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ozzie14
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Date stored as numbers in Collection

Dear PA Community members,

 

I am stuck with a strange situation and have spend more than a day, trying to debug an issue.

 

I have created a page where users will select a set frequency of occurrence (either weekly or fortnightly) and then period (quarterly, half yearly etc.) to generate a set of periods (with start & end date). This was done using a loop.

 

In my DEV environment it is working as expected (screenshot below showing UI and Collection)

SS-Dev.png

However, in my Prod environment, I am having this issue where dates are captured as a set of numbers and the loop is displaying incorrect dates. Screenshot below showing UI and Collection:

SS-Prod.png

I have already spend a very long time trying to resolve why my same code is displaying data differently in two Apps!! 😞

 

I believe this is a common requirement (to create a set of date ranges) and may have been tried by many members in this community.

 

Any thoughts/inputs to resolve this issue will be highly appreciated.

(PS: I have deleted and recreated the codes in Prod twice. Hence that piece of advice won't help.)

 

Thanks.

Ozzie

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ozzie14
Helper I
Helper I

An update to my 'Date converting to number' issue..

 

I have resolved the above problem, and would like to share with this helpful community...

 

Instead of adding a numeric variable to a date variable, I have used the 'DateAdd' function in every part of the code, where days (numeric) are to be added to a date.

 

The code in the second Code snippet in my previous post, now looks like this:

 

UpdateContext({varStrDate: DateAdd(varStrDate, varDays)});

 

 

 

Cheers and a happy weekend to everyone...

Ozzie.

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v-jefferni
Community Support
Community Support

Hi @ozzie14 ,

 

What's the formula you are using to generate the collection?

 

Best regards,

Community Support Team _ Jeffer Ni

If this post helps, then please consider Accept it as the solution to help the other members find it.

Hi @v-jefferni,

 
 
It is more important to understand why Power App is storing a date as a set of numbers. I believe, the codes or formula is not the issue, because as I mentioned the same set of code is producing different result in two apps. The codes are identical, even the variable names...!

 

However, if the code for generating a Loop, helps any of the visitor/user of this community then here it is:

Submit button > OnSelect:

 

If(varCounter < Value(varPeriod)-1,
    UpdateContext({varStartLoop: true});
);
UpdateContext({varStartLoop: false});

Collect(PeriodColl,
    {
        StrDate: varDate,
        EndDate: varDate + varDays-1
    }
);

 

 varDate is either Today() or the end date of the last Pay Period (coming from a SQL DB table).

varDays is 7 if dropdown selection is "Weekly", else 14;

varPeriod is the number coming from the user selection of the dropdown

if selection is "3 months", then either 6 or 13 depending on user selection of "Fortnightly" or "Weekly"

if "6 months", then either 13 or 26 depending on user selection of "Fortnightly" or "Weekly" and so on...

 

There is a hidden Toggle which is performing the Looping

Toggle > OnCheck

 

UpdateContext({varDate: varDate + varDays});
UpdateContext({varCounter: varCounter + 1});
Select(ButtonStart);

 

Its pretty simple, and you could also create one in a few mins. Possibility is, it will work fine.

 

Just that, for some bizarre reason, the date is being captured in a different format in an App! 

I'm yet to figure out why ..!

 

If anyone, has faced similar 'date converting to number' situation in the past, and has found a workable solution, then please share your inputs.

 

Cheers

Ozzie.

 

ozzie14
Helper I
Helper I

An update to my 'Date converting to number' issue..

 

I have resolved the above problem, and would like to share with this helpful community...

 

Instead of adding a numeric variable to a date variable, I have used the 'DateAdd' function in every part of the code, where days (numeric) are to be added to a date.

 

The code in the second Code snippet in my previous post, now looks like this:

 

UpdateContext({varStrDate: DateAdd(varStrDate, varDays)});

 

 

 

Cheers and a happy weekend to everyone...

Ozzie.

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