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  1. API reference
  2. Welcome
    1. Getting started
    2. Get Flexmonster
    3. Quick start
    4. System requirements
    5. Troubleshooting
    6. Managing license keys
    7. Migrating from WebDataRocks to Flexmonster
  3. Integration with frameworks
    1. Available tutorials
    2. Integration with Angular
    3. Integration with React
    4. Integration with Vue
    5. Other integrations
      1. Integration with Python
        1. Integration with Django
        2. Integration with Jupyter Notebook
      2. Integration with React Native
      3. Integration with Blazor
      4. Integration with AngularJS (v1.x)
      5. Integration with TypeScript
      6. Integration with R Shiny
      7. Integration with jQuery
      8. Integration with Ionic
      9. Integration with Electron.js
      10. Integration with Webpack
      11. Integration with RequireJS
  4. Connecting to Data Source
    1. Supported data sources
    2. JSON
      1. Connecting to JSON
      2. Connecting to JSON using Flexmonster Data Server
      3. Data types in JSON
    3. CSV
      1. Connecting to CSV
      2. Connecting to CSV using Flexmonster Data Server
      3. Data types in CSV
    4. Database
      1. Connecting to SQL databases
      2. Connecting to a MySQL database
      3. Connecting to a Microsoft SQL Server database
      4. Connecting to a PostgreSQL database
      5. Connecting to an Oracle database
    5. Flexmonster Data Server
      1. Introduction to Flexmonster Data Server
      2. Getting started with Flexmonster Data Server
      3. Flexmonster Admin Panel Guide
      4. Data sources guide
      5. Security and authorization guide
      6. The Data Server as a DLL
        1. Getting started with the Data Server as a DLL
        2. Referencing the Data Server as a DLL
        3. Implementing the API controller
        4. Implementing the server filter
        5. Implementing the custom parser
        6. DLL configurations reference
        7. The controller's methods for request handling
      7. The Data Server as a console application
        1. Installing the Data Server as a console application
        2. Configurations reference
        3. Data sources guide
        4. Security and authorization guide
      8. Troubleshooting the Data Server
    6. MongoDB
      1. Introduction to Flexmonster MongoDB Connector
      2. Getting started with the MongoDB Connector
      3. Embedding the MongoDB Connector into the server
      4. Configuring the MongoDB Connector
    7. Microsoft Analysis Services
      1. Connecting to Microsoft Analysis Services
      2. Getting started with Flexmonster Accelerator
      3. Referencing the Accelerator as a DLL
      4. Configuring the authentication process
      5. Configuring a secure HTTPS connection
      6. Troubleshooting
    8. Custom data source API
      1. Introduction to the custom data source API
      2. A quick overview of a sample Node.js server
      3. A quick overview of a sample .NET Core server
      4. Implement your own server
        1. Implementing the custom data source API server
        2. Implementing filters
        3. Supporting more aggregation functions
        4. Supporting multilevel hierarchies
        5. Returning data for the drill-through view
        6. Testing your custom data source API server
    9. Elasticsearch
      1. Connecting to Elasticsearch
      2. Configuring the mapping
    10. Pentaho Mondrian
      1. Connecting to Pentaho Mondrian
      2. Getting started with the Accelerator
      3. Configuring Mondrian roles
      4. Configuring username/password protection
      5. Configuring a secure HTTPS connection
      6. Troubleshooting
    11. Connecting to other data sources
  5. Accessibility
    1. Accessibility overview
    2. Keyboard navigation
  6. Configuring the component
    1. Available tutorials
    2. Getting started with the report
    3. Configure the data source
      1. Data source
      2. Mapping
    4. Define which data to show
      1. Slice
      2. Custom sorting
      3. Calculated values
    5. Manage Flexmonster’s functionality
      1. Options
      2. Configuring global options
    6. Format fields
      1. Number formatting
      2. Date and time formatting
      3. Conditional formatting
    7. Capture the report
      1. Get the report from the component
      2. Set the report for the component
      3. Share the report
      4. Export and print
  7. Charts
    1. Available tutorials
    2. Flexmonster Pivot Charts
    3. Integration with Highcharts
    4. Integration with amCharts
    5. Integration with Google Charts
    6. Integration with FusionCharts
    7. Integration with any charting library
  8. Customizing
    1. Available tutorials
    2. Customizing the Toolbar
    3. Customizing appearance
    4. Customizing the context menu
    5. Customizing the grid
    6. Customizing the pivot charts
    7. Localizing the component
  9. Security
    1. Security in Flexmonster
    2. Security aspects of connecting to an OLAP cube
      1. Ways of connecting to an OLAP cube
      2. The data transfer process
      3. Data security
      4. Data access management
  10. Updating to the latest version
    1. Updating to the latest version
    2. Release notes
    3. Migration guide from 2.8 to 2.9
    4. Migration guide from 2.7 to 2.8
    5. Migration guide from 2.6 to 2.7
    6. Migration guide from 2.5 to 2.6
    7. Migration guide from 2.4 to 2.5
    8. Migration guide from 2.3 to 2.4
    9. Migration guide from 2.2 to 2.3
  11. Flexmonster CLI Reference
    1. Overview
    2. Troubleshooting the CLI
    3. flexmonster create
    4. flexmonster add
    5. flexmonster update
    6. flexmonster version
    7. flexmonster help
  12. Documentation for older versions
Table of contents

