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Walkthrough: Referencing a Report Parameter from Multiple Datasets in a Precision Design Report [AX 2012]

Updated: February 1, 2013

Applies To: Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2, Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Feature Pack, Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012

In this walkthrough, you will create a vendor invoice report. You will use SQL Report Designer to create a precision design for the report. The following illustration shows the report that you will create in this walkthrough.

Report precision design
NoteNote

The data that displays in your report may vary depending on the sample data that is available to you.

This walkthrough illustrates the following tasks:

  • Defining queries

  • Creating a reporting project

  • Creating a precision design report using SQL Report Designer

To complete this walkthrough, you will need:

  • Microsoft Dynamics AX with sample data

    NoteNote

    In this walkthrough, you will use the VendInvoiceJour and VendInvoiceTrans tables. Therefore, these tables must contain data.

  • Microsoft Visual Studio 2010

  • Microsoft Visual Studio Tools for Microsoft Dynamics AX

There are several ways to retrieve data for reports. In this walkthrough, you will create queries in the Microsoft Dynamics AX development workspace. The following procedure explains how to define the queries that will retrieve data for a vendor invoice report.

To define the queries

  1. Open the Microsoft Dynamics AX development workspace.

  2. In the AOT, right-click the Queries node, and then click New Query.

  3. Right-click the node for the query, click Rename, and then type InvoiceJournal.

  4. Expand the node for the InvoiceJournal query.

  5. In the AOT, right-click the Data Dictionary node, and then click Open New Window.

  6. In the new window, expand the Tables node.

  7. Locate the VendInvoiceJour table and drag it onto the Data Sources node for the query.

  8. Expand the node for the VendInvoiceJour_1 data source.

  9. Select the Fields node, in the Properties window, set the Dynamic property to Yes.

  10. Right-click the Ranges node, and then click New Range.

  11. Right-click the VendGroup node and then click Properties, and in the Properties window, set the Field property to InvoiceId.

  12. In the AOT, right-click the Queries node, and then click New Query.

  13. Right-click the node for the query, click Rename, and then type InvoiceTransaction.

  14. Expand the node for the InvoiceTransaction query.

  15. In the AOT that is displaying the Data Dictionary node, locate the VendInvoiceTrans table and drag it onto the Data Sources node for the query.

  16. Expand the node for the VendInvoiceTrans_1 data source.

  17. Select the Fields node, in the Properties window, set the Dynamic property to Yes.

  18. Right-click the Ranges node, and then click New Range.

  19. Select the node for the range, and in the Properties window, set the Field property to InvoiceId.

  20. Save the queries.

Next, you will create a reporting project in Microsoft Visual Studio. In this walkthrough, you will use the Report Model template.

To create a reporting project

  1. Open Microsoft Visual Studio.

  2. On the File menu, click New, and then click Project. The New Project dialog box is displayed.

  3. In the Installed Templates pane, click the Microsoft Dynamics AX node. In the Templates pane, click Report Model.

  4. In the Name box, type SampleVendorInvoiceReport, and in the Location box, type a location.

  5. Click OK.

Now that you have created a reporting project, you are ready to create a precision design report to display the data returned by the queries that you created in Microsoft Dynamics AX. To do this, you will first define datasets for the report. Then, you will configure the parameters that are created for the datasets. Finally, you will use SQL Report Designer to define the report layout.

To define datasets for the report

  1. In Solution Explorer, rick-click the SampleVendorInvoiceReport project, point to Add, and then click Report.

  2. In Model Editor, right-click the Report1 node, and then click Rename.

  3. Type VendorInvoiceReport.

  4. Right-click the Datasets node for the report, and then click Add Dataset.

  5. Select the node for the dataset.

  6. In the Properties window, specify the following property values.

    Property

    Value

    Dynamic Filters

    False

    Data Source

    Dynamics AX

    Data Source Type

    Query

    Name

    InvoiceJournalDataset

    Query

    Click the ellipsis button (…). A dialog box displays where you can select a query that is defined in the AOT and identify the fields that you want to use. Select the InvoiceJournal query, click Next, and then expand the All Fields node. Select the PurchId, OrderAccount, InvoiceAccount, InvoiceId, InvoiceDate, and DueDate fields. Click OK.

