In this section:
As an application developer for Century Corporation, you have been assigned the task of creating an income statement that examines the profit components of the company, including revenues, cost of goods sold, and expenses.
First, you will create a project called FINANCIAL in the local projects area of the Developer Studio Explorer. This is where you access and create files. You will build your financial report within this project.
The Create a Project wizard opens at Step 1.
Note: Projects directories are created in lowercase.
The following message appears:
Directory financial does not exist. Do you want to create it?
The Create a Project wizard opens at Step 2.
The Browse For Folder dialog box opens.
The Projects wizard displays your selection.
Tip: These are virtual folders, categorized in this way for your convenience. They are called virtual folders because they apply a logical structure to the project but do not actually exist as physical directories. The files listed in these folders, along with the GFA file of a project, are actually stored on a WebFOCUS Reporting Server and a web or application server. Nevertheless, you can identify and access the files associated with a project from a folder in the local projects development area of Developer Studio, without concern for where the files really reside.
To complete the tutorial, you will use the Master Files and Procedures folders.
Notice that the icons are grayed out. This indicates that the files are available, but not active for your project. Associate the Master File you will need for the tutorial with the FINANCIAL project.
The icon for this Master File is active for your project.
Tip: You can toggle back to the full list at any time.
Detour briefly to see where the corresponding data is stored.
The Master File is visible in the virtual folder in the local Projects development area, but the data source file is only visible on the server itself.
When you run a report later in this exercise, WebFOCUS will identify, locate, and read the active Master File (.MAS) for the data source (.FOC) named in the request. It will then interpret the contents of the data source based on the information in the Master File. You do not have to make the data source files active.
Notice that the ibinccen folder also contains some sample procedures in the Procedures folder (.FEX files). You will not be using these procedures. (They have been created for use in demos and other exercises.) For this tutorial you will create your own financial reporting procedure.