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Posted Sep 11, 2006

Mastering Enterprise BI: Introduction to Translations - Page 7

By William Pearson

Browsing Translations

Upon completing the addition of our Translations, we would next deploy the solution, as we have done in various articles of this series. Once this has been accomplished, we can fully leverage the Browser that the Cube Designer and Dimension Designer each make available to us. While we have not input any Translations, we can still examine the simple steps involved in "switching Translations" within the Cube Browser by taking the following steps:

1. Return to the ANSYS051_Translations.cube tab, which we opened via the Cube Designer earlier (re-open if necessary), by clicking the appropriately marked tab, as depicted in Illustration 53.


Illustration 53: Return to the ANSYS051_Translations Cube Designer View ...

2. Click the Browser tab to initialize the Browser for the Designer.

Once the Browser loads, we receive a message here indicating that a connection cannot be made, due to the fact that we have not deployed the solution and performed a reconnection. Our point here is to show that, had we populated the Translations, and then performed the deployment / reconnection, our next step would be to switch among the Translations for the data displayed by selecting the desired Translation from the Language selector (to the immediate right of the Perspectives selector, atop the Browser tab). Doing so for Spanish (Spain), we would make the appropriate selection within the Language selector, which would be populated once deployed / reconnected, as shown in Illustration 54.


Illustration 54: Shifting between Translations in the Cube Designer Browser ...

Performing the switch between Translations is quite similar within the Dimension Designer, and consists of the following steps:

3. Return to the Dim Customer.dim tab, which we opened via the Dimension Designer earlier (re-open if necessary), by clicking the appropriately marked tab, as depicted in Illustration 55.


Illustration 55: Return to the Dim Customer.dim Dimension Designer View ...

4. Click the Browser tab to initialize the Browser for the Designer.

Here, as was the case with the Cube Browser, had we populated the Translations, and then performed the deployment / reconnection, our next step would be to switch among the Translations for the data displayed by selecting the desired Translation from the Language selector (to the immediate right of the Hierarchy selector, atop the Browser tab). Doing so for Spanish (Spain), we would make the appropriate selection within the Language selector, which would be populated once deployed / reconnected, as shown in Illustration 56.


Illustration 56: Shifting between Translations in the Dimension Designer Browser ...

And so it becomes clear that shifting among Translations within the Browsers is a simple matter of making a choice of a valid Translation with the respective dropdown selector, once we have deployed / reconnected with the appropriate Translation entries in place.

5. Select File -> Save All from the main menu to save our work through this point, as depicted in Illustration 57.


Illustration 57: Saving All Work from Our Session

6. Select File -> Exit, when ready, to leave the Business Intelligence Development Studio.

Conclusion

In this article, we introduced and overviewed Translations, a feature that allows us to support localized presentations of Analysis Services objects with ease. After introducing the concept of Translations, we overviewed their addition, and discussed ways in which they can offer flexibility in supporting our cube and solution / application end users. In preparation for our examination of the steps involved in extending our cubes to leverage Translations, we prepared Analysis Services, and our environment, by creating an Analysis Services Project to house our development efforts, and to serve as a platform for the design of a quick cube model, within which to perform subsequent procedures in our session. We next performed the steps that are common to the design and creation of any cube within Analysis Services, including the creation of a Data Source, containing the information Analysis Services needs to connect to a database, and a Data Source View containing schema information.

We then created a basic cube, referencing our Data Source and Data Source View, based upon data from our sample relational tables. Next, we discussed the detailed steps of adding Translations, via the Translations tab of the Cube and Dimension Designers. Finally, after discussing the need for deploying and reconnecting our solution, after adding the specific Translation values for both types of Translations, we discussed the steps involved in switching between available Translations within each of the Cube and Dimension Browsers.

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