  7. In Model Editor, right-click the Datasets node for the report, and then click Add Dataset.

  8. Select the node for the dataset.

  9. In the Properties window, specify the following property values.

    Property

    Value

    Dynamic Filters

    False

    Data Source

    Dynamics AX

    Data Source Type

    Query

    Name

    InvoiceTransactionDataset

    Query

    Click the ellipsis button (…). A dialog box displays where you can select a query that is defined in the AOT and identify the fields that you want to use. Select the InvoiceTransaction query, click Next, and then expand the All Fields node. Select the ItemId, Name, Qty, PurchPrice, and LineAmount fields. Click OK.

    The queries that are used for both of the datasets have a range based on the InvoiceId field. Because this range exists, dataset and report parameters are added to the report in Model Editor. The following table describes dataset and report parameters.

    Parameter

    Description

    Dataset parameter

    Dataset parameters are generated when a dataset is based on the Query property and the Dynamic Filters property of the dataset.

    • When you define a dataset where the Dynamic Filters property is set to True, a single dataset parameter is created to transport the dynamic filters that are set at runtime for the report.

    • When the Dynamic Filters property is set to False, zero to many parameters are created based on the Query property of the dataset.

    Report parameter

    Report parameters are defined globally for the report. They are generated when the report query includes parameters, or they can be created manually. After a report parameter is created, you must set properties that identify it and that control how it is used in the report. The naming convention of report parameters the DatasetName_FieldName.

    Parameters of this kind are added when you bind the query to a dataset. In this example, both report parameters represent the same field. Therefore, you will set up the report to use one of the report parameters as a design parameter and both of the dataset parameters for the InvoiceID field will reference the design parameter.

To configure the parameters

  1. In Model Editor, expand the Parameters node for the report.

  2. Select the InvoiceJournalDataset_InvoiceId parameter.

  3. In the Properties window, type Invoice ID: for the Prompt String property.

  4. Right-click the InvoiceTransactionDataset_InvoiceId parameter and then click Delete.

  5. Expand Datasets > InvoiceTransactionDataset > Parameters, and then select InvoiceID. In the Properties window, set the Report parameter to InvoiceJournalDataset_InvoiceId. Now both InvoiceID dataset parameters are set to InvoiceJournalDataset_InvoiceId.

After the datasets and parameters are defined, you can start defining the report layout. You create a report layout by dragging and dropping data regions, text boxes, images, and other items that you want to include in your report to the design surface.

To define a precision design by using SQL Report Designer

  1. In Model Editor, right-click the Designs node for the report, point to Add, and then click Precision Design.

  2. Right-click the new PrecisionDesign1 node and choose Edit Using Designer.

    The Precision Design window is displayed with an empty report. The Report Data window that contains the datasets that you defined in the model appears on the left.

  3. In the Toolbox pane, click the Table element and drag it to the design surface. Report Designer draws a table data region with three columns.

    NoteNote

    The Toolbox may appear as a tab on the left side of the Report Data pane. If the Toolbox is not visible, from the View menu, click Toolbox.

  4. From the Report Data pane, drag the PurchId field to the first column in the table.

    When you drop the field into the first column, two things occur. First, the data cell will display the field name, known as the field expression, in brackets: [PurchId]. Second, a column header value is automatically added to Header row, just above the field expression. By default, the column is the name of the field. You can select the Header row text and type a new name.

  5. Press Ctrl-S to save the design.

  6. Click the Design tab.

  7. Right-click the table, point to Insert Column, and then click Right. Repeat this until there are five columns in the table.

  8. Drag the OrderAccount, InvoiceAccount, InvoiceDate, and DueDate to the columns of the table on the design surface.

  9. In the Toolbox pane, select the Table element, and drag it below the previous table.

  10. Right-click the table, point to Insert Column, and then click Right. Repeat this until there are five columns in the table.

  11. Drag the ItemId, Name, Qty, PurchPrice, and LineAmount fields from InvoiceTransactionDataset in the Report Data window to the columns that you created. The following diagram shows the two table data regions that have been populated with fields.

    Precision design screenshot
  12. Save the report.

