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Ok I'm not sure if this is a novice question but here it goes:
I have created forms in Umbraco, the uses filled them out, they're saved to a database, now the VP wants to log in to umbraco and view reports based on these forms the users filled out. How do I do this?
Does Contour accomodate this?
Not exactly, I mean you can give them access to Contour, but there is no "reporting" as such. But it is possible to download the form entries (there's buttons at the top right of the entries screen) in CSV & Excel format.
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Yup exactly, there are no reporting options but simply export the records and use them in your favorite tool
Sound like a wonderful opportunity for a commercial Add-on.
For me, exporting to excel in itself isn't a report. But it's a nice feature.
I am thinking of creating a page that queries the database for the form entries and displays whatever calculations/statistics/info the VP might ask for.
This would be nice:
Contour > Data Sources > Create Form or Create Report
There needs to be the ability to query and display along with backend logic.
In my situation if I want to implement Umbraco in my company, I have to convince the higher-up people. They want to see reports, reports, reports.
The API for contour should let you get to the data you need. I've written some very basic reports using it for some of the sites I work on (things like number of submissions in the last week, submissions grouped by dropdown selection, that kind of thing). You could probably also run most simple reports using the XSLT for the form results as well. The XSLT would probably be a lot quicker than the API for very large datasets though I'd have thought.
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