Connecting to other data sources

This guide describes ways of connecting to the data sources that are not supported in Flexmonster out of the box (e.g., NoSQL databases or data warehouses such as Amazon Redshift).

We suggest three approaches to connect the component to your data source:

  • The easiest way: writing a server-side script that returns data in a JSON or CSV format – learn more here.
  • For .NET Core stack: using Flexmonster Data Server as a DLL, which allows implementing custom data fetching logic – learn more here.
  • For any stack: implementing a custom server that will retrieve data from your data source and pass it to Flexmonster – learn more here.

Get data from a data source with a server-side script

The steps below describe how to use a server-side script as a data provider for Flexmonster.

Step 1. Embed the component into your web page

If Flexmonster is not yet embedded, set up an empty component in your web page:

In pure JavaScript

Complete the Quick start guide. Your code should look similar to the following example:

let pivot = new Flexmonster({
    container: "pivotContainer",
    toolbar: true
});

In Angular

Complete the Integration with Angular guide. Your code should look similar to the following example:

<fm-pivot 
[toolbar]="true">
</fm-pivot>

In React

Complete the Integration with React guide. Your code should look similar to the following example:

<FlexmonsterReact.Pivot
toolbar={true}
/>

In Vue

Complete the Integration with Vue guide. Your code should look similar to the following example:

<Pivot
ref="pivot"
toolbar>
</Pivot>

Step 2. Prepare data from your data source

Write a server-side script that returns data from your data source in JSON or CSV format. The component will later use the URL to this server-side script. If you use Google BigQuery tables, see the guide for creating an application that returns data.

Step 3. Enable cross-origin resource sharing (CORS)

By default, the browser prevents JavaScript from making requests across domain boundaries. CORS allows web applications to make cross-domain requests. Visit enable-cors.org to find information on how to setup CORS on different types of servers.

Step 4. Configure the report with your own data

Now it’s time to configure the pivot table on the web page. Let’s create a minimal report for this (replace type and filename with your specific values):

var pivot = new Flexmonster({ 
container: "pivotContainer",
toolbar: true, report: {
dataSource: {
/* please pay attention to this property,
* Flexmonster needs information
* which data will be returned by the script;
* for CSV data specify type: "csv"*/
type: "json",
filename: "URL_to_your_server_side_script_returning_JSON_or_CSV"
}
}
});

Launch the web page from a browser — there you go! A pivot table is embedded into your project.

Get data from a data source with Flexmonster Data Server DLL

Flexmonster Data Server is a server-side tool that loads data from a data source and keeps it in RAM. When Flexmonster Pivot requests the data, the Data Server aggregates it and then passes to the component in a ready-to-show format.

Flexmonster Data Server DLL gives more flexibility in working with data. With the DLL, you can implement a custom data parser. This approach allows you to retrieve data from any data source in any format. 

Moreover, the DLL provides ready-to-use methods that aggregate the data and send it to Flexmonster. 

We have a set of detailed articles about using the Data Server as a DLL —  check them out.

Get data from a data source with a custom server

Another option to visualize data from any data source is creating a custom server. The server should be responsible for fetching the data from a data source and processing it. Then it should pass the data to the component.

Flexmonster can handle data from any server with the custom data source API. It is our custom protocol developed by the Flexmonster team. It allows retrieving already aggregated data from a server to Flexmonster Pivot.

You should implement this protocol on your server to send the data to the component. To learn how to implement the custom data source API on your server, refer to our step-by-step guides.