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DataBind Charts to Greenplum Data

Use the standard ADO.NET procedures for databinding to provide bidirectional access to Greenplum 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 Greenplum to easily databind Greenplum data to Windows Forms and Web controls in Visual Studio. This article shows how to use wizards to databind Greenplum 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 Greenplum. In the wizard, you can select the Greenplum 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 Greenplum Data Source.

    Below is a typical connection string:

    User=user;Password=admin;Database=dbname;Server=127.0.0.1;Port=5432;

    To connect to Greenplum, set the Server, Port (the default port is 5432), and Database connection properties and set the User and Password you wish to use to authenticate to the server. If the Database property is not specified, the default database for the authenticate user is used.

    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 Orders 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 Freight and the y-axis to ShipName.

  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 Greenplum data. Run the chart to display the current data.

Code Walk-through

DataBinding to Greenplum data requires only a few lines of code and can be completed in three easy steps.

  1. Connect to Greenplum.
  2. Create the GreenplumDataAdapter 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:

GreenplumConnection conn = new GreenplumConnection("User=user;Password=admin;Database=dbname;Server=127.0.0.1;Port=5432;"); GreenplumCommand comm = new GreenplumCommand("SELECT Freight, ShipName FROM Orders WHERE ShipCountry = USA", conn); GreenplumDataAdapter da = new GreenplumDataAdapter(comm); DataSet dataset = new DataSet(); da.Fill(dataset); chart1.DataSource = dataset; chart1.Series[0].XValueMember = "Freight"; chart1.Series[0].YValueMembers = "ShipName"; // Insert code for additional chart formatting here. chart1.DataBind();