Want to protect your cyber security and still get fast solutions? Ask a secure question today.Go Premium

x
?
Solved

Format data in a Parameter

Posted on 2007-12-06
5
Medium Priority
?
441 Views
Last Modified: 2010-04-21
Dates in the database are stored as numbers, such that a date of 12/07/2007 is stored as 20071207 and in crystal shows as 20,071,207. We would like to use a date field in a parameter but want to display as mm/dd/yyyy.  We can manipulate the field with a formula field to desired format, but this field is not an allowed option in the value drop down on parameter settings.  In essence, can you apply a function to a parameterized value?  If not, what is the work around to this?  
 

0
Comment
Question by:montrof
  • 3
  • 2
5 Comments
 
LVL 3

Accepted Solution

by:
randomjames earned 2000 total points
ID: 20425614
I'm a little unclear why you would use a drop-down list of values for your dates instead of using the calendar or just having a text field where people type the date.

If you are getting your parameters drop-down list from your data set you could format the data with SQL as a Command data source. You could parse and convert the string to a date in the SQL select and then all your report would see is an actual date.
0
 
LVL 1

Author Comment

by:montrof
ID: 20426915
I am fairly new to Crystal reports how do you use the calender function or make it so they input a text into a mask.
0
 
LVL 1

Author Closing Comment

by:montrof
ID: 31413286
I was able to figure it out with your suggestion.  Thanks for your help.
0
 
LVL 3

Expert Comment

by:randomjames
ID: 20428122
When you make your parameter field you can set it's data type and you can select datetime . When you do and when you run the report you will be prompted with a datetime control which includes a calendar and time fields.

Are you decent with SQL? If not, post your table structures and I can help with the command. Also, what kind of database are you using? Oracle? SQL Server? Something else?
0
 
LVL 1

Author Comment

by:montrof
ID: 20428146
I got it to work using the date in the parameter but we are using DB2.  

Thanks for the help.

Montrof
0

Featured Post

Get your problem seen by more experts

Be seen. Boost your question’s priority for more expert views and faster solutions

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

I hate sub reports and always consider them the last resort in any reporting solution.  The negative effect on performance and maintainability is just not worth the easy ride they give the report writer.  Nine times out of ten reporting requirements…
Hello everyone, Hope you find this as helpful as we did. We have on the company I work for an application built in Delphi V with Crystal Reports 8. We all know that Crystal & Delphi can be temperamental sometimes and the worst thing is, nearly…
Despite its rising prevalence in the business world, "the cloud" is still misunderstood. Some companies still believe common misconceptions about lack of security in cloud solutions and many misuses of cloud storage options still occur every day. …
How can you see what you are working on when you want to see it while you to save a copy? Add a "Save As" icon to the Quick Access Toolbar, or QAT. That way, when you save a copy of a query, form, report, or other object you are modifying, you…
Suggested Courses

580 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question