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DataBind Charts to NetSuite Data

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

    Below is a typical connection string:

    Account Id=XABC123456;Password=password;User=user;Role Id=3;Version=2013_1;

    The User and Password properties, under the Authentication section, must be set to valid NetSuite user credentials. In addition, the AccountId must be set to the Id of a company account that can be used by the specified User. The RoleId can be optionally specified to log in the user with limited permissions.

    See the "Getting Started" chapter of the help documentation for more information on connecting to NetSuite.

    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 SalesOrder 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 CustomerName and the y-axis to SalesOrderTotal.

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

Code Walk-through

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

  1. Connect to NetSuite.
  2. Create the NetSuiteDataAdapter 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:

NetSuiteConnection conn = new NetSuiteConnection("Account Id=XABC123456;Password=password;User=user;Role Id=3;Version=2013_1;"); NetSuiteCommand comm = new NetSuiteCommand("SELECT Customer.FirstName AS CustomerName, SalesOrder.Total AS SalesOrderTotal FROM SalesOrder, Customer", conn); NetSuiteDataAdapter da = new NetSuiteDataAdapter(comm); DataSet dataset = new DataSet(); da.Fill(dataset); chart1.DataSource = dataset; chart1.Series[0].XValueMember = "CustomerName"; chart1.Series[0].YValueMembers = "SalesOrderTotal"; // Insert code for additional chart formatting here. chart1.DataBind();