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  • Coding Dates and Display problem

    Any help would be appreciated. (Those who know me also know I try and avoid coding if I possibley can - this time I'm stumped!)

    I have 12 months data, with a record of the number of complaints recieved in each month.
    As the months go by, I need to drop the first month in the series, and add an empty one.
    So,
    Jan Feb Mar Apr etc.
    1 2 2 9

    Becomes
    Feb Mar Apr May etc.
    2 2 9 0

    I need to display a whole 12 months, from the current month backwards, and do a "rollover" on the first day of the next, new month, dropping the first month and creating a new month.
    I also need a total of the last 12 months data.

    I've worked out how to manage the movement of values within the 12 periods by copying/deleting/appending, but tieing the periods into the Months to be displayed - which has to be a Named month not just a number - has me stumped.
    Any guidance would be welcome.
    Ted
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  • #2
    Re: Coding Dates and Display problem

    I need to display
    Display where?

    Alpha has several functions you will need to use. One will keep the months in order

    ? month(date())
    = 11

    The other will display the month's name.

    ? cmonth(date())
    = "November"

    You can add months with a function named, oddly enough, addmonths()

    ? month(addmonths(date(),1))
    = 12
    ? cmonth(addmonths(date(),1))
    = "DecembeR

    You can subtract using the same function with negative numbers.

    ? month(addmonths(date(),-1))
    = 10
    ? cmonth(addmonths(date(),-1))
    = "October"
    There can be only one.

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    • #3
      Re: Coding Dates and Display problem

      A star as always! Thanks Stan.
      I'll work with the suggestions and post the code when I get it to work.

      Next problem I have is how to disable a button, which opens another form, if the value of a field is "Yes".

      I've tried conditional actions in OnFetch as a form event and get a small question mark to the left of the action but no further explanation!

      Any ideas?
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      • #4
        Re: Coding Dates and Display problem

        Sorry, didn't answer the Display Where question.
        It needs to go on a form

        Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug etc. This month say
        Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sept etc. Next month say
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        • #5
          Re: Coding Dates and Display problem

          Got it - it a conditional object! Silly me!
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          • #6
            Re: Coding Dates and Display problem

            Ted,
            I made an example of generating a summary of 12 months worth of complaints somewhat as you described. I don't think this is exactly what you want, but it might help. I don't work much manipulating dates, and it was a good evening exercise.
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            • #7
              Re: Coding Dates and Display problem

              Mike, I've downloaded and will have a "butchers hook" (rhyming slang for Look in the UK) after dinner.
              Stan set me off on a really simple way to display the months in question using CMONTH() and ADDMONTH(-1) etc which work well.
              I need to code the data to roll over automatically at the end of the month, so I'll need to also code a startup script to do it.
              Ho Hum, I wanted to be an astronaut - not a coder!
              Ted
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              • #8
                Re: Coding Dates and Display problem

                Mike, this is far in excess of what I thought of - it's great!
                I'll use the framework to keep the data rather than roll it over and drop the oldest numbers. Many, many thanks for the effort.

                Ted
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                • #9
                  Re: Coding Dates and Display problem

                  Mike, where would I put the code to only display the complaints about a particular site?
                  The function works fine, but picks up ALL the complaints. Is it possible to filter out anything but the current Site ID?

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                  • #10
                    Re: Coding Dates and Display problem

                    Ted,
                    attached is an update. I added site and site_id to the example and highlighted the region in the past_year_sum() code where the filter is and where the variable for the site_id will come into play.

                    Beware:
                    This example and the past will not work with the latest buggy patch. See

                    http://msgboard.alphasoftware.com/al...ad.php?t=76780
                    Mike W
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                    • #11
                      Re: Coding Dates and Display problem

                      Thanks Mike, much appreciated.
                      The buggy bit is scary though!
                      Ted
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