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Webi RESTful SDK: Schedule with Dynamic Prompts

Aug 01, 2017 at 02:04 PM


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I am writing a program to automatically reschedule failed reports. I can successfully reschedule any report with no parameters. I can also successfully reschedule Crystal reports. I can reschedule Webi report that have prompts as long as none of them are dynamic.

However, my client has a lot of Webi reports that have dynamic prompts - specifically an "as of" date that limits the amount of data returned - and while I am able to schedule these, they all fail with various messages, depending on what I'm doing with that parameter. Here's what I've tried:

Keep the parameter:

- Leave the value tag that has "#Dynamic Value". Report fails with "member cannot be null".

- Take out the value tag for the dynamic prompt. Report fails with "An internal error occurred while calling 'answerPromptsEx' API".

- The error above also occurs when I take out the values and answer tags.

- Put a valid date in the value. Report fails with "member cannot be null".

Remove the prompt tag for the dynamic prompt: The report runs until it times out and throws an error from the database. No date value appears in the prompts on the history screen, so I don't think it's being dynamically generated.

What do I need to be doing to get these reports to schedule correctly?



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Dell Stinnett-Christy Aug 03, 2017 at 09:50 PM

Thanks Dan.

Actually, I ended up opening a ticket and finding out a couple of things:

1. I was using the wrong format for the dynamic date parameter. Even though the date format when you get the list of parameters is "yyyy-MM-ddThh:mm:ss.SSS" with a "Z" on the end, it actually needs to be set as "yyyy-MM-ddThh:mm:ss.SS" with the time zone appended to the end formatted like "-05:00".

2. The error that I was getting in the schedule was not due to the dynamic prompt at all. Instead it was coming from a web service that the Hadoop database is using for setting data security because I was running the report as "Administrator", which is not a valid user in the database.


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Would you mind posting some code? I'm hoping to do something similar, but via PowerShell.

For the life of me, I can't seem to locate any documentation on this.




Hi Craig,

have a look at the following blog which uses PowerShell to demonstrate the REST APIs.

There is an entry in the discussion area of the following blog that demonstrates webi prompts


Daniel Paulsen
Aug 03, 2017 at 06:54 PM

Hi Dell,

Can you provide and example reqeust body where you set a valid value?
Is this limited to datetime prompts?


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