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  • Date Range (Non-Programmer)

    I'd like to display the from and to dates at the top of a report based on the dates selected in the on-push script used. I've seen this somehwere in the documentation, but can't recall the term used to describe this. I'm using Version Nine.

    Can someone help me out?

    Thanks!

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    Re: Date Range (Non-Programmer)

    You're looking to understand Global variables. When you define the input controls for date_begin and date_end, dimension them as Global.

    Also, in your report design, establish exactly the same variables, making them Global.

    Then drag/drop the variables into your report where you want to display them, and the value will show at print/preview time.

    If there's any particular step here where you're having trouble, let us know. Action scripting to build an XDialog box and then run the print process should walk you right on through it.
    -Steve
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      Re: Date Range (Non-Programmer)

      You could probably set variables in the script and then use them in your report to display the dates, but I'd need more specifics to give more detail. What's the on-push script being run? Something you've written? Something built-in?

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        Re: Date Range (Non-Programmer)

        I've been creating a report and then using the EVENT OnPush to access the Code Editor.

        A new action is added and then using the Script Genie to slect the options and to select the records. I'm using the "Prompt for Parameters at Runtime" option and creating a filter to ask for the beginning and ending dates.

        These are the dates that I want to display on the report header to make sure the date range is known on the reports generated.

        Since these reports will be sent out via e-mail as PDF files, the people reading them need to know what dates are covered.

        After reading these replies, it wappeas that I may be able to set the variable as part of the OnPush Script. Since I'm REAL new at this, it will required some more reading, along with some trial and error.

        Thanks for you help!

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        • #5
          Re: Date Range (Non-Programmer)

          Try this instead:

          Using the Action Scripting genie, create two actions:

          (Action 1) An XDialog box to prompt for date_begin and date_end. It's a bit intimidating at first to do this, but once you figure it out, you'll be far more powerful. The genie to build the XDialog will give you the choice to make the variables local, session or global. Choose global.

          (Action 2) Print/preview a report. As you go through this genie, you can specify a filter expression for the report, rather than ask at print time. The filter builder part of this will give you the opportunity to choose the date range, using the global variables.

          If this becomes too difficult to figure out, come back here and say so. It's really quite simple in the end, and I'm thinking a little video might be in order.
          -Steve
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            Re: Date Range (Non-Programmer)

            Hi Steve
            I wondered if there was a video

            on placing a link to a report,
            from a grid detail area,
            with the start date and end date calender text boxes.

            I can see this is possible from a tabbed UI but cant see how to do this from under the grid detail area.
            Thanks
            John

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