Now that you have a view it's time to configure your data source. A data source provides access to the data contained in the view. We are not concerned with presentation at this point, however, we can define column behaviours and output formats.
Configuring a Data Source
When configuring a data source you define two fields:
The name of the data source that you will reference when creating reports and invoices
The database view that the data source will use
You will notice that each column in the view is now available via the data source. You will see the name, datatype, visibility status, and whether or not the column can be used to group the data. Each column has the following properties:
The column name for reporting purposes
Indicates if the data can be grouped using the column
Indicates if the column will be visible to the report/invoice. Please note: you can select which columns to present at the report/invoice level.
A static property indicating the datatype of the column
Indicates how the row data for the column should be aligned. Possible values are: left, center, and right. By default number data types are right-aligned while others are left-aligned.
If the datatype is Date/Time, you can specify the format here
A sample of the output format for a Date/Time