New and Improved Datasets in Version 16.1

for Report Designer – Office Edition, Java Engine, .NET Engine

Datasets have been re-written from scratch to be more powerful and easier to use. Unlike our previous Datasets (which required being saved in a POD file to utilize in the Windward engines), new Datasets can be used like all other Datasources. This makes Datasets easier to manage and deploy in an application.

Creating a Dataset

Datasets are created in the Connection Editor for valid Datasource Providers. Valid Datasource Providers include:
Datasets can be created by selecting the desired Datasource connection and clicking the “Data Set” button.

This creates an empty Dataset based on the selected Datasource. Next, create a query for the Dataset by either manually entering a query or by using a Wizard. When you’re finished editing a Dataset, click “Update” to save all changes.

Dataset Usage in the Report Designer – OfficeEdition

In version 16.1, Datasets can be used just like Datasources.

Dataset Usage in the Java Engine and .NET Engine RunReport

To use a Dataset with RunReport, add the following parameter:

-dataset:name “ds=dataSourceName;select=theSelect”

Dataset Usage in the Java Engine API

To create a Dataset with the Java engine API, use the following code snippet:

DataSourceProvider datasource = new DataSetDataSource(dsName, select, parentDataProvider);

Dataset Usage in the .NET Engine API

To create a Dataset with the .NET engine API, use the following code snippet:

IReportDataSource datasource = new DataSetImpl(dsName, select, parentDataProvider);

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