I just want to make sure expectations here are realistic (I believe I
was one who commented on the bug). Our project works by the "doers
deciding" - so even if 100 users say they'd like the feature, *at most*
this would result in the enhancement going to NEW as a valid enhancement
request and then *very likely* would sit there for a long time (until a
developer with the skills required *volunteered* to implement it.
I've pointed out a couple issues with adding entirely new functions:
1) We (The Document Foundation) does not control ods standards, I
suggested to you that you poke them to see if they're at all interested
in adding a new standards;
2) When there is currently a workable formula (even if requiring some
nested functions) - the reason is that there are almost infinite
combinations of nested functions that people use - if we start taking
enhancements based on "well one function could replace this x(y(z(#,#)))
function" than we almost have no limit. I could almost immediately file
probably two dozen such requests.
Again, just trying to keep things realistic. Best case is that this goes
to "NEW" just as a "fine it's a valid enhancement" but then it'll almost
definitely sit there (possibly indefinitely).
On 6/26/2016 12:01 PM, Kolbjørn Stuestøl wrote:
I asked for this as an enhancement. (Bug125848
It looks like the developers has plenty to do adding functions to be
compatible with other spreadsheets (read: Excel?). So most likely it
will be marked WONTFIX.
I just asked for this function because
1) I needed it (instead of using workarounds), and
2) it would be nice if Calc sometimes was ahead of Excel.
But, as I said, if I am the only one in need for such function(s), it
is undesirable to waste time on it.
*Den 20.06.2016 21:54, Kolbjørn Stuestøl skreiv:
I have not found an active forum for developers so I am trying this
forum. Perhaps someone know where to post it?
I would like to have a function who finds the first or last
occurrence of an item in a cell area.
FIND.FIRST(B1:C20,A1) and FIND.LAST(B1:C20,A1)
where A1 contains the needle (what should be found), C1:C20 the
search area (the heystack) and if found in C1:C20 returns the value
of the corresponding row from B1:B20.
Also FIND.FIRST(B1:B20,A1) where the returned value is the address to
the actual cell in B1:B20 will do.
A1 could contain a number value or something like "<5" to find the
first occurrence of a number less than 5. Including text would be top.
What could this function be used for?
If I for example are running a shop opening at 7 in the morning with
a few employers. (I assume the cash register is connected to Calc).
What time of the day is the first sale? If I never sell anything
before 10 o'clock, I could save some wages, and consider sleeping 3
hours more in the morning. :-)
Or I could find out what day was the first rainy day in June or the
first frosty day in the autumn the latest 20 years, or when my
wildlife cameras first recognized an elk.
I have not found this function in other spreadsheets, so perhaps Calc
will be the first one?
I am now using a walk around, so I am not asking for how to do this
calculations. I am only asking for a function to do this in a simpler
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