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How to: Create a Chart with Data from an Analysis Services Cube [AX 2012]

Updated: May 30, 2012

Applies To: Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2

You can create your own Chart Controls for use on Enterprise Portal pages. A Chart Control is a User Control you can use to display chart data from a Report Data Provider (RDP) class or from an Analysis Services cube.

This topic describes how to use the features in Microsoft Dynamics AX and Visual Studio to create and deploy a Chart Control that displays analysis cube data. Chart Controls are created by using an EP Web Application project in Visual Studio. For more information about how to create an EP Web Application project, see How to: Create an EP Web Application Project. For information about Chart Controls that display RDP data, see How to: Create a Chart with Data from a Report Data Provider Class.

To add a new Chart Control

  1. Start Visual Studio. If User Account Control (UAC) is active, be sure you start Visual Studio with administrative privileges.

  2. Open the EP Web Application project for which you are creating a Chart Control.

  3. Select the project in Solution Explorer.

  4. In the Project menu, click Add New Item.

  5. In the Add New Item window, expand the Visual C# group of installed templates.

  6. Click Microsoft Dynamics AX.

  7. Select EP Chart Control.

  8. Name the new Chart Control. The name entered identifies the chart in SharePoint.

  9. Click Add. The new Chart Control is added to the project and in the AOT.

To design a Chart Control, you will use the graphical design view in Visual Studio. There will also be cases where you will modify the source code for the Chart Control directly.

To design a new Chart Control

  1. In Solution Explorer, right-click the [ChartControlName].ascx.

  2. Click View Designer to view the graphical layout for the Chart Control.

    The following components are included in the layout for the chart:

    • AxChartDataSource - [ChartControlName]DataSource

    • Chart - [ChartControlName]Chart

      The DataSourceID property of the chart has been set to [ChartControlName]DataSource.

    • AxChartBehavior - [ChartControlName]Behavior

      The ChartID property of the AxChartBehavior component has been set to [ChartControlName]Chart.

  3. Right-click the AxChartDataSource – [ChartControlName]DataSource component in the layout, and then click Properties.

  4. Verify that the DataType property is set to MDXQuery, to indicate that the data is coming from an Analysis Services cube.

  5. In the CommandText property, click the ellipsis button (...) to open the OLAP query builder. Enter a Multidimensional Expression (MDX) query string to access analysis cube data. For information about MDX syntax, see MDX Query Fundamentals.

  6. Click the execute query ! button. The results of the MDX query are displayed.


    The column headers of the results provide the XValueMember value and YValueMembers value to update the Series property in the next step.

  7. Click OK to save the query text.

  8. In the Design, right-click the [ChartControlName]Chart component in the layout, and then click Properties.

  9. In the Series property, click the ellipsis (…) button to open the Series Collection Editor.

  10. In the Series Collection Editor, set the XValueMember and the YValueMembers property to the column header results when you executed the MDX query.

  11. Click OK to save the Series value members.

  12. Use the Properties window to change the appearance and behavior of the chart. For example, you can add text to the Titles property that will be displayed as a title on the chart.

  13. In Solution Explorer, right-click [ChartControlName].ascx and then click View Markup. The command text and series values contain the values that you entered in the CommandText property and Series property. Add code to the markup file for the Chart Control to provide further detail.

  14. In Solution Explorer, right-click [ChartControlName].ascx and then click View Code to view the source that defines the Chart Control. If required, add any code to the code-behind file for the Chart Control.

  15. Save the Chart Control by making the .ascx file for the control active in Visual Studio, and then clicking Save in the File menu. The control will be saved. It will also be updated in the AOT.

To have security work correctly for the new Chart Control, you must compile it in the AOT. Be sure that the new Chart Control has been saved in Visual Studio, which will add the Chart Control to the AOT.

To compile a new Chart Control in the AOT

  1. In the AOT, expand the Web node, and then expand the Web Files node.

  2. Expand the Web Controls node and locate the new Chart Control that you created.

  3. Right-click the new Chart Control and then click Compile.

  4. Verify that there are no compiling errors. If there are, correct them in Visual Studio and then compile again.

Next you can add the User Control web part to an existing page, such as a Role Center page. For information about how to display a chart in an existing page, see How to: Add Web Parts.

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