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DataBind Alfresco Data to the DevExpress Data Grid

Use the CData ADO.NET Provider for Alfresco with the DevExpress Windows Forms and Web controls to provide Alfresco data to a chart.

The CData ADO.NET Provider for Alfresco implements standard ADO.NET data access components that can be used with third-party controls. The standard ADO.NET process for databinding can be followed to enable bidirectional access to live data from UI controls. In this article we show how to use the CData components to databind to the DevExpress Windows Forms and Web controls; you will databind to a chart that displays current data.

To connect to Alfresco, the following connection properties must be supplied: User, Password, and InstanceUrl. User and Password correspond to the login credentials that you use to access Alfresco in a web browser. InstanceUrl corresponds to the Alfresco instance you will be querying. For instance, if you expect your queries to hit https://search-demo.dev.alfresco.me/alfresco/api/-default-/public/search/versions/1/sql, you should supply search-demo.dev.alfresco.me for InstanceUrl.

Windows Forms Controls

The code below shows how to populate a DevExpress chart with Alfresco data. The AlfrescoDataAdapter binds to the Series property of the chart control. The Diagram property of the control defines the x- and y-axes as the column names.

using (AlfrescoConnection connection = new AlfrescoConnection( "User=MyUsername; Password=MyPassword; Format=Solr; InstanceUrl=api-explorer.alfresco.com;")) { AlfrescoDataAdapter dataAdapter = new AlfrescoDataAdapter( "SELECT DBID, Column1 FROM Alfresco WHERE Column2 = MyFilter", connection); DataTable table = new DataTable(); dataAdapter.Fill(table); DevExpress.XtraCharts.Series series = new DevExpress.XtraCharts.Series(); chartControl1.Series.Add(series); series.DataSource = table; series.ValueDataMembers.AddRange(new string[] { "Column1" }); series.ArgumentScaleType = DevExpress.XtraCharts.ScaleType.Qualitative; series.ArgumentDataMember = "DBID"; series.ValueScaleType = DevExpress.XtraCharts.ScaleType.Numerical; chartControl1.Legend.Visibility = DevExpress.Utils.DefaultBoolean.False; ((DevExpress.XtraCharts.SideBySideBarSeriesView)series.View).ColorEach = true; }

Web Controls

The code below shows how to populate a DevExpress Web control with Alfresco data. The AlfrescoDataAdapter binds to the Series property of the chart; the Diagram property defines the x- and y-axes as the column names.

using DevExpress.XtraCharts; using (AlfrescoConnection connection = new AlfrescoConnection( "User=MyUsername; Password=MyPassword; Format=Solr; InstanceUrl=api-explorer.alfresco.com;")) { AlfrescoDataAdapter AlfrescoDataAdapter1 = new AlfrescoDataAdapter("SELECT DBID, Column1 FROM Alfresco WHERE Column2 = MyFilter", connection); DataTable table = new DataTable(); AlfrescoDataAdapter1.Fill(table); DevExpress.XtraCharts.Series series = new Series("Series1", ViewType.Bar); WebChartControl1.Series.Add(series); series.DataSource = table; series.ValueDataMembers.AddRange(new string[] { "Column1" }); series.ArgumentScaleType = ScaleType.Qualitative; series.ArgumentDataMember = "DBID"; series.ValueScaleType = ScaleType.Numerical; ((DevExpress.XtraCharts.SideBySideBarSeriesView)series.View).ColorEach = true; }