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Task 1:  Set up and query the data source

Before you start to design a chart, you must create a report design file for the chart, then set up the data source and data set that the chart uses. These tasks are discussed in detail in earlier sections of this book and in a tutorial in which you build a sample report. This tutorial builds on that knowledge. This task shows how to select the data to build a sample pie chart.

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ChartData
Use the following SQL SELECT statement:

 

SELECT Products.ProductLine,
sum(OrderDetails.QuantityOrdered)
FROM OrderDetails,
Products
WHERE Products.ProductCode=OrderDetails.ProductCode
GROUP BY Products.ProductLine
ORDER BY Products.ProductLine
This SELECT statement obtains values from the ProductLine column in the Products table, groups the results by product line, and calculates the sum of the order quantities for each group.
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Figure 14-1 Previewing the data set

Figure 14-1  Previewing the data set
The first column lists product line names. The second column shows the total orders for each product line. BIRT uses sequential numbers to name generated columns, such as the sum column named 2 in Figure 14-1.
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To rename the sum column to be more descriptive, choose Output Columns. Select column 2, then choose Edit. In Edit Output Columns, use the following settings:
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TotalOrders
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TOTALORDERS
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