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Binding to Data

Both WinForms Designer and Web Dashboard allow end-users to bind dashboard items to a data source in a virtually uniform manner. For instance, the WinForms Designer uses the DATA ITEMS pane to perform binding using drag-and-drop operations. At the same time, the Web Dashboard provides a context menu similar to the DATA ITEMS pane.

Each dashboard item type has a specific set of data sections such as Values, Arguments and Series in the chart, Columns and Sparklines in the grid, and Values, Columns and Rows in the pivot grid. Each data section corresponds to a particular dashboard item area or element, and should be mapped to data to be displayed within this area/element.

Mapping is performed using measures and dimensions - objects that are used to bind a dashboard item to data source fields. Measures and dimensions are used to link the dashboard item to the required data source fields and thus allow you to visualize grouped/summarized data within the dashboard item.

To learn how to bind dashboard items to data, see the following sections.