 : Log
: $$FileGetSheetCount
The Function $$FileGetSheetCount returns the total number of sheets in the Excel sheet 'Output.xls'.

Function - $$FileGetActiveSheetName
This function returns the name of the active sheet.
Syntax
$$FileGetActiveSheetName
Example:
10 : OPEN FILE: “Output.xls” : Excel : Read
20 : Log
: $$FileGetActiveSheetName
The name of the Active sheet is returned after opening the Excel file ‘Output.xls’.
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
Function - $$FileGetSheetName
This Function returns the name of the sheet at a specified index.
Syntax
$$FileGetSheetName : <Sheet Index>
Where,
<Sheet Index> can be any expression which evaluates to a number as the Sheet Index.
Example:
10
: OPEN FILE: “Output.xls” : Excel : Read
Log : $$FileGetSheetName:1
The Function $$FileGetSheetName gives the name of the sheet at a particular index

Function - $$FileGetSheetIdx
This Function Returns the Index of the sheet for a specified sheet name.
Syntax
$$FileGetSheetldx : <Sheet Name>
Where,
<Sheet Name> can be any expression which evaluates to the name of the Excel Sheet.
Example:
10 : OPEN FILE: “Output.xls” : Excel : Read
20 : Log
:
$$FileGetSheetIdx: “Ledgers”
The Function $$FileGetSheetIdx gives the index number of the sheet name.

Function - $$FileGetColumnName
This Function gives the column name in terms of alphabets for the given index.
Syntax
$$FileGetColumnName:Index
Where,
<Index> can be any expression which evaluates to the Index number.
Example:
10
: OPEN FILE: “Output.xls” : Excel : Read
20
: Log
: $$FileGetColumnName:10
The Function $$FileGetColumnName returns the value J.

Function - $$FileGetColumnldx
This function returns the index of the column for a given alphabetical name.
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Syntax
$$FileGetColumnldx: <Name>
Where,
<Name> can be any expression which evaluates to the name of the column in alphabets.
Example:
10 : OPEN FILE : “Output.xls” : Excel : Read
20 : Log
:$$FileGetColumnIdx:AA
The Function $$FileGetColumnIdx returns the value as 27.
Use Case – Import from Excel
Scenario
ABC Company Limited, which is into trading business, is using Tally.ERP 9. It deals with purchase
and sale of computers, printers, etc. The company management wants to import the stock items
from the Excel sheet, or a text file into Tally.ERP 9.
Functional Demo
A configuration report is added in Tally.ERP 9 to accept the file location, work sheet name, column
details, etc. An option to display the error report can also be specified.
Figure 6. The Configuration Report
By default, ‘Excel’ format is selected. But, the user can also select the Import source format as
‘Text’ and specify the file details. The text separator character should be specified as well, in
addition to the column details.
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Figure 7. The Configuration Report
Once the details are entered, a confirmation message is displayed to start the import process.
If the user has selected the option to display the error report after successful import, the report is
shown with imported stock items and status as “Imported successfully”, as seen in the figure:
Figure 8. Success Report
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If the user has selected the option to display the Log file, then after the import, the log file is
displayed as follows:
Figure 9. Log File
The imported items are now available in the Stock Item list as follows:
Figure 10. List of Stock Items
In case the import is unsuccessful, the error report, with the reason of failure, is displayed as
follows:
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Figure 11. Error Report
Solution Development
The import from the excel file is simplified, as the user can specify the import details. The file I/O
capabilities are used to develop the solution. The steps followed to achieve the requirement are:
1. A report is designed to display the configuration report. The value entered by the user is stored
in a system variable.
Local: Field: Name Field: Modifies: SIC Source: Yes
Local: Field: Name Field: Variable: SIC Source
|
|
Local: Field: Name Field: Modifies: SIC DirPath: Yes
Local: Field: Name Field: Variable: SIC DirPath
[System: Variable]
SIC Source : “Excel”
SIC DirPath: “C:\Tally.ERP9”
2. On form accept, the function to import the stock item is called.
On: Form Accept: Yes: Form Accept
On: Form Accept: Yes: Call: Smp Import Stock Items
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3. A function “Smp Import Stock Items” is defined.
a. In this function, first of all, the format of the source file is checked, and then, the action ‘Open
File’ is used to open the file in ‘Read’ mode accordingly.
20 : IF : ##SICSource = “Excel”
30 :
40 :
50 :
60 :
OPEN FILE : @@TSPLSMPTotFilePath: Excel: READ
ELSE
:
OPEN FILE : @@TSPLSMPTotFilePath: Text: READ
ENDIF
b. The data from the Excel cells are read and added as items in the list variable.
120: WHILE: NOT $$IsEmpty:($$FileReadCell: ##Row : +
##ItemColumns.ItemName)
130:
140:
LIST ADD EX: Item Details
SET : ItemDetails[$$LoopIndex].ItemName: $$FileReadCell: +
##Row:##ItemColumns.ItemName
150:
SET : ItemDetails[$$LoopIndex].ItemGrp: $$FileReadCell: +
##Row: ##ItemColumns.ItemGrp
160:
SET : ItemDetails[$$LoopIndex].ItemUOM: $$FileReadCell: +
##Row: ##ItemColumns.ItemUOM
170:
INCREMENT: Row
180: END WHILE
c. If source format is ‘Text’, the text file is read line by line and added as items to the list variable.
210: WHILE: NOT $$FileIsEOF
220:
SET: Temp Var: $$FileRead
230:
IF : NOT $$IsEmpty:##TempVar AND (NOT ##SICIncHeader OR +
(##SICIncHeader AND $$LoopIndex > 1))
240:
LIST ADD EX: Item Details
250:
SET : ItemDetails[##Counter].ItemName: $$SICExtractDet: +
##TempVar:##ItemColumns.ItemName
260:
SET : ItemDetails[##Counter].ItemGrp: $$SICExtractDet : +
##Temp Var:##ItemColumns.ItemGrp
270:
SET : ItemDetails[##Counter].ItemUOM: $$SICExtractDet: +
##TempVar:##ItemColumns.ItemUOM
280:
290:
INCREMENT: Counter
ENDIF
300: END WHILE
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d. A collection is populated using the List variable as data source.
[Collection: TSPL SMP Imp StockItem]
Data Source: Variable: Item Details
[Collection: TSPL SMP Imp StockItem Summ]
Source Collection
: TSPL SMP Imp StockItem
By
: SICStockItem : $ItemName
By
: SICStockGroup: $ItemGrp
By
: SICStockUOM
: $ItemUOM
Filter: TSPL SMP NonEmpty Item
e. Now, the Stock Item objects are created. If the item can’t be imported, then the item details are
written in the error file or compound variable, based on the format selected for displaying, i.e.,
‘Report’ or ‘Log’.
380: WALK COLLECTION : TSPL SMP Imp StockItem Summ
390:
SET : Last Status: “”
400:
IF : $$IsEmpty:$Name:StockItem:$SICStockItem
410:
NEW OBJECT: Stock Item
420:
SET VALUE: Name: $SICStockItem
430:
IF : NOT $$IsEmpty:$Name:StockGroup:$SICStockGroup
440:
SET VALUE: Parent: $SICStockGroup
450:
ELSE:
460:
SET:LastStatus:“Group”+$SICStockGroup+“does not exist”
470:
ENDIF
480:
IF : NOT $$IsEmpty:$Symbol:Unit:$SICStockUOM
490:
SET VALUE: Base Units: $SICStockUOM
500:
ELSE :
510:
SET: LastStatus:“Unit”+$SICStockUOM+“does not exist”
520:
ENDIF
530:
IF : $$IsEmpty:##LastStatus
540:
SAVE TARGET
550:
SET: Last Status: “Imported Successfully”
560:
570:
ENDIF
ENDIF
;; Writing Import Status to the LOG File, if LOG File is to be displayed at the end
580:
590:
600:
IF : ##SICOpenLogFile
WRITE FILE LINE: $SICStockItem + ##SICTextSep + ##LastStatus
ENDIF
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;; Updating List of Compound Variables is the Status is to be displayed in a Report
610:
IF: ##SICDisplayReport
620:
LIST ADD EX: ItemImportStatus
630:
SET: ItemImportStatus[##Counter].ItemName: $SICStockItem
640:
SET: ItemImportStatus[##Counter].Status: ##LastStatus
650:
INCREMENT: Counter
660:
ENDIF
670: END WALK
f. If the format selected is ‘Report’, then the stock item name and the status is updated in a
compound variable; whereas, if the format selected is Log file, then the action ‘Write File’ is used
to write in the file.
WRITE FILE LINE : $SICStockItem + ##SICTextSep + ##LastStatus
g. After import, if the user wants to display error report, a function is called to display the same.
690: IF : ##SICDisplayReport
700:
DISPLAY : TSPL Smp SIC Error Report
710: ENDIF
h. After the import, if the user has selected to display the log file, then the log file is displayed.
720 : IF : ##SICOpenLogFile
730 :
EXEC COMMAND : @@TSPLSmpErrorFilePath
740 : ENDIF
4. The Error Report displays the reason of failure, if the Stock Item cannot be imported. In error
report, the line is repeated over the collection populated, using list variable as the data source.
1.2 Function Parameter Changes – Optional Parameters
Prior to this Release, while invoking a user defined function, it was mandatory to pass values to all
the parameters declared within the function. Now, the capability has been introduced to have
optional parameters. The function will execute smoothly even if the caller of the function does not
pass the values to these optional parameters. However, the caller of the function must pass all the
mandatory parameters. Only the rightmost parameters can be optional, i.e., any parameter from
the left or middle cannot be optional.
If the Parameter value is supplied by the calling Function, then the same is used, else the default
Parameter value provided within the ‘Parameter’ Attribute is used as the Parameter value. For
this enhancement, the Function attribute ‘Parameter’ has been modified to accept parameter
value.
Syntax
[Function: <Function Name>]
Parameter: <Parameter Name1>
Parameter: <Parameter Name2>
Parameter: <Parameter Name3>
Parameter: <Parameter Name4>
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Where,
<Parameter Name1> and <Parameter Name2> are mandatory parameters for which, values
must be passed while calling the function.
<Parameter Name3> and <Parameter Name4> are optional parameters for which, values may
or may not be passed while calling the function. If values for these parameters are passed, the
parameter value specified within the ‘Parameter’ Attribute is ignored. In absence of these values,
the specified parameter value is taken into consideration.
Parameter Value indicates Optional Parameters, and all the Optional Parameters should be the rightmost elements of the function.
Example:
[Function: Split VchNo]
;; this Function returns the number part of voucher number from a string
;; For e.g., Voucher Number is Pymt/110/2010-11. This Function will return only ‘110’.
Parameter: pVchNo: String
Parameter: pSplitChar: String: “/”;; usual separator
00: FOR TOKEN : TokenVar: ##pVchNo: ##pSplitChar
10:
IF : $$LoopIndex = 2
20:
30:
RETURN: ##TokenVar
ENDIF
40: END FOR
While invoking the function $$SplitVchNo, only the Voucher No is passed. The 2nd Parameter is
optional and the default value is “/”. It is passed only if the separator character is other than “/”.
Optional Parameters can be very useful where the Parameter values remain constant in most of
the cases; and rarely require some change.
A small change has been done in the way function parameters are tokenized. The
last parameter passed to the function is not broken up into sub-parts now. This is
particularly useful in cases where we require the result of one function to be treated
as a parameter to another function. In other words, if a function requires 4 parameters, it tokenizes only till 3 parameters and all the subsequent values are considered
as the 4th parameter (last parameter).
2. Variable Framework Enhancements
In the prior releases, we have experienced major changes to the Variable Framework in the form
of introduction of Compound Variables and List Variables. Continuous enhancements and
changes are being made to ensure consistency and uniformity across the TDL framework. The
following enhancements have taken place in variable framework recently.
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2.1 Variable Persistence at ‘Report’ Scope
Variables at ‘report’ scope can now be persisted into a user specified file. This is stored in a
standard variable format and also allows reloading the report scope variables from the specified
file. The Actions SAVE VARIABLE and LOAD VARIABLE have been introduced for this purpose.

Action - SAVE VARIABLE
The action SAVE VARIABLE is used to persist the Report Scope Variables in a user specified file.
Syntax
SAVE VARIABLE : <FileName> [:<Variable List>]
Where,
<FileName> is the name of the file in which the report scope variables are persisted. The
extension .PVF will be taken by default, if the file extension is not specified.
<Variable List> is the list of comma-separated variables that need to be persisted in the file.
Specifying the variable list is optional.
If the Variable List is not specified, all the variables at the ‘Report’ scope, which have
‘Persist’ attribute set to YES, will be persisted in the specified file.
We need not declare the variable at System level unless it is required to persist the
same in the default configuration file tallycfg.tsf.
Example:
Let us assume that the variables EmpNameVar and EmpIDVar are declared at the Report
Scope, and the same need to be persisted in a user specified file. We can achieve this using the
newly introduced actions SAVE VARIABLE and LOAD VARIABLE. The buttons SAVEVAR and
LOADVAR are added at the Form Level for the same.
[Button: SaveVar]
Key
: Alt + S
Action:
Save Variable : SmpVar.pvf : EmpNameVar, EmpIDVar
The action SAVE VARIABLE will persist the values of the variables EmpNameVar and EmpIDVar
in the file SmpVar.pvf

Action - LOAD VARIABLE
The action LOAD VARIABLE is used to reload the report scope variables from the specified file.
Syntax
LOAD VARIABLE : <FileName> [:<Variable List>]
Where,
<FileName> is the name of file in which the ‘report’ scope variables are persisted. The extension
.PVF will be taken by default, if the file extension is not specified.
<Variable List> is the comma-separated list of variables that need to be loaded from the file. It is
optional. In case it is not specified, all the variables saved in the file will be loaded.
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Example:
In the previous example, we have persisted values of the Report Scope Variables EmpNameVar
and EmpIDVar in the file SmpVar.pvf. Now, let us see how to re-load these ‘report’ scope
variables from the file.
[Button: LoadVar]
Key
: Alt + L
Action
: LOAD VARIABLE : SmpVar.pvf : EmpNameVar, EmpIDVar
The action LOAD VARIABLE will load the report scope variables EmpNameVar and EmpIDVar
from the file SmpVar.pvf.
Member Variable Specification or Dotted Notation Specification is not allowed for
specifying Variable list for both the actions SAVE VARIABLE and LOAD VARIABLE.
It has to be a variable name identifier at the current report scope.
2.2 Variable Copy
The contents of a variable can now be entirely copied from one instance to another instance.

Action - COPY VARIABLE
The action COPY VARIABLE is used to copy the content from one variable (Source) to another
variable (Destination). This action is supported for all types of variables (Simple / Compound / List
Variables).
Syntax
COPY VARIABLE: <Destination Variable> :< Source Variable>
Where,
<Destination Variable> is the name of the Simple/Compound/List Variable.
<Source Variable> is the name of the Simple/Compound/List Variable, from which the content
has to be copied.
Example: Copying from Simple Variable to Simple Variable
[Function: SimpleVar Copy Function]
VARIABLE : SimpleVar1 : String : “Employee1”
VARIABLE : SimpleVar2 : String
10 : COPY VARIABLE : SimpleVar2 : SimpleVar1
20 : LOG : “Source”+##SimpleVar1
30 : LOG : “Destination”+##SimpleVar2
In this example, the variables SimpleVar1 and SimpleVar2 are declared at the Function level.
After execution of the action COPY VARIABLE, the content of the variable is copied from SimpleVar1 to SimpleVar2.
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Example:Copying from Compound Variable to Compound Variable
Let us suppose that the following compound variables are defined:
[Variable: Employee1]
Variable : EmpName
: String : “Praveen”
Variable : Designation: String : “Manager”
[Variable: Employee2]
Variable : EmpName
: String
Variable : Designation: String
In the function below, contents are copied from Compound Variable Employee1 to Employee2:
[Function: Compound Var Copy Function]
VARIABLE : Employee1
VARIABLE : Employee2
10 : COPY VARIABLE : Employee2 : Employee1
20 : LOG : “Source”+## Employee1.EmpName
30 : LOG : “Source”+## Employee1. Designation
40 : LOG : “Destination”+## Employee2.EmpName
50 : LOG : “Destination”+## Employee2. Designation
The content will be copied from a member variable of a Compound Variable
(Source) to another member variable of a compound variable (Destination), based
on the member variable names, since more than one member variable may have
the same data type.
Example:Copying from List Variable to List Variable
Let us suppose that the following compound variables are defined:[Variable: Employee1]
Variable : EmpName
: String
Variable : Designation: String
[Variable: Employee2]
Variable : EmpName
: String
Variable : Designation: String
In the following function, the compound variables Employee1 and Employee2 are declared as
List Variable. We are copying all the elements from the compound list variable Employee1 to the
compound list variable Employee2.
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[Function: ListVar Copy Function]
LIST VARIABLE :Employee1, Employee2
10
: LIST FILL : Employee1 : Employees : $Name : $Name
20
: LIST FILL : Employee1 : Employees : $Name : $Designation + :
Designation
30
: COPY VARIABLE : Employee2 : Employee1
40
: LOG : “Source Variable - Employee”
50
: FOR IN : KEY VAR : Employee1
60
:
LOG : $$LISTVALUE:Employee1:
##KEYVAR:EmpName
70
:
LOG : $$LISTVALUE:Employee1:
##KEYVAR:Designation
80
: END FOR
90
: LOG : “Destination Variable - Employee”
100 : FOR IN : KEY VAR : Employee2
110 :
LOG : $$LISTVALUE:Employee2:
##KEYVAR:EmpName
120 :
LOG : $$LISTVALUE:Employee2:
##KEYVAR:Designation
130 : END FOR
2.3 Scope specification in Variable Dotted Syntax
The Dotted Notation Syntax for Variables (##) has now been enhanced to allow specification of
scope / relative scope, etc.
Syntax
..
…
().
(DOUBLE DOT) denotes owner scope
(TRIPPLE DOT) denotes owner's owner scope and so on
denotes a system scope
Where,
<Definition Type> is the name of the definition such as Report, Function, etc., in the current
execution chain.
<Definition Name Expression> can be any expression which evaluates to a Definition Name.
The Definition Name Expression is optional.
(<Definition Type>, <Definition Name Expression>) can be used for absolute scope specification. The element (<Definition Type>, <Definition Name Expression>) has to be in the current
execution chain, else one will not be able to refer to the same.
Example:
Let us suppose that the Variable TSPLSMPScopeVar is declared at System Scope.
[Variable : TSPLSMPScopeVar]
Type : String
[System : Variable]
TSPLSMPScopeVar: “System Scope”
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The function TSPLSMP ScopeSpec is called from a Menu. We have declared the variable
TSPLSMPScopeVar in the ‘Function’ scope also.
[Function : TSPLSMP ScopeSpec]
VARIABLE
: TSPLSMPScopeVar
01 : SET
: TSPLSMPScopeVar
: “Function Level”
02 : Display: TSPLSMP ScopeSpec
The following report is displayed from the function TSPLSMP ScopeSpec. We have declared the
variable TSPLSMPScopeVar in the ‘Report’ Level also.
[Report: TSPLSMP ScopeSpec]
Form
: TSPLSMP ScopeSpec
Variable: TSPLSMPScopeVar
Set
: TSPLSMPScopeVar : “Report Level”
Following are the field definitions of the report TSPLSMP ScopeSpec. Let us see the variable
values at the field level by specifying the scope in Variable Dotted Syntax.
[Field: TSPLSMP ScopeSpecCurrent]
Use
: Name Field
Set As: ##TSPLSMPScopeVar
;;Variable value in this field will be "Report Level" (Current Scope)
[Field: TSPLSMP ScopeSpecOwner]
Use
: Name Field
Set As: ##..TSPLSMPScopeVar
Border: Thin Left Right
;;Variable value in this field will be "Function Level" (Owner's Scope)
[Field: TSPLSMP ScopeSpecSystem]
Use
: Name Field
Set As : ##().TSPLSMPScopeVar
Border : Thin Left
;;Variable value in this field will be "System Level" (System Scope)
[Field: TSPLSMP ScopeSpecAbsolute]
Use
: Name Field
Set as : ##(Function,“TSPLSMP ScopeSpec”).TSPLSMPScopeVar
Border : Thin Left
;;Variable Value in this field will be "Function Level" (Absolute Specification)
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2.4 Definition Name and Instance Name of Variable can be different now
A variable can be declared in a scope in two ways, i.e., either by specifying the name of the
variable (in this case, a separate variable definition is required) or by specifying the name of the
variable and a data type (in this case, a separate variable definition is not required; and hence, is
called as inline declaration).
In this chapter, we will go through the ‘Report’ Scope variable declaration, syntax
and examples. It is applicable for other scopes also.
Let us look into the variable declaration syntax of Report Scope.
Syntax
[Report: <Report Name>]
;;This syntax expects a separate variable definition in the same name
Variable : <Variable Names>
OR
;;Inline declaration
Variable : <Variable Names> [:<Data Type>[:<Value>]]
OR
List Variable : <Variable Names> [:<Data Type>[:<Value>]]
Example:
[Report:
SMP Report]
Variable
: Emp Name
Variable
: Emp Relation : String
List Variable: Employee1
List Variable: Employee2 : String :
“Prem”
[Variable: Emp Name]
Type : String
[Variable: Employee1]
Variable :
EmpName : String
Variable :
EmpID
: String
Now, the ‘Data Type’ parameter can be pointing to a variable definition; in which case, it will allow
one to have a variable which has the instance name and definition name different. This allows
flexibility to create two instances of a compound structure in the same scope, with different
instance names, without requiring to duplicate the definition. This capability is available at all the
scopes where variable declaration is allowed.
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Existing Syntax
[Report : <Report Name>]
Variable
: <Variable Names>
Variable
: <Variable Names> [:<Data Type>[:<Value>]]
OR
OR
List Variable : <Variable Names> [:<Data Type>[:<Value>]]
New Enhanced Syntax
[Report : <Report Name>]
Variable
: <Variable Names>
Variable
: <Variable Names> [:<Data Type>[:<Value>]]
OR
OR
List Variable : <Variable Names> [:<Data Type>[:<Value>]]
OR
Variable
OR
: <Instance Names>:[<Variable Name>]
List Variable : <Instance Names>:[<Variable Name>]
Where,
<Instance Names> is the list of Simple / Compound / List Variables separated by comma
(instance variables).
<Variable Name> is the Simple or Compound variable name. A separate variable definition is
required. It should not be an inline variable.
Example: 1
Given here is the definition of a Compound Variable “Employee”.
[Variable: Employee]
Variable : EmpName
: String
Variable : Designation: String
Now, we can create a variable instance using the definition of another variable. Let us understand
this with the help of the following ‘Report’ definition:
[Report: Employee Report]
;;An instance is declared with the name as 'Prem' and definition name as 'Employee'. The variable instance 'Prem' will inherit the entire
structure of the variable definition 'Employee'.
Variable : Prem : Employee
;;An instance is declared with the name as 'Ramesh' and definition name as 'Employee'.
Variable : Ramesh: Employee
;;Locally, the instance "Ramesh" is modified to add a member variable.
Local
: Variable : Ramesh : Add : Variable : EmpID : String
;; Two instances are declared with the names "Kamal" and "Vimal", and the definition name as "Employee"
Variable : Kamal, Vimal: Employee
;; A List Variable instance is declared with the name "EmployeeList" and the definition name as "Employee"
List Variable : EmployeeList : Employee
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Example: 2
[Report: TSPL SMP Variable Instance]
Variable : Employee
: String
Variable : New Employee
:
: “Suresh”
Employee
In this example, we are trying to declare a variable instance ‘New Employee’, which is of the type
of another variable ‘Employee’. This will NOT work because the variable ‘Employee’ is declared
as inline and an explicit Definition does not exist for the same.
Hence, inline variables cannot be used to declare another variable instance.
2.5 Use Case – Multiple Email Configurations
Scenario
ABC Company Ltd., a manufacturing company, is having the Head Office in Bangalore and
branch offices in Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai. The company uses Tally.ERP 9 at all the
locations.
The Head Office and Branch Offices are using the e-mail capability of Tally extensively to send
remainder letters, outstanding statements, etc., to the customers.
The System Administrator at the Head office will be facilitating the Branch office staff for email
configurations in Tally. The company is using its own mail server and also another mail server
“SIFY”. If there is a change in the mail server, the system admin needs to communicate the information to branch staff, and they will be updating the email configurations in Tally.ERP 9.
Now, the company wants to set the email configurations centrally for all the branches so that the
branch staff need not struggle for email configurations, particularly when there is a change in the
mail server. This solution provides the facility of saving multiple configurations in multiple file
names, and later loading them from the file, based on user selection.
Requirement Statement
Presently in Tally.ERP 9, users need to set email configurations locally & update required details.
Now, the configurations can be created centrally and shared among the locations. Thus, the user
need not set email configuration every time. They have to simply load the configuration from the
file. This can be achieved using newly introduced actions SAVE VARIABLE & LOAD VARIABLE.
Functional Demo
Before looking into the design logic, we will have a functional demo.
Let us suppose that ABC Company Ltd. is using its own mail server and another mail server Sify
in its Head Office and its branch offices.
Saving Email Configurations
Let us suppose that the System Administrator in Head Office wants to save the required email
configurations in Tally.ERP 9 for HO and Branches
Gateway of Tally –> F12 (Configure) –> E-Mailing. The email configuration screen will appear
as follows:
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Figure 12. Email Configuration Screen
The System Admin needs to save the configurations for mail servers abc and Sify. Hence, he has
to specify Email server as “User Defined” and enter the required configuration settings as follows:
Figure 13. User Defined Configuration
Now, the System Admin has to press Alt+S, or click on the Button Save Config. The following
screen will appear, where he has to enter the configuration file name:
Figure 14. Save Configuration Screen
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Once the System Admin accepts this screen, the configuration details will be saved in the file
“abc.pvf”. Similarly, he has to create the Configuration for the mail server “Sify”. The files will be
created in Tally.ERP 9 application folder, as shown in the following screenshot:
Figure 15. Files in Application folder
The admin can share these two files to the staff in HO and Branch Offices, and they should place
the file in the respective Tally.ERP9 Application folders.
Loading Configurations
Gateway of Tally –> F12(Configure) –> E-Mailing. The Email configuration screen will be
displayed with the previously set configurations.
Now, the user at HO/Branch wants to load the configurations for the email server “abc”. He has to
press Alt+L or click on the Button “Load Config”, and enter the file name, as shown in the figure:
Figure 16. Load Configuration Screen
Accept the screen. The Email Configuration Report will display the configuration details loaded
from the file “abc”. Accept the configuration screen, and the settings will be applicable to all
reports. Suppose the User now wants to mail the report Balance Sheet. He has to select ‘Balance
sheet’ and press Alt+M. The following configuration report will appear:
Figure 17. Email Configuration Screen
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Note that the configuration details are changed as per the selected configuration.
Now, the user wants to change the email server as “Sify”. Go to Gateway of Tally –> F12(Configure) –> E-Mailing. Press Alt+L. Enter the file name as “Sify” and press Enter. The email configuration screen will have new configurations loaded from the file “Sify”.
Similarly, we can save/load multiple configurations.
Solution Development
The steps followed to achieve Saving of Multiple Email Configurations are:
1. Declaring variables at ‘Report’ Level
Variables SVMailServerName, SVMailServer, SVMailFormat, SVMailUseSsl, etc., are declared at
‘Report’ Level. All these variables have the attribute Persistent set as YES at the Definition level.
[#Report: EMail Configuration]
Variable : SVMailServerName, SVMailServer, SVMailFormat, SVMailUseSsl
Variable : SVMailUseSSLOnStdPort, SVMailAuthUserName, SVExportFormat
2. Saving Configuration
A Button is added to the Form, and the action will call a User Defined Function. In a User Defined
Function, we are executing a report to accept a File Name from the user. We are persisting all
the report scope variables in the specified file through the Action SAVE VARIABLE.
3. Loading Configurations
A Button is added to the Form and on clicking it, the action will call a User Defined Function. In the
User Defined Function, we are executing a report to accept the File name from the user. We are
reloading the report scope variables from the file through the Action LOAD VARIABLE. Please
refer to the following code snippet for Save and Load configurations.
[Function: TSPL Smp SaveLoadVar]
Parameter: IsSaveVar
: Logical: Yes
Variable : ConfigNamewithExt: String: Yes
00: EXECUTE : TSPL Smp SaveLoadConfig
;; Correcting the file name entered with or without extension by the user
06:
10:
20:
30:
40:
IF
: ##SaveLoadConfigName CONTAINS ".Pvf"
SET: ConfigNamewithExt: ##SaveLoadConfigName
ELSE :
SET: ConfigNamewithExt: ##SaveLoadConfigName + ".pvf"
ENDIF
;; Saving or Loading the variables based on parameter value
50:
60:
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SAVE VARIABLE: ##ConfigNamewithExt
80:
ELSE:
90:
LOAD VARIABLE: ##ConfigNamewithExt
100:
110:
ENDIF
ENDIF
The corresponding field values need to reflect the values of the variables loaded from the file. This
is handled by using the following code:
Local: Field: DSPMailServer : Set as : +
If #DSPMailServerName Contains $$SysName:UserDefined +
Then ##SVMailServer Else
+
If #DSPMailServerName NOT Contains $$SysName:UserDefined +
Then $$GetMailServerAddr:#DSPMailServerName +
Else ##SVMailServer
Local: Field: DSPMailServerName
: Set As : ##SVMailServerName
Local: Field: DSPMailFormat
: Set As : ##SVMailFormat
Local: Field: DSPMailUseSsl
: Set As : ##SVMailUseSsl
Local:Field:DSPMailUseSSLOnStdPort : Set As : ##SVMailUseSSLOnStdPort
Local: Field: DSPMailAuthUserName
: Set As : ##SVMailAuthUserName
Local: Field: DSPFinalExportFormat : Set As : ##SVExportFormat
Also, if the field values are changed, the Report level variables need to be modified with those
values. This is handled using the following code:
Local: Field : DSP MailServerName: Modifies : SVMailServerName : Yes
Local: Field : DSP MailServer: Modifies
: SVMailServer : Yes
Local: Field : DSP MailFormat: Modifies
: SVMailFormat : Yes
Local: Field : DSP MailUseSsl: Modifies
: SVMailUseSsl : Yes
Local: Field : DSP MailUseSSLOnStdPort
: Modifies :
+
SVMailUseSSLOnStdPort: Yes
Local: Field : DSP MailAuthUserName
: Modifies : +
SVMailAuthUserName: Yes
Local: Field : DSP FinalExportFormat
: Modifies: +
SVExportFormat: Yes
On Accepting of the Form EMail Configuration, we are calling a User Defined Function to set the
System Variable values. Thus, the changed configuration details will be available for all the
reports. Please refer to the following Code Snippet:
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[Function: TSPL Smp Update System Variables]
10: SET: ().SVMailServerName
: ##SVMailServerName
20: SET: ().SVMailServer
: ##SVMailServer
30: SET: ().SVMailFormat
: ##SVMailFormat
40: SET: ().SVMailUseSsl
: ##SVMailUseSsl
50: SET: ().SVMailUseSSLOnStdPort : ##SVMailUseSSLOnStdPort
60: SET: ().SVMailAuthUserName
: ##SVMailAuthUserName
70: SET: ().SVExportFormat
: ##SVExportFormat
3. Event Framework Enhancements
This is a path-breaking enhancement in Tally which will enable scheduled execution of any Action.
This has been supported with the introduction of a System Event called Timer. We can have a set
of timer events of specified durations and trigger an Action on the same. For example, if we
require Synchronization to be triggered at every one hour, we can define a Timer event which
triggers the action ‘Sync’. Actions for Starting and Stopping the timer have been provided.
3.1 Timer Event
As we are already aware, Events like System Start, System End, Load Company, Close
Company, On Form Accept, etc., introduced earlier as a part of the Event Framework, require
user intervention. Automated events which can be used to take timely backups, display
automated messages, etc., were not possible earlier. With the breakthrough introduction of Timer
Event, performing Timer based automated events is possible now. System Event Timer has been
introduced to perform the required set of operations automatically at periodic intervals.
Syntax
[System: Event]
<Timer Name>: TIMER : <Condition> : <Action> : <Action Parameters>
Where,
<Timer Name> is the user defined name for the timer event.
<TIMER> keyword indicates that it is a Time-based event.
<ConditionExpr> should return a logical value.
<ActionKeyword> is any one of the actions.
<Action Parameters> is nothing but the parameters of the action specified.
We can have multiple Event Handlers with unique names which can invoke specific Actions at
different intervals. In order to specify the interval for the various Timers and to begin and end the
Timers, the associated Actions introduced are ‘Start Timer’ and ‘Stop Timer’.
Actions - ‘Start Timer’ and ‘Stop Timer’

