MSSQL Server Reporting Services: Master Chart Reports: Track Exchange Rates in a Line Chart - Page 8

September 29, 2004

Verify Operation of the Chart Report

Let's ascertain the accuracy and completeness our work. We will execute the report with the following steps:

1.  Click the Preview tab, to the right of the Layout tab atop the design surface.

The new chart report generates, and appears as depicted in Illustration 33.

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Illustration 33: The Chart Report, Preview Tab

While there are myriad opportunities for refinement and general enhancement, we can confidently return to the information consumers with our design as a pilot. Anyone moving for any length of time within business intelligence and analytics circles comes to realize that beginning with a good general idea often leads to feedback requests. Through this mechanism, consumers usually provide more focused and useful direction: we provide a means by which they can actually see what we can do for them. Their feedback allows us to modify our designs, and provides an opportunity to approach the real needs of the consumers more closely before final delivery of the assigned report. The pilot and feedback approach is an excellent way to develop, because it more efficiently produces a report that often exceeds initial consumer expectations.

2.  Click the Layout tab, once more.

3.  Select File -> Save RS009_PieChart.rdl As ... from the main menu.

4.  Resave the file, and then exit Visual Studio.net, when desired.

Through the foregoing steps, we have met the requirements of the information consumers within the AdventureWorks2000 Purchasing department. We have provided a line chart report, which will lend itself readily to use in other Microsoft Office applications, as well as within other reports. We have also met the expressed need to analyze two specified currencies' exchange rate activity over the time frames contained in the corporate OLTP database, showing comparative rate activity between the currencies at key month-end dates.

Conclusion...

In this article, we continued our exploration of chart reports in Reporting Services with an examination of a line chart. We illustrated the use of the chart item within an illustrative exercise that involved helping a group of hypothetical information consumers meet a stated business need.

We created a blank report in Report Designer, added an underlying dataset, and then located a chart item onto the new report. We specified the chart type, and then populated the chart item with data, making use of various property settings, to add informational value to the report we created. Finally, after constructing the dataset and building and populating the chart report, we previewed the report and verified its operation as a whole.

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