Allow hashing out of lines in the formula editor

edited February 2 in Modeling Ideas

Issue: As a model builder, we sometimes need to alter lines of code in the formula of a module. It would be really helpful if there was a character (e.g. hash symbol "#") that Anaplan can ignore so that model builders are able to quickly remove certain lines of code from being used in the calculation without having to delete them.

Use Case: This feature could be used to write notes within the formula that might assist another model builder as to why a formula was changed and when. It is also helpful when the model builder is testing variations of the formula and not having to copy and paste previous iterations of a formula.


Original calculation:

Amended calculation:

In the example above, only the calculation outlined in GREEN would be used in the formula and all rows with a "#" at the beginning of the row are ignored.

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  • I like it - would definitely improve the modelling experience when:

    • Ttrying to debug formulas that aren't working
    • When copying modules and changing the 'applies to' (often you have to copy the formulas out to a file and add them back in step by step which can be slow)
  • Great suggestion, Michael!

    This functionality exists within many other coding languages (e.g. MS VBA, sql) and its presence assists with development and transparency.

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