Describing and Accessing Data Overview


Developer Studio provides a set of graphical tools that you can use to describe and access many types of data sources, including:

  • Relational, such as DB2, Oracle, Sybase, Informix, and JDBC.
  • Multidimensional, such as SAP BW and Essbase.
  • Procedural, such as Web Services and CICS Transactions.
  • XML
  • Hierarchical, such as IMS and FOCUS.
  • Sequential, both fixed-format and free-format.
  • Indexed, such as ISAM and VSAM.
  • Networked, such as CA-IDMS.
  • Other popular data sources, such as Lotus Notes and LDAP.

These graphical tools are designed to:

  • Translate the schema of the data source into metadata that WebFOCUS can read and report against.
  • Optionally, enable you to customize and enhance the generated metadata without having to know the details of the underlying WebFOCUS data description language.