Deletes a row from the specified list.


   name STRING,
   index INTEGER )
  1. name is the name of the screen record, see Identifying screen-arrays in dialog methods.
  2. index is the index of the row to be deleted (starts a 1).


The deleteRow() method deletes the row in the array controlled by the dialog.

Important: This method is designed to be used in an ON ACTION block. It must not be called in control blocks such as BEFORE ROW, AFTER ROW, BEFORE INSERT, AFTER INSERT, BEFORE DELETE, or AFTER DELETE.

The method is similar to deleting an element to the program array, except that internal dialog registers are automatically updated (like the total number of rows returned by getArrayLength()). If the list is decorated with cell attributes, the program array defining the attributes will also be synchronized. If multi-row selection is enabled, selection information is synchronized (selection flags are shifted up) for all rows after the deleted row.

Note: The purpose of this method is to implement business logic required to modify the record list in the current dialog. It is typically used in a DISPLAY ARRAY dialog. Avoid using this method in INPUT ARRAY. To allow the end user to append, modify or delete rows in a DISPLAY ARRAY, use list modification interaction blocks.

After the method is called, the row no longer exists in the program array, and the getArrayLength() method will return the new row count.

If the deleteRow() method is called during an INPUT ARRAY that has the focus, control blocks such as BEFORE ROW and BEFORE FIELD will be executed, if you delete the current row. This is required to reset the internal state of the dialog. However, the method does not execute any BEFORE ROW or AFTER ROW control blocks in a DISPLAY ARRAY dialog.

If the deleteRow() method is called during an INPUT ARRAY, and if no more rows are in the list after the call, the dialog will automatically append a new temporary row if the focus is in the list, to let the user enter new data. When using AUTO APPEND = FALSE attribute, no temporary row will be created and the current row register will be automatically changed to make sure that it will not be greater than the total number of rows.

If you pass zero as row index, the method does nothing (if no rows are in the list, getCurrentRow() returns zero).


This example implements a user-defined action to remove rows that have a specific property:
ON ACTION delete_invalid_rows 
  FOR r = 1 TO DIALOG.getArrayLength("sa")
    IF NOT s_orders[t].is_valid THEN
      CALL DIALOG.deleteRow("sa",r)
      LET r = r - 1
    END IF