Action - START TIMER
It starts the specified timer and accepts the Timer Name and Duration in seconds as the action
parameters.
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Syntax
START TIMER: <Timer Name>: Duration in seconds
Where,
<Timer Name> is the user defined name for the timer event.

Action - STOP TIMER
This Action stops the specified timer, and it accepts the Timer Name as its parameter.
Syntax
STOP TIMER: <Timer Name>
Where,
<Timer Name> is the user defined name for the timer event.
Following is an example of scheduling automatic backups every hour:
Example:
[System: Event]
;; Setting up timer event to call a function
Auto Backup
: TIMER: TRUE: CALL: Take Backup Function
;; Starting the Timer when Tally Application Starts
Schedule Backup: System Start: TRUE: START TIMER: Auto Backup: 3600
;; Adding Keys to ‘Company Info’ Menu
[#Menu: Company Info.]
Add: Keys: Stop Backup Timer
;; Declaring a Key to Stop the Timer
[Key: Stop Backup Timer]
Key
: Alt + S
Action : Stop Timer: Auto Backup
Title
: “Stop Backup”
In this example, following is done:

Auto Backup, a Timer Event is declared under System Event to invoke the Function
Take Backup Function at periodic intervals, as specified within the Action Start Timer.


Schedule Backup, a System Start event is declared under System Event to Start the
above Timer ‘Auto Backup’ and execute the specified action every 3600 Seconds, i.e.,
every hour.
A corresponding Key to Stop the Timer is associated to Menu Company Info, which is
defined to Stop the Timer. User can stop the timer if he chooses not to continue taking
automatic backups any further.
Timer Events can be very useful in many cases like displaying Exception Reports, Negative
Balances intimation, Inventory Status below Minimum or Reorder Level, Outstanding Reminders,
Auto Sync at regular intervals, and many more.
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4. Action Enhancements
New actions have been introduced in this release, viz. Refresh Data, Copy File and Sleep.
4.1 Action - Refresh Data
In Tally, whenever any report is being viewed, it contains the most recent updates till the last entry.
If any report is left open and subsequently viewed later, possibly few more entries would have
gone in the system entered by various other users on the Network. Hence, the report which is
currently being viewed is older. To view the updated report, the user has to exit the report and
once again, enter the Report. To solve this problem, a new action ‘Refresh Data’ has been introduced, which refreshes the data in memory automatically, as and when required.
Syntax
REFRESH DATA
Refresh Data can be used along with Timer Event and every few seconds, the Report can be
refreshed automatically to display the updated information.
Example:
[System: Event]
Refresh Timer: TIMER: TRUE: Refresh Data
[#Form: Balance Sheet]
Add: Keys: Enable Refresh
[Key: Enable Refresh]
Key
: Alt + R
Action: Start Timer: Refresh Timer: 300
In this example, Refresh Timer, a Timer Event is declared under System Event to invoke the
Action Refresh Data at periodic intervals. A key Enable Refresh is added in the Balance Sheet
Report, which will be used to Start the Timer Refresh Timer every 5 min.
The Action ‘Refresh Data’ is a Company Report - Specific Action. It will always
require a Report in memory to Refresh the Data.
4.2 Action - SLEEP
Action SLEEP has been introduced to specify time delays during the execution of the code. For
few seconds, the system will be dormant or in suspended mode.
Syntax
SLEEP : <Duration in Seconds>
<Sleep> is the action which halts the functioning of the Application for a few seconds as specified
in <Duration>.
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Example:
[#Menu: Gateway of Tally]
Add: Item: Trial Balance after 10 secs: CALL: TBafterSleep
[Function: TBafterSleep]
00: SLEEP
: 10
10: DISPLAY: Trial Balance
In this example, the system will halt for 10 seconds and display the Trial Balance subsequently.
4.3 Action - Copy File
A new Action ‘Copy File’ has been introduced, which allows:

Copying from one location to another within the same System

Uploading of Files from a given Path to a FTP Site

Downloading of File from FTP Site to the specified location/folder
Syntax
Copy File : <Destination File Path>:<Source File Path>
Where,
<Destination File Path> can be any expression evaluating to a valid local/FTP path.
<Source File Path> can be any expression evaluating to a valid local/FTP path.
Example:
CopyFile:##MyDstFilePath: ##MySourceFilePath
If any of the File path is an FTP path, the same can be constructed using functions like
$$MakeFTPName. It accepts various parameters like servername, username, password, etc. The
following code snippet sets the value of the variable MyDstFilePath using the function
$$MakeFTPName.
SET : MyDstFilePath : $$MakeFTPName:##SVFTPServer:##SVFTPUser: +
##SVFTPPassword:@SCFilePathName
The function $$MakeFTPName uses the various parameters which are System Variables
captured from the default configuration reports.
5. TDL Enhancements for Remoting
There have been various enhancements at the TDL level to enable Remote Edit Capability in the
product. The enhancements are as follows:

‘Fetch Object’ Attribute Changes
The attribute ‘Fetch Object’ has been supported at Report, Form, Field and the Function level as
well. The Object Name specification in the syntax allows expressions now. It is also possible to
specify multiple Object Names separated by the Fetch Separator Character. A new function
$$FetchSeparator has been introduced to return this character.
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
‘Fetch Values’ Attribute Introduced
The evaluation of External Methods of an Object requires Object Context to be available at the
Client End. A new Attribute ‘Fetch Values’ has been provided at the ‘Report’ level to specify the
list of External Methods.

‘Multi Objects’ Attribute Introduced
Whenever multiple Objects of the same collection are getting modified at the Client’s End, a new
attribute called ‘MultiObjects’ is introduced at the Report Level to enable the same.

‘Modifies’ Attribute Changes
The ‘Modifies’ attribute of the field has been changed to accept a third parameter (optional) which
is an expression. This allows the variable to be modified with the value of the expression rather
than the field value.

Collection Attribute ‘Parm Var’ Introduced
As we already know, the ‘Collection’ Artifact evaluates the various attributes either during initialization or at the time of gathering the collection. It may require various inputs from the Requestor
context for the same.
The direct reference of values/expressions from the report elements and objects in the collection
at various points creates various issues like code complexity, performance lapses and non availability of these values on Server in Remote Environment.
In order to overcome these, a new Collection attribute ‘Parm Var’ has been introduced. ‘Parm Var’
in collection is a context-free structure available within the collection. The requestors Object
context is available for the evaluation of its value. This is evaluated only once in the context of the
caller/requestor. This happens at collection initialization, and the expression provided to it is
evaluated and stored as a variable, which can be referred within any of the attributes of the collection anytime, and is made available at the Server end as well.
Lets understand each of these in detail.
5.1 ‘Fetch Object’ Attribute Changes
When multiple methods of a Single Object/Multiple Objects of the same type are required, then
that Object can be fetched at Report, Form, Field and Function levels.
Report Level
‘Fetch Object’ attribute has been enhanced at ‘Report’ level to take an expression instead of a
variable name that evaluates to the name of an object.
The existing syntax of the ‘Fetch Object’ attribute at report level is as follows:
Syntax: Prior to 2.0
Fetch Object : <Object Type> : <Variable Identifier > : <List of methods>
Example:
Fetch Object: Ledger: LedgerName: Name, Parent, ClosingBalance
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Syntax: 2.0 Onwards
Fetch Object : <Object Type> : <Expression> : <List of methods>
Example:
Fetch Object: Ledger: ##LedgerName: Name, Parent, ClosingBalance
Here, since the Object name is an expression, we need to prefix the variable name with ##.
Form Level
Attribute ‘Fetch Object’ has been introduced at ‘Form’ Level. In scenarios where multiple forms
are available at a report; for each form, we require to fetch methods pertaining to different objects.
Syntax
Fetch Object : <Object Type> : <Expression> : <List of methods>
Example:
[!Form: AccoutingViewVoucher]
Switch: AccVoucherView : NormalAccoutingViewVoucher:+
NOT$$IsAttendance:##SVVoucherType
Switch: AccVoucherView: AttdAccoutingViewVoucher : +
$$IsAttendance:##SVVoucherType
[!Form: AttdAccoutingViewVoucher]
Fetch Object: AttendanceType: @@AttdEntryList :
+
AttendanceProductionType, AttendancePeriod, BaseUnits
[!Form: NormalAccoutingViewVoucher]
FetchObject : Ledger: @@AllLedEntryList : Name, Parent, ReserveName
Field Level
There may be scenarios where we may need to Fetch Object values dynamically based on the
current field values. For example, the field may be associated with a Table of ledgers. Based on
the ledger selected, the corresponding methods of the Object require to be fetched. In such
cases, this attribute will be useful.
Syntax
Fetch Object : <Object Type> : <Expression> : <List of methods>
Example:
[Field: LED VAT Class]
Fetch Object: TaxClassification : $$Value : FirstAlias,RateofVAT, +
TaxType
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Function Level
There may be scenarios where the method values need to be fetched based on the Object name
passed as a parameter to the function. In such cases, ‘Fetch Object’ at the function level is
required.
If we have already fetched the object methods at the ‘Report’ or ‘Field’ level, the same will be
propagated to the called function. In case it is not fetched earlier, the same can be fetched at the
‘Function’ level as well. This enables dynamic fetching of Objects.
Syntax
Fetch Object : <Object Type> : <Expression> : <List of methods>
Example:
[Function: FillUsingTrackingObj]
Parameter
: pTrackKey
:
Fetch Object: Tracking Number :
String
##pTrackKey: *.*
In case the same set of methods for multiple objects needs to be fetched, the multiple Object
Names need to be specified in the syntax of ‘Fetch Object’, separated by the Fetch separator
character.

Function – $$FetchSeparator
This function returns C_FETCH_SEPARATOR character that is used for separating multiple
object names in FETCH OBJECT attribute.There may be scenarios where the same set of
methods needs to be fetched from multiple objects. In that case, it is possible to specify multiple
object names in the ‘Fetch Object’ syntax, separated by the character which is returned from the
function $$FetchSeparator.
Example:
Fetch Object: Ledger: “Debtor North” +$$FetchSeparator + “Debtor South”:
Name, Parent, ClosingBalance
5.2 ‘Fetch Values’ Attribute Introduced
This is a report level attribute which allows computation of values for user defined (external)
methods, based on the current Object context available.
Syntax
Fetch Values: <List of methods>
Example:
[Report: VAT Classification]
Object
: Tax Classification
Fetch Values: MasterID, CanDelete
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5.3 ‘Multi Objects’ Attribute Introduced
This is a ‘Report’ level attribute which is required to be specified, in case Multiple Objects of the
same collection are being added/modified in a Report. It is required specifically in case of multi
master creation or alteration.
Syntax
MultiObjects: <Edit Collection>
Where,
<Edit Collection> is the name of the Collection for which modifications are to be done.
Example:
[Report: Multi Ledger]
Multi Objects: Ledger Under MGroup
5.4 ‘Modifies’ Attribute Changes
This is a field level attribute enhanced further to take a third optional parameter. Prior to
Tally.ERP9 Release 2.0, if a field had ‘Modifies’ parameter, the field value would be set to the
variable. And based on this variable value, some calculations or concatenation was required to be
performed. An invisible field was required for the same. With the enhancement in this Release,
one can modify the variable value at the same field itself using an expression, i.e., the field, and
the variable may have different values.
Syntax: Prior 2.0
Modifies:<Variable Name>: <Logical Value>
Where,
<Variable Name> is the name of the variable.
<Logical Value> is any expression which evaluates to a logical value.
Example:
[Field: BatchesInGodown]
Modifies: DSPGodownName : Yes
Syntax: 2.0 onwards
Modifies:<Variable Name>: <Logical Value>:<expression>
Where,
<Variable Name> is the name of the variable.
<Logical Value> is any expression which evaluates to a logical value.
<Expression> can be used to modify the variable value within the field.
Example:
[Field: BatchesInGodown]
Modifies: DSPGodownName : Yes: ##DSPGodownName + “ - Godown”
Here, considering that the field value is ‘Main location’, output would be Main location - Godown.
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5.5 Collection Attribute ‘Parm Var’ Introduced
As we already know, the ‘Collection’ Artifact evaluates the various attributes either during initialization or at the time of gathering the collection. It may require various inputs from the Requestor
context for the same. For example, the evaluation of ‘Child of’ and ‘Filter’ attributes happens at
the time of gathering the collection. It requires certain values from Requestors context like $name.
In ‘Filter’ attribute, if $name of each object is to be compared with $name of the Requestors
context, then we have to refer it as $ReqObject:$name. The direct reference of values/expressions from the report elements and objects in the collection at various points, creates a few issues
as follows:

Code complexity is increased, as observed in the Filter example above.
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The performance is impacted, as there is are repeated references in case of Filters.
In a Remote Environment; where the Requestor Context is not available within the collection at the Server side
In order to overcome the above, a new Collection attribute ‘Parm Var’ has been introduced.
We already have the capability of declaring inline variables at collection level using the Attributes
Source Var, Compute Var and Filter Var. These are context free structures available within the collection for various evaluations. For storing values in these, the various object contexts available
are Source Objects, Target Objects, etc. One more attribute called ‘Parm Var’ has been introduced in collection, which is a context-free structure available within the collection. The requestors Object context is available for evaluation of its value. This is evaluated only once in the
context of caller/requestor. This happens at collection initialization and the expression provided to
it is evaluated and stored as a variable which can be referred within any of the attributes of the
collection anytime, and is made available at the Server end by passing it with the XML Request.

Collection Attribute - Parm Var
The attribute ParmVar evaluates the value of the variable based on the requestor object’s context.
Syntax
Parm Var : <Variable Name> : <Data Type> : <Formula>
Where,
<Variable Name> is the name of variable.
<Data Type> is the data type of the variable.
<Formula> can be any expression which evaluates to the value of ‘Variable’ data type.
Example:
[Part: Groups and Ledgers]
Lines
: Groups and Ledgers
Repeat : Groups and Ledgers : List of Groups
Scroll : Vertical
[Line: Groups and Ledgers]
Fields
: GAL Particulars
Right Fields : GAL ClosBal
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[Part: List of Ledgers]
Lines
: List of Ledgers
Repeat : List of Ledgers : Smp List of Ledgers
[Collection: Smp List of Ledgers]
Type
: Led ger
Child Of : $Name
In the collection Smp List of Ledgers, the Child of attribute is evaluated based on the method
$Name which is available from the Group Object in context. The line Groups and Ledgers
(Requestor Object) is associated with a Group Object.
In a Remote environment, when such a Report is being displayed at the Clients end, the request
for the collection gathering goes to the Server End. At the server end, the Requestor Context is
not available. So, the evaluation of $Name will fail. To overcome such a situation, a new attribute
called “Parm Var” has been introduced, which is a context-free structure available within the collection. It evaluates the expression based on the Requestors Context, thereby available at the
Server Side also.
The Collection is Redefined as follows using the attribute ParmVar
[Collection: Smp List of Ledgers]
Type
: Ledger
Child Of : ##ParmLedName
Parm Var : ParmLedName : String
: $Name
The value of variable “ParmLedName” is evaluated at the Client side based on method $name
available from Group Object Context, and sent to the Server. While gathering the objects at the
server side, the attribute ‘ChildOf’ is evaluated, which uses the variable ParmLedName instead of
$Name, available at the Server.
6. Default TDL Changes
In the release 2.0, many new features like Remote Edit, SMS support, etc., have been introduced.
The TDL language is also enriched with new capabilities to support these features. Using the new
language capabilities, the source code of Tally.ERP9 Release 2.0 has also been enhanced. The
changes have been made in many definitions. For example, the values of some of the attributes
have been changed, new attributes have been added and formulas have been rewritten.
Although, it has been tried to ensure maximum backward compatibility, there may be cases where
the application developer may require to validate/rewrite the existing TDL codes to make them
compatible with Tally.ERP9 Release 2.0. In this section, the changes have been summarised in
terms of listing the definitions. Although sincere efforts have been made in the direction of
providing a comprehensive listing of definitions, one may come across a few cases where
changes have been made. If any of these definitions are being used in customizations, one must
refer to the source code changes available with the latest Release of TDE.
6.1 Mandatory ‘Fetch’ at the Collection Level
This release onwards, Fetch is mandatory in every collection. All the methods which are required
to be used in a Report are to be fetched at the Collection level.
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6.2 Voucher Creation
Whenever a new Voucher is being created, it is important to take care of the following:

The variable name “SVViewName” has to be set to System Names
 AcctgVchView
– For all Accounting vouchers
 InvVchView – For all Inventory vouchers, except Stock Journal voucher
 PaySlipVchView – For Payroll vouchers
 ConsVchView – For Stock Journal voucher

