Overview: Query Builder for Microsoft SQL Server
How to access the Query Builder for Microsoft SQL
Navigate to Metrics > Query Builder to access the Query Builder for Microsoft SQL. Click the green + Create Custom Metric button and select your connected Microsoft SQL Data Source from the Data Source drop-down list.
Query Builder is available in Plus and Business Accounts. Agency Basic Accounts have access to Query Builder in the Agency Account only. Request a trial of Query Builder by following
How to use the Query Builder for Microsoft SQL
- Daily Values: This Data Type should be selected when your Metric reflects the most up-to-date Daily Value for the Metric. In Databox, the latest daily entry will be displayed for the Custom Metric.
- Total Values: This Data Type should be selected when your Metric reflects the current total Value for the Metric. In Databox, the latest entry will be displayed for the Custom Metric.
For longer Date Ranges, data will be not aggregated and the most recent Value will be displayed for the selected Date Range. This is the main difference between "Total Values" and "Daily Values."
- Event Values: This Data Type should be selected when your Metric Value selection reflects individual Value(s) for the Metric at the specified Date/ Timestamp. This Data Type is the default selection because it is appropriate for the majority of use cases.
For longer Date Ranges, individual Metric Values will be aggregated for the entire Date Range and the aggregated Value will be displayed for the Custom Metric.
How to create a Custom Microsoft SQL Metric [Example]
The Query Builder for Microsoft SQL is designed so you can directly enter SQL queries. For our example, we will create a Custom Metric that returns a list of Product Names and their associated Order Quantities.
SELECT TOP 20 p.ModifiedDate AS date, p.Name, sd.OrderQty FROM Sales.SalesOrderDetail sd INNER JOIN Production.Product p ON sd.ProductID = p.ProductID ORDER BY sd.OrderQty DESC
If you don’t see any data, double check your query and try it directly in your Database. If no results are displayed there, an error exists in your query. You should also check to confirm that the Microsoft SQL user has the necessary permissions to access the Database from Databox's public IP.
How to add a Custom Microsoft SQL Metric to a Databoard
Learn how to add a Custom Metric to a Databoard here.
- Query results are limited to 1000 rows. If you expect your query to return over 1000 rows or if you're not sure how many rows will be returned, be sure to LIMIT the query
- The query must contain a column named "Date." If you need to, use AS in your SELECT statement to satisfy this requirement
- One column should always contain the Metric Value
- "Null" values will not be recognized. Use a COALESCE function when needed. Learn more here.