Matthew Sweeney

Connecting to a Data Source Part 1

Connecting Data Tutorial

Difficulty: BASIC

Estimated Completion Time: 5 Mins

Version 1.8+

In this three part tutorial we will show you how to connect a widget in your dashboard to a data source. Each widget has a “Chart Data Source” property which must be set to the URI of the web service (or file) that provides the widget’s data. In part 1 we will focus on configuring an ‘Absolute URI’, which can be used when the web service will always be at the same location e.g. an RSS feed. Part 2 will build on this tutorial by configuring a ‘Relative URI’, used when the web service is local to the server that the dashboard is running on. The final part of the tutorial will look at connecting a widget to the dashboard’s own built-in test data generator. So let’s get started with part 1. You will first need to Login to the dashboard builder to start the tutorial.

Step 1 – Add a ‘Web Page’ Widget to your Dashboard

Add a Web Page widget to the dashboard using the new widget button in the bottom left hand corner of the dashboard builder. Open the Web Page widget properties menu by clicking on the spanner button in the top right hand corner of the widget.

Once you have opened the Properties menu, scroll down to find the ‘Chart Data Source’ field.

Step 2 – Add your Absolute URI to the Chart Data Source field

Once you have located the ‘Chart Data Source’ field in the widget properties menu, you can now enter the URI of your data source. You can simply copy and paste your URI into the field e.g.

Now scroll to the bottom and press ‘Update’. You can now close the properties menu. That’s all done! Now view your dashboard and you should now be able to access your URI data source through your dashboard. Please continue to Part 2 where we will see how we can connect widgets to a Relative URI!

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Matthew Sweeney

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