Recursive function problem

I have a datatable with the following columns:

Heading, Subheading, Number1, Number2, Number3, Number4

I need to sum the number columns for each Heading and Subheading. How do I do this using a recursive function? I vaguely remember recursion when I was studying, is it the best approach? The select statement that fills this datatable is ordered by Heading, Subheading.

In the future I may need to add deeper levels below the sub heading. I just need some pointers on how to get started writing the algorithm, the general idea of how to solve this.

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TimCotteeConnect With a Mentor Head of Software ServicesCommented:
craigdev,

Ok, that makes it a slightly more interesting problem.

The following function returns a datatable when supplied with the source datatable, number of groupings and number of columns to sum.

The requirements are that the datatable has the grouping columns first, followed by the columns to total and that the ordering of the source table is heading,subheading,subsubheading etc.

    Private Function SumTable(ByRef Source As DataTable, ByVal Groups As Int16, ByVal Sums As Int16) As DataTable
        Dim Result As DataTable = New DataTable
        Dim aryGroups() As String
        ReDim aryGroups(Groups)
        Dim intGroup As Int16
        For intGroup = 0 To Groups - 1
            Result.Columns.Add(Source.Columns(intGroup).ColumnName, Type.GetType("System.String"))
        Next
        For intGroup = 0 To Sums - 1
            Result.Columns.Add(Source.Columns(intGroup + Groups).ColumnName, Type.GetType("System.Double"))
        Next
        Dim intRow As Integer
        Dim TargetRow As DataRow
        For intRow = 0 To Source.Rows.Count - 1
            Dim SourceRow As DataRow = Source.Rows(intRow)
            Dim NewRow As Boolean = False
            For intGroup = 0 To Groups - 1
                If CType(SourceRow.Item(intGroup), String) <> aryGroups(intGroup) Then
                    NewRow = True
                End If
            Next
            If NewRow Then
                TargetRow = Result.NewRow
                For intGroup = 0 To Groups - 1
                    aryGroups(intGroup) = CType(SourceRow.Item(intGroup), String)
                    TargetRow.Item(intGroup) = CType(SourceRow.Item(intGroup), String)
                Next
                For intGroup = 0 To Sums - 1
                    TargetRow.Item(Groups + intGroup) = 0
                Next
                Result.Rows.Add(TargetRow)
            End If
            For intGroup = 0 To Sums - 1
                Result.Rows(Result.Rows.Count - 1).Item(Groups + intGroup) = CType(CType(Result.Rows(Result.Rows.Count - 1).Item(Groups + intGroup), Double) + CType(Source.Rows(intRow).Item(Groups + intGroup), Double), String)
            Next
        Next
        Return Result
    End Function

This then will take any datatable in the appropriate format and return it summed on the various headings.

Tim
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TimCotteeHead of Software ServicesCommented:
Hi craigdev,

Generally it is easier to let SQL do this for you if you already have the data there:

Select Heading, SubHeading, Sum(Number1) As Number1, Sum(Number2) As Number2, Sum(Number3) As Number3, Sum(Number4) As Number4 from MyTable Group By Heading,SubHeading Order By Heading,SubHeading

Tim Cottee
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craigdevAuthor Commented:
true, thanks but then I have to write multiple select statements and try and combine all the results into a big table. What Im trying to do is make a versatile function that I can use to sum up any columns using a single select. The table that I mentioned may actually have several Heading and subheading columns and number columns. If I can get it to work in the case above then I can tweak the algorithm a bit for any case.
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craigdevAuthor Commented:
thanks heaps that worked perfectly!
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