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Divide by zero issue

Posted on 2004-03-25
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My report needs a calculated field called Daily Hours. To get this I would do the following in a perfect world.

({pusess.sesshours_no} / {pusess.scheddays_no})

But because the field {pusess.scheddays_no}) has NULL values it falls over saying in can’t divide by zero.

Now I tried     if isnull ({pusess.scheddays_no})  then 0.00 else ({pusess.sesshours_no} / {pusess.scheddays_no})

But Crystal gets in a loop of some sort and crashes. The only way I can make it work is to change all the NULL values to zero and use the following: -

if {pusess.scheddays_no} = 0 then 0.00 else ({pusess.sesshours_no} / {pusess.scheddays_no})

If anyone else has a better idea please let me know
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Question by:Matt_Johnston35
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Crystal doesn't handle NULL values very well so you have to check for them if they are a possiblility in your data.

Since you have converted NULLS to the default, the way you handling it is the best way you can.

I would do it the same way.
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I would have expected
if isnull ({pusess.scheddays_no})  then 0.00 else ({pusess.sesshours_no} / {pusess.scheddays_no})

to work.  If it isn't I can't think of a better way than what you did but be careful that can cause other problems.

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Glad I could help

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