How to Change group Field at Runtime?


I want to change group field for crystal report at runtime through vb code. In my Database , there are six classes.When user select  a one class from the combo box in the interface , it should be grouped only for that selected class.

I tried like following

In the general declaration

Dim crpApplication As New CRPEAuto.Application
Dim crpReport As CRPEAuto.Report

add reference as
Crystal Report Enegine 7 Object Libeary

in the form load event

Set crpReport = crpApplication.OpenReport(App.Path & "\Reports\TestReport1.rpt")

also created a formula field named "Group1" and its index is 5 in the crystal report.also created a group for cClass1 there.

in the button click event of showing report

CrystalReport1.ReportFileName = App.Path & "\Reports" & "\TestReport1.rpt"

crpReport.FormulaFields.Item(5).Text = "{ItemMaster.cClass2}"

CrystalReport1.Action = 1

but it always show records only taking the default gruop (cClass1).

How can I solve this problem?

I have crystal report 7 version and but can also install a higher version if necessary.

send me mail to Jayantha@iomworld.com

-Jayantha.
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mlmccCommented:
The method is relatively easy

crpReport.GroupCondition(0) = "Group1;{View.FieldName};CONDITION;SORTORDER"

{View.FieldName} - the crystal name for the field or formula to group on

CONDITION - A reserved word indicating how the grouping occurs.
  for dates - DAILY, WEEKLY, BIWEEKLY, SEMIMONTHLY, MONTHLY, QUARTERLY, SEMIANNUALLY, ANNUALLY
  for boolean fields - TOYES, TONO, EVERYYES,EVERYNO, NEXTISYES, NEXTISNO
  all other fields - ANYCHANGE

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mlmccCommented:
Sorry. Hit the wrong key.
SORTORDER - A ascending or D for descending

Example
crpReport.GroupCondition(0) = "Group1;{ItemMaster.cClass2};ANYCHANGE;A"

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MsLimCommented:
show cclass1 is not what you select , am I right ?
if yes , means you never use DiscardSave of this report and this must put before action.
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mlmccCommented:
I would recommnd you change and start using the RDC since the OCX has been dropped from CR9.

This should prove helpful in making the switch
http://support.crystaldecisions.com/communityCS/TechnicalPapers/scr8-ocxtordc.pdf.asp

mlmcc
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Ido MilletProfessor of MIS at Penn State Erie and Owner, Millet SoftwareCommented:
Also, there are certain advantages to taking a slightly different approach.

In your report use a parameter to control a formula that returns different columns or expressions depending on the parameter value.  In your VB code, simply provide the parameter value.

Cheers,
- Ido
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_TAD_Commented:


All of the solutions provided are good, but the easiest method I have used requires three steps.

1) Create an input paramter of some type (I usually use a string)

2) Create a function that contains a reference to the parameter (you may also need to include "WhileReadingRecords;".

3) Create a group using the function you just created.


Now when you are in your VB code and you select something from your drop down list, you simply pass that Item as an input parameter and you are good to go!
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mlmccCommented:
Glad I could help
Generally I don't ask but why the C?

mlmcc
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vivekpv10Commented:
Here instemprpt indicates Crystal report object....
Dim newGroupField As CrystalDecisions.CrystalReports.Engine.FieldDefinition
        newGroupField = instemprpt.Database.Tables(0).Fields(2)
        instemprpt.DataDefinition.Groups(0).ConditionField = newGroupField

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