maandag, mei 14, 2007

SSRS MultiValue and Nulls

When you create a multivalue parameter and you also want to include the null values when doing a filter (a select all), you got two options 1) create a union query to include null. Or (like me) -- you can modify the parameter with code. In the report properties, on the code tab, add the code below (it is probably not the most efficient code, but it works):

function addnulltoparameter(ByVal param as object) as object
dim strNewParam() as string
dim countery as int32
dim x as object
for each x in param
countery = countery + 1
redim strNewparam(countery + 1)
dim counterx as int32
counterx = 0
for each x in param
strNewParam(counterx) = x
counterx = counterx + 1
strNewParam(counterx) = ""
return strNewParam
end function

next, in the properties of you dataset, click the tab filters, create a filter on a field, choose in for the operator and in the value type :
code.addnulltoparameter(Parameters!name_of_the_parameter.Value) -- make sure you don't leave (0) at the end or you will only send the first element of the array.

The result is that a null value is concatenated into the parameter. If you want, you can also create a Boolean parameter, that allows you the choice to include nulls.

then the code for the filter would be

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