  13. To preview the report design, click the Preview tab in SQL Report Designer. Type an invoice ID in the Parameters tab, and then click the Report tab to view the report.

    NoteNote

    To find a vendor invoice number in the data you are using, use the Open Vendor Invoices list. In Microsoft Dynamics AX, go to Accounts payable > Common > Vendor invoices > Open vendor invoices. You can also use the * wildcard in the invoice ID parameter.

You have successfully added a Table data region to your report, added fields to the data region, and previewed your report. In the next section, you will format the report.

To format the report by using SQL Report Designer

  1. Click the Design tab.

  2. In the Toolbox pane, select the Text Box element and drag it to the upper-left side of the report.

  3. Right-click the text box and then click Text Box Properties.

  4. In the Value: field, type Invoice specification.

  5. Click Font, in the Font field, select Tahoma.

  6. In the Size field, select 14pt.

  7. Click OK. You may need to adjust the size of the text box.

  8. In the Toolbox pane, select the Line element and draw a line below the text box that you added in the previous step.

  9. Select the line, and in the Properties window, set the LineWidth property to 2pt and set LineColor property to Blue.

  10. In the first table, right-click the [InvoiceDate] field expression and then click Text Box Properties.

  11. Click Number, and then in the Category field, select Date.

  12. In the Type box, select January 31, 2000.

  13. Click OK.

  14. In the first table, right-click the [DueDate] field expression and repeat the previous steps to format the date.

  15. In the first table, click the row handle for the first row to select the field headers, in the Properties window, expand the Font property and set the FontFamily to Tahoma and the FontWeight to Bold.

  16. In the first table, click the row handle for the second row to select the field expressions, in the Properties window, expand the Font property and set the FontFamily to Tahoma.

  17. In the second table, click the row handle for the first row to select the field headers, in the Properties window, expand the Font property and set the FontFamily to Tahoma and the FontStyle to Italic.

  18. In the second table, click the row handle for the second row to select the field expressions in the second row, in the Properties window, expand the Font property and set the FontFamily to Tahoma.

  19. In the first table, select the [OrderAccount] field expression, in the Properties window, expand the Size property, and then set the Width to 2in.

  20. In the second table, select the [Name] field expression, in the Properties window, expand the Size property, and then set the Width to 2in.

  21. Select the second table, and in the Properties window, set the BackgroundColor to Lavender.

  22. In the second table, right-click a cell in the first row, point to Insert Row, and then click Above.

  23. In the new row, select the fields, right-click the selection, and then click Merge Cells.

  24. Select the merged cell, and in the Properties window, set the Font property to Tahoma, 10pt, Default, Bold, Default, set the TextAlign property to Center, and in the field type Item details.

  25. Select the [PurchPrice] and the [LineAmount], and in the Properties window, type c for the Format field. This will format the values in these cells as currency.

You have successfully formatted your report. In the next section, you will add totals to the report.

To add totals to the report by using Report Designer

  1. In the second table, right-click the second row, point to Row Group, click Delete Group, select the Delete group only, and then click OK.

  2. Add two rows to the table. To do this, right-click a cell in the last row of the table, point to Insert Row, and then click Below.

  3. In the first added row, select the first four cells, right-click the selected cells and then click Merge Cells.

  4. Select the merged cell and type Sales tax:. In the Properties window, set the TextAlign property to Right.

  5. Right-click the last cell in the first footer row and choose Expression. Set the Expression, type =Sum(Fields!LineAmount.Value*.07).

  6. In the Properties window, set the Format property to c.

  7. In the last footer row, merge the first four cells and type Total amount due:.

  8. Select the merged cell, and in the Properties window, set the FontWeight property to Bold, and set the TextAlign property to Right.

  9. Select the last cell in the last footer row, type =Sum(Fields!LineAmount.Value*1.07) for the Value field, set the FontWeight property to Bold, and type c for the Format property.

  10. Select the cells that display the values for sales tax and total amount due, and in the Properties window, set the BorderColor property to DimGrey.

  11. Save and preview the report.

You have now successfully created a precision design report by using the Microsoft Dynamics AX tools for Visual Studio and Report Designer. You can now create a menu item to display the report in the Microsoft Dynamics AX client.

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