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Print form for each row in dataset

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Last Modified: 2012-05-07
Hello, here is a technical difficulty for your expertise. I'm using VB.net, Visual Studio 2005, and SQL Server 2005. (Sadly, I am not using Crystal Reports; maybe sometime. My version of Visual Studio was a freebie and did not include Crystal Reports)

I cannot figure out how to print a report for each row in the dataset.

I have a Info_Database with two tables that contains all the information that I need for my report. Each record in the Company_Table contains information on one company. The Employee_Table contains all the employee information. A Left Outer Join returns a dataset containing all the company and employee information I need (W2_Dataset)

I have a form with  a reportViewer which references a W2_Report. I cannot use a table, matrix, or list control. Instead I am using a free-form approach which allows me to use lines and textboxes to make the form look the way I need it.

I am trying to use one query to pull data off the server, then step through the dataset, one record at a time. With each record, I need to print the W2_Report, then step to the next record, etc.

How do I set up the report textboxes: i.e. what expression do i use in the textbox?

What vb code do i need to step through the dataset? Do I need to create a separate dataset with just one record for this; how would I do this?

Thanks for your consideration
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Top Expert 2007



Thanks for the great link. I have been through all that already. It does not address how to print one specific row of the dataset.

Is there more...
Top Expert 2007

Have you tried using a DataView and filtering it for just that record?

Have you tried cloning the DataSet, then copying just the record you want over, and using that as the DataSource for the report?


Cloning the dataset... I'm not sure how to do that. I assume I need to create another dataset with the same structure then at runtime fill it with one record.

That's helpful...


I'm working on the Form_Load event

How do I return a dataset as a variable so I can manipulate it?

Dim dsAll As DataSet
dsAll = me.W2All_TableAdapter.AllDataTable.GetData("2008")

This doesn't work, Can you tell me why?


OK, here is what I have so far. I would be grateful for additional help.

How do I copy one row of dtAll to dtOne?
Private Sub TestForm1_Load ...
        Dim dtAll As DataTable
        dtAll = Me.W2_TableAllTableAdapter.GetData(Main.DataYear)
        Dim dtOne As DataTable
        dtOne = dtAll.Clone

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Top Expert 2007

Well, your "All" DataTable is in a DataSet (I don't know what you've called it).  But you need to use the Fill method to fill the table that is in the DataSet.

Example (let's say your DataSet is named "AllDataSet")
    Dim ds As New AllDataSet()
    Me.W2_TableAllTableAdapter.Fill(ds.All)  'Fill the "All" DataTable.

Then, set the report viewer data source to the dataset, and pass it the name of the datatable.



Now how do I limit my second datatable to one record?  In a loop?

Private Sub TestForm1_Load ...
        Dim dsAll As New PayrollAllW2s
        Me.W2_TableAllTableAdapter.Fill(dsAll.W2_TableAll, Main.DataYear)
'pseudo-code loop
'I'm not sure how to implement the loop with one record each time
dim record as ???
For each record in datatable???
        ??? Dim dsOne As New PayrollOneW2
        ??? Me.W2_TableTableAdapter.Fill(dsOne.W2_Table, Main.DataYear)

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Hey I might have it here; I will need to wait till next week to really test it. If you have any critique, please go ahead.

Thanks a bunch for your help.

Private Sub TestForm1_Load ...
        Dim dsAll As New PayrollAllW2s
        Me.W2_TableAllTableAdapter.Fill(dsAll.W2_TableAll, Main.DataYear)
        Dim row As DataRow ' for loop
        Dim dtOne As New DataTable
        dtOne = dsAll.Tables(0).Clone
        For Each row In dsAll.Tables(0).Rows
            Me.W2_TableTableAdapter.Fill(dtOne, Main.DataYear)
            'print it out

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Top Expert 2007
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Marvelous! Thank you so much for your excellent help.

Here is the code that I am using:

I may have some more issues, but I'll post separate questions for that.
    Sub doData()
        'assign variable to existing dataset instance 
        Dim dsAll As PayrollAllW2s = Me.PayrollAllW2s
        'fill it; limits data to current year
        Me.W2_TableAllTableAdapter.Fill(dsAll.W2_TableAll, Main.DataYear)
        'set up second instance of dataset
        Dim ds As New PayrollAllW2s
        'get the default view
        Dim view As DataView = dsAll.Tables(0).DefaultView
        For Each rowView As DataRowView In view
            'load the data
            ds.Tables(0).LoadDataRow(rowView.Row.ItemArray, True)
            'refresh report
            'verify loop
            MsgBox(ds.Tables(0).Rows(0).Item("Comp_Name") & " " & ds.Tables(0).Rows(0).Item("FirstName") & " " & ds.Tables(0).Rows(0).Item("LastName") & " " & ds.Tables(0).Rows(0).Item("Wages"))
            'print it out
    End Sub

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