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SubField - script and chart function

SubField() is used to extract substring components from a parent string field, where the original record fields consist of two or more parts separated by a delimiter.

The Subfield() function can be used, for example, to extract first name and surname from a list of records consisting of full names, the component parts of a path name, or for extracting data from comma-separated tables.

If you use the Subfield() function in a LOAD statement with the optional field_no parameter left out, one full record will be generated for each substring. If several fields are loaded using Subfield() the Cartesian products of all combinations are created.


SubField(text, delimiter[, field_no ])

Return data type: string


Argument Description
text The original string. This can be a hard-coded text, a variable, a dollar-sign expansion, or another expression.
delimiter A character within the input text that divides the string into component parts.

The optional third argument is an integer that specifies which of the substrings of the parent string text is to be returned. Use the value 1 to return the first substring, 2 to return the second substring, and so on.

  • If field_no is a positive value, substrings are extracted from left to right.
  • If field_no is a negative value, substrings are extracted from right to left.
Tip note SubField() can be used instead of using complex combinations of functions such as Len(), Right(), Left(), Mid(), and other string functions.


Add the example script to your app and run it. Then add the fields listed in the results column to a sheet in your app to see the result.


LOAD * inline [


'Dave Owen'

'Joe Tem'




Load Name,

SubField(Name, ' ',1) as FirstName,

SubField(Name, ' ',-1) as Surname

Resident FullName;

Drop Table FullName;

Resulting table
Name FirstName Surname
Dave Owen Dave Owen
Joe Tem Joe Tem


This example shows how using multiple instances of the Subfield() function, each with the field_no parameter left out, from within the same LOAD statement creates Cartesian products of all combinations. The DISTINCT option is used to avoid creating duplicate record.

Add the example script to your app and run it. Then add the fields listed in the results column to a sheet in your app to see the result.



SubField(Player,',') as Player,

SubField(Project,',') as Project;


Load * inline [







] (delimiter is '|');


Resulting table
Instrument Player Project
Guitar Mike Music
Guitar Mike Video
Guitar Mike OST
Guitar Neil Music
Guitar Neil Video
Guitar Neil OST
Synth Jen Music
Synth Jen Video
Synth Jen OST
Synth Jo Music
Synth Neil Music
Synth Neil Video
Synth Neil OST