Parameter fields work almost exactly the same as database credentials. Both viewers prompt for parameters if they are required by the report but not supplied by the developer. These parameter prompting screens are shown in Figures 29.8 and 29.9.
Again, the parameter prompting screens are useful but sometimes don fit the look and feel of the application or simply need to be suppressed entirely. Another common usage of customized parameter prompting screens is to have the parameter pick lists values come directly from the database so they are always up to date. To do this you would use the ReportDocument object to set the parameters before passing it to the viewer to display. This is done via the ReportDocuments SetParameterValue method. There are three versions of this method:
An example of this is
Dim Report As New ReportDocument() Report.Load("C:ReportsOrders.rpt") Report.SetParameterValue("Geography", "North America") Report.SetParameterValue("Start Date", DateTime.Now) Viewer.ReportSource = Report
For parameters that accept multiple values pass in an array of those values.