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    Hi Everyone

    I'm lost (again...)

    I have a calculated field on a report based on a MySql table.

    I'm using sql_lookup in the field. In the expression builder the result works but in the report it only shows 8 characters.

    Ie: The field in the table has 12345678910 (which is displayed in the expression builder) but on the report it displays as: 12345678

    For the life of me I can't find where to change the display length properties of the field on the report as with normal fields.

    Can someone point me in the right direction.


  • #2
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    Fixed but I'm not sure if this is the right way

    Copied the display properties from another field and applied it to the calculated field

    Can someone tell me if there is another way to change the display properties of a calculated field.



    • #3
      Re: Report Help

      .....field length - about the middle of the format tab
      See our Hybrid Option here;

      If at first you don't succeed; call it Version 1.0


      • #4
        Re: Report Help

        Hi Ted

        Thanks for your reply

        Yeah I know that's where it's supposed to be be but this is what it looks like



        • #5
          Re: Report Help

          And it's not in one of the other tabs?
          If I recall correctly, a Calculated field has mixed up settings.
          See our Hybrid Option here;

          If at first you don't succeed; call it Version 1.0


          • #6
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            Hi Ted

            No it's not. I've looked everywhere and can't find where to change the display width.
            I have other cal fields on the report which show the display width in the properties but not this one.
            Does it have to do with the sql_lookup used in the cal expression? I've never used it before so just asking.

            Strange how it shows correctly in the expression builder but not on the report.


            • #7
              Re: Report Help

              Apologies Keith, I missed your last post.
              I will try and recreate the situation on my box.

              In your MySql table, set the value of the numeric field to BIGINT.
              This will give you 20 places to play with.
              You cannot change the table but you can look at the new field length in the Rules screen.
              Refresh the table definition in Alpha, then look at the field options again.
              When you test it, the field characteristics are not always re-set.
              Try entering a new long number - up to N 20.
              The Report should now take the long number.

              It is all to do with INT and BIGINT

              Last edited by Ted Giles; 04-25-2019, 12:40 PM.
              See our Hybrid Option here;

              If at first you don't succeed; call it Version 1.0


              • #8
                Re: Report Help

                Hi Ted

                Sorry for the delayed reply

                Thx for the input but I'm dealing with character data in the MYSQL field, varchar(80)

                Seems strange that when I use the sql_lookup function in a calculated field the display length isn't available in the format tab.


                I solved the issue by coping the display width from another field and applying it to this field but I'd like to know if I did something wrong



                • #9
                  Re: Report Help

                  Ok, so what does the code look like which populates the lookup character calculated field?
                  See our Hybrid Option here;

                  If at first you don't succeed; call it Version 1.0


                  • #10
                    Re: Report Help

                    Here's the calc expression:

                    CalInvprime = SQLDATASOURCE->invprime
                    CalDesc = sql_lookup("::Name::llh","masterinv","invprime="+calc->CalInvprime,"[desc]")

                    invprime is INT(11) in the MYSQL table

                    In the expression builder the CalDesc result shows correctly but when on the report is only shows 8 characters.


                    • #11
                      Re: Report Help

                      Nope, cannot get it to fail using BIGINT as the invprime placeholder.

                      This is the usual construction of the lookup;


                      From the Help Section
                      'In this example we pass in an open connection.
                      'Since the function will not have to open and then close the connection, it is significantly faster
                      dim cn as sql::connection
                      table = "customers"
                      result_expression = "concatenate(city,' - ',contactname)"
                      filter = "customerid = 'bolid'"
                      = "Madrid - Mart
                      See our Hybrid Option here;

                      If at first you don't succeed; call it Version 1.0


                      • #12
                        Re: Report Help

                        Hi Ted,

                        Thx for the reply.

                        I'll try changing the MYSQL field to BIGINT.