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Deleting empty records

Sometimes a base ends up with empty records - records with no values in any fields. Here is a utility to delete them from a table.

A table with several empty records

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Using the script

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The script asks for confirmation before deleting. Because there is no data in any of the fields, the record ids are shown.

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The table with no empty records:

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Here is the code:

https://gist.github.com/kuovonne/8837d4c153ee1d1e4214412763b5c58e

deleteBlankRecords.js
/*******************************************************************************
Title: Delete Blank Records for Airtable scripting block
Author: Kuovonne Vorderbruggen
Website: kuovonne.com
Date Created: March 4, 2020
Version: 1.0
Copyright (c) 2020 by Kuovonne Vorderbruggen
Usage License: MIT License

## Description
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I updated the gist with some enhancements:

  • Sort records by the primary field. Empty records should be at the top of the sort.

  • Retrieve and check only non-computed fields. Should improve performance for tables with lots of computed fields.

  • Stop looking for empty records after reaching batch limit of 50.

  • Improved comments and variable names.

Hello Kuovonne,
I am trying to use your script to alter the following! I would like to combine the first two rows into one by replacing and delteing redundant values, and keeping the valid one under the valid field. How should i do that?

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@medairtable This script is not designed to combine rows. It is only meant to delete completely empty rows.

If you need to merge multiple records, I recommend looking into the Dedupe app.

I did look into it but ended up filtering and reorganzing my data based on filters and groups. It took some time but i was in control hehe.

I have another problem and looking for a solution, it would be great if you give me ideas.
I have a team generating leads. Every-time a person fills a form, an incremented leads on his row under {Lead}. It shows the total leads this person got.

Goal: I want to know how many leads are in on a week to week basis. I am not sure how should i do that?
Is it through a last modified field and a formula?

In order to calculate statistics for a week, you need a table of weeks, with a row for each week. Then you need to link data records to the proper week. Finally, use rollup (and possibly count) fields to perform the calculations.