The method ‘PersistedView’ has to be set to the value of the variable ‘SVViewName’.
Refer to the following example, as used inside the Function Block:
ds : Set : SVViewName : $$SysName:AcctgVchView
10 : NEW OBJECT : Voucher
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Aa : Set Value : PersistedView : ##SVViewName
30 : CREATE TARGET
6.3 Extract Collections List and Usage as Tables
Many existing ‘collection’ definitions have been converted as Extract Collections. So, if these collections are used in any of the user TDLs, the code needs to be rewritten for Tally.ERP9 Release
2.0. Many fields which were using the old collections as Tables have been modified to use the
Extract Collections now. The ‘Table’ Attribute has been changed for those fields.
The following Table shows the fields in which extract collections are used in the ‘Table’ attribute:
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Table Name OLD
Extract Colletion / Table Name
EI AccAllocName
Inv SalesLedgersAlloc
Inv Purch Ledgers
Inv Sales Income Ledgers
Inv Purch Expense Ledgers
NonInv Purch Support
Ledgers
NonInv Sales Support
Ledgers
Inv SalesLedgersAlloc Extract
Inv Purch Ledgers VchExtract
Inv Sales Income Ledgers Extract
Inv Purch Expense Ledgers Extract
NonInv Purch Support Ledgers VchExtract
NonInv Sales Support Ledgers VchExtract
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EI Consignee
Party Ledgers, Cash
Ledgers
Invoice Ledgers
Party Cash Ledgers Extract
Invoice Ledgers Extract
EICommonLED
Inv Sales Ledgers
Inv Purch Ledgers
Inv Sales Income Ledgers
Inv Purch Expense Ledgers
Inv Sales Ledgers Extract
Inv Purch Ledgers Extract
Inv Sales Income Ledgers Extract
Inv Purch Expense Ledgers Extract
VCH VATClass
VCH VAT Sales ClassificationVCH
VCH VAT Purc ClassificationVCH
VCH VAT Sales ClassificationVCH
Extract
VCH VAT Purc ClassificationVCH
Extract
VCH AccAllocVATClass
VCH VAT Sales ClassificationVCH
VCH VAT Purc ClassificationVCH
VCH VAT Sales ClassificationVCH
Extract
VCH VAT Purc ClassificationVCH
Extract
VCH POS PartyContact
Party Ledgers
Party Ledgers Extract
VCHACC StockItem
Vch Stock Item
Vch Stock Item Extract
VCHJRNLStockItem
Vch Stock Item
Vch Stock Item Extract
ACGLLed
GainLoss Ledgers
GainLoss Ledgers Extract
ACLSFixedLed
Cash Class Ledgers
Cash Class Ledgers Extract
ACLSLed
Cash Ledgers
Normal Ledgers
Normal Ledgers, Cash
Ledgers
Non CENVAT Ledgers
Non CENVAT Ledgers, Cash
Ledgers,
Cash Ledgers VchExtract
Normal Ledgers Extract
Normal Cash Ledgers Extract
Non CENVAT Ledgers Extract
Non CENVAT Cash Ledgers Extract
EI AccDesc
Sales Support Ledgers
Purchase Support Ledgers
Sales Support Ledgers VchExtract
Purchase Support Ledgers VchExtract
VCH AccVATClass
SD Sales Classification
Etc…
SD Sales Classification Extract
Etc …
VCHIndentStockItem
Vch Stock Item
Vch Stock Item Extract
VCHBATCH Godown
Stockable Godown
JOB Stockable Godown
Stockable Godown VchExtract
JOB Stockable Godown VchExtract
VCHBATCH
OrdrName
Active Batches
Active Batches VchExtract
VCHBATCH
NrmlName
Active Batches
Active Batches VchExtract
VCHBATCH
JrnlName
Active Batches
Active Batches VchExtract
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EI VATClass
SD Sales Classification
VCH VAT Sales ClassificationVCH
VCH VAT Purc ClassificationVCH
VAT Sales With Rate ClassificationVCH
VAT Purc With Rate ClassificationVCH
Addl VAT Sales With Rate
ClassificationVCH
Addl VAT Purc With Rate
ClassificationVCH
CessOn VAT Sales With
Rate ClassificationVCH
CessOn VAT Purc With Rate
ClassificationVCH
CST Sales With Rate Classification
CST Purc With Rate Classification
SD Sales Classification Extract
VCH VAT Sales ClassificationVCH
Extract
VCH VAT Purc ClassificationVCH
Extract
VAT Sales With Rate ClassificationVCH Extract
VAT Purc With Rate ClassificationVCH Extract
Addl VAT Sales With Rate ClassificationVCH Extract
Addl VAT Purc With Rate ClassificationVCH Extract
CessOn VAT Sales With Rate ClassificationVCH Extract
CessOn VAT Purc With Rate ClassificationVCH Extract
CST Sales With Rate Classification
Extract
CST Purc With Rate Classification
Extract
VCHBATCH
GRNName
Active Batches
Active Batches VchExtract
POS BatchName
Active Batches
Active Batches VchExtract
VCHBATCH DealerGodown
Stockable DealerGodown
Stockable DealerGodown VchExtract
VCHBATCH
ExciseMfgrGodown
Stockable ExciseMfgrGodown
Stockable ExciseMfgrGodown
VchExtract
VCHBILL TDSLedger
TDS Ledger Table
TDS Ledger Table VchExtract
VCHBILL STaxLedger
Service Tax Ledger Table
Service Tax Ledger Table VchExtract
VCHCSTCAT Name
Voucher Cost Category
Voucher Cost Category VchExtract
VCHCST Name
Cost Centre
All Cost Centre
Cost Centre VchExtract
All Cost Centre VchExtract
STKVCH Ledger
Party Ledgers, Cash
Ledgers
Party Cash Ledgers Extract
PF CashBank Ledger
Cash Ledgers
Cash Ledgers VchExtract
VCH AttdEmpName
Payroll DeactvationEmployees
Payroll DeactvationEmployeesExtract
VCH AttdType
List of Attendance Types
List of AttdTypesExtract
VCH AutoAttdType
List of Attendance Types
List of AttdTypesExtract
VCH EmpName
Payroll Cost Centres
Manual Vch Employees
Under Category
Payroll CostCentres AsVCHExtract
Manual AsVchEmployees Under
CategoryExtract
PAYROLLFixedLed
Payroll Liab Ledgers
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List of CostCategories
List of CostCategories Extract
Payroll VCH EmpParticulars
Payroll Cost Centres
Manual Vch Employees
Under Category
Payroll CostCentres VCHExtract
Manual Vch Employees Under CategoryExtract
PayrollVCHPayhead
Name
Vch Pay Heads
Vch Pay Heads Extract
Payroll FunctionAutoCategoryName
Payroll Vch Categories
Payroll Vch Categories Extract
Payroll FunctionAutoCstTables
Payroll Cost Centres
AutoVch Employees Under
Category
AutoVch PyrlCostCentres VCHExtract
AutoVch Employees Under CategoryExtract
Payroll FunctionAutoPayheadName
Payroll Ledgers
AutoVch PayrollLedgersExtract
TDSAutoLedger
Normal Ledgers
Normal Ledgers Extract
TDSFilter Bank
Cash Class Ledgers
Cash Class Ledgers Extract
EI TrackOrder
InvSalesOrders
InvPurcOrders
InvSalesOrders, Not Applicable,
EndOfList, NewNumber
InvPurcOrders, Not Applicable, EndOfList, NewNumber
EI SalesOrder
InvSalesOrders
InvPurcOrders
InvSalesOrders, Not Applicable,
EndOfList, NewNumber
InvPurcOrders, Not Applicable, EndOfList, NewNumber
SRVTPartyName
Service Party Ledgers
Service Party Ledgers Extract
SRVTPartyBillName
Pending Party Bills
Pending Party Bills Extract
6.4 Modified Definition List and corresponding Changes
Changes in ‘Set As’
Definition Type
Definition Name
Part
VCH Excise SubCat Tax Rate
Trader PurcTypeofDuty
VCH Excise SubCat Tax Rate
Filed
VCH Excise SubCat Tax Rate
Trader PurcTypeofDuty
TDS TaxPartyLedger
VCH TaxPymtDetails
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Trader PLARG23SlNo
Trader SupplierRG23No
Trader OriginalRefNo
Trader MfgrImprName
Trader DN SupplierInvNo
Trader DN SupplierInvDate
Trader DN NatureofPurc
Trader DN QtyPurchased
Trader DN QtyReturn
Trader DN AssessableValue
Trader CN SupplierInvNo
Trader CN SalesInvDate
Trader CN SalesInvNo
Trader CN QtySold
Trader CN QtyReturn
Trader CN SplAEDOfCVDNotPassOn
DealerInv AmtofDuty
DealerInv DutyPerUnit
Options Added–In Alter Mode
In the definition [Form: Voucher], the option for ‘Alter’ mode is added and it is used to list all the
fetches.
Definition Type
Definition Name
Form
Voucher
‘Fetch Object’ Added:
Definition Type
Definition Name
Field
VCH StockItem
‘Compute Var’ and ‘Fetch’ Attributes Added
Definition Type
Definition Name
Collection
Vouchers of FBT Category Calc
Memo Vouchers of FBT Category Calc
FBTCategoryCalc
Vouchers of Regular FBT Category Calc
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Vouchers of Recovered FBT Category Calc
VCHInTNo
VCHInTNoG
VCHInTNoB
VCHInTNoBG
VCHOutTNo
VCH OutTNoG
VCH OutTNoB
VCH OutTNoBG
TaxBill Details
PayFunctionCaterotyCollection
PayFunctionEmployeeCollection
AllStatLedgersSlabSummary
AllPFStatLedgers
Admin AutoFil JrnlEmployees
AutoFil PF Ledgers
Admin AutoFil Employees
AdminAutoPayableColl
AdminAutoPayableColl PayrollSrc
AdminAutoPayableCollJrnl
AdminAutoPayableColl JrnlSrc
PFESI EmployeeFilter Summary
PFESI EmployeeFilter Vouchers
Excise RG23DNoColl
Trader ListOfPurcCleared
Trader ListOfPurcNonCleared
Trader ListOfMultiPurcCleared
Trader ListOfMultiPurcNonCleared
ExciseDealer Inventory Entries
ExciseDealerInvoice InventoryEntries
TDS DeductSameVoucher
TDS TaxObjPartyBills
TDS ITIgnoreNOP
TDSDuty LedTable
TaxObj AgstTableDebitNote
TaxObj AgstTable
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SRCTaxObj AgstTable
TDS CommonPartyLedger
TaxObj AdvAgstTable
TaxObj DedTable
Pending TCS Bills
PndgTaxBillsTillCurVchDate
TaxBillColl
TCS Vouchers of Party
Pending Tax Bills
BankColl
InvSalesOrders
ExciseInvSalesOrders
InvPurcOrders
InvOutTrackNumbers
InvInTrackNumbers
Pending Sales Orders
VCHSo
Pending Purc Orders
VCHPo
VCH OutTNo Src
InPending Tracking Numbers
OutPending Tracking Numbers
Pending Bills
STX SalePending TaxObj
Pending STaxParty Bills
STX CrDrNotePending TaxObj
STX CategorywisePending TaxObj
STX RcptPending TaxObj
STXSource
STX SalePending TaxObj
STX JV SalePending TaxObj
STXTaxObjOutput GAR7PymtAlloc
STXTaxObjInput GAR7PymtAlloc
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Few Attributes added and ‘DebugExec’ Action Used
Definition Type
Definition Name
Function
ESIDeductionPayFunction
ESIEligibilityPayFunction
ESIContributionPayFunction
PFNormalPayFunction
PTNormalPayFunction
PTMonthlyPayFunction
FirstEPF12PayHeadAbsVal Function
FirstEPF833PayHeadAbsVal Function
PFNormalVchPayFunction
PTMonthlyVCHPayFunction
PTNormalVchPayFunction
ESIDeductionVchPayFunction
ESIEligibilityVCHPayFunction
ESIEligibilityOnCurrentEarnVch
ESIEligibilityOnSpecifiedFrmlVch
ESIContributionVchPayFunction
FirstEPF12PayHeadAbsVchVal Function
FirstEPF833PayHeadAbsVchVal Function
IsExciseRG23DNoExistsFunc
IsSpecialAEDOfCVDExistsInStkItem
SetTDSPymtDetails
VoucherFill
OrderObjExists
TrackingObjExists
FillUsingVoucher
CopyBatchAllocationsValues
STCatCheck
STCatRate
STCatCessRate
STCatSecondaryCessRate
STCatAbatmentNo
STCatAbatPer
STCatCheck
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What’s New in Release 1.8
1. Invoking Actions on Event Occurrence - with System & Printing
Events Introduced
In any language, event handling is one of the powerful features, as it allows the developer to
perform some operation based on some implicit action. In order to detect the events and to
perform some action based on the event, a proper Event Framework is required.
Prior to this release, the Events Form Accept and Focus had been introduced. In this release,
there has been a major enhancement in Event Framework as a whole. We will see in detail the
events supported in TDL. Let’s start with an overview of Event Framework and types of events.
1.1 Event Framework Overview
When the user does something, an event takes place. Events are actions which are detected by a
program and can change the state of system or execution flow. Events can occur based on user
actions, or can be system-generated. In TDL, the Key Framework is mainly used to handle user
actions like keyboard and mouse events. This can be considered as a part of Event Framework.
We know that TDL is a definition language which does not have any explicit control on the flow of
execution. The programmer has no control over what will happen when a particular event occurs.
There are certain attributes like SET/PRINTSET, used to initiate some action on occurrence of
event/change of state (like report construction, etc.). In this scenario, there is a need of a generic
Event Framework, which allows the programmer to trap the events and initiate an action/set of
actions in the state when the event has occurred.
The event framework allows the specification of an Event Handler, where it is possible to specify
an Event Keyword, a Condition to control event handling and the Action to be performed. The
process of detecting an event and executing the specified action is called as Event handling.
1.2 Types of Events
When the user operates the application, different types of events are generated. The events are
classified as System Events or Object-Specific Events, based on their origin.
System events are events for which no object context is available, when they occur.
Example: Tally application launch.
Object Specific events are the events that are performed only if the specific object context is
available.
Example: Form Accept is a Form-specific event.
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System Events
In TDL, a new type ‘Events’ has been introduced in the System definition. All the system events
are defined under this definition. As of now, TDL event framework supports the following four
system events, viz. System Start, System End, Load Company and Close Company.
Syntax
[System: Events]
Label : <EventKeyword> : <ConditionExpr> : <ActionKeyword> : +
<Action Parameters>
Where,
<Label> is a name assigned to the event handler. It has to be unique for each event handler.
<EventKeyword> can be one of System Start, System End, Load Company or Close Company.
<ConditionExpr> should return a logical value.
<ActionKeyword> can be any one of the actions.
<Action Parameters> are parameters of the action specified.
The events System Start and System End are executed when the user launches or quits Tally
application, respectively. The events Load Company and Close Company are executed when
the user loads or closes a company, respectively.
Example:
[System: Events]
AppStart1: System Start : TRUE : CALL : MyAppStart
The function MyAppstart is called as soon as the Tally application is launched.
Object Specific Events
Objects specific events can be specified for the associated object only.
Example: Before Print event is specific to ‘Report’ object.
The attribute ON is used to specify the object specific events as follows:
Syntax
ON : EventKeyword : <ConditionExpr>: <ActionKeyword>: <Action Parameters>
Where,
<EventKeyword> can be any one of ‘Focus’, ‘Form Accept’, ‘Before Print’ and ‘After Print’.
<ConditionExpr> should return a logical value.
<ActionKeyword> can be any one of the actions.
<Action Parameters> are parameters of the action specified.
ON is a list type attribute, so a list of actions can be executed when the specific event occurs.

Event – FORM EFFECT
The event Form Accept is specific to ‘Form’ object; hence, can be specified only within Form
definition. A list of actions can be executed when the form is accepted, which can also be based
on some condition. After executing the action Form Accept, the current object context is retained.
So all the actions that are executed further, will have the same object context.
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The event ‘Form Accept’, when specified by the user, overrides the default action Form Accept.
So, when ‘Form Accept’ event is triggered, the Form will not be accepted until the user explicitly
calls the action ‘Form Accept’.
Example:
[Form : TestForm]
On : FormAccept : Yes :HttpPost : @@SCURL : ASCII : SCPostNewIssue:+
SC NewIssueResp
Action Http Post is executed when the event ‘Form Accept’ is encountered. But, the form will not
be accepted until the user explicitly calls the action Form Accept on event Form Accept as follows:
On : FormAccept : Yes : Form Accept
Now, after executing the action Http Post, Tally will execute the action Form Accept as well.

Event – FOCUS
The event Focus can be specified within the definitions Part, Line and Field. When Part, Line or
Field receives focus, a list of actions get executed, which can also be conditionally controlled.
Example:
[Part : TestPart2]
On : FOCUS : Yes

: CALL
: SCSetVariables
: $$Line
Event – BEFORE PRINT
The event Before Print is specific to ‘Report’ object; so it can be specified only within ‘Report’
definition. The event ‘Before Print’ is triggered when the user executes the ‘Print’ action. The
action associated with the event is executed first, and then the report is printed.
A list of actions can be executed before printing the report, based on some condition.
Example:
[Report : Test Report]
On : BEFORE PRINT : Yes :CALL: BeforeRepPrint
The function BeforeRepPrint is executed first and then the report Test Report is printed.

Event – AFTER PRINT
The event After Print can be specified for Report, Form, Part and Line definitions. It first prints the
current interface object and then executes the specified actions for this event. A list of actions can
be executed after printing the report based on some condition. Print is an alias for After Print.
Example:
[Line: LV AccTitle]
On : After Print: Yes: CALL : SetIndexLV:#LedgerName
The function SetIndexLV is called after printing the line LV AccTitle. So, if there are 10 lines to be
printed, the function will be called ten times.
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2. Collection Enhancements
2.1 Using External Plug-Ins as a Data Source for Collections
Introduction
A Dynamic Link Library takes the idea of an ordinary library one step further. The idea with a static
library is for a set of functions to be collected together, so that a number of different programs
could use them. This means that the programmers only have to write code to do a particular task
once, and then, they can use the same function in lots of other programs that do similar things.
A Dynamic Link Library is similar to a program, but instead of being run by the user to do one
thing, it has a lot of functions "exported", so that other programs can call them. There are several
advantages of this. First, since there is only one copy of the DLL on any computer used by all the
applications that need the library code, each application can be smaller, thus saving disk space.
Also, if there is a bug in the DLL, a new DLL can be created and the bug will be fixed in all the
programs that use the DLL just by replacing the old DLL file. DLLs can also be loaded dynamically
by the program itself, allowing the program to install extra functions without being recompiled.
What is DLL?
A Dynamic Link Library (DLL) is a library that can be called from any other executable code, i.e.,
either from an application or from another DLL. It can be shared by several applications running
under Windows. A DLL can contain any number of routines and variables.
Dynamic Link Library has the following advantages:

Saves memory and reduces swapping: Many processes can use a single DLL simultaneously, sharing a single copy of the DLL in memory. In contrast, Windows must load a
copy of the library code into memory for each application that is built with a static link
library.


Saves disk space: Many applications can share a single copy of the DLL on disk. In contrast, each application built with a static link library has the library code linked into its executable image as a separate copy.
Upgrades to the DLL are easier: When the functions in a DLL change, the applications
that use them do not need to be recompiled or re-linked, as long as the function arguments
and return values do not change. In contrast, statically linked object code requires that the
application be relinked when the functions change.
A potential disadvantage of using DLLs is that the application is not self-contained; it depends on
the existence of a separate DLL module.
Differences between Applications and DLLs
Even though DLLs and applications are both executable program modules, they differ in several
ways. To the end user, the most obvious difference is that DLLs are not programs that can be
directly executed. From the system's point of view, there are two fundamental differences
between applications and DLLs:


An application can have multiple instances of itself running in the system simultaneously,
whereas a DLL can have only one instance.
An application can own things such as a Stack, Global memory, File handles, and a message queue, but a DLL cannot.
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Types of DLL
When a DLL is loaded in an application, there are two methods of linking, i.e., Load-time Dynamic
Linking and Run-time Dynamic Linking. Static Linking happens during program development time,
whereas dynamic linking happens at run time.

Load time Dynamic Linking /Static Linking
In Load-time Dynamic Linking, an application makes explicit calls to exported DLL functions like
local functions. To use load-time dynamic linking, a header(.h) file and an import library (.lib) file
are provided, while compiling and linking the application. Thus, the linker will provide the system
with information required to load the DLL and resolve the exported DLL function locations at load
time.

Run-time Dynamic Linking /Dynamic Linking
Dynamic linking implies the process that Windows uses to link a function call of one module to the
actual function in DLL. In Run-time Dynamic Linking, an application calls either the function
LoadLibrary or the function LoadLibraryEx to load the DLL at run time. After the DLL is successfully loaded, the function GetProcAddress can be used to obtain the address of the exported
DLL function that has to be called. In case of run-time dynamic linking, an import library file is not
required.
Please note that Tally does not support Static Linking; only Dynamic Linking is possible.
DLL Approach in Tally
As discussed before, Dynamic Link Library (DLL) is a file that can contain many functions. We
can compare it with the library functions provided with many programming languages like C, C++.
In Tally, there is provision to access the external functions by uploading the DLLs. In general, the
DLLs can be generated using VC++, VB, .Net framework, etc., and can be invoked from TDL.
Hence, using TDL, the functions of DLL can be invoked to perform the necessary operations.
Why it is required in Tally?
In Tally, all functions are not required for all the customers. Only generalized features are included
to keep the functionality of Tally simple. But, for some customers, basic Tally may not cater the
need. For that, we may need to extend the functionality of Tally by writing programs in TDL. TDL is
designed to handle the functions in-built in Tally. For the functions that are not available in Tally,
we use DLL, wherein we can include many functions and use it in Tally by calling those functions.
How to use DLL in Tally?
Loading the DLL’s
1. Copy the DLL file to Tally folder, say C:\Tally.ERP9.
DLL points to the external functions that are to be loaded during startup of Tally application. Tally
loads DLLs from the source to the memory, and DLL functions are available with Tally for usage.
OR
2. Register the DLL file using setup program or Command prompt.
In TDL, DLL can be invoked by using CallDLLFunction and DLL Collection.
The CallDLLFunction is a platform function which was already available earlier,
and is NOT a part of Collection Enhancements. It has been discussed here just as
an additional information. DLL Collection is an enhancement in this Release, which
has been emphasized in the subsequent sections.
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Function - $$CallDLLFunction
The internal Function $$CallDLLFunction can be used to call an external DLL containing multiple
Functions
Example:
If a DLL “TestDll” contains two functions FuncA and FuncB, where

FuncA takes one parameter of ‘String’ Data Type and returns a String

FuncB takes a parameter of ‘String’ Data Type and Executes the Function. It only returns
the status of the function execution (boolean value)
The syntax of invoking the DLL from TDL will be as follows:
Syntax
[Field : <Field Name>]
Set As: $$CallDllFunction:<DllName>:<FunctionName>: +
<Param 1>:<Param 2> ….
Where,
<DLLName> is the name of the DLL.
<Function Name> is the name of the Function.
<Param1> and <Param2>…. are the Parameters for the function.
The value returned from the function will be available in the field.
To call FuncA
[Field: Field2]
Use
: NameField
;; Assuming Field1 is of Type ‘String’
Set As: $$CallDllFunction: TestDll: FuncA: #Field1
To call FuncB
[Key: Key1]
Key
: Ctrl+A
Action: Set: VarStatus:$$CallDllFunction:TestDll:FuncB:#Field1
This key can be associated to a Form or a Menu. The function FuncB in TestDll can be used to
return the status of the execution, i.e., Success/Failure (1/0). This value can be obtained in a
variable in TDL and used to display the appropriate message to the user.
$$CallDllFunction can be used to call any function which returns single values. If the function
returns an array of values, then it is advisable to use $$DLLCollection.
Let us have an overview of the usage of DLL Collection.
DLL Collection, its Attributes and Usage
Tally now provides a TDL interface to obtain data sets in Collection from external Plug-Ins. These
Plug-Ins are written as DLL’s which can be used to fetch external data (i.e., from Internet, external
Database, etc.). These DLL's should return a valid XML which can be easily mapped into TDL
Collection. In other words, TDL developer can provide a simple string value and/or XML to the
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DLL function. The DLL gives XML data as an output. Collection takes this data and converts it into
objects and object methods, which can be accessed in TDL like other objects.
DLL collection will be very useful in the following scenarios:
1. To display stock quotes from the internet
2. To get data from different formats like CSV, HTML
3. External device interfaces
4. RFID Barcode scanner
5. Petrol Pump device interface
6. Foot fall count
7. External application interfaces
8. GAS distributor application
9. To get attendance details in Pay Roll through swipe
In DLL collection, support is being provided for Plug-Ins and ActiveX-Plug-Ins.


Plug-Ins: DLLs created using C++ or VC++. These DLLs need not be registered separately.
ActiveX Plug-Ins: DLLs created by using VB6, VB.Net, C#.Net, etc. These DLLs have to
be registered. Registration process has been explained in detail later.
At present, the ‘Collection’ definition allows working with a C++ DLL, VB DLL, .Net DLL, etc.,
which has a function defined by the name TDLCollection (The function has to be created by this
name ONLY). This function delivers an XML which is available as objects in the Collection.
Attributes of DLL Collection
The attributes of DLL Collection can be categorized as follows:

For specifying the source
 Data

Source
For sending inputs to DLL
 Input

Parameter
 Input XML
For validating/formatting the data received from DLL
 Break
On
 XSLT

For selective conversion of XML
 XML
Object
 XML Object Path

Attribute - Data Source
The attribute Data Source is used to set the source of the collection. By using this attribute, the
actual DLL is invoked to TDL for further process.
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Syntax
[Collection : <Collection Name>]
Data Source : <Type> : <Identity> [:< Encoding>]
Where,
<Type> specifies the type of data source, i.e., File XML, HTTP XML, Report, Parent Report,
Variable, PlugIn XML, AxPlugIn XML.
<Identity> can be file path / source of DLL.
<Encoding> can be ASCII or UNICODE. It’s applicable only for File XML and HTTP XML.
a. For Plug-in DLL
Syntax
Data Source: PlugIn XML: <Path to dll>
Where,
<Type> is ‘PlugIn XML’.
<Identity> identifies the source of DLL, i.e., the path of DLL.
Example:
Data Source: PlugIn XML: mydll.dll
b. For ActiveX DLL
Syntax
Data Source: AxPlugin XML : < Project Name>.<Class Name>
Where,
<Type> is “AxPlugin XML”.
<Identity> identifies the source of DLL, i.e., < Project Name>.<Class Name>
Example:
Data Source: AxPlugin XML: DLLEg1.MyClass
For C#.Net, which has concept of namespaces, the source identifier is “Namespace.ClassName”
Syntax
Datasource : AxPlugin XML : <namespace>.<classname>
Example:
Datasource : AxPlugin XML : testcsharpdll.Class1

Attribute - Input Parameter
The attribute Input Parameter is used to pass a single string value to the DLL function.
Syntax
Input Parameter : <Expression>
Where,
<Expression> returns a string value, which is used to pass to the DLL function.
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Example:
Input Parameter: Test string
In this example, ‘Test String’ is the string value, which is used to pass to the specified DLL.

Attribute - Input XML
The attribute Input XML is used to pass the XML format data to the DLL function.
Syntax
Input XML : <Post Request Report Name>, <Pre-Request Report Name>
Where,
<Post Request Report Name> is the name of the TDL report. It is responsible for generating
XML data, which is passed to the DLL function as input.
<Pre-Request Report Name> is optional. It is used to get any input from the end user.
Example:
Input XML: DLLRequestReport

Attribute - Break On
The attribute Break On is used to validate the XML data received from the DLL function. If the
XML data contains the string specified in this attribute which is referred as error string, then the
validation fails and the collection will not be constructed.
Syntax
Break On : <String Expression1>, <String Expression 2> …..
Where,
<String Expression 1>, <String Expression 2>… gives the string values which act as error
string to validate the XML data.
Example:
Break On: My Error String
If XML data received from DLL function contains “My Error String”, then the collection will not be
constructed, just as in XML collection.

