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  • order by for printing letters not working

    Hi All,
    I have a dialogue that calls up a set of letters to print using an sqldatasource, it works fine but i cannot get it to use the order i want, i.e. order by appt_date DESC.
    When i set the order i get the expression cdate(appt_date) which if i understand uses the format YYYYMMDD i need it to be DDMMYYYY any ideas?
    As a by the by the same order by works fine in a pdf report.

    Dale

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    Re: order by for printing letters not working

    Dale,
    using the following should work...found by searching the online help index for date and then going down the list and choosing functions.

    date_format(appt_date,"ddmmyyyy")
    Mike
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      Re: order by for printing letters not working

      Hi MikeC,
      That works a treat when previewing the data, The problem is when trying to print the letters, it sorts them by the day of the month only.

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        Re: order by for printing letters not working

        Dale,
        Where are you setting the print order....and what is the order expression you are using....and do you have any other sorting going on that could be influencing this say on the OnPrintInit or OnRecord event??? I ask the latter as you say in the print preview the sort is working.

        A sample would be beneficial to work on--doubt that the datasource being from SQL has anything to do with it....unless you are trying somehow to use a sort there (possible even???).

        Just a few things I would need to know before any guesses could be made!
        Mike
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        It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see.
        Henry David Thoreau
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          Re: order by for printing letters not working

          Mike,
          I have attached the mysql query for the report and the expression used for the order.
          When you look at the expression it should say Result:09012009 and it doesnt!
          As for your other points i am not running any OnPrintInit or OnRecord events.
          Dale
          Last edited by Kzin; 01-09-2009, 11:44 AM.

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            Re: order by for printing letters not working

            Dale--
            Just to make things clear....
            So you brought over data to Alpha sorted by your SQL definition. Now you want to sort it differently in Alpha for printing. You have used the date_format() function (WHERE did you use it?) and it comes out for the record showing with a non-existent day 00 which says to me a data problem...regardless, when you go through other records in the expression builder by using the arrows under the "choice" box do other records come out correctly?

            If the above is basically correct, my first place to try to sort it would be using the OnPrintInit event, using the date_format() function.
            Mike
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            It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see.
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              Re: order by for printing letters not working

              Hi Mike
              Thats what i love about this board, its like having a second pair of eyes, reading your post straight away made me realise where it was all going wrong, why would i want to filter the report twice, i have removed the filter expression from the report and left the sql one in place and all is well.
              Like all things i am a one man department trying to port desktop apps to web apps and use sql for the first time as well!!

              Thank you very much for your input.

              Dale

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                Re: order by for printing letters not working

                Glad it helped...many times just by writing out the problem will illuminate the solution too. Or like you said, simply another pair of eyes.
                Mike
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