Using variables to make dataview query dynamic

Hi,

I want to use a inline-variable inside a dataview-query, to be able to filter it.

e.g. I have these three notes:

Apple-note:

---
Library: [[nutrition]]
category: fruit
effect: healthy
color:
---

tomato-note:

---
Library: [[nutrition]]
category:
effect: healthy
color: red
---

cigarettes-note:

---
Library: 
category: drug
effect: not healthy
---

Now I want to use one dataview to query for both, for files, that have values inside the property “effect” and for files, that have values inside the property “color”.

For that, I would define a inline-metadata-variable, like:
var:: effect (or var:: color, if I would like to filter for files with that property)

with this dataview…

```dataview
Table category, effect
Where this.var
```

and var:: effect, I would have expected, to get a table with three entries, apple, tomato and cigarettes (all three notes do have values in the effect-property)
With var:: color, I would have expected, to get a table with only one entry: tomato, because this file is the only one with a value in it.

… unfortunately, it seems like the Where expression doesn’t work at all… do you have an explanation for that?

Thanks in advance,
kind regards,

Silias

When the query is parsed it’s expanding out the various variables, and in your case that would lead to a WHERE "effect". In other words, it’ll check if the text “effect” is a truthy value, and not whether there exist a variable called effect.

Luckily there is an easy way around this (as long as we’re talking about single variables and not extended WHERE clauses, and that is to use the row[...] syntax, so try the following query:

```dataview
TABLE Library, category, effect, this.var
WHERE row[this.var]
```
2 Likes

Thanks again holroy! :slight_smile:

This topic was automatically closed 7 days after the last reply. New replies are no longer allowed.