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DataBind Charts to Dynamics 365 Business Central Data

Use the standard ADO.NET procedures for databinding to provide bidirectional access to Dynamics 365 Business Central data from controls in the Visual Studio toolbox. This article demonstrates a graphical approach using wizards in Visual Studio, as well as how to databind with only a few lines of code.

DataBinding enables bidirectional access to data from UI controls. You can use the CData ADO.NET Provider for Dynamics 365 Business Central to easily databind Dynamics 365 Business Central data to Windows Forms and Web controls in Visual Studio. This article shows how to use wizards to databind Dynamics 365 Business Central data to a chart that reflects any changes. The code walk-through section shows how to create a chart in 10 lines of code.

DataBind to a Chart

DataBinding consists of three steps: Instantiate the control, configure the data source, and databind.

Configure the Connection and Select Database Objects

Follow the procedure below to use the Data Source Configuration Wizard to create a chart control and the connection to Dynamics 365 Business Central. In the wizard, you can select the Dynamics 365 Business Central entities you want to databind.

  1. In a Windows Forms project, drag and drop a Chart control from the toolbox to the form. In the Data section of the Chart properties, select DataSource and then select Add Project Data Source from the menu.
  2. In the Data Source Configuration Wizard that appears, select Database -> Dataset.
  3. In the Choose Your Data Connection step, click New Connection.
  4. In the Add Connection dialog, click Change to select the CData Dynamics 365 Business Central Data Source.

    Below is a typical connection string:

    OrganizationUrl=https://myaccount.financials.dynamics.com/;

    To authenticate to Dynamics 365 Business Central, you must provide the User and AccessKey properties.

    To obtain the User and AccessKey values, navigate to the Users page in Dynamics 365 Business Central and then click on Edit. The User Name and Web Service Access Key values are what you will enter as the User and AccessKey connection string properties. Note that the User Name is not your email address. It is a shortened user name.

    To connect to data, specify OrganizationUrl. If you have multiple companies in your organization, you must also specify the Company to indicate which company you would like to connect to. Company does not need to be specified if you have only one company.

    When you configure the connection, you may also want to set the Max Rows connection property. This will limit the number of rows returned, which is especially helpful for improving performance when designing reports and visualizations.

  5. Choose the database objects you want to work with. This example uses the Accounts table.

DataBind

After adding the data source and selecting database objects, you can bind the objects to the chart. This example assigns the x-axis to accountid and the y-axis to Name.

  1. In the Chart properties, click the button in the Series property to open the Series Collection Editor.
  2. In the Series properties, select the columns you want for the x- and y-axes: Select columns from the menu in the XValueMember and YValueMember properties.

The chart is now databound to the Dynamics 365 Business Central data. Run the chart to display the current data.

Code Walk-through

DataBinding to Dynamics 365 Business Central data requires only a few lines of code and can be completed in three easy steps.

  1. Connect to Dynamics 365 Business Central.
  2. Create the D365BusinessCentralDataAdapter to execute the query and create a DataSet to be filled with its results.
  3. DataBind the result set to the chart.

Below is the complete code:

D365BusinessCentralConnection conn = new D365BusinessCentralConnection("OrganizationUrl=https://myaccount.financials.dynamics.com/;"); D365BusinessCentralCommand comm = new D365BusinessCentralCommand("SELECT accountid, Name FROM Accounts", conn); D365BusinessCentralDataAdapter da = new D365BusinessCentralDataAdapter(comm); DataSet dataset = new DataSet(); da.Fill(dataset); chart1.DataSource = dataset; chart1.Series[0].XValueMember = "accountid"; chart1.Series[0].YValueMembers = "Name"; // Insert code for additional chart formatting here. chart1.DataBind();