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The order of the Parameters and Data Sources is important. In some cases, a parameter or data source may have the capability to reference the results of another type, such as a Parameter referencing the value of another Parameter. Parameters and Data Sources may ONLY reference other types of data that are listed vertically above them in the list. In short, the bottom-most Data Source may reference all other parameters and data sources, while the top-most Parameter may not reference any other parameter or data source.
Because of this, it is possible to reorder them using the up () and down ( ) arrow buttons.
Parameters are the way you get dynamic data into your charts. These properties are exposed on the Report Viewer component and can be bound to other components to allow your users to select what report data they want to see. You can use these to set up dates, time ranges, area selectors, titles, and anything else you want in your report.
By default, StartDate and EndDate properties are automatically created for you because they are almost always used to filter report data. You can, of course, delete them if you don't need them.
Data Sources are the primary means of getting data out of where it lives and into a report. There are eight Data Sources included in the Reporting Module: six Query types, a Script data source and Static CSV. Each data source offers a unique method of collecting (or amending in the case of Script Source) data. Aside from the Script datasource, all will require you to specify a Data Key. The Data Key is a unique identifier that represents the top-level of the data collected through this source – think of it as the label for the data source, or as the parent node of your source's collected 'data tree'. When your report is generated, the data collected under this identifier is passed to the reporting engine, which utilizes this identifier to appropriately place your data in the final report.
Here is a complete list of all the Data Source types:
Give your Data Keys readable names that say something about the table or data they represent. This will make it easier to build meaningful reports!
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