Make BW's Bookmark Functionality a One-Step Process

  • by Mukunda Krishnaswamy, CTO, MimosaSoft
  • Adrian Gawdiak, Manager, Global Data Warehousing, American Standard Companies
  • January 1, 2004
BW has a bookmarking feature that saves the navigational state of Web queries in the form of a URL. It is similar to the Favorites feature of Microsoft Internet Explorer, but does not work in the same way. Use the instructions and code in this article to make BW's bookmarking function as easy to use as Internet Explorer's.

 

Most Web browsers have a bookmark feature that saves a URL for future reference. Microsoft’s Internet Explorer calls this bookmark feature “Favorites.” BW has a bookmarking functionality that is significantly different from that of a Web browser. It stores the navigational state of queries in a Web template and creates a URL to access the template. This helps users customize Web reports and collaborate with other users.

However, using the BW bookmark functionality requires additional steps and is not intuitive, since its behavior is unlike a Web browser’s bookmark functionality. We will show you how to make the BW bookmark feature work as simply as a typical Web browser’s bookmark with the use of a small JavaScript application. We will also discuss the salient features of the bookmark functionality and the available tools to manage them.

BW bookmarks can store the navigational state of a query with or without data. Bookmarks created without data retrieve data from the database every time they are accessed. Bookmarks created with data store a copy of the result set when they are created. They display the stored snapshot of data when it is accessed. It is a static report devoid of OLAP capabilities. It is useful for comparing result sets from two or more snapshots.

Mukunda Krishnaswamy

Mukunda Krishnaswamy is the CTO and founder of MimosaSoft. He has extensive experience developing technology solutions to solve business process challenges. He is currently focused on helping companies increase sales, brand awareness, and supply chain efficiencies through automated syndication of product catalogs to multiple channels including social networks, comparison shopping networks, marketing data pools, and GDSN.

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Adrian Gawdiak

Adrian Gawdiak is a manager for the Global Data Warehouse Bath and Kitchen team at American Standard Companies, Inc. Adrian has extensive experience in the development of manufacturing applications and database administration.

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