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Posted on 2007-11-28
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Hello,
When we create a grouping for RDLC report, we can insert a total for that grouping on the footer section by using =sum(fields!quantity.value). It works when the value in integer, but can we stack them as string and display them on single line on the footer section of the group. For example something like this:

group: Country
detail line:                           quantity
                                           2
                                           3
                                           5
group footer:        2,3,5

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In above example:
I am showing the data of detail line just to explain what I need, but I am going to supress it in my report and just show one line group footer which contains the data of detail line separeted by comma.
Thanks!
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Question by:cswebdev
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    by:PFrog
    You can use custom code to join all the values together in a string, however you will not be able to access the result in the table footer, it would have to be after the table. This is because SSRS renders the footer before the table contents.

    If you want to do this, add this to your custom code

    Dim AllValues as String
    Public Function SetValue(Val as string) as string
        AllValues = AllValues + ", " + Val
        Return Val
    End Function
    Public Function GetAllValues() as string
       Return mid(AllValues,3)
    End Function

    In your table, replace the cell
        =sum(fields!quantity.value)
    with
        =Code.SetValue(sum(fields!quantity.value))

    Then, after the table, add a textbox with the value
        =Code.GetAllValues()


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    by:PFrog
    Further to this, if you add a list to your report, then use the list for the grouping instead of the table, then you should be able to make this work. The table would then be wthin the list, along with a row of textboxes to show the group totals.

    If this doesn't make any sense let me know and I'll try again!

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    by:cswebdev
    I tried applying your technique, and it works perfectly for first group, but when it moves to next group the data from previous group also gets stacked up. And I don't know where I need to reset the value to get new string list for new group. Also, could you suggest me of any possible way to display the calculated value directly under the group (I know you said we cannot put under group footer) rather than adding after the table. I am willing to use List if it is works better for my need.

    Thanks!
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    by:PFrog
    To reset the string use this function

    Public Function ResetValue() as string
        AllValues = ""
        Return ""
    End Function

    Try this:

    Add a list to the report, set this to be grouped using whatever your current table gouping uses.
    Remove the grouping fro your table, and put the table inside the list.
    In the list, add a textbox above the table containing
        =Code.ResetValue()
    In each row of the table, use
        =Code.SetValue(sum(fields!quantity.value))
    Add a textbox in the list but below the table containing
        =Code.GetAllValues()

    Then, the custom code runs outside of the table to it will work, but the whole lot is repeated according to the grouping of the list.

    Let me know if you get any problems...
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    by:cswebdev
    Hello,
    I tried for a while, but it didn't work like I expected, so we ended up deciding to create a drill through report instead. I will give you the whole point if you could tell me a very easy way to count the number of records within a group excluding the counts of records with '0' in one of their fields. For example
    Group: A
                                     1
                                     0
                                     9
    Footer-> non-zero records: 2
    Group B
                                     5
                                     8
                                     0
                                      1
    Footer-> non-zero records: 3


    Thanks!
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    by:
    Sure, in the SQL query add an extra column
       CASE WHEN quantity=0 THEN 0 ELSE 1 END AS NonZeroCount
    Then, just use
      =Sum(Fields!NonZeroCount.Value)
    to get the number of non-zero records for  particular group.

    I have used the list/table combo before to do what you want, and it does work, however it always takes a fair bit of persistent playing around with to get it to do what you want. Drillthrough reports (and/or sub-reports) would indeed make life significantly more simple, so long as you're ok not having all the information in a single report...
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    by:cswebdev
    very helpfull!
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