Attribute - XSLT
The attribute XSLT is used to transform the XML document received from DLL function to another
XML document. It will be applied before constructing the collection. This attribute is same like in
XML collection.
Syntax
XSLT: < XSLT File name>
Where,
<XSLT File name> is the name of the XSLT file name.
Example:
XSLT : "C:\\Myfile.xslt"
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
Attribute - XML Object
The attribute XML Object is used to represent the structure of DLL collection object to which the
obtained data is mapped. It is an optional attribute, and is same like in XML collection.
Syntax
XML Object : < Object Name>

Attribute - XML Object Path
The attribute XML Object Path is used to set the starting XML node from where the object construction starts. If only a specific data fragment is required, it can be obtained using the collection
attribute ‘XML Object Path’. This attribute is same like in XML collection.
Syntax
XML Object Path : <StartNode>: <StartNodePosition>: <Path to start node>
Where,
<StartNode> gives the name of the starting XML Node.
<StartNodePosition> gives the position of the starting XML Node.
<Path to Start Node> gives the path of the starting XML Node.
<Path to start node> can be extended as follows:
<root node>:<child node>:<start position>:<child node>:<start position>:....
Example:
XML Object Path: MyNode: 1: Root
i. In DLL collection, all the attributes except Datasource are optional.
ii. All error messages related to DLL collection are stored in dllcollection.log file.
Usage of DLL Collection attributes
The following examples demonstrate the usage of DLL collection attributes:
Example: 1 - Data Source - AxPlugIn Xml
XML data received from the ActiveXDLL “testdll.class1” is to be displayed in a Report. For this, a
DLL XML collection is constructed and only a fragment of XML data is to be populated in the collection. Consider the following input XML fragment:
<EmpCollection>
<Emp>
<Name>Emp1</Name>
<EmpId>101</EmpId>
<Designation>Manager</ Designation >
</Emp>
<Emp>
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<Name>Emp2</Name>
<EmpId>102</EmpId>
<Designation >Senior Manager</ Designation>
</Emp>
</EmpCollection>
The same XML has been used to explain all further examples.
The TDL code snippet for generating the report is as follows:
[Part: DLL Coll Part]
Lines : DLL Coll Line 1, DLL Coll Line2
Repeat: DLL Coll Line2: My DLL Collection
Scroll: Vertical
[Line: DLL Coll Line1]
Fields: DLL Coll Field 1
[Field: DLL Coll Field 1]
Set As : “Retrive fragment EMP List from XML data”
[Line: DLL Coll Line 2]
Fields: SL No, Emp Name, Emp ID, Emp Desig
[Field: SL No]
Use
: Name Field
Set As : $$Line
[Field: Emp Name]
Use
: Name Field
Set As : $Name
[Field: Emp ID]
Use
: Name Field
Set As : $EmpId
[Field: Emp Desig]
Use
: Name Field
Set As : $Designation
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[Collection: My DLL Collection]
Datasource
: AxPlugin XML : testdll.class1
XML Object Path: Emp
: 1 : EmpCollection
In this example, the attribute Datasource is used to set the source of DLL, i.e., the class name
from the DLL “testdll.class1”. The attribute XMLObjectPath retrieves the XML fragment starting
from the first <EMP> tag under the XML tag <EmpCollection> from the specified DLL. The XML
data thus fetched from the DLL is then displayed in a Report. Here, Emp is the name of the
starting XML Node, 1 is the position of the starting XML Node and EmpCollection is the path of
the starting XML node.
In this case, DLL has to be registered. The registration process is explained in detail
in the section “Implementation and Deployment of DLL”.
Example: 2 - Data Source - PlugIn XML
In the previous example, ActiveX Plugin DLL was used. Now, instead of ‘ActiveX Plugin’ DLL,
the data source is simple PlugIn DLL.
The source keyword PluginXML is used in the attribute Data source. In this case, only the DLL
name must be specified.
The collection definition is as follows:
[Collection: My DLL Collection]
Datasource
: Plugin XML: testdll.dll
XML Object Path: Emp
: 1: EmpCollection
The only difference from the previous example is that, here the DLL registration is
not required. What’s just required is to Copy the DLL to Tally.ERP 9 folder and
execute the program.
Example: 3 -
Attribute - Input XML
There are scenarios where the DLL expects some input as in XML fragment before sending the
required XML output. The DLL XML collection attribute InputXML allows sending the Input XML
to the source DLL in XML format. As explained earlier, the attribute InputXML accepts two parameters, i.e., PostReqReport and PreReqReport.
The collection is defined as follows:
[Collection: InputXMLCollection]
Data Source
: AxPlugin XML : TestDLL.Class1
XML Object Path: Emp
Input XML
: 1 : EmpCollection
: PostReqRep, PreReqRep
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In this example, the report ‘PreReqRep’ accepts the user input and the report ‘PostReqRep’
generates the input XML, which is sent to the DLL. The response received from the DLL is
populated in the collection InputXMLCollection.
The reports ‘PostReqRep’ and ‘PreReqRep’ are defined as follows:
[Report: PostReqRep]
Form
: PostReqReport
Export: Yes
[Form: PostReqReport]
.
.
[Line : PostReqReport]
Fields : Short Name Field, PostReqReportName, Name Field, +
PostReqRepID, Simple Field, PostReqRepDesig
Local : Field: Short Name Field : Set As : “Name:”
Local : Field: Name Field
: Set As : “Emp ID:”
Local : Field: Simple Field
: Set As : “Designation:”
[Field: PostReqReportName]
Set As : ##PreReqNameVar
XMLTag: “Name”
.
.
;; Pre Request Report accepting User Inputs
[Report: PreReqRep]
Form
: PreReqReport
.
.
[Part: PreReqReport]
Lines:
PreReqReport Name, PreReqReportID, PreReqReportDesig
[Line: PreReqReport Name]
Fields : Short Name Field, PreReqReport Name
Local
: Field : Short Name Field : Info : “Enter Employee Name:”
[Field: PreReqReport Name]
Use
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Set As
: “Enter your Name”
Width
: 50
Modifies: DLLPreReqNameVar
.
.
[System: Variable]
DLLPreReqNameVar : “”
Example: 4 -
Attribute - InputParameter
In scenarios where only one value is to be sent as an input to the source DLL, the attribute Input
Parameter can be used as follows:
[Collection: InpParameterColl]
Data Source
: AxPlugin XML: TestDLL.Class1
XML Object Path: result
Input Parameter: ##InputParameterVar
The value of the variable InputParameterVar is sent as an input to the DLL “TestDLL.Class1”.
The response received is available in the collection InpParameterColl.
Example: 5 -
Attribute - BreakOn
The following code snippet validates the XML received from the DLL "tesdll.class1".
[Collection: DLL XML Get CollObjPath]
Datasource
: AxPlugin XML: testdll.class1
XML Object Path: Emp
Breakon
: 1: EmpCollection
: Manager
Break On attribute is used to check whether the error string “Manager” exists in the output xml. If
the error string exists, the XML is considered as an invalid XML and an empty collection is
created. Otherwise, the XML is considered as valid and the collection is populated from the
received XML fragment.
Signature of function ‘TDL Collection’ in the DLL
The DLL created using any programming language, when called from Tally, must contain a main
function named as TDL Collection. The signature of this function is specific to each programming
language.
The detailed signature of the function TDL Collection in different languages is as follows:
For VC++ DLL
Consider the following example for VC++ DLL to generate an XML fragment for Employee details.
This DLL accepts the input from the TDL, and returns an XML file as output from DLL. Using this
XML fragment, it constructs a collection.
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extern “C” HRESULT __declspec(dllexport)
TDLCollection (const wchar_t * pInputParam,
const wchar_t * pInputXML,
wchar_t ** pXMLCollection,
long * pCollectionSize)
{
*pCollectionSize = 1024;
if ((*pXMLCollection = (wchar_t *)
(CoTaskMemAlloc (*pCollectionSize * sizeof
(wchar_t))))== NULL)
{
return -1;
}
wcscpy (*pXMLCollection,
L"<EmpCollection>\
<Emp>\
<Name>Emp1</Name>\
<EmpId>101</EmpId>\
<Designation>Manager</ Designation >\
</Emp>\
<Emp>\
<Name>Emp2</Name>\
<EmpId>102</EmpId>\
< Designation >Senior Manager</ Designation >\
</Emp>\
</EmpCollection>"\
);
In this example, there are different inputs given as parameters to the function TDLCollection.
pInputParam: It is an input value to the DLL and is a string value of collection attribute “Input
Parameter”. The TDL passes an input parameter to the DLL.
pInputXML: It is an input to DLL and XML data constructed using collection attribute "Input Xml"
Output values from TDLCollection function:
pXMLCollection: O/P buffer containing resultant data, based on which, collection is constructed.
pCollectionSize: Number of wide characters, including the terminating NULL character.
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For VB 6 DLL
Consider the following example for displaying the values in XML format using VB6. Here also, two
parameters are being passed to the TDL Collection.
Public Function TDLCollection(pInputParam As String,
pInputXML As String) As String
TDLCollection = “<Root>
<Name>Amazing</Name>
<Name>Brilliant</Name>
</Root>”
End Function
In this example, two attributes are being given as parameters to the function TDLCollection.

pInputParam: Simple string value to the function, as specified in ‘Collection’ definition,
using the attribute “Input Parameter”.

pInputXML: Input value in Xml format, as specified in the ‘Collection’ definition, using the
attribute “Input XML”.
The function must return an output String value in XML format.
For C#.Net DLL
Consider the following example for .Net DLL to convert the input string’s case to upper case.
Here, TDLCollection is passed two parameters.
public string TDLCollection (string pInputParam, string pInputXml)
{
string resultxml;
// to contain xml to be sent back to Tally
if (!String.IsNullOrEmpty(pInputXml))
{
resultxml = pInputXml.ToUpper();
}
else
{
resultxml = null;
}
return resultxml;
}
In this example, XML data is being passed to the function TDLCollection. All the data present in
various tags are converted to upper case.
The Input XML will be as follows:
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<Root>
<Name>
<fname>fname 1</fname>
<lname>lname 1</lname>
</Name>
<Name>
<fname>fname 2</fname>
<lname>lname 2</lname>
</Name>
</Root>
The output XML will be as follows:
<Root>
<Name>
<fname>FNAME 1</fname>
<lname>LNAME 1</lname>
</Name>
<Name>
<fname>FNAME 2</fname>
<lname>LNAME 2</lname>
</Name>
</Root>
Inputs to the TDLCollection function:
pInputParam: It is an input value to the DLL and is a string value of collection attribute “Input
Parameter”. The TDL passes an input parameter to the DLL.
pInputXML: It is an input value to the DLL and the XML data constructed using collection attribute
"Input Xml".
For VB.Net DLL
In VB.Net, the signature for the function TDL Collection is as follows:
Public Function TDLCollection(ByVal pInputParam As String,
ByVal pInputXML As String) As String
Inputs to the TDLCollection function:
pInputParam: It is an input value to the DLL and is a string value of collection attribute “Input
Parameter”. The TDL passes an input parameter to the DLL.
pInputXML: This is an input value to the DLL and the XML data constructed using collection
attribute “Input Xml”.
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Implementation and Deployment of DLL
Once the DLL is ready for deployment, the following should be ensured for implementation of the
same:
1. The dependency for the particular DLL needs to be checked, based on the environment in
which it is developed. The necessary environment needs to be installed for the same.
2. The DLL needs to be registered in the system where it is to be deployed. This can be done in
two ways:

Registering the DLL manually.

Running the setup program which is created for deployment.
Dependencies with respect to DLLs created using various Environments


Created using .NET framework: For DLLs created using VB .NET, C# .NET, etc., we
require Microsoft .Net Framework. For example, if the DLL is created using Visual Studio
2005, then Microsoft .Net Framework 2.0 or above should be installed on the system.
Created using Visual Basic 6.0: For DLLs created using VB 6, we require service pack 6
to be installed on the system.
References
.Net Framework can be downloaded and installed from the following link:
http://download.microsoft.com/download/6/0/f/60fc5854-3cb8-4892-b6db-bd4f42510f28/dotnetfx35.exe
Service Pack 6 for Visual Basic 6.0 can be downloaded from the following links:
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=9EF9BF70-DFE1-42A1-A4C839718C7E381D&displaylang=en
Multi part - http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=83BF08E6-012D-4DB28109-20C8D7D5C1FC&displaylang=en
How to register DLLs?
After downloading the necessary environment, the DLL needs to be registered before it is used
and called by the Tally program. As already discussed, there are two ways in which a DLL can be
registered.
Let’s discuss the two ways of Registering a DLL (Manual & Set Up) one by one:
Manual Registration

For VB6 DLLs
1. Copy the DLL file to the specific folder say C:\Tally.ERP9
2. Open Command Prompt and change the current directory to the folder where DLL is copied,
i.e., :\Tally.ERP9
3. Type the command RegSvr32 <DLL Name>
4. After the command is entered in command prompt, a message box is displayed as shown:
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Figure 1. Registering DLL using command prompt
Now you can use the DLL for calling from Tally.

For .NET DLLs
To register .Net DLL, the RegAsm command needs to be used, instead of RegSvr32.
Manual registration does not automatically take care of missing dependencies. So, it
is always advisable to use Set Up Programs for Registration.
Registering DLLs by using Setup Program
To register using this method, double click on the setup program and proceed with the installation.
This automatically registers the required DLL into the selected folder.
Creating a Set Up Program
The creation of Set Up program varies from one language to another. Please refer to any learning
material for Set Up creation specific to your Development Environment. As an example and
common usage, we will just discuss creating Set Up using VB 6. The steps for deployment of VB6
DLLs using Package and Deployment Wizard are as follows:
1. Open the VB project where you want to create a setup program.
2. Select Package and Deployment wizard from Add-In menu.
3. If the option isn’t there, choose Add-In Manager and double click Package and Deployment
wizard.
4. Proceed with the Wizard options.
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For more details, please refer to the following links:
http://www.configure-all.com/deployment.php
http://www.developerfusion.com/article/27/package-deployment-wizard/2/
2.2 Dynamic Table Support - using ‘Unique’ Attribute
The Unique attribute of ‘Collection’ definition is used to control the display of unique values in the
table for a specified method, based on values selected from the table previously in a field. The
display of values is changed dynamically based on the field value.
Existing syntax
The existing syntax of the attribute ‘Unique’ is:
Syntax
Unique : <Table Object Method> [,<Field Object Method>]
Where,
<Table Object Method> is a method whose value is uniquely displayed in the table.
<Field Object Method> is the storage/method, which is associated with the field which is used to
control the display of Table values dynamically. If a particular table object method value from the
Table is selected in the field, then that value is removed from the table based on the value of
<Field Object Method>. This parameter is optional.
Example:
[Part: StkBat]
Repeat : GrpLedLn: StkItemColl
[Line : GrpLedNm]
Field
: StkIt, StkBatNm
[Field : StkIt]
Use
: Name Field
Storage: ItemName
[Field : StkBatNm]
Use
: Name Field
Table
: BatList
Storage
: BtName
Show Table : Always
Dynamic
: Yes
[Collection: BatList]
Title
: “List of Batches”
Type
: Batch
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Format
: $BatchName,20
Child of: #StkIt
Unique
: $BatchName,$BtName
[Collection:StkItemColl]
Type
: StockItem
Fetch
: Name
[System : UDF]
BtName
: String :2010
ItemName : String :2010
The table “Bat List” is used to display batch names in a Table attached to the field “StkBatNm”.
The storage associated with the field is “BtName”. Once the Batch name is selected in the field
“StkBatNm”, in the next line, the table will be populated with batches which are not selected previously in the field.
Even if some stock items belong to more than one batch, the table won’t display the common
batches, since it may have been already selected in the field for a different stock item. To provide
this flexibility for controlling the uniqueness of data, the attribute ‘Unique’ has been enhanced.
New Enhanced Syntax
The new enhanced syntax is:
Syntax
Unique : <Table Object Method>[,<Field Object Method> +
[,<Extended method>]]
Where,
<Table Object Method> is a method whose value is uniquely displayed in the table.
<Field Object Method> is the storage/method, which is associated with the field which is used to
control the display of Table values dynamically. If a particular table object method value from the
Table is selected in the field, then that value is removed from the table based on the value of
<Field Object Method>. This parameter is mandatory if <Extended method> is specified, else it is
optional.
<Extended Method> is a storage/method, whose value specifies whether the previous value of
the field object method should be used to control unique values display in the table. If the current
value of the value of <Extended Method> is same as that of previous values, then <Field Object
Method> value is considered while populating unique values in the table. Otherwise, the <Field
Object Method> value is ignored to set the unique values in the table. This parameter is optional.
The collection and definition is modified as follows, so that while populating unique values of
Batch names in the table, StockItem name is also considered apart from the value of the field
storage/method “BtName”, i.e., if the same stock item is selected in the field which has been
selected previously, then the field storage/method value “BtName” is considered for controlling
display of Batches, else it is ignored.
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Example:
[Collection: BatList]
Title
: “List of Batches”
Type
: Batch
Format
: $BatchName,20
Child of: #StkIt
Unique
: $BatchName,$BtName,$ItemName
Here, the method $Itemname used in the ‘Unique’ attribute is the storage defined in the field
‘StkIt’.
Use Case:
Consider the following Scenario:
Stock Item
Batch Name
Item 1
Batch A
Batch B
Batch C
Item 2
Batch A
Batch C
Item 3
Batch A
Batch B
Batch C
There are two fields in the line, one of which displays stock item name and the other displays
batches. The selected batch is stored in a UDF, say BtName.
Following table displays the values in each field and unique values in tables based on selection.:
Line No
Value in Field 1
Values in Table
Selected Value in Field 2
1
Item 1
Batch A
Batch B
Batch C
Primary Batch
Batch A
2
Item 2
Batch A
Batch C
Primary Batch
Batch C
3
Item 1
Batch B
Batch C
Primary Batch
Batch B
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2.3 Using Variable as a Data Source for Collections
Collection attribute Data Source has been enhanced to support 'Variable' as a data source. Now,
variable element(s) can be gathered as objects in the collection and the respective simple
member variables are available as methods. Member list variables will be treated as sub-collections.
Syntax
Data Source
: <Type> : <Identity> [:<Encoding>]
Where,
<Type> is the type of data source, i.e., File XML, HTTP XML, Report, Parent Report, Variable.
<Identity> can be file path/scope key words/variable specification, based on type of data source.
<Encoding> can be ASCII or UNICODE. It’s applicable for the types File XML & HTTP XML.
Please refer to the topic “Using Variable as a Data Source for Collections” under
Variable Framework for more clarity, with examples.
3. Evaluating expressions by Changing the Object Context - with
$$ReqOwner Introduced
In a programming language, an expression is a combination of values, variables, operators and
functions that are evaluated according to the rules of their precedence and association. Similarly,
expressions in TDL can be a combination of Method/Variable/Field/Constant Values, and
Function/Formula evaluation results.
Example: For TDL Expression
$Name + ##VarTest + $$MachineDate + @@FormABC + 90 + #FieldXYZ
Where,
Name is a Method, VarTest is a Variable, MachineDate is a Function, FormABC is a System
Formula, 90 is a constant value, and FieldXYZ is a Field.
Methods, Variables and Fields are Leaf components in an expression as other components like
Formulae or Functions finally evaluate into either one of these, or result into constants.
A TDL Expression always gets evaluated in the context of an Interface (Requestor) and Data
Object. Whenever a report is constructed, an Interface object hierarchy is created, i.e., Report
contains a Form, Form contains a Part, and so on. Every Interface Object is associated with a
Data Object. In the absence of explicit data object association, an implicit anonymous object gets
associated. A method value is evaluated in context of the data object, while Variable and Field
values are evaluated in context of Interface object. There may be cases where we would require
evaluating these in a context different from the implicit context (Interface and Data). TDL provides
many functions which provide the facility to change the Data or Interface Object Context. A
change in Data Object context does not change the current Interface (Requestor) Object context
and a change in Interface Object Context does not change the current Data Object Context.
We can categorize these functions into mainly two categories:

Data Object Context Switching Functions

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3.1 Data Object Context Switching Functions
The Tally database is hierarchical in nature, in which the objects are stored in a tree-like structure.
Each node in the tree can be a tree in itself. An object in Tally is composed of methods and collections. Method is used to retrieve data from the database. A collection is a group of objects. Each
object in the collection can further have methods and collections. The Internal Object hierarchy is
predefined in Tally and cannot be altered. These can only be persisted in Tally Database.
Every Interface Object exists in the context of a Data Object which is associated to it. As
discussed above, an expression (specifically method value) gets evaluated in context of the Data
Object associated with the Requestor (Interface Object). By using the functions as given ahead,
we can change the Data Object Context for expression evaluation.
Switching the Data Object Context does not imply a change in the current Requestor
(Interface Object)
In all the subsequent examples, we will be using the ‘Voucher’ Data Object hierarchy to demonstrate the various scenarios for Context Change. Hierarchy of the ‘Voucher’ Object is as shown in
the following figure.
Figure 2. Data Object Hierarchy of Voucher
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Function - $$Owner
The function $$Owner evaluates the given expression in the context of the parent data object in
the Data Object hierarchy chain, i.e., it will change the Data Object context to the parent of the
current Data Object in context. For example, if the current object context is Batch Allocations,
then to access the value from Inventory Entries, which is its parent data object, the $$Owner
function can be used.
Syntax
$$Owner:<Expression>
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Example: 1
In this example, let us assume that the “Bill Allocations Amount” field (Requestor) exists in context
of Bill Allocations Data Object. In order to evaluate the method “Amount” from Ledger Entries
Object Context, we need to use the function $$Owner.
[Field: Bill Allocations Amount]
Set As
: $$Owner:$Amount
In this field, method Amount from parent object LedgerEntries is set by using $$Owner function.
Example: 2
Similarly, let’s assume that the current data object context for the field “Bill Allocations
Remarks” is Bill Allocations, and we need to evaluate the method Narration from Voucher
Object.
[Field: Bill Allocations Remarks]
Set As
: $$Owner:$$Owner:$Narration
In this field, Narration from object Voucher, which is 2 levels above in hierarchy, is set using
$$Owner twice. In other words, we are requesting for method Narration from the owner of owner.
Alternatively, in these examples, we can use the dotted method formula syntax.
[Field: Bill Allocations Amount]
Set As
: $..Amount
[Field: Bill Allocations Remarks]
Set As
: $...Narration
In these examples, .. denotes the parent and … denotes the Grand Parent.
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Function - $$BaseOwner
Function $$BaseOwner evaluates the given expression in the context of the base/ primary data
object in the Data Object hierarchy chain available with the ‘Report’ Object (in memory).
Since the entire Data Object hierarchy is cached with the Object associated at the
Report, the function $$BaseOwner changes the Data Object context to the Object
associated at the Report.
For example, if the current data object context is Batch Allocations, then to access the method
value from Voucher, $$BaseOwner function can be used.
Syntax
$$BaseOwner:<Expression>
Example:
As per the Voucher hierarchy, let’s assume that our current data object context for the field “Bill
Allocations Remarks” is Bill Allocations. In order to access the value of Method Narration from
Voucher Object, which is the base/primary object in the object hierarchy chain, we can use the
function $$BaseOwner.
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[Field: Bill Allocations Remarks]
Set As
: $$BaseOwner:$Narration
In this field, the Method Narration from the base Object Voucher is set, using $$BaseOwner.
Alternatively, in the above example, we can use the dotted method syntax.
[Field: Bill Allocations Remarks]
Set As
: $().Narration
In this example, (). navigates to the Primary/Base Data Object
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Function - $$PrevObj
Function $$PrevObj evaluates the given expression in the context of the previous data object of
the collection, which contains the current data object in context.
Syntax
$$PrevObj:<Expression>
Example:
Assume that a line is being repeated over a collection of Outstanding Bills, which is sorted based
on PartyName. After every Party Info, a Total Line is needed to print subtotal for current Party.
[Line: Outstanding Bills]
Option : Partywise Totals
: $$PrevObj:$PartyName != $PartyName
[!Line: Partywise Totals]
Add : Lines : At Beginning : Party SubTotal Line
In this example, an optional line will be included only if the method PartyName of the previous
object is not equal to that of the current object.
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Function - $$NextObj
Function $$NextObj evaluates the given expression in the context of the next data object of the
collection, which contains the current data object in context.
Syntax
$$NextObj:<Expression>
Example:
Assume that a line is being repeated over a collection of Outstanding Bills, which is sorted based
on PartyName. After every party Info, a Total Line is needed to print the subtotal for current Party.
[Line: Outstanding Bills]
Explode : Partywise Totals
: $$NextObj:$PartyName != $PartyName
In this example, a part is exploded, provided the method PartyName of the next object is different
from that of the current object. This will enable explosion for each party only once, and thereby,
we can easily achieve the subtotal line as desired.
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Function - $$FirstObj
Function $$FirstObj evaluates the given expression in the context of the first data object of the
collection, which contains the current data object in context.
Syntax
$$FirstObj:<Expression>
Example:
Assume that a line is being repeated over the ledger collection, where in a field, we require the
first object's name to be set.
[Field: First Name]
Set As: $$FirstObj:$Name
In this example, a Field First Name is set as the Name Method of the first object in the Collection.
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Function - $$LastObj
Function $$LastObj evaluates the given expression in the context of the last data object of the
collection, which contains the current data object in context.
Syntax
$$LastObj:<Expression>
Example:
Assume that a line is being repeated over the ledger collection, where in a field, we require the
last object's name to be set.
[Field: Last Name]
Set As: $$LastObj:$Name
In this example, a Field Last Name is set as Name Method of the last object in the Collection.
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Function - $$TgtObject
As we already know, apart from Interface (Requestor) and current Data Object Context, there is
one more context available with reference to User Defined Functions and Aggregate Collections,
i.e, the Target Object Context. In case of functions, the object being manipulated is the Target
Object. In case of aggregate Collection, the object being populated in the resultant collection is
the Target Object.
There are scenarios where the expression needs to be evaluated in the context of the Target
object. In such cases, the function $$TgtObject can be used. Using $$TgtObject, values can be
fetched from the target object without setting the target object as the current context object.
Syntax
$$TGTObject:<Expression>
Example: 1
Consider writing a Function to import a Voucher from Excel, wherein the Source Object is the Collection gathered out of Objects in an Excel Worksheet, the Target Object being the Voucher and
its sub objects. While setting value to Inventory Entries sub-object, the Target Object is changed
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to Inventory Entries and the Source Object continues to be Excel Objects. In order to set values
to the methods Quantity and Rate, Stock Item context is required since Unit Information is
available for Item. Hence, $$TGTObject Function is prefixed to the Expression @BillQty and
@BillRate, in order to evaluate these Methods in the context of the Target Object, which is the
‘Inventory Entries’ Object.
[Function: Import Voucher]
Local Formula: BillQty : $$AsQty :$ExcelBilledQty
Local Formula: BillRate: $$AsRate:$ExcelItemRate
90 : INSERT COLLECTION OBJECT : Inventory Entries
100: SET VALUE: BilledQty
: $$TgtObject:@BillQty
110: SET VALUE: Rate
: $$TgtObject:@BillRate
120: SET TARGET ..
130: SAVE TARGET
Example:2
Consider another example where, while populating a summary collection of Sales Vouchers, we
need to track the maximum sales amount for each Item with the date on which the maximum
sales was triggered.
[Collection: Src Voucher]
Type
: Vouchers
: VoucherType
ChildOf: $$VchTypeSales
[Collection: Summ Voucher]
Source Collection: Src Voucher
Walk
: Inventory Entries
By
: ItemName
: $StockItemName
;; The following returns the Date and Amount for an Item, on which Maximum sales has happened
Aggr Compute: MaxDate: SUM: IF
$$IsEmpty:$$TgtObject:$MaxItemAmt +
OR $$TgtObject:$MaxItemAmt <$Amount THEN $Date ELSE +
$$TgtObject:$MaxDate
;; MaxItemAmt is a method in the Target Object. Hence, the function $$TgtObject is used to evaluate the Method
;; MaxItemAmt in Target Object Context
Aggr Compute: MaxItemAmt: MAX: $Amount
In this example, while populating the Summary Collection, Method MaxItemAmt is being
computed for Maximum Amount. Subsequently, Date is also computed by validating if the current
object's Amount is greater than the previous computed Amount. Since Maximum Amount so far is
computed and accumulated in the Target Object being populated, we need to access it using the
function $$TGTObject. Hence, $$TgtObject:$MaxItemAmt evaluates the Method MaxItemAmt
in the context of the computed Target Object MaxItemAmt.
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Function - $$LoopCollObj
As we are aware, it is now possible to gather Data Collection in context of each object of another
collection, which is referred to as a Loop Collection. To access the methods of Loop Collection
Objects from within the Data Collection, $$LoopCollObj is used, with which the expression is
evaluated in the context of the Loop Collection Objects.
Syntax
$$LoopCollObj:<Expression>
Example:
To see a consolidated list of vouchers across all the loaded companies.
[Collection: Company Collection]
Type
: Company
Fetch
: Name
[Collection: Vouchers of Multiple Companies]
Collection : MultiCmpDB VchCollection: Company Collection
Sort
: Default
: $Date, $LedgerName
[Collection: MultiCmpDB VchCollection]
Type
: Voucher
Fetch
: Date, Vouchernumber, VoucherTypeName, Amount, MasterID,+
LedgerName
Compute : Owner Company: $$LoopCollObj:$Name
In this example, the function $$LoopCollObj changes the context to Loop Collection Objects,
which is the Company Collection and hence, returns the company name.
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Function - $$ReportObject
The function $$ReportObject evaluates the given expression in the context of the Data Object
associated with the Report Interface Object.
One of the important Use Cases of $$ReportObject is its usage in purview of in-memory Collection gathering. Whenever a collection is gathered, it is retained in memory with the Data Object of
the current Interface (Requestor) Object. If the same collection is being used in expressions again
and again, then it is beneficial from the performance point of view to attach it to the ‘Report’ Object
and evaluate it in the context of ‘Report’ Object n number of times. This eliminates the need to regather the collection every time in context of other Data Objects.
Syntax
$$ReportObject:<Expression>
Example: 1
From Bill Allocations Data Object context, Voucher No. of Report Object Voucher is required.
[Field: Bill No]
Set As: $$ReportObject:$VoucherNumber
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Example: 2
In a Report, Sales of each Item against the corresponding Parties is required.
[Collection: CFBK Voucher]
Type
: Voucher
Filter: IsSalesVT
[Collection: CFBK Summ Voucher]
Source Collection: CFBK Voucher
Walk
: Inventory Entries
By
: PName
: $PartyLedgerName
By
: IName
: $StockItemName
Aggr Compute
: BilledQty : SUM: $BilledQty
Search Key
: $PName + $IName
[Field: CFBK Rep Party]
Use
: Qty Primary Field
Set as
: $$ReportObject:$$CollectionFieldByKey:$BilledQty: +
@MyFormula:CFBKSummVoucher
MyFormula: ##PName + #CFBKRepName
Here, the function $$ReportObject, during its first execution, retains the collection within the
Voucher Object (which is the Data Object associated with the ‘Report’ Object). During subsequent
calls, method values are fetched from the Objects available in the ‘Report’ Data Object, instead
the entire Collection being regathered again. This helps in improving the performance drastically.

