The Data Sources facility provides a way for data captured into some other system to be merged into templates. For example, users may wish to be able to have address and other contact information from Microsoft® Outlook inserted into letters. This would be achieved by defining the Outlook Contacts as a Data Source.
Ensuring correct contact details on a letterhead can be a huge problem in a large enterprise. XpressDox has a number of features which make it possible to overcome this problem. One of these is the Data Source Configuration feature together with the ChooseFromDataSource command.
Introduction XpressDox supports a number of database formats as “standard” data sources. These include Microsoft Access, Microsoft Excel (yes, the spreadsheet is regarded as a database), Microsoft SQL Server, MySQL, Salesforce, and then any database which has an ODBC driver installed for it. Databases in general have a variety of
It may be that you are developing a set of templates using data from a database, but you are not the database administrator, and so can’t create your own views or stored procedures in the database. Using the feature described here, you could at least address the database with a
This Cookbook article refers to the AdventureWorks database which needs to be installed at a location available to your development environment. If you have not already done so, you can download the database from Download the AdventureWorks Database. It is assumed that you already know how to configure a datasource
Configuring a web service as a data source follows the same first steps as for other data sources. The first place where it differs is (obviously) at the point where you choose the type of data source: When you press the “Finish” button, the data source will be entered into
Global information sometimes needs to be made available to all templates. Either all templates in an organisation, or all templates in a specific application or group of applications. XpressDox Docussembly™ makes this possible via the Configuration of a data source.
XpressDox can provide data from a large number of source databases. In particular, SQL Server databases can be configured as Data Sources in XpressDox, and this makes it possible to include data form those databases in templates. This Cookbook recipe shows how to configure a SQL Server Customer table, from the Microsoft sample database “AdventureWorks”, as a Data Source, and then goes on to explain how to reference that Data Source in a template.
Data from a data base can be inserted into a template. Perhaps this data has changed since it was last updated in the database, and the template-running-user is the one who knows about this change. It should be permissible for the user to change the data and have the change propagated back into the database.