Create an ORM Database for your K2 SmartForms Objects

I think it’s fair to say that most of us in this industry at least started out taking over someone else’s project. The original developer left long before you got there, leaving you to figure out what’s what.

Some of us are still in that position, or find ourselves back in that position at some point. So if you can take the time to inventory all of your SmartForms objects at the start, you can let your shiny new object relational management (ORM) database do a lot of your grunt work for you later on.

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Create an ORM Database for your K2 SmartForms Objects

Implement the Excel Export Control on a SmartForms List View

My client was looking for a way to export a list produced by a reporting engine to a Microsoft Excel® spreadsheet file (.xlsx). Other applications in the company have made use of an Excel Export control, so I thought I’d better figure the thing out.

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Implement the Excel Export Control on a SmartForms List View

Build a Reporting Engine Using K2 SmartForms: The Interface

This post is the sixth and final installment in the Build a Reporting Engine Using K2 SmartForms series.

In previous posts, I talked about some aspects of the T-SQL used to support the engine, and touched time and again on how the actual job of the interface is to build a SQL WHERE clause to append to a SELECT statement and execute to return data to a list.

Today I’ll talk a bit about the interface.

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Build a Reporting Engine Using K2 SmartForms: The Interface

Build a Reporting Engine Using K2 SmartForms: SQL, Part III

This post is the fifth installment in the Build a Reporting Engine Using K2 SmartForms series.

 

In the previous post I shared some thoughts about database functions that would make life easier when building your reporting engine. In this post, I thought I would wrap up the data layer discussion with a word or two about stored procedures.

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Build a Reporting Engine Using K2 SmartForms: SQL, Part III

Build a Reporting Engine Using K2 SmartForms: SQL, Part II

This post is the fourth installment in the Build a Reporting Engine Using K2 SmartForms series.

 

In the previous post I shared some information you might consider when designing your data source and some of the database objects that will directly support the reporting engine — specifically, tables and views. In this installment I thought I’d offer some insight into functions I used when building my reporting engine.

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Build a Reporting Engine Using K2 SmartForms: SQL, Part II

Build a Reporting Engine Using K2 SmartForms: SQL, Part I

This post is the third installment in the Build a Reporting Engine Using K2 SmartForms series.

 

Through reading the previous related posts, you should understand that the secret sauce to this whole engine is the generation of a WHERE clause that gets matched to a SELECT statement to form a T-SQL query. So I thought I’d offer some thoughts on how to structure your database objects to support the reporting engine.

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Build a Reporting Engine Using K2 SmartForms: SQL, Part I