Function - $$ReqObject
This function evaluates the given expression in context of the Data Object associated with the
Interface (Requestor) Object. There may be scenarios where during expression evaluation, Data
Object context changes automatically and all the methods referred to are evaluated in context of
the changed Data Object. The Data Object associated with the Interface (Requestor) Object is
lost. Specifically in those cases, where we need to evaluate methods in context of the data object
associated with the Interface (Requestor) Object, we will use the function $$ReqObject.
Syntax
$$ReqObject:<Expression>
Example:
A Report is required to display Ledgerwise Sales Totals
[Field :Fld LedSalesTotal]
Set As
: $LedgerSalesTotal
[#Collection : Ledger]
Compute :LedgerSalesTotal :$$FilterAmtTotal :LedVouchrs: +
MyParty: $Amount
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[Collection: Led Vouchers]
Type
: Voucher
Filter
: OnlySales
[System: Formula]
My Party
: $PartyLedgerName = $$ReqObject:$Name
Only Sales: $$IsSales:$VoucherTypeName
In this example, a new method LedgerSalesTotal is added in the Ledger Object to compute the
Sales Total from all the Vouchers filtered for the current Party Ledger Object. The Interface Object
(Requestor) for this method is the field “FldLedSalesTotal”. In the Formula My Party, current
Ledger Name must be checked with the Party Ledger Name of the Voucher Object, which is the
current Data Object context. The Data Object associated with the Requestor is Ledger Object. So,
in order to evaluate the method $name from the Interface (Requestor) Object's Data Object
context, the function $$Reqobject must be used.
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Function - $$ObjectOf
As we are already aware, there is the capability to identify a Part and Line Interface Object using
a unique Access Name. A Form/Report can be identified from any level using the Definition Type.
The function $$ObjectOf is used to evaluate the expression in context of the Data Object associated with the Interface Object identified by the Access Name.
The Interface Object being referred to, should be assigned a unique AccessName via Access
Name attribute.
Syntax
$$ObjectOf:<DefinitionType>:<AccessNameFormula>:<Evaluation Formula>
Example:
[Part: Cust Object Association]
Lines
: Cust Object Association
;; Object associated at Part
Object Ex
: (Ledger, "Customer").
;; Access Name specified so that this part can be accessible
Access Name: “CustLedger”
;; In some other fields across parts, we can access the methods of the Ledger Object associated with the part “CustObjectAssociation”, using the function $$ObjectOf
[Field: Ledger Parent]
Set as : $$ObjectOf:Part:"CustLedger":$Parent
The Part “Cust Object Association” is associated with the Ledger Object “Customer”. It is identified by the Access Name “CustLedger”. The Field Ledger Parent from a different Part
accesses the method $Parent from the Ledger object ‘Customer’, as it is the Object associated
with the part Cust Object Association, identified by Access Name “CustLedger”.
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Function - $$Table
It evaluates the expression in the context of ‘Table’ object, which is selected in the given Field.
Syntax
$$Table:<Field Name>:<expression>
Example:
[Field: Vehicle Number]
Table
: List of Vehicles
Show Table: Always
[Field: Vehicle Type]
Set as : $$Table:VehicleNumber:$VehType
[Field: Vehicle YOP]
Set as : $$Table:VehicleNumber:$VehYOP
[Collection: List of Vehicles]
Type
: Veh AggUDF: Company
ChildOf: ##SVCurrentCompany
Format : $VehNo, 20
Format : $VehType, 40
Format : $VehYOP, 4
Fetch
: VehNo, VehType, VehYOP
;; For Remote Client End
In this code, the table is displayed in the field “Vehicle Number”. In the other fields ‘Vehicle Type’
and ‘Vehicle YOP’, $$Table is used to evaluate the methods $VehType and $VehYOP in context
of the Data Object selected in the field “Vehicle Number”.
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Function - $$TableObj
$$TableObj is similar to the function $$Table. The expression is evaluated in context of the Data
Object selected in the Table in the field specified. The difference of this function from the function
$$Table is that, in case no object is selected in the Table, or expression evaluation fails, $$Table
returns a blank string. In such a case, $$TableObj returns a logical value (FALSE) as the result.
Syntax
$$TableObj:<Field Name>:<expression>
Example:
A Field needs to be skipped based on the selection of the table in a field.
[!Field: VBOrdDueDRNote]
Skip
: $$TableObj:VCHBATCHOrder:$$IsOrder
In this example, if the Object selected in the Field VchBatchOrder is an Object Order, then the
current field needs to be skipped.
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3.2 Interface Object Context switching functions
Objects used for designing the User Interface are referred to as Interface objects. Interface
objects like Report and Menu are independent items and can exist on their own. The objects
Form, Part, Line and Field can't exist independently. A Report can have more than one Form,
Part, Line and Field definitions but at least one has to be there. The hierarchy is as follows:

Report uses a Form
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Form uses a Part
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Part uses a Line
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Line uses a Field
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A Field is where the contents are displayed or entered
Figure 3. Interface Object Hierarchy
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We can take an example of the Simple Customized Invoice Report (as given in the diagram) in
order to understand the containment hierarchy of Interface Objects.
A set of available attributes of interface objects have been predefined by the platform. A new
attribute cannot be created for an interface object. Interface objects are always associated with a
Data Object and essentially add, retrieve or manipulate the information in Data Objects.
At run time, when a report is constructed after the evaluation of all of the above, a complete
hierarchy of Interface Objects is created. As we have already discussed, an expression is
evaluated in the context of the current Interface Object, which is referred to as the Requestor, and
the Data Object associated to it. We will now discuss the switching functions which will change
the Interface Object Context for expression evaluation.
Switching the Interface (Requestor) Object Context does not imply a change in the
current Data Object context.

Function - $$AsReqObj
The function $$AsReqObj is used to save the Interface (Requestor) context to the current object,
for the evaluation of the expression. All the future references done using $$ReqObject will point
to the saved Interface Object context. The actual requestor is overridden using the function
$$AsReqObject.
Syntax
$$AsReqObj:<Expression>
Example:
Here, a Table of Company Vehicles is displayed in a Field “Select Vehicle”, which exists in the
context of the Voucher Object. The table is filtered on the basis of Unused Vehicles.
[Field: Select Vehicle]
;; In Voucher Entry
Table
: CMP Vehicles
Storage: VCHVehicle
[Collection: CMP Vehicles]
Type
: Company Vehicles : Company
Childof
: ##SVCurrentCompany
Format
: $VehicleNumber, 20
Format
: $VBrand, 10
Title
: “Company Vehicles”
Filter
: Unused Veh
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[System: Formula]
Unused
Veh
: $$AsReqObj:$$FilterCount:PrevSalesVchs: +
UsedVehicle = 0
Used Vehicle : $$ReqObject:$VehicleNumber = $VCHVehicle
Only Sales
: $$IsSales
:$VoucherTypeName
[Collection: PrevSalesVchs]
Type
: Voucher
Filter: Only Sales
In this example:

Field Select Vehicle is the Interface (requestor) object, associated with the data object
Voucher.

Table/ Collection of Company Vehicles is displayed in the Field.

Table is filtered for Unused vehicles.
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
This collection contains the list of Vehicle Numbers which need to be compared with the
ones used in the previous sales vouchers. Since Requestor is the Field with the data object
‘Voucher’, Function $$ReqObject will get evaluated in the context of ‘Voucher’ Object,
which is not expected. Hence to make the current collection, i.e., CMP Vehicles, as
requestor object for future reference, Function $$AsReqObj is used.
In the Function $$FilterCount, when the object context changes to the list of sales vouchers, the Function $$ReqObject evaluates the parameter $VehicleNumber in the context of
the requestor Collection CMP Vehicles set earlier using $$AsReqObj, and compares the
same with the Voucher UDF VchVehicle stored in the respective vouchers.
Function - $$ReqOwner
The Function $$ReqOwner evaluates the given expression in the context of the Interface
(Requestor) object’s Owner in the current Interface object hierarchy. For instance, Report is an
owner requestor for Form, Form is an owner requestor for Part, and so on. From the Line, when
the function $$ReqOwner is used, the expression gets evaluated in the context of the Part containing the current line.
Syntax
$$ReqOwner:<Expression>
Example:
[#Menu: Gateway of Tally]
Add: Key Item: ReqOwner Sample: W : Alter: ICCF ReqOwner
[Report: ICCF ReqOwner]
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[Form: ICCF ReqOwner]
Parts: ICCF ReqOwner
[Part: ICCF ReqOwner]
Lines: ICCF ReqOwner
[Line: ICCF ReqOwner]
Fields: ICCF ReqOwner
[Field: ICCF ReqOwner]
Set As
: $$FunctoreturnReqOwner
Set Always: Yes
[Function: FunctoreturnReqOwner]
Variable: VarReqOwner: String: “Madhava”
Variable: Temp
: String: $$ReqOwner:##VarReqOwner
01: MSGBOX: ##VarReqOwner : ##Temp
10: RETURN: $$ReqOwner
: ##VarReqOwner
In this example, the Variable VarReqOwner is declared & initialized in a Report as well as in a
function. From the Field, the function $$ReqOwnerFunc is referred to perform some computation
and return the result. Since, $$ReqOwner is used in the Function and Field is the Requestor
Owner for Function, the Field walks back the Interface (Requestor) Object hierarchy to fetch the
Variable value. Hence, the Variable value Keshava of the nearest Interface Object, i.e., of the
Report is returned.
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Function - $$AccessObj
As we are already aware, there is the capability to identify a Part and Line Interface Object using
a unique Access Name. The function $$AccessObj changes the Interface Object context to the
one identified by the Access name to evaluate the expression
The Interface Object being referred to should be assigned a unique Access Name via Access
Name attribute.
Syntax
$$AccessObj:<DefinitionType>:<AccessNameFormula>:<Evaluation Formula>
Example:
[Line: ABC]
Access Name : “AccABC”
[Field: XYZ]
Set As: $$AccessObj:Line:“AccABC”:##VarABC
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In this example, the function $$AccessObj changes the Interface Object context from the field
“XYZ” to the line “ABC”, which is identified by the Access Name “AccABC”. The variable value is
evaluated in context of the line “ABC”.
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Function - $$ExplodeOwner
The function $$ExplodeOwner changes the Interface (Requestor) Object to the Line owning the
current exploded Part, and evaluates the given expression, i.e., Field and Variable Values, in the
context of Interface Object.
Syntax
$$ExplodeOwner:<Expression>
Example:
[Line: Smp InvEntries]
Fields : Name Field
Local
: Field: Name Field: Set As: $StockItemName
Explode: Smp Expl Part
[Part: Smp Expl Part]
Lines
: Smp Batch Allocations
Repeat : Smp Batch Allocations: Batch Allocations
Scroll : Vertical
[Line: Smp Batch Allocations]
Fields: Name Field
Local : Field: Name Field: Set As:
$$ExplodeOwner:#NameField
In this example, the field NameField is being evaluated in the context of the Line Smp InvEntries, which owns the current exploded part Smp Expl Part.
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Function - $$PrevLine
When the line is repeating, we may require evaluating an expression in the context of the previous
line. For example, we might require to fetch the field values stored in the previous line for an
expression in the current line. The function $$PrevLine is used to change the Requestor to the
Previous Line for expression evaluation.
Syntax
$$PrevLine:<Expression>
The function $$PrevLine not only changes the Interface (Requestor) Object
context, but also changes the Data Object context to the Object associated with the
Requestor.
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Example:
[Line: PrevParticulars]
Explode : PrevParticulars ExpPart : $$PrevLine:+
#PartyParticulars != #PartyParticulars
In this example, in case of repeated lines, where subtotals are required to be displayed or printed
for the same party, we can explode a subtotal line after comparing the previous line’s and the
current line's Ledgers. If the field values are not the same, then the subtotal line is exploded.
4. Variable Framework with Compound Variables Introduced
Variables in TDL (Tally Definition Language) are entities which can hold values during the
execution of a program. The values of these variables are initialized when they are created and
can change during the entire execution of program. The Program can change the variable value
by specifying expressions which are evaluated to set the values of the variables.
Variables are context-free structures which do not require any specific object context for manipulation. They are declared by name and can be operated using the same name. It is also possible
to access and operate variables declared at the parent scope.
Variables are lightweight data structures, which are simple to operate and provide the capability of
storing multiple values of the same type and different types as well. It is also possible to perform
various manipulation operations like insert/update/delete/sort/find. These are mainly used to
perform complex computations.
Variable can hold a single value, or more than one value of same type or different types. It can be
declared at various scopes such as Report, Function and System Level.
4.1 Classification of Variables
The various types of variables in TDL are:
1. Simple Variable
Simple variables allow storage of a single value of the specified data type.
2. Simple Repeat Variables
The Simple Variable can hold method values of multiple objects of a collection based on an
implicit index. This concept is used in Columnar Reports only, where the lines should be repeated
vertically and the fields should be repeated horizontally.
3. Compound Variable
Compound Variables allow us to store values of different data types. This is achieved by making
the variable itself compound, by allowing variable declaration inside itself. These sub variables
are called member variables of the main variable.
A member variable can be a single instance or a list variable. A member variable can be a
compound variable and can have members again, and therefore any hierarchy can be created.
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Compound variables help grouping of related information together into one specification. In
another terms, we can think about compound variables as an ‘object’. Following table shows the
similarities between an object and a compound variable.
Object
Compound Variable
Can have methods
Can have Simple Variables as its
members
Can have repeated methods (simple collections)
Can have a Simple List Variable as
member
Can have collections (compound collections)
Can have Compound List Variable as its
member
*Cannot have objects under it directly*
Can have Compound Variables as
members
We can have a comparison between the internal Data Object ‘Voucher’ and a Compound
Variable ‘CLV Emp’ to understand the similarities between an Object and Compound Variable.
For instance, the Compound Variable ‘CLV Emp’ is defined as follows:
[Variable: CLV Emp]
Variable
: Name
: String
Variable
: Designation : String
Variable
: Age
: Number
Variable
: Salary
: Amount
List Variable: Contact Nos : String
List Variable: Relatives
Variable
: Contact Address
;; Defining Compound Variable
[Variable: Relatives]
Variable: Name
: String
Variable: Age
: Number
Variable: Relation: String
Variable: Salary
: Amount
;;Defining another compound variable
[Variable: Contact Address]
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Object : Voucher
Compound Variable : CLV Emp
Object “Voucher” is having methods
directly under it such as Date, Voucher
Number, Narration, etc.
Compound Variable “CLV Emp” is having
Simple Member Variables such as Name,
Age, Salary, etc.
Voucher is having the repeated method
BasicBuyerAddress (Simple Collection)
CLV Emp is having the Simple List Member
Variable ‘Contact Nos’
Voucher is having the collection “Inventory
Entries” (Compound Collection).
CLV Emp is having the Compound List
Member Variable ‘Relatives’
Voucher object is not having another
voucher (primary object) under it directly.
CLV Emp is having the another Compound
Member Variable ‘Contact Address’
4. List Variable
A variable at declaration time can be declared as a single instance or as a list. List variable is a
container (data structure) variable and hence it is not defined. Variables can be declared as list.
List Variable can hold one or more variables which can be either a simple or a compound variable.
Each of these is called Element Variable. Element Variable holds value as well as key, if specified.
The key is optional, and hence without a key also, elements can be added to list variables. The
value of key specified for each of the element variables must be unique.
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Simple List Variable
Simple Variable can be declared as a list. Simple List Variables can hold multiple values of single
data type.
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Compound List Variable
Compound Variable can be declared as a list. Compound List Variables can hold multiple values
of different data types.
4.2 ‘Variable’ Definition and its Attributes
Definition - VARIABLE
A Variable definition is similar to any other definition. The behaviour of the variable is specified by
the programmer via ‘Variable’ definition.
Syntax
[Variable: <Variable Name>]
Attribute: Value
A meaningful name which determines its purpose can be given as a variable name.
Attributes of ‘Variable’ Definition
Let us discuss the attributes of ‘Variable’ definition in detail.

Attribute - TYPE
This attribute determines the Type of value that will be held by the variable. All the data types
supported by TDL such as String, Number, Date, etc., can be used to specify the variable data
type. In the absence of this attribute, a variable assumes to be of the Type ‘String’ by default.
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Syntax
[Variable: <Variable Name>]
Type : <Data Type>
Example:
[Variable: GroupNameVar]
Type: String
In this example, a variable which holds the data of Type ‘String’ is defined.

Attribute- DEFAULT
The default value of variables can be specified during definition, using DEFAULT attribute. It is the
initial value assigned to the variable when it is instantiated / declared. We can also specify the
default value during declaration / instantiation. The difference is that the default value specified
using this attribute at definition time will be applicable to all instances of the variable declared (at
any scope). Default value specified while declaration will apply only to the specific instance.
Declaration and scope will be covered in detail in the subsequent topics. The above
explanation will be more clear after that.
Syntax
[Variable: <Variable Name>]
Default: <Default Value>
Example:
[Variable: GroupNameVar]
Type
: String
Default: $$LocaleString:"SundryDebtors"
In this example, the default value for the variable is set as “Sundry Debtors”.

Attribute - VOLATILE
If the Volatile attribute in Variable definition is set to Yes, then the variable is capable of retaining
previous values from the caller scope. The default value of this attribute is Yes, i.e., if the variable
by the same name is declared in the called Report/Function and the ‘Volatile’ attribute is set to
“Yes”, then in the called Report, it will assume the last value from the caller Report. The default
value of the attribute ‘Volatile’ is always YES.
For better understanding, let us elaborate it further. When a variable is declared / instantiated, it
assumes a default value. The default value which it assumes is controlled by the following factors:
1. If ‘Volatile’ is set to “Yes” for a variable in its definition which is instantiated / declared inside a
function/report, and the variable by the same name exists in the parent scope, then it will take
its default value from the Parent scope. If no variable by the same name exists in the parent
scope, it will take the default value specified within the definition.
2. If the default value is specified within the declaration itself, it will assume that value.
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If a new report Report2 is initiated, using a volatile variable GroupNameVar, from the current
report Report1, the same variable in Report 2 will have the default value as the last value saved
in Report 1. Within Report 2, the variable can assume a new value. Once the previous report
Report1 is returned back from Report2, the previous value of the variable will be restored. A
classic example of this is a drill down Trial Balance.
Syntax
[Variable: <Variable Name>]
Volatile: <Logical Value>
Example:
[Variable: GroupNameVar]
Type
: String
Volatile: Yes
Volatile Attribute of GroupNameVar Variable is set to Yes, which means that ‘GroupNameVar’
can inherit values from one Report to another.
Variables defined at the function level are Non Volatile by default. They do not inherit the values
from the caller scope.
Scope will be discussed in detail in the subsequent topics
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Attribute - PERSISTENT
This Attribute decides the retention periodicity of the variable, i.e., till when it will retain the value:
i) till application termination, or ii) after application termination as well. Setting the attribute Persistent to Yes, means that the value saved during the last application session will be retained permanently in the system. When the next session of Tally is started, it will take its initial value from
the value saved in the previous session, i.e., the latest value of the variable will be retained across
the sessions. Please note that Variables declared at the system scope can only be persisted.
A List variable at System scope can also be persisted by specifying the ‘Persistent’ attribute for its
element variable (whether it is simple/compound) within the definition. Inline variables even at
system scope cannot be persisted. Inline variable declaration will be discussed in further topics.
Syntax
[Variable: <Variable Name>]
Persistent: <Logical Value>
Example:
[Variable: SV Backup Path]
Type
: String
Persistent: Yes
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The Attribute Persistent of the variable SV Backup Path has been set to Yes, which means that
it retains the latest path given by the user, even during the subsequent sessions of Tally.
All the Persistent Variable Values are stored in a File Named TallySav.Cfg in the
folder path specified for Tally Configuration file in F12 -> Data Configuration. Each
time Tally is restarted, these variable values are accessed from this file.
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Attribute - REPEAT
The attribute Repeat for a variable is used for its usage in Columnar Reports. It accepts Collection
name and optional Method name, as parameters. Multiple values are stored in the variable based
on an implicit Index. Method value of each object of the collection will have to be picked up and
stored in the variable, based on implicit index. In case the method name is not specified, the
variable name is considered as the method name and picked up from the collection.
Syntax
[Variable: <Variable Name>]
Repeat: <Collection Name>[:<Method Name>]
Where,
<Variable Name> is the name of the variable.
<Collection Name> can be any expression which evaluates to a Collection name.
<Method name> is the name of the method whose value needs to be picked up from each object
of the collection. If not specified, the variable name is considered as the method name.
Example:
[Variable: SVCurrentCompany]
Volatile
: Yes
Repeat
: ##DSPRepeatCollection
Suppose ‘DSPRepeatCollection’ holds the value “List of Primary Companies”. Method value
‘SVCurrentCompany’ will be gathered from each object of the collection and stored in index 1,
index2, and so on.
‘Repeat’ Attribute will be elaborated further under the topic “Implication of Repeat
Variables in Columnar Report”.
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Attribute - VARIABLE
The attribute Variable is used to define the member variables (Simple/Compound) for a
Compound Variable.
Syntax
[Variable: <Variable Name>]
Variable: <Variable Names> [:<Data Type>[:<Value>]]
Where,
<Variable Names> is the list of Simple or Compound Variables, separated by comma.
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<Data Type> is used to specify the data type of Simple Variable. In case of Compound Variable,
data type cannot be specified, as it consists of members belonging to various data types. If the
data type is not mentioned, the primary variable definition is mandatory.
<Value> is the default/initial value provided for the variable.
Specifying <Data Type> and <Value> is optional. If data type is specified, then it is called inline
declaration of variable. [We will learn about inline declarations and Compound Variables further].
Example:
[Variable: CLV Emp]
Variable: Name
: String
Variable: Age
: Number : 25
Variable: Salary: Amount
Variable: Relatives
In this example, the simple variables Name, Age and Salary and the compound variable ‘Relatives’ are defined as members for the Compound Variable CLV Emp.
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Attribute - LIST VARIABLE
The attribute List Variable is used to specify a list of Simple/Compound Variables.
Syntax
[Variable: <Variable Name>]
List Variable: <Variable Names> [:< Data Type>[:<Value>]]
Where,
<Variable Names> is the list of Simple or Compound Variables, separated by comma.
<Data Type> is the data type of Simple Variable. In case of Compound Variable, data type cannot
be specified, as it consists of members belonging to various data types.
<Value> denotes the no. of elements in the list.
Specifying <Data Type> and <Value> is optional.
Example:
[Variable: CLV Emp]
Variable
: Name
: String
Variable
: Age
: Number
Variable
: Salary: Amount
List Variable: City
: String : 3
List Variable: Relatives
[Variable: Relatives]
Variable: Name
: String
Variable: Age
: Number
Variable: Relation: String
Variable: Salary
: Amount
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In this example, in addition to simple variables, a simple list variable City and a compound list
variable Relatives are defined as members using the attribute List Variable. A separate definition
is required for the compound list variable Relatives, as it holds the multiple values of different
data types. [We will learn about List Variables in the forthcoming topics]
4.3 Variable Declaration and Scope
Variables can be declared at various scopes. The availability of the variable within the definition
under which it is declared is called as the scope. The lifetime of the variable will be within the
scope. For example, if the scope of a particular variable is within a function, then the variable will
last till the function is executing, and then it is destroyed.
Variables can be declared at System, Report and Function scopes. Let us have a detailed look on
the variable scopes.
System Scope declaration
Variables declared at the system level will start their life when the application starts, and will be
alive till the application’s termination.
System variables are declared using a special [System: Variable] definition. The variables
declared at system scope are accessible everywhere in the system.
Syntax
[System: Variable]
Variable Name : <Initial Type Based Value>
Or
Variable: <Variable Names> [:<Data Type>[:<Value>]]
List Variable: <Variable Names> [:<Data Type>[:<Value>]]
Where,
<Initial Type Based Value> is the initial value specified to the variable.
The variables can be declared at the system scope by using the above. The usage of the attributes ‘Variable’ and ‘List Variable’ is same as described above in the “Variable Definition”.
Example:
[System: Variable]
BSVerticalFlag : No
The BSVerticalFlag Variable is declared in System Scope. Hence, this variable value being
modified in a Report, is retained even after we quit and re-enter the report.
Report Scope declaration
Variables declared at Report definition are termed as having ‘Report’ Scope. These variables will
exist till the life of the report. The variables declared at Report scope are accessible from the
report itself and all the TDL elements which are executed from within this report such as another
report, function, etc.
Report variables get their default value from definition specification, or from the declaration specification, or the values are inherited from the owner scope, if the variable is marked as Volatile.
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Report allows two special attributes SET and PRINT SET to set / override the values of the
variable during the startup of the report in Display / Print mode respectively.
‘Form’ definition also has a SET attribute, which overrides the variable’s value during startup
creation and subsequent re-creation of the form during any refresh / regeneration. We will study
about these value specification attributes in detail under the topic “Manipulating Simple and
Compound List Variables”.
Syntax
[Report : <Report Name>]
Variable: <Variable Names>
Or
Variable: <Variable Names> [:<Data Type>[:<Value>]]
Or
List Variable : <Variable Names> [:<Data Type>[:<Value>]]
The variables can be declared at Report scope by using the above. The usage of attributes
Variable and List Variable is same as described above in the “Variable definition”.
Example:
[#Report: Balance Sheet]
Variable:
Explode Flag
‘Explode Flag’ Variable is made local to the Report ‘Balance Sheet’ by associating it using the
Report attribute ‘Variable’. This variable retains its value as long as we work with this Report. On
exiting the Report, the variable is destroyed and the values are lost.
Function Scope declaration
Function (User Defined Function) also allows the variables to be declared at its scope. Function
variables have lifetime till the end of execution of the function. Function variables can also be
declared with default value. Function variables will never inherit the value from the parent context.
This means that ‘Volatile’ attribute on function variables has no effect. Functions allow actions to
change the values of the variables.
Function allows a special scope called STATIC. A static variable declared in a function is equivalent to a system variable, but can be accessed only within the defined function. Its initial value is
set only during the first call to the function, and later it retains the value for further calls. Only
simple or compound variables can be declared as static. List variables are not currently supported
at ‘Static’ scope.
Syntax
Variable : <Variable Names>
Or
Variable: <Variable Names> [:<Data Type>[:<Value>]]
Or
List Variable: <Variable Names> [:<Data Type>[:<Value>]]
Or
Static Variable: <Variable Names>[:<Data Type>[:<Value>]]
The variables can be declared at ‘Function’ scope by using the above. The usage of the attributes
Variable and List Variable is the same as described above in the “Variable” definition.
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Example: 1
[Function : FactorialOf]
Variable : Factorial
The Function ‘FactorialOf’ requires variable ‘Factorial’ for calculation within the Function.
Example: 2
[Function : Sample Function]
Static Variable : Sample Static Var: Number
The static variable ‘Sample Static Var’ retains the value between successive calls to the Function
‘Sample Function’.
Inline Declaration
Variables can also be defined (with limited behaviour) during declaration itself; so a separate definition would not be mandatory. This is called inline variable specification (i.e., during declaration
itself, the variables are defined inline).
Only the DATA TYPE and the DEFAULT VALUE can be specified as the behaviour for inline variables. If the DATA TYPE is specified as a variable name (i.e., not an implicit data type key word
such as String, Amount, etc.) or is left blank, it is treated as a pre-defined variable.
Persistence: Inline variables even at system scope cannot be persisted.
Declaring Simple Variable Inline
The ‘Variable’ attribute allows declaring Simple Variable inline by specifying the data type. Initial
value to the variable can also be specified optionally.
Syntax
Variable: <Variable Names> [:<Data Type>[:<Value>]]
Where,
<Variable Names> is a list of Simple Variables, separated by comma.
<Data Type> is the data type of the Simple Variable.
<Value> is the default/initial value provided for the variables, and this value specification is
optional.
Example:
[Report:
Cust Group Report]
Variable: VarGroupName1, VarGroupName2 : String : “Sundry Debtors”
In this example, the Simple Variables ‘VarGroupName1’ and ‘VarGroupName2’ of type ‘String’ are
declared in a Report; hence, the following separate variable definitions are not required, which will
help to reduce the coding complexity.
[Variable: VarGroupName1]
Type : String
[Variable: VarGroupName2]
Type : String
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Declaring Simple List Variable Inline
‘List Variable’ attribute allows declaring Simple List Variable inline by specifying the Data Type. If
the default value is specified, it is treated as the count to initialize the list with the specified
elements by default.
Syntax
List Variable : <Variable Names> [: <Data Type> [: <Value>]]
Where,
<Variable Names> is a list of Simple Variables, separated by comma.
<Data Type> is the data type of the Simple Variable.
<Value> is treated as the count to initialize the list with the specified elements by default. The
number of elements can be specified only for an index-based list.
Example:
[System: Variable]
List Variable: VarGroupName1, VarGroupName2 : String : 10
In this example, the variables ‘VarGroupName1’ and ‘VarGroupName2’ of ‘String’ data type are
declared as inline simple list variables at System level, and each variable will have 10 elements
by default.
Declaring Compound List Variable Inline
For Compound List Variables, definition is mandatory. They cannot be declared inline.
4.4 Using Modifiers with Variables
Variable allows static modifiers such as Add/Delete/Change and Dynamic modifier ‘Local’.
Static Modification
Add / Delete / change modifiers can be used on variables to change the behaviour.
Example:
[#Variable : SV From Date]
Delete: Default
Locally modifying variables
When different reports require the same Compound Variable, and some modifications are
required specific to respective reports, like adding additional members (local to the report); this is
possible through the Dynamic Modifier ‘Local’.
Example:
In this example, a Compound Variable CLVEMP is defined as shown:
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[Variable: CLV Emp]
Variable
: Name
: String
Variable
: Designation
: String
Variable
: Age
: Number
Variable
: Salary
: Amount
List Variable: Contact Nos
: String
List Variable: Relatives
Variable
: Contact Address
;; Defining Compound List Variable
[Variable: Relatives]
Variable: Name
: String
Variable: Age
: Number
Variable: Relation: String
Variable: Salary
: Amount
;;Defining another compound variable
[Variable: Contact Address]
Variable:
Street Name:
Variable:
City Name
String
: String
In ‘Employee Report1’, the variable is declared and no modifications are required locally.
[Report: Employee Report1]
Variable : CLV EMP
In ‘Employee Report2’, the same variable is declared but locally one member variable is added
and one existing member variable is deleted.
[Report: Employee Report2]
Variable: CLV EMP
Local : Variable : CLV EMP : Add
: Variable : Qualification : String
Local : Variable : CLV EMP : Delete: Variable : Age
Also, member variables can be localized within a compound variable. This provides the ability to
re-use a compound structure defined earlier and do any local modifications, as required.
Example:
[Variable: CLVEMP]
Variable: Contact Address
Local
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4.5 List Variable Manipulations
Simple and Compound List variables support various data manipulation operations such as
Adding / Deleting / Expanding List elements, Value Specifications, Retrieving values from the list
elements, Searching and Sorting, Populating List Variable from a Collection, etc. New Actions and
Functions specific to List Variables have been introduced for these manipulations. Before looking
into these manipulations, let us understand the concept of Key, Index and Variable Path Specificaton using Dotted Notation Syntax.
Concept
1. Key
List variables can hold multiple values of variable types using a string based ‘Key’ specification.
‘Key’ is of type String, by default. We can specify a different data type for a key only in scenarios
where we require key-based sorting. It is optional to specify key value while adding values to the
list variable. The TDL Programmer has to explicitly specify the key value. Key is unique for all
elements in the list. If an element is added with duplicate key, the existing element is overwritten.
It is advisable to use a key only if we require frequent access to elements of the list based on key.
2. Index
An element of the list can be accessed via 'Index'. Index of an element is the location/position of
the variable from the first element in the current sorting order. Even if we have specified keys for
elements of a list, index is generated internally. It is always possible to access each element in the
list by specifying the index within square brackets [ ] in the dotted notation syntax. This is
explained below. Index can be negative as well. In that case, it is possible to access the elements
in the reverse order of entry.
3. Variable Path Specification using Dotted Notation Syntax
We aware that in Tally.ERP 9, method value of any object including its sub-collections to any level
can be accessed or modified with dotted notation syntax. The behaviour of the symbol prefix $
was enhanced to access the method value of any object, and an action MODIFY OBJECT was
introduced to modify multiple values of any object.
Compound Variables allow us to store values of different data types. A member variable can be a
single instance or a list variable. A member variable can be a compound variable and can have
members again, and thus, any hierarchy can be created. In short, it is similar to a Data Object.
Hence, all the attributes and actions which operate the Variable, have now been enhanced to take
extended variable path syntax, i.e., the variable path can be specified using dotted notation
syntax. The syntax can be used to fetch any value from any member within the hierarchy. This
syntax is applicable wherever we need to specify either the variable identifier or access the value
of the variable. In case of value access the operator ## is used. Value access using operator ##
has been discussed in detail in the topic Index Based Retrieval using ## Operator.
Syntax
<Element Variable Specification>.<Member Variable Specification>.+
<Simple Member Value specification>
Where,
<Element Variable Specification> can be a Compound Variable or Compound List Variable
[Index Expression].
<Member Variable Specification> can be a Compound Variable Member or Compound List
Member Variable [Index Expression].
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<Simple Member Value Specification> refers to the name of the simple member in the specified
path.
<Index Expression> is an expression evaluating to a number. Suffixing a variable with index
refers to an Element Variable. It can be positive or negative. Negative index denotes reverse
access.
Example: 1
Consider the compound variable defined below:[Variable: CLV Emp]
Variable
: Name
: String
Variable
: Age
: Number
Variable
: Salary: Amount
List Variable: Relatives
[Variable: Relatives]
Variable: Name
: String
Variable: Age
: Number
Variable: Relation: String
Variable: Salary
: Amount
The same is declared at System Scope, and hence can be accessed anywhere in the system.
[System: Variable]
List Variable: CLV Emp
Example: 2
Suppose we want to set the value of a simple variable ‘Employee Name’, which is declared at
Report Level:
[Report: Employee Report]
Variable: Employee Name
: String
SET
: ##CLVEMP[1].Name
: Employee Name
The variable Employee Name will be set with the value of the member “Name” of the first
element of the Compound List Variable “CLVEMP”.
Example: 3
In case the age of first relative of the second employee needs to be displayed, the following
statement would be used in the field in a report.
[Field: RelAge]
Set As : ##CLVEMP[2].Relatives[1].age
The value specification attributes and actions, with the enhanced variable path specification, will
be discussed in detail in the further topics.
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List Variable Manipulations – A Detailed Look
Let us have a detailed look on List Variable manipulations with examples:Adding / Deleting / Expanding Elements
1. Adding Elements to the List Variable

