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Converting virtual fields to numeric values for use in calcualtions


CMorris
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I have a datapage that utilizes virtual fields to collect user input values that I don't want to store in tables, but do want to use for some generally simple calculations.  However, because virtual fields don't store the input as numeric, I keep getting calculation errors.  Here is a simple example of one calculation that I can't get to work:

 

VirtualField1 is a text box

VirtualField2 is a dropdown with the options "in" and "mm"

VirtualField3 is a calculated field with the following formula:

CASE

WHEN [@cbParamVirtual2] = 'mm' THEN [@cbParamVirtual1]/25.4

ELSE [@cbParamVirtual1]

END

 

No matter what tweaks I have tried, I either get a "calculation error" message or just nothing appears in the VirtualField3.  Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.  Thanks!

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Hi @CMorris,

Values from virtual fields do not have a datatype.

You would need to wrap the fields reference with single quotes to make them string type and convert the string to float type.

You can use T-SQL function CAST or CONVERT for this.

So, your expression will look like this:

CASE

WHEN '[@cbParamVirtual2]' = 'mm' THEN CAST('[@cbParamVirtual1]' AS FLOAT)/25.4

ELSE CAST('[@cbParamVirtual1]' AS FLOAT)

END

Regards,

vitalikssssss

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