INIT Function (RecordRef)

Initializes a record in a table.




Type: RecordRef

The RecordRef that is used to identify the record that you want to initialize.


This function assigns default values to each field in the record. The values that are assigned in the record correspond to those defined when the table was created. If no value was assigned when the table was created, the values are assigned based on the data type, as shown in the following table.

Data type Default value
BigInteger 0
BigText <Empty>
BLOB <Empty>
Boolean No
Code '' (empty string)
Date 0d (Undefined date)
DateFormula '' (empty string)
DateTime 0DT (Undefined datetime)
Decimal 0.0
Duration 0
GUID 00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000
Integer 0
Option 0
RecordID <Empty>
TableFilter <Empty>
Text '' (empty string)
Time 0T (Undefined time)

Primary key and timestamp fields are not initialized.

After the function executes, you can change the values in any or all of the fields before you call the INSERT Function (RecordRef) to enter the record in the table. Be sure that the fields that make up the primary key contain values that make the total primary key unique. If the primary key is not unique (such as the record already exists), then the record is rejected.

The function works the same as the INIT Function (Record).


The following example opens a table 18 (Customer) with a RecordRef variable that is named CustomerRecref. The FIELD Function (RecordRef) creates a FieldRef variable that is named MyFieldRef for the field. The INIT function initializes the values in the fields by using default values and then uses the INSERT Function (RecordRef) to insert a new record. The new record is 1120. This is the primary key for the new record.


In this example, the INIT function is called before the primary key is assigned a value. The INIT function does not initialize primary key fields. Therefore calling the INIT function before or after you assign values to the primary key field does not make any difference.

This example requires that you create the following variables and text constants in the C/AL Globals window.

Variable name DataType
CustomerRecref RecordRef
MyFieldRef FieldRef
Text constant ENU value
Text000 The value of the field before initialization is %1.
Text001 The value of the field after you insert the record is %1.
MyFieldRef := CustomerRecref.FIELD(1);  
MESSAGE(‘%1’, MyFieldRef.VALUE);  
MyFieldRef.VALUE := '1120';  
MESSAGE(‘%1’, MyFieldRef.VALUE);  

See Also

RecordRef Data Type