Action - LIST ADD
The Action LIST ADD is used on a list variable to add an element to the list variable based on
KEY. This is mandatory before we set value into the element. KEY is compulsory in this case. Key
is unique for all elements in the list. If an element is added with duplicate key, then the existing
element is overwritten.
Syntax
LIST ADD : <List Variable Specification> : <Key Formula> [:<Value For +
mula>[:<Member Specification>]]
Where,
<List Variable Specification> is the Simple List or Compound List Variable specification.
<Key Formula> can be any expression which evaluates to a unique string value.
<Value Formula> can be any expression which returns a value. It sets the initial value of the
element variable, and is optional.
<Member Specification> is required only if the value needs to be added to a specific member of
a Compound List Variable. If member specification is not provided, the first member variable is
considered for the value.
The actions LIST APPEND and LIST SET are aliases for the action LIST ADD.
To add multiple values dynamically to the List variable, we can use LIST ADD within a looping
construct like While, Walk Collection, etc.
Example:
Adding elements to Simple List Variable using LIST ADD
1. Adding an element to the Simple List Variable SLV Emp with a Key
LIST ADD: SLV Emp: “E001”
2. Adding an element to the Simple List Variable SLV Emp with a Key and a value
LIST ADD : SLV Emp : “E001” : “Kumar”
3. Adding an element to the Simple List Variable SLV Emp with a Key and a value, and subsequently overriding a value corresponding to a particular key
LIST ADD : SLV Emp : “E001” : “Kumar”
LIST SET : SLV Emp : “E001” : “Keshav”
The value corresponding to the Key ‘E001’ is changed to Keshav
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Adding Elements to Compound List Variable using LIST ADD
A Compound Variable CLV Emp is defined, which stores employee details such as Name, Age,
Salary, etc., and the details of the Relatives.
[Variable: CLV Emp]
;;simple member variable
Variable: Name
: String
;;simple member variable
Variable: Age
: Number
;;simple member variable
Variable: Salary: Amount
;;compound list member variable
List Variable: Relatives
;; Compound Variable is defined here
[Variable: Relatives]
Variable: Name
: String
Variable: Age
: Number
Variable: Relation: String
Variable: Salary
: Amount
The same is declared at the System Scope; hence, can be accessed anywhere in the system.
[System: Variable]
List Variable: CLV Emp
1. Adding an element to Compound List Variable CLV Emp with a Key
LIST ADD
: CLVEmp: “E001”
2. Adding an element to Compound List Variable CLV Emp with a Key and a Value
LIST ADD : CLVEmp: “E001”: “Kumar”
Since member specification is not provided, the first member variable is considered for value.
3. Adding an element to Compound List Variable CLV Emp with a Key and a value with member
specification
LIST ADD : CLVEmp: “E001”: 25 : Age
Here, we have provided member specification, hence member variable ‘Age’ is considered.
4. Adding an element to the Compound List Member of a Compound List Variable with a Key and
a value with member specification
LIST ADD: CLVEmp[1].Relatives: “R001”: “Prem” : Name
In this example, we are adding an element to the Compound List Variable “Relatives” and the
member variable ‘Name’ is considered for the value. ‘Relatives’ is a Compound List Member
variable of the Compound List Variable CLVEMP.
The values are hard coded in the examples for explanation purpose. The above
Simple and Compound List Variable examples are used to explain further list
variable manipulations.
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Action - LIST ADD EX
This action is used on a list variable to add an element to the list variable without KEY.
Syntax
LIST ADD EX : <List Variable Specification> [:<Value Formula> +
[:<Member Specification>]]
Where,
< List Variable Specification> is the Simple List / Compound List Variable specification.
<Key Formula> can be any expression which evaluates to a unique string value.
<Value Formula> can be any expression which returns a value. It sets the initial value of the
element variable, and is optional.
<Member Specification> is required only if the value needs to be added to a specific member of
a Compound List Variable. If member specification is not provided, the first member variable is
considered for the value.
The action LIST APPENDEX is an alias for the action LIST ADDEX.
Adding elements to Simple List Variable using LIST ADD EX
1. Adding an element to Simple List Variable SLV Emp
LIST ADD EX: SLV Emp
2. Adding an element to Simple List Variable SLV Emp, with Value
LIST ADD EX: SLV Emp : “Kumar”
Adding elements to Compound List Variable using LIST ADD EX
1. Adding an element to Compound List Variable CLV Emp
LIST ADD EX: CLV Emp
2. Adding an element to Compound List Variable CLV Emp, with value
LIST ADD EX: CLV Emp : “Kumar”
Here, since member specification is not provided, first member variable is considered for value.
3. Adding an element to Compound List Variable CLV Emp, with value and member specification
LIST ADDEX: CLV Emp: 25: Age
Here, member specification is provided, hence member variable ‘Age’ is considered for the value.
4. Adding an element to the Compound List Member variable of a Compound List Variable with
value and member specification
LIST ADDEX: CLVEmp[1].Relatives: “Prem” : Name
In this example, we are adding an element to the Compound List Variable “Relatives” and the
member variable ‘Name’ is considered for the value. ‘Relatives’ is a Compound List Member
variable of the Compound List Variable CLVEMP.
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2. Deleting Elements from the List Variable

Action - LIST DELETE
The Action LIST DELETE is used to delete an element from the list based on Key. Key formula is
optional. If not specified, all the elements in the list are deleted.
Syntax
LIST DELETE : < List Variable Specification > [ : <Key Formula>]
Where,
<List Variable Specification> is the Simple List or Compound List Variable specification.
<Key Formula> can be any expression which evaluates to a unique string value. It is optional.
The action LIST REMOVE is an alias for the action LIST DELETE.
Deleting elements from Simple List Variable using LIST DELETE

Deleting a single element from a Simple List Variable
LIST DELETE : SLV Emp:
“E001”
The element identified by key ‘E001’ will be deleted from the Simple List Variable SLV Emp.

Deleting all elements from a Simple List Variable
LIST DELETE : SLV Emp
Since key formula is not specified, all elements from simple list variable SLV Emp will be deleted.
Deleting elements from a Compound List Variable using LIST DELETE

Deleting an element from a Compound List Variable
LIST DELETE : CLV Emp : “E001”
The element identified by key ‘E001’ will be deleted from the Compound List Variable “CLV Emp”.

Deleting all elements from a Compound List Variable
LIST DELETE : CLV Emp
Since key formula isn’t specified, all elements from compound list variable CLV Emp are deleted.

Action - LIST DELETE EX
This action is used to delete an element from the list based on index. INDEX formula is optional. If
not specified, all the elements in the list are deleted. A negative index denotes reverse position.
Syntax
LIST DELETE EX : < List Variable Specification > [ : <Index Formula>]
Where,
<List Variable Specification> is the Simple List or Compound List Variable specification.
<Index Formula> can be any expression which evaluates to an index number. It is optional.
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The action LIST REMOVE EX is an alias for the action LIST DELETE EX.
Deleting Elements from Simple List Variable using LIST DELETE EX

Deleting a single element from a Simple List Variable
LIST DELETE EX
: SLVEmp:
2
The element identified by index number ‘2’ will be deleted from Simple List Variable SLV Emp.

Deleting all elements from a Simple List Variable
LIST DELETE EX : SLVEmp
Since index formula is not specified, all elements from Simple List Variable SLV Emp are deleted.
Deleting elements from a Compound List Variable using LIST DELETE EX

Deleting an element from a Compound List Variable
LIST DELETE EX : CLVEmp : 10
The element identified by index ‘10’ will be deleted from the Compound List Variable CLV Emp.

Deleting all elements from a Compound List Variable
LIST DELETE EX : CLVEMP
Since index formula isn’t specified, all elements of compound list variable CLV EMP are deleted.
3. Expanding Elements in the List Variable

Action - LIST EXPAND
The Action LIST EXPAND is used to create the specified number of blank elements and insert
them into the list. All these elements are created without a key. If key specification is required for
each element, then either LIST FILL or a loop can be used to add elements individually.
Syntax
LIST EXPAND : <List Variable Specification> : <Count Formula>
Where,
<List Variable Specification> is the Simple List or Compound List variable specification.
<Count Formula> can be any expression which evaluates to a number.
Example:
Expanding Simple List Variable using LIST EXPAND
LIST EXPAND : SLVEMP : 10
Here, count formula is 10. Hence, 10 blank elements are added to Simple List Variable ‘SLVEMP’.
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Expanding Compound List Variable using LIST EXPAND
LIST EXPAND : CLVEMP : 5
Here, count formula is 5. Thus, 5 blank elements are added to the Compound List Variable
‘CLVEMP’.
LIST EXPAND : CLVEMP[1].Relatives : 10
Here, count formula is 10. Hence, 10 blank elements are added to Compound List Variable ‘Relatives’. ‘Relatives’ is a Compound List Member variable of the Compound List Variable ‘CLVEMP’.
Value Specifications
The value for the Simple/List Variables (Simple & Compound) can be specified using Attributes at
Report and Form Level, and using Actions in User Defined Functions.
Value specification at Report Level
The attributes SET and PRINTSET are used to specify the variable values at Report Level.

Attribute - SET
The Report attribute SET can be used to specify a variable name and its value, which will be set
during the startup of the report.
Syntax
SET : <Variable Specification> :<Value Expression>
Where,
<Variable Specification> is the variable path specification.
<Value Expression> can be any expression, which evaluates to a value for the variable of the
specified data type.
Example:
;; Setting value to a Simple Variable
SET: Var: “ABC”
;; Setting value to a Simple List Variable element
SET: ListVar[1]: “XYZ”
;; Setting value to Compound List Variable element's member
SET: CLVEMP[1].Name: “Kumar”

Attribute - PRINT SET
The Report attribute Print Set is similar to the SET attribute but sets the value of the variables to
the specified value when the report is started in Print mode.
Syntax
PRINT SET : <Variable Specification> : <Value Expression>
Where,
<Variable Specification> is the variable path specification.
<Value Expression> can be any expression which evaluates to a value for the variable of the
specified data type.
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Example:
;; Setting value to a Simple Variable
PRINTSET: Var: “ABC”
;; Setting value to a Simple List Variable element
PRINTSET: ListVar[1]: “XYZ”
;; Setting value to Compound List Variable element's member
PRINTSET: CLVEMP[1].Name: “Kumar”
Value specification at Form Level

Attribute - SET
The Form attribute SET is similar to the Report attribute SET, the difference being that while the
report sets the value once in its lifetime, the form SET is executed during every regeneration /
refresh of the report.
Syntax
SET : <Variable Specification> :<Value Expression>
Where,
<Variable Specification> is the variable path specification.
<Value Expression> can be any expression, which evaluates to a value for the variable of the
specified data type.
Example:
;; Setting value to a Simple Variable
SET: Var: “ABC”
;; Setting value to a Simple List Variable element
SET: ListVar[1]: “XYZ”
;; Setting value to Compound List Variable element's member
SET: CLVEMP[1].Name: “Kumar”
Value specification at Function Level
Actions SET, MULTISET, EXCHANGE, INCREMENT and DECREMENT are used.

Action - SET
Values of variables can be set / updated via the SET action. This action is available as a global
action, and can be used within a function also.
List variables and compound variables cannot have values; they can have only element / member
variables inside them, respectively. If SET action is used on compound variables, the value will be
set to the FIRST member variable. If the first member variable is again compound, the program
would search for the first non-compound leaf member and set the value.
For list variables, the value is treated as the count, and the list is expanded by the number of
elements provided in the expression.
Syntax
SET : <Variable Specification> :<Value Expression>
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Where,
<Variable Specification> is the variable path specification.
<Value Expression> can be any expression which evaluates to a value for the variable of the
specified data type.
Example:
;; Setting value to a Simple Variable
SET: Var: “ABC”
;; Setting value to a Simple List Variable element
SET: SLVEMP[1]: “XYZ”
;; Setting value to Compound List Variable element's member
SET: CLVEMP[1].Name: “Kumar”
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Action - MULTISET
The action MULTI SET is used to set the values of compound member variables in one call. All
member specifications are relative to the compound variable specification given.
Syntax
MULTI SET : <CompoundVariable Specification> + : <Member Specification :
Value> [, <Member Specification : Value>, …]
Where,
<Compound Variable Specification> is the Compound Variable specification.
<Member Specification : Value> is the list of name-value pairs for setting member values.
Example: 1
MULTISET : CLVEMP[1]:Name:“Vimal”,Age:26,Salary:($$AsAmount:10000)
All member variables of 1st element of Compound List Variable CLVEMP are set with MULTISET.
Example: 2
MULTISET : CLVEMP[1].Relatives[1]:Name:“Hari”, Age:20, +
Relation:“Brother”
Here, all member variables for the first element of the Compound List Variable Relatives are set.
Relatives is a Compound List Member variable of the Compound List Variable CLVEMP.
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Action - EXCHANGE
This action is used to swap the values of two variables, provided both belong to the same data
type. This cannot be done for Simple List or Compound List as a whole. However, values of
elements of Simple List and Compound List member variables having same data type can be
exchanged.
Syntax
EXCHANGE : <First Variable Specification> : <Second Variable +
Specification>
Where,
<First Variable Specification> is the simple variable specification.
<Second Variable Specification> is the simple variable specification.
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Exchanging value of a Simple Variable with another Simple Variable
EXCHANGE : EmpVarOld: EmpVarNew
Both the variables are of ‘String’ data type. The value of the variable EmpVarOld is exchanged
with that of the variable EmpVarNew on execution of the action.
Exchanging value of an element of Simple List Variable with that of another Simple List
Variable
EXCHANGE: SlvEmpOld[1] : SlvEmpNew[1]
The value of the first element of SlvEmpOld is exchanged with that of the first element of SlvEmpNew. Both the Simple List Variables are of ‘String’ data type
Exchanging value of a Simple variable with a member variable of a Compound List variable
EXCHANGE : EMP Salary : CLVEmp[1].Salary
In this example, the value of a variable Emp Salary is exchanged with that of the member
variable ‘Salary’ of the Compound List Variable CLVEmp. Both the simple variables are of ‘String’
data type.
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Action - INCREMENT
INCREMENT is a special action provided in ‘Function’ scope to increment values of the variable.
This is supported only on simple variables of type Number.
Syntax
INCREMENT : <Simple Variable Specification> [: <NumIncrement Expression>]
Where,
<Simple Variable Specification> is the simple variable specification.
<NumIncrement Expression> is an expression which evaluates to a number. Based on this, the
variable value is incremented. It is optional. If not specified, variable value is incremented by 1.
The action INCR is an alias for the action INCREMENT.
Example:
;; Incrementing the variable value by 1
INCREMENT :
Counter
;; Incrementing the variable value by 2
INCR
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:
Counter : 2
Action - DECREMENT
Decrement is a special action provided in ‘Function’ scope to decrement values of the variable. It
is supported only on simple variables of type Number.
Syntax
DECREMENT :< Simple Variable Specification> [:< NumIncrementExpression>]
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Where,
<SimpleVarSpecification> is the simple variable specification.
<NumIncrementExpression> is an expression evaluating to a no., based on which, the variable
value is decremented. It is optional. If not specified, the variable value is decremented by 1.
The action DECR is an alias for the action DECREMENT.
Example:
;; Decrementing the variable value by 1
DECREMENT :
Counter
;; Decrementing the variable value by 2
DECR
:
Counter : 2
Value Modification at Field Level

Attribute - MODIFIES
The Field attribute ‘Modifies’ is used to modify the value of the variable.
Syntax
Modifies : <Variable Specification>[:<Logical Flag>]
Where,
<Variable Specification> is the variable path specification.
<Logical Flag> can be a logical value TRUE/FALSE. TRUE would set the value after the field's
acceptance, while FALSE will set it during the acceptance of the report having the field.
Example:
[Field: EMP Age]
Modifies : EMPAgeVar : Yes
Here, value of the variable EMPAgeVar will be modified with the value stored/keyed in the field
EMP Age after the field's acceptance.
Retrieving value from List

Function - $$ListValue
It is used to retrieve the value of an element in the list for a given key. If the list is of compound
variables, an optional member specification can be given to extract value of a specific member.
Syntax
$$ListValue:<List Variable Specification>:<Key Formula> +
[:<Member Specification>]
Where,
<List Variable Specification> is the Simple List or Compound List Variable specification.
<Key Formula> can be any expression which evaluates to a string value.
<Member Specification> is required only if the value needs to be extracted from a specific
member of a Compound List Variable.
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Example:
Retrieving value from Simple List Variable using $$ListValue
$$ListValue:SLVEMP: "E001"
In this example, the function returns the value of the element identified by the key ‘E001’ from the
simple list variable ‘SLV Emp’.
$$ListValue:SLVEMP:##KeyVar
In this example, the variable ‘KeyVar’ holds the key value. The function returns the value of the
element identified by the key from the simple list variable ‘SLV Emp’.
Retrieving value from Compound List Variable using $$ListValue
$$ListValue:CLVEmp:##KeyVar:Age
In this example, the variable ‘KeyVar’ holds the key value. The function returns the identified
Compound List Variable element's member variable value. In this case, the member specification
has been specified as ‘Age’.

Function - $$ListValueEx
The Function $$ListValueEx returns the value of an element at the specified index in the list.
Syntax
$$ListValueEx : <List Variable Specification>:<Index Formula> +
[:< Member Specification>]
Where,
<List Variable Specification> is the Simple or Compound List Variable specification.
<Index Formula> can be any expression which evaluates to an index number.
<Member Specification> is required only if the value needs to be extracted from a specific
member of a Compound List Variable.
Example:
Retrieving value from Simple List Variable using $$ListValueEx
$$ListValueEx:SLVEmp:##IndexVar
In this example, the variable ‘IndexVar’ holds the index value. The function returns the value of
the element identified by the index from the simple list variable ‘SLV Emp’.
Retrieving value from Compound List Variable using $$ListValueEx
$$ListValueEx:CLVEmp:##IndexVar:Age
Here, variable ‘KeyVar’ holds the index value. The function returns the identified Compound List
Variable element's member variable value. Here, the member specified is ‘Age’.
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Index Based Retrieval using ## Operator
The operator ## is used to access the value of the variable. It also allows dotted notation syntax to
access variables / member variables / element variables of a list at any level.
When ## is used on a compound variable (without path specification), it returns the value of the
first member variable, by default. Similarly, on a list variable, it returns the no. of items in the list.
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Syntax
##<Element Variable Specification>.<Member Variable Specification>.+
< Simple Member Value specification>
Where,
<Element Variable Specification> can be a Compound Variable or Compound List Variable
[Index Expression].
<Member Variable Specification> can be a Compound Variable Member or Compound List
Member Variable [Index Expression].
<Simple Member Value Specification> refers to the name of a simple member in specified path.
<Index Expression> is an expression that evaluates to a no. Suffixing a variable with index refers
to an element variable. It can be positive or negative. Negative index denotes reverse access.
Example:
Retrieving Value from Simple List Variable using ## Operator
SET : TempVar :
##SLVEMP[3]
Value of element in SLVEMP, identified by the index ‘3’, will be set to the variable ‘TempVar’.
Retrieving Value from Compound List Variable using ##Operator
LOG: ##CLVEmp[2].Relatives[1].Name
Here, we are retrieving value of the identified Compound List Variable (Relatives) element’s
member variable value. ‘Relatives’ is a member variable of the Compound List Variable CLVEMP.
Looping Construct – For In/For Each
The FOR IN loop is used to iterate over the values in the list variable. The number of iterations
depends on the number of items in the list variable.
Syntax
FOR IN : <Iterator Variable>: <List Variable Name >
.
.
END FOR
Where,
<Iterator Variable> is the name of the variable which holds the Key value in every iteration.
<List Variable Name> is the name of the Simple List or Compound List Variable.
This construct will walk only the elements in the list which are having a key. Since the iterator
variable is filled with a key for each element, all elements which do not have a key are ignored.
This is useful to walk keyed list variable elements in the current sorting order. If the element does
not have a key, then other loops like WHILE, FOR, etc., can be used and the elements can be
operated via index.
Example:
Iterating the Simple List Variable Values
FOR IN : KeyVar : SLV Emp
LOG : $$ListValue:SLVEmp:##KeyVar
END FOR
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Here, the iterator variable “KeyVar” holds the Key value in every occurrence of the iteration. In
every iteration, the value of the element identified by the key is logged using the function $$ListValue.
Iterating the Compound List Variable Values
FOR IN : KeyVar: CLV Emp
LOG : $$ListValue:CLVEmp:##KeyVar:Age
END FOR
Here, the iterator variable “KeyVar” holds the Key value in every iteration. In every iteration, the
value of the member “Age” of the element of “CLVEMP” identified by the key is logged using the
function $$ListValue.
The looping construct FOR EACH is an alias for the looping construct FOR IN.
List Variable Specific Functions

Function - $$ListKey
The function $$ListKey returns the corresponding key for the given index.
Syntax
$$ListKey: <List Variable Specification>: <Index Specification>
Where,
<List Variable Specification> is the Simple List or Compound List Variable specification.
<Index Specification> can be any expression which evaluates to a number.
Example:
Retrieving key from a Simple List Variable using $$ListKey
01 : LOG : $$ListKey:SLVEMP:2
In this example, the function $$ListKey retrieves the Key of the second element of the Simple List
Variable ‘SLVEMP’.
Retrieving key from a Compound List Variable using $$ListKey
02 : LOG : $$ListKey:CLVEmp[1].Relatives:1
Here, key of first element of Compound List Variable ‘Relatives’ is retrieved. ‘Relatives’ is a
member of Compound List Variable 'CLVEMP'.

