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  • Install Community Tools on Pentaho; and understand the necessary concepts and considerations when creating an exciting dashboard design
  • Get data from many different Pentaho datasources and deliver it in different formats (CSV, XLS, XML, or JSON)
  • Use the Community Data Access (CDA) as the data abstraction layer and understand the concepts in the Community Dashboard Framework (CDF)
  • Create a Community Dashboard Editor (CDE) dashboard and make the most of the main components
  • Create and make use of widgets and use duplicate components to have data-driven sections on the dashboard
  • Customize and create interaction between all components, including charts, using the Community Charts Components
  • Create and embed dashboards in a better and new way
  • Create plugins and make use of parameters inside Pentaho without writing code

Pentaho and CTools are two of the fastest and most rapidly growing tools for practical solutions not found in any other tool available on the market. Using Pentaho allows you to build a complete analytics solution, and CTools brings an advanced flexibility to customizing them in a remarkable way. CTools provides its users with the ability to utilize Web technologies and data visualization concepts, and make the most of best practices to create a huge visual impact.

The book starts with the basics of the framework and how to get data to your dashboards. We'll take you all the way through to create your custom and advanced dashboards that will create an effective visual impact and provide the best user experience. You will be given deep insights into the lifecycle of dashboards and the working of various components. Further, you will create a custom dashboard using the Community Dashboards Editor and use datasources to load data on the components. You will also create custom content using Query, the Freeform Addins Popup, and text components. Next, you will make use of widgets to create similar sections and duplicate components to reproduce other components on a dashboard. You will then learn to build a plugin without writing Java code, use Sparkl as a CPK plugin manager, and understand the application of deployment and version control to dashboard development. Finally, you will learn tips and tricks that can be very useful while embedding dashboards into other applications.

This guide is an invaluable tutorial if you are planning to use custom and advanced dashboards among the solutions that you are building with Pentaho.

  • Learn everything you need to know to make the most of CTools
  • Create interactive and remarkable dashboards using the CTools
  • Understand how to use and create data visualizations that can make the difference
  • The author of our book works for Pentaho as a Senior Consultant
  • Acts as a follow-up to Packt's previously published products on Pentaho such as Pentaho Business Analytics Cookbook, Pentaho Analytics for MongoDB, Pentaho Data Integration Cookbook - Second Edition, and Pentaho Reporting [Video]
  • Our book is based on the latest version of Pentaho, that is, 6.0
Page Count 388
Course Length 11 hours 38 minutes
ISBN 9781785283420
Date Of Publication 30 May 2016


Miguel Gaspar

Miguel Gaspar started working at Webdetails about 3 years ago, some time before the acquisition of Webdetails by Pentaho. He was a consultant in the Implementation team and his work involved developing dashboard solutions as part of services. He is now acting as the technical owner of some of the Implementations projects as part of the Webdetails team in Pentaho. He likes to be as professional as possible, but in an informal way. One of his favorite hobbies is learning and his particular areas of interest are: business analytics, predictive analysis and big data, augmented reality, and cloud computing. He likes to play and is a huge martial arts fan and also one of the worst soccer players ever. He is married and a parent of two young and lovely daughters, who would like to spend more time playing like crazies with him. He also likes to spend time with friends or just having a drink and a good talk with someone else, if possible with his family at his side. He really hates liars.