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  • Please Assist

    I am using A5V9

    Could someone advise how to get a Trimester value from a Date()

    Example: 01/01/2008 to 31/03/2008 = 1st Trimester

    I have looked throughout the help files of A5V9

    Thank you for your time

    Chris Donelon

  • #2
    Re: Please Assist

    Here's one way.

    Create a function like this:

    FUNCTION Trimester AS N (vDate AS D )
    	MonthOfDate = month(vdate)
    	    case between(MonthOfDate,1,3)
    	    	Trimester = 1
    	    case between(MonthOfDate,4,6)
    	    	Trimester = 2
    	    case between(MonthOfDate,7,9)
    	    	Trimester = 3
    	end select
    Then call the function where/as needed. In interactive, for instance, you'd get this:

    = 2
    This function assumes that the current trimester starts on January 1. You may want to modify it to specify the starting date. But this'll get you started...


    • #3
      Re: Please Assist

      If you just want this on one or two reports you can just create a calculated field with the expression

      case(month(somedate)<4,"First Trimester",month(somedate)<7,"Second Trimester",month(somedate)<10,"Third Trimester",.t.,"Fourth Trimester")
      But Steve's function is quite handy.
      There can be only one.


      • #4
        Re: Please Assist

        Thanks to Steve & Stan for your assistance

        Much appreciated

        Chris Donelon


        • #5
          Re: Please Assist

          Timester as in Ist Trimester of preganancy? or as in school calendar?
          Last edited by G Gabriel; 04-10-2008, 02:10 PM.


          • #6
            Re: Please Assist

            Hey Stan there are 12 months in the year... Nice function though for finding the Quarter!

            Discernment is not needed in things that differ, but in those things that appear to be the same. - Miles Sanford


            • #7
              Re: Please Assist

              If you get to "Fourth Timester",
              Not sure what a "Timester" might be.

              A trimester is a three month period, of which there are four (4) in a year. The last three month period of a year would be the "Fourth Trimester".

              Trimester \Tri*mes"ter\, n. [L. trimestris of three months; tri- (see Tri-) + mensis month: cf. F. trimestre.]

              A term or period of three months.

              Source: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
              There can be only one.


              • #8
                Re: Please Assist

                Trimester... as in Ist trimester of pregnancy.
                If you get to the fourth trimester, it's time to call a news conference!


                • #9
                  Re: Please Assist

                  Originally posted by G Gabriel View Post
                  Trimester... as in Ist trimester of pregnancy.
                  If you get to the fourth trimester, it's time to call a news conference!
                  heeheehee... I was thinking something like "semester" in relationship to school.

                  Discernment is not needed in things that differ, but in those things that appear to be the same. - Miles Sanford


                  • #10
                    Re: Please Assist


                    Fooled me for a bit too until I thought about what the word "semester" really means....six months. But most think of it as coming from the prefix "semi-" meaning half and as a result it has taken on that meaning as well. So in that respect the word "Trimester" could very well take on a the secondary meaning that you at first thought. English language just gets more and more difficult to learn as meanings of words start to flow into each other at times...also makes it harder to be precise when such a dichotomy exists in a word's meaning.
                    It is only when we forget all our learning that we begin to know.
                    It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see.
                    Henry David Thoreau


                    • #11
                      Re: Please Assist

                      No Mike that wasn't it. I was thinking semi as in 1/2 and tri as in 1/3, therefore a trimester would be a period of 4 months - 1/3 of a year (vs 3 months as Stan pointed out). Sometimes I amaze myself that my brain works right at all! The context of pregnancy totally went by me. I should take a look at a dictionary before I post.

                      Discernment is not needed in things that differ, but in those things that appear to be the same. - Miles Sanford