Function - $$ListIndex
The function $$ListIndex returns the Corresponding index for the given Key.
Syntax
$$ListIndex: < List Variable Specification >: < Key Specification >
Where,
<List Variable Specification> is the Simple List or Compound List Variable specification.
<Key Specification> can be any expression which evaluates to a string value.
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Example:
Retrieving index from a Simple List Variable using $$ListIndex
01 : LOG : $$ListIndex:SLVEMP:E001
Here, index of the element identified by the key value ‘E001’ is retrieved from ‘SLVEMP’.
Retrieving index from a Compound List Variable using $$ListIndex
02: LOG : $$ListIndex:CLVEmp:E001
Here, index value of the element identified by the key value ‘E001’ is retrieved from ‘CLVEMP’.

Function - $$ListCount
The function $$ListCount retrieves the number of items in the list.
Syntax
$$ListCount:<List Variable Specification>
Where,
<ListVariable Specification> is the Simple List or Compound List Variable specification.
Example:
01 : LOG : $$ListCount:SLVEMP
02 : LOG : $$ListCount:CLVEMP

Function - $$ListFind
It is used to check if a given key exists in the list or not. It returns a logical flag as a result.
Syntax
$$ListFind:<List Variable Specification>:<Key Formula>
Where,
<List Variable Specification> is the Simple List or Compound List Variable specification.
<Key Formula> can be any expression which evaluates to a string value.
Example:
01 : LOG : $$ListFind :SLVEMP :E001
02 : LOG : $$ListFind :CLVEMP :E001

Function - $$ListValueFind
This function can be used to check if a given value exists in the list. If a given list has more than
one same value, the index can be used to retrieve the n'th matching value.
Syntax
$$ListValueFind:<List Variable Specification>:< Occurance +
Specification>:<Value Formula>[:<Member Specification>]
Where,
<List Variable Specification> is the Simple List or Compound List Variable specification.
<Occurance Specification> can be any expression which evaluates to a number.
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<Value Formula> can be any expression which evaluates to a value.
<Member Specification> can be specified if the list element is compound. It is optional.
Example:
;; Finding value from the Simple List Variable
01 : LOG : $$ListValueFind :SLVEMP:1:RAMESH
;;Finding value from the Compound List Variable with member specification
03 : LOG : $$ListValueFind :CLVEmp:1:PRIYA:Name
The function will return YES if the value exists in the list, else it will return NO.
Populating a List from a Collection

Action - LIST FILL
It is used to fill a list from a collection instead of using the looping constructs. The specified collection is walked and the key formula and value formula is evaluated in the context of each object to
create list elements.
Syntax
LIST FILL : <List Variable Specification> : <CollectionName> +
[:<Key Formula> [:<Value Formula> [:<Member Specification>]]]
Where,
<List Variable Specification> is the Simple List or Compound List Variable specification.
<Collection Name> is the name of the collection from which the values need to be fetched to fill
the list variable.
<Key Formula> can be any expression which evaluates to string value. It is optional.
<Value Formula> can be any expression which returns a value. The data type of the value must
be same as that of the List variable. Value formula is optional. If not specified, only KEY is set for
each added element.
<Member Specification> can be given if the list contains a compound variable
If both key and value are not specified, blank elements are added to the list.
Example:
Populating a Simple List Variable from a Collection
LIST FILL : SLV Emp : Employees :$Name : $Name
All the employee names from the collection ‘Employees’ will be added to the Simple List Variable,
once the action LIST Fill is executed.
Populating a Compound List Variable from a Collection
LIST FILL : CLV Emp : Employees :$Name : $Name
In this example, all the employee names from the collection ‘Employees’ will be added to the first
member variable, as there is no member specification.
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LIST FILL : CLV Emp : Employees :$Name: $Designation:Designation
In this example, Designations of all the employees from the collection ‘Employees’ will be added
to the member variable ‘Designation’.
LIST FILL: CLV EMP[1].Relatives:Employees:$Name:$SpouseName:Name
Spouse name of all employees from the collection ‘Employees’ will be added to member variable
‘Name’ of Compound List Variable ‘Relatives’. ‘Relatives’ is a member variable of ‘CLVEMP’.
Sorting of List Elements
Initially, when the list variable is created, it is sorted on the order of insertion. TDL provides the
facility to sort the values in the list variable based either on key or on value. The following actions
allow changing the sort order:
 List Key Sort
 List Value Sort
 List Reset Sort

Action - LIST KEY SORT
The action LIST KEY SORT allows the user to sort the elements of the list based on the key.
Keys are by default of type ‘String’; so, the absence of key data type specification will consider
key data type as String while sorting. The user can override this by specifying a key data type.
Keys are optional for elements. All elements in the list may not have a key. In such cases, comparisons of elements would be done based on the insertion order.
Syntax
LIST KEY SORT : <List Variable Specification>[:<Ascending/DescendingFlag>
[:<Key Datatype>]]
Where,
<List Variable Specification> is the Simple List or Compound List Variable specification.
<Ascending/DescendingFlag> can be YES/NO. YES is used to sort the list in ascending order
and NO for descending. If the flag is not specified, then the default order is ascending.
<Key Data Type> can be String, Number, etc. It is optional.
The action LIST SORT is an alias for the action LIST KEY SORT.
Example:
Sorting Simple List based on Key
;;Ascending Order
LIST KEY SORT: SLVEmp: Yes : String
;;Descending Order
LIST KEY SORT: SLVEmp: No
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Sorting Compound List based on Key
;;Ascending Order
LIST KEY SORT: CLVEmp: Yes : String
;;Descending Order
LIST KEY SORT: CLVEmp[1].Relatives : No : String

Action - LIST VALUE SORT
The action LIST VALUE SORT allows the user to sort the elements of the list based on value.The
data are sorted as per the data type specified for the list variable in case of simple list, and the
member specification data type in case of compound list. If a compound list is chosen and
member specification is not specified, then the list is sorted by value of the first member variable.
If duplicate values are in the list, the key data type passed is considered to sort by key, and then in
absence of key, insertion order is used.
Syntax
LIST VALUE SORT :<List Variable Specification>[:<Ascending/Descending +
Flag> [:<Key Datatype> [:<Member Specification>]]]
Where,
<List Variable Specification> is the Simple List or Compound List Variable specification.
<Ascending/DescendingFlag> can be YES/NO. YES is used to sort the list in ascending order
and NO for descending. If the flag is not specified, then the default order is ascending.
<Key Data Type> can be String, Number, etc. It is optional.
<Member Specification> is the member specification in case of compound list. If not specified,
the list is sorted by the value of first member variable.
Example:
Sorting Simple List based on Value
;;Ascending Order
LIST VALUE SORT: SLVEmp: Yes : String
;;Descending Order
LIST VALUE SORT: SLVEmp: No
: String
Sorting Compound List based on Value
;;Ascending Order
LIST VALUE SORT: CLVEmp: Yes : String
;;Descending Order
LIST VALUE SORT: CLVEmp[1].Relatives: No : String

Action - LIST RESET SORT
This action resets the sorting method of the list and brings it back to the insertion order.
Syntax
LIST RESET SORT: <List Variable Specification>
Where,
<List Variable Specification> is the Simple List or Compound List Variable specification.
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Example:
LIST RESET SORT: SLVEMP
LIST RESET SORT: CLVEMP
4.6 Some Common Functions Used

Function - $$IsSysNameVar
This function checks if the variable has a value which is a SysName like ‘Not Applicable’, ‘End of
List’, etc. In case of repeated variables, if any one value is a non-sysname, it returns FALSE.
Syntax
$$IsSysNameVar:<Variable Specification>
Where,
<Variable Specification> is the simple variable path specification.
Example:
$$IsSysNameVar:EmpVar
Here, $$IsSysNameVar returns YES if variable EmpVar has Sysname as value, else returns NO.

Function - $$IsDefaultVar
This function determines if the content of the variable has a “Default” or blank as the value. This
function is applicable only for Simple variables. In case of simple repeated variable, if any one
value is non-default, then this is not a default variable, and the function returns NO.
Syntax
$$IsDefaultVar:<Variable Specification>
Where,
<Variable Specification> is the simple variable path specification.
Example:
[Field: DefaultVar]
Set as : $$IsDefaultVar:SVValuationMethod
$$IsDefaultVar returns YES if value of SVValuationMethod is blank or Default, else returns NO.

Function - $$IsActualsVar
This function checks if the content of the variable is blank or sysname or “ACTUALS”.
Syntax
$$IsActualsVar:<Variable Specification>
Where,
<Variable Specification> is the simple variable path specification.
Example:
$$IsActualsVar:SVBudget
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YES is returned if the value of variable SVBudget is Blank or Sysname or “ACTUALS”, else NO.

Function - $$IsCurrentVar
This function checks if the content of the variable is Blank or Sysname or “Stock in hand”.
Syntax
$$IsCurrentVar : <Variable Specification>
Where,
<Variable Specification> is the simple variable path specification.
Example:
$$IsCurrentVar:DSPOrderCombo
YES is returned if value of DSPOrderCombo is Blank or Sysname or Stock-In-Hand, else NO.

Function - $$ExecVar
This function returns the value of a variable in the parent report chain.
Syntax
$$ExecVar:<Variable Specification>
Where,
<Variable Specification> is the simple variable path specification.
Example:
$$ExecVar:DSPShowMonthly
Function $$ExecVar returns the value of the variable DSPShowMonthly from the parent report.

Function - $$FieldVar
This function returns the value of the field which is acting as a variable with the specified name.
Syntax
$$FieldVar:<Variable Specification>
Where,
<Variable Specification> is the simple variable path specification.
Example:
[Collection: GodownChildOfGodownName]
Type
: Godown
Child of
: $$FieldVar:DSPGodownName
In this example, $$FieldVar is used to fetch the value of the variable DSPGodownName whose
value is modified in a field. This value becomes the value for the ‘ChildOf’ attribute.

Function - $$ParentFieldVar
This function gets the field variable value from its parent report.
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Syntax
$$ParentFieldVar:<Variable Specification>
Where,
<Variable Specification> is the simple variable path specification.
Example:
[Field: ParentFieldVar]
Set as
: $$ParentFieldVar:SVStockItem
Here, the function returns field variable value from its parent report for the variable “SVStockItem”.
4.7 Field Acting as a Variable
The ‘Variable’ attribute in a ‘Field’ Definition is used to make the field behave as a variable, with
the specified name. The variable need not be defined as it inherits data type from the field itself.
Field can act as a simple variable only, since it can hold only simple value.
Syntax
[Field : <Field Name>]
Variable : <Variable Name>
Where,
<Field Name> is the name of the field.
<Variable Name> is the name of the variable.
Example:
[Field: EmployeeName]
Variable : EmpNameVar
4.8 Implication of Repeat Variables in Columnar Report
The report in which a number of columns can be added or deleted as per the user inputs, is
referred to as Columnar Report. In a Columnar Report, Lines are repeated vertically and Fields
are repeated horizontally. The Columnar Report can be a:



MultiColumn Report - Column can be repeated based on the user inputs.
AutoColumn Report - Multiple columns can be repeated based on the user input, on the
single click of a button.
Automatic Auto Columns - Report can be started with predefined multiple columns without user intervention.
The Attribute ‘Repeat’ – Variable, Report and Line
Let us see the implications of Repeat Attribute of Variable / Report / Line Definitions in context of
Columnar Reports.
1. ‘Repeat’ Attribute of Variable definition
Please refer to the topic “Variable Definition and Attributes”.
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2. ‘Repeat’ Attribute of Report definition
The Repeat Attribute of ‘Report’ definition is used specifically in Columnar Reports. When we
specify ‘Repeat’ attribute with a variable name, the report becomes a Columnar Report and the
number of columns depends upon the values stored in the variable. Only simple variables can be
repeated. Also, a report can have more than one variables repeated. In such cases, the number
of columns in the report depends on the maximum value a Repeat Variable holds.
The ‘Repeat’ attribute of the report is declaration cum repeat specification; so a separate declaration is not required. Even if a declaration is done using ‘Variable’ attribute, ‘Repeat’ is considered
as a repeat specification.
Syntax
[Report: <Report Name>]
Repeat : <Variable Names>
Where,
<Report Name> is the name of the Report.
<Variable Names> is the comma-separated list of variables.
3. Repeat Attribute of Line Definition
The ‘Repeat’ Attribute of ‘Line’ Definition is used to repeat the Field horizontally in columns.
Syntax
[Line: <Line Name>]
Repeat : <Field Name>
Where,
<Line Name> is the name of the line.
<Field Name> is the name of the Field which needs to be repeated.
Example:
Let us look into the usage of ‘Repeat’ Attribute at Variable / Report / Line Definitions in designing
the Columnar Stock Item-wise Customer-wise Sales Report.
In this report, Stock Item names should be repeated vertically and Customer/Party names horizontally. The columns should be automatically available when the report is started.
Repeat Attribute of Variable Definition
[Variable: PName]
Type
: String
Repeat: ##DSPRepeatCollection
The variable ‘DSPRepeatCollection’ holds the collection name ‘CFBK Party’. This collection
contains a method name ‘PName’. In this case, the variable ‘PName’ would be filled with the
method value from each object of the collection “CFBK Party”.
[Collection: CFBK Party]
Source Collection
: CFBK Voucher
Walk
: Inventory Entries
By
: PName
: $PartyLedgerName
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Aggr Compute
: BilledQty : SUM: $BilledQty
Filter
: NonEmptyQty
Variable ‘PName’ holds multiple values based on implicit index. Method value of each object of
collection ‘CFBK Party’ is picked up and stored in the variable's 1st index, 2nd index, and so on.
‘Repeat’ Attribute of Report Definition
[Report: CFBK Rep]
Use
: DSP Template
Form
: CFBK Rep
Variable
: DoSetAutoColumn, PName
Repeat
: PName
Set
: DoSetAutoColumn
: Yes
Set
: DSPRepeatCollection
: “CFBK Party”
Set
: SVFromDate
: $$MonthStart:##SVCurrentDate
Set
: SVToDate
: $$MonthEnd:##SVCurrentDate
The attribute “Repeat” determines that it is a Columnar Report. The number of columns depends
on the number of values available in the variable “PName”.
Repeat Attribute of Line Definition
[Line: CFBK Rep Details]
Fields : CFBK Rep Name, CFBK Rep Party, CFBK Rep Col Total
Repeat : CFBK Rep Party
Total
: CFBK Rep Party
Field ‘CFBK Rep Party’ is repeated based on the no. of values of variable (NumSets). So, those
many numbers of instances of the field are created. Each field will have an implicit index number
(starting from 1). This implicit index is used to evaluate expressions in the context of the field.
Common Functions used with Columnar Reports

Function - $$NumSets
It returns the number of columns in the report. It does not take any parameter. If the report is an
auto report or sub report, it returns the number of columns in the parent of the auto/sub report.
Number of set is the maximum number of values a repeated variable can hold in that report.
Syntax
$$NumSets
Example:
[Field: CFBK Rep Col Total]
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Border
: Thin Left
Invisible: $$Numsets=1
In this example, the ‘Total’ column will be invisible if there is only one column in the report.

Function - $$LowValue
This function can be used to get the lowest value in a set of values in the repeated variable.
Syntax
$$LowValue:<Variable Specification>
Where,
<Variable Specification> is a simple variable specification.
Example:
Let us suppose that the Repeat Variables in a Columnar Report are SVFromDate and SVToDate.
Consider the following Field Definition in the same report:
[Field: VariableLowValue]
Use
: Name Field
Set as
: $$LowValue:SVFromDate
$$Lowvalue returns the lowest value in a set of values in the repeat variable SVFromDate.

Function - $$HighValue
This function can be used to get the highest value in a set of values in the repeated variable.
Syntax
$$HighValue:<Variable Specification>
Where,
<Variable Specification> is a simple variable specification.
Example:
Suppose that the Repeat Variables in a Columnar Report are SVFromDate and SVToDate.
Consider the following Field definition in the same report:
[Field: VariableHighValue]
Use
: Name Field
Set as
: $$HighValue:SVToDate
$$HighValue returns the highest value in a set of values in the repeat variable SVToDate.

Function - $$IsCommon
This function is used with repeated variable to check if all the values in the repeat set are same.
Syntax
$$IsCommon:<Variable Specification>
Where,
<Variable Specification> is a simple variable specification.
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Example:
Suppose the Repeat Variable in a columnar report is SVCurrentCompany. Consider the following
Field Definition in the same report:
[Field: VariableIsCommon]
Use
: Logical Field
Set as
: $$IsCommon:SVCurrentCompany
$$IsCommon returns YES if all values in SVCurrentCompany are same, otherwise returns NO.

Function - $$VarRangeValue
This function gets a list of variable values, separated by the specified separator character. If no
separator character is specified, comma (,) is taken as the separator character by default.
Syntax
$$VarRangeValue:<Variable Specification>[:<Separator Character> [:<Start
Position> [:<End Position>]]]
Where,
<Variable Specification> is the simple variable specification.
<Separator Character> is the separator character.
<Start Position> is the index which denotes the starting position.
<End Position> is the index which denotes the ending position.
Specifying Start and End Positions is optional. If not specified, the function will
return all the values of the specified Repeat variable separated by comma(,)
If Start and End Positions are specified, the function will return the values of repeat variable within
the Specified index Range. Again, specifying End Position is optional. If the End Position is not
specified, the function will return the entire set of values from the starting position.
Example:
$$VarRangeValue:SVFromDate
In this example, the function returns the entire set of values of the Repeat Variable SVFromDate.
$$VarRangeValue:SVFromDate:",":1:5
Here, the function returns the value of specified index range (1 to 5) of the Repeat Variable
SVFromDate
$$VarRangeValue:SVFromDate:",":3
The entire set of values from Starting Index position of the repeat variable SVFromDate are
returned.
4.9 Variables usage and behaviour in Auto Report
A report can be marked as an auto report via AUTO attribute, which indicates the system that the
report cannot instantiate its own variables. It will inherit variables from parent scope. It is mainly
used for configuration reports which require modifying configuration variables of parent report.
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Syntax
[Report: <Report Name>]
Auto : <Logical Value>
Where,
<Report Name> is the name of the report.
<Logical Value> can be YES / NO. The default value is NO.
Example:
[Report: Voucher Configuration]
Auto
: Yes
Title
: $$LocaleString:"Voucher Configuration"
This is a default configuration report marked as Auto report, to modify variables of parent report.
A report can be launched in ‘Auto’ mode using Actions Modify Variable and Modify System
Actions MODIFY VARIABLE and MODIFY SYSTEM

Action - MODIFY VARIABLE
It launches the given report in ‘auto’ mode. Since the launched report is in ‘auto’ mode, it cannot
have its own instance of variables and any modification would affect the parent context.
Syntax
MODIFY VARIABLE : <Report Name>
Where,
<Report Name> is the name of the report which is to be launched in ‘Auto Mode’.
Example:
[Button: F2 Change Period]
Key
: F2
Action
: Modify Variables : Change Period
Title
: $$LocaleString:"Period"
The Action ‘Modify Variable’ launches the report ‘Change Period’ in ‘Auto’ Mode. The report is
having two fields SVFromDate and SVToDate
[Field: SVFromDate]
Use
: Short Date Field
Modifies
: SVFromDate
Variable
: SVFromDate
[Field: SVToDate]
Use
: Short Date Field
Format
: Short Date, End:#SVFromDate
Modifies
: SVToDate
Variable
: SVToDate
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The variable value changes would affect the parent report context only (i.e., it will affect values of
the variables SVFromDate and SVTodate, which are associated to the report, from which the
report Change Period is launched in Auto Mode).

Action - MODIFY SYSTEM
The action MODIFY SYSTEM launches the given report in ‘auto’ mode. Even if the report is called
under some other report context, this action makes the new report to get the system context and
thereby modify the system scope variables.
Syntax
MODIFY SYSTEM : <Report Name>
Where,
<Report Name> is the name of the report which is to be launched in 'Auto Mode'.
Example:
[Button: Change System Period]
Key
: Alt+F2
Action
: Modify System
Title
: $$LocaleString:“Period”
: Change Menu Period
The Action ‘Modify System’ has launched the report ‘Change Menu Period’ in ‘Auto’ Mode. The
report is having two fields SVFromDate and SVToDate
[Field: SVFromDate]
Use
: Short Date Field
Modifies
: SVFromDate
Variable
: SVFromDate
[Field: SVToDate]
Use
: Short Date Field
Format
: Short Date, End:#SVFromDate
Modifies
: SVToDate
Variable
: SVToDate
The value changes would affect the variables at system scope, as the report is launched using the
Action ‘Modify System’.
4.10 Repeat Line with Optional Collection
We are aware that the ‘Repeat’ Attribute of a Part is used to Repeat a line over a Collection.
Existing Syntax
Syntax:
[Part: <Part Name>]
Repeat : <Line Name> : <Collection>
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Where,
<Part Name> is the name of the part.
<Line Name> is the name of the line to be repeated.
<Collection> is the name of the collection on which the line is repeated. This was mandatory
prior to this release. In this case, the same line will be repeated for each object of the collection.
Each line will be associated with an Object of the collection. Report created in Create/Alter/
Display mode will either store method values into the object or fetch method values from the
Object. Any expression evaluation within this line will happen with an object in context.
With the introduction of List Variable (Simple/Compound), there will be a requirement to store
values into the Variable by accepting user inputs and also to display or use it for expression evaluation. Since Variables are Context free structures there is no need to associate element
variables with the line. For this purpose the ‘Repeat’ Attribute of the part has been enhanced to
have the collection as Optional. Now, it is possible to Repeat a Line with or without a Collection. In
cases where the collection is not specified, the number of lines to be repeated is unknown.
Hence, specifying the SET attribute is mandatory. In case of Edit, SET can be optional if ‘Break
On’ is specified.
New Enhanced Syntax
Syntax
[Part: <Part Name>]
Repeat : <Line Name> [: <Collection>]
Where,
<Part Name> is the name of the part.
<Line Name> is the name of the line to be repeated.
<Collection> is the name of the collection on which the line is repeated. It is now OPTIONAL.
Storing Values into List Variables
With this enhancement, values can be added to List Variable (Simple/Compound) dynamically by
accepting user inputs by repeating a line without a Collection. Multiple lines can be added dynamically or a fixed number of lines can be added as per user requirement, while repeating the line.
Example:
To accept the values from a user to the Simple List Variables SLVEMP, a report is opened in
‘Create’ Mode. Let us look into the ‘Part’ Definition:
[Part: SLV List Values]
Lines
: SLV List Title, SLV List Values
Repeat : SLV List Values
BreakOn: $$IsEmpty:#SLVAlias
Scroll : Vertical
Here, the line is repeated without a collection and it will break if the field value ‘SLV Alias’ is
empty. Let us look into the Field Definitions:
[Line: SLV List Values]
Fields: SLV Alias, SLV Name
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[Field: SLV Alias]
Use : Name Field
[Field: SLV Name]
Use
: Name Field
Delete
: Key
Add
: Key
:SLV List Key
Inactive: $$IsEmpty:#SLVAlias
[Key:
SLV List Key]
Key
: Enter
Action List: Field Accept, SLV List Add
[Key: SLV List Add]
Key
: Enter
Action: LIST ADD:SLVEMP:#SLVAlias:#SLVName
Values are added to the List Variable “SLVEMP” using the Action “LIST ADD”. Similarly, user
inputs can be added / altered dynamically to the Compound List Variable also.
Retrieving Values from List Variables
In the previous example, we had stored values into a Simple List Variable “SLVEMP”. Let us
suppose that the values need to be retrieved from a Simple List Variable SLVEMP and displayed
in a report.
This report “SLV List Values with Key Display” is opened in ‘Display’ mode. Let us look into the
code snippet of the Part definition:
[Part: SLVList ValuesDisplay]
Lines
: SLV List DisplayTitle, SLV List DisplayValues
Repeat
: SLV List DisplayValues
Set
: $$ListCount:SLVEmp
Scroll
: Vertical
CommonBorder: Yes
In Part level, the number of lines is fixed using the Attribute ‘SET’, based on the number of
elements in the Simple List Variable “SLVEmp”.
[Line: SLV List DisplayValues]
Fields: SLV Alias, SLV Name
[Field: SLV Alias]
Use
: Name Field
Set as : $$ListKey:SLVEMP:$$Line
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[Field: SLV Name]
Use
: Name Field
Set as : $$ListValue:SLVEMP:#SLVAlias
Key and Value from the Simple List Variable “SLVEMP” are retrieved using the functions
$$ListKey and $$ListValue at the field level. Similarly, the values can be retrieved from a
Compound List Variable also.
4.11 Variables in Collection
The inline variables can be declared at the Collection using the Attributes Source Var, Compute
Var and Filter Var. In case of Simple Collection, during the evaluation, only current objects are
available. Whereas in case of Aggregate/Summary collection, during the evaluation, the following
three sets of objects are available:
Source Objects
: Objects of the collection specified in the ‘Source Collection’ attribute
Current Objects
: Objects of the last collection specified in the Walk path
Aggregate Objects : Objects obtained after performing the grouping and aggregation
There are scenarios where some calculation is to be evaluated based on the source object or the
current object value and the filtration is done based on the value evaluated with respect to the
final objects before populating the collection. In these cases, to evaluate the value based on the
changing object context is tiresome, and sometimes impossible as well.
The collection level variables provide Object-Context Free processing. The values of these inline
variables are evaluated before populating the collection.
The sequence of evaluation of collection attributes has been changed to support attributes ComputeVar, Source Var and Filter Var. The variables defined using the attributes Source Var and
ComputeVar can be referred to in the collection attributes By, Aggr Compute and Compute. The
variable defined by ‘Filter Var’ can be referred to in the collection attribute ‘Filter’. The value of
these variables can be accessed from anywhere, while evaluating the current collection objects.
Attributes SOURCE VAR, COMPUTE VAR and FILTER VAR

Attribute - Source Var
The attribute ‘Source Var’ evaluates the value of the variable based on the source object.
Syntax
Source Var : <Variable Name> : <Data Type> : <Formula>
Where,
<Variable Name> is the name of the variable.
<Data Type> is the data type of the variable.
<Formula> can be any expression, which evaluates to a value of ‘Variable’ data type.
Example:
Source Var : Log Var: Logical : No
The value of the variable ‘LogVar’ is set to NO.
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
Attribute - Compute Var
The attribute ‘Compute Var’ evaluates the value of the variable based on the current objects.
Syntax
Compute Var : <Variable Name> : <Data Type> : <Formula>
Where,
<Variable Name> is the name of the variable.
<Data Type> is the data type of the variable.
<Formula> can be any expression which evaluates to a value of ‘Variable’ data type.
Example:
Compute Var: IName : String : if ##LogVar then $StockItemName else +
##LogVar

Attribute - Filter Var
The attribute ‘Filter Var’ evaluates the value of the variable based on the objects available in the
collection after the evaluation of the attributes ‘Fetch’ and ‘Compute’.
Syntax
Filter Var : <Variable Name> : <Data Type> : <Formula>
Where,
<Variable Name> is the name of the variable.
<Data Type> is the data type of the variable.
<Formula> can be any expression which evaluates to a value of ‘Variable’ data type.
Example:
Filter Var : Fin Obj Var : Logical : $$Number:$BilledQty > 100
4.12 Using Variable as a Data Source for Collections
Collection attribute ‘Data Source’ has been enhanced to support ‘Variable’ as a data source. Now,
variable element(s) can be gathered as objects in collection and their respective simple member
variables will be available as methods. Member List Variables will be treated as sub-collections.
Syntax
Data Source
: <Type> : <Identity> [:<Encoding>]
Where,
<Type> is the type of data source, i.e., File XML, HTTP XML, Report, Parent Report, Variable.
<Identity> can be file path/ scope keywords/ variable specification, based on type of data source.
<Encoding> can be ASCII or UNICODE. It is applicable for data types File XML and HTTP XML.
Example:
Simple List Variable as Data Source
[Collection: LV List Collection]
Data Source: Variable: SLVEmp
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The elements of the Simple List Variable ‘SLVEmp’ will be available as objects in the collection ‘LV
List Collection’. Let us suppose that a Line is repeated over the collection ‘LV List Collection’. The
value can be retrieved in the field level as shown below:
[Field: SLVEmp Field]
Use
:
Name Field
Set as
:
$SLVEmp
Compound List Variable as Data Source
[Collection: CV List Collection]
Data Source: Variable: CLVEmp
The elements of the Compound List Variable CLVEmp will be available as objects in the collection
CV List Collection. It is used as a Source Collection in the following Summary Collection:
[Collection: CV List SummaryCollection1]
Source Collection: CV List Collection
Walk
: Relatives
By
: Relation: $Relation
Aggr Compute
: MaxAge: Max: $Age
Aggr Compute
: MinAge: Min: $Age
Aggr Compute
: TotSal: Sum: $Salary
Here, we are walking to the sub-collection ‘Relatives’ and performing grouping and aggregation.
4.13 Variables in Remoting
In a Tally.NET Environment, where Tally at the remote end sends request to the Tally Company at
the Server, all client requests must contain the dependencies, based on which data is gathered. In
other words, any request sent to the server must accompany the values configured at the client to
extract data from the server. For example, a Collection of Ledgers falling under a user selected
group must accompany the request sent to the server. Hence, the request to the server must
contain the Variable value which signifies the Group name.
Only the configuration information which is relevant to the data to be fetched from the Server
needs to be sent to the Server, and not the ones which are User Interface related, like Show
Vertical Balance Sheet, Show Percentages, etc.
When a Collection is sent to the Server, all the dependencies, i.e., variable values, are enclosed
within the requests automatically.
Example: 1
[Collection:
Type
User Ledger Coll]
: Ledger
Child of : ##UserSelectedGroup
While sending this collection to the server, the value for the variable UserSelectedGroup is also
passed to the server automatically and the server responds accordingly.
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Example: 2
[Collection:
Type
Emp Coll]
: Cost Centre
Filter :
EmpSpouseName
[System: Formula]
EmpSpouseName: $SpouseName= ##CLVEMP[1].Relatives[1].Name
Value of CLVEMP[1].Relatives[1].Name will be enclosed within the request to the server.
In some cases, variable values will not be remoted automatically like Child Of : $FuncName,
which in turn returns the variable value through the Function. Such variables need to be remoted
using an adhoc ‘Compute’ within the collection. This ‘Compute’ is required to set a manual
dependency on the variable and hence, consider it while sending request to Server. Consider the
following example:
[Collection: User Ledger Coll]
Type
: Ledger
Child of : $$UserFunc
[Function: UserFunc]
00 : RETURN
: ##FuncVar
In this example, the function UserFunc returns the value through the variable ‘FuncVar’. Hence,
the variable ‘FuncVar’ needs to be remoted using an adhoc ‘Compute’ as follows:
[Collection: User Ledger Coll]
Type
: Ledger
Child of : $$UserFunc
Compute
: FuncVar
: ##FuncVar
4.14 Use Case – Report Configuration
Scenario
ABC Company Limited, which is into trading business, is using Tally.ERP 9. It deals with purchase
and sale of computers, printers, etc. The company management likes to view the Stock Summary
Report in various dimensions. Hence, every time, they need to set configurations for the report
and view it. They want to have multiple configurations for the same report and set it at one time.
Requirement Statement
By default, in Tally, the user has to set the configurations in Stock Summary Report as per the
requirement every time. The requirement can be customized using the Compound List Variable.
Functional Demo
The solution has been developed using Compound Variables and User Defined Functions. Before
looking into the design logic, we will have a functional demo.
A new stock summary report is created for demonstration purpose and the same is available as a
part of “TDL Language Enhancements” sample TDLs. The TDL is enabled in Tally.ERP 9.
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Saving Multiple Configurations
Gateway of Tally –> TDL Language Enhancements –> What's New –> Release 1.8 –>
Variable Framework –> Stock Summary –> F12. Set the required configuration.
Figure 4. Setting required Configurations
The above configuration has to be saved using the button Alt+S (Save Config). Enter the Configuration Name and accept it as shown in the following figure:
Figure 5. Saving the Configuration with a suitable name
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Similarly, we can save another configuration for the same report, as shown in the following figure:
Figure 6. Saving another Configuration
Retrieving Configuration to view the Report in Different Dimensions
Gateway of Tally –> TDL Language Enhancements –> What's New –> Release 1.8 –>
Variable Framework –> Stock Summary –> F12 –> Alt+R (Retrieve Config). Select the
Required Configuration and press Enter.
Figure 7. Retrieving and Selecting the Required Configuration
The configuration will be set automatically as shown in the following figure:
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Figure 8. Applying the selected Configuration
Accept the screen to view the Report:
Figure 9. Report configured as per the selection
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To view the same Report with another configuration, Press F12 –> Alt+R, select the required configuration, and press Enter.
Figure 10. Retrieving and Selecting another Configuration
The configuration will be set automatically as shown in the following figure:
Figure 11. Applying the selected Configurations
Accept the Screen to view the Report.
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Figure 12. Report configured as per the selection
Deleting the Configuration
Gateway of Tally –> TDL Language Enhancements –> What's New –> Release 1.8–>
Variable Framework –> Stock Summary –> F12 –> Alt+D (Delete Config).
Figure 13. Selecting the configuration name for deletion
Select the Configuration to be deleted and press Enter.
Figure 14. Confirmation before deleting the selected configuration
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Accept it to delete the configuration. Press Alt+R. The report is not displaying the configuration
“Detailed Stock Summary” (as shown in the next figure).
Figure 15. Report of Configuration List post deletion
Solution Development
The solution (Setting different configurations for the same report, saving and retrieving them as
and when required) was possible by using Compound List Variable.
The steps followed to achieve the requirement are:1. Defining Compound Variables with the required members having Persistence behaviour
Figure 16. Defining Compound Variables
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2. Declaring Compound List in System Scope
Figure 17. Declaring Compound List Variable in System Scope
3. Adding Relevant Buttons
Figure 18. Adding relevant buttons
4. When the user chooses to save a configuration,

Add an element with current Report Name as Key
Figure 19. Adding an element to the list variable

Add an element within the above element with Config Name (specified by user) as Key.
Figure 20. Adding a sub-element

Set the variable values in the current Configuration Screen to the respective Members
within the above sub element.
Figure 21. Setting the member variable values
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5. When the user chooses to retrieve a configuration,

Display a Report showing the list of available Configurations in a Table.
Figure 22. Report to display list of configurations

On selecting the desired configuration, retrieve the saved values from the compound variable and set the values to the respective configuration variables.
Figure 23. Applying selected configuration values to the Report variables
6. When the user chooses to delete a configuration,

Display a Report showing the list of available Configurations in a Table.

On selecting the desired configuration, delete saved values from the compound variable.
Figure 24. Deleting the selected configuration from the List Variable
TDL Capabilities Used

User Defined Functions

Compound List Variable
Code Snippets have been extracted from the working solution provided with the
Samples.
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5. Licensing Binding Mechanism
Nowadays, it is a common practice to have multiple applications for various business operations
at different branches/ locations and then integrate their data and/or reports, as and when required.
Tally being the most common and popular product across all industries, many Third Party Applications look forward to integrate their applications with Tally.
To ensure a secure environment, Third Party Applications need to build a robust licensing
mechanism in order to validate the users of their application, which may be time consuming and
costly. Alternatively, they can opt to use the robust licensing mechanism already built in Tally and
stitch it together with the Tally Application.
License Information like Tally Serial Number, Account Email ID, etc., can be retrieved from Tally
and validated with the current instance of an external application. In order to use the Tally
licensing mechanism, Third Party Applications need to send various XML Requests to Tally
running at a predefined IP Address and a Port. On receiving the XML Request in Tally understandable format, Tally responds with the required information, data or Report requested.
For any further information on XML Formats, please refer to the documents and
samples available at www.tallysolutions.com in the path Developer Network -> Tally
Technology -> Integration Capabilities.
The various approaches for retrieving License Information from Tally that can be followed by Third
Party Applications have been broadly classified based on the desired level of security, ranging
from simple to the most complex one.
The Approaches that can be used by Third Party Applications to retrieve License Information from
Tally, based on the level of Security desired, are as follows:
5.1 License Info Retrieval using Open XML
This approach is one of the simplest approaches with minimal security wherein the Third Party
Applications will be able to send an XML Request to invoke platform functions in Tally to retrieve
the required License Information. This is a less secured environment, as the license data returned
will be available as an Open XML
In Tally, a platform function $$LicenseInfo is available which accepts a parameter to determine
the type of License details required and returns the value accordingly. For example, $$LicenseInfo:SerialNumber returns the Serial Number of the running copy of Tally.
Following is the list of parameters allowed for the Function $$LicenseInfo:
Parameters permissible for
LicenseInfo
Return Type
Description
SerialNumber
Number
Serial Number
RemoteSerialNumber
Number
Remote Serial Number in case of
Remote Login
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AccountID
String
Account ID
SiteID
String
Site ID
AdminEmailID
String
Admin Email ID
IsAdmin
Logical
Whether the System logged in user is
Administrator or not
IsIndian
Logical
Whether the country is India or not
IsSilver
Logical
Whether the Product flavour is Silver
or not
IsGold
Logical
Whether the Product flavour is Gold
or not
IsEducationalMode
Logical
Whether the Product is running in
Educational mode
IsLicensedMode
Logical
Whether Product is running in
Licensed mode
LicServerDate
Date
License Server Date
LicServerTime
String
License Server Time
LicServerDateTime
String
License Server Date & Time
The following XML Request is required to fetch Tally Serial Number:
<!-- XML Request -->
<ENVELOPE>
<HEADER>
<VERSION>1</VERSION>
<TALLYREQUEST>EXPORT</TALLYREQUEST>
<TYPE>FUNCTION</TYPE>
<!-- Platform Function Name in Tally.ERP 9 -->
<ID>$$LicenseInfo</ID>
</HEADER>
<BODY>
<DESC>
<FUNCPARAMLIST>
<!-- Parameter for the function $$LicenseInfo -->
<PARAM>Serial Number</PARAM>
</FUNCPARAMLIST>
</DESC>
</BODY>
</ENVELOPE>
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The previous XML Request fetches the following XML Response:
<!-- XML Response -->
<ENVELOPE>
<HEADER>
<VERSION>1</VERSION>
<STATUS>1</STATUS>
</HEADER>
<BODY>
<DESC>
</DESC>
<DATA>
<RESULT TYPE="Long">790003089</RESULT>
</DATA>
</BODY>
</ENVELOPE>
In this response received from Tally, Serial Number is retrieved within the RESULT Tag.
Similarly, to fetch the Account ID of the current Tally Application, replace the Parameter Serial
Number with Account ID within Param Tag in the XML Request.
5.2 License Info Retrieval using Encoding Procedure built in a TCP
This approach is a slightly better approach than the previous one, since the Response received
here is encoded using some encoding mechanism built within TDL.
The Third Party Application will send a Validation String within the XML Request. At Tally's End,
the validation string and the required License Info will be encoded using the encoding mechanism
built within TDL. The converted Strings will then be sent back within the XML Response to the
Third Party Applications, which will decode the strings at their end.
Following needs to be made available for this approach to be executed:
At Tally End
A TDL needs to be written containing the encryption mechanism to encrypt a string.
Following is an example of String encryption in Tally using TDL Function:
;; TDL Function to Encrypt an input String, by reversing it
[Function: StrEnc]
Parameter: pStringtoReverse: String
Variable : ReverseString
: String
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00: FOR RANGE : IteratorVar : Number : ($$StringLength: +
##pStringtoReverse - 1): 0: 1
10: SET: ReverseString : ##ReverseString + $$StringPart:+
##pStringToReverse : ##IteratorVar:1
20: END FOR
30: RETURN: ##ReverseString
This was a simple example of String encryption in Tally. Similarly, much robust encryption mechanisms can be built in TDL and used in Third Party Applications.
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Report having a string variable, and triggering the encrypt function with string variable as a
parameter, returning the encrypted value within the required XML Tags.
;; TDL Report to invoke the above Function
[Report: Sec XML Request2]
Form
: Sec XML Request
;; Variable for received String
Variable: EncString: String
[Form: Sec XML Request]
Parts: Sec XML Request
[Part: Sec XML Request]
Lines : Sec XML Req SerialNo, Sec XML Req EncString
Scroll: Vertical
XMLTAG: "TALLYLICENSEINFO"
;; Serial Number of Tally
[Line: Sec XML Req SerialNo]
Fields: Name Field
Local : Field: Name Field: Set As : $$StrEnc:@@LicSlNo
Local : Field: Name Field: XMLTAG : "SerialNumber"
;; To Encrypt the received String
[Line: Sec XML Req EncString]
Fields: Name Field
Local : Field: Name Field: Set As : $$StrEnc:##EncString
Local : Field: Name Field: XMLTAG : "EncryptedString"
On receiving the XML Request, the report is executed and both the Serial Number and the String
received within the XML Request are encrypted and sent back to Third Party Applications.
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At Third Party Application End
An XML Request to trigger the Tally Report with request String to be encrypted.
Following XML Request triggers the previous Report associated with Tally:
<!-- XML Request -->
<ENVELOPE>
<HEADER>
<VERSION>1</VERSION>
<TALLYREQUEST>Export</TALLYREQUEST>
<TYPE>Data</TYPE>
<ID>Sec XML Request2</ID>
</HEADER>
<BODY>
<DESC>
<STATICVARIABLES>
<SVEXPORTFORMAT>$$SysName:XML</SVEXPORTFORMAT>
<EncString>Keshav</EncString>
</STATICVARIABLES>
</DESC>
</BODY>
</ENVELOPE>
Sec XML Request2 is the TDL Report which is requested and variables SVExportFormat
(format in which response is required) and EncString (Variable Name specified in TDL Report for
string to be encrypted) are enclosed within the XML Request.
The following response is received from Tally on sending the above request
<!-- XML Response -->
<ENVELOPE>
<TALLYLICENSEINFO>
<SERIALNUMBER>980300097</SERIALNUMBER>
<ENCRYPTEDSTRING>vahsek</ENCRYPTEDSTRING>
</TALLYLICENSEINFO>
</ENVELOPE>
In this response, Serial No. and String sent as request are returned encrypted, i.e., reversed from
Tally. On receiving the response, the Third Party Application needs to decrypt the Serial Number
as well as String and validate the current instance. It is a much secure environment as the
response is in encrypted form.
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5.3 License Info Retrieval using Encryption Functions provided within Tally
This Approach is similar to the previous approach except that it uses an inbuilt Platform Function
to encrypt the string. In Tally, the validation string and the required License Info can be encrypted
using the function $$EncryptStr provided within the platform. The encrypted Strings will be sent
back within the XML response to the Third Party Application. The Third Party Application will
decrypt the Strings at their end using the standard DLL shipped by Tally for decryption.
XML Request is similar to the Request in the previous approach, except that:
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An additional variable value Password must be specified with the XMLTag Password (Variable Name used in TDL Report for Password), and
The requested Report triggers the platform function $$EncryptStr for encryption mechanism.
A supporting DLL File EncryptDecrypt.DLL is provided along with Sample Files to decrypt the
Encrypted String in Tally, using the Function $$DecryptStr available in DLL. This Function
accepts 4 parameters viz.,
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Input String to be decrypted
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Password specified while encoding an XML request
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Output String Variable to hold the decrypted return Value
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Output String Buffer Length
The above DLL can be copied either to the local path of the Third Party Application
or to the Windows System Directory.
On decrypting the above string, the Third Party Application can validate the returned String and
Serial Number, and continue if the validation is successful.
5.4 License Info Retrieval using Encryption Algorithms built using Third Party
DLLs
This Approach is the most secured approach, wherein an external DLL is written to encrypt the
given string. The Third Party Application will send a Validation String within the XML Request. At
Tally's End, the validation string and the required License Info will be encrypted using an External
DLL, which can have its own Encryption Routines.
Tally uses the function $$CallDllFunction to trigger the DLL written for encryption and returns the
encrypted strings to the Third party Application within the XML Response. At Third Party Application End, decryption algorithms will be required, which can again be provided inside the same
DLL used for encryption.
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Function - $$CallDLLFunction
The Platform Function CallDLLFunction is used to trigger the function enclosed within an
external DLL (written in C++/VC++)
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Syntax
$$CallDLLFunction:<DLL Name>:<Function Name>:<Param 1>:+
<Param 2>:…<Param N>
Where,
<DLL Name> is any DLL written in C++/VC++,
<Function Name> is a Function available in the DLL,
<Param 1 to N> are arguments, which depend upon the number of parameters needed by the
Function designed.
DLL must exist in the Tally Application folder or Windows System Folder.
XML Request for this approach is similar to the Request in the previous approach, except that
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The requested Report triggers the function written within DLL for encryption mechanism
using CallDLLFunction.
Subsequently, the Third Party Application can decrypt the encrypted String and the Serial Number
using the decrypt function within the same DLL or any other DLL.
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What’s New in Release 1.61
1. Narrowing Table Search
The current search capability on a Table allows the user to highlight a particular set of items based
on the search text entered in the field. The text is searched from the beginning of the item names
in the list and is applicable to the first column only.
In a scenario where there are large number of items in the list/table, it is impossible for the user to
remember the starting characters of the item names. He may remember only a part of the item
name which he requires to search. Even after the relevant items are searched and highlighted, all
the items are displayed, which is not required.
The latest enhancement in TDL allows the user to search a text from any part of the item name
which appears in the list. The table keeps on narrowing down and displaying only those items
which fulfil the search criteria. It is also possible now to specify whether the search criteria should
be applicable on first column or all columns of the table.
1.1 Field Attribute – Table Search
A new field attribute called ‘Table Search’ has been introduced to achieve the above capability.
Syntax
[Field : <Field name>]
Table Search : <Enable reducing table search>:<Apply search to all +
columns>
Where,
<Enable reducing table search> is a logical value (YES/NO), to specify whether we want to
enable the reducing of search or not.
<Apply search to all columns> is a logical value (YES/NO), to specify whether the search
criteria should apply to all columns of the table or not.
We can also use expressions in attribute values which evaluate to logical values.
1.2 Function - $$TableNumItems
A new function $$TableNumItems has been introduced which returns the number of items in the
list/table.
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Example:
[Collection: RTS Ledger]
Type
: Ledger
Format
: $Name
Format
: $Parent
Format
: $ClosingBalance
[Field: Reducing Table Search GT 100]
Use
: Name Field
Table
: RTS Ledger
Show Table
: Always
Table Search : $$TableNumItems > 100
: Yes
In this example, the field ‘Reducing Table Search GT 100’ is displaying the table ‘RTS Ledger’,
which has three columns ‘Name’, ’Parent’ and ‘Closing Balance’. The attribute ‘Table Search’
evaluates the first value to YES, only when the number of items in the table exceeds 100, i.e.,
reducing search will be enabled if this criteria is met. The second attribute value is set to YES, i.e.,
the search criteria will apply to all columns in the table.
1.3 Functionality Achieved
Using the above capability, it has been possible to deliver the functionality of applying the above
search technique to all the tables available in the default product. This will of course be based on
the configuration settings selected by the user.
1.4 Use Cases
1. Company search based on the Company ID.
2. Ledger search based on parent Group name available in other column in a table.
3. While selecting the Stock item Name in a voucher, the user can now narrow the search, based
on the UOM and make his selection of item based on the closing balance available for that
UOM.
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What’s New in Release 1.6
In this release, there have been enhancements in User Defined Functions, Collections and
Actions. We will see in depth the changes for the Actions - Print, Upload, Export and Mail. It is
now possible to program the configurations for these Actions. This breakthrough capability has
enabled to deliver the mass mailing feature in the product Tally.ERP9.
Collection attribute Keep Source is enhanced to accept a new value, i.e., Keep Source : (). This
has been done with the aim to improve the performance.The Loop Collection capability has paved
the way for displaying and operating on Multi-Company Data, along with ease of programming.
The TDL language has been enriched with more and more procedural capabilities by introducing
the Function $$LoopIndex and Looping construct FOR RANGE. There have been some changes
in the Action NEW OBJECT as well.
With the introduction of the function $$SysInfo, it is now possible to retrieve all system-related
information consistently using a single function.
1. General Enhancements
1.1 Programmable Configuration for Actions – Print, Export, Mail, Upload
In Tally.ERP9, the Actions Print, Export, Mail and Upload depend upon various parameters like
Printer Name, File Name, Email To, etc. Prior to execution of these actions, the relevant parameters are captured in a Configuration Report. These parameters are persisted as system variables,
so that the next time, these can be considered as default settings.
There are situations when multiple reports are being printed or mass mailing is being done in a
sequence. Subsequent to each Print or Email Action, if a configuration report is popped up for
user inputs, this interrupts the flow, thereby requiring a dedicated person to monitor the process,
which is time-consuming too. This issue has been addressed in the recent enhancements in
Tally.ERP9, where the configuration report can be suppressed by specifying a logical parameter.
Also, the variables can be set prior to invoking the desired action.
Before exploring the new enhancements, let us see the existing behaviour of the actions Print,
Email, Export and Upload.
Existing behavior of Actions – Print, Export, Mail, Upload
Presently, in Tally.ERP9, whenever any of these actions is invoked, a common Configuration
report SVPrintConfiguration is displayed to accept the user inputs. The user provides the details
in the configuration screen, based on the action being executed. The action gets executed based
on the values provided in the configuration report.
The existing syntax of these actions was:
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Syntax
<Action Name> :
<Report Name>
Where,
<Action Name> can be any of Mail, Upload, Print or Export.
<Report Name> is the name of the Report.
For successful execution of these actions, along with the Report Name, additional action-specific
parameters are also required. These action specific parameters are passed by setting the values
of variables through the configuration report - ‘SVPrintConfiguration’.
The default configuration report 'SVPrintConfiguration' is invoked only when the Report specified
does not contain the Print attribute in its own definition. The ‘Print’ attribute allows the user to
specify his own configuration settings, whenever any of these Actions is invoked.
Example:
Mail : Balance Sheet
The action Mail needs information regarding the To e-mail ID, From e-mail ID, CC e-mail ID,
Email server name, etc., which are provided through the Configuration report.
For example, a report needs to be mailed to multiple e-mail IDs in one go. Currently, for every
mail, the configuration screen is displayed, and every time, the user has to manually provide To
email ID, From email ID, etc. So, whenever any of the above actions is executed, a configuration
report is displayed, which requires user inputs. In some scenarios, this behaviour is not desirable.
Configuration settings can be specified once, and the user should be able to use it multiple times.
The action syntax has been enhanced to avoid the display of configuration screen repeatedly.
Changes in the Actions for Programming Configurations
The global actions Print, Export, Mail and Upload have been enhanced to suppress the Configuration Screen. These actions now accept an additional logical parameter. Based on the value of
the logical parameter, the configuration report is suppressed.
The new enhanced syntax of these actions is:
Syntax
<Action Name> :
<Report Name> : <Logical Value>
Where,
<Action Name> can be any of Mail, Upload, Print or Export.
<Report Name> is name of the Report.
<Logical Value> can be TRUE, FALSE, YES or NO.
With the new syntax, it is possible to configure the values of the report only once and then mail it
to the specified e-mail addresses, without repeated display of the configuration report.
Example:
10 : MAIL : Ledger Outstandings: TRUE
As the Configuration Report is not displayed, the values of the mail action specific variables like
'SVPrintFileName', 'SVOutputName', etc., must be specified for the successful execution of
these actions.
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Following are the action-specific variables and their acceptable values:
The Configuration Variables – Action Specific
The action-specific Variables can be classified into four categories based on their usage.
Common Variables
SVOutputType - The value of this variable is one of the predefined button type keywords like
Print Button, Export Button, Upload Button and Mail Button. The variables’ value is used by the
functions $$InMailAction, $$InPrintAction, $$InUploadAction and $$InExportAction to determine
the execution of the correct option in the form 'SVPrintConfiguration'. For example, if the value of
'SVOutputType' is 'Print Button', then the optional form 'SV PrintConfig' in the report 'SVPrintConfiguration' is executed.
SVPrintFileName - This variable accepts the output location as value. The value of this variable
is specific to each action. The usage of each action is explained in detail, along with the action.
SVExportFormat - The value of this variable is the name of the format to be used with the actions
Mail, Upload and Export. The values are SDF, ASCII, HTML, EXCEL, XML, AnsiSDF, AnsiASCII,
AnsiXML, AnsiHTML and AnsiExcel, which are set using $$SysName.
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