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  • #16
    Re: Filter report with multiple parameters

    Ummmm...I feel like a monkey that just got handed a smart phone. lol
    I will have to google and try to absorb this information.


    • #17
      Re: Filter report with multiple parameters

      Nothing I have tried works. Hard to believe there is no way to open a report utilizing xbasic with parameters from fields on a UX, and I have been trying for a very long time. I finally gave up. If you figure it out, please let me know.
      Epigate Software, LLC.


      • #18
        Re: Filter report with multiple parameters

        alpha will not perform as I had hoped. I have spent the last few days trying to run reports and filter them by drop down controls on a ux, and I cant find any way to do it. if one of the fields is blank the report will not show any records. I have gone through so many suggestions on here and I cannot even find how to use the xbasic code to even open a report. all I find is things like SaveAs, but not to just open it. rapid development? not quite. seems like I am not the only one looking to do this, and they have more experience than me. so discouraging


        • #19
          Re: Filter report with multiple parameters

          Thank you Al. Once I build the string, as you demonstrated, how do I pass that to the report and open it? I don't want to save it in a session folder, I just want to open it.


          • #20
            Re: Filter report with multiple parameters

            the xbasic code to even open a report
            I don't do mobile/web so this may be completely wrong but the xbasic to open a report is


            The only required parameter is the report name.
            There can be only one.


            • #21
              Re: Filter report with multiple parameters

              I tried it different ways but it does not work.



              • #22
                Re: Filter report with multiple parameters

                Alternative Approach. Here is an approach I have used used.

                In a UX create a list component based on the table or query you want to search(SQL), then add all the search boxes you want (Watch videos UXL-V12--22 and 23). Set up filters for the list.

                When you have got the list filtering how you want, add buttons or hyperlinks to open your various reports. Use action JavaScript with your buttons to open reports (Action is- Open Report, Label or Letter), the dialog to to enter your report details allows you to filter the report based upon currentListFilter("ListName")

                This should open the report/s based on filter criteria.

                Of course you may not want to have the list cluttering your page- so put it in a container and hide it on the client side. (I have my list visible, because I want my customers to have some indication of what will be included in the report/s and also to have access to reports based on individual rows).

                I would add that the reports have to be Layout Reports (I think).

                I had to do a load of experimenting and the list filter I have built is very complex, but I think you could take this approach and there is minimal self coding involved.

                I would think that a hidden grid could also used (currentGdidFilter).


                • #23
                  Re: Filter report with multiple parameters

                  that is not an acceptable solution robin. I would have to have a different ux for this dataset and reports, and then another ux for others and so on. I will have very many reports so it would take more than a dozen ux's and that would make it hard for users to find the report they need.


                  • #24
                    Re: Filter report with multiple parameters

                    Hi Charlie,
                    The problem is not AA report but probably the lack of knowledge on using stored procedure in your case. As I explained you before, I do this all the time, for your report, you have to build the same arguments or parameters you will use in your UX dialog and using a Stored Procedure is a straight forward process without building strings.

                    Don't be intimidated by the use of Stored Procedures (SP), it is basically an SQL Select you build to grab your data the way you want it, passing blank or null parameter values to test your WHERE condition as I posted, then once that is working as expected, you can build your report using the SP as the source, creating the parameters required by the SP and then build your UX, pass the values of your UX controls to the report arguments and you are done.

                    Try it!!!
                    Edhy Rijo
                    (Computer Consultants)
                    The makers of CardTracking.Net


                    • #25
                      Re: Filter report with multiple parameters

                      Found a way that works great for far. We changed the way the filter is applied to the action javascript, and we added an additional choice to each and every drop down field "<ALL>". Then we used this in the SQL Filter:

                      companyid = :cid AND CdDate >= :argDate1 AND ClassDate <= :argDate2 AND (CsName = :argCsName OR :argCsName = "<ALL>") AND (PersID = :argPers OR :argPers = "<ALL>") AND (ClName = :argClName OR :argClName = "<ALL>") AND (CoType_text = :argCoType OR :argCoType = "<ALL>") AND (PK9_text = :argPK9 OR :argPK9 = "<ALL>") AND (ClTopic_text = :argClTopic OR :argClTopic = "<ALL>") AND (LSkV = :argLSkV OR :argLSkV = "<ALL>") AND (IsReq = :argIsReq OR :argIsReq = "<ALL>")

                      The arguments must be defined first for each of the fields and then the argument value set to the correct field.

                      It is a multi-company application, so we had to include the company id, which uses a session variable, and all the rest of the filter is acquired from the fields on the UX. Selecting "<ALL>" will naturally show all the records for that field, so you can use any number of them you need and not if you don't need them.

                      Utilizing (FilterValue = :argValue OR :argValue = "<ALL>") was the key and allowed us to use this without it being 6 miles long.
                      So far this seems to be working like we want but we are still testing it. If anyone can see problems using this, please let me know.


                      • #26
                        Re: Filter report with multiple parameters

                        I forgot to include one quirk we found. Even though each of the fields has the default value set to "<ALL>", it throws weird errors unless each of the fields used in the report filter has its value set again. We have a button called "Reset Report Filter" which sets the values of each field to "<ALL>". And we also run that same code when the UX opens. It is really weird that the default value is ignored, but at least its an easy fix.


                        • #27
                          Re: Filter report with multiple parameters

                          Hi Travis,
                          Glad to here you are in the right path, I know how frustrating this kind of issues can be. AA is a powerful product but a good solid knowledge of your database is always a big PLUS.
                          This logic I suggested, will work for you even using it in the AA Query Genie, but now that you mentioned that your application is a Multi-Company one using your Company ID to filter out the records, you have to make sure that data optimization is used, so I encourage you to study the Stored Procedure approach this way your MySQL server will take advantage o it by pre-compiling the SP and running faster. Always use the combination of Views and Stored Procedure and your AA application will perform faster and more reliable.

                          Here is one of the Stored Procedure I use in one report:
                          CREATE PROCEDURE [dbo].[spGetRosterPaymentsReport]
                          	-- Add the parameters for the stored procedure here
                          	@OSISID VARCHAR(9) = '235390358', -- AGRAMONTE , JHAN
                          	@StartDate DATE = '07/01/2014',
                          	@EndDate   DATE = '06/26/2015'
                          	-- SET NOCOUNT ON added to prevent extra result sets from
                          	-- interfering with SELECT statements.
                          	SET NOCOUNT ON;
                          	-- Select all payments for this roster period
                          		SEITPaymentsImported si
                          		(si.OSISID = @OSISID OR @OSISID = '')
                          		AND (
                          			(si.PaymentStartDate BETWEEN @StartDate AND @EndDate) OR 
                          			(si.PaymentEndDate BETWEEN @StartDate AND @EndDate)
                          	ORDER BY
                          		si.StudentName, si.OSISID, si.PaymentStartDate, si.PaymentEndDate, si.PaymentDate
                          AA Report DataSource using Stored Procedure.png
                          UX used for generating the report.png
                          Last edited by Progytech; 03-02-2015, 07:31 PM. Reason: Added a Stored Procedure sample
                          Edhy Rijo
                          (Computer Consultants)
                          The makers of CardTracking.Net


                          • #28
                            Re: Filter report with multiple parameters

                            Thank you Edhy, I think I can understand that much better than before. I will give it a shot and see what I can do once I get caught up. I am sure I will have more questions for you as I go along. Is a stored procedure along the same lines as a pass-through query?


                            • #29
                              Re: Filter report with multiple parameters

                              You are welcome Travis.

                              Originally posted by Medic1196 View Post
                              Is a stored procedure along the same lines as a pass-through query?
                              Yes and no. A Store Procedure is basically a SQL Query Statement you create in your database which you can then execute to return the cursor.
                              I know MySQL has a tool that will allow you to manage your database, look at the Store Procedure tree and right click to create a new one. you would actually start by creating your query and test it until you get the results you want, then you copy that SQL statement in your Stored Procedure so you can call it from AA report or Grids.
                              Look at these links from Google:

                              This is a much better video for you:
                              Last edited by Progytech; 03-02-2015, 07:55 PM. Reason: Added new video link for how to create stored procedures in MySQL.
                              Edhy Rijo
                              (Computer Consultants)
                              The makers of CardTracking.Net


                              • #30
                                Re: Filter report with multiple parameters

                                Let me throw something out there that has me confused on this. The SP is the reports datasourse? And the report can be opened by the usual action javascript?
                                I see the code above but nothing to actually open the report. This is what is a little confusing about everything we have tried the last few days. Like Charlie stated, I couldn't figure out how to open the report to see if the filter was working.
                                I will look at the links you have provided and work on figuring it all out.
                                Thank you again Edhy.