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Simple Bar Chart for Analysis Services Data - Page 6

December 30, 2008

The Data Output tab affords us a means of defining XML data output options for the values in the chart. We will not leverage these capabilities within this introduction to simple Column charts, and will therefore leave the settings of the Data Output tab at their defaults, as shown in Illustration 25.

Data Output Tab with Default Settings
Illustration 25: The Data Output Tab with Default Settings

23. Click the OK button at the bottom of the Edit Chart Value dialog, to dismiss the dialog with our settings.

We are returned to the Data tab of the Chart Properties dialog. Next we will work with the Category groups area of the tab, just under the Values area. Categories are optional, and are displayed as bars or groups of bars on the Y-axis. Multiple groups are nested, as we shall see within our current practice example.

24. Click the Add... button to the right of the Category groups list box, found immediately underneath the Values list box with which we worked above.

The Grouping and Sorting Properties dialog appears, defaulted to the General tab.

25. Type (or cut and paste) the following into the Name box, atop the General tab:

chart1_Cat1_Year

26. Click the top row of the Expression box within the Group on section that appears just underneath the Name box, to enable the selector button (the downward-pointing arrow) on the right side of the box.

27. Select =Fields!Calendar_Year.Value from the options that appear, as depicted in Illustration 26.

Select =Fields!Calendar_Year.Value in the Top Row of the Expression List
Illustration 26: Select =Fields!Calendar_Year.Value in the Top Row of the Expression List ...

As we have no input for the Filters or Data Output tabs (which resemble their counterparts in other areas of the Report Designer, as we have, and shall, see), within the context of this newly added group, and as we intend to leave the Sorting at the settings naturally found within the cube structure (the Calendar Years will sort in numerical order), we will accept our input at this stage.

The Grouping and Sorting Properties dialog appears, with our modifications, as shown in Illustration 27.

Grouping and Sorting Properties Dialog with Our Modifications
Illustration 27: The Grouping and Sorting Properties Dialog with Our Modifications

28. Click the OK button at the bottom of the Grouping and Sorting Properties dialog, to save our settings and to dismiss the dialog.

We are returned to the Data tab of the Chart Properties dialog. Next we will add another Category group to our report.

29. Click the Add... button to the right of the Category groups list box, just as we did before.

The Grouping and Sorting Properties dialog appears, once again, defaulted to the General tab.

30. Type the following into the Name box, atop the General tab:

chart1_Cat2_Territory

31. Click the top row of the Expression box within the Group on section, once again, to enable the selector button (the downward-pointing arrow) on the right side of the box.

32. Select =Fields!Sales_Territory_Group.Value from the options that appear, as depicted in Illustration 28.

Select =Fields!Sales_Territory_Group.Value in the Top Row of the Expression List
Illustration 28: Select =Fields!Sales_Territory_Group.Value in the Top Row of the Expression List ...

The Grouping and Sorting Properties dialog appears, with our modifications, as shown in Illustration 29.

Grouping and Sorting Properties Dialog with Our Modifications
Illustration 29: The Grouping and Sorting Properties Dialog with Our Modifications

As we have no input for the Filters or Data Output tabs within the context of this newly added group, and as we intend to leave the Sorting at the settings naturally found within the cube structure (the Territory Groups will sort in alphabetical order), we will accept our input at this stage, just as we did with the previously added Category group, chart1_Cat1_Year.

33. Click the OK button at the bottom of the Grouping and Sorting Properties dialog, to save our settings and to dismiss the dialog.

We are returned to the Data tab of the Chart Properties dialog, once again. Our next step will be to add another group – this time an optional Series group. Series are displayed as individual bars in the chart. Each series is also displayed in the chart legend. At this point, we will add a Series group to contain the Sales Reason (Manufacturer, On Promotion, Price, etc.) that is associated with the grouped Internet Sales totals that the report will present.

34. Click the Add... button to the right of the Series groups list box, just as we did in making our two Category groups entries earlier.

The Grouping and Sorting Properties dialog appears, once again, defaulted to the General tab.

35. Type (or cut and paste) the following into the Name box, atop the General tab:

chart1_Series1_Reason

36. Click the top row of the Expression box within the Group on section, yet again, to enable the selector button (the downward-pointing arrow) on the right side of the box.

37. Select =Fields!Sales_Reason.Value from the options that appear, as depicted in Illustration 30.

Select =Fields!Sales_Reason.Value in the Top Row of the Expression List
Illustration 30: Select =Fields!Sales_Reason.Value in the Top Row of the Expression List ...

The Grouping and Sorting Properties dialog appears, with our modifications, as shown in Illustration 31.

Grouping and Sorting Properties Dialog with Our Modifications
Illustration 31: The Grouping and Sorting Properties Dialog with Our Modifications

Because we again have no input for the Filters or Data Output tabs within the context of this newly added group, and as we intend to leave the Sorting at the settings naturally found within the cube structure (the Sales Reasons will sort in alphabetical order), we will accept our input at this stage, just as we did with the previously added Category groups, chart1_Cat1_Year and chart1_Cat2_Territory.

38. Click the OK button at the bottom of the Grouping and Sorting Properties dialog, to save our settings and to dismiss the dialog.

39. We return to the Data tab, once again, which appears, with our Values, Category groups, and Series groups settings, as depicted in Illustration 32.

Chart Properties Dialog Box – Data Tab with Our Settings
Illustration 32: Chart Properties Dialog Box – Data Tab with Our Settings

We will move to the X Axis tab in the subsection that follows.








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