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How to configure and use the xMII Generic Widget

Couple of days ago I had blogged about the Generic xMII Widget that I was developing, Harnessing the power of xMII using Yahoo Widgets.. The Widget was supposed to show some rows of data and display a chart related to the value in each row of the widget. Well, the widget is ready and can be readily downloaded from the Downloads Area of SDN or here. But in order to get the Widget up and running you need to plough through quite a few number of configuration parameters and the Configuration Screen looks quite intimidating at the first glance. To demonstrate the functionality of the Widget, i’ll use the same Display and Query Templates referred to in my Blog : How to pass data dynamically between pages in xMII 11.5 Widget Screenshots : image image As you can see the widget interface has not gone through much change. However the Preferences screen has changed a lot. image image image The list of Parameters that need to be configures in the preferences screen and what each of them mean is given below. Please refer to the above screenshot in order to understand how exactly data should be entered in the preferences screen.

  • xMII User Name : Username to Log on to the xMII System.
  • xMII Password : User Password for the User.
  • xMII System Name/IP : System Name / IP of the xMII System.
  • Path to Query Template for Data : The Query Template from which data should be displayed on the screen.
  • XPath Expression of Display Column : XPath expression of the column in the Query Template mentioned above whose values should be displayed on the Widget.
  • XPath Expression of Value Column : XPath expression for the column that should supply the value for Param.1 of the Query Template used for the Chart Display Template.

The necessity of a separate Display and Value Column arose from the fact that we should not display cryptic primary key values on the screen and should choose a more meaningful value column. For e.g. we would require to pass the Carrier IDs to the backend for queries and display Carrier Names on the screen.

  • Path to Query Template for Display Template : Path to the Query Template used for the Chart Display Template.
  • Path to Display Template : Path to the Chart Display Template.
  • Text Title for Visualization : Title of the Chart.
  • Visualization Width : Width of the Chart to be generated.
  • Visualization Height : Width of the Chart to be generated.

Note that the Visualization will be optimized and resized no matter what values are entered for the above parameters.

  • Widget Display Name : Widget Name to be displayed.
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  • Update Interval (secs) : The Auto Update Interval of the Widget.

In case you cannot get it up and running according to your wish, just send me a mail and i’ll help you set it up :).

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