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  • Date problem, Please help

    I am trying to create an expression which will give me the amount of working days
    for any given month. We do not work Sundays. How would I return total days in the month less the Sundays? thank you

  • #2
    RE: Date problem, Please help

    The following grid shows the number of Sundays in a month that has 28, 29, 30 and 31 days depending which day of the week the first day of the month falls on.

    In 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
    Month Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
    ----- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
    28 4 4 4 4 4 4 4
    29 5 4 4 4 4 4 4
    30 5 5 4 4 4 4 4
    31 5 5 4 4 4 4 5

    The vertical/horizontal combinations that contain 5 Sundays are 291, 301, 302, 311, 312 and 317. All other combinations contain 4 Sundays. Notice that all months with 28 days (Feb non leap year) always contain 4 Sundays.

    I created a small database and created the following calculated field expression to determine the number of Sundays using the value of the DATE field. It calculates the number of days in the month and concatenates to that value the numerical value of the day of week that the first day of that month falls on (Sun=1,Mon=2, etc).

    DATE-DAY(DATE)+1),1) $ "291 301 302 311 312 317",5,4)

    In the attached app, open the NUMSUN database and look at the calculated field expression for the NUMSUNDAY2 field.


    • #3
      RE: Date problem, Please help

      The grid didn't print the way I had intended. Hopefully you can make sense out of it.


      • #4
        RE: Date problem, Please help

        Use this zip file, not the previous one.
        I added the NUMSUNDAY2 field to the NUMSUN database after I created the first zip file.


        • #5
          RE: Date problem, Please help


          You're UNCANNY!

          How's it going anyway?



          • #6
            RE: Date problem, Please help


            What in the world do you mean by uncanny? Just thought I would run this
            by you because you helped me before.
            You always seem to have the answers.


            • #7
              RE: Date problem, Please help


              Gary Smith makes me look like 'Ned' of the first grade reader. He's helped me more than I've helped anyone.

              Bet his solution works!



              • #8
                RE: Date problem, Please help

                I wanted to thank you for your help. It worked out great! If you wouldnt
                mind, I need to take it one step further and ask you this.
                1. now with your help, I have the ability to find working days in the
                2.if i post a date of 5/10/2002, my new calculated field now shows the
                working days in the month based on the 5/10/2002. how can i calculate
                which workin day of the month this is? example= 30 days in month-4
                sundays=26 working days. 5/10/2002 is the ? working day of this month.
                thanks, Jay


                • #9
                  RE: Date problem, Please help

                  The logic for the following code is:
                  1. DOW for 05-10-2002 is a 6 (Friday)

                  2. 05-10-2002 minus 6 days is 05-04-2002 plus 1 = 05-05-2002 which is the previous Sunday.

                  3. DAY for 05-05-2002 is 5

                  4. CEILING of 5 / 7 days in a week = 1

                  5. 1 Sunday has passed as of 05-10-2002.

                  6. DAY for 05-10-2002 is 10

                  7. 10 minus 1 passed Sunday = 9

                  8. 05-10-2002 is the 9th working day of May 2002

                  The following calculated field expression is for the NUMWORK->WORKDAYS field in the attached zip file.



                  • #10
                    RE: Date problem, Please help

                    The expression got truncated in my last post.
                    I'll break the expression up into 3 lines.



                    • #11
                      RE: Date problem, Please help

                      The expression is not displaying correctly. Please see the zip file sample.