Just wanted to put this out there for anyone that wants to add a little fun with the dashboards. We have added a special "Santa" monitor to our daily regular dashboard which counts the days until Christmas
good for the inner child in all of us. The SQL Query is simple enough and is shown below, feel free to make as mnay enhancements, changes etc...Just add the query into the DB datasource of a "TextBox" widget to output as a ($VAR).
--Declares the variables used
Declare @CurrentYear varchar(255);
Declare @daystilxmas int;
--Sets the varibale to just the year format, so it can determined for 2012,2013,2014 etc.
Set @CurrentYear = (SELECT DATENAME(year,GETDATE()))
--Sets the variable to count the days til the given date (Dec 25th) and today
set @daystilxmas = (select DATEDIFF(DAY, GETDATE(), @CurrentYear + '-12-25'))
--After 25th, the date diffference will become negative, so it will return 0 until the new year starts then from 1/1 will countdown again.
IF @daystilxmas <= 0
SET @daystilxmas = 0
--Final output either 0 or a positive Integer