Improve company productivity with a Business Account.Sign Up

x
?
Solved

Cognos 8 variable

Posted on 2008-06-20
4
Medium Priority
?
2,168 Views
Last Modified: 2010-04-29
Hi

Are there any cognos experts that can tell me how to create a datetime variable in Cognos 8

Thanks
0
Comment
Question by:ac_davis2002
  • 2
3 Comments
 

Author Comment

by:ac_davis2002
ID: 21837282
Thanks, I could really do with it!
0
 
LVL 12

Accepted Solution

by:
RWrigley earned 2000 total points
ID: 21843233
Cognos doesn't have "variables" in the same sense that they exist in programming.  Cognos has "Parameters" (which are text-based placeholders for prompted values), and "Conditional Variables", which are expressions evaluated at runtime to modify the presentation of the report.

You're probably looking to use a "parameter" here.  As I mentioned above, a parameter is text based, and is cast to the appropriate data type when it is put into the SQL.  That creates a bit of a prolbme if you're trying to display the parameter , becuase you can't format it.  

The solution to this is to create a data item in a query, and cast it to the appropriate database type.  The downside is that it has to get sent to the database.
0
 

Author Comment

by:ac_davis2002
ID: 21853605
Thanks RWrigley, I have raised a question about passing report prompts to a stored procedure if you have any thoughts

Thanks again for your help
0

Featured Post

What Kind of Coding Program is Right for You?

There are many ways to learn to code these days. From coding bootcamps like Flatiron School to online courses to totally free beginner resources. The best way to learn to code depends on many factors, but the most important one is you. See what course is best for you.

Question has a verified solution.

Are you are experiencing a similar issue? Get a personalized answer when you ask a related question.

Have a better answer? Share it in a comment.

Join & Write a Comment

Today, the web development industry is booming, and many people consider it to be their vocation. The question you may be asking yourself is – how do I become a web developer?
This article will show how Aten was able to supply easy management and control for Artear's video walls and wide range display configurations of their newsroom.
In this seventh video of the Xpdf series, we discuss and demonstrate the PDFfonts utility, which lists all the fonts used in a PDF file. It does this via a command line interface, making it suitable for use in programs, scripts, batch files — any pl…
Introduction to Processes

608 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