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Using custom attribute as a parameter in BIRT

Krzysztof Kaźmierczyk (7.4k374103) | asked May 16 '13, 10:54 a.m.
I would like to create the report where you can select custom attribute as a parameter. I found the video from Rafik:

I have created dataset called countries
Now my issue is following: the list of the countries is empty. It is possibly because the variable projectArea has not been initialised yet.

Attaching my dataset params.
Any ideas? dataset params

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Bill Taylor (1441533) | answered May 21 '13, 8:59 a.m.
You can't use scripting like this in setting up parameters.

The easy approach is to create a simple Jazz data set ("Country") ENUMERATIONS, thus:
  1. Make PROJECT_AREA_ITEMID a parameter defaulted to '{Current Project Area}'
  2. Make ENUMERATION_ID a parameter defaulted to 'Country'
  3. Select columns LITERAL_NAME and LITERAL_ID
  4. Create a parameter based on this data set

In theory, the following should work but ENUMERATIONS seems to need an actual PROJECT_AREA_ITEMID parameter to work

If you want to select Project Area, you will need to do the following:

  1. Create the "Country" data set as above but with PROJECT_AREA_ITEMID as a selected column
  2. Create a data set ("ProjectArea")
  3. Join "Country" and "ProjectArea" using PROJECT_AREA_ITEMID into a new data set ("ProjectAreaCountry")
  4. Create a cascading parameter group based on this data set
  5. Add a parameter using PROJECT_AREA_NAME and PROJECT_AREA_ITEMID
  6. Add another parameter using LITERAL_NAME and LITERAL_ID
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Krzysztof Kaźmierczyk commented May 21 '13, 9:14 a.m.

Hi Bill,
you are awesome! Thanks for your help!

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Bill Taylor (1441533) | answered May 17 '13, 5:46 a.m.
A few thoughts:
  1. Which table(s) is the data set based on and what are the fields?
  2. Is 'Country' the enumeration type name or id?
  3. Where is projectArea defined? - I don't think any initialisation is possible before parameter selection
  4. You could default Project Area to the default project area or you could set up a cascading parameter so that project area and enumeration were linked

Krzysztof Kaźmierczyk commented May 21 '13, 7:36 a.m.

Hello Bill,
1. I wanted to use ENUMERATIONS table name
2. My custom attribute which I would like to set as parameter is Country which is enumeration filed (enumeration id is 'Country').
3. Here is how I define project area:
It is set as script executed onFetch for table PROJECT_AREA. Here is the script:
projectArea = row["PROJECT_AREA_ITEMID"];
4. How to do that? Could you elaborate it?

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