Creating Reporting Applications With Developer Studio


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This documentation describes how to use Developer Studio to create a reporting application, which includes project creation and deployment, and the required elements for creating a report. It is intended for administrators and application developers.

Note: The WebFOCUS toolset generates the rich FOCUS fourth generation language. While this language is very extensive, the WebFOCUS toolset only supports a subset of the language and only specific syntax constructs. While the user can manually modify the content of these WebFOCUS procedures and files, there is no guarantee that the user will be able to open the modified procedure in the tool.

How This Manual Is Organized

This manual includes the following chapters:




Creating a Reporting Application

Describes how to create a reporting application in the local development environment.


Partitioning and Deploying Project Files

Describes the steps you will perform for successful deployment of your project files to the web.


Creating Reports Overview

Describes the tools available for creating and formatting reports.


Joining and Merging Data Sources

Describes how to join two or more related data sources to create a larger integrated data structure from which you can report.


Hierarchical Reporting

Describes how to create reports from multi-dimensional data sources, such as SAP BW. Level and parent/child hierarchy models are supported and reporting rules are automatically enforced.


Creating a Reporting Procedure

Describes how to create a procedure, which is the core element of a reporting application.


Creating Temporary Fields

Describes how to generate information from existing data.


Viewing and Printing Reports and Graphs

Describes how to view and print reports and graphs.


Saving and Reusing Report Output

Describes how to save report data to files for reuse in different formats.


Creating an Update Application With Update Assist

Describes how to use the Update Assist to create an update application in Developer Studio.


Editing Application Components as Text in Developer Studio

Describes how to create, view, and edit the source code for procedures, procedure components, Master and Access files, and other types of files required by your applications with the Developer Studio Text Editor.


Alert Procedures

Describes how alerts enable Managed Reporting Developers to distribute entire reports or selected sections of a report only when certain test conditions are met.


Reporting Objects in Developer Studio

Describes procedures for working with Reporting Objects in Developer Studio.



Describes key terms found in this manual.

Documentation Conventions

The following table describes the documentation conventions that are used in this manual.





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