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Date Selector in SSRS Report

Posted on 2012-04-04
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Hi,
I have built a report with 2 date parameters, @From and @To. They are of data type date/time, so the user can select start and end dates from a calendar box, which works great.
(@From and @To are in my SQL code)


I would like to have, alongside this, a drop down list with  Current Month, Previous Month, and maybe some other common selections.

How can I go about this?  I want to set the value of @To and @From based on what is chosen in the drop down, if possible. That way I wont have to do anything with my SQL code.
I tried to make a text variable called 'Quick Select', with available values of "current month", "Previous month",  etc, but it is greyed out until the calendar boxes are filled in, which defeats the purpose of it.

The screenshot shows an example of what I am after, this one was made in Crystal though.
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by:davidi1
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its dependancy issue.., first create the "Quick Select" using query & based on the selection, populate your From & To Date.
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I see a couple of possible scenarios to get this working but none of them will be considered to be "easy".  But I'll give it a go...

Do you really want to have both the From and To in combination with the dropdown on your report?  Because that's already one step into making it complicated.  You'll need to look into cascading parameters to get that working, and cascading parameters are nice... as long as you don't want them to refresh every time the initial selection is changed.
See here for more info on what I mean: http://www.bp-msbi.com/2011/04/ssrs-cascading-parameters-refresh-solved/

For as much as it's possible, I'd try to handle the date logic in a stored procedure.  Try thinking about what you need (I'm not saying that you haven't already), and come up with a different scenario that's easier to implement.  Perhaps you can have two parameters: one of type datetime where the user selects a date and another with a dropdown containing items like "Full Month", "Previous Month", "Previous Week"...  Then pass both of those parameters into a stored procedure and handle them whichever way you see fit.

In case you're new on using SPs in combination with SSRS, a couple of articles:
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Microsoft/Development/MS-SQL-Server/MS-SQL_Reporting/A_1931-Reporting-On-Data-From-Stored-Procedures-part-1.html
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Microsoft/Development/MS-SQL-Server/MS-SQL_Reporting/A_2002-Reporting-On-Data-From-Stored-Procedures-part-2.html

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Cheers ValentinoV, Ive decided to simplify it and do away with the To and From.
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