Welcome to the latest post in the series ‘Audit Command Language Tutorial for Beginners’. At this point, it is our hope that you are able to successfully navigate the GUI of the ACL tool. If there are still any doubts, go through the video below for a walkthrough of the tool before reading on further.
In this post, we will be discussing how to set up and start scripting in your ACL projects. Audit Command Language scripts are fairly straightforward and easy to write as compared to other tools. In a backhanded fashion, on the simplicity also limits the functionality available in other tools in the market.
Creating a new script: Right click on the project folder in the ‘Project Navigator’ -> ‘New’ -> ‘Script’
Writing your first lines of script: Try writing the below script to create a new column ‘new_acct’ in the table ‘sample’.
DELETE FIELD NEW_Gender OK
DEFINE FIELD NEW_Gender COMPUTED AS
After writing the script, press the ‘play’ button. If the script completes successfully, you would see the small green ‘check’ sign in the bottom right section of the tool.
If there is any error, there would a red dot next to the line with the error and a red cross at the bottom right corner of the tool. You may watch the video below for the same walk through.
Of course, there are a number of things that can be done via scripting in any tool and the same is true for Audit Command Language Scripts. Besides the creation of fields, there are functions (character, numeric, date), joins etc. and other commands for various other manipulations that can be performed on data sets. All these different aspects will be covered in separate posts so as to explore each in a detailed and comprehensively.
If you wish to be proactive in learning how to script in ACL, I would urge you to fiddle around with the ACL GUI. Any command that is performed using the GUI is logged in the logs. These can be check as each command is executed in the ‘log’ tab at the bottom of the project navigator. Select the command and the corresponding script would appear ‘Define’ window next to the project navigator. See image below.
These scripts can be used to build simple projects very quickly and allow for practice for beginners. So play around with the tool to learn and practice as much as you can for Audit Command Language Scripts.
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