1. API reference
  2. Welcome
    1. Component overview
    2. Quick start
    3. System requirements
    4. Troubleshooting
    5. Managing license keys
  3. Connecting to Data Source
    1. JSON
      1. Connecting to JSON
      2. Data types in JSON
    2. CSV
      1. Connecting to CSV
      2. Connecting to CSV using Compressor
      3. Data types in CSV
    3. Database
      1. Connecting to SQL databases
      2. Connecting to other databases
      3. Connecting to database with Node.js
      4. Connecting to database with .NET
      5. Connecting to database with .NET Core
      6. Connecting to database with Java
      7. Connecting to database with PHP
    4. Microsoft Analysis Services
      1. Connecting to Microsoft Analysis Services
      2. Getting started with Accelerator
      3. Installing Accelerator as a Windows Service
      4. Referring Accelerator as a DLL
      5. Accelerator security
      6. Configuring authentication process
      7. Configuring secure HTTPS connection
      8. Troubleshooting
    5. Pentaho Mondrian
      1. Connecting to Pentaho Mondrian
      2. Getting started with Accelerator
      3. Configuring Mondrian roles
      4. Сonfiguring username/password protection
      5. Сonfiguring secure HTTPS connection
      6. Troubleshooting
    6. icCube
  4. Configuring report
    1. What is a report
    2. Data source
    3. Slice
    4. Options
    5. Number formatting
    6. Conditional formatting
    7. Set report to the component
    8. Get report from the component
    9. Date and time formatting
    10. Configuring global options
    11. Export and print
    12. Calculated values
    13. Custom sorting
  5. Integration with frameworks
    1. Available tutorials
    2. Integration with AngularJS (v1.x)
    3. Integration with Angular
    4. Integration with React
    5. Integration with Webpack
    6. Integration with ASP.NET
    7. Integration with jQuery
    8. Integration with JSP
    9. Integration with TypeScript
    10. Integration with RequireJS
    11. Integration with PhoneGap
  6. Integration with charts
    1. Integration with Highcharts
    2. Integration with Google Charts
    3. Integration with FusionCharts
    4. Integration with any charting library
  7. Customizing
    1. Customizing toolbar
    2. Customizing appearance
    3. Customizing context menu
    4. Localizing component
  8. Updating to the latest version
    1. Updating to the latest version
    2. Release notes
    3. Migration guide from 2.5 to 2.6
    4. Migration guide from 2.4 to 2.5
    5. Migration guide from 2.3 to 2.4
    6. Migration guide from 2.2 to 2.3
    7. Documentation for older versions
Table of contents

JSON data source

This article illustrates how to build a report based on JSON data source. JSON data source is good to display data which already is on your page. This is the most simple case of the configuration. Also, you can load JSON data from the local file system (please see Connect > To local JSON in the toolbar), refer remote JSON file or add data generated by the server-side script.

The component supports two JSON formats – array of objects, where each object is an unordered set of name/value pairs, and array of arrays, where each sub-array contains ordered values. Please have a look at the array of objects sample:

var jsonData = [
    {
        "Color" : "green",
        "Country" : "Canada",
        "State" : "Ontario",
        "City" : "Toronto",
        "Price" : 174,
        "Quantity" : 22
    },
    {
        "Color" : "red",
        "Country" : "USA",
        "State" : "California",
        "City" : "Los Angeles",
        "Price" : 166,
        "Quantity" : 19
    }
];

This sample demonstrates how array of arrays JSON format lools like:

var jsonData = [
    [
        "Category",
        "Color",
        "Price",
        "Quantity"
    ],
    ["Ice-cream", "red", 23.32, 4],
    ["Ice-cream", "yellow", 4.2, 3],
    ["Sweets", "red", 45.3, 2],
    ["Candies", "orange", 22.65, 7]
];

You need to accomplish the following steps to use JSON data as a data source in pivot table embedded into your project.

  1. You already have an empty component in your HTML page. If Flexmonster Component is not embedded – return to Quickstart. Your code should look like the following example:

    <div id="pivotContainer">The component will appear here</div>
    <script src="flexmonster/flexmonster.js"></script>
    <script>
    	var pivot = new Flexmonster({
    		container: "pivotContainer",
    		toolbar: true,
    		licenseKey: "XXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXX"
    	});
    </script>
    
  2. Copy the following JSON and paste it into your HTML page:
    <div id="pivotContainer">The component will appear here</div>
    <script src="flexmonster/flexmonster.js"></script>
    
    <script>
    
    	var jsonData = [
    	{
    		"Color" : "green",
    		"Country" : "Canada",
    		"State" : "Ontario",
    		"City" : "Toronto",
    		"Price" : 174,
    		"Quantity" : 22
    	},
    	{
    		"Color" : "red",
    		"Country" : "USA",
    		"State" : "California",
    		"City" : "Los Angeles",
    		"Price" : 166,
    		"Quantity" : 19
    	}
    	];
    
    
    	var pivot = new Flexmonster({
    		container: "pivotContainer",
    		toolbar: true,
    		licenseKey: "XXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXX"
    	});
    </script>
  3. Add data property to report object:
    <div id="pivotContainer">The component will appear here</div>
    <script src="flexmonster/flexmonster.js"></script>
    
    <script>
    	var jsonData = [
    	{
    		"Color" : "green",
    		"Country" : "Canada",
    		"State" : "Ontario",
    		"City" : "Toronto",
    		"Price" : 174,
    		"Quantity" : 22
    	},
    	{
    		"Color" : "red",
    		"Country" : "USA",
    		"State" : "California",
    		"City" : "Los Angeles",
    		"Price" : 166,
    		"Quantity" : 19
    	}
    	];
    
    	var pivot = new Flexmonster({
    		container: "pivotContainer",
    		toolbar: true,
    		report: {
    			dataSource: {
    				data: jsonData
    			}
    		},
    		licenseKey: "XXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXX"
    	});
    </script>
  4. Define a slice – fields that go to rows, go to columns and go to measures:
    <div id="pivotContainer">The component will appear here</div>
    <script src="flexmonster/flexmonster.js"></script>
    
    <script>
    	var jsonData = [
    	{
    		"Color" : "green",
    		"Country" : "Canada",
    		"State" : "Ontario",
    		"City" : "Toronto",
    		"Price" : 174,
    		"Quantity" : 22
    	},
    	{
    		"Color" : "red",
    		"Country" : "USA",
    		"State" : "California",
    		"City" : "Los Angeles",
    		"Price" : 166,
    		"Quantity" : 19
    	}
    	];
    
    	var pivot = new Flexmonster({
    		container: "pivotContainer",
    		toolbar: true,
    		report: {
    			dataSource: {
    				data: jsonData
    			},
    			slice: {
    				rows: [
    				{ uniqueName: "Color" },
    				{ uniqueName: "[Measures]" }
    				],
    				columns: [
    				{ uniqueName: "Country" }
    				],
    				measures: [
    				{
    					uniqueName: "Price", 
    					aggregation: "sum" 
    				}
    				]
    			}
    		},
    		licenseKey: "XXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXX"
    	});
    </script>
  5. Now launch the page from browser — here you go! A pivot table based on JSON data is embedded into your project. Check out this example on JSFiddle.

Now you know how to build a report based on our sample JSON. This example shows how to use JSON array of arrays. The next step for you is to visualize your JSON data.

How to display non-English characters correctly

If you use the alphabet with special characters it is necessary to set UTF-8 encoding. There are two ways to do this:

  1. Specify the encoding for your HTML page to UTF-8 using the content-type HTTP header or the corresponding meta tag:
    <meta http-equiv="content-type" content="text/html; charset=utf-8" />
    Content from the database or static JSON files also must be encoded as UTF-8.
  2. In case you are not able to change the content of your HTML file, you can embed Flexmonster Component in a separate JS file with specified UTF-8 encoding.
    <script src="yourfile.js" charset="UTF-8"></script>

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