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Problem displaying data from MSSql using FPDF

I am in need of some help. I am using FPDF, extracting data from a MS  SQL Server 2014 table. I am using PHP v5.6.25.
I am rather confused about two columns that are giving me grief. One is a money column and the other is a date column.
The money column displays 4 decimals and I need to display it as 2 decimal places.
The date column will not display at all and it stalls the creation of the pdf.
With the date column, I decided to explode the date, reassemble it as a string in the order that I need to display, MM-DD-YYYY, and it will not display.
If I comment it out, it displays the PDF.

This is my select statement:
         $sql = "select SupplierCode,ConfirmNbr,AmtRcvd,DateRcvd, Description,IDOC,InvoiceNbr from importCmsReceipts where  AgencyId = $strAgencyId ";	 

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And this is what I have tried as to displaying the date - doesn't work.
$strDateRcvd = $row['DateRcvd'];
$strArray = explode('-',$strDateRcvd);
$strDate = strval($strArray[2]) . '-' . strval($strArray[1]) .'-' . strval($strArray[0]);

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I am thinking I need to change my sql select statement to put both the money and date columns in the format that I need.
How can I fix this and what am I doing wrong with the date and money columns ??
Any help appreciated.
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8/22/2022 - Mon
Chris Stanyon


For the number, you can use the number_format() function:

number_format($row['AmtRcvd'], 2);

For the date, you're often better off using the DateTime class and then formatting the output however you need:

$date = new DateTime($row['DateRcvd']); // assumes ISO date: 2020-01-30
echo $date->format('m-d-Y'); // outputs 01-30-2020

It may help you to visualise your data once you've retrieved the records from your DB. You can easily do this using var_dump:


That should show you exactly what's coming back from your DB.

Also, I would expect the Cell() method to take your variable without the quotes. As you have it, you're just sending in a string of '$strDate', so this:

$pdf->Cell(30,15, $strDate);

Thank you for responding - it is appreciated,
Here's what I came up with:
$sql = "select SupplierCode,ConfirmNbr,Convert(varchar,AmtRcvd,1)as AmtRcvd, Convert(varchar,DateRcvd,101) as DateRcvd, 
    Description,IDOC,InvoiceNbr from importCmsReceipts where  AgencyId = $strAgencyId ";	 	 

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It's working good - I wanted as much done up from in the select in order to cut down on the processing time when creating the pdf.
I noticed two things - I could not get the date right using your suggestion.  No clue why - pretty straight forward and simple. The money portion worked well, but slowed down creating the pdf.
BUT your suggestion did jingle in my mind to use convert in  sql - so you helped a great deal.
Thank you !!
Chris Stanyon

No worries. It looks like you're not storing your data in your DB in the correct format in the first place. You appear to be storing numbers and dates as VarChar. You'd be better off sorting that out and then you won't need to do the extra processing
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Yep, you are correct about how some of the data is stored in the DB !! In this situation, the date in the DB is defined as "date"  but the format is 'YYYY-DD-MM'  - or I should say to us it is visually displayed as 'YYYY-DD-MM' and money is defined as 'money'  with 4 decimal places - so I do not know !! I inherited the situation of  DB - so got to make the best of it and hope I can always extract the data in expected client format !!
With FPDF, it expects a 'Blank' canvas so to speak and using echo etc just causes it to spit in your face. But One can create a little page on the side to test the coding in question. I think the problem with having it not accept this format:

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was actually caused by a previous existing error. It had me baffled. But it is working using a variable once I fixed the money/date issue.
Again, thank you for helping. :)