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    Hi Phorum,

    This has to be sumpin stupid but it has me groggy right now. In the report/detail properties of a report I have a sort order expression:

    lastname+firs_nam+midinit+invert(datepaid)

    of which all fields are valid. The problem is that it sorts the datepaid ascending. I am of the impression that this sort expression is for this report only but will be used every time the report is viewed or printed.
    Whattamidoinrong,
    efs

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    RE: Report sort order

    Ed,

    wouldn't you want the first part of the sort expression to be the date (descending), and then the name?

    Anyway, I'm not sure invert(datepaid) returns a string. Is datepaid a Date type field? If so, I would think you'd want something like invert(dtos(datepaid)), wouldn't you?

    -- tom

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    • #3
      RE: Report sort order

      Hi Tom,

      Wow, that is a quick response. Datepaid is a character field designated as such for other purposes. Hmmmmmm maybe datepaid first is a solution.

      Thank you I'll give it a try,
      efs

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      • #4
        RE: Report sort order

        Ed:

        As one Old guy to another 'REALLY Older guy'. I don't like to fool with character fields used to collect dates. As a character field you have to put so many field rules validations, etc to keep the user from entering dates wrong. If the field is a Date field, Alpha will 'police' data entry automatically to keep the process clean, making sure that the dates ar entered in proper syntax. Then, I find that date math, sorts, and conversion functions run nicely.

        Just a young 'whipper-snapper' blowing off steam here.

        Ken

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        • #5
          RE: Report sort order

          Hi Kenn,

          The weird thing is that I use that same date field in other reports for
          a sort expression and it works great.

          efs

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          • #6
            RE: Report sort order

            Ed:

            I never tried any of this with a character 'date' field. I was so relieved when A5 came along and I could declare my 'Begin' and 'Endo' date prompts globally as 'Date'in an autoexec and have them in date format the whole session.

            Remember in A4 they prompts always developed 'character' responses for the variables. I think that this is the one single feature I like the most about A5.

            Everybody uses their own, familiar methods and I'm comfortable with mine and I'll bet that you're comfortable with yours.

            SUMMARY: OLDER IS WISER - I heard that you were so old that you were around when the Dead Sea was just starting to feel bad. Another guy told me that your social security number was 6.

            Ha

            Ken

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            • #7
              RE: Report sort order

              Actually, the Dead Sea just had a minor case of the flu when I was in
              high school.
              efs

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