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Loading Dashboards

Reveal Dashboards are stored on the server. The client application will make a call to the $.ig.RVDashboard.loadDashboard method passing in the name of the dashboard to load. The request for the dashboard is sent to the server and the server will respond to the client with the requested dashboard. The client will take the dashboard provided in the server response, and set the RevealView.dashboard property.

By default, the Reveal SDK uses a convention to load dashboards from a file path. Specifically, the Reveal SDK will look for dashboards in a Dashboards folder in the working directory on the server.

1 - In the server application, create a folder named Dashboards in the working directory and place a dashboard file within the folder.

2 - In the client application, call the $.ig.RevealSdkSettings.setBaseUrl method and pass in your server URL. When debugging, the server URL will be https://localhost followed by a port number. For example:

$.ig.RevealSdkSettings.setBaseUrl("https://localhost:/5111");   
caution

Calling the $.ig.RevealSdkSettings.setBaseUrl is required when the server is running on a different URL than the client application. If both the server application and the client application are running on the same URL, this method is not required. This method only needs to be called once.

3 - Make a call to the $.ig.RVDashboard.loadDashboard method and pass the name of the dashboard file without the .rdash extension. This method has a callback which will provide the dashboard being requested from the server. Once you have received the dashboard from the callback, get an instance of the $.ig.RevealView and set the RevealView.dashboard property to the dashboard in the response.

$.ig.RVDashboard.loadDashboard("Sales", (dashboard) => {
var revealView = new $.ig.RevealView("#revealView");
revealView.dashboard = dashboard;
});
Get the Code

The source code to this sample can be found on GitHub.

Custom Dashboard Provider

If the default Dashboards file directory is not an option for your application, you can provide a custom dashboard provider in which to load the dashboards instead.

1 - Create the dashboard provider.

public class DashboardProvider : IRVDashboardProvider
{
public Task<Dashboard> GetDashboardAsync(IRVUserContext userContext, string dashboardId)
{
throw new NotImplementedException();
}

public Task SaveDashboardAsync(IRVUserContext userContext, string dashboardId, Dashboard dashboard)
{
throw new NotImplementedException();
}
}

2 - Register the dashboard provider with the Reveal SDK.

builder.Services.AddControllers().AddReveal( builder =>
{
builder.AddDashboardProvider<DashboardProvider>();
});

Example: Load from File Path

public class DashboardProvider : IRVDashboardProvider
{
public Task<Dashboard> GetDashboardAsync(IRVUserContext userContext, string dashboardId)
{
var filePath = Path.Combine(Environment.CurrentDirectory, $"MyDashboardsFolder/{dashboardId}.rdash");
var dashboard = new Dashboard(filePath);
return Task.FromResult(dashboard);
}

public Task SaveDashboardAsync(IRVUserContext userContext, string dashboardId, Dashboard dashboard)
{
throw new NotImplementedException();
}
}
info

The source code to this sample can be found on GitHub.

Example: Load from Resource

1 - Embed a Reveal dashboard .rdash file as a resource in your server application.

To embed a Reveal dashboard .rdash file as a resource in your ASP.NET server application, open the Properties for the dashboard file in Visual Studio, and set the Build Action of the .rdash file to EmbeddedResource.

2 - Create the dashboard provider.

public class DashboardProvider : IRVDashboardProvider
{
public Task<Dashboard> GetDashboardAsync(IRVUserContext userContext, string dashboardId)
{
var resource = Assembly.GetExecutingAssembly().GetManifestResourceStream($"RevealSdk.Server.Dashboards.{dashboardId}.rdash");
using (resource)
{
var dashboard = new Dashboard(resource);
return Task.FromResult(dashboard);
}
}

public Task SaveDashboardAsync(IRVUserContext userContext, string dashboardId, Dashboard dashboard)
{
throw new NotImplementedException();
}
}
note

The name of the resource you will provide in the Assembly.GetManifestResourceStream method must include the namespace and file name of the .rdash file.

Get the Code

The source code to this sample can be found on GitHub.

Example: Load From JSON

For advanced users, or users that serialize Reveal dashboards into .json files instead of .rdash files, you can load these JSON based files using the Dashboard.LoadFromJsonAsync method on the server application.

public class DashboardProvider : IRVDashboardProvider
{
public Task<Dashboard> GetDashboardAsync(IRVUserContext userContext, string dashboardId)
{
var filePath = Path.Combine(Environment.CurrentDirectory, $"Dashboards/{dashboardId}.json");
var json = File.ReadAllText(filePath);
var dashboard = Dashboard.FromJsonString(json);
return Task.FromResult(dashboard);
}

public Task SaveDashboardAsync(IRVUserContext userContext, string dashboardId, Dashboard dashboard)
{
throw new NotImplementedException();
}
}
caution

Manipulating or changing the contents of a Reveal dashboard after it has been serialized to JSON can break the integrity of the dashboard and cause irreversible damage to the contents of the dashboard. This could result in runtime exceptions being thrown in your application due to errors and/or a failure to load the dashboard.

Get the Code

The source code to this sample can be found on GitHub.