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Is it possible to multiply this values, something like this: Qty__c * NRPrice__c in the query below

PODetails2 = [SELECT  Qty__c, NRPrice__c  FROM o_Bundle__c  ];

or I have to do it in the VF page in order to add the Total value, if so HOW?

<apex:dataTable value="{!PODetails2}" var="b" >
    <apex:column  headerValue="Qty" value="{!b.Qty__c}" />
    <apex:column  headerValue="Rate" value="{!b.Bundle_Item__r.NRPrice__c}" />
    <apex:column  headerValue="Total" value="MULTIPLY VALUES" />    

Thank you in advance!!!

Here is the solution by AmatorVitae:

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Hi - I see you've changed the title to include "Solved" it would be good if you can accept the answer? This will help others with the same issue :) –  Doug B Feb 14 '14 at 16:53
Hi Doug, thank you for the reminder. –  Carlos Feb 14 '14 at 17:04

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Try doing the multiplication in the VF Page. Anything in between {! and } is a formula.

<apex:dataTable value="{!PODetails2}" var="b" >
    <apex:column  headerValue="Qty" value="{!b.Qty__c}" />
    <apex:column  headerValue="Rate" value="{!b.Bundle_Item__r.NRPrice__c}" />
    <apex:column  headerValue="Total" value="{!b.Qty__c*b.Bundle_Item__r.NRPrice__c}" />    

EDIT - This above approach does not work. See below for the solution

Here's a recap of the conversation in the comments:

You are setting PODetails2 via the SOQL query:

PODetails2 = [SELECT Bundle_Item__c, 
              FROM o_Bundle__c 
              WHERE Bundle__c IN:contractIDs ];

So, in your VF page, create the pageBlockTable as follows. The trick is to do the multiplication between apex:column tags. Apex will display almost anything between apex:column tags, but if in stead you put the value in the value tag, then Apex does some special coding in choosing how to display the value (as a number? or as a hyperlink in case of a Name field or Lookup Field?, etc.) So the solution is to hot-wire apex:column by using the first approach.

Inside {! and }, Apex process the information as a formula returning text. So what you can do is wrap the formula inside an apex:output tag, and then use the tag to do the formatting.

    <apex:pageBlockTable value="{!PODetails2}" var="x">
        <apex:column headerValue="Quantity" value="{!x.Qty__c}"/>
        <apex:column headerValue="Rate" value="{!x.Bundle_Item__r.NRPrice__c}"/>
        <apex:column headerValue="Total">
            <apex:outputText value="{0, number,$###,###,##0.00}">
                <apex:param value="{!x.Qty__c*x.Bundle_Item__r.NRPrice__c}" />

PS I used a pageBlockTable instead of a dataTable. The only difference is the pageBlockTable has some nice styling attached to it.

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I got this error message: Error: Incorrect parameter type for operator '*'. Expected Number, received Object. I don't know why because Qty and NRPrice are mumber fields. Any Ideas? –  Carlos Feb 13 '14 at 21:38
can we cast both as numbers? i'm checking the function list. i tested the code, and it worked on my end. –  AmatorVitae Feb 13 '14 at 22:03
Thank you for your time, i really appreciate it... I am so new in apex. How would you cast these values in the VF page? –  Carlos Feb 13 '14 at 22:08
try checking your controller to make sure the parameters are what you think they are. Also, try making a new VF page with a StandardController on the sOjbect you're using, and test out a simple example. Example: <apex:page standardController="Paycheck__c"> <apex:outputText value="{!Paycheck__c.Hours__c*Paycheck__c.TotalBenefit__c+Paycheck__c.Pay_Run__r.CKcou‌​nt__c}"/> –  AmatorVitae Feb 13 '14 at 22:11
For casting, you can only cast a string to decimal via VALUE and anything to a string via TEXT. Concerning the error code "Expected Number, received Object", that means that one of the two parameters (either b.Qty__c or b.Bundle_Item__r.NRPrice__c) is an Object not a "field" of an object -- which is what we're looking for in this example –  AmatorVitae Feb 13 '14 at 22:15

You can't do it in SOQL, but you can create a formula field on the object that can be queried. In all likelihood, if you need the calculation here, you'll need it somewhere else such as a report. By making a formula field, you can ensure everyone is using the same calculation.

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If I can't do it by code, I will use the formula field. Thank you for your advice! –  Carlos Feb 14 '14 at 0:01

Best Idea in this case should be creating wrapper class to manage all calculations and make displaying easier

For example

class wrapper{

   Integer reult;
   o_Bundle__c object;

   public void wrapper(o_Bundle__c b){
      reult = /** some operations **/
      object = b;

thanks to that you will have access to object and calculated values

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Ok I will try that...Thank you for your answer! –  Carlos Feb 13 '14 at 19:17

Use a Wrapper class then. Have the table iterate over a list of the wrapper instead.

public class MyWrapper
  public o_Bundle__c bundle{get; set;}

  public MyWrapper(o_Bundle__c bundle)
    this.bundle = bundle;

  public Integer getMult()
    return bundle.Qty__c * bundle.Bundle_Item__r.NRPrice__c;
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That will be the ideal fix, but we are trying to remove fields, so I am not allow to add more fields because the system is running too slow. Thank you for your answer! –  Carlos Feb 13 '14 at 19:03
Thank you for your advice! –  Carlos Feb 14 '14 at 0:02
@Carlos This doesn't add any fields... –  dphil Sep 2 '14 at 23:00
hi dphil, now that i am more familiar with wrapper classes I went back to this question and i realized that your solution is correct too. Thanks! –  Carlos Sep 2 '14 at 23:04

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