Verify Operation of the Pie Chart
Lets ascertain the
accuracy and completeness of our construction efforts. We will execute the
report with the following steps:
Click the Preview
tab, to the right of the Layout tab atop the design surface.
within the Product Category report parameter picklist, as shown in Illustration
Illustration 33: Select Bikes as the Product Category ...
Click the View
The new report
generates, displaying both the original matrix and new exploded Pie chart data
as required, to focus upon the new exploded Pie chart data region.
Pie chart data region appears as depicted in Illustration 34.
Illustration 34: The Pie Chart Report, Preview Tab
easily verify the displayed exploded Pie chart totals against the matrix data
region by comparing any given Sales Reasons Internet Sales Amount displayed in
the Pie chart data region to the total Internet Sales Amount corresponding to
the respective Sales Reason in the matrix data region.
Pie chart meets the expressed business requirements and demonstrates many
details surrounding its property settings. The client representatives express
satisfaction with our efforts, and state that, with a few cosmetic changes
(including the simple removal of the existing matrix data region, and the
subsequent realignment of the Pie chart on the canvas), the report will be
ready for deployment to the targeted information consumer group. Moreover,
they assure us that the details they have examined within the practical
exercise we have undertaken can be extrapolated to their creation efforts of
other exploded Pie charts.
further with the report, if desired.
with the report, click the Layout tab.
Select File -> Save RS066_Pie_Chart.rdl As ... to save our work, up
to this point, to a location where it can be easily accessed for later
can see from our examination above, Reporting Services offers a wide range of
options for exploded Pie
chart creation and
manipulation to assist us in the delivery of information within the business
environment. We extend
our examination of chart types, specifically examining each type, together with
the properties and methods we can manipulate for the precise presentations we
seek to be able to deliver, in other articles of this series.
Select File -> Exit to leave the design environment, when ready (saving
as desired), and to close the Business Intelligence Development Studio.
In this article, we
performed a relatively straightforward examination of the Reporting Services exploded Pie chart type,
from within a copy of an existing sample Reporting Services 2005 report that we
created for this purpose. Our focus, as we stated in the introduction, was to
create a basic, working Pie chart, using an Analysis Services data source (the Adventure Works DW sample OLAP
database / Adventure Works cube that accompanies the installation of Reporting
various characteristics of the Pie chart type as we progressed.
We examined relevant chart
properties, and got some hands-on exposure to the manipulation of those
properties to support the delivery of information to meet the needs of a hypothetical group of
organizational information consumers. We noted that this article would serve as a basis,
in some cases, for other, more advanced articles within the MSSQL Server
Reporting Services series: a platform from which we can concentrate on in-depth
procedures and nuances that we can use to achieve precision in meeting specific
requirements and data presentation effects that we might deliver in the
business environment with this chart type.
About the MSSQL Server Reporting Services Series ...
article is a member of the series MSSQL Server Reporting Services. This monthly column is designed
to introduce MSSQL Server Reporting Services (Reporting Services), presenting
an overview of its features, with tips and techniques for real-world use. For
more information on the series in general, please see my initial Database Journal article, A New Paradigm for Enterprise Reporting.
See All Articles by Columnist William E. Pearson, III