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Characters in IIF statements


Characters in IIF statements

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rkaria
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Hi All

Im using BIDS to design a report.

In a calculated field I am using the below statement:

=iif(Fields!COSTYPE.Value = M,"Available", "Reconciled")

But it keeps errors on the M Character.

Ive checked the character definately exsist in the field and I have tried "" '' {} [] around the M to no avail. Just says unidentified Character.
How ever if i put a number there, any random number its ok.

any Advise?

Thanks
R
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All the sites I'm seeing show that the conditional variable, if characters, needs to be in quotes.
=iif(Fields!COSTYPE.Value = "M","Available","Reconciled")

looks like the right syntax.
(not an ssrs expert)
perhaps it's a data type error, hence the error for "M" and not numbers. maybe convert the field before evaluation?

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How would I convert it to string, Ive tried var(Field) and char(field) to no avail.
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format(expression,[optional string format])
So perhaps you could format the whole thing like this?
=iif(format(Fields!COSTYPE.Value = "M","Available","Reconciled"))

I believe format is the appropriate function.
Again, I'm just trying to throw ideas out there until someone more knowledgable comes along. This is the kind of thing that I would spend a while playing with until I got it to work.

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thanks, the reason I needed it as a field was so I could group, but I found if I can create a group by an expression, so I added the oringal coe =iif(Fields!COSTYPE.Value = M,"Available", "Reconciled") as a group expression and it worked!
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Hooray! I'll do a celebratory happy dance for your success. Glad you got it working.

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I know after looking at it for ages I feel relieved.

But it is still would be a problem if i wanted to use this code as a field on the report.

So if anyone has any ideas please do share!

Thanks
R
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