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Hey guys,

As you may know David Lai and I wrote the SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards 4.0 Cookbook a few years ago. We just released a fully updated version of the book as the SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards 4.1 Cookbook.

In this second version we broadened the scope a bit for the beginning SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards developer as well for the more experienced user. We now provide some more introduction to the SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards tool itself before diving into the practical step-by-step recipes right from the start. For the more seasoned users we added chapters about dashboard performance tuning and development productivity, plus a bunch of new tips & tricks throughout the book.

The original cookbook was released almost four years ago and covered version 4.0 of SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards. The second edition is updated up to the latest version of SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards 4.1. Together with a team of technical reviewers, existing of some world class SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards developers, we checked the existing content from the first cookbook on its relevance, correctness and completeness. Most recipes have been updated, some a bit more than others, and we decided to keep a few of them out of the new book.


Of course we also added a lot of new recipes to feature the new 4.1 features and include more tips & tricks. We discuss all the new components, the new mobile dashboards concept and the new connectivity options, complemented with new chapters on performance tuning and development productivity. At the end of the book the other dashboarding solution by SAP (Design Studio) is introduced.


With about 100 recipes and over 450 pages of content (100 pages more than the first edition) this is thé ultimate and definite guide for SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards 4.1 developers! The book is available in paperback and ebook versions (DRM-free PDF, Mobi, ePub, plus Kindle, Nook etc. via the big online book shops).


We uploaded a free sample of the SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards 4.1 Cookbook to Slideshare. It will give you a good idea of how the step-by-step cookbook/recipe structure, supported with lots of screenshots works and looks like. For more information check the book’s page at Packt Publishing.


SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards 4.1 Cookbook, by Xavier Hacking and David Lai, Packt Publishing, ISBN 9781784391959, 452 pages.


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    1. Ben Li

      Hi Xavier, I have gone through your book, however I couldn’t able to see the similar simple scenario . Appreciate your expertise on this I have a requirement as follows 1. Default region assigned for each user and a table 1has details. 2. Currently dashboards designed to refresh components before load 3. There are 15 queries which has region filter is mapped to single cell and the cell is hardcoded with default value. 4. Drop down box for region is created and the target data is mapped to same cell above and hence when user selects some region and clicks refresh everything will be refreshed Now I need the default region to come from the table 1 when initial loading to happen. I tried by making this query as refresh before components to load  and rest all queries refresh when value changes. However I am not able to